Missoula Art Museum

What’s Happening at the Missoula Art Museum

Art and beauty in MissoulaThe fine art in Missoula reflects the natural beauty of the surrounding region. And now is the time to plan a getaway to Missoula to admire the landscape. Catch the end of the magical, snowy season or the beginning of our beautiful, brilliant Spring. After a day of skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, explore Missoula’s charming downtown. Spend an afternoon strolling through the Missoula Art Museum and the many fine art galleries. Then top off the perfect evening at an excellent restaurant.

The Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is nestled in the mountains, with amazing views of the Bitterroot River. However our lovely secluded retreat is only a short drive to lively Missoula. Reserve your relaxing escape with us and enjoy the stunning outdoors, in addition to our inspiring arts community.

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A Guide to Missoula’s Romantic Side

Romantic Getaway for Valentine's Day in Bardstown, KentuckyDo you find yourself dreaming of a relaxing and romantic getaway, to help pass the time during these cold winter months? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we can think of no better time to plan some time away, just the two of you.  We have the perfect place in mind for you, too.  Our Bed and Breakfast, located just outside of downtown Missoula, is the top choice for romantic lodging.  Let us do all the work for you, so you can spend your time relaxing and focusing on each other.  Romance is our business, and no one does it better. Book a romantic getaway with us this winter, and enjoy a luxurious stay at Missoula’s top Bed and Breakfast. Continue reading

Plan a Romantic Date Night in Missoula

Date Night in MissoulaThere’s no doubt that many people come and stay at our romantic mountainside retreat in Missoula for a little romantic one-on-one time. Guests come for time away from the stress of everyday life, and for time to relax and reconnect with each other. In Montana, there’s one romantic getaway destination that outshines the rest, and that is the beautiful town of Missoula. Missoula, often known for its rugged outdoorsy vibe, is also an incredible place for a shared adventure and a little romance.  It’s easy to create the perfect date night (or day) in Missoula.  Go adventuring in the great outdoors, browse the boutique shops in downtown Missoula, enjoy a glass of Missoula’s finest craft beer, or simply relax and take in the area’s magnificent beauty. No matter how you choose to spend your time, theres no better place to reconnect than our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Book your room today. Continue reading

A Romantic Valentines Day in Missoula

Romantic Getaway in Missoula for Valentines DayValentines Day is just around the corner, and love is in the air.  It’s time to let your inner romantic shine! Whether you love the opportunity to be at your most romantic, or dread having to make plans year after year, how about going beyond the traditional chocolate and flowers this year?  Instead, make your Valentines Day a meaningful one, and carve out some intimate time for just the two of you.  Make your Valentines day memorable with a romantic getaway to one of Montana’s best Bed and Breakfasts. Book your room at the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

10 Ways to Enjoy a Romantic Getaway in Missoula

Romantic Getaway to Missoula, MontanaThese crisp, fall months practically beg us to curl up in front of a warm fire, safely protected from the harsh elements outside. What’s better than curling up someone special and focusing on romance? In Montana, there’s one romantic getaway destination that outshines the rest. The charming town of Missoula, Montana, imbues a sense of adventure and romance around every street corner and in every restaurant and shop. Spend your days browsing the boutique shops in downtown Missoula, enjoying a glass of Missoula’s finest craft beer, or enjoying an adventure whilst taking in the magnificent fall foliage. No matter how you choose to spend your time, theres no better place to reconnect than our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Book your room today.

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3 Reasons to Visit Missoula This Year

Visit MissoulaWhen planning to visit Missoula, the most common thing that comes to mind is the exquisite natural beauty found at every turn. From waking up in the morning amongst the Ponderosa Pines on our luxurious mountainside, to walking the streets of downtown Missoula, it is, quite simply, stunningly beautiful here.  With the abundant natural resources enjoyed by Missoulians, it is no wonder that many of the top activities to enjoy here involve the great outdoors. Though the outdoor recreation is hard to beat and is a must-do on anyone’s itinerary while here, there are some definite additions we urge you to consider.  If we were to narrow the reasons to visit Missoula down to three simple things, it would be, of course, the year-round access to outdoor adventure, the wonderful craft beer and distilleries, and the eclectic, vibrant culture known to locals.  Book your stay at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, and explore the best parts of Missoula for yourself. Continue reading

Spring Getaway to Missoula

Do you need to treat yourself to a weekend getaway? Even if you don’t think so, I bet your partner does! If you don’t have any plans for the first weekend in March, why not come and visit Missoula? Stay in our charming bed and breakfast and enjoy the arts and culture on display during the First Friday in Missoula event, organized by the Arts Council here in town. March 1 is the First Friday for next month and here are some of the things we think look especially interesting:

Installation Artwork at Missoula Art Museum: Visit MAM for First Fridays from 5-8 pm. MAM is no stranger to installations, and neither is exhibiting artist Gary Horinek. Horinek is a farmer who’s work creates a bridge between agriculture and art via his creative installations. A deep-seated appreciation of the land and sustenance that the land provides is at the core of Horinek’s creative expressions.

Horinek piece entitled The Journey, from the artist's website

Horinek piece entitled The Journey, from the artist’s website

Join Horinek on a walk-through his exhibit at 7 p.m. to hear his stories. Always free. 335 N. Pattee St.

Monte Dolack Gallery: For First Friday, the Gallery will exhibit works from the Moonlight Rainbows series of paintings and lithographs. Music will be provided by Keith Hardin, refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. 139 W Front St.

Book Reading & Signing: Author Keith McCafferty will be reading excerpts from his book, The Grey Ghost Murders. Signing to follow, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Fact and Fiction bookstore at 220 N Higgins St. downtown.

Plan a Spring Getaway to Missoula

Even if you can’t join us for the First Friday in March, spring is a wonderful time to visit our area of Montana. Missoula is alive with activity, including such events as The International Food and Wildlife Film Festivals. Amid green valleys and mountain peaks capped with white, the birds begin nesting and wild flowers blanket the hills with color. Here at our Missoula bed and breakfast, we have excellent views of all of it! Located just outside of town, you can re-trace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, Native People or other historical figures within the Rocky Mountain West, right from your window. Remember to dress in layers. Spring weather in Montana can be varied!

Missoula Art Events Upcoming

Missoula has a thriving arts community and opportunities abound for those who wish to participate in an artistic experience of some kind.  If taking a class is not on your personal menu, then you will enjoy browsing through the various shops as the holiday season approaches.  Check out some of these interesting events and take advantage of them during your visit to Missoula!

Missoula Art events

The lobby of the Missoula Art Museum

Open Figure Drawing – The Missoula Art Museum (335 N. Pattee St.) Sundays at 3 p.m. $5-$7
This session provides artists an opportunity draw from a live model in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Participants must be 18 years or older.

Relief Printmaking – Zootown Arts Community Center (235 N. 1st St. W) Last Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. FREE
You are invited to learn from the staff at ZACC the basic introductions to relief printmaking. Pull a print you have designed yourself and use our public press. Speak with printshop staff about making prints from home through an alternative processes. Pre-register (406-549-7555 ) as space is limited.

Advent Calendar Crafting for Mom and Dad – Walking Stick Toys ( 829 S Higgins Ave) November 28, 7 p.m. $10-$12
Craft a holiday treasure that will delight your family. If you love advent calendars, join the staff at Walking Stick Toys to craft your very own handmade advent to share with your family. Snacks and beverages provided.

Alan Kesselheim and Thomas Lee Booksigning – Fact and Fiction bookstore (220 N. Higgins) November 28, 7 p.m. FREE
Alan Kesselheim and Thomas Lee, authors of Montana: Real Place, Real People will be presenting and signing copies of their book Wednesday night.

Holiday Wreath Workshop – Fort Missoula Native Plant Gardens (120 Hickory St.) November 29, 5:30 p.m. $5- $10
Learn how to make your own wreath frame, cut and attach boughs and add decorative elements. Bonus: learn how to identify trees by their foliage. You will create a medium wreath during this class and leave with the skills to make many more at home.

The Missoula Winter Market (2036 Mullan Road) includes a variety of craft and food vendors.  From jewelry and mittens to Hot Flying Saucer Sandwiches, you’ll find something very fun!  Open every Friday 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through April 27th.

When planning a trip to Missoula, we hope you will consider supporting local business owners, like those hosting some of the events above. Another way to do that is to stay in a bed and breakfast in Missoula, like ours. We promise, we are committed to the enjoyment of your stay!

Missoula’s First Friday Gallery Night

How many more fabulous First Fridays will we be able to enjoy in Missoula before the snow strikes? One? If we’re lucky? After all, snow is predicted for this Friday, November 4, 2011.

Snow doesn’t cancel First Fridays – Missoulans are far too hardy to allow that. If anything, the first snow of the season is likely to inspire a celebratory mood. There is something so beautiful about those first snowflakes. We wonder if they’ll stick, and if the first snow truly marks the start of winter weather.

Sounds like the perfect time to attend the First Friday Gallery Night. Perhaps it’s also the perfect time for a cozy retreat at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast?

First Friday Highlights, November 4, 2011:

  • Master silversmith Haddon Hufford at MAM from 5 to 8 p.m. Lecture at 7 p.m.
  • War Torn: The Art of Ben Steel at Montana Museum of Art & Culture, featuring some of the only surviving images of the Bataan Death March.
  • New work by Kendahl Jan Jubb and music by Stan Anglan at Murphy-Jubb Fine Art.
  • Missoula artist Leslie Van Stavern Millar attends the opening of her Ideal Girls, Ideal Women, gouache paintings on rag paper. The Brink Gallery, 5 to 8 p.m.

More than 20 other venues will be exhibiting the work of artists, including cafes, restaurants, and pubs. For a complete list, please visit Missoula First Fridays. Bundle up and take to streets. This is a great time to start holiday shopping or become inspired for home made gift ideas. It’s also fun.

Our Missoula Bed and Breakfast is already full on Saturday night, but we have availability on First Friday Gallery Night. We suggest you head to Missoula soon!



My Home is Where My Tipi Sits

My Home is Where My Tipi Sits is an upcoming exhibition at Missoula Art Museum. This is Wendy Red Star’s first solo exhibition, and MAM is pleased to be hosting it. The museum hopes many folks will come to town for this; we hope that those who do will stay in our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

Wendy Red Star's exhibit at MAM runs August 5 - November 27, 2011.

Wendy Red Star was born in Billings, Montana, and raised on the nearby Crow Reservation. She has lived in urban California and now resides in Portland, Oregon, but her art reflects her deep roots in the Crow Reservation of Montana. Her photographs depict everyday life on the reservation: cars, basketball hoops, sweat lodges and government houses.

Missoula Art Museum is hosting an Artist’s Reception for Wendy Red Star on August 5, 2011, from 5 – 8 p.m. Red Star will talk about her work that evening at 7 p.m. This event coincides with Missoula’s First Friday Art Walk, when all of the art galleries and museums in Missoula stay open late. It’s generally a festive occasion.

Whether you are traveling from eastern Montana or the East Coast of the U.S., you are sure to find Missoula a vibrant, interesting city. We enjoy nothing more than sharing our home town with guests of our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Hope to see you soon.

More information about Red Star’s exhibit is available at MAM.