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Montana Grizzly or Black Bear?

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      “Did I just see a Montana Grizzly or was that a Black Bear?” 








This weekend has proven to be quite the bear sightseeing tour!  Be happy that’s not bare (as in the latest Missoula bike festival- don’t ask)!
If you are coming to Missoula, Montana for some wildlife viewing, the best place to see a grizzly is in the Washington-Grizzly Stadium during a home game.  Missoulians are pretty proud of their football team.  Outside of the stadium, however, some people aren’t as wild about the re-introduction of the Grizzly.  That’s a whole new topic and a story for later on.

Few, if any,  grizzly bears are seen in the Missoula/Lolo area and thankfully, we’ve never personally run into one while exploring the woods.  However, if you happen to visit Glacier DO REMEMBER that grizzly bears go hiking too!  The probability of running into a bear of any kind in Montana is much less than meeting an angry person which means the statistics of bear run-ins are pretty low.   In reality, Missoula doesn’t harbor many angry people, there are too many things to do and enjoy here!


DSCF2898smallNow if you dig a bit deeper, Montana history is full of interesting stories where men and women clash over many issues.  Our own road “Deadman Gulch” actually earned its name years ago from an argument over water rights that obviously didn’t go so well for one individual.  Montana does have an interesting history of stage coach robberies, vigilante hangings and even moon shine “wars” right here in the Missoula area.  There have even been a few pretty crazy individuals to roam modern Montana as well.  Overall, those are just headlines that sell books and our “wild west image.”  In truth, Montana has good-hearted people and is known for being one of the friendliest places in the U.S. to visit or live.  We have many guests who comment on how welcome they feel upon their arrival here in Big Sky CountryFriendliness, Fun and Fuzzy Creatures are top reasons to come for a visit!

And yet, I digress…Bitterroot valley pics 10-21-05 118  Let’s get back to bears in the stadium and woods.

Brady and I don’t often see football games in person.  For us, the busiest time of the workweek consists of Friday, Saturday and Sunday- when guests are exploring the town.  What we love about innkeeping  is the ability to live vicariously through our guests who come to enjoy games, concerts and hiking trails!  Since Blue Mountain is literally part of our backyard, we almost always have time to enjoy nature.

Today was one of those glorious, autumn afternoons.  The temperature was perfect and I was sure I heard John Denver singing “Sunshine on my shoulders…”  For me, having the ability to instantly get out and enjoy nature is as rewarding as life gets.   Probably the thing I like most about fall days is you never know who else might be out enjoying a stroll.

Deer try to camouflage themselves in the long, golden grass, while hawks often circle above.  We’ve seen darling foxes creeping through the thickets and the last of the fuzzy caterpillars munching leaves as fast as possible.  All of these amazing creatures of the forest know that Jack Frost will soon come knocking at the “door.”  Now is the time to store food and take in the last rays of sun!

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Here on Blue Mountain, fall is a magical time to enjoy the slow changing of the seasons.  Birds begin to migrate and summer fawns lose their spots, growing into adulthood.  I often think about the hidden forest secrets I’ve not yet discovered and wonder how many eyes are watching me as I casually walk through the forest.  For me, such mysteries are comforting-  I am but one tiny piece in a vast wilderness of wildlife.

Once in awhile, I think there just might be a chance that I’ve spotted something wild and wooly without being detected.  I’d like to think so, because I wish to leave as light a footprint as possibly along the path I choose to walk.

Today gave us one of the rarest of magical moments as we neared the end of our forest journey.  Just above the road, we watched a healthy black bear yearling cub climb the hill and then disappear from view.  In football terms, my guess is he was just about on the ten yard line.  It was a fairly close encounter, but certainly not a worrisome one.  As the laziness of an autumn day allows, he slowly ambled up the hillside.  The bear’s thoughts seemed to be elsewhere- likely focused on filling his belly with the the last of this summer’s berries.  Not so unlike one of our autumn tasks- packing away delicious preserves in our storeroom for guests.  Indeed, it is time once again to prepare for Old Man Winter’s return!

Whether you are a local or from out of town, we hope you find the time to explore Blue Mountain on your own.  We always welcome you to stay with us here at the B&B while you enjoy the views and wildlife, our home made berry preserves and hospitality.  We, and the mountain are awaiting your visit!

It´s a Bear!


2012 Montana Brewers Festival in Missoula, MT

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Come to Caras Park on the Clark Fork River in Downtown Missoula, MT for the Montana Brewers Festival 2012.

Saturday, October 6 ~ 1-7 pm
The 4th Annual Montana Brewers Festival will soon be coming to Caras Park in downtown Missoula. If you love beer and all things Montana, this is going to be the perfect event for you. Over 20 true Montana breweries will offer more than 60 Montana-made beers. New beer releases will be from 1-4 pm–taste these new brews for the first time!

Man and woman cannot live on beer alone, so there will also be food vendors with many tasty options to pair with your beer. The atmosphere will be made all the more festive with live music. Listen to acoustic guitarist and vocalist John Floridis, plus rock on with The Growlers, dance to the reggae beat of Chele Bandulu and feel the funk with Kung Fu Kongress.

Visit MontanaBrewers.org for more information and to buy tickets online. Tickets are $12 which includes a collectible Fourth Annual Montana Brewers Festival tasting glass + 2 tokens. Get additional token for $1 apiece. Pay a little more and $20 gets you a VIP ticket (+$1.00 processing fee) with the glass, 4 tokens and a special noon entry that lets you in early for a tasting ahead of the crowd.

For the safety of all, the festival thoughtfully provides a Designated Driver Program. Get home safely everyone!

Book your room at our Missoula B&B in time for the Missoula Montana Brewers Festival. Our peaceful Blue Mountain lodging get-a-way is less than a 15-minute drive from Caras Park in Missoula.

August 25-26, 2012 River City Roots Festival in Missoula, MT

This free festival is one of Missoula’s biggest cultural celebrations of the year. Missoula’s Downtown comes alive with live music all weekend, plus a juried art show and fun activities for kids and adults alike. There’s plenty of free parking and great food. The Food Court on Ryman between West Main and West Front will have 17 vendors serving foods both local and exotic. In addition, about 100 Downtown Missoula restaurants, cafes and pubs will be open and ready to serve their best.

Downtown Missoula at Night

Downtown Missoula is the site of the Roots Festival 2012.

Below are the highlights of the River City Roots Festival 2012 in Missoula, Montana:

River City Roots Festival Art Show in Missoula
The Roots Fest juried art show features high-quality original paintings, photography, ceramics, sculputures, jewelry, fiber arts and wood crafts by Pacific Northwest artists. Set up along Downtown Missoula’s Main Street, the art show is a central component of this Missoula signature celebration.

2012 Roots Festival Music on the Main Stage
Ten musical groups over two days will play on the Main Stage set up on West Main Street. Dance to reggae-inspired music, listen to good ol’ Rock ‘n’ Roll, or just get funky. There will be a wide range of musical styles for every taste. Click here for a complete schedule and descriptions of all the bands.

Children’s Activities in Caras Park, Missoula
There’s fun for the kids in Caras Park along the Clark Fork River. For both days of the festival, the Children’s Fun Festival in Caras Park is open 12 to 6 pm. spectrUM Science Discovery Area will have exhibits plus other groups will provide kid-friendly activities such as a youth performance stage, face painting, children’s music & crafts and more.

Sunday, August 25, 2012 Missoula Roots Festival 4-Mile Run/Walk
The four-mile run/walk through Missoula will start at the bricks on Alder, continue through Greenough Park and end at Caras Park. The $1,500 prize will be split among the first five of the men’s and women’s divisions. Registration is from 7-9 am and the race starts at 9:30 am. It’ll be a scenic and challenging run, exciting for runners and spectators alike!

To learn more about this favorite Missoula event, including the full schedule and festival maps, please visit RiverCityRootsFestival.com.

Our Missoula B&B is only a few minutes’ drive away. Join the festive crowd in Downtown Missoula and then escape to the peace and relaxation of our Bitterroot Valley scenery and luxurious rooms.

Spend Your 2012 Labor Day Weekend at Our Missoula B&B

Blue Mountain Bitterroot Room

Choose a gorgeous room with a view at our Missoula bed & breakfast during your Labor Day Weekend in Missoula, MT.

There’s still time to plan for a Labor Day vacation in Missoula. Book ahead at our quiet Missoula inn, nestled amidst the natural beauty of the Bitterroot River, yet only minutes from the fun and culture of Missoula. Choose from four uniquely decorated rooms of rustic elegance, gorgeous mountain and valley views and fine amenities. All rooms of our Missoula area inn have king or queen beds and private baths with jetted tubs. Free Wi-Fi and guest-use refrigerators are also available. But more importantly, your hosts Brady and Elaine are always happy to help you plan any details of your Labor Day weekend getaway.

The longer Labor Day weekend gives you time to explore some favorite Missoula area attractions. Spend a day hiking in Glacier National Park. Visit the Bison Range. History buffs love touring the local ghost towns, historic battlefields and following the Nez Perce/Lewis and Clark Trail. Hike, bike or horseback ride your way through history and through stunning landscapes of waters and mountains.

If town is more your style, take a few minutes’ drive to Missoula. Missoula’s restaurants, museums, fun shops and nightlife will give you a variety of sights, tastes and sounds to experience. Avid golfers will be pleased to know there are seven golf courses to choose from. While you’re here, you might as well try them all! If you’ve spent a lot of time enjoying the outdoors around Missoula or walking around town, you might be feeling a little sore. In addition to helping you set up any other Missoula area activities, Brady and Elaine will also be happy to make a spa appointment for you. A relaxing massage is a welcome part of any vacation, whether it’s a few weeks off or a long Labor Day weekend!

After a day of playing or relaxing, your beautiful room with a view in our Missoula bed and breakfast will be the perfect place to relax in comfort.

If this sounds like a great way to spend the long Labor Day weekend, give us a call or check availability today!

New Pet Friendly Lodging In Missoula

Bring your pooch to our Missoula b&b

Bring your pooch to our Missoula b&b

It’s true. Our Missoula MT bed and breakfast now has pet friendly lodging. We love animals big and small, and it has long been a goal of ours to have a space that can welcome dogs. Our Ponderosa Room is just that – newly finished to host you and your best friend.

Many of our guests just can’t stand the thought of traveling without their pooch, and with good reason. The mountains of Montana are so vast and inviting, it seems a shame to keep dogs home in the kennel. After all, a hike just isn’t the same without the family dog bounding up ahead, making sure the coast is clear. Our dog Kitsune brings  great joy to our outdoor adventures; and we wanted our guests to be able to have the same experience. And now you can.