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The University of Montana’s Mansfield Conference

Are you attending the 2013 University of Montana’s Mansfield Conference?

This three day event takes place from March 19-21. This year’s theme is The Future of Health Care. It is free and open to the public. The conference takes place at the University Center at the University of Montana.

Co-sponsored by The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, The Project on American Democracy and Citizenship, The Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program and The Presidential Excellence Fund. At the heart of the debate about health care is a fundamental tension between individual rights and social responsibilities. These ethical issues will be discussed during the conference.

Over the course of the Mansfield Conference, leading national and local thinkers will discuss a variety of topics where the strain between the individual and society comes into greater focus. Some of the issues you can expect to hear about are medical insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, vaccination programs, obesity, and end-of-life care.

The goal of the conference is provide a forum for informed discussions on these important and controversial issues and to increase awareness of, and sensitivity to, the political and ethical questions they raise.

Featured Speakers

mansfield-poster-2013Mark Hall: Leading scholar in health care law and policy, professor at Wake Forest University School of Law, author of fifteen books including Making Medical Spending Decisions and Health Care Law and Ethics.

Megan McArdle: Special Correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, former senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly and writer for The Economist.

James Morone: Political Science and Urban Studies Professor, Brown University, author of eight books, Pulitzer Prize non-fiction nominee.

And others! See all the speakers and the schedule on the Mansfield Conference webpage.

Are You Coming to Missoula for the Conference?

If so, we would like to be your hosts while you are in town! Our beautiful Missoula inn is less than 20 minutes away from the university.

Discover Missoula Culture

Missoula Arts and Culture.

Take in a show at the historic Wilma Theater.

It is often said that Missoula has more culture than any other city in Montana.

Culture is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “enlightenment and excellence of taste acquired by intellectual and aesthetic training.” It is also defined as “acquaintance with and taste in fine arts and humanities.”

Missoula, therefore, is the place to go in Montana to hear live music, watch a show, and see art.

Many people spend a few days at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast in order to do just that. They come here from more rural areas to see a show and browse art galleries. They come to feel the pulse of the city and the energy of the university. It’s invigorating. It’s fun.

Art galleries abound in downtown Missoula. One of the best times to visit them is on the First Friday of each month, when they stay open late and host artist receptions and other special events.

The University of Montana in Missoula brings a host of fantastic performers to the stage year-round. Some, like the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival, are much anticipated. Others, such as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, draw more intimate crowds. There there is The Adams Center, which has the largest indoor seating capacity in western Montana; it brings such names as Dierks Bentley and the Rolling Stones.

Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Missoula

Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Missoula.

There is also a good deal of history in and around Missoula. The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula reveals the rich history of Missoula County. The Holt Heritage Museum is a great place to learn about cowboys and their rodeos and Indians and their Pow Wows. The Montana Museum of Art and Culture  has a superb collection of Rocky Mountain west art, contemporary Native American art, and a respectable number of pieces from Southeast Asian and European masters.

Treat yourself to a few days of culture. Allow yourself to be pampered while staying in our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. You’re worth it.

Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival 2012

Buddy DeFranco Quintet

The Buddy DeFranco Quintet

April means jazz in Missoula, thanks to the annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. In 2012, the festival takes place April 27 and 28. As of this writing, we still have some space available at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast during the festival.

Buddy DeFranco plays jazz and bebop clarinet like nobody else. He has worked with such greats as Count Basie and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has performed with Art Tatum, and Gene Krupa. He is still going strong at 89.

The Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival at the University of Montana is a noncompetitive, educational event for high school and college jazz bands. The public is invited to attend as well, and those who do are rewarded with some fine music.

In addition to high school and college jazz bands, each year the festival features some of the biggest names in jazz. This year, performers include Bob Sheppard, Ignacio Berroa, David Morgenroth, Clipper Anderson, and the UM Jazz Band. Buddy DeFranco himself will take the stage on Saturday night.

Each year we welcome jazz fans to our Missoula Bed and Breakfast during the festival, as well as families of some of the younger performers. It’s always an exciting weekend, and we’re looking forward to it.

Additional festival information is available at UMT.


2012 Big Sky Film Documentary Festival

The 2012 Big Sky Film Documentary Festival starts in less than two weeks. Opening night takes place February 17, and the festival concludes on February 26. That means there will be ten days of outstanding documentary film screenings in Missoula.

This is the largest cinematic event in Montana; that’s quite a feat for a festival only 9 years old. It features some 125 non-fiction films and more than 50 artists. Screenings at the historic Wilma Theatre are augmented with workshops, panel discussions, and pitch sessions. And of course, it wouldn’t be a film festival without artist receptions and parties.

Wilma Theatre entrance

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival takes place at the Wilma Theatre, in Missoula.

Each year, it’s films that draw thousands of people to Wilma Theatre. Highlights this include:

Up in Smoke. Can a maverick scientist revolutionize agriculture?

Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing. See them do what they do best.

Finding Fidel. The story of Erik Durschmied, a camerman who first met with Fidel Castro when he was a rebel leader in the Sierra Maestra mountains.

Tanglewood. How a non-verbal connection with horses can be healing.

Man on a Mission. The son of an astronaut realizes his dream and goes to space.

Ecstasy of Order. What is required to enter the highest levels of Tetris?

The documentaries explore the natural world, musicians, teenagers, and city symphonies. Both shorts and full features, they’re from all over the world and reflect a variety of sensibilities.

This may be your one chance to see many of the films screened in the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Don’t miss this opportunity. Reserve your room in our Missoula Bed and Breakfast soon.

For more information about the festival, please see Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.



Spend the Night in Missoula

I-90 Signs

Passing through Missoula during your holiday travel? Spend the night at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

The holiday season means travel. College students pack up and return home, twenty somethings return to their home towns, families with children head to see the grandparents, and grandparents head to see their children and grandchildren. Everywhere, people are coming and going, traversing states and criss-crossing the country.

For many of us, traveling by car makes more sense than traveling by air. This is especially true if more than one person is traveling. Airlines tend to make impressive fare increases right around holiday time; it is often simply more economical to load everyone into a car and hit the road.

While family road trips have born the brunt of many a joke, they can be wonderful. Pop in some music or a good book on tape, and watch the country unfold on the other side of the windows. It’s amazing how the geography changes when driving, say, from Seattle to Bozeman. It’s amazing how a good road trip can be a bonding experience.

That said, it’s always best to break up a road trip of any great distance with a night at an inn. If you’re passing through Missoula, we hope you’ll spend the night at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. We’re close to I-90, but it feels like we’re miles from the road. We welcome children.

Get the kinks out with a game of pool, or stretch out and relax with a movie at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Sleep in a comfortable bed. In the morning, we’ll feed you a delicious breakfast that will sustain you for many miles. When you reach your destination, you’ll be relaxed and ready to engage with siblings, parents, children, and grandchildren.

Snow Sports on the Horizon

Temperatures have comfortably settled into the 30s and 40s here in Missoula. Snow is starting to accumulate in the mountains, and snow sport enthusiasts are waxing their skis and plumping their down parkas in anticipation of their first outing. They won’t have long to wait.

IMG_3583 Rendezvous Ski Trails

Ski the Rendezvous Ski Trails during the Yellowstone Ski Festival.

Each winter we host many skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Some spend a night or two and then head off in search of more snowy trails. Some spend a week or more and explore every inch of the trails around Missoula. We welcome one and all.

Opening day at the nearby Montana Snowbowl is set for November 26, 2011. Mother Nature has to cooperate, of course, and as yet there is no real snow on the mountain. We’re hopeful that there will be by the end of the month.

There is a dusting of snow up on Lolo Pass, so the Lolo Pass Snowmobile Trail should be open within a month’s time. From the Lolo Pass Trail, snowmobilers can access some 250 miles of trails through the Lolo and Clearwater National Forest. The trails are open to nordic skiers and snowshoers as well.

The annual Yellowstone Ski Festival is set for Thanksgiving Week in West Yellowstone, Montana. Nordic skiers of all levels – from novices to Olympians – will share trails and participate in clinics. If you’re heading there from parts west, we hope you’ll spend night or two at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, which is about 4.5 hours from West Yellowstone.



October 7 is First Friday in Missoula

Sierra Club Director Bruce Hamilton will speak about Ansel Adams at MAM on October 7. Photo by Neil Chaput de Saintonge.

Missoula is fun to visit any day of the week, but on the First Friday evening of each month, the downtown positively comes alive. This is true in the middle of the summer and it’s true in the middle of the winter. It’s true when it rains, when it’s clear, and when it snows. Missoulans don’t let any kind of weather keep us from enjoying something we want to enjoy. It’s one of our best traits.

Art galleries and shops in the heart of downtown Missoula stay open late. New exhibits go up and frequently the artists are in attendance. Many galleries feature live music, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. People wander in and out of galleries, lingering in some, taking a quick tour of others.

Let First Friday inspire a weekend at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Infuse yourself with culture on Friday evening, and relax on Saturday. Seems an ideal way to rejuvenate for the week to come.

Please see First Fridays Missoula for the most up-to-date information on gallery openings and exhibits.

Please see our Missoula Bed and Breakfast reservations page to book a room.

Montana History Conference 2011

Conflict and war have been part of human society since its inception. The 38th Annual Montana History Conference will explore the the role of conflict and warfare the weekend of September 22 – 24, 2011, in Missoula, Montana. This event commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the United States entry into WWII. Save the date now, and plan to spend the weekend at our peaceful Missoula Bed and Breakfast as you delve into the history of war.

Relax at our Bed and Breakfast after the conference.

Given that warfare is too large a topic to be examined in one weekend, the Montana History Conference will focus on the following aspects:

  • The role of warfare in traditional Native American cultures
  • Contributions to our nation’s wars by citizens of Montana
  • The impact national wars had on life in Montana
  • Montanans’ efforts to resist armed conflict

Conference highlights include:

  • Workshops about – and visits to – Fort Missoula, which was used as an internment camp for Italian detainees and Japanese residents during World War II
  • Educators Workshops
  • Native Words, Native Warriors – how Native American languages helped the country’s war efforts.
  • Rethinking Warfare in Traditional American Indian Societies.
  • Fighting Prejudice at Home.

Dr. Richard Etulain will present the Keynote address on Montana, Lincoln, and the Civil War. Learn what was happening in the American West during the Civil War. Dr. Etulain is considered the premiere American scholar on Abraham Lincoln and the American West.

The Montana History Conference is sure to be exciting and informative. It will also be tiring. Participants who lodge at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast will be able to escape from the buzz at the end of the day.

Additional information may be found at Montana Historical Society.
Teachers participating in the Montana History Conference may obtain up to 22 OPI Teacher Renewal Units.

Missoula’s International Wildlife Film Festival

The mission of the International Wildlife Film Festival is “to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television, and other media.” Since 1977, the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula has been doing just that.

Nowadays the International Wildlife Media Center sponsors two film festivals in Missoula: the Montana Cine International Film Festival in the fall, and the International Wildlife Festival in the spring. Both are worth attending.

The 34th International Wildlife Film Festival runs May 7-14, 2011, not far from our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Numerous film screenings will take place each day, as will events such as the WildWalk Parade (May 8 at 11 a.m.), WildFest in Caras Park, (May 8, 12 – 3 p.m.), discussions and seminars.

For many guests of our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, films are the main draw. Films screen several times a day during the festival.

See Echo, An Unforgettable Elephant at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula.

International Wildlife Film Festival Highlights include:

  • Echo: An Unforgettable Elephant (Best of Festival)
  • Madagascar
  • Panda Makers (Special Jury Award)
  • California Forever: The Story of California State Parks
  • Viking Wilderness: Finland (Sapphire Award)
  • One Lucky Elephant

We welcome all participants of the International Wildlife Film Festival to our Bed and Breakfast Missoula.

Additional festival information may be found at the International Wildlife Media Center.

Add Missoula Wine to a Missoula Dinner

The Missoula Winery is run by Phil and Frenchie Leiritz. Born and raised in France, both Phil and Frenchie have wine in their bones, though wine-making is relatively new to them. If you enjoy a glass of wine from time to time, stop by the Missoula Winery during your stay at our Missoula MT Bed and Breakfast.

The tasting room is open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday (closed Wednesdays), and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. They are an Event Center as well as a winery, and live music is frequently on the calendar Thursdays through Saturdays. Jazz is frequently heard at the winery.

Washington State grapes are shipped to Missoula and turned into wine at the Missoula Winery. Currently the winery produces ten varieties. The Cabernet Franc is bold and fruity, the Malbec smooth and rich. Taste them all, and take a few of your favorite bottles home with you.

Try the Missoula Winery Chardonnay with our Apricot Chicken.

Perhaps you’d like to bring a bottle to dinner at our Montana Bed and Breakfast. We serve dinner for four or more guests with advance notice. Our menu is diverse – we can create a multi-course Indian or Moroccan feast, a Western BBQ, or a traditional Japanese or Thai meal. Ask us about it.

Please visit the Missoula Winery for up-to-date information and events. Please call 1.877.251.4457 to discuss dinner at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.