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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 bringsĀ  great joy to our outdoor adventures; and we wanted our guests to be able to have the same experience. And now you can.

Montana Family Hikes

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Look for wildflowers during your family hike in Montana

We like having families at our Missoula MT bed and breakfast. Montana has great activities for children and adults who enjoy being out-of-doors. Hiking is one such activity, as trails can range in difficulty from extremely easy (think children under five and adults of an excellent vintage) to extremely challenging (think uber-hikers). In short, there is a trail for every walk of life, each one rewarding in its own right.

Canyon Creek and Blodgett Canyon provide easy, moderate and challenging hikes, and the trailheads are not too far apart. This is a great option for larger groups who can split up into smaller groups with similar energy levels. Those who feel like a long saunter past spectacularly high granite cliffs will find the seven-mile hike through Blodgett Canyon just perfect. Those in search of a steeper trail should check out the path to Canyon Creek Falls and Wyant Lake. There is said to be good fishing at Canyon and Wyant Lakes, which is an excellent excuse to sit and rest for a spell.

We promise to provide a hearty, tasty breakfast at our Bed and Breakfast Missoula. That should get you at least part way up the trail. Huckleberries should be out in August, for nibbling as you walk, but a packed lunch for the top of the trail is definitely in order.

Missoula Bed & Breakfast and the Missoula Art Museum

It can be pleasant to take a little trip to our Blue Mountain bed and breakfast. Here you can enjoy the serenity of our peaceful and scenic location and still be close to the city, where you can enjoy the arts. Our Missoula lodging is nestled on twenty acres of wildlife habitat that is adjacent to National Forest. There are trails leading from our door into the wilderness, and you are almost sure to spot some kind of wildlife while staying here. At the same time, a short drive takes guests into the heart of Missoula, with its museums, cinemas and fine restaurants.

John Armstrong at Missoula Art Museum

John Armstrong at Missoula Art Museum

Take some time on your next trip to our Missoula bed and breakfast to visit the Missoula Art Museum. The work of Master Printer John Armstrong is on exhibition until May 23. According to the MAM website, the 21 most recent works selected by curator Stephen Gleuckert “bring to the forefront the artists sensitivity, intuitive color sense, consistent instinct for compositional resolution, and ever present spirit of experimentation.” In addition, the museum is showcasing over forty five pieces by various artists who have used the Armstrong-Prior Print workshop in Phoenix, Arizona. Armstrong’s influence on this body of work is apparent, and underscores the spirit of collaboration that pervades the Armstrong-Prior Print workshop. Look for works by Rudy Autio, Philip Curtis, Dorothy Fratt, Karen Jilly, Virgil Ortiz, Vernon Patrick, Akio Takamori, and Patti Warashina.

Photo courtesy of the Missoula Art Museum.

Exploring the Lewis and Clark Trail

The Lewis and Clark Expedition came through these parts, and retracing their foot steps on the Lewis and Clark Trail is a great activity while you are staying at our Missoula MT bed and breakfast. Drive US Highway 12 from Missoula to Lewiston, which follows the original trail taken by the expedition. There are many signposts that tell the story of the explorers along the way. You will learn that Colt Killed Creek is so named because it is where members of the expedition were forced to kill a colt in order to survive. Fortunately, you can ask the innkeepers at your blue mountain bed and breakfast for a picnic basket, which you can fill in town.

Lolo Pass, one of the most treacherous mountain crossings in the whole of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, is also the site of intersecting Indian Trails. The travelers in 1805 and 1806 were happy to soak in the Lolo Hot Springs, just as you will be today. You may also enjoy wandering through the DeVoto Cedar Grove, where the Lewis and Clark journals were first edited by Bernard DeVoto.

The scenery along the Lewis and Clark Trail is breathtaking at this time of year. We welcome you at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, where we think you will be considerably more comfortable than were those early, brave explorers.

Montana Ghost Towns

Ghost towns exist in every culture, but some of the most interesting ones are right here in Montana, not far from our Missoula lodging. We are fortunate that the Montana Department of Fish and Wildlife took over management of the dying town of Bannack and the surrounding area in the 1950s. Thanks to their foresight, Bannack State Park preserves an important part of the state’s history.

Prospector John White founded the town of Bannack in 1862 after discovering gold in Grasshopper Creek. Folks rushed to the area as news of the gold spread, hoping to secure their own claim. So many people came that Bannack was named the first Territorial Capital of Montana, although it held on to that title for only a year. Although the huge reserves of gold that folks hoped to find continued to elude the prospectors, a hardy few doggedly remained in the area, experimented with various mining techniques, and managed to make a living. In the 1930’s, however, the population began to steadily dwindle. Now a state park, Bannack today is visited by people from all over the country and the world. Over sixty structures remain standing, most of which can be explored. Spend a day exploring the old town, and get a taste for what it was like to come to this wild and beautiful place in the 1860s, with dreams of gold in the heart.

Come May, the park is open daily from 8am until dusk, and after Memorial Day the hours are extended until 9pm. The informative Visitor Center is open weekends. The park makes a great day trip from our Missoula Mt bed and breakfast – pack a picnic and have fun.

Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula

montana-wildlifeStay at our bed and breakfast Montana while you take in some films. Animal lovers and film enthusiasts will be flocking to Missoula MT in early May for the 32nd Annual International Wildlife Film Festival. This longstanding event was the first of its kind in the world, and has helped raise awareness of wildlife and conservation issues for decades through film and media. The festival has been called the “Sundance of the wildlife film genre”, and is sure to be both entertaining and fascinating. It kicks off with a Wildwalk Parade “Howl at the Moon!” at noon on May 9th, and continues until the “Best of Festival” screening on May 16th. Many of the festival events will be at the historic Roxy Theater, restored by the International Wildlife Media Center which recognizes the importance of preserving local history as well as wildlife — everything is connected. Stay at our Missoula Mt bed and breakfast while you attend the festival. Come early or stay late, and take advantage of the pristine wilderness around Missoula.

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