Missoula MT

Make Thanksgiving Even Better

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Stay at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast over Thanksgiving. Everyone will be happier.

Thanksgiving is on the horizon. Most people will spend the days leading up to Thanksgiving either cooking and preparing their homes for guests, or traveling. Some will spend hours waiting in airports, others will spend hours on the road. It is highly likely that there will be stress.

If you’re one of the travelers, and if you’ll be traveling to Missoula to spend Thanksgiving with friends or family, consider staying at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast during the holiday. There are several good reasons for doing this, and all involve reducing stress.

  • A room of your own. Much as we love our families and friends, we all need a room of our own. Your hosts will have more time to relax and enjoy your company if they’re not worrying about running out of hot water or washing your towels.
  • Fewer meals, less mess. Your hosts will already be preparing a feast, why make them also prepare breakfast and lunch, day after day? Why create more dirty dishes for them? Instead, enjoy gourmet breakfasts at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, and let us do the dishes.
  • Less is more. Visit with each other once you’ve all had your morning coffee, and part warmly in the evening. Relax and unwind in your own spaces, and you’ll be happier to see each other the next day.

It’s worth a thought, isn’t it?




Excellent shopping near our Missoula Inn

A convenient place to shop while staying at our Missoula b&b

A convenient place to shop while staying at our Missoula b&b

Our Missoula Inn is beautifully situated onĀ  20 acres of ponderosa pine forest overlooking the Bitterroot Valley. When we awaken each morning we feel like we are in a peaceful, remote place far from a city. And yet we are just minutes from downtown Missoula MT, and all the art, culture, fine dining and shopping that it has to offer.

The Southgate Mall is a good place to spend a few hours on a cold or rainy day (and like it or not, such weather is approaching). Here you will meet all of your shopping needs. There is a food court if hunger strikes while perusing the many shops, and there is always at least one good deal out there. Many guests at our Bed Breakfast Missoula find it a convenient place to purchase items they need during their travels. It’s a great place to find a book, or pick up a sweater or hat.

Of course, there are also many fine shops throughout Missoula, as well.

Fly Fishing in Montana

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Fly Fishing in Montana

Montana is known for its big skies, big mountains, and big trout. A Montana vacation or weekend getaway in Missoula for many people must include fly fishing. Let the rhythm of the river flow into you as you cast the fly into the water. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the beautiful landscape. There are few places in the country as majestic as Montana, and perhaps no where with as many rivers filled with trout.

Our Montana b&b sits on the edge of the Bitterroot Valley, between Missoula and Lolo. Gazing at the spectacular views of the Bitterroot River and surrounding mountains will begin to relax you as soon as you arrive; it will also compel you to get out and engage with what you see. We will feed you a delicious, filling breakfast at our Missoula bed and breakfast, give you a picnic basket for your lunch, and send you on your way. There are several good fly fishing outfitters and guides in the Missoula area whom we happily recommend to our guests. The guides have been fishing in Montana most of their lives; they know the rivers, and they know where to find the fish.

Remember to bring layers of clothing for your time on the river. Weather in Montana can be quite varied and unpredictable.

Bed and Breakfast Montana: Aerial Fire Depot

Smokejumpers are highly trained specialists who parachute into remote areas of national forests to fight the spread of wildfires.

Smokejumper Suit Display

Smokejumper Suit Display

The nation’s largest training base for smokejumpers is located in Missoula. This is a great place to learn about wild land firefighting and smokejumping in particular. Tours of the working parts of the smokejumper base at 10 and 11 AM, and 2, 3, and 4 PM all summer long. Some of our favorite parts of the museum include the cool parachutes, the airplanes and talking with actual fire jumpers and hearing their stories.

This can be a good place to bring the family while staying at our Missoula lodging. The last guests that visited told
us their tour guide was led by an actual rookie Smokejumper and included a visit to the working Smokejumper facilities. If you have very good/bad timing, you might see the Smokejumpers suit up and board the aircraft to go to a fire!

If you are interested in learning more about what it takes to protect the wild areas around our Montana Bed and Breakfast, like the Rockie Mountains just North of us, the Aerial Fire Depot is a must-see for you. The tours are usually a great learning experience and fun for the kids. Adults will probably find the information about firefighting and national fire policy interesting. The tour takes about 45 minutes, is free of charge, and includes a visit to a real fire lookout.

Just one of many interesting excursions near our bed and breakfast Montana. See you soon!

Bed and Breakfast Montana: A Carousel for Missoula

“If you will give it a home, and promise no one will ever take it apart, I will build A Carousel for Missoula.” That was the promise Missoula cabinet-maker Chuck Kaparich made to the Missoula City Council in 1991. And now, in the heart of town, is a Carousel for Missoula. The Carousel stands as a stellar of community involvement.

Kaparich, who had spent many childhood hours on the carousel at Columbia Gardens in Butte, Montana, had already carved four carousel ponies and had purchased an antique frame in thousands of pieces. The City Council agreed and the journey for our community began. This Carousel is only 15 minutes from our Missoula lodging, and a must-see for families!

Woodworkers instruct young & old to create a community masterpiece

Woodworkers instruct young & old to create a community masterpiece

A board of directors was formed to facilitate organization and fund raising, Kaparich taught others to carve, mechanics began the process of restoring 16,066 pieces, painters were recruited, and Missoula began working together to create a treasure.

By Opening Day, May 27, 1995, over 100,000 hours of volunteer time had gone into the construction of 38 permanent ponies, three replacement ponies, two chariots, 14 gargoyles and the largest band organ in continuous use in the United States, all within a jewel box building.

The finished project

The finished project

School children collected over one-million pennies to adopt four ponies! Although this beautiful piece of work started for the kids, it enriched the hearts and souls of all that worked on it! The project continued with the Dragon Hollow play area right next door to the merry-go-round. It took just nine days to erect this expansive play structure through the hard work of volunteers. This children’s play land is in the heart of Missoula. It would be a great place to stop during some window shopping while staying at our Montana Bed and Breakfast and have a picnic or let the kids run wild for a little while you get off your feet.

We have always been proud community members and are looking forward to sharing the beauty and wonder of the Bitterroot Valley with you when you come to our Missoula MT Bed and Breakfast. See you soon!