Missoula MT

Missoula is One of the Best Places to Stay in Montana

A new year is here, which means a new year full of adventures and possibilities.  Montana should definitely be on your “must-see” list this year, especially Missoula, which is easily one of the best places to stay in Montana.

What makes the charming yet rugged town of Missoula one of the best places to stay in Montana?  It’s a combination of big-city amenities, like restaurants, breweries, museums, and more, small-town charm, and unprecedented access to some of the most beautiful scenery in Montana.  It’s also within easy reach of popular day-trip destinations, like Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park.

Aside from being able to visit extraordinary places, visiting Missoula also gives you the chance to stay at our rural Bed and Breakfast, which we would consider top among the best places to stay in Montana.  We’re situated just outside of Missoula, close enough for you to be able to enjoy the best of this magnificent city, but far enough away to relax and unwind under the big skies Montana is famous for.

It’s truly the getaway of a lifetime.  Don’t you think it’s time you started planning?  Relax, unwind, and visit Missoula, one of the best places to stay in Montana.  Book your room today!

Biking the beautiful paths in Missoula, one of the best places to stay in Montana

Why Missoula is One of the Best Places to Stay in Montana

There are plenty of reasons to consider Missoula one of the best places to stay in Montana.  It starts, of course, with the biggest draw to the area; Missoua’s a veritable mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.  There are virtually endless hiking and biking trails in Missoula, not to mention a river for a variety of water sports, and a winter blanketed with snow for an entirely new range of outdoor pursuits.

If you’re not into the outdoors or want a mix of adventure and culture on your trip, you can find that in Missoula, too!  Missoula is a college town, which means it has a diverse range of attractions.  The beer scene here is exceptional, and the restaurants are pretty great, too.  Truly, Missoula has a little something for everyone, and that is why we consider it one of the best places to stay in Montana.

Depending on when you visit, there are more than enough things to do in Missoula to keep you busy and having fun, too!  We’ve broken our list of things to do in Missoula out by summer activities (which really apply to spring, summer, and fall), and winter activities for you snow-loving adventurers. It won’t take you long to see why Missoula is one of the best places to stay in Montana!


The rugged natural beauty of this area lends itself to summertime exploration and so there are many options of things to do in Missoula. Whatever you choose to do, get ready for plenty of big adventures!

  1. Hiking is easily one of the top things to do in Missoula during this time of year, and arguably one of the things that makes Missoula one of the best places to stay in Montana.  There are endless trails to choose from, but some good ones to get started with include Mount Sentinel or the “M” as it is referred to, the Kim Williams Trail, trails in the Rattlesnake Wilderness, as well as those in the Pattee Canyon National Recreation Area.
  2. Biking is another popular reason to visit Missoula. The city is very bike-friendly and offers pathways through the downtown, along the river, or off-road adventures in the many National Recreation areas. Popular trails include The Bitterroot Trail and the Kim Williams Trail.
  3. Visit the seasonal markets in Missoula, like Clark Fork River Market and The Missoula Farmers Market.
  4. Fishermen love Missoula – it is home to some of the best trout fishing in the world.  You have your choice of the Clark Fork, Bitterroot, and Blackfoot Rivers, and there are plenty of outfitters in town to work with, including Blackfoot River Outfitters, Missoula On The Fly, and Grizzly Hackle.
  5. Water sport enthusiasts don’t want to miss the surfers at Brennan’s Wave downtown on the Clark Fork River. This man-made wave was constructed in memory of a world-class kayaker. On summer evenings you can come down to check out kayakers, surfers, and paddleboarders trying out new tricks on the wave.
  6. Head down to the Hip Strip for some unique boutique shopping, checking out art galleries, and great eateries. The businesses here are all locally owned and operated and offer a great way to find that perfect souvenir for your time in Missoula.
  7. Unwind in the afternoon with a cold pint of beer at one of the many incredible breweries that dot the city. From craft and specialized breweries to establishments that serve up more traditional brews, you’ll see why Missoula is one of the top destinations for beer in the country. Places like Big Sky Brewing Co., Bayern Brewing, Kettlehouse Brewing, Conflux Brewing, and so many others offer great spaces to enjoy a refreshing beverage on a summer’s day.
  8. Beer isn’t the only great reason to visit Missoula – there are also some great distilleries here.  Try Mongomery Distillery, Montana Distillery, Rattlesnake Creek Distillers, and Lolo Creek Distillery.

Missoula is one of the best places to stay in Montana, and beautiful winter landscapes like this are just one of the many reasons why


Snow, snow, and more snow! That is what winter in Missoula is all about. There are plenty of things to do in Missoula in the winter, and this opportunity for four seasons of fun is what makes Missoula one of the best places to stay in Montana. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Missoula in the winter.

  1. Snowshoeing into an open Montana wilderness is a breathtaking journey.  Head to places like Pattee Canyon Recreation Area, and Rattlesnake Recreation Area, and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon in Missoula.
  2. Cross country skiing goes hand in hand with winter in Montana. Check with the Missoula Nordic Ski Club for an up to date check on trail conditions and grooming reports, and enjoy popular trail networks like the Seeley Creek Nordic Ski Trails.
  3. For a bit of thrilling adventure, head out to some of the snowmobiling trails around Missoula. If you don’t have your own, you can rent or take a tour with Bitterroot Adventures.
  4. How about some ice fishing?  Team up with Flathead Lake Charters and Howe’s Fishing, which provide qualified guides to lead you on this adventure.
  5. The same great breweries, restaurants, and distilleries that you visit during the remainder of the year are here to warm you up after a day of fun in the great outdoors of Missoula.
  6. Visiting a natural hot spring is one of the best things to do in Missoula in the winter! Lolo Hot Springs is a more developed facility, while Jerry Johnson Hot Springs or Weir Hot Springs offer a more natural experience.
  7. Team up with experienced dog sledding guides f0r an unforgettable adventure at places such as Dogsled Adventures Montana, Absaroka Dogsled Treks, and Triple Creek Ranch.

The Best Place to Stay in Missoula

So now that we’ve covered why Missoula is one of the best places to stay in Montana, let’s talk about the best place to stay in Missoula itself!  When it comes to extraordinary lodging in Missoula, nothing beats the comfortable accommodations and exceptional hospitality provided by our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

The Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is located close enough to town to enjoy the best breweries, restaurants, museums, and other great things to do in Missoula, but it’s also far enough away to soak up the tranquil ambiance of Missoula’s stunning countryside. We offer guests the perfect blend between rustic and elegant accommodations, set amidst stunning natural surroundings. It’s truly the best of both worlds.

As exciting as Missoula is (and why it ranks as one of the best places to stay in Montana), our Bed and Breakfast also offers our guests various onsite leisure activities to enjoy while here.  We make it easy for you to enjoy a down day or two, an essential part of any action-packed adventure!

Regardless of what you plan to do during the day, each morning here will start with a delicious and hearty breakfast. It’s the perfect fuel for whatever adventure lies ahead. Sink your teeth into our Swedish pancakes, huckleberry sourdough, crab cakes, or steak and eggs. You definitely won’t go hungry here!

If you’re ready to experience the best place to stay in Missoula, then it’s time to start planning.  Book your room at our Missoula MT Bed and Breakfast today!

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 on  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!