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Autumn Color Extravaganza in Missoula, Montana

“Autumn Color Extravaganza in Missoula, Montana” is the name of this YouTube video produced by Dave and you can click on the link at the end to see more of his nature travel videos.

Fall is a beautiful time to feel the cool, crisp air, see the changing autumn colors of the leaves, hold hands while walking outside with a loved one, hear the flowing of our local rivers, watch ducks float on top of the water, sip marshmallow-topped hot chocolate, and there are so many more experiences to be had.

Hosts Brady and Elaine welcome guests to have a Blue Mountain Experience at their Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana. Conveniently located near the University of Montana, but surrounded by majestic mountain views and the sparkling Bitterroot River with easy access to the Lewis and Clark walking trail.

There are so many things to see and do during your stay:

  • Shop downtown Missoula or their antique mall
  • Learn about aerial firefighting at the Smokejumper Visitor Center
  • Watch a local theatre performance
  • Visit a local art gallery
  • Take a historical walking tour of Downtown Missoula
  • Visit the Missoula Public Library
  • Check out the local music scene
  • Hike the “M” known as Mount Sentinel
  • Watch Griz football at the University of Montana
  • Golf the greens of Missoula
  • Rent a bike and go mountain biking
  • Explore a Montana State park
  • Dine at one of their award-winning local restaurants

Better yet, stay inside and watch a movie on their big screen or read your favorite book. Play a game of pool inside. Or sit outside and watch their serene pond and enjoy their mountain retreat.

You could come alone to recharge your batteries, bring a friend to grow your friendship, bring a romantic partner to enhance your love, or come with a small group of people to spend time together. Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to getaway to see autumn color!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2016

Missoula Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2016

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Fri Feb 19 2016 – Sun Feb 28 2016, All Day

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has become the largest cinema event in Montana and the premiere venue for non-fiction film in the American West. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and receives over 1400 film entries from every corner of the globe.

BSDFF offers a unique setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and for audiences to see innovative new films, as well as classics in the genre. BSDFF hosts over 100 visiting artists, and screens an average of 140 nonfiction films annually at the historic Wilma Theater, The Top Hat, The Roxy Theater, and Crystal Theatre in downtown Missoula.

In addition to documentary screenings, public events include panel discussions, workshops, pitch sessions, parties and receptions. Special retrospective programs have included the films of Academy Award® winning director Barbara Kopple, The Maysles Brothers, Frederick Wiseman, Joe Berlinger, Doug Pray,  Kartemquin Films, and Les Blank.

Special guests have included Indy Rock legends Yo La Tengo, Comedian Tig Notaro, Academy Award® winning director Steve James (Hoop Dreams), Les Blank (Burden of Dreams), Greg Barker (Sergio), Joe Berlinger (Crude), Ron Mann (Grass), Brendan Canty & Christoph Green (the Burn To Shine series) Chuck Workman (The Life & Times of Andy Warhol) Hart & Dana Heinz Perry (Sex: The Revolution).

Recent Award winners at the festival have included Siblings are Forever (Frode Fimland), A World Not Ours (Mahdi Fleifel), This Way Of Life (Thomas Burstyn), Steam of Life (Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen), Blood Brother (Steve Hoover), Chasing Ice (Jeff Orlowski), Last Train Home (Lixin Fan), Sweetgrass (Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor), Gasland (Josh Fox), Rough Aunties (Kim Longinotto), Ashes of American Flags (Brendan Canty & Christoph Green), In A Dream (Jeremiah Zagar), and Bronx Princess (Yoni Brook & Musa Syeed).

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula, Montana welcomes you to stay at their mountain retreat.  Film lovers across the globe will be visiting Missoula, Montana to see the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.  Choose a beautiful and restful setting with mountain vistas and Bitterroot River views.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

U of Montana Griz Basketball 2016

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The University of Montana Griz Basketball teams, both mens and womens, attracts a lot of fans.  Did you know that both the mens and womens head basketball coaches were also Grizzlies basketball players?  In Big Sky Country, they play to win the Big Sky Conference.

Travis DeCuire was formally introduced as the University of Montana’s 27th men’s head basketball coach in June of 2014, at a press conference in University of Montana’s Adams Center.  DeCuire and the 2014-15 Griz went on to surpass all expectations, leading UM to a 20-win season and a share of the Big Sky Conference regular season title.

As a point guard for Montana from 1992-94 DeCuire was named All-Big Sky Conference as a junior and senior. He set a school record in just three seasons with 435 career assists. He also established UM’s single-season mark with 199 assists as a senior in 1993-94, when he was ranked 12th in the nation, averaging 7.1 assists a game.

He was the recipient of the Grizzlies’ Carl Dragstedt Award (MVP) as a junior (he shared it with forward Matt Kempfert that season) and senior, and received the John Eaheart Award (Outstanding Defensive Player) following his senior year.

Mens Griz local games left in the regular season:

Jan. 21 Idaho                             Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Jan. 23 Eastern Washington   Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Feb. 4 Montana State              Bozeman, Montana     7 pm

Feb. 11 Southern Utah            Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Feb. 13 Northern Arizona       Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Feb. 20  Montana State           Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Mar. 3  North Dakota              Missoula, Montana      8 pm

Mar. 5  Northern Colorado     Missoula, Montana      2 pm

 

Big Sky Conference Tournament in Reno, Nevada:

Mar. 8 First Round Games

Mar. 10 Quarterfinal Games

Mar. 11 Semifinal Games

Mar. 12 Championship Game

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Last year, Head Ladies Basketball Coach Robin Selvig, won Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year.  A graduate of University of Montana in 1974, Coach Selvig has been coaching the Lady Griz basketball team for the last 37 years and has coached over 845 winning games!

The 2014-2015 Lady Griz Basketball won the Big Sky Conference with 14 wins and only 4 losses.   They made it to the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, but lost to Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

The 2015-16 season is Robin Selvig’s 38th year as coach of the Lady Griz and his 43rd year at Montana as either a player or coach at his alma mater. He enters the season with a record of 845-275, an average of more than 22 wins per year.

 

The Assistant Coaches are also graduates of the University of Montana:

Shannon Schweyen (Montana, ’93), 24th year

Trish Duce (Montana, ’93, ’95), 22nd year

Sonya Stokken (Montana, ’09), 3rd year

 

Lady Griz local games left in the regular season:

Jan. 14 Thurs. Northern Colorado      Missoula, Montana      7 p.m.

Jan. 16 Sat.      North Dakota               Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

Jan. 30 Sat.      Montana State            Bozeman, Montana     2 p.m.

Feb. 4 Thurs.   Sacramento State       Missoula, Montana      7 p.m.

Feb. 6 Sat.       Portland State            Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

Feb. 20 Sat.     Montana State            Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

Feb. 25 Thurs. Idaho State                Missoula, Montana      7 p.m.

Feb. 27 Sat.     Weber State               Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

 

Big Sky Conference Tournament in Reno, Nevada:

March 7 Mon. First-round games

March 9 Wed. Quarter final games

March 11 Fri. Semi final games

March 12 Sat. Championship game

 

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula welcomes guests to stay at our luxurious and scenic mountain retreat.  Overlooking the Bitterroot River and enjoying gorgeous mountain vistas, our guests love coming to stay with us.

While we are located in a quiet setting, we are also just a fifteen-minute car ride from the University of Montana campus in Missoula.  Guests can enjoy watching our Montana Griz basketball games during their stay with us.

Missoula Outdoor Cinema 2015

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Missoula Outdoor Cinema 2015 kicked off on July 3, 2015 with the movie Breakfast Club. This 1985 movie (rated R) celebrated the 30th anniversary of this classic John Hughes film.  The Breakfast Club chronicles one day in the life of five high school students – all different stereotypes. They meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Each year the North Missoula Community Development Corporation (NMCDC) strives to bring you an eclectic mix of new, classic, children’s, independent, and perfect date night films. This started with a trial weekend in the summer of 2002.  Missoula Outdoor Cinema was enormously well-attended from the start. Its season has grown to fill every weekend of July and August.

There are nine more movies showing in Missoula Outdoor Cinema 2015:

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Dirty Dancing
(1987) (PG-13)
Saturday, July 11
1 hour 40 minutes

Sunset – 9:30 pm

Spending the summer of 1963 in a holiday camp with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman, a privileged daddy’s girl, falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

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To Kill a Mocking bird
(1962) (unrated)
Saturday, July 18
2 hours 9 minutes

Sunset – 9:24 pm

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his kids against prejudice. Relive this powerful classic just in time to read the highly anticipated sequel to the novel.

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Hard Day’s Night
(1999) (G)
Saturday, July 25
1 hour 45 minutes

Sunset – 9:17 pm

A 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania. The film portrays several days in the lives of the group.

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How to Train Your Dragon
(2010) (PG)
Saturday, August 1
1 hour 38 minutes

Sunset- 9:08 pm

Long ago on the Island of Berk, a young Viking, Hiccup, wanted to join his town’s fight against the dragons that continually raid them. However, his father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can’t bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon begin a friendship that opens up both their worlds.

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Dead Man
(1995) (R)
Saturday, August 8
2 hours 1 minute

Sunset – 8:58 pm

On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

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Iron Man
(2008) (PG-13)
Saturday, August 15
2 hours 6 minutes

Sunset – 8:47 pm

An early favorite in the Marvel Comics movie series, the first Iron Man explains this super hero’s surprising origins. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, industrialist Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight against evil, but it leads him to conflict within his own company.

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A League of Their Own
(1992) (PG)
Saturday, August 22
2 hours 8 minutes

Sunset – 8:34 pm

A fictionalized version of the real life All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, A League of Their Own centers on two sisters who join the league while most of the men of baseball-playing age are fighting in World War II. Their coach, one-time home-run champion Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), is now a broken-down alcoholic who sobers up as the team begins to show promise. The question is whether these competitive sisters can come together to take their team to the World Series.

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The Chronicles of Narnia
(2005) (PG)
Saturday, August 29
1 hour 57 minutes

Sunset – 8:22 pm

When the Pevensie family is evacuated out to the country during WWI, they are unaware of the adventure they will encounter. During a game of hide and seek, the youngest daughter, Lucy discovers a wardrobe which transports her to the land of Narnia. Covered in snow, Narnia is full of weird and wonderful creatures, but is watched over by the evil White Witch, Jadis. When all four Pevensie children end up through the wardrobe, they discover that it was meant to be, as two daughters of Eve and two sons of Adam must join with the mighty lion, Aslan to defeat the evil White Witch.

And We Were Young
(2015) (R)
Saturday, September 5
1 hour 55 minutes

Sunset – 8:08 pm

The interwoven stories of And We Were Young together give the whole arc of U.S. intervention in Europe, from enlistment and passage to France aboard pestilent troop-ships, through baptism by fire and lead and, for those who lived to tell about it, to the Armistice and beyond. Selected carefully from first-person accounts passed down in letters, journals, memoir and interviews, the dusty words of the men and women who were there come alive in silhouetted scenes of surprising beauty as well as shocking brutality. Mindful of this fine line, Smetanka’s feature debut demonstrates what fighting men have always noticed: that war, in all its abject ugliness, can have its senseless beauty, too.

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Photo Credit: Michelle Gustafson Photography

Hosts Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula, Montana welcomes guests from all over the world to their quiet, scenic mountain retreat that is conveniently close to the heart of Downtown Missoula as well as the University of Montana.  Missoula Outdoor Cinema is just one of the many exciting activities to do in Montana this summer.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Make Your Heart Happy in Missoula, Montana

Did you know that Missoula, Montana is the perfect place to visit?  Especially when you become a guest at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast. You will enjoy spectacular views of the stunning Bitterroot River, encompassing mountains, and beautiful valley below.  Our comfortable and elegant B&B offers a relaxing mountain retreat to our guests.

Conveniently close to the peaceful and scenic Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, the International Heart Institute of Montana brings together a recognized team of cardiologists, heart surgeons, nurses and researchers to perform advanced cardiac procedures and to search for new and improved ways to treat heart disease. Founded in 1995, IHI involves physicians and staff of St. Patrick Hospital and The University of Montana in Missoula.  They are one of the Top 50 Heart Hospitals in our country.

With your doctor’s approval, you can take good care of your heart by walking, biking, or hiking the historic Lewis and Clark trail. Travelers’ Rest State Park and the Lolo Trail are only four miles from our door.  Blue Mountain’s Bed and Breakfast offers privacy to our guests as well as a window to Montana’s many native birds, chipmunks and wildlife in their own natural habitat.  Walk our grounds to see our delightful garden and take in our gorgeous panoramic view of the mountains, valleys, and waterfalls.

Innkeepers Brady and Elaine know a lot about the history of the area.  In fact, family stories related to the settling of the West include a great, grand uncle who was one of the first tour guides in Yellowstone Park.  They share their family’s history with informative and entertaining displays and albums at their bed and breakfast.  

Elaine is a certified tour guide who can provide you with a personal camp-side Montana Trails and Tales “tour” (with advanced reservations). While relaxing in either the forested picnic area or the Lodge, enjoy a personal storytelling hour as she introduces you to the fascinating oral history of the area through story and song. Whether you are vacationing, taking a business trip, or visiting the Heart Institute, make your heart happy by booking a reservation today!

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