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Mamma Mia in Missoula!

Mamma Mia in Missoula! A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! The ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.

So what is the show about, you ask?  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World’s No.1 Show!

You may recall a movie version of Mamma Mia! starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfriend, Christine Bananski, Stellan Skarsgard, and Julie Walters.  That was released in July 2008.

Mamma Mia! in Missoula

On Friday, March 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm at the Adams Center, Mamma Mia the musical is showing as part of the Missoula Live Series on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, Montana.  You will not want to miss this!

Poised at the base of Mount Sentinel on the beautiful University of Montana campus, the Adams Center is a proud Missoula icon, providing diverse entertainment in the mountains of Western Montana since the 1950s.

Named for and dedicated to Harry F. Adams who devoted 44 years of service to UM, the Adams Center underwent a $15 million renovation in 1998 to make improvements to the arena and add the auxiliary facility that now holds the East and West Auxiliary Gyms and the Grizzly Hall of Champions.

The Adams Center is now a hub for entertainment in Western Montana, from Grizzly Athletics and University of Montana events to meetings, conferences, trade shows, live theater and concerts.

Hosts Brady and Elaine Anderson-West invite you to stay at their restful retreat called Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast right here in Missoula.  Their gorgeous inn overlooks the Bitterroot River and features majestic mountain views.  Each morning guests savor a fresh gourmet breakfast cooked to perfection.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Montana Antique Mall

The Montana Antique Mall located in downtown Missoula is the largest antique mall in Montana. They feature four floors and over 15,000 square feet of interesting and sometimes odd old stuff in what was once the Montana Hotel.

The Montana Hotel was built in 1890 and is claimed to be the oldest building in downtown Missoula. Located across from the original train depot, it serviced travelers coming east and west on the Northern Pacific railway. It also housed working men who gathered in the hotel dining room for supper at the end of their day and then could retire to the saloon for evening libations.

Today its home to sixty antique dealers and a variety of furniture, clothing, jewelry, collectibles, glassware, pottery and a little bit of everything else. There is even a library with books reflecting regional and historical interest.

Plan on an afternoon with the past and maybe taking some of it home. The Montana Antique Mall is located at 331 West Railroad Street in Missoula, Montana.  Plenty of parking is available.  The antique mall is open on Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm.  For more information, call 406-721-5366.

Want more retail therapy?  The downtown area also has delightful specialty shops, boutiques, and galleries offering clothing, jewelry, and other gifts for loved ones. Southgate Mall is the largest mall in Western Montana and with more than one hundred specialty and name brand stores, there is something for everyone. North Reserve Street also offers some popular box stores like Best Buy, Home Depot, and Old Navy.

There are so many wonderful things to see and do while you stay in Missoula, Montana:

You are welcome to stay at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast during your visit to Big Sky Montana.  We are conveniently close to plenty of fun things to do, but we also provide our guests with peaceful and scenic views of mountains and the Bitterroot River.

Each morning guests enjoy our delicious gourmet breakfasts.  We enjoy seeing returning guests as well as meeting new guests that also become friends.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Splash Montana

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Splash Montana is located in Playfair Park at 3001 Bancroft Street in Missoula, Montana.  Visiting Splash Montana is a great way to cool off and celebrate that the Montana sun is shining!  Splash Montana has fun features:

  • Three exciting three-story waterslides
  • The Lake – Olympic-sized pool with 50-meter and 25-yard lap lanes
  • A swimmer-friendly zero-depth entry
  • Spray features and kiddie Grizzly slide
  • A lazy river float-way with a wild river branch
  • Floating play structures: log walk, floating otter, and water snake
  • Ranger Station cabana rentals
  • Crazy Creek Café
  • Fireline Grill

Summer Hours: June 12 – August 8

Monday – FridaySaturday & Sunday
11:30am – 8pm11am – 6pm

Late Summer Hours – August 9 – 25
Monday – FridaySaturday & Sunday
11am – 7:30pm11am – 6pm

Playfair Park

  1. Baseball diamond
  2. Basketball court
  3. Horseshoes
  4. Ice skating
  5. Jogging Trail
  6. Picnic tables
  7. Play equipment
  8. Restrooms
  9. Shelter
  10. Soccer field
  11. Splash Montana
  12. Swimming pool
  13. Tennis court
  14. Volleyball court

When you visit Splash Montana at Playfair Park in Missoula, you are welcome to be overnight guests at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Our luxurious accommodations include five well-appointed guest rooms as well as access to our recreation area in the Lodge.  We have a deluxe pool table for playing billiards and a wide-screen theatre system for viewing movies while tasting popcorn or other snacks.  Each morning, hosts Brady and Elaine will treat you to a fresh gourmet breakfast.

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With scenic views of nature, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy bonding time with loved ones.

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There are also plenty of other things to see and do within our community of Missoula, Montana.  Activities like:

This and so much more await you and yours. Now is a great time to visit Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast!

Missoula Winter Fun

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is thankful for all the outdoor winter fun that Missoula, Montana and our surrounding area offers our guests.  From downhill skiing to cross-country skiing, from ice fishing to ice skating, and snowmobiling to snowshoeing.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly ski destination, check out Discovery Ski Area, or “Disco” to locals. It has a variety of terrain, with plenty of beginner and intermediate slopes, as well as some highly-technical runs on the backside. It’s about a 90-minute drive from Missoula in Philipsburg, Montana.  180 Discovery Basin Road   406-563-2184

Lookout Pass Ski Trails are open 6 days a week in January & February, Wednesdays through Mondays. Closed on Tuesdays. Lifts operate 9-4PM PST on weekdays and  8:30-4PM on weekends. There are nine un-groomed trails that make a total of 7.3 miles down into the basin. The Lookout Pass Alpine Skiing Area is right next to the cross-country ski trails and snowmobiling opportunities. These trails are not groomed.

Average Annual Snowfall: 400 inches

* Terrain: 540 acres with 34 named runs
and prime powder glades:
20% Easiest
50% Intermediate
20% Advanced
10% Expert
* Lifts: 3 double chairs and 1 triple chair
* Vertical Drop:  1,150’
* Base Elevation:  4,500
* Summit Elevation: 5,650
* Longest Run:  1.5 miles
Pattee Canyon Recreation Area, a 3,200-acre recreation area on the on the east side of Missoula, is a popular getaway for locals and visitors. The extensive, 27 miles of system trails is open year-round to non-motorized use and available to hikers, mountain bikers, joggers, and the trails are groomed for cross country skiers.   These recreation area trails and roads connect the University of Montana and the Clark Fork River areas.
Few communities enjoy a place quite like the 60,000-acre Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness just north of Missoula. Montana’s premier urban wilderness blends the best of both wilderness and civilization.  Rest assured that, despite its name, there have been no verified sightings of rattlesnakes in this area. You will, however, find ample opportunities to view many other wildlife species, including beaver, deer, elk, mountain goats and black bear.

A well-developed trail network in the Rattlesnake’s lower reaches gives you a variety of options for day trips – or you can pack overnight gear and venture farther into the high-country wilderness.  You can camp anywhere beyond a three-mile radius from the Rattlesnake’s main trailhead, known as the “South Zone” (off Sawmill Gulch Road just west of Rattlesnake Drive).

When snow conditions permit, the main Rattlesnake and side drainages are readily accessible to cross-country skiers. Missoula Nordic Ski Club offers some grooming of the Rattlesnake Recreation Area from the main trailhead to Franklin Bridge.

Seeley Creek Nordic Ski Trails are a series of linked ski trails.  Their trails consistently receive rave reviews and regular use from skiers living within a 150-mile radius, while their races and other events bring many users from greater distances. There is a trail or a loop for skiers of all levels and abilities, from hard-core racers to families looking to experience some healthy outdoor activity in the fresh winter air of western Montana.

 

Ice fishing is a great way to get outside during the cold winter months. Just make sure to bundle up to keep yourself warm while you’re out on the ice.

  • Half way between Kalispell and Missoula (roughly a 120 mile distance), Flathead Lake is the largest natural body of fresh water west of the Mississippi River. Although the lake seldom freezes over entirely, most of the bays will freeze thick enough to support ice fishing activity.  Expect to find lake & whitefish trout, yellow perch & cutthroat trout.
  • Georgetown Lake is a popular ice fishing location near Anaconda, MT (90 miles from Missoula, or an hour and 40 minutes by car) that has easy access, and only a short distance from the Discovery Basin Ski Area. The most common fish caught are salmon, rainbow & brook trout.
  • Seeley Swan Lake is among the many numerous lakes present in the Seeley Swan Valley are the highly popular Salmon, Holland Placid Lakes that are an easy day trip from Missoula. Expect to find bull trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon & northern pike.

 

Ice skating in Missoula is almost always accompanied by a roaring bonfire somewhere close to the ice rink. Warm your fingers and lift your spirit enough to get back into the cold gliding bliss of skating.

  • Located at the fairgrounds, Glacier Ice Rink has both an indoor and outdoor rink. With reasonable rates on rentals and public skating available daily from September through May, the whole family will have fun gliding around the large arena.
  • Another option for ice skating is in the Rattlesnake Area, at Pineview Park. Since 1975 the Rattlesnake Hockey Assocation has been flooding a portion of the park for winter skating. Hours vary due to the weather, and you’ll need to bring your own skates.

Missoula is at the epicenter of several great mountains for skiing and snowboarding. Did you know Missoula has its very own ski area? The Snowbowl is located just 20 minutes from downtown Missoula. The Snowbowl’s terrain is comprised of 2,600 vertical feet and just over 900 acres. The Snowbowl isn’t the only area that is just a short drive from Missoula. Discovery Ski Area, Blacktail Mountain, Lookout Pass and Lost Trail Powder Mountain are all trips that you can do in a day.

 

Starting at either Lolo Hot Springs or at Lolo Pass 7 miles west, snowmobilers can conduct their own modern-day explorations, crossing 250 miles of groomed, connecting trails in the Lolo and Clearwater National Forest.  Snowmobiling in Missoula is fast, fun and addictive.  Snowmobile rentals are available at Lolo Hot Springs. A full range of visitor services, including snowmobile rentals, sales, and service are available in Missoula.

Snowshoeing in Missoula is truly an adventure. With the ability to set out in any direction and find unmistakable views and a winter wonderland, is what makes snowshoeing here great.  After a day of fun in the snow and ice, Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast guests can relax at a local restaurant and retreat to their rooms for more togetherness.  Each morning Innkeepers Brady and Elaine prepare a fabulous gourmet breakfast for their guests.  Are you ready for some Missoula winter fun?

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Blue is Beautiful Photography Contest!

Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in scenic Missoula, Montana invite you to enter the #BlueIsBeautiful Contest.  Enter on either Twitter or Facebook to win a free one-night stay for two people (including breakfast in the morning) at their lovely bed and breakfast.  We want to inspire you to find things in nature that are blue and take pictures of them.  When you visit Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, beautiful nature is all around you from the blue, Bitterroot River to Blue Mountain which we call home!

ENTRY RULES:

For an entry to be valid in the #BlueIsBeautiful Photo Contest,  it must:

  • Mention @BlueMountainBB in the tweet or Blue Mountain Bed & Breakfast in the Facebook post.
  • Be a photograph taken by you (or a photograph used with permission by the photographer).
  • Include the hashtag #BlueIsBeautiful.
  • Be a picture of something blue found in nature.
  • The photo you enter can show nature’s beautiful blue from anywhere in the world.

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    • Be following @BlueMountainBB on Twitter or Facebook.
    • Be age 21 or older.
    • Enter photo or photos between Nov. 14 2014 and Jan. 14 2015.

Each photo entered in our contest must be different, but the same person can tweet and post different pictures as separate entries into the contest. While the contest is going on, Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast will re-tweet and re-post various entries.  This does not necessarily mean that re-tweeted or re-posted entries are the winning picture.  It will be fun knowing that your photo is one of the photos got shared with all our followers!  Again, we welcome national and international photos since our world is a big, beautiful place!

Only one winner from TWITTER and a different winner from FACEBOOK will be chosen.  The winner will be the one who tweeted or posted the picture that best represents the beauty of blue in nature as determined by innkeepers Brady and Elaine.  Both the winning tweeter and the winning Facebook poster and their respective guest will each experience a free one-night stay for two at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast!  Prize includes fresh gourmet breakfast for two in the morning.

Photo Contest begins Friday November 14, 2014 and will end January 14, 2015.  Let the color blue and a visit for two inspire you to take the winning picture!
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Did you know that in the United States and European public opinion polls, the color blue is overwhelmingly the most popular color, chosen by half of both men and women as their favorite color?!   Blue is the color of the deep sea and the clear sky.  Of course, flowers, butterflies, blueberries, blue jays, and blue whales are also blue.  There is even a Blue Linkia Starfish.  Earth is sometimes called the blue planet.  In fact, the farther away an object is, the more blue it often appears to the eye.  For example, mountains in the distance often appear blue.  That is why we are called Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.

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CONTEST WINNERS

1 winner from Twitter

1 winner from Facebook

(announced at the end of January, 2015)

  • Will each receive a one night stay in an available room of their choice, accompanied by breakfast.
  • Summertime limitations apply (two-night minimum stay).
  • Prize/gift certificate is good until Jan. 15, 2016.

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If you fall in love with the color blue and decide you would like to visit us regardless of your winning status, we would be honored.  Just tweet or post your photograph according to the contest rules for a discounted stay with us!  We are so appreciative of those who mention our contest to others and encourage them to follow us on various social media sites as well.  Thank You!

For ANYONE entering the contest who is also following us on Twitter and/or Facebook, we will be happy to give you a 15% discount on your stay.  Mention the contest and your photo when booking on-line or call us directly at 1-(406)-251-4457.   A restful night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast await you!

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A River Runs Through Missoula

Clark Fork River Trail

Livability named their top 100 Picks for the best places to live in 2015! Missoula, Montana came in at #8 for the 100 best places to live in America.  More than 2,000 cities were looked at during the ranking so every city in the list is part of the Top 5% in the country.   Livability described the town of Missoula: “Nearby mountain ranges, three rivers and more than 400 acres of city parkland make Missoula an outdoor lover’s dream come true. Home to the University of Montana, Missoula’s breweries, coffee houses, cafes and restaurants create a unique, cool vibe. Independent bookstores, a symphony and music venues provide more entertainment options.”

On Tuesday August 12 of 2014, Outside Magazine published an article called, “The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” they ranked Missoula, Montana as #9 on the list of great greatest places to live in America. Missoula received 40,530 votes.  “Best towns ever” had to have access to adventure, healthy eating options, bike lanes, and green spaces.  Missoula has all this and more!  The University of Montana, the town’s largest employer, cultivates youthful energy, but most activity revolves around the downtown stretch of the Clark Fork River. Brennan’s Wave attracts paddleboarders and kayakers.

Missoula Mount Sentinel Trail

Of course, residents love this town best for what lies just beyond. “Trail access here is ridiculous,” says Wolfe. “I live downtown, and I can run out my front door, be on singletrack in two minutes, and go six hours without crossing a road.”  Wolfe’s favorites include the 1.8-mile Mount Sentinel Trail, which climbs 2,000 vertical feet to views of the valley.  The University of Montana is in the foreground.

Learn to Fly Fish

It wouldn’t be a trip to Missoula, or Montana, without a fishing adventure.   Fishing is absolutely central to this community. At the convergence of the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, and Bitterroot Rivers, Missoula lives up to its name. Whether you prefer to fish from the banks of the river right in the middle of town or prefer to hire a river guide to make a whole day of your fishing expeditions, you will not be disappointed with your catch. Missoula is famous for its blue ribbon fishing, with an almost endless selection of stretches to explore. The angling is so good here, that Forbes Magazine named Missoula one of North America’s top ten trout fishing towns.  Fishing licenses are available through Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

The three rivers that run through the town of Missoula, Montana is the setting for the 1976 fly-fishing novella by Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It.  A River Runs Through It is a story of two boys growing up in Montana with a love for fly-fishing. The book was made into an American film in 1992 directed by Robert Redford starring Brad Pitt, Craig Sheffer, and Tom Skerritt.

For those who enjoy wildlife watching, it requires vigilant eye in Missoula as well as a good pair of binoculars for optimal viewing. Wildlife watchers keep their eyes out for deer, bighorn sheep, bison, and other amazing wildlife in Missoula and the surrounding wilderness. Birdwatchers love birding in Missoula because the town offers fantastic birding-watching sites and opportunities.  The types of birds people might see in Missoula include woodpeckers, blue herons, flycatchers, bald eagles, and osprey just to name a few.

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When visitors come to Missoula, they should stay at the lovely Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Innkeepers Brady and Elaine have glowing guest reviews. With gorgeous views, plenty to do and see, peaceful time to relax, and great food to enjoy, Brady and Elaine look forward to hosting guests who always end up as friends.

The picture just above is the beautiful mountain view guests see from the deck at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  The photo is by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography.  This blog post was written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.

U of Montana Football Games

2014 Football Schedule

University of Montana football games attract many fans and spectators.  Starting with the next game, all of their games for the rest of this season will be televised. However, there is nothing like being there in person to witness the action and excitement.  Get your Griz Football Tickets soon!

There are 6 home games during this 2014 Football Season Schedule:

  • September 6 vs. Central Washington
  • September 13 vs. South Dakota
  • September 27 vs. Northern Colorado
  • October 18 vs. U of California-Davis
  • November 1 vs. Sacramento State
  • November 22 vs. Montana State

It all builds up until the final game against their archrival Montana State.  Whether you are University of Montana fan (or a fan of one of the competing college football teams the Grizzlies play against this season) visitors are in for a real treat when they attend a live, heart-pounding, and thrilling football game along with the cheering crowd at the University of Montana in Missoula.

It just so happens that Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is located in Missoula, Montana.  We have breathtaking views of mountains as well as the Bitterroot River.  Our peaceful property is just steps away from the historic Lewis and Clark trail.

We are far out enough to enjoy the calm and quiet of the nature outside our beautiful bed and breakfast, but conveniently close to the University of Montana. Guests will enjoy a complimentary full (and delicious) breakfast.  A recent comment on Trip Advisor said that, “Brady sure knows how to cook!”

Innkeepers Brady and Elaine love extending their friendly hospitality to their guests.  In fact, Elaine and Brady cannot imagine missing out on the joy of entertaining guests. They wish everyone could visit them–just not all at the same time!  They are dedicated to giving their guests the best bed and breakfast experience possible.

Follow Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast on Twitter and like them on Facebook! They even have a Pinterest board courtesy Bed and Breakfast Blogging. Brady and Elaine look forward to their guests coming to stay at Blue Mountain and hope guests will also enjoy one of the Grizzlie football games this fall season!  No matter who any of us roots for, we can all shout, “GO TEAM!”

Blue Mountain Baseball in Missoula, Montana

At Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, located in beautiful Missoula, Montana, our peaceful place provides relaxation and a gorgeous view of the mountains.  Here you can walk nature trails, go trout fishing, horseback riding, golfing, shopping, or just enjoy resting in one of private guest rooms.  All our rooms have exquisite views including gardens, mountains, forests, and valleys.  There is so much to experience here!

We love promoting our Missoula community.  They say that baseball is an all-American pastime.  Did you know that we have our own minor league baseball team?  The Missoula Osprey will open their 16th season with a three game series on the road beginning against the Helena Brewers on Monday June 16.  The O’s home opener is set for Thursday June 19 against the Great Falls Voyagers.

The Osprey is part of the Pioneer Minor League which was founded in 1939.  In fact, The Osprey recently were Pioneer League Champions in 1999, 2006, and 2012. Two Osprey Alumni are on the list of top-100 hitters in Major League Baseball. Paul Goldschmidt is ranked third and Carlos Gonzalez sixth.  Click to buy tickets to see an Osprey ball game!

The real life birds called ospreys eat fish 99% of the time.  The Montana Osprey Project started in 2006 and is conducted at the University of Montana in their Biogeochemistry Lab.  It is a long-term project to study ospreys along the upper Clark Fork River and its tributaries.  They have live-streaming nest cameras in Missoula at Hellgate Canyon which is nearby the stadium!

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to get away and enjoy all the wonderful things our area offers.  From spectacular looks at nature (including the osprey birds) to spectacular baseball plays (by The Ospreys team), you will love staying at our bed and breakfast.  Did we mention that we get rave reviews from guests who love our delicious breakfasts?  We aim to please!  Let us know how we can help you!

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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