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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!

The St. Ignatius Mission

The historic St Ignatius Mission sits in front of the Mission Mountains on the Flathead Indian Reservation, about an hour northwest of our Missoula bed and breakfast. The church that stands in St. Ignatius today was built by the missionaries and Flathead people out of local clay and lumber (after previous church buildings were destroyed by fire) in 1891. The walls and ceilings of the church feature more than 50 original fresco paintings by Brother Joseph Carignano, S.J. Continue reading

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