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Plan Now for a Fall Getaway to Missoula

Mountain top hiking trail with autumn foliage, blue sky and distant mountain peaksFall is a favorite season for those that love the outdoors in Missoula. The cooler weather, brilliant fall colors and quieter hiking trails all make fall the best time for a getaway. The beautiful landscape with rivers, lakes, forests and mountains are home to all kinds of wildlife. Explore beautiful trails leading to sweeping vistas of the glowing autumn treetops. Along the way watch for a variety of birds and mammals that make their home in the Montana landscape. Keep enjoying the great views after a day of fall hiking, by staying at the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast. Nestled in a mountainside overlooking the Bitterroot River and surrounding valley, our guests wake up to breathtaking views each day. That along with a hearty, gourmet breakfast will have you ready for another day of adventures. Reserve your luxury suite with us today and a relaxing fall vacation in beautiful Missoula.

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Spring Birding Season Arrives in Missoula

Pileated Woodpecker perched on tree trunk while birdingBirding season has arrived, and the mountains, rivers and valleys of Missoula are bursting with life. The brilliant spring flowers blanket the meadows and the vibrant colorful birds have begun nesting. Swallows dive with acrobatic precision to catch insects, while raptors soar overhead. An impressive variety of bird species make their home in the diverse habitat of this region. Birding enthusiasts will discover great opportunities for sightings in forests, marshes, and grasslands. Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast offers sweeping views of the Bitterroot River and the valley. Enjoy luxury accommodations while surrounded by the gorgeous wilderness of our mountainside location. And our hearty, gourmet breakfasts will prepare you for a day of hiking the trails and preserves. Book your birding getaway today and celebrate the arrival of spring with us in Missoula.

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Spring Birding Returns to Missoula

Missoula Birding hikingThough there’s still a chill in the air, a quick look out the window tells you that spring is finally on its way to the skies of Montana. Though the weather can be volatile and variable this time of year, there is no doubt that warmer weather and sunnier skies are soon to be the norm, which has outdoor enthusiasts gearing up for another exciting year of adventure in Montana.  As mother nature begins its gradual reawakening, treat yourself to a spring retreat in the beautiful town of Missoula.  Spring is the perfect time to enjoy quiet activities like birding and hiking through meadows of colorful wildflowers.  Book your room at our relaxing Missoula Inn today, and experience the best spring activities Missoula has to offer. Continue reading

Birding Destinations in Missoula

Missoula BirdingThe beautiful yet rugged city of Missoula is a serene and welcoming community, well known for its abundant natural beauty.  Located in the Northern Rockies, Missoula borders a National Forest and has plenty of outdoor recreational areas where visitors can enjoy a wide variety of wonderful activities throughout the year.  Whether you’re an avid bird enthusiast or are just looking for a relaxing way to enjoy nature, it’s hard to beat a day spent birding in Missoula.  Our stunning Bed and Breakfast Inn, nestled on the mountainside among majestic ponderosa pines, is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway this fall.  Book your room with us today. Continue reading

Missoula Disc Golf Courses

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Picture from traditional golf course Canyon River Golf Club in Missoula, Montana.

Missoula disc golf courses (also known as “folf” or “frisbee golf”) are a fitness friendly way to leisurely enjoy the great outdoors.  Missoula has several disc golf courses scattered throughout town. If you are a beginner, you are in a perfect place to learn. Local Missoula “folfers” are welcoming and helpful; often letting you play through their slower moving and larger groups.

Disc golf is similar to regular golf; however, instead of using golf clubs and balls aiming for a hole, Disc Golf players use golf discs and aim for a Disc Pole Hole, a pole extending up from the ground with chains and a basket where the disc lands. The object of the game is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws, starting from a tee area and finishing at the Disc Pole Hole.

Generally, a course is 9 or 18 Disc Pole Holes long. Players start at hole one and complete the course in order, playing through to the last hole. The player with lowest total cumulative score wins.

Disc Golf differs from traditional Golf in important ways. Disc golf courses can use a wide variety of terrain. Often times, land not suitable for other park activities or development is perfect terrain for a disc golf course.

Disc golf is one of the best lifetime fitness sports. It is easy to learn, a healthy activity and accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. If you can throw a Frisbee® and you like to have fun, you can play disc golf.

Today there are over 2,500 Disc Golf Courses in the United States. There are between 7,000,000 and 10,000,000 people who have played the game. Since 1976, there have been over 24,000 members of the Professional Disc Golf Association.

Pro players compete in more than 390 sanctioned tournaments and a Worlds Championship annually. The positive experience with Disc Golf and the growing demand for courses have led to the expansion of the sport all over the country, from small towns to urban areas.

There are four areas in Missoula, Montana where disc golf (folf) is played.  All four Missoula folf areas offer 18 holes.  Destination Missoula provided the course maps.

Blue Mountain is the hiker’s course. This area spreads across a large expanse on the face of Blue Mountain located just south of Missoula. The first half of the course is mostly open with occasional tree obstacles that can block the view of the basket, followed by the second half of the course which dives down into the wooded ravines of Blue Mountain.

The second half can require a skilled hand at tree-dodging; though the fairways themselves are fairly clear if you can keep from playing in the rough. Overall, a “big-arm” course that requires plenty of long shots.  Course map.

Pattee Canyon is a technical course set in the Pattee Canyon recreation area that will find the player in amongst the trees after the first few holes. Often over-crowded after the 5:00pm work hour has been reached, this course is likely the most popular course in the valley and around Missoula with a waiting line gathering at the first hole.

This crowd, however, is no reason to skip this course as it provides a great challenge for folf players of all skill levels.  Course map.

Linda Vista Golf Course gives you the chance to run a game of disc golf on a traditional golf course. Linda Vista folf course operates during the off-season when the course isn’t being used for regular golf. For more information visit their website or give them a call at 406-251-3655.

When you use the Snow Bowl Ski Area, take the lift ride to the top! Seriously, you get a view before you start playing, and during the course of play you are awarded plenty of views of the Missoula Valley when teeing down the 1,100+ ft. hole that plays down a ski run. The added bonus of this course is that it boasts a restaurant and bar at the base of the lift near the parking lot.

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast offers scenic mountain views and superbly delicious cuisine with complimentary fresh breakfasts each morning.  Consider staying with us when you go on your next Missoula disc golf course adventure!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

April Events in Missoula!

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APRIL in MISSOULA is the time when the hills really do start to come a live with “The Sound of Music!”  The colorful sights and sounds of birds and blooms, hikers, bikers and community fun are everywhere to be found.  There is literally something for everyone at this time of year, so come out of winter hibernation to enjoy the many festive events!

-MMAC (Museum of Art & Culture) is celebrating 120 years of exhibiting Montana’s art collection pieces.  Currently, a beautiful tapestry depicting every day life in Belgium, is among the art being exhibited.  This viewing opportunity runs through May 23 at U of M’s Paxon and Meloy Galleries PAR/TV center.

 

3-12-05 powwow 017-Missoula’s 47th annual Kyi-Yo PowWow takes place on Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18.  The theme this year is “We Are Montana.”  You shouldn’t miss all of the colorful and extremely talented dancers and drum groups that come from far and wide to attend and help unify Native American traditions.  The first Grand Entry Event begins on Friday at 7:00 P.M.

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-A World Rhythms Concert with guest artist Edi Gbordzi, who grew up in Ghana, begins Friday, April 17th at 7:30.  The events, including workshops, will be held in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana.  U of M’s West African Ensemble, along with other multi-cultural groups will perform!

-The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is full of life, particularly in the early spring.  Take the short drive to Stevensville on Saturday, April 18th for a beginning birders walk at 10:00.

5-03 034 small-Join the Montana Native Plant Society (Clark Fork Chapter) for an evening flower stroll in Pattee Canyon.  Fairy Slippers, Glacier Lilies and Violets are among some of the flowers you may see on this April 18th evening.  What a great way to celebrate Earth Day: click on the link for car pool information.

-Join Missoulians on Bicycles for several different weekend rides.  On Saturday, April 18th the group will meet in Lolo and on Sunday, April 19th in Missoula.  Be sure to click on the link for more information or call Chris Jauquet at 593-0032.

-The 38th International Wildlife Film Festival starts Saturday, April 18th with the Wildwalk Parade.  The week-long festival offers many viewings to choose from and culminates on April 25th.  For a listing of films and festival events, visit the link above.

fish photoJazzoula 2015 helps extend our Missoula Jazz Festivals into April!  It is preceded by the Buddy DeFranco Jazz festival which already occurred in March.  Missoula’s own local jazz artists will be featured from April 21-23rd- yep, we love to JAZZ things up in this town!

-Down the Hatch Fest, organized by The Orvis Company, takes place at Caras Park and the Wilma Theater for the third year!   This April 25th event promises to bring tons of food and fun to Missoula.  What better place than our own home town to put on a fishing and mini film festival?  Missoula and the surrounding areas have some of the best blue ribbon trout streams in the world and this event helps celebrate that fact.

Carlos Nakai Native Flute missoulianNative American Flutist, Carlos Nakai, (“Earth, Wind, Fire”) joins Darko Butorac and the Missoula Symphony as a guest performer.  This final concert of the season celebrates Earth Day and promises to be both unique and hauntingly beautiful.  Performances are April 25th at 7:30 P.M. and April 26th at 3:00 P.M.

I. View- Missoula Valley 1 smallApril has many Missoula highlights to offer visitors and locals a like.  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is here to give you a relaxing stay during April or any other month of the year!  Photo Credit: Trout- learni.st & Basspro.com, Edi Gbordzi & Carlos Nakai- Missoulian Newspaper, Others- Blue Mountain B&B

 

 

Missoula Montana Nordic Ski Trails

Cross country ski trails are open in the Missoula area and skiers are pleased as punch. A sampling of comments from the Missoula Nordic Ski Club reveals conditions are great, especially for skate skiing. If hearing this kind of talk makes your pulse quicken with excitement then load your skis on your car and hurry to our Bed and Breakfast Missoula Montana.

Nordic ski photo by Dave Connery

Recent comments about the Pattee Canyon trails include: “Skating was superb!”, “Very good conditions…”, “Enjoyed fabulous and fast skating…”. Pattee Canyon is east of the Bitterroot Valley, about thirty minutes from our Bed and Breakfast Montana.

Skiers glowed about the skiing at Lubrecht Experimental Forest, which is 30 miles east of Missoula on Highway 200.  Recent comments included, “Twilight skiing always magical”. Continue reading

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