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3 Reasons to Visit Missoula This Year

Visit MissoulaWhen planning to visit Missoula, the most common thing that comes to mind is the exquisite natural beauty found at every turn. From waking up in the morning amongst the Ponderosa Pines on our luxurious mountainside, to walking the streets of downtown Missoula, it is, quite simply, stunningly beautiful here.  With the abundant natural resources enjoyed by Missoulians, it is no wonder that many of the top activities to enjoy here involve the great outdoors. Though the outdoor recreation is hard to beat and is a must-do on anyone’s itinerary while here, there are some definite additions we urge you to consider.  If we were to narrow the reasons to visit Missoula down to three simple things, it would be, of course, the year-round access to outdoor adventure, the wonderful craft beer and distilleries, and the eclectic, vibrant culture known to locals.  Book your stay at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, and explore the best parts of Missoula for yourself. Continue reading

Missoula Southgate Mall: Grand Opening for H & M!

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Missoula Southgate Mall is a convenient, fun place for shopping and dining in one destination.  With more than one hundred stores and ten thousand brands, there is something for everyone in the family and for every occasion. The largest mall in the western Montana area, Southgate Mall stores offer women’s apparel, shoes, kid and teen clothing, jewelry, sporting goods, appliances, electronics, and more. Browse their department stores, specialty shops, and fine boutiques.

Southgate Mall features an exclusive photo exhibit called, “Hallways to History–A Photographic Walk Through Missoula’s Past.”  This photographic tour of Missoula‘s history includes pictures that date back to 1883.  Each photo has a narrative describing its historical significance.  This fascinating exhibit, on display in each of the major service hallways, can be seen daily during the hours that the Southgate Mall is open.

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September 24, 2015 marks the Grand Opening for H & M!  Check out their beautiful new store and all the hottest fashions and quality at a great price.

 

  • Women’s clothing: from casual day-wear to amazing party dresses, via relaxed leisure separates, high performance sportswear and contemporary maternity apparel.
  • Men’s clothing: their collection includes smart shirts and suits for work, the latest trends, tailored classics and comfortable leisurewear.
  • Kids’ clothing: offers children everything fashionable from super-cool jeans to pretty dresses, in sizes from baby to 14 years.
  • Divided: fashion-conscious teens like their functional clothing and accessories from relaxed basics with sporty influences to eye-catching party outfits that will even please fashionistas.
  • Denim: denim trends and ever-popular classics are available in a variety of colors, designs and washes, along with updated shirts, jackets, dresses, skirts and shorts – all in denim.
  • Accessories: complete the fashion look with perfectly matched accessories – from scarves, belts, hats and jewelry to fashion footwear and bags for women, men, teenagers and children.
  • Cosmetics: make-up and skincare to express one’s personal style providing everything needed to achieve the season’s new looks; cosmetics never tested on animals
  • Home: provides fashion for every room in the house including towels, curtains and other home textiles in trendy colors and prints, as well as home decor items in glass, metal and wood
  • Sportswear: sportswear and accessories in specially developed functional materials available for women, men and children.

Southgate Mall hosts a Fall Fashion Weekend from October 15 through 18.  Take advantage of the school break and enjoy time at the mall.  From boots to scarves, find all the latest fall fashions for less and all under one roof.

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Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula, Montana provides a scenic, restful retreat to those looking to get away.  Those who are energized through shopping, will love our Southgate Mall as well as our Montana Antique Mall and trendy downtown.  Each morning our guests awake to our complimentary, fresh gourmet breakfastMissoula, Montana is the place to be this fall and throughout the year.

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
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  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!

Made in Missoula

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Liquid Planet, a favorite local Missoula coffee shop, was founded by a university professor who set out to create the evolution of the coffeehouse and develop a new culture of beverage.

 

During his student days, he owned and operated the “Java Bus”, the first espresso and specialty coffee business on the University of Montana campus.   Liquid Planet has an online store in addition to their store location at 223 N Higgins in Missoula, Montana.

Liquid Planet believes that life quite literally revolves around beverage.  Their mission is to create a purposeful and trusted brand of beverage that will lead to a more healthy and quality lifestyle.  They do this while incorporating sustainable business practices throughout their company.  Liquid Planet was established as a “green” beverage company with a special focus on all-natural, organic and sustainability.

Considering the fact that every human being consumes well over 50,000 gallons of liquids during the average lifetime, it is no wonder there is such a demand for beverage variety and equally important – quality. The ultimate goal of Liquid Planet is to raise the culture of beverage to a wholesome new level.

 

Liquid Planet has gone on to create what they say are the finest organic and all-natural coffees, teas, flavored syrups, cocoas, chai, smoothies and frappes in the world.  Liquid Planet is also the place to find the best of beverage makers, brewers, and the finest accessories for beverage creation and service in your home or office.

Liquid Planet produced the video below, asking a variety of people in Missoula what is their favorite thing about Missoula?  The most common response was the people of Missoula and the sense of community.  Specific comments about the people were that they are friendly, happy, open, and accepting.  It is easy to make friends wherever you sit down.

Missoula is a relaxed environment that is just the right size to have a diverse amount of people.  Some say Missoula is the nicest place to be in Montana.  There is so much culture to discover!  Spending time outdoors is great all four seasons.   There are plenty of coffee shops to savor.  People like walking (and shopping) Downtown and visiting the market on Saturdays.  Missoula has a place for you no matter what your interests.

Missoula has a variety of restaurants (see Destination Missoula’s list of restaurants and food trucks) to cater to whatever guests are in the mood to eat.  From the unique feeling of downtown to the outer edges of Missoula, there is sure to be a local restaurant to make your taste buds happy.  If you are looking for something new and uniquely Montana, try a delicious bison burger from one of the half dozen local Missoula restaurants (listed below) who serve them to their diners.

 

Blue Bison Grill  123 W Front St.

Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern

Blue Canyon  3720 N Reserve St

 

James Bar 127 West Adler

 

Paradise Falls  3621 Brooks St.

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Red Bird  111 N Higgins Ave

River City Grill & Blackfoot  7985 Mt Hwy 200 E in East Missoula

 

Two personal favorite “Made in Missoula” places of Innkeepers Brady & Elaine:

The Buttercup Market and Café located one block from University of Montana campus (1221 Helen Ave)

The Silk Road main floor in the historic Crystal Theater building (515 South Higgins Ave)

 

“Made in Missoula” means made with love from someone in Missoula.  This is especially true of our tasty buttermilk biscuits we bake for our guests to enjoy.  In fact, the gourmet breakfasts alone at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast have our guests wishing they could stay longer!  Brady and Elaine are the perfect hosts at this scenic mountain getaway!  Book your stay today!

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Gorgeous View: Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Tis the Season For Shopping

Indeed, it is the most wonderful time of year.  Tis the season for joy, giving, and togetherness.  Tis the season for shopping.  Our Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast guests can enjoy three distinct shopping areas in Missoula, Montana. Each area has a variety of thoughtful holiday gifts for December and the coming New Year.

Downtown Shopping is home to delightful specialty shops, boutiques, and galleries offering clothing, jewelry, and other gifts for loved ones. The Missoula Downtown Association website conveniently categorizes the downtown shopping by type of merchandise and even lists places for Downtown dining. The Missoula Downtown Gift Card can be purchased online or in person at 218 E. Main Street, Missoula.  Accepted at over 150 locations throughout the downtown area, this is one of the most versatile gift cards they’ll ever receive. 

Southgate Mall is a convenient Missoula shopping destination. With more than one hundred specialty and name brand stores, there is something for everyone. Southgate Mall is the largest mall in western Montana and offers offer women’s apparel, shoes, kid and teen clothing, jewelry, sporting goods, electronics, appliances, and more.

Shopping stores include:

  • Bath and Body Works
  • Coldwater Creek
  • Dillard’s
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Gap
  • Herberger’s
  • JC Penney
  • White House/Black Market

 

North Reserve Street (runs from I-90 to 39th from the north to the south, crossing Broadway, 3rd Street, South Avenue and Brooks Street) offers big box stores like:Nature at the inn (3) small

  • Best Buy
  • Costco
  • Home Depot
  • Old Navy
  • Ross
  • Starbucks
  • Super Walmart
  • Target
  • TJ Maxx
  • Ulta

The Missoula, Montana area offers much more than shopping.  We have entertainment, history, nature, sports, and even The University of Montana. In fact, Outside Magazine ranked Missoula, Montana as the ninth best in their article, “The Sixteen Best Places to Live in America.”  Innkeepers Brady and Elaine welcome you to visit their scenic mountain bed and breakfast with pristine views of the Bitterroot River.  On your next shopping adventure in Missoula, think about relaxing afterward at the bed and breakfast.  Gift Snow on trees 2-20-03 031 smallcertificates for Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are always a popular item this time of year as well!

Blog post written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Photographs by Elaine and Brady of  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast

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!

Missoula Holiday Shopping

In just over two weeks it will be Christmas. In other words, it’s time to get serious about shopping.

Make a holiday out of your holiday shopping this year. Spend a night or two in our Missoula Montana Bed and Breakfast and shop until you drop. You’ll have lots of energy, thanks to the delicious and hearty breakfast we’ll serve you, so you may finish your shopping in record time.

Southgate Mall is quite close to our Bed and Breakfast Missoula. This weekend through Christmas, there will be a fun Gingerbread House contest and display at the mall, sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House. The selection at Southgate Mall can’t be beat – there are over 100 stores and more than 10,000 brands.

There are dozens of shops in downtown Missoula. Find something unique and help a good cause at Missoula 3:16 Thrift Boutique. Pick up something for the kids in your life at Blackbird Kid Shop, which features many locally made products. Betty’s Divine has divine clothing and accessories for women. Fact & Fiction is a great bookshop, and Rockin’ Rudy’s is a fun place to find everything from CDs to jewelry.

Once the shops close, let us pamper you with a gourmet dinner at our Missoula inn (groups of four or more only). Or after dining in town, relax in our recreation room over a game of billiards or cards, or put your feet up and watch a movie on the wide-screen theater system. Popcorn always provided!

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.

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