Southgate Mall

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

Missoula Montana Dining

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Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is located in scenic Missoula, Montana.  After enjoying a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning, you are fueled up to begin a wonderful day.  The next time you get hungry (which will be awhile given our hearty breakfast portions), there is no shortage of great local places for Missoula Montana dining.

  • Butterfly Herbs: 232 Higgens Ave. (406) 728-8780 Established in 1972, offering fresh coffees, teas, homemade soups, fresh salads, sandwiches, and coffee ice cream specialties
  • Café Zydeco: 2101 Brooks Street (406) 926-2578 Unique Cajun restaurant known for Po-boys, Gumbos, Etouffee, and Beignets
  • Caffe Dolce: 500 Brooks Street (406) 830-3055 ext. 3 Fine dining with informal flare, seasonal contemporary Italian menus including pasta, pizza, and seafood, stunning collection of artisanal wines
  • Catalyst Café: 111 N Higgins Ave. (406) 542-1337 Offer delicious options for all, including vegetarians, vegans, and celiacs
  • El Cazador: 101 S. Higgins (406) 728-3657 Tasty authentic and traditional Mexican dishes
  • Finn and Porter: 100 Madison (406) 542-4660 Featuring seafood, steak, and chops and offering a fabulous view with extraordinary service
  • Iza: 529 South Higgins Ave. (406) 830-3237 Contemporary local Asian cuisine featuring organic, gluten free, and vegan options
  • Mackenzie River Pizza Company: 137 W. Front Street (406) 721-0077 and 5210 Grant Creek Road (406) 721-0099 Gourmet pizzas, hearty sandwiches, signature soups, Montana-sized salads and pastas, gluten-free crust available
  • Mustard Seed Asian Café: Southgate Mall (406) 542-7333 Asian-style dishes made to order with lean meats and fresh vegetables, signature sauces and dressing prepared from scratch everyday, award-winning desserts
  • Red Bird: Historic Florence Building, 111 N. Higgins Ave. Suite 1000 (406) 549-2906 Wine Bar with over 25 wines by the glass, extensive beer menu with live music on Mondays, intimate evening dining, showcasing local ingredients and transforming them into edible artwork
  • Wheat Montana: 2520 S. 3rd St. W (corner of 3rd and Reserve) (406) 327-0900 Handcrafted sandwiches on healthy Wheat Montana bread, fresh baked goods, soup, salad, espresso
  • Worden’s Market and Deli: 451 N. Higgins Ave. (406) 549-1293 Voted Missoula’s Best Deli, Best Wine, and Best Beer; cheeses, breads, coffee, football-size sandwiches and salads

Hosts Brady and Elaine Anderson-Wood extend warm hospitality to their bed and breakfast guests.  Whether you want to be left alone (they respect the desire for privacy) or you need local recommendations based upon your unique interests, Brady and Elaine aim to please.  Make your next vacation a trip to lovely Missoula, Montana.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Picture by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Candy and Chocolate Shops

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast has majestic views, inviting hospitality, luxury accommodations, and gourmet breakfasts.  It can be even sweeter!  The following is a list of candy and chocolate shops in Missoula, Montana and within driving distance.  Chocolate connoisseurs and candy lovers can fall in love with our area’s delectable dessert delicacies!

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Candy and Chocolate Shops

Southgate Mall
2901 Brooks Street, #C11
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 542-1817

Step into a brightly lit, colorful, and musical place bursting with every kind of candy imaginable.  Adults experience nostalgia as they see rows upon rows of penny candies in glass jars.

 

Cherry Berry and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

2230 N Reserve St
Missoula, MT 59808 Phone number (406) 926-1007    

They specialize in house-made delicacies including caramel apples, fudge, and frozen yogurt!

 

The Sweets Barn

11380 Hwy 93 S
Lolo, MT 59847 Phone number (406) 926-1269    

The Sweets Barn carries award winning chocolates, teas and gourmet foods made fresh locally. They also offer nostalgic penny candy that line the walls inside, where people can help themselves to mix and match their favorite candy.

 

The Sweet Palace

The Sweet Palace

109 E. Broadway
Philipsburg, MT 59858
(888) 793-3896

Office Hours: 10am – 5pm September 1st through May 31st
10am – 6pm June 1st through August 31st 
CLOSED ON SATURDAYS

(a day trip from our B&B but so worth it and so well known!)

The Sweet Palace started making candy in 1934. In 1998, a candy store for all Montanans and guests opened. Visitors from all over the United States and from over 50 countries visit a Sweet Palace shop every year.  The aroma of freshly made candies arouses your senses and the elegance of the Victorian décor will take you back to another century. Be sure to join them while they create nostalgic, sumptuous sweets for gifting or indulging.  There are over 1,000 sweet selections!

The Montana Chocolate Company

Montana Chocolate Company

755 Main St or 129 N Higgins, Stevensville, Montana 59870

The most amazing, mouth-watering, delectable chocolate with Recipes Born & Raised in Montana! 100-year old family recipe.
Hand-dipped, special top secret recipes, and made with grace, integrity, and a great deal of Montana wisdom!
Wholesale, Retail, Corporate Gifts, Special Events, Restaurants

 

Posh Chocolat

111 N Higgins Ave – Inside the Historic Florence Hotel
Missoula, Montana
(406) 543-2566

Handcrafted artisan chocolates made in Missoula.

 

Brady and Elaine invite you to become guests at their magnificent bed and breakfast.  Enjoy a luxury getaway in a beautiful and scenic Montana hideaway.

Time is precious and is meant to be enjoyed with loved ones.  Bring your sweetheart to savor some peaceful and relaxing time together.  Remember these sweet places to savor divine chocolate and taste delicious candy!

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

Holiday Shopping at Southgate Mall

Folks travel for hundreds of miles to shop at Missoula’s Southgate Mall. If you’re planning a holiday shopping excursion to Southgate Mall in the coming weeks, we hope you’ll consider staying a night or two at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. We’re located just five miles from Southgate.

It’s best to be well-rested when shopping, especially when shopping for gifts. The more tired we are, the more likely we are to lower our gift standards just so we can be finished. The more well-rested we are, the more likely we are to select a gift the recipient will appreciate.

So if you’re traveling a good distance to shop at Southgate Mall and elsewhere in town, rest up at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Sleep well, fuel up with a delicious breakfast, and then shop to your heart’s content.

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!

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