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The Missoula Insectarium

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The Missoula Insectarium first opened its doors to the public on June 25, 2015.  It is located in downtown Missoula at 218 E. Front Street on the second floor.  It costs $4 for guests (ages 4 and older) to take a tour.  They are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 am to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  You can contact them at 406-317-1211.

Reporter Lindsay Brawner,  from ABC Fox Montana Local News, interviewed The Missoula Insectarium Founder and Director Jen Marangelo (see the video below).  The Director said they would like for people to gain a better appreciation for the vital role that insects play.  Their goal is to educate the public about the fascinating lives of these important creatures through exhibits and educational programs in a family friendly environment.

Wonder how they get their insects?  Many insects come from ordering them online or by trading with other insectariums.  Other insectariums in the United States include:

  • The Audobon Insectarium in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The Bayer Crop Science Insectarium found inside the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina
  • The Insectarium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Insect Zoo found at the SanFrancisco Zoo in California
  • The Monsanto Insectarium at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri

The Missoula Insectarium is here for the community, both adults and kids, as well as here as a tourist destination.  Insectarian Educational Director Carolyn Wiley runs the classroom aspect.  She often witnesses the transformation of students who are initially reluctant to touch the insects who leave as fans.  The Missoula Insectarium will  provide programs and field trips for school groups, homeschoolers, and other organized groups.

Butterfly houses and insect zoos have proven to be enormously popular with the public wherever they appear and are used to generate increased visitation and revenue for many zoos, museums and other non-profit organizations. Director Jen Marangelo’s next dream is to create a greenhouse filled with butterflies that is large enough for people to walk through and see them.  They will receive captive-bred butterflies (actually the chrysalides) from breeders around the world (primarily Central and South America).

In June of 2010 the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium completed a custom-designed business feasibility study to determine if their vision for an insect education facility in Missoula, MT could be viable. Guided by the positive results of the feasibility analysis, their vision for this facility includes:

  • A 2,000 square foot tropical butterfly house
  • A viewing area to watch the final stage of metamorphosis and see adult butterflies emerge from their chrysalides
  • An insect zoo and hands-on exhibits that teach children and adults about invertebrate biology, ecology and conservation
  • A classroom for school groups, community programs and special events
  • An outdoor pollinator garden and insect-themed playground
  • A gift shop and dining area

As a unique resource for our local community, schools, and visitors to Montana, the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium will provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the fascinating lives of insects and butterflies.  By taking advantage of the ever-increasing popularity of these exhibits and by providing a state-of-the-art facility, The Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium will be an educational and recreational resource for the local community as well as visitors to the Missoula area.
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Innkeepers Brady and his wife Elaine (a school teacher) welcome you to stay at their gorgeous Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana. Consider touring The Missoula Insectarium when you visit as guests.  Their quiet mountain setting makes the perfect relaxing getaway!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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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Tempting

Extraordinary

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.

Missoula Montana Bakeries

Missoula, Montana bakeries that come highly recommended from Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are featured below.

Bagels on Broadway is the perfect lunch stop in the downtown Missoula area, plus they offer delivery for downtown Missoula. Fresh, made-to-order sandwiches are made complete with their meal accompanists such as juices, milk, sodas, chips, fruit, cookies, and yogurt parfaits topped with their homemade granola.  Bagels on Broadway does offer breakfast, but guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast will receive our delicious complimentary homemade gourmet breakfast each morning of their time with us.

Top 50 Cupcakes in America — #37 Bernice's Bakery (Missoula, MT)

Bernice’s Bakery in Missoula offers something different for lunch every day and promises to use the best ingredients that can be found.  You can count on it being fresh, delicious, and affordable.  All of their sandwiches are made on bread baked in their kitchen and include vegetarian choices.  A scratch made soup will always be part of the equation as well.  Guests can find something tasty for lunch from 11 am to 4 pm, seven days a week.  In addition, their bakery offers treats and desserts (including wedding cakes) and they also offer delicious and creative holiday fresh baked goods!

 

 

After 13 years, Montana residents Jack and Christy Wich were able to move the Bake Shop out of their house.  In June of 2010 the Black Cat Bake Shop opened at 2000 West Broadway in Missoula. A wedding cake should showcase your personality while representing your love and commitment for each other in beautiful edible art!   Let their chefs use their creativity and passion to create a wedding cake for you that is the perfect marriage of exquisite taste and elegant design.  They also serve delicious organic hearth bread as well as beverages including coffee, espresso, and tea.  The Black Cat is active in community fundraisers, so look for certain events!

The Buttercup Market offers lunch 11 am to 3 pm daily.  From soups and sandwiches to salads and empanadas, they have something delicious waiting for you.  In the market they offer a wide range of local, regional, organic, and gluten free produce and products.  Whether it’s from their dairy case, meat freezer, bulk grain section, beer and wine area, or off their shelves, guests are sure to find some fantastic Montana goods!  The Buttercup is an important link to our community as well- they often host shows and receptions featuring local, Missoula artists.  It’s always spring at The Buttercup because the name refers to the first wildflower to bloom in our area!

 

 

Cupcake Cowboy is a gourmet cupcake company in Missoula that bakes tasty cupcakes from scratch using the best ingredients.  This mother-daughter run company takes orders for birthdays, weddings, and special events.  They even offer flavorful gluten-free cupcakes.  Take a look at their delightful Facebook page.  Your mouth will water when you see their cupcake creations, guaranteed!

 

Great Harvest Bread Company serves fresh sandwiches for lunch during 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.  They offer catering of sandwiches and salads in large quantities for events.   Their whole wheat bread is rich, moist, hearty, great-tasting, and full of vitamins.  This locally owned and operated Missoula bakery (by Linda and Dave) knows their Montana wheat farmers by first name.  They also know their frequent customers on that basis as well.  Located close to Hellgate Highschool, they are always handing out free samples to hungry teens and anyone who comes through their door.  Their apple-crunch loaf and holiday specials are one of a kind!

 

Le Petit Outre, loosely translated as ‘The Little Outrageous’, is a locally owned Missoula bakery offering a wide range of breads and pastries. From their delicious hearth breads to their decadent pastries, people can stop by their retail shop on 129 4th St. West in Missoula, Montana,  or find their goods at Missoula’s finest grocers and restaurants.  If you’d like to take an inexpensive trip to Europe, Le Petit Outre will take you there!

The Pearl Cafe Logo

The Pearl Café  at 231 East Front Street in Missoula, Montana is open Monday through Saturday starting at 5 pm.  Pearl Cafe received the Best Restaurant, Best Romantic Dining and Best Restaurant Service in a polling of Missoulians by the Missoula Independent in 2010.  In addition to their romantic dinners, they have a bakery that makes a lot of beautiful wedding cakes.

breakfast4Brady and Elaine offer a wonderful mountain bed and breakfast for relaxation as well as fun activities.  Guests can enjoy their tasty Blue Mountain breakfasts and later in the day visit these local Missoula, Montana bakeries with incredibly fresh bread, soups, sandwiches, and treats!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

University of Montana UM Days

Students on the Oval

The University of Montana, in September 1895, began serving as the center of public higher education for Western Montana. This is a world class university with talented faculty and motivated students striving to achieve their dreams.  The University of Montana provides life experience that shapes futures.  Higher education with a global impact.  Potential students, as well as their families, are welcome to stay at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Montana while they visit.

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The University of Montana has open houses, called UM Days.  They are full-day events that include campus tours, student services presentations, a student panel, residence hall tours, lunch on campus and academic department meetings. UM Days are their most popular campus visit program for prospective students to experience campus.

UM Days provides prospective students and their families a unique opportunity to experience life at the University of Montana. A number of special events are scheduled during UM Days for participants to explore campus with other students. By attending UM Days, visitors will have the chance to take a guided tour of campus, view rooms in each of our residence halls, visit with faculty from your academic areas of interest, and hear from various student services on campus, including financial aid, residence life, and career services.

  • October 17
  • November 7
  • November 21

A panoramic view of the UC second floor

UM Days Tentative Schedule

The following is a tentative schedule for the next UM Days program:

  • 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Check-in at University Center 3rd floor
  • 8:15 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Campus Tour
  • 9 a.m. – Welcome and Admissions Talk
  • 10 a.m. – Academics Under the Big Sky
  • 11 a.m. – Academic Department Open Houses
  • noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch in the Food Zoo
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Transfer Student Meeting
  • 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Student Services Panel
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Current Student Panel
  • 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. – Campus Tours
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Residence Hall Open Houses
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Check out

Others may be interested in coming onto the University of Montana campus for sports and entertainment.  See a game at Washington Grizzly Stadium (pictured below).  Go Grizzlies!  Cheered on by Monte the Mascot!

Washington Grizzly Stadium

The Adams Center (pictured below) 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.  Get tickets from GrizTix.

Adams Event Center

The University of Montana even had Paul McCartney perform live in concert at the Adams Center this summer!  Whether coming as a prospective student, sports spectator, or performance lover, the University of Montana is right here in Missoula.  Hosts Elaine and Brady welcome you to stay as guests.  Guests love their delicious gourmet breakfasts served fresh every morning.  Majestic views from every window. breakfast4

The photo above is by professional photographer Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography.  This blog post is by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.

 

Visit Montana Video

Visit Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana.  This You Tube video, produced by Visit Montana, shows our majestic mountains from awesome aerial views.

We have freshwater lakes and creeks to go fly fishing as well as mountain peaks to climb.  Ride down the river by river boat paddling.

Like horses?  We have lots of horses to ride or to watch being tamed in Montana. Our wildlife is incredible.  It is common to see moose in the river.  Owls, eagles, and other birds fly in the Big Sky.

Our snow is perfect for buffaloes to roam as well as for snow skiing escapades and cross country skiing adventures.  We are home to the University of Montana.  Go Grizzlies!

Ride a motorcycle on our open roads.  See the beautiful way Native American tribes dress and even attend powwows in our area.

We have beautiful clear water.  Our animals “range” from deerdonkeysrams, bears, squirrels, and more.

Experience the beauty of a walking tour or travel via a tour car.  Montana is one of the most beautiful states to live in.

Whatever you decide to do here in Montana, we hope you stay with us at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  We have three lovely rooms and two special suites to choose from.  Read all about the Blue Mountain Experience.

Savor our bountiful breakfasts with the option for us to serve dinner to four or more guests.  Brady and Elaine are wonderful hosts.  They also host special events such as weddings, anniversary celebrations, and family reunions.  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast has earned several accreditations.

We offer directions to get to our Missoula, Montana location.  Please check out our area links and area events to get a better understanding of all that is available in our fantastic community.  We also have onsite leisure and activities to experience.  Escape today to stay at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  We have gorgeous mountain views and scenic Bitterroot river perspectives.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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