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4 Reasons to Visit Missoula This Fall

Fall Getaway to Beautiful MissoulaThe beautiful and rugged city of Missoula is the place to be this fall. Missoula is both hip and trendy, and undeniably beautiful, perfect the avid nature enthusiast in you. Missoula is a getaway destination nothing short of rejuvenating, so pack a jacket and some hiking boots, and get ready to fall in love with Montana all over again.  Take advantage of these final months of autumn, and experience Montana without the packed summer crowds.  The Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is nestled on a peaceful mountainside.  There’s no better place to start your journey than sitting amongst the Ponderosa Pines and meditative water gardens at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.  We’re here waiting for you, so book your fall getaway with us today. Continue reading

Make Missoula Your Next Fall Getaway Destination

Missoula Fall Getaway MontanaThe beautiful, rugged city of Missoula is relaxing and inviting, and filled with fun and exciting things to do throughout the year. What makes Missoula such a wonderful vacation destination is the hip and trendy atmosphere you’ll find here, coupled with the natural beauty that Montana is famous for.  Missoula is a fall getaway destination nothing short of rejuevenating for the busy soul.  Whether you are celebrating a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary, or special occasion, or maybe just looking for a little time to reconnect with someone special, the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is the place for you.  Nestled on a peaceful mountainside outside the thriving city center,  we beckon you to sit amongst the Ponderosa Pines and meditative water gardens, and create your perfect romantic fall getaway at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.  We’re here waiting for you, so book your fall getaway with us today. Continue reading

First Food & Wine Events in Missoula

The winter months make us all long for cozy evenings, curled up like a cat on the couch or near the old time kitchen stove; aromas wafting into the air- a mixture of comfort food and exotic spices that take us back to our childhood dreams or places we wish we could visit in the New Year.

Bring a small group of friends for a little winter get-away here at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast!  Request an ethnic dinner or even engage in a cooking class.  We are happy to cater to your gathering right here, or we can recommend something that will take you into Missoula for some fun!

Cooking Class at the Good Food Store (1600 S. 3rd St. West) ~ Flavors of the World: India. 6:30 p.m.; $35
Perhaps the most sought after of Indian flavors are those famous spice blends called “curries”. Join Lucas Edwards, a popular guest chef from The Silk Road, while he teaches you how to make your own curries while demonstrating a full-flavored spectrum of dishes from five culinary regions in India. Edwards will also share tips and techniques for other lesser-known spice blends that you can use to add some heat to your kitchen this winter. Dishes prepared include:

Sabzi Pulao (Vegetable Curry)
Saag Paneer (Spinach & Cheese)
Dal Gosht (Lamb & Lentil Curry)
Shrikhand (Sweetened Yogurt with Nuts)
Macher Jhol (Fish Curry)
Cauliflower Pulao (Vegetable Rice)

Trivia at Sean Kelly’s Pub (130 W Pine) ~ Sponsored by Fat Tire. 8 p.m. Free Entrance.
Pub-goers divide into teams. A local radio personality reads aloud a list of questions, 10 per round. Teammates then agree upon an answer. The action of the game is restricted entirely to whispering and writing. (And drinking, of course.) Observers have noted the eerie hush that falls over the bar on Brainstormer night, with patrons tipping back New Belgium Brewing Co. beers with one hand and scribbling furiously with the other. It’s like the SATs, basically, but there’s booze, and prizes for the top 4 teams!

Wine Tasting at La Grotta Bella (107 W. Spruce) ~ Drop-in. 5 p.m. $10
Taste a minimum of four wines each week with a common theme.

Celebrate Special Occasions at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast

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Camas blooming in Packer Meadows.

A few nights at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast is the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion. Plan to bring your father (or the father of your children) here over Father’s Day, which takes place June 19, 2011. Treat your spouse to a romantic getaway here on your anniversary. Bring your mother, your spouse, your child or your best friend to our Montana Bed and Breakfast on their birthdays.

The best gift you can give a person is the gift of time. This is especially true for people who don’t get to spend enough quality time together. If you live far from your parents, what a treat to spend a few days here, away from all routines. If you haven’t had a date with your spouse since 2008, what better way to say “I love you” than to whisk him or her away for a romantic getaway in Missoula? You get the picture.

Folks who enjoy outdoor recreation will find the area in and around Missoula full of possibilities. Nearby Pattee Canyon Recreation Area has picnic sites and miles of trails suitable for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. There is whitewater rafting on the Blackfoot River, the Clark Fork River, and the Bitterroot River. Nearby Lolo Pass is an ancient trail long used by Native Americans and later used by Lewis and Clark; there is a wonderful 8-mile hike from Lolo Pass to Packer Meadows that is particularly lovely in late June and early July, when wildflowers are blooming.

Downtown Missoula has many eclectic shops and art galleries. Guests of our Missoula Bed and Breakfast who find urban hikes more compelling than mountain hikes will find Missoula fun to explore. Carousel Park hosts a Sunday Market  and Festival each week during the summer, where vendors sell fresh produce and a variety of home-spun products.

There are several restaurants in Missoula appropriate for celebratory dinners. The Silk Road bills itself as “Missoula’s newest adventure in global cuisine and old-world hospitality”. It features an impressive number of wines by the glass and tasty, creative dishes from all over the world. The Pearl Cafe features hearty Montana cuisine made with the freshest local and organic ingredients. Menus change with the seasons. The menu also changes frequently at The Red Bird, which serves sustainably grown fresh foods. Live music accompanies diners most Monday evenings.

One of the most delightful aspects of our work is helping guests of our Missoula Bed and Breakfast celebrate their special occasions.

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