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Spend a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Missoula

Valentine's Day heart in the snowValentine’s Day should be celebrated all month and not just one day. In other words, treat your loved one to romantic getaway anytime this February. In fact, just a few minutes drive from downtown Missoula find your perfect, private retreat. Nestle in a mountainside, the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast has sweeping views of the Bitterroot River and valley below. Spend you days skiing, or snowshoeing in the magnificent mountains and forests or exploring the arts and culture in Missoula. After a romantic dinner at one of the many elegant local restaurants, return to your inviting, comfortable guest suites. Now is the time to book your lover’s escape and warm up the last chilly days of winter. Continue reading

Plan a Romantic Getaway To Blue Mountain Lodge in Missoula, MT

Romantic winter getawayA romantic escape is what every couple really wants for the holidays. During this hectic time of year, it can be very hard to find time for just the two of you. The answer is to plan a romantic vacation. The Blue Mountain Lodge has everything needed for a private retreat. Nestled in a mountainside, all of our guest suites have beautiful views that include pine forests, the Bitterroot River, the valley below or our tranquil gardens. Relax in the comfort and luxury of our generous rooms, many with jetted tubs and private decks. Then wake up to an elegant breakfast that will have you ready for another day exploring Missoula. When you want to venture out, all of Missoula’s dining, culture and nightlife are just a short drive away. Book a romantic vacation for two at the Blue Mountain Lodge today.

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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2016

Missoula Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2016

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Fri Feb 19 2016 – Sun Feb 28 2016, All Day

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has become the largest cinema event in Montana and the premiere venue for non-fiction film in the American West. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and receives over 1400 film entries from every corner of the globe.

BSDFF offers a unique setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and for audiences to see innovative new films, as well as classics in the genre. BSDFF hosts over 100 visiting artists, and screens an average of 140 nonfiction films annually at the historic Wilma Theater, The Top Hat, The Roxy Theater, and Crystal Theatre in downtown Missoula.

In addition to documentary screenings, public events include panel discussions, workshops, pitch sessions, parties and receptions. Special retrospective programs have included the films of Academy Award® winning director Barbara Kopple, The Maysles Brothers, Frederick Wiseman, Joe Berlinger, Doug Pray,  Kartemquin Films, and Les Blank.

Special guests have included Indy Rock legends Yo La Tengo, Comedian Tig Notaro, Academy Award® winning director Steve James (Hoop Dreams), Les Blank (Burden of Dreams), Greg Barker (Sergio), Joe Berlinger (Crude), Ron Mann (Grass), Brendan Canty & Christoph Green (the Burn To Shine series) Chuck Workman (The Life & Times of Andy Warhol) Hart & Dana Heinz Perry (Sex: The Revolution).

Recent Award winners at the festival have included Siblings are Forever (Frode Fimland), A World Not Ours (Mahdi Fleifel), This Way Of Life (Thomas Burstyn), Steam of Life (Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen), Blood Brother (Steve Hoover), Chasing Ice (Jeff Orlowski), Last Train Home (Lixin Fan), Sweetgrass (Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor), Gasland (Josh Fox), Rough Aunties (Kim Longinotto), Ashes of American Flags (Brendan Canty & Christoph Green), In A Dream (Jeremiah Zagar), and Bronx Princess (Yoni Brook & Musa Syeed).

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula, Montana welcomes you to stay at their mountain retreat.  Film lovers across the globe will be visiting Missoula, Montana to see the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.  Choose a beautiful and restful setting with mountain vistas and Bitterroot River views.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Upcoming Concerts in Missoula

Missoula’s diverse and thriving musical community offers fans as well as artists something truly special.  With winter approaching, outdoor events now start to cozy up in quint coffee houses, while others are belted out in breweries and concert halls throughout the city.  A person can enjoy some of the great local standards or look forward to incoming concerts of all types.  From Missoula’s symphony series to hip-hop or country western, there are venues for everyone.  Below are a few fun-sounding events that may just “sound music to your ears.”  “Hear” is what’s on the horizon!

Big Gigantic: The Wilma (131 South Higgins St.) Oct. 21, 8:30 p.m. Big Gigantic is an instrumental livetronica, hip-hop and jazz musical group based out of Boulder, Colorado. They combine electronic beats with live saxophone and drums instrumentation.

Reel Big Fish: The Wilma (131 South Higgins St.) Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Calling all swing dancers! Reel Big Fish is an American ska punk band from Huntington Beach, California, best known for the 1997 hit “Sell Out.”

Sea Wolf and Hey Marseilles: Top Hat (134 W Front Street) Oct. 30, 9 p.m.

Missoula Concerts 2012, Sea Wolf

Sea Wolf will be performing at The Top Hat in Missoula on Oct. 30

Sea Wolf is a band led by Alex Brown Church, an indie folk musician based in Los Angeles, California. Hey Marseilles is a musical group from Seattle, WA. Seattle Weekly has said that “the biggest reason Hey Marseilles stands out in Seattle’s saturated pop scene is its innate knack for crafting sincere songs that rise with anticipation and recede gracefully.”

Dropkick Murphys: The Wilma (131 South Higgins Street) Nov. 6, 7:00 p.m. The Dropkick Murphys are an American punk rock band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1996.The band was initially made a name for themselves locally through constant touring and yearly St. Patrick’s Day week shows, held in and around Boston.

El Ten Eleven: The Palace Missoula (147 W. Broadway) Nov. 11, 10:00 p.m. El Ten Eleven is a Los Angeles post-rock duo known for combining guitar/bass doubleneck or fretless bass, with heavy looping, or vamping, and the utility of an effects pedal, over acoustic or electric drumming.

Rascal Flatts: Adams Center Jan. 25th, 2013.  Ticket sales to be announced.  This contemporary country rock/pop trio is one of country music’s hottest!  Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney write some of their own hits and were named top selling group in any genre of music for 2006.   One of their biggest hits: Grammy-winning “Bless the Broken Road” written by Jeff Hannah and Marcus Hummon.

We hope that while having a relaxing and luxurious stay at our Montana bed and breakfast, you might find something fun to do in Missoula. After all, nothing is better than a comfortable bed and a hot, filling breakfast after a night on the town.