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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

Run Wild Missoula Marathon

Missoula MarathonThe lovely Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula is fortunate to be located in an active community that encourages running.  The Missoula Marathon, happening July 10-12 in 2015, is brought to us by Run Wild Missoula.  Run Wild Missoula promotes and supports running and walking for people of all ages and abilities. With over 1,700 members, they offer races, group runs, track workouts, seminars and more.

Rated in 2010 as USA’s Best Marathon, experienced runners come back year after year to run the Missoula Marathon.  United States Olympian Jeff Galloway said that this is one of the top four or five courses he has ever run.  That should not discourage those with less experience, because this was also rated as one of the Top 10 Marathons for Beginners.  Now people from all fifty states plus at least ten different countries participate every year.

The people of Montana involved in organizing the race are passionate, friendly, and supportive.  They also are organized and give regular updates via email and social media for race participants to see.  Runners feel welcomed and prepared.  Missoula is a great place to stay active and live healthy.  Residents have the benefits that come from most bigger towns, but they still experience a local community feeling.

Starting at 6 am, with the sun coming up, runners begin with breathtaking views of the valley and the gorgeous surrounding mountains.  As they run in a beautiful ranch setting and up on the hillsides,  go past the University of Montana area, and on to Downtown Missoula.  As runners make that last turn onto Higgins, they experience a rush from the crowds of people lining the streets cheering them on.

The short five minute video below shows people exactly what to expect.  One runner said, “You try to find a course that is a little bit of everything and I think that is what Missoula is.”

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast can be your place of rest, with our luxurious bedrooms, and refreshment, with our delicious and hearty breakfasts. However you stay active or relax, hosts Brady and Elaine accommodate guests with their warm hospitality.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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

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