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International Wildlife Film Festival 2016

International Wildlife Film Festival

The 39th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival happens at Roxy Theater at 718 S. Higgins Avenue in Missoula, Montana starting on Saturday April 16 through Saturday 23, 2016.

The WildWalk Parade (which is free to the public) happens Sunday April 17 starting at noon.  Dance, crawl, swing, and slither through downtown Missoula as the wildlife parade roars down Higgins ending at Caras Park for WildFest!

The International Wildlife Film Festival’s mission is to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media. Their mission is fulfilled through outreach and education, and includes the following programs:

  • IWFF, our annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival

  • The Roxy’s community cinema program, a year round calendar of community-centric films and events

Throughout the year they serve a diverse, all-ages population – their constituency ranges from grade school children to elders. Their programming offers a rich variety of possibilities, from wildlife and environmental film and new and classic fiction and documentaries, to live music, poetry, performance and other cultural offerings.

The IWFF began in 1977 at the University of Montana. They have produced an annual wildlife themed film festival each year since 1977, making them the first and longest running event of its kind. In 2002, they purchased the historic Roxy Theater to act as the anchor/home for the festival.

While IWFF presented their annual event each year, and some occasional programming, the true potential for the venue was not realized until the summer of 2013 when we launched their year-round screening series and began extensive collaboration with universities, businesses and the local Missoula community.

IWFF is a non-profit that serves other non-profits by providing a venue and a gateway for the community. The Roxy is a unique venue with incredible resources including three cinema screens with HD projection, state-of-the-art sound systems, two stages and amenities ideal for conferences, film festivals and educational events.

When you visit Missoula to attend the International Wildlife Film Festival, be sure to stay at the peaceful Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Hosts Brady and Elaine offer wonderful hospitality and luxurious accommodations.  Wake up to savor their gourmet breakfasts made fresh each morning.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Missoula Winter Fun

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is thankful for all the outdoor winter fun that Missoula, Montana and our surrounding area offers our guests.  From downhill skiing to cross-country skiing, from ice fishing to ice skating, and snowmobiling to snowshoeing.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly ski destination, check out Discovery Ski Area, or “Disco” to locals. It has a variety of terrain, with plenty of beginner and intermediate slopes, as well as some highly-technical runs on the backside. It’s about a 90-minute drive from Missoula in Philipsburg, Montana.  180 Discovery Basin Road   406-563-2184

Lookout Pass Ski Trails are open 6 days a week in January & February, Wednesdays through Mondays. Closed on Tuesdays. Lifts operate 9-4PM PST on weekdays and  8:30-4PM on weekends. There are nine un-groomed trails that make a total of 7.3 miles down into the basin. The Lookout Pass Alpine Skiing Area is right next to the cross-country ski trails and snowmobiling opportunities. These trails are not groomed.

Average Annual Snowfall: 400 inches

* Terrain: 540 acres with 34 named runs
and prime powder glades:
20% Easiest
50% Intermediate
20% Advanced
10% Expert
* Lifts: 3 double chairs and 1 triple chair
* Vertical Drop:  1,150’
* Base Elevation:  4,500
* Summit Elevation: 5,650
* Longest Run:  1.5 miles
Pattee Canyon Recreation Area, a 3,200-acre recreation area on the on the east side of Missoula, is a popular getaway for locals and visitors. The extensive, 27 miles of system trails is open year-round to non-motorized use and available to hikers, mountain bikers, joggers, and the trails are groomed for cross country skiers.   These recreation area trails and roads connect the University of Montana and the Clark Fork River areas.
Few communities enjoy a place quite like the 60,000-acre Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness just north of Missoula. Montana’s premier urban wilderness blends the best of both wilderness and civilization.  Rest assured that, despite its name, there have been no verified sightings of rattlesnakes in this area. You will, however, find ample opportunities to view many other wildlife species, including beaver, deer, elk, mountain goats and black bear.

A well-developed trail network in the Rattlesnake’s lower reaches gives you a variety of options for day trips – or you can pack overnight gear and venture farther into the high-country wilderness.  You can camp anywhere beyond a three-mile radius from the Rattlesnake’s main trailhead, known as the “South Zone” (off Sawmill Gulch Road just west of Rattlesnake Drive).

When snow conditions permit, the main Rattlesnake and side drainages are readily accessible to cross-country skiers. Missoula Nordic Ski Club offers some grooming of the Rattlesnake Recreation Area from the main trailhead to Franklin Bridge.

Seeley Creek Nordic Ski Trails are a series of linked ski trails.  Their trails consistently receive rave reviews and regular use from skiers living within a 150-mile radius, while their races and other events bring many users from greater distances. There is a trail or a loop for skiers of all levels and abilities, from hard-core racers to families looking to experience some healthy outdoor activity in the fresh winter air of western Montana.

 

Ice fishing is a great way to get outside during the cold winter months. Just make sure to bundle up to keep yourself warm while you’re out on the ice.

  • Half way between Kalispell and Missoula (roughly a 120 mile distance), Flathead Lake is the largest natural body of fresh water west of the Mississippi River. Although the lake seldom freezes over entirely, most of the bays will freeze thick enough to support ice fishing activity.  Expect to find lake & whitefish trout, yellow perch & cutthroat trout.
  • Georgetown Lake is a popular ice fishing location near Anaconda, MT (90 miles from Missoula, or an hour and 40 minutes by car) that has easy access, and only a short distance from the Discovery Basin Ski Area. The most common fish caught are salmon, rainbow & brook trout.
  • Seeley Swan Lake is among the many numerous lakes present in the Seeley Swan Valley are the highly popular Salmon, Holland Placid Lakes that are an easy day trip from Missoula. Expect to find bull trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon & northern pike.

 

Ice skating in Missoula is almost always accompanied by a roaring bonfire somewhere close to the ice rink. Warm your fingers and lift your spirit enough to get back into the cold gliding bliss of skating.

  • Located at the fairgrounds, Glacier Ice Rink has both an indoor and outdoor rink. With reasonable rates on rentals and public skating available daily from September through May, the whole family will have fun gliding around the large arena.
  • Another option for ice skating is in the Rattlesnake Area, at Pineview Park. Since 1975 the Rattlesnake Hockey Assocation has been flooding a portion of the park for winter skating. Hours vary due to the weather, and you’ll need to bring your own skates.

Missoula is at the epicenter of several great mountains for skiing and snowboarding. Did you know Missoula has its very own ski area? The Snowbowl is located just 20 minutes from downtown Missoula. The Snowbowl’s terrain is comprised of 2,600 vertical feet and just over 900 acres. The Snowbowl isn’t the only area that is just a short drive from Missoula. Discovery Ski Area, Blacktail Mountain, Lookout Pass and Lost Trail Powder Mountain are all trips that you can do in a day.

 

Starting at either Lolo Hot Springs or at Lolo Pass 7 miles west, snowmobilers can conduct their own modern-day explorations, crossing 250 miles of groomed, connecting trails in the Lolo and Clearwater National Forest.  Snowmobiling in Missoula is fast, fun and addictive.  Snowmobile rentals are available at Lolo Hot Springs. A full range of visitor services, including snowmobile rentals, sales, and service are available in Missoula.

Snowshoeing in Missoula is truly an adventure. With the ability to set out in any direction and find unmistakable views and a winter wonderland, is what makes snowshoeing here great.  After a day of fun in the snow and ice, Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast guests can relax at a local restaurant and retreat to their rooms for more togetherness.  Each morning Innkeepers Brady and Elaine prepare a fabulous gourmet breakfast for their guests.  Are you ready for some Missoula winter fun?

Written 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

Make Your Heart Happy in Missoula, Montana

Did you know that Missoula, Montana is the perfect place to visit?  Especially when you become a guest at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast. You will enjoy spectacular views of the stunning Bitterroot River, encompassing mountains, and beautiful valley below.  Our comfortable and elegant B&B offers a relaxing mountain retreat to our guests.

Conveniently close to the peaceful and scenic Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, the International Heart Institute of Montana brings together a recognized team of cardiologists, heart surgeons, nurses and researchers to perform advanced cardiac procedures and to search for new and improved ways to treat heart disease. Founded in 1995, IHI involves physicians and staff of St. Patrick Hospital and The University of Montana in Missoula.  They are one of the Top 50 Heart Hospitals in our country.

With your doctor’s approval, you can take good care of your heart by walking, biking, or hiking the historic Lewis and Clark trail. Travelers’ Rest State Park and the Lolo Trail are only four miles from our door.  Blue Mountain’s Bed and Breakfast offers privacy to our guests as well as a window to Montana’s many native birds, chipmunks and wildlife in their own natural habitat.  Walk our grounds to see our delightful garden and take in our gorgeous panoramic view of the mountains, valleys, and waterfalls.

Innkeepers Brady and Elaine know a lot about the history of the area.  In fact, family stories related to the settling of the West include a great, grand uncle who was one of the first tour guides in Yellowstone Park.  They share their family’s history with informative and entertaining displays and albums at their bed and breakfast.  

Elaine is a certified tour guide who can provide you with a personal camp-side Montana Trails and Tales “tour” (with advanced reservations). While relaxing in either the forested picnic area or the Lodge, enjoy a personal storytelling hour as she introduces you to the fascinating oral history of the area through story and song. Whether you are vacationing, taking a business trip, or visiting the Heart Institute, make your heart happy by booking a reservation today!

Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula

montana-wildlifeStay at our bed and breakfast Montana while you take in some films. Animal lovers and film enthusiasts will be flocking to Missoula MT in early May for the 32nd Annual International Wildlife Film Festival. This longstanding event was the first of its kind in the world, and has helped raise awareness of wildlife and conservation issues for decades through film and media. The festival has been called the “Sundance of the wildlife film genre”, and is sure to be both entertaining and fascinating. It kicks off with a Wildwalk Parade “Howl at the Moon!” at noon on May 9th, and continues until the “Best of Festival” screening on May 16th. Many of the festival events will be at the historic Roxy Theater, restored by the International Wildlife Media Center which recognizes the importance of preserving local history as well as wildlife — everything is connected. Stay at our Missoula Mt bed and breakfast while you attend the festival. Come early or stay late, and take advantage of the pristine wilderness around Missoula.

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