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Host your wedding at our Montana inn

We really enjoy hosting weddings at our Missoula bed and breakfast. Our 20 private acres overlooking the Bitterroot Rive, Missoula Valley and Sapphire Mountains are an ideal setting for an intimate wedding ceremony and reception. We enjoy hosting all sorts weddings: sunny, warm afternoon affairs, cozy events indoors, or an evening ceremony outside, with the sky ablaze overhead as you say your vows. Be wed outside by a koi pond or waterfall, or on a deck with stunning views at your backs. We can accommodate up to 45 guests for an outdoor ceremony and reception when the weather is fine (June through September). If you prefer an indoor wedding, we can host 20 guests for a formal reception, or 30 guests for an informal one, with some guests at tables and some relaxing in the living area.

We want your wedding to be as relaxing and free of worry for you as possible. We will devote all of our attention to your event; while you are here, your needs are our highest priority. We hope you will consider hosting your wedding at our Montana bed and breakfast.

Great Music in Missoula

It’s great to live near Missoula and the University of Montana. While our Missoula bed and breakfast overlooks a valley and mountains that seem to go on forever, at our backs is a hip little city that has a fantastic arts scene. We think it is a superb location to live and run an inn.

Kevin Costner and Modern West in Missoula

Kevin Costner and Modern West in Missoula

This July, the University of Montana is presenting four fantastic shows at the Adams Center. Any of them would be a great addition to a Missoula vacation. Carrie Rodriguez is the first, performing July 11. She brings the enthusiasm and energy of her youth not just to her violin playing, but to her approach to music as a whole. She is gaining kudos as a songwriter, singer, guitarist and mandolin player. In the words of Andrew Leahy of The Washington Times, “Try to pigeonhole or label such an artist – an unclassifiable musician who, in less than 10 years, has packed more change into her career than someone twice her age – and there’s only one appropriate response: It ain’t over.” (12/12/08)

Just over a week later, on July 19, James McMurtry comes to Missoula to with his own version of rock and roll – or roots and roll, as some have said. He is followed on the 25th by the Cowboy Junkies and Son Volt. The Cowboy Junkies have been playing together for twenty years (as a band, probably longer as a family), and their slow melodic music is seamless. Finally, Kevin Costner and Modern West will perform on July 31. Not everyone knows that Kevin Costner is a muscian as well as an actor. Here is your chance to hear and see him perform.

We don’t get to all the shows ourselves, but we sure like knowing they are there. They are real perks for guests of our Bed Breakfast Missoula.

Fly Fishing in Montana

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Fly Fishing in Montana

Montana is known for its big skies, big mountains, and big trout. A Montana vacation or weekend getaway in Missoula for many people must include fly fishing. Let the rhythm of the river flow into you as you cast the fly into the water. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the beautiful landscape. There are few places in the country as majestic as Montana, and perhaps no where with as many rivers filled with trout.

Our Montana b&b sits on the edge of the Bitterroot Valley, between Missoula and Lolo. Gazing at the spectacular views of the Bitterroot River and surrounding mountains will begin to relax you as soon as you arrive; it will also compel you to get out and engage with what you see. We will feed you a delicious, filling breakfast at our Missoula bed and breakfast, give you a picnic basket for your lunch, and send you on your way. There are several good fly fishing outfitters and guides in the Missoula area whom we happily recommend to our guests. The guides have been fishing in Montana most of their lives; they know the rivers, and they know where to find the fish.

Remember to bring layers of clothing for your time on the river. Weather in Montana can be quite varied and unpredictable.

Missoula Bed and Breakfast celebrates the Bitterroot Valley

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The magnificent Bitterroot Valley spreads south from Missoula towards remote Horse Creek Pass. The Bitterroot River runs down the middle of the valley that is framed by the Bitterroot Mountains on the west and the Sapphire Mountains on the east. Native Americans used this valley for generations as a natural corridor in their migrations, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through here. Indeed, there is much history in this valley, which is home to the first European settlement in the state of Montana; be sure to take time to visit the St. Mary’s Mission and Fort Owen State Monument in Stevensville.

Opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Bitterroot Valley are endless. From fly fishing to horseback riding, mountain biking to llama treks, there is sure to be an activity that is just right for you. There are numerous hiking trails through the pristine Bitterroot National Forest, and forest service roads that lead to remote waterfalls. Ask us about some of our favorite ways to get out and enjoy it when you stay at our Bed and Breakfast Missoula.

Our Missoula Montana Bed and Breakast is located southeast of Missoula, just off Highway 93 – the core of the Bitterroot Valley Scenic Drive. Fortify yourself with our home cooked breakfast and then hit the road. The beauty of the Bitterroot Valley will awe you, and the historic towns will charm you. Head for the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge and look for nesting osprey and other wildlife. Or keep going south to Lost Trail Pass, where you will find good hiking.

No matter what you do, we feel certain that you will grow to love the Bitterroot Valley as much as we do here in our Montana bed and breakfast.

Missoula Bed & Breakfast and the Missoula Art Museum

It can be pleasant to take a little trip to our Blue Mountain bed and breakfast. Here you can enjoy the serenity of our peaceful and scenic location and still be close to the city, where you can enjoy the arts. Our Missoula lodging is nestled on twenty acres of wildlife habitat that is adjacent to National Forest. There are trails leading from our door into the wilderness, and you are almost sure to spot some kind of wildlife while staying here. At the same time, a short drive takes guests into the heart of Missoula, with its museums, cinemas and fine restaurants.

John Armstrong at Missoula Art Museum

John Armstrong at Missoula Art Museum

Take some time on your next trip to our Missoula bed and breakfast to visit the Missoula Art Museum. The work of Master Printer John Armstrong is on exhibition until May 23. According to the MAM website, the 21 most recent works selected by curator Stephen Gleuckert “bring to the forefront the artists sensitivity, intuitive color sense, consistent instinct for compositional resolution, and ever present spirit of experimentation.” In addition, the museum is showcasing over forty five pieces by various artists who have used the Armstrong-Prior Print workshop in Phoenix, Arizona. Armstrong’s influence on this body of work is apparent, and underscores the spirit of collaboration that pervades the Armstrong-Prior Print workshop. Look for works by Rudy Autio, Philip Curtis, Dorothy Fratt, Karen Jilly, Virgil Ortiz, Vernon Patrick, Akio Takamori, and Patti Warashina.

Photo courtesy of the Missoula Art Museum.

Exploring the Lewis and Clark Trail

The Lewis and Clark Expedition came through these parts, and retracing their foot steps on the Lewis and Clark Trail is a great activity while you are staying at our Missoula MT bed and breakfast. Drive US Highway 12 from Missoula to Lewiston, which follows the original trail taken by the expedition. There are many signposts that tell the story of the explorers along the way. You will learn that Colt Killed Creek is so named because it is where members of the expedition were forced to kill a colt in order to survive. Fortunately, you can ask the innkeepers at your blue mountain bed and breakfast for a picnic basket, which you can fill in town.

Lolo Pass, one of the most treacherous mountain crossings in the whole of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, is also the site of intersecting Indian Trails. The travelers in 1805 and 1806 were happy to soak in the Lolo Hot Springs, just as you will be today. You may also enjoy wandering through the DeVoto Cedar Grove, where the Lewis and Clark journals were first edited by Bernard DeVoto.

The scenery along the Lewis and Clark Trail is breathtaking at this time of year. We welcome you at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, where we think you will be considerably more comfortable than were those early, brave explorers.

Montana Ghost Towns

Ghost towns exist in every culture, but some of the most interesting ones are right here in Montana, not far from our Missoula lodging. We are fortunate that the Montana Department of Fish and Wildlife took over management of the dying town of Bannack and the surrounding area in the 1950s. Thanks to their foresight, Bannack State Park preserves an important part of the state’s history.

Prospector John White founded the town of Bannack in 1862 after discovering gold in Grasshopper Creek. Folks rushed to the area as news of the gold spread, hoping to secure their own claim. So many people came that Bannack was named the first Territorial Capital of Montana, although it held on to that title for only a year. Although the huge reserves of gold that folks hoped to find continued to elude the prospectors, a hardy few doggedly remained in the area, experimented with various mining techniques, and managed to make a living. In the 1930’s, however, the population began to steadily dwindle. Now a state park, Bannack today is visited by people from all over the country and the world. Over sixty structures remain standing, most of which can be explored. Spend a day exploring the old town, and get a taste for what it was like to come to this wild and beautiful place in the 1860s, with dreams of gold in the heart.

Come May, the park is open daily from 8am until dusk, and after Memorial Day the hours are extended until 9pm. The informative Visitor Center is open weekends. The park makes a great day trip from our Missoula Mt bed and breakfast – pack a picnic and have fun.

Bed and Breakfast Missoula Mt: Spring into Arts

The Arts are waking up in Missoula, along with the bears in the mountains. Singer/spoken word artist Bill Harley, known to all Montana public radio listeners for his work on the children’s show “Pea Green Boat”, will be performing at the University of Montana’s University Theatre on Sunday, May 17, at 2pm. His performances at that venue in 2007 were taped and ultimately won him a grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children. The whole family is sure to enjoy his upcoming show.

The fine arts are also thriving. This past weekend, the University of Montana School of Fine Arts honored Monte Dolack and his wife, Mary Beth Percival, for their contributions to the community of Missoula. Saturday night’s “Odyssey of the Stars” recognized the couple as two of the most influential Montana artists of their generation; their art has developed and changed with them over the years, and their influence has been wide-reaching. The artists’ most recent works will be open for viewing at their studio on the next First Friday art gallery open. Smaller versions of their art can be found on the notecards available at our Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.

There is something for music lovers in Missoula this week too. Jazzoula, a series of concerts featuring local jazz musicians, is the prelude to the University of Montana’s Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival next weekend. Even locals are sometimes surprised by how much talent is hidden in the region. In fact, innkeeper Elaine used to be an active band member with Andrew Goodrich, one one the featured guests at the Jazz Festival this year. Maybe Elaine will surprise us with a performance of her own at the inn!

Plan to stay in our bed and breakfast Missoula, Blue Mountain B&B, and explore some of what Missoula’s art community has to offer this spring. We grew up in this area and it is important to us to support our local artists and community.

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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