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The Missoula Symphony

The Missoula Symphony and Chorale will put us all into the holiday spirit when it presents “Holiday Pops” on December 5 and 6, 2009, at the University Theater. Close to our Missoula lodging, this is a fun event for the whole family.

The Missoula Symphony is in its 55th season. The orchestra is comprised of 80 musicians, while the chorale has one hundred members. Listening to their music is always an uplifting experience.

An afternoon or evening at the symphony is the perfect excuse to come to town for the weekend and stay at our Missoula bed and breakfast. Children are welcome at our inn, and will enjoy seeing Santa at the Holiday Pops. While here, take advantage of our proximity to many excellent shops downtown. Take care of all your holiday shopping while you treat yourself to a weekend away.

The Moscow Ballet in Missoula

Ekaterina Bortykova and Akzhol Mussakhanov

Ekaterina Bortykova and Akzhol Mussakhanov

Guests at our Missoula lodging on Saturday, November 21 have the opportunity to watch world-class ballet when The Moscow Ballet performs The Great Russian Nutcracker. It is always thrilling when this caliber of artist visits Missoula.

The Great Russian Nutcracker is a bit different from the classic Nutcracker ballet that many of us know and love. Directed by Anatoli Emelianov, the performers dance in front of exquisite hand-painted scenery. Life-sized dancing puppets share the stage with them, adding a whimsical element to the ballet. Come visit the “Land of Peace and Harmony” and meet the Christmas Dove.

It has been said by critics that this Great Russian Nutcracker is “flawless,” “breathtaking,” and “dazzling.” According to the Moscow Ballet, “Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blend with the richness of Russian classical ballet to make the Great Russian Nutcracker a memorable holiday treat for everyone.”

One of the great things about living and working in a Missoula bed and breakfast is that we have both incredible outdoor recreation and first-rate cultural activities at our fingertips. We enjoy taking advantage of these opportunities whenever we can, and it delights us that our guests can, too. It is not too early to plan to attend the Great Russian Nutcracker while staying at our Missoula lodging. The holidays will soon be upon us – this year, treat yourself and your family to something truly special.

Information and tickets for Great Russian Nutcracker.

Photos of the Great Russian Nutcracker.

Lolo National Forest

The Lolo National Forest is a mere few miles down the road from our Missoula Montana bed and breakfast. While the weather is definitely feeling cold out there, and the snows are on their way, there is still time for a well planned hike or two in the Lolo National Forest while you are staying with us. The Lolo Visitor Centers are filled with friendly and informative staff who can help you find the perfect hike for you – and of course, we always enjoy recommending our favorite trails.

This is where you will want to be after exploring the Lolo National Forest

This is where you will want to be after exploring the Lolo National Forest

The Savenac Historic Tree Nursery is an interesting place to enjoy the outdoors without engaging in strenuous activity. It was a nursery for the forest service until the late 1960s, and the arboretum and visitor center there provide a fascinating glimpse into a part of National Forest history that few people stop to consider – the cultivation of trees.

If you are in the mood for a strenuous hike, consider heading to the top of Lolo Peak. You’ll be rewarded with fantastic views and a hearty appetite to enjoy a fine meal back in Missoula (plus a warm soak in a tub at this Montana inn). Just be sure to check the weather, eat a good breakfast here before leaving, and be prepared for anything before embarking on this hike.

Cine Cultural and Evironmental Film Fest

The weather is feeling like fall here at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Mornings and evenings are chilly, causing us to really hang on to our warm mugs of coffee and tea. This is perfect weather to head indoors and watch good films.

You may remember that Missoula hosted the annual International Wildlife Film Festival last spring. There will be a complimentary film festival coming up in just a few weeks: the Cine Cultural and Environmental Film Fest, sponsored by the International Wildlife Media Center & Film Festival. The Festival starts Wednesday October 21 and wraps up Saturday the 24th. We are enthusiastic supporters of these types of events, because they help keep Missoula culturally vibrant.

Expect to see films about outdoor adventure, indigenous people, environmental issues and world cultures. The breadth of topics covered is part of what makes the Cine Film Fest such an impressive event.

All events associated with the film festival will be at the historic Roxy Theater in downtown Missoula. The theater is not far from our Missoula MT bed and breakfast. Plan to stay a few days with us while you attend this great event. Be sure to allow time to get out and enjoy the wilderness in person, too!

Hike to the Raptors

Many of the guests at our Missoula bed and breakfast enjoy outdoor recreation. They are drawn to our inn in part because we are situated on 20 acres overlooking the Bitterroot River, adjacent to National Forest; our location draws guests into the outdoors. Walk out our door and onto trails where you may pass several peaceful hours. We’ll even provide a picnic basket if you like. Continue reading

Garnet Ghost Town

Garnet Ghost Town

Garnet Ghost Town

We are fortunate that our bed and breakfast in Missoula MT is close to Garnet, which is considered to be one of the best-preserved Montana ghost towns. It is somewhat of a unique place, with a very different history than frontier gold-mining towns such as Virginia City and Bannack (both of which were lawless, somewhat dangerous places in their heyday). Garnet was settled at the end of the 19th century and had a population of 1,000 hard-working men, women and children in 1898. Folks came to Garnet for gold, but found that it took a certain industrious spirit to access that gold. The hard-rock mines required equipment, and in order to have equipment, the men who mined the gold needed to make a serious investment. They intended to stay, and they built a town to house their wives and children. At its peak, the school in Garnet taught more than fifty children.

Today, Garnet is a peaceful place. Families departed when the mineral deposits became too scarce to support them, but they left behind a main street filled with shops, their school, and many homes. To walk among these is to walk in the footsteps of the men and women who settled the west. Garnet Ghost Town is a tribute to this important part of American history – something we feel strongly about, which is why we support the Garnet Ghost Town Preservation Society. We hope you will find time to visit Garnet while you are staying at our Missoula bed and breakfast; it makes a lovely day trip in the fall, when foliage is colorful and the air is crisp and clean.

Excellent shopping near our Missoula Inn

A convenient place to shop while staying at our Missoula b&b

A convenient place to shop while staying at our Missoula b&b

Our Missoula Inn is beautifully situated on  20 acres of ponderosa pine forest overlooking the Bitterroot Valley. When we awaken each morning we feel like we are in a peaceful, remote place far from a city. And yet we are just minutes from downtown Missoula MT, and all the art, culture, fine dining and shopping that it has to offer.

The Southgate Mall is a good place to spend a few hours on a cold or rainy day (and like it or not, such weather is approaching). Here you will meet all of your shopping needs. There is a food court if hunger strikes while perusing the many shops, and there is always at least one good deal out there. Many guests at our Bed Breakfast Missoula find it a convenient place to purchase items they need during their travels. It’s a great place to find a book, or pick up a sweater or hat.

Of course, there are also many fine shops throughout Missoula, as well.

First Fridays in Missoula

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You'll find great art at Missoula's First Fridays

First Fridays is a longstanding tradition that guests of our Missoula bed and breakfast always enjoy. From 5 – 8 pm, Missoula Montana art galleries and museums open their doors and welcome the public inside with complimentary appetizers and refreshments. Artists and gallery owners are frequently on site to discuss the new art exhibits.

The Missoula Art Museum, The Ceretana Gallery, Murphy-Jubb Fine Art, Monte Dolack Gallery, The Clay Studio, The Dana Gallery, The Artists Shop, Montana Art and Framing, Montana Museum of Art and Culture all participate, along with many other shops and restaurants in downtown Missoula. Enjoy the art and appetizers, and then enjoy dinner out before heading back to our Missoula Montana bed and breakfast.

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