Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast
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Blue Mountain B&B offers a unique Missoula lodging experience! Nestled on the mountainside among majestic ponderosa pines and meditative water gardens, this Missoula bed and breakfast, creates a wonderfully tranquil romantic getaway just minutes away from Missoula's business, sporting and cultural centers. The Inn and gardens offer a breathtaking, birds-eye view of the Bitterroot River, surrounding mountains and valley below, including part of the historic Lewis and Clark Trail- an experience one should not miss when visiting Montana!
Elegant breakfasts along with the Inn's lovely decor offer luxury and comfort, complementing the rustic, wooded surroundings of the Blue Mountains around Missoula. Guestrooms have private baths with jetted tubs, king or queen beds, air conditioning, picturesque views and many amenities that make one's stay both memorable and relaxing (wireless internet and refrigeration facilities are in some rooms and in common areas).
With four private rooms and twenty acres of wildlife habitat immediately adjacent to National Forest, Blue Mountain's Montana Bed and Breakfast gives the special sense of privacy, while creating a home for many native birds, chipmunks and other animals. It is the perfect mountain retreat- offering comfort, convenience, beauty and a sense of warm, casual elegance to the vacationer and business traveler alike.
Hosts Brady and Elaine will help you experience and even plan for your vacation, giving it a relaxed and personalized feeling that will truly give you a sense of rejuvination. (If you wish to plan ahead, many vacation ideas and contacts can be viewed on the Area- Link's page. You can also send an email request to email@example.com
Escape into a unique setting that offers you...
- The beauty & character of a small mountain retreat
- The comfort & style one finds within the American B&B tradition
- The intrigue & intimacy of a Japanese Ryokan or European Inn
- A warm Western greeting accompanied by ranch-style hospitality
The Lewis and Clark Lodge facility is a three story log building that is inviting upon arrival to our Montana bed and breakfast, perfect for small family reunions or conferences. The spacious, top floor of the Montana Bed and Breakfast affords a magnificent view of the Bitterroot River and Missoula Valley while curling up with a good book, watching a movie on the wide-screen, or playing a variety of board games or billiards. The decor offers curious folks an opportunity to learn more about Montana's history, wildlife and culture through a wide selection of books, novels, and family heirlooms.
The middle floor of the Missoula lodging is reserved for two private guestrooms, The Sagebrush Suite and The Bitterroot Room.
Hawk Hill House, the main facility, lies a short distance from the Lodge. The house stands on top of a spectacular forested overlook, allowing for views of the valley floor and Sapphire Mountains to the east, as well as a nestled-in view of the hillside, pond and waterfall to the west.
Picture windows in every guestroom and common space of the house look out over the mountains and gardens, luring a person to go hiking, sit on the patio, or enjoy the out of doors from inside while reading a good book or listening to the old player piano.
The kitchen, gift store (to come) and living and dining areas are on the main floor of the home while a small library/study and two guest rooms, The Syringa Suite and Rose Room, are on the upper level. We look forward to showing you around our bed and breakfast Montana soon!
More than just your average Missoula MT bed and breakfast, our private guest rooms look out over the gardens, forest, surrounding mountains or valley below. Each is furnished with a beautifully crafted, king or queen-sized bed with down comforter and fine linens. A private bath with jetted tub and shower, a sitting area and other amenities give each a plush, yet comfortable and relaxing feel.
The name and decor of each Missoula Lodging room reflects in some way the flora, fauna, history and culture of the West- and the Missoula area, in particular.
Treasured family heirlooms and travel experiences of hosts, Brady and Elaine, are reflected in the decor of the entire Inn which includes the main house, Hawk Hill House, and the log outbuilding, Lewis and Clark Lodge.
The Syringa Suite and Rose Room are located in the main house, while the Sagebrush Suite and Bitterroot Room are located in the neighboring Lodge.
Breakfast And Dinners
Breakfast each morning will bring a delightful beginning to your day. We feature unique Missoula Bed and Breakfast dishes such as delicate Swedish pancakes or huckleberry sourdoughs, individual tomato-herb souffles, elegant crab crepes, or even a hearty Montana breakfast of tender steak and fresh eggs.
Accompaniments may include our Blue Mountain blueberry scones, homemade cinnamon rolls, roasted red potatoes with garden vegetables, asparagus gratin or maybe golden fried polenta served with warm maple syrup. We offer home made preserves, fresh fruit, juice, tea, coffee or cocoa to complete your meal.
Enjoy breakfast in the dining room or from a variety of garden decks; the views of our waterfall and pond, wild birds and mountains will make an already delightful meal truly memorable!
Dinner: (four or more guests): realistically, we can afford to serve no fewer than four guests for dinner. If you are a single couple, we may be able to make dinner reservations available to other guests as well so please inquire if interested.
- A Western BBQ with choice of meat or fish, garlic-buttermilk biscuits, house salad, soup or other side and dessert. $35.00 per person
- An ethnic dinner (Italian, Japanese, Thai, or Mexican/Central American selection that includes an appetizer, soup, salad, main course and dessert. $40.00 per person
- An exquisite multi-course Indian, Moroccan, Medieval, Scandinavian or traditional Christmas or Thanksgiving feast that includes a variety of main courses and side dishes. $50.00 per person.
We include a selection of non-alcoholic beverages with dinners. If you wish to bring your own alcohol, we will gladly provide the glassware.
If you are interested in dinner, call us or let us know in the special request section of our reservation page. Below are some brief descriptions of some of our Missoula Bed Breakfast highlights. Additional details can be viewed on our Seasonal Specials page as well as our Photo gallery: Seasons and Seasonings" page. You can always make ethnic dinner requests!
WINTER- offers the perfect time to curl up with a good book, watch a movie, listen to the old player piano or take a walk in the snow. You can make request an evening of fondue, or a multi-course ethnic dinner featuring Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Thai, Indian or other cuisine specialties. You may also wish to celebrate with a Medieval feast, a Swedish smorgasbord, or a more traditional meal of roasted meats and vegetables. On Christmas Eve, we invite you to join our family for an evening of food, song, festivities and fun.
SPRING- is the perfect time of year to just sit on the deck and enjoy the scent of blossoms while savoring traditional Japanese cuisine that can include delicate shrimp tempura, accompanied by a lovely spring rain salad, green tea and other traditional dishes. Highlights during the season often include a special Mother's Day tea and mouth watering Mexican cuisine to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
SUMMER- On July 4th, Fort Missoula is booming with an old fashioned celebration. Here on Blue Mountain, you can enjoy a hearty cowboy BBQ with baked beans, fresh garden vegetables, Montana ranch-raised beef and home-made pie. We would invite you to also sit down to a multi-course Moroccan dinner near our waterfall and lily pond where we will treat you to exotically spiced dishes and a truly unforgettable experience!
FALL- we welcome you to join us for a Murder Mystery dinner set in the old West or a Thanksgiving feast that includes a few dishes from our Lewis and Clark Expedition cookbook. Reservations need to be made 3 weeks in advance please.
We look forward to sharing our passion for food with you, and ask that you make reservations well in advance for multi-course ethnic or mystery dinner experiences.
"We love the elegant but relaxed feel of the lodge and Brady and Elaine are delightful hosts, not to mention amazing chefs!" J. T., Massachusetts
Weddings and Special Events
Nestled on twenty acres of wildlife habitat that is immediately adjacent to National Forest, Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, a Missoula Lodging, is known for its scenic beauty and character. The breathtaking atmosphere and convenient location make it ideal for smaller wedding parties, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, anniversary parties, retreats and showers of various kinds.
The experience at Blue Mountain is one of intimacy, allowing a group to enjoy that special day or much needed retreat as a very exclusive party of special guests.
Because of our steep, mountainous setting, large events are difficult and parking is limited- a shuttle may be necessary.
Photos: additional event photos can be viewed in our Photo Gallery section under "Events and Activities."
- An intimate wedding ceremony, anniversary celebration, bridal shower, reception, or other special occasion.
- An educational adventure for history or nature enthusiasts.
- A small-sized retreat for business or pleasure (family, friends, colleagues, musical groups, movie buffs, birders, sportsmen and sport's fans alike will enjoy the varied opportunities and facilities here at Blue Mountain B&B).
We can accomidate up to:
- 20 guests for a formal, indoor reception.
- 30 guests for an informal, indoor reception where some guests are at tables and some simply relax in the living area.
- 45 guests for both an outdoor ceremony and reception (June through September)
Facility Description and Event Options:
Depending upon the type of event and season, our Missoula Lodging facility can accommodate a larger number of guests and the ceremony and reception can be enjoyed in a variety of locations. The possibility of unexpected weather changes does make it necessary to have flexibility plans, however.
From June through September (weather permitting) we host beautiful outdoor weddings, by the waterfall and pond, or on one of our spacious decks. Tables and chairs are included as part of the set up for both indoor and outdoor events (the charm of our location does unfortunately inhibit the set up of tents or dance floor facilities).
Inside the Lewis and Clark Lodge facility, the spacious top floor allows guests to enjoy a magnificent view of the Bitterroot River and Missoula Valley, a space perfect for small family reunions, conferences and indoor weddings.
Hawk Hill House, the main facility, lies a short distance from the Lodge. The house stands on top of a spectacular forested overlook, allowing for dining and living room views of the valley floor and Sapphire Mountains to the east, as well as a nestled-in view of the hillside, pond and waterfall to the west. The large, open living/dining area allows space for a sit down dinner of up to 20 guests. The living room grand and player piano add a nice touch to any reception. A lovely wedding ceremony can always be held in the house instead of the Lodge when there is no plan for a reception to follow.
You can personally arrange for your special wedding needs, or we can work with you in a variety of ways to save you time and effort. If you are considering Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast for your special event, please call us so we can discuss your personal vision. We can help you with catoring ideas, music, table ware, simple flower arrangements for the reception or cake and other details. So that we can give wedding events the personal attention and set-up time truly needed, a two night reservation of all four guest rooms and a facility fee is required. We look forward to being a part of your memories!
Small weddings, gift opening parties, bridal, baby and anniversary parties are ideal and truly memorable here!
Make that special shower or retreat both memorable and relaxing:
If you need help planning for that special bridal or baby shower or women's retreat, you can contact us personally or consider the following: You can arrange for a very special bridal or women's retreat at our B&B through Abundant Living Retreats.com. For details, talk to Jamie McGarvey: firstname.lastname@example.org (543-7116) or visit the website at email@example.com.
Things To Do
Onsite Leisure & Activities
Take a day to relax right here at the Inn while you...
- View wildlife from your deck with binoculars, guide books and a refreshing drink in hand or take advantage of our full twenty acres of registered wildlife habitat that opens onto both State and Federal lands (part of which includes Missoula's well known Blue Mountain Recreation Area). Hiking, horseback riding, geocaching, folfing and huckleberry picking are some of the activities one can take part in on Blue Mountain.
- Sit in the garden while you listen to the tranquil sound of the water fall, feed the koi and read a book about local history.
- Relax in the comfort of your own suite, surrounded by soothing music and mountain views while you take a luxurious, jacuzzi bath, read a good book or watch a DVD.
- Take in a bit of the West as you listen to the old player piano, watch the wild birds and take in views of the mountains, valley and waterfall, all from the comfort of the living and dining areas. (Pianists will enjoy sitting down to the living room grand.)
- Partake in a game of billiards in the recreation room of the lodge, or horseshoes (and lunch) down in the secluded picnic spot.
- Watch a movie on the wide-screen "theater system" in the lodge while enjoying some popcorn or other snacks.
Because our Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located between Missoula and Lolo, you will find opportunities from theater and fine dining to river rafting, fishing, hiking and hunting within minutes of our lodging facility: Enjoy being immersed in historical intrigue, shopping, cultural and sporting events either on The University of Montana campus, or in Missoula's larger Five Valley's Region. Travelers' Rest State Park and the Lolo Trail are only four miles from our door, offering people a chance to follow in the footsteps of not only Lewis and Clark, but of early trappers, pioneers and the Salish and Nez Perce people. The Blue Mountains and Missoula Valley were part of the original homeland of the Salish and offers a wealth of cultural information related to the Bitterroot flower and tribal spiritual helpers such as Coyote and Blue Jay.
Recommended Guide and Recreational Services
- Abundant Living Retreats (to rejuvenate your mind and body) www.abundantlivingretreats.com
- Adventure Cycling Association (bike travel info., tours, gear) 150 E. Pine www.adventurecycling.org (406) 721-1776
- Blackfoot River Outfitters: guided rafting, fly fishing www.blackfootriver.com (406) 542-7411
- Blackfeet Reservation pack trips and Native American Jewelry- Marty Martain, Sr. (406) 279-3739
- Blake Gallagher, Montana Fishing Guide www.classicjourneyoutfitters.com (206) 718-1304
- Blue Mountain B&B/Tales and Trails - details on our inn page
- Confluence Rafting: day and half-day scenic, white water and dinner floats www.confluencerafting.com 1-888-655-5388
- Dunrovin Ranch in Lolo: equestrian and river recreation firstname.lastname@example.org toll free: 877-373-7745 local: (406) 273-7745
- Fishing Guide: Chris Dombrowski (406) 546-2041 also a local author.
- Gold Creek Overland Stagecoach tours (406) 288-3340
- JM BAR Outfitters and Trail Rides www.jmbaroutfitters.com (406) 825-3230
- Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures: email@example.com 1-800-366-6246 912 E. Broadway, Missoula 59807 (history, outdoor tours!)
- Lewis and Clark Tours with Kent Watson (406) 721-3500
- Missoulian Angler: fly shop and guided fishing http://www.missoulianangler.com/
- Missoula Bicycle Works: www.missoulabicycleworks.com 721-6525 toll free: 1-888-888-2453 (rentals, area trails, group rides and clubs)
- Missoula Historic Walking Tours with Allan Mathews (year round) (406) 728-2351
- Montana River Guides: white water, scenic and historic raft and canoe trips (406) 288-3340
- Native Ed-Ventures: tours from the Native American perspective, Pablo (800) 883-5344
- Parsons Pony Farm firstname.lastname@example.org (406) 273-3363
- The Trail Head: email@example.com 1-406-543-6966 221 E. Front St. (rentals and area information)
- Wild Rocky Tours: (406) 728-0566 P.O. Box 8184 Missoula, Mt
*Also, see Tourist Information sites and Outdoor Recreaction (other listings, below)
- Alison Livingston (406) 728-4026
- Central Pet Clinic, Hwy 93 South (406)721-1200
- Riding Inc.: horse boarding (406) 721-5946
Art and Cultural Activities
- First Friday Gallery Night (406) 543-4238
- International Media Center/Roxy Theater (wildlife, cultural films, etc.) 718 S Higgins Ave. www.wildlifefilms.org 728-9380
- Masquer Theatre, Montana Theatre (406) 243-4581
- MCT Community Theatre (406) www.mctinc.org (406) 728-PLAY
- Missoula Art Museum 111 N Higgins Ave 728-0447
- Missoula Childrens Museum 111 N Higgins 541-7529
- Missoula Cultural Council (406) 721-9620
- The Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale www.missoulasymphony.org (406) 721-3194
- Montana Museum Of Art & Culture (U of M) 243-2019
- Montana Repertory Theatre (406) 243-6809
- Music Recital Hall (406) 243-6880
- The People's Center (Native American cultural center- St. Ignatius) (406) 675-0160
- Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, (406) 549-5155
- String Orchestra of the Rockies www.sormt.org 728-8203
- The University Center Information Desk (general and events information)
- The University of Montana Department of Drama/Dance (406) 243-4581
- The University of Montana Department of Music (406) 243-6880
Area History- museums and sites (sites in bold are in close proximity to Missoula/Lolo))
- Big Hole National Battlefield (west of Wisdom) (406) 689-3155
- Daly Mansion Historic Site, 251 Eastside Hwy (Hamilton, Mt) www.dalymansion.org
- Fort Owen (Stevensville) 542-5500
- Flathead Indian Museum & Trading Post (406) 745-2951
- Flathead Indian Reservation: National Bison Range (406) 644-2211, St. Ignatius Mission (406) 745-2768
- Flathead I. R. (Pablo) The People's Center (museum, gallery, gift shop, tours) (406) 675-0160
- Garnet Ghost Town www.garnetghosttown.net
- Glacier National Park (406) 888-7800 www.nps.gov/glac
- Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, (Deer Lodge) (406) 846-3388
- Historic Nine Mile Remount Depot and Ranger Station (406) 626-5201
- Historical Museum At Fort Missoula (gifts, exhibits- Frontier Era, military history ) 728-3476
- Lolo Trail (National Historic Landmark) and Fort Fizzle www.fs.fed.us/r1/lolo
- Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (National Park Service) www.nps.gov/lecl
- Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation www.lewisandclark.org
- Missoula County Courthouse (Lewis & Clark murals by E. Paxon) 200 W. Broadway St. (406) 721-5700
- Museum of Mountain Flying (near airport) 5525 Highway 10 W 721-3644
- Smoke Jumper Visitor's Center (near airport) 392-4939 www.visitmt.com
- St. Francis Xavier Church (built in 1889, the year Mt. became a state, beautiful murals) 420 W. Pine St., Missoula
- St. Mary's Mission Church in Stevensvill, Mt (1st Catholic mission in the Northwest) (406) 777-5734
- Travelers' Rest State Park (Lewis & Clark Trail, Lolo) 6550 Mormon Creek Rd.
Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife Activities and Museums and Gardens
- Biking www.ridethehiawatha.com
- Birding Information www.montanabirdingtrail.org
- Bob Marshal Wilderness info www.fs.fed.us/rl/flathead/
- Five Valleys Audubon Society www.fvamissoula.org Phone: (406) 721-9799
- Gem Mountain, sapphire digs near Philipsburg 1-866-459-4367
- Iris Gardens at Fort Missoula, 728-3476
- Larchmont Golf Course (406) 721-4416 3200 Ft Missoula Road
- Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge (east of Stevensville on Wildfowl Ln.)
- Memorial Rose Garden, Brooks St., Missoula
- Montana Natural History Center (Fort Missoula) 327-0405 www.thenaturecenter.org 327-0405
- Parks and Recreation
- The Rocky Mountaineers: rockymountaineers.com (an outdoor club)
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (visitor center, gifts) 5705 Grant Creek Rd. www.elkfoundation.org 523-4545
- Snowbowl- skiing and summer chairlift rides (406) 549-9777
Wolfkeep Wildlife Sanctuary (Potomac, Mt) 406-244-5207 www.wolfkeep.com
* Also, see Tourist Information Site links (other listings, below)
Sports Events, Family Activities and Concerts
- Adams Center Box Office (University of Montana sports, concerts and other events) Tickets: (406) 243-4051 or 1-800-MONTANA www.griztix.com
- Bonner Park Concerts (406) 543-4238
- A Carousel For Missoula & Dragon Hollow (hand-carved carousel and play area), Caras Park www.carrousel.com
- Clark Fork River Market (406) 396-2954 www.clarkforkrivermarket.com
- Downtown ToNight (406) 543-4238 www.missouladowntown.com
- Farmers Market (406) 543-4238
- Kids Klub (406) 721-5140 www.shopsouthgate.com
- Missoula, MT Concerts www.AOLCityGuide.com
- Missoula Osprey Professional Baseball (406) 721-5700 www.missoulaosprey.com
- Missoula Saturday Arts and Crafts Market (406) 543-4238 www.saturdaymarket.org
- Out to Lunch in Caras Park (406) 543-4238 www.missouladowntown.com
- Parks and Recreation www.ci.missoula.mt.us/parksrec
- Qwivals Family Fun Center (Victor, Mt) 406-642-6426 www.Qwivals.com
Tourist Information Sites
- Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce 105 E. Main St., Hamilton (406) 363-6623
- Glacier National Park (406) 888-7800 www.nps.gov/glac
- Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (National Park Service) www.nps.gov/lecl
- Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation www.lewisandclark.org
- Missoula Chamber of Commerce 825 E. Front St., Missoula (406) 543-6623
- Missoula Convention and Visitors Bureau 1121 E. Broadway, Ste. 103, Missoula (800) 526-3465 www.missoulacvb.org (up to date local calendar of events)
- Missoula Area Visitor Information Services (national forest land) 1-800-281-1030
- Missoula Downtown Association (406) 543-4238
- Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks www.fwp.state.mt.us/parks
- Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission
- National Park Service/Montana
- Travel Montana
- Tours and Local Information
- A guide to trails in and around Missoula
Blue Mountain B&B is your solution for Missoula lodging. Halfway between Missoula and Lolo, it is 3.7 miles south off the Reserve and Brooks Street junction (which is Hwy 93 South), and 3.2 miles north of Lolo.
If you are coming to Missoula on I-90, take exit 101 onto Reserve Street. Continue on Reserve 5.5 miles to the Brooks Street intersection and turn right onto highway 93, heading South. Take highway 93 until you see mile marker 88, then start looking for the tipi poles and the Bed and Breakfast sign to the right. Enter the pull out lane which turns onto Cochise Drive and then follow the signs to our Missoula Lodging. Go under the arch and continue up the dirt road about .4 of a mile. Welcome to Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast!
If you are heading North on Hwy-93 (also if you were coming from Idaho on Highway 12): We are about 3 miles north of Lolo- just after mile marker 87 on Hwy 93. About 2 miles from Lolo you will pass under a flashing light warning you to slow to 55 MPH as the highway goes uphill around a sharp corner. get into the left lane at this point. You will come to a left hand corner in about a mile and you will see the concrete road divider end. As soon as the concrete divider ends, enter the pull out lane in the middle of the highway and begin to slow down. You should see our tipi poles and Bed and Breakfast sign at this point. Turn across the highway and onto Cochise Drive, then simply follow the signs to our Missoula Lodging. Go under the arch and continue up the dirt road about .4 of a mile. Welcome to Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast!
If You are arriving at the airport: Turn right on Highway 10 when you exit the airport. Go almost 2 miles until you come to the exit for Reserve street and take the first one on the right. Follow Reserve 4 miles to the Highway 93 intersection and turn right onto highway 93, heading South. Take highway 93 until you see mile marker 88, (about 3.5 miles) then start looking for the tipi poles and the Bed and Breakfast sign to the right. Enter the pull out lane which turns onto Cochise Drive and then follow the signs to our Missoula lodging. Go under the arch and continue up our gravel drive about .4 of a mile. Welcome to Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast!
Note: our private drive is a fairly steep, dirt road with pull outs. It is plowed in the winter and applied with dust-abatement during the summer months. If you are pulling a long trailer, we can make special arrangements for you so please ask. We want to be your favorite Montana Bed and Breakfast.