Posts Tagged ‘University of Montana’

Blue Mountain Baseball

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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At Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, located in beautiful Missoula, Montana, our peaceful place provides relaxation and a gorgeous view of the mountains.  Here you can walk nature trails, go trout fishing, horseback riding, golfing, shopping, or just enjoy resting in one of private guest rooms.  All our rooms have exquisite views including gardens, mountains, forests, and valleys.  There is so much to experience here!

We love promoting our Missoula community.  They say that baseball is an all-American pastime.  Did you know that we have our own minor league baseball team?  The Missoula Osprey will open their 16th season with a three game series on the road beginning against the Helena Brewers on Monday June 16.  The O’s home opener is set for Thursday June 19 against the Great Falls Voyagers.

The Osprey is part of the Pioneer Minor League which was founded in 1939.  In fact, The Osprey recently were Pioneer League Champions in 1999, 2006, and 2012.  Two Osprey Alumni are on the list of top-100 hitters in Major League Baseball.  Paul Goldschmidt is ranked third and Carlos Gonzalez sixth.  Click to buy tickets to see an Osprey ball game!

The real life birds called ospreys eat fish 99% of the time.  The Montana Osprey Project started in 2006 and is conducted at the University of Montana in their Biogeochemistry Lab.  It is a long-term project to study ospreys along the upper Clark Fork River and its tributaries.  They have live-streaming nest cameras in Missoula at Hellgate Canyon which is nearby the stadium!

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to get away and enjoy all the wonderful things our area offers.  From spectacular looks at nature (including the osprey birds) to spectacular baseball plays (by The Ospreys team), you will love staying at our bed and breakfast.  Did we mention that we get rave reviews from guests who love our delicious breakfasts?  We aim to please!  Let us know how we can help you!

Make Your Heart Happy

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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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!

Animal Tracks in the Snow

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Ever wanted to be able to ‘think like an animal?’ Well, the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning at the University of Montana is hosting a two day class called Winter Animal Tracking. Taught by Melanie Parker and Adam Lieberg, participants will examine animal tracks in the wild, learning to identify mammals by their tracks, gait patterns, and habitat selection behaviors. The class takes place inside the lovely natural landscape of Swan Valley, just North of Missoula.

The course takes place on Saturday and Sunday, January 26 & 27. Course fee is $395.       Goose prints in snowa well-beaten path does not always make the right road

Schedule for Animal Tracking Class:

Saturday and Sunday mornings will be spent in short lectures viewing slides and learning how to identify many different track types. The afternoons are the fun part: outdoors on snowshoes, enjoying the pristine landscape while identifying, sketching, and documenting animal signs. The Swan Valley is a wild and undeveloped area, but have no fear: the instructors are quite experienced.  Participants can expect to encounter a wide variety of tracks; everything from voles and squirrels to mountain lions and even wolves.

Participants will snowshoe no further than three miles per day. But, you do need to provide your own snowshoes – you can rent these at several places in town. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Candi Merrill via email at, or at 406.243.6431

Snowshoeing Trips Deserve a Stay in at the Bed ‘n’ Breakfast!

After all that learning and snowshoeing in Swan Valley, you don’t want to come back to a cold and impersonal hotel room. Come stay with us at our Missoula bed and breakfast, where it will feel like home! We’ve got heated tile floors in the bathrooms, jetted tubs for two and comfortable recliners. Plus, we will make you a filling, delicious breakfast in the morning before you head out for your adventure. Look forward to seeing you in Missoula soon,whatever your adventure may be!

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Missoula’s Zoological Museum

Friday, May 25th, 2012
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Visit the fascinating Zoological Museum at the University of Montana the next time you're at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

Many people aren’t aware that one of the largest zoological collections representing the Northern Rocky Mountains is right here in Missoula. The Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum at The University of Montana is home to more than 24,000 specimens of vertebrates. It is definitely worth a look.

The museum began over 100 years ago, in the 1890s, and contains collections that date from the 1860s to the present. There are Skins and Skulls collections, collections of Complete Skeletons, Tanned Hides, Specimens in Alcohol and Mounted Specimens.

Exhibits include An Ornithological Perspective, which highlights the vast ornithological collections housed in the museum. Off-campus collections include several Bull Elk at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula, and the Hornaday – Smithsonian Bison Exhibit in Fort Benton, Montana.

It may not be for everybody, but if you’re interested in this sort of thing, you won’t find a better collection in Montana.

Check it out the next time you’re staying at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, or make a special trip to town to see it. It is located on the second floor of the Health Sciences Building. For additional information, please see Zoological Museum.

Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival 2012

Friday, April 20th, 2012
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The Buddy DeFranco Quintet

April means jazz in Missoula, thanks to the annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. In 2012, the festival takes place April 27 and 28. As of this writing, we still have some space available at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast during the festival.

Buddy DeFranco plays jazz and bebop clarinet like nobody else. He has worked with such greats as Count Basie and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has performed with Art Tatum, and Gene Krupa. He is still going strong at 89.

The Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival at the University of Montana is a noncompetitive, educational event for high school and college jazz bands. The public is invited to attend as well, and those who do are rewarded with some fine music.

In addition to high school and college jazz bands, each year the festival features some of the biggest names in jazz. This year, performers include Bob Sheppard, Ignacio Berroa, David Morgenroth, Clipper Anderson, and the UM Jazz Band. Buddy DeFranco himself will take the stage on Saturday night.

Each year we welcome jazz fans to our Missoula Bed and Breakfast during the festival, as well as families of some of the younger performers. It’s always an exciting weekend, and we’re looking forward to it.

Additional festival information is available at UMT.


Missoula Pow Wow

Friday, April 13th, 2012
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Come to the Kyi-Yo Pow Wow in Missoula, April 20 & 21, 2012.

The 44th Annual Kyi-Yo Pow Wow takes place at the Adams Center at the University of Montana on April 20 and 21, 2012. Make your reservations at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast soon!

The Kyi-Yo Pow Wow is one of the oldest and largest student-hostest Pow Wows in the nation. It’s a great opportunity to witness a unique cultural event and learn more about it.

This year, there will be a Native American Dance Theatre, a tipi race (has to be seen to be believed), and an International Food Festival. There will also be a number of basketball tournaments, for men and women as well as youth.

The University of Montana Missoula has the largest enrollment of Native American students in the Montana University System. These students make up an important part of the university culture. Learning more about their cultures is important, too.

If you come into town for the Kyi-Yo Pow Wow, we hope you’ll stay at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

Additional information is available at Kyi-Yo.

Cheer the Grizzlies to Victory

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The University of Montana Grizzlies Football Team has three more home games. If you haven’t been to see them this season – and even if you have – consider coming to cheer them to victory. We still have some availability at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast during game days: October 15, October 29, and November 5, 2011.

The Grizzlies take on Portland State this Saturday, October 15. They’ll play Weber State on the 29th, and Western Oregon on November 5.  If there is any team you’d particularly like to see them beat, buy your tickets now.

Our team has four overall wins so far this season, and two losses. In our Conference we’re three and one. To date, the Grizzlies have won all home games. Could this have something to do with the cheering in the stands?

Let’s assume that it does, and let’s fill the stands and cheer them to victory at future home games.

Make a weekend of it. See how Missoula has changed and how it’s stayed the same since you were here at school. Have coffee in your favorite cafe and a beer in your favorite bar. Revisit a favorite hike. Then try something you’ve never tried before, like a new restaurant.

Most of all, make it a relaxing weekend at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Sleep a bit late, and start your day with a gourmet breakfast. Sit outside and admire the views with a warming cup of tea or cocoa. Read a book. Just save your energy (and your voice) so you can cheer the Grizzlies to victory.

More information and tickets are available at MontanaGrizzlies.

Homecoming 2011, UMT

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

As alumni of the University of Montana, we always look forward to Homecoming. This year is no different. We hope to welcome a good many alumni at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

Leave your mark on the Hello Walk at Homecoming 2011, UMT.

Festivities start Sunday, September 25 and culminate with the football game on Saturday, October 1. Throughout the week there are reunions, luncheons, award ceremonies, and traditional events such as the Hello Walk, the Homecoming Parade, and the Homecoming Hustle, a 5K race for the strong of heart.

The theme for UMT Homecoming 2011 is “We Are Family”. It celebrates the university community, which is comprised of faculty, staff, and students from all over the country and world. The fact that we’re all different is one of our greatest strengths.

Homecoming 2011 Highlights: (more…)