Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast: The Perfect Retreat in Missoula, Montana
The Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana, is a charming B & B that I highly recommend if you need a place to stay while visiting Missoula. Located just a few miles south of town, the location, hospitality, privacy, and the delicious food will ensure you return.
As you arrive at the Bed and Breakfast, you will see the three-story log Lewis and Clark Lodge on your right hand side. If you continue ahead, you will park in front of the main lodge, the Hawk Hill House, to check-in.
Check-in is between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and it is helpful to call ahead and let the owners know what time you will arrive. There is also a phone available to call the owners just outside of the Hawk Hill House, in case you should arrive and can’t find anyone.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by one of our smiling hosts, Brady. Brady and Elaine are the owners of the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, and in true Montana fashion, are warm and they aim to please. Genuine and kind, they truly want to make your stay at the bed and breakfast enjoyable and memorable.
We were immediately pleased with the view: the hillside location provides stunning panoramas of the surrounding Missoula Valley, and the Bitterroot River meandering below.
Brady immediately took us on a tour of the property, starting with the Hawk Hill House. Brady, Elaine, and their family live in the downstairs of this lodge. The middle level of the lodge features a kitchen, large living room and dining room, and a gift shop. The gift shop features books, stationary, stuffed animals, and some great gifts to bring home to remember your stay. Our daughter immediately picked a stuffed bear to bring home with us. We fondly named him, “Brady the Bear,” after our kind host.
Upstairs in the Hawk Hill House is where we stayed. There is a common area, also known as the “library,” where you have a view of the Bitterroot River, with music and reading materials. Just down the hall is where you will find some of the guest rooms.
We stayed in the pet friendly room, where dogs are welcome and there is a king size bed. While we had planned on bringing our dogs, we opted to leave them with family to allow us more flexibility on our trip. Our room had a stunning view: a large private patio with a table, overlooking the valley below, with a large window.
We next walked a short distance down the road to see the Lewis and Clark Lodge. This lodge would be a fun, private getaway for two couples, or a larger family. Upstairs features one large living room, with a sitting area, a pool table, a wide-screen movie player, and a closet filled with board games to play, movies, and clothes to play dress-up. Downstairs are two of the rooms available to rent, the Sage Brush Suite and the Bitterroot Room. Of course, if you don’t know the people staying in the opposite room, you can make new friends and have a great time.
There are four guests rooms available to rent, all featuring queen or king beds and a suite bathroom in each. Every room has wide open windows with views of the hillside forest, or the river and mountains across the valley floor. While most of the rooms are decorated with a rustic elegance that feature a Montana western feel, there is also a Victorian room available for those looking for different flavor.
The rooms are scattered with family heirlooms from early homesteading days in the area. The rooms do have information on the heirlooms on display, but if you get a chance, ask Brady and Elaine about their family history and any questions about their family treasures you have.
There are also televisions in each room, but no cable. I prefer not to have television while on vacation, making the lodge quieter and more relaxing. There is an entire closet of DVD’s available to watch on your television down in the Lewis and Clark Lodge.
The Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is both child and pet friendly, and the owners will do their best to accommodate any request. Additional fees may apply for pets, so it is best to discuss this with Brady or Elaine beforehand. There is a Pack-and-Play available to use for those with small children.
The wonderful thing about the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast; is that it offers more than a hotel.
Common areas provide opportunities outside of your room to relax and read a book, or strike up a conversation with other guests. The various outdoor spaces give you a place to enjoy the outdoors, and the mountain location offers various hiking opportunities literally right out the back door.
Hummingbirds feed off the front deck, chipmunks bounce in the underbrush, and butterflies feast on the beautiful flowers surrounding the property. You can enjoy your morning coffee sitting next to the waterfall just outside of the kitchen, while watching the Goldfish and Koi swimming under the lily pads in the pond.
The first night after driving to Missoula, we picked up food to go from the south edge of Missoula, and ate it in our room, while watching a movie on the DVD player. Our plan was to relax after the drive with our baby – which we did by ending the night with an aptly-named dessert item – the Big Fat Chocolate Cake.
Brady will ask you the night before what time you would like to eat breakfast. He serves breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. He will also have coffee waiting in the kitchen early in the morning for their guests. We woke up Saturday morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee, and a grapefruit waiting on the kitchen table.
Breakfast is served in the kitchen and living area in the Hawk Hill House. Brady starts out by serving you a piece of fruit, followed by a gourmet breakfast. Saturday morning, our breakfast began with half a grapefruit for each of us. This was followed by German Puff Pancakes with a huckleberry, blueberry, and apple sauce topping. On the side we had chicken maple sausages, and scrambled eggs with Parmesan cheese. There is also coffee, juice, and water available to drink.
Let me tell you, this man knows what he is doing in the kitchen!
His delicious gourmet breakfasts wowed us each day, leaving us full beyond lunchtime. I didn’t stop talking about the decadent meals for hours after. Breakfast is a set menu, but Brady does cater to special dietary needs, as long as you let him know in advance.
We went for a drive around Missoula on Saturday, walking along the Clark Fork River to Caras Park, and stopping for a homemade ice cream cone at the Big Dipper on our way back to Blue Mountain. Another option if you wanted to get out for the day would be to head just south of the Blue Mountain to Lolo Hot Springs, to take a nice soak in the springs. The Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers are easily accessible for a day of fly-fishing.
The second night we went out to eat just down the road at a local favorite, the Lolo Creek Steakhouse. A beautiful log building offers a large menu, with incredible steak and very nice hosts! They don’t take reservations, and the line goes out the door, so I would go early if you don’t want to wait long.
Sunday morning we woke up to a gourmet breakfast of strawberries with homemade apricot jam, followed by asparagus gratin, bacon, and a blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry scone. I could not make up my mind as to which item I liked the best. I ate every last bite of breakfast, thinking that I should learn how to make these scones at home!
This is a wonderful place to get away for a weekend to relax, and to read a good book. This is a great place for a small corporate retreat, or an opportunity to just sit on a peaceful hillside and read a book. Elaine also plans on having some “mystery murder weekends” in the future… stay tuned! We left with a few decadent moose-shaped homemade chocolates; and a smile on our face. We will be back to visit again! Don’t overlook this local gem.
If you wish to book your stay at the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, you can reserve a room online at http://www.bluemountainbb.com/, or they can be reached by phone at (877) 251-4457. You won’t be disappointed with the hospitality, tranquility, and food at this Missoula mountain retreat.
Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
Montana Vacation Blog
**You can also read my article about the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in the June / July 2013 issue of 406 Woman Magazine by clicking here. See page 32 – 33.**
TO GET HERE: Follow US-12 for just over three miles south of Missoula, until you take a right onto Cochise Drive. The turn to the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is not to be missed by the large “BED AND BREAKFAST” sign off of the highway.
Follow the signs once you turn off of the highway, including the fun, “You’re on the right track!” sign. A charming wagon full of flowers greets you at the gate, and then you continue to wind up the narrow dirt road to reach the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.