“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get”…. The same can be said about the travel reviews posted in the Internet world. We are thrilled to report that Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast reviews are at the top of the chart! Read what past guests have written about us on Tripadvisor or BedandBreakfast.com. These reviews are unbiased and express what our guest feel about their recent visit with us. Better yet come stay with us and read the guestbooks comments in each of our rooms for yourselves. Then give us a review on your experience. We look forward to serving you in the near future.
A new king of the bird feeder has been crowned! For the last 7 years the bird feeder at our B & B has had a definite hierarchy. The male Red Winged Black Birds have ruled the house with the sparrow and finches eating the seed thrown out to the peasants below. This last week we had our first Yellow-headed Blackbird and our Red Wings have resigned their throne and joined the peasants at the foot of the feeder.
The male Yellow-headed Blackbird has taken residence in the our poplar trees and love the daily supply of birdseed from our feeder. With the loud and exceedingly harsh call, they appear to be annoucing their kingdom and enjoy flying from one tree to the next surveying the land.
I love this time of year as we watch our migratory birds return to their summer grounds. The gardens are a symphony of bird calls with the variety of birds chiming in to announce their return. The Garden room by far has the best perch to watch and listen to them all, recline on the fainting couch in this room as you gaze out the large picture window into the gardens.
MCT opens this weekend with the musical production of Peter Pan. The MCT which is known for using local children and adults to produce high quality musicals and this current production just adds to that list. The production runs April 30-May 2, 5-9, 12-16,2010 with matinee’s on Saturday and Sunday’s.
The MCT threatre is located in the Historic Downtown Missoula and only 2 miles from our Missoula B & B. Enjoy a full evening by dining out at one of the many wonderful restaurants in our downtown, take in the play, and relax with a nightcap cocktail in the parlor of the Mansion or by the fire in your private quarters of the Master suite. Make it a weekend get-away and we can assist with dinner reservations, tickets, and other events happening in Missoula that weekend.
If you have never attended Meet Me in Missoula , then don’t miss this one. Missoula seems to come out of its winter slumber and burst at the seams with arts and culture. Local businesses and event organizers have banded together to kick off the beginning of Missoula’s busy tourist season. With the return of green mountains surrounding our valley city, so also returns Farmers markets, First Friday Gallery Walk, and arts and cultural events spring to life. You’ll find several theater and music events from the Cabaret to the Symphony, the International wildlife Film festival to Peter Pan, it is all happening this weekend.
Spring has officially arrived at Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast! With arrival of summer like temperatures the early blooming tulips have opened in full glory. The gardens have some 800+ tulips that will bloom now until end of May (depending on our weather).
So come and spend a night at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, enjoy a cup of coffee or afternoon refreshment in the gardens and take in natures art display first hand.
Jewel will be making a return appearance in Missoula this June 22 in the Historic Wilma theatre. Jewel last preformed in Missoula August of 2002, held in Caras Park. It is hard to beat the atmosphere of an outdoor concert along the river, but the Wilma Theatre will be a perfect spot to take in the solo acoustic guitar that Jewel is known for.
Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast is less then 2 miles to the Theatre, a straight shot down Higgins. The city bus stop is right outside our door, if you choose to save the hassle of trying to find a parking spot. Take in the Concert, enjoy the night life in the downtown area, and then stay with us for a quiet night sleep followed by a gourmet breakfast in the morning. Tickets go on sale April 23rd, get your ticket and book a room!
Voted upon by participants in some 400 Marathons held in the USA in 2009, Runners World award the Missoula Marathon Best Overall Marathon for 2009. Missoula is not up there in the name recognition like Boston or New York City, but what they do have is scenery and local charm. Runners love the start time temps in the low 50′s and a course that takes you through the forest, past the Clark Fork River, Majestic Mountains in the backdrop, and end in the heart of a small University town.
Missoulians love outdoor recreation and this just is another great event held in the Missoula valley. As you run the course you will be cheered on by local spectators holding signs, playing upbeat music, or even getting out the garden hose to give you a cool misting as you run past. The race ends in the Historic downtown with a celebration of food, folks, and fun.
Top this race off by staying at our Missoula B & B. We are less then 2 miles from the end of the race, we will accommodate your dietary needs so you are fueled for your race, and we can arrange for you to have a in room massage after the race to help loosen those stiff and fatigued muscles!
This years race is July 11,2010, we hope to see you then.
Spring in Missoula is like an awakening of sleeping beauty. As I type this post I look out my window at snow capped Lolo Peak with a beautiful baby blue sky backdrop.
The swallows, chickadees, and red wing blackbirds are announcing a new day that promises the warm spring sunshine. The air is brisk yet refreshing with the frost sparkling like diamonds as the morning sun rays begin to warm the landscape.
With a hot cup of coffee in my hand I walk outside and breathe it all in. I look forward to a day of uncovering the fall and winter blankets on the gardens, allowing the spring flowers to awaken from their winter sleep.
The new Asparagus and Egg on a Parmesan Toasted Croissant has been a big hit this spring. We thought it would be good to give you an updated photo from this new dish as the last one was the trial and did not look pretty.
We have customized this recipe as well so that the guests that prefer not to “wreck the diet” can still enjoy all of the flavors. We can prepare it in a lower calorie, lower carb, and heart healthy version. We use egg whites instead of the full egg and the new Oroweat multi-grain sandwich thin in place of the high calorie, but oh so tasty croissant. For any of you out there wanting a bread that is a good source of protein, fiber, and grains without a lot of calories this is a great substitute that tastes great, unlike most that taste like cardboard! Sorry just had to put in my healthy eating plug.
So the next recipe adventure is the stuffed huckleberry french toast. For those not familar with huckleberries they are a signature fruit from our area. They are smaller than a blueberry, but have a tart yet sweet taste…a treat that even the bears will fight for. Warning though this will be one recipe that will wreck the diet. Sometimes you just have to indulge, we promise it will be worth every calorie!
This is the time of year that we experiment with new breakfast recipes for the upcoming tourist season. I get my file folder where I have collected those torn out recipes from magazines, recipes scribbled on a napkin that someone gave to someone to give to us, or print outs off the computer from newsletters we received. I have collected them all in hopes of one day giving them a try.
The latest recipe to rise from that pile and get put into “Keepers” is asparagus and eggs on a Parmesan toasted baguette. That is at least how the recipe started. Like any other trial recipe we (notice how I take some credit for the creation…I did find the recipe) made it as the recipe directed. It was very tasty as you saute the asparagus in fresh rosemary and olive oil, OK we used dried because you cannot grow fresh this time of year. Then you toast the bread on the remaining rosemary oil. The only hard part with the enjoying of this breakfast is that it is somewhat difficult to cut. With the baguette loaf toasted, cutting with a ordinary table knife is a challenge.
But if any of you know Tom he never stays with the original recipe, he is always customizing it to be the perfect combination of flavors. While playing with these modifications and doing trial runs with our guest, Tom realized he needed to find a better bread selection or hand out our large wooded handled steak knives. This is kind of scary to hand to someone in the early morning hours, before the coffee has kicked in. So after playing with other bread choices, keeping in mind how it would present under the asparagus and eggs, it was settled on a flaky croissant.
You will have to wait until next week for the updated photo showing the new and improved “Asparagus and Eggs served on a Parmesan Crusted Croissant” a true Gibson Mansion original.