Plowing Going to the Sun Highway Has Begun!

You know that spring is here when we start getting updates on the progress of plowing Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park!

Being a Montana native, I still am amazed how they are able to maintain this highway so that we all can look in awe at the beautiful country we live/travel in!

 

The question asked all the time is “when do you think Going to the Sun is going to be open”? That is the million dollar question, because it is always so much fun to be one of the first to go over the highway after a long winter slumber, but the answer is not so easy. All I can say is “they are working as fast as they can, but Mother nature always has her own plan”.

For those seeking the answer to this million dollar question, the best thing to do is to “like” Glacier National Park on Facebook and watch the progress, it will make the trip so much more impressive when you know how hard it is to clear and repair it every Spring.

First Snow Slide encountered, over 20' deep

Summer Concerts in Missoula

Whether you are looking for a indoor concert with comfortable chairs or outdoor concert over looking beautiful Mountain ranges and rivers you will not need to search any further then Missoula, Mt.

2011 Summer season line up of concerts being hosted in the Missoula valley is as vast as the people who call Missoula home. So not matter what your music palette is desiring, you will find it here! Find the concert that fits your style, get your tickets, and book your stay with Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast. It is the perfect recipe for a summer get-a-way.

For the next weeks we will be featuring different venue locations throughout the Missoula valley. This will help in that search for your prefect trip.

One of the locations for this summers schedule is at our local Big Sky Brewery. The brewery is once again hosting outdoor concerts in their own backyard… literally. Past concerts held here have been a great place to relax in the Montana summers, enjoy a local brew, all while listening live to great artists like BB King.

Big sky brewery is bringing back this popular venue site and have a loaded summer concert series. This Memorial day weekend was the kick off of this summer series, which preformed to a sold out crowd. So check out the the concert series for this summer and plan early.

 

Beautiful day for University of Montana Graduation

Wanted to share a beautiful spring morning photo taken on the University of Montana campus this graduation weekend. The photo shows the tower of the Main Hall with Mount Sentinel in the back ground.

The main hall is located at the base of Mount Sentinel and the popular “M” trailhead . The hall is one of the many structures on campus designed by architect AJ Gibson, same architect of Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast.

Alaska Airlines Montana on Sale

If you have been looking for a good reason to visit Gibson Mansion you don’t need to wait any longer! Alaska Airlines Announces Montana on Sale — Starting at $127* spacer To kick off our new seasonal Portland to Montana flights, we’ve introduced some fantastic savings within the Pacific Northwest to our Montana destinations starting at $127.

So book your flight and a room at Gibson Mansion and let the relaxation take over. Fresh scones and full breakfast will fuel you for a day on the town or just enjoy the luxury of your room.

Motorcycle Rides through Montana

Summer is a perfect time for a motorcycle trip through Big Sky Country. With smaller highways that meander through mountain ranges, follow the river curves, or cut through the grain fields and pasture lands it a place to unwind, lean back and enjoy the summer breezes with breath taking scenery. You will not find 5 lane highways and traffic jams to worry about but instead small towns with local flare and unhurried lifestyle to help you loosen up those tight muscles you get from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the city.

Gibson Mansion prides itself in giving our Motorcycle guest preferential treatment. We know how your bikes are your pride and joy and we like to pamper them as well as you when you stay with us. So we offer you a choice in parking, either in our secure gated drive or right up on our porch!

After a long ride through the country side you may want to just relax in our private gardens. We can recommend and line you out with one of the many local restaurants that will deliver dinner right to you. Feel like going out? Not a problem we can call a cab so your bike can rest and you can let someone else do the driving for the evening. Does your bike need a little TLC tune up? Missoula Harley-Davidson can help get your bike in tip top shape.

Fuel yourself for another day of exploring Montana with our coffee/tea tray with fresh baked scones brought to your room and then a full gourmet breakfast in the dining room, all at the time you select.

Don’t let summer escape without seeing the Big Sky, plan your route and book your room it is that easy.

Missoula Gateway to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks

Summer is the perfect time of year to get out and explore the great outdoors. Montana is ranked at the top for some of the best outdoor playgrounds with two National parks on its borders.

Northwest Montana is known for wildlife, Rugged Mountain scenes and Glacier National Park. The Park is celebrating its 100th year of magnificent Mountain peaks and glaciers, making it the perfect year to come and explore the endless beauty.

Continue to explore the Montana landscape and visit Yellowstone National Park on its southern border. Melting pots, pristine rivers, and wildlife abound in this wonderful park.

Many visitors find these two parks the perfect combination for their summer vacation. As you plan your route you will find that Missoula is situated half-way between these two treasures. This makes Missoula and our Inn the perfect resting point in your adventure. Missoula is known for its Arts, History, and love of diversity. Concerts in the parks, endless walking trails, smoke jumpers center, numerous museums, or local talent playing in the pubs there is always something taking place. Spend the evening exploring Missoula and then enjoy one of the many fabulous local restaurants.

Make this summer vacation a time of relaxing in Montana, you will wish you never had to go back to the city!

Missoula Bed and Breakfast Reviews

“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.

Hiking in Montana…Winter or Spring??

Hiking in Montana

It was a beautiful February day, clear skies and the temperatures in the mid 50′s…that is correct 50′s. Sad to say our snow pack levels are wwwaaayy down and with the warm weather, Tom and I were anxious to hit some of our favorite mountain trails. We didn’t know if we could make it to the trailhead in our Smart car, but figured is was a nice day for a drive and would go as far on the forest service road as we could.

Well to our surprise and pleasure we were able to drive to the trail head with no troubles. Like I said it is scary because we should not be able to get a non 4 wheel drive vehicle to that elevation, 5,000 ft at trailhead, in February! Continue reading

Historic sites of Missoula



Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast built in 1903 is one of many Historic mansions in Missoula Montana. This home was relocated from it’s original location of 817 Gerald Ave. to 823 39th Street in 1979. Because of this move out of the original district, it currnently does not qualify for the National Historic Registry.


Greenhouse has sprouted!

Greenhouse 2009Despite the cold Missoula spring this year, nature is working overtime in the greenhouse. This year is the biggest crop ever, with 49 flats planted and growing like weeds? One mans weeds are another ones flowers right?

You would think I would have made it an even 50 trays, but the shelves are bursting as is. It always amazes me to plant a seed that is so tiny you cannot pick up just one at a time and then by the end of the summer it is 2 foot tall!

Every year I plant my usual 300 plus zinna’s of all varieties. Then they are the other stables of asters, sunflowers (pollen-less as to not make such a mess on the tables when brought into the house), snap dragons, marigolds (something the deer do not eat), alyssum, black eyed susan vines, bachelor buttons, comos…and the list goes on. I try a new flower every year and this year it is called 4 o’clock. I know really nothing about them so it will be interested to see how they do. It is always fun to see a new style of leaf sprouting.