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

Christmas at Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast Christmas

Wow wasn’t it just the Christmas Season?? Tom and I survived another whirlwind December with office Christmas Parties and private Dinners. It is such a different routine than our “normal lives” of running the BnB. We have a lot of fun cooking something other than breakfast dishes, Though we have a true appreciation for caterers and how hard they work, my feet are always glad when the day is done!! Continue reading

Paint job is done, let the Weddings begin

After over 8 lonnnggg months of scraping, sanding, and priming the Gibson Mansion Paint restoration work is complete.

In May of 2007 the crew of 6 began scraping and taking layers of 100 years of paint off and in some areas just sanding the bare wood. Of course it was also one of the hottest summers in Missoula, so being against a white house that draws heat and using heat guns it was a grueling task….but so worth it.

It went from every extreme with the weather, like I said the 105 degree days in the summer to finishing in the end of October in snow and freezing temperatures. I can honestly say I don’t remember a painting project where you had issues with it being too hot to paint and then to cold to paint.

The end result was beautiful, Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast now almost radiates with a shine so bright you have to wear sunglasses! It is amazing how it transformed all the ornate details of the exterior. They just don’t do that kind of craftsmanship anymore.

Weddings at the Mansion are by far more elegant with the renovations! It is wonderful to see the Historic mansion being used as a backdrop for outdoor wedding and special events.