Sad to say the tulips season at the Mansion is coming to a close. This year was spectacular with the addition of almost 800 bulbs in the new cutting gardens along with the established 600 plus in the back gardens. The guests enjoyed overlooking all the colors and varieties while they relaxed in the library, as well as enjoying the fresh cut ones in their rooms.
With our temperatures warming signs of summer are now entering the gardens. Just this week the iris have begun their wonderful display, this is a photo of one of our varieties that a guest donated from her garden to ours. What a treasure! The Lilacs are openings and enhancing not only the sense of sight but also the sense of smell. Mixed with our fresh Montana air, it doesn’t get much better.
This year we added a new peony bed that greet our guests as they enter the drive way. With 4 varieties and colors it is a wonderful array of color. Pictures just do not do them justice, you will just have to make a trip to Missoula and see them for yourselves. Don’t wait to long….or you will miss them.
“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 morning view from my desk window!
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.
Squirrel checking the spring buds
Stepping out the door to take it all in.
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.