100 Fun Things to do with Jessica in Montana

    1. Build a bicycle at Freecycle
    2. Volunteer at The Pavarolo Center
    3. Peddle around Missoula on the Thirst Gear touring bars
    4. Hike up Blue Mountain to the observatory
    5. Attend at wine and art painting party at Painting with a Twist
    6. Volunteer to help bottle Vodka at Montgomery Distillery
    7. Listening to local bands at Out To Lunch in Caras Park
    8. Do some indoor rock climbing at Freestone Climbing Center
    9. Dine and Dash at Iron Horse
    10. Throw pennies into the fountain at Southgate Mall
    11. Folf at Blue Mountain
    12. Soak in the natural springs at Jerry Johnson hot springs
    13. Turning in loose change at Missoula Federal Credit Union
    14. Play bar trivia at Pressbox
    15. Dig for Saphires in Philipsburg, MT
    16. Celebrate 4th of July at Fort Missoula
    17. Attend a city council meeting
    18. Win free concert tickets to Big Sky Brewery Summer Concert Series
    19. Eat out at Happy Hour at the Top Hat
    20. Hike the L trail on Mount Jumbo
    21. Build sand castles along the Clark Fork River
    22. Attend a Missoula Maulers Hockey Game
    23. Listen to Ghost Tales in Missoula Cemetary
    24. Run the Missoula Marathon
    25. Pan for gold in the Bitterroot River
    26. Follow the day of the dead parade downtown
    27. Float from East Missoula back to Kiwanis Park
    28. Take a cooking class at Good Food Store
    29. Rent stand up paddle boards
    30. Pig out at BaconFest at Missoula County Fairgrounds
    31. Ride the water slides at Splash Mountain
    32. Listen to Missoula Symphony in the Park
    33. Clark Fork Famers Market on Saturday Mornings
    34. Take out books at Missoula Public Library
    35. Star gazing on the top of south hills
    36. Snowboarding at Snowbowl
    37. Fly a kite in Bonner Park
    38. Play fetch at Jabobs Island dog park
    39. Make a snowman on the oval at University of Montana
    40. Visit Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium during feeding time
    41. Play poker at The Oxford
    42. Hike Mount Sentinel M Trail
    43. Snow shoeing in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area
    44. Explore the German Heritage with GermanFest in Caras Park
    45. Support the LGBT Community at LoveFest in Caras Park
    46. Go camping in Glacier National Park
    47. Try fly fishing in the Clark Fork River
    48. Have a picnic lunch at Caras Park
    49. Donate old clothes to Goodwill
    50. Tour the museum at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
    51. Try and bowl at perfect 300 at West Side Lanes
    52. Eat free food samples at Costco on Reserve
    53. Take a beginners yoga class at the Yoga Fitness Center
    54. Borrow some kids for a trip to the Childrens Muesum
    55. Folf at Pattee Canyon
    56. Turning in scrap metal at Pacific Steel
    57. Plant vegetables in a community garden
    58. Take a backcountry skiing safety class at REI
    59. Walk around the Missoula County Fair
    60. Play horse shoes at Franklin Park
    61. Collecting and pressing Fall Leaves
    62. Go to Stand Up Comedy at The Union Club
    63. Panhandle for spare change in front of Liquid Planet
    64. Sing Karaoke at West Side Lanes
    65. Play Chess against the Octopus at Liquid Planet
    66. Walk around enjoying local art on First Friday
    67. Watch Ice Carving during First Night downtown
    68. Drink green beer and celebrate St. Pattys Day
    69. Swim in Boulder Lake in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area
    70. Float the Blackfoot river from Lolo back to Missoula
    71. Tackle the competition at Maggot Fest
    72. Go thrift shopping at Goodwill
    73. Go cross country skiing at Lolo Peak
    74. Get free samples at Big Dipper
    75. Drink free wine during First Friday Art Walk
    76. Enter the haunted house at the fair grounds
    77. Bike along the Hiawatha Trail
    78. Attend a Missoula Osprey Baseball game
    79. Take a selfie with the mannequin at Desmond’s
    80. Drop into the bowl at Mobash skate park
    81. Paint some pottery at Zootown Arts Center
    82. Play skeeball at The Hub
    83. Play BINGO at the senior center
    84. Ride the Carousel in Caras Park
    85. Do a coffee tasting at Black Coffee Roasting, Co.
    86. Take a Selfie at Mile Marker 0 at the Idaho border
    87. Take a dance class at Downtown Dance Collective
    88. Crash at Wedding at Missoula Winery
    89. Go ice fishing on Flathead Lake
    90. Go geocaching around Missoula
    91. Play Bottle Cap Bingo at Thomas Meagher Bar
    92. Photograph wildlife on Blue Mountain
    93. Go kart racing at The Hub
    94. Drive through the Bison Range
    95. Volunteer to walk dogs at the Hamilton Humane Society
    96. Watching 4th of July fireworks from the top of Mount Sentinel
    97. Hike to Garnet Ghost Town
    98. Try ice skating at Glacier Ice Rink
    99. Try surfing at Brendan’s Wave in the Clark Fork River

Photo Credit: Evan Lovely

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Win a Limited Edition 18 x 24 Missoula MADE fair poster

Contribute to our website by signing up to be a contributor and writing a post OR like/share the poster post on facebook and we will enter you in for a chance to win this limited edition poster!

Offer valid through Wednesday, June 26th. Name will be drawn Thursday, June 27th, 2013 and winner will be notified via facebook or email (depending on if you are a contributor or shared/liked the poster on Missoula Online facebook).

You can also learn more about the Missoula MADE fair poster artist Courtney Blazon here.


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Summer MADE fair coming right up!

The alternative arts and crafts market that was started 7 years ago by Carol Lynn Lapotka, owner of REcreate designs, grows more and more each year. The artists are unique in their styles and showcase what Missoula is all about. We don’t need to say a whole lot as the made fair poster illustrated by Courtney Blazon speaks for itself. There will be food and drink vendors as well so if you have a hungry belly or need to quench your thirst while you shop that won’t be a problem. Don’t miss out!

Missoula MADE fair summer 2013

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You could have your own mini superpowers

MissoulasWorms_MissoulaInsidersGuideSeriously, worms really are mini supers. They can clean up your trash, help your garden grow faster and healthier, and just enrich your life through their simple, yet powerful, ways of doing things.

I have gotten the chance to have chickens, bees, and worms and worms were my absolute favorite (bees are pretty close though but require land and more maintenance). Worms live a pretty carefree lifestyle other than you need to make sure to take out food particles if they start to mold and to feed them, which lets honestly hope you would remember that anyhow. Also, as surprising as it might seem, it can be refreshing to open their compost lids when you feed them and get a whiff of their freshly made compost. Another plus is they are slow movers and like to stay pretty cozied up so you don’t have to worry about them escaping, which can sometimes be a royal pain in the behind with other pets.

Anyhow, there is a wonderful company called Claudia’s Worms now selling compost kits that are pre-made, affordable, and available for you to start your own mini superpower community. She can also give you quite a bit of worm loving advice and help so if you are interested check out her site!

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The best place to get garlic breath…or fries I mean.

Garlic Fries at Tamarack Brewing CompanyEvery once in a while it is worth breaking down and having some garlic breath for a while right? The garlic and blue cheese fries at Tamarack are pretty much perfection when you are looking for some fries and garlic to gobble up. They also mix well with a beermosa too. As a nice topper the service has always been great and I am a Tamarack frequenter so the good service isn’t a fluke either – they are consistently wonderful!

If you gobble some up some Tamarack fries let me know what you think – hope you love ’em too!


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Win Big at Montana Jacks

A hidden gem on South Ave. This little building houses a great little Montana style casino, and 15 table restaurant. It serves breakfast 7 days a week, and Breakfast until 1pm on Sunday. I highly recommend for the generous portions, friendly wait staff and very fast kitchen. Normally I wouldn’t complain about a kitchen being fast, but a few more minutes to finish the salad before the entree shows up wouldn’t hurt. They have great free quick wifi, use password: montanajacks.

16oz Prime Rib Special

Prime Rib served Friday and Saturday, starting at 4:30pm

Everything I have tried on the menu I have enjoyed, often times their specials are worth trying. The soup rotation is not really a rotation, but its nice to have a place in Montana to get clam chowder during the week, not just Fridays.

101 Degrees in Missoula, Montana July 2012

101 Degrees in Missoula, Montana July 2012

The casino has the typical selection for Missoula, with the state limit of $800 payout. Small beer selection, but if your looking for a cheap 2nd date, this place is worth trying.

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Hidden Menu Items in Missoula

Often times people wonder, looking at the menu what else they could possibly order. Here are 3 of my favorites in Missoula.

1. The Ice Cream Sundae at Liquid planet

There are those days, when your just not in the mood to walk all the way across the bridge to Big Dipper for a proper Sundae, so stop by Liquid Planet. You have to ask nicely, as some of the recent hires are a little less then friendly, but Choose any of the shake, and ask for them to make it as a Sundae, now it really isn’t a hidden menu item, as it is printed on the menu:

Liquid Planet Shake Menu

Liquid Planet Shake Menu

But the results can be amazing, especially if you start to get a little crazy with caramel and nuts. Also you could add a shot of espresso to it, or if you ask nicely maybe 1/2 a banana!

Liquid Planet Hidden Menu Item

Liquid Planet Hidden Menu Item

2. Buffalo Shrimp at Old Post

Their shrimp is pretty good, but their Buffalo sauce is one of the best in town, combine the two and you get a meal that pleases the whole mouth.

Shrimp Plate at The Old Post

Shrimp Plate at The Old Post

I was in the Old Post one night, couldn’t make up my mind between buffalo chicken and the Shrimp, so I accidentally asked for buffalo shrimp, the waitress walked away came back and asked what I wanted. Realizing the opportunity to have something amazing, I asked her to send the order to the kitchen, I was not disapointed.

3. Most kitchens will make anything you ask for, if they have the ingredients

Just be nice about it, and understanding if it doesn’t meet your expectations. Things like added fried eggs to hamburger, or cheese fries at places that don’t list them are pretty common. Don’t expect a burger place to make you a pizza. Also expect to pay more for substitutions or alterations. Adding a chicken fried steak to a garbage omelet at the Oxford is expensive, the last time I tried, they had to charge me for a full 2nd meal, since they didn’t have any way to ring up just a Chicken Fried Steak patty. It wasn’t worth it. Other times the hidden menu items can save you a few bucks, like the lunch special at the new top hat. $10 for Salad AND a tapas. That saves you 3 or 4 bucks, compared to ordering them separately.

Do you have any other secret menu items you like? Add them in the comments!


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Best Milkshake in Missoula

Having tasted milkshakes / frappes all over Missoula, it is a close tie between 3 locations. Uptown Diner, Big Dipper and Butterfly Herbs. My pick, especially for how much caffeine and coffee flavor is in their frappe, goes to Butterfly Herbs.

Never get it to go, your not going to be getting your true value, always ask for it to stay, as they give you both the Soda fountain cup overflowing with goodness, but they give you the shaker can with everything that wouldn’t fit in the cup.


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Best late night Eats in Missoula

There are a ton of places that serve food pretty late, but not many places to eat pretty good food.

Here are a sampling of places to eat between last call and sunrise:

  1. Oxford, Higgens Ave
  2. Dennys, Brookes Street
  3. Perkins, Reserve Street
  4. Jimmy Johns, Higgens Ave
  5. Taco Bell, Multiple locations

There are other places open late, or open all night just trying to get a list started. If I missed your favorite add it in the comments below and I will update the list.

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The Loft of Missoula

The Loft of Missoula is a member’s only social club which provides a comfortable, relaxed, yet refined atmosphere for our members to socialize and do business.  The Loft of Missoula has been created to be a convenient meeting place for city dwellers and commuters working, conducting business or recreating in town. It’s a place where deals are closed, friendships are forged and memories are made. 


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