The Comfort Inn’s Guide to Experiencing Fall in Missoula

There’s no mistaking fall in Missoula. As soon as the last remnants of summer fade away, our mountain town comes alive with color. A river still runs through it, but without the hustle and bustle of floaters, boaters and anglers around every bend. The local breweries, distilleries and cidery release their long-awaited seasonal specials, and coffee shops break out the pumpkin spice. If any of that makes you want to bundle up and head to Missoula for a piece of the pie (literally and figuratively), then we’re here to help. Here is the Comfort Inn’s guide to experiencing fall in Missoula.

Sip on Something Seasonal

Cranberry beer at Draught Works Brewery.
Photo courtesy of Draught Works.

From the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte to eclectic seasonal brews, Missoula’s got plenty to sip on this season. Local distilleries release their long-awaited specials, and coffee shops keep us cozy with autumn-themed pick-me-ups. This year we are extra excited for the organic Maple Syrup Latte at Black Coffee Roasting Company and the Cranberry Gose from Draught Works.

Take in the fall foliage on a hike

Fall leaves on the trees and ground on a street in Missoula, Montana.
Photo by Destination Missoula.

You don’t have to go anywhere special to view fall foliage and walk through fallen leaves—the entire city of Missoula gets covered this time of year. But if you want an especially breathtaking view, try nearby hikes like Waterworks Hill or Mount Sentinel that allow you to gain a little elevation. There’s nothing like looking down on the city as it’s overtaken with autumn hues. 

Keep it Cozy Indoors

A Carousel for Missoula.
Photo by Destination Missoula.

We love brisk hikes and autumn air in Missoula, but sometimes the colder temps call for some indoor fun! Get creative with unique activities like wooden sign making workshops at Pine & Company, or take the whole family to A Carousel for Missoula or Flying Squirrel, an indoor trampoline park. If you’re looking for next-level relaxation, Enlyten Float Lab is a must.

Treat Yourself to Sweet Fall Flavors

Pumpkin pie flavored donut from Veera Donuts.
Photo courtesy of Veera Donuts.

Breweries and cafes aren’t the only places taking advantage of the season. Give in to your sweet tooth and sample fall specials around town, like the Pumpkin Pie doughnut from Veera (it’s completely vegan!), or the Egg Nog ice cream from Big Dipper. Better yet, head to the front desk at the Comfort Inn and ask about roasting some s’mores and warming your hands around the fire pit right outside your room!

CHeer on the montana grizzlies

Montana Grizzlies football game.
Photo by Destination Missoula.

When we talk about fall colors in Missoula, we aren’t just referring to the changing leaves—after all, this is Griz Country. Maroon takes over the town as ecstatic football fans gear up to cheer on the Montana Grizzlies. Grab your Griz gear from downtown shops and head to the Washington-Grizzly Stadium for one of the most iconic Missoula experiences you can have when visiting in fall.

Cover photo by Destination Missoula.