About this listing
This is an up-stairs room facing south with a queen size bed. Other areas of the house are available for visiting and in the summer the gardens are very pleasant with many different sitting areas, a swinging bench by a pond & a play area in the back.
Charming, upstairs sunny bedroom of a grand Victorian home, centrally located in Missoula. Five minutes walking to downtown, groceries, coffee shop/bakeries, city parks, shopping, and various entertainment venues. Seven restaurants within two blocks of the house. We have hosted travelers from all around the globe in our highly cultural home, filled with amazing artifacts and books. Magical gardens outside with a secret koi pond and plenty of places to rest and enjoy nature. Amenities include Wi-Fi, shared bathroom with jacuzzi, laundry facility, outdoor hot tub, & we will gladly assist you in our kitchen. Miles of river-front trail are a two minute walk from the house. This is the home of a chef, an artist/homemaker, and two very friendly, small dachshunds. Kids are welcome, as our children & grandchildren live in the cottage on the same property, with various yard toys and play sets.
Our home is the ideal place to stay when you are in Missoula any season visiting family, for business, on vacation, for outdoor water sports like world-class fly fishing, kayaking & rafting, University football games, festivals, weddings, or for any reason you find yourself in our home town of Missoula.
Guests may use the downstairs public rooms and yard. The kitchen can be used with a few guidelines from chef Ray.
Interaction with Guests
We enjoy fellowshipping with folks and have entertained and hosted people from all over the world, which is noticeable from the many artifacts around the home.
We live two blocks from Missoula's 'Hip Strip" area in town which has several unique businesses. And just across the river is downtown Missoula, with the University of Montana another eight blocks to the east. Our sons and daughter in law own one of the more popular restaurants called 'The Silk Road' which is two blocks away. Two of the best bakeries in town are located a block away, as well as restaurants, a brewery, car mechanics, super market and churches all with in two or three blocks; plus a marvelous river trail system with three pedestrian bridges that make great trails for walking etc.
We live a couple of blocks from several different bus lines. We have two taxi cab services. The airport is a ten minute drive from our home.
Other Things to Note
No pets please.
No smoking in the house.
Susie was a terrific host and was very welcoming. The room and house were clean and comfortable. It is within walking distance to a ton of places to eat and walk around.
Great host and great area! Close to many places with excellent food and coffee. Susie and her husband were extremely welcoming!
Susie and Ray were great hosts, making us feel at ease in their comfortable home. The listing is as described - a lived in family home. Very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed chatting with Susie and Ray and getting to know a little of Missoula.
Within minutes of arriving, we were invited to join our hosts at a backyard birthday party. We are so glad we didn't turn down the invitation as we had a wonderful time and had the chance to interact with a variety of individuals from the Missoula community!
The Risho family is experienced in welcoming the stranger into their charming home. It's filled with visual stories of a life well-lived! They are very hospitable and we learned they are very respected in the local community. We also understand that Ray is a renowned chef!
Wished we had allowed for an extra day in this gorgeous area!
If you're going to Missoula, your stay will be better with Susie and Ray! They are welcoming hosts with lots of great advice about the area and a strong community. I particularly enjoyed all the artwork up in the house and relaxing on the front porch.
Susie is delightful. We absolutely loved her home and the ambiance. She was wonderful with my son, presenting hand-made puzzles for him to solve. The garden is beautiful and filled with her sculpture. She was gracious and generous, and I would recommend anyone visiting Missoula to stay with Susie. She also lives 2 blocks away from on the the top rated ice cream spots in the country that stays open in the summertime until 11pm.
We arrived pretty late at night on the 4th of July and Susie was very accommodating and left good instructions on how to get my in the house and where our room was. The neighborhood is nice and 2 blocks from restaurants and breweries. Our room was a little warm the first night but comfortable other than that. Susie was very nice and welcoming.
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About the Host, Susie
Susie & husband, Ray, as newlyweds, moved to Missoula, Montana in 1968
from Groton, Massachusetts and Cape Cod where Ray was a chef at Ciro and
Sals Restaurant in “P-Town.” Susie is a professional artist, teacher, and care-
giver to people with disabilities. Throughout their lives together Susie &
Ray have hosted countless people from around the world in their home for
dinners and lodging.
They are co-directors of Community Church Ministries, providing worship
services and spiritual nurture to people in retirement centers, adults with
developmental disabilities and head-injured adults.
Susie holds degrees in art and education, and continues to teach all ages of
children. She is director of StoryKeepers, a Missoula non-profit organization
which encourages people to express their personal life stories. She also is the
director of the Art Associates of Missoula, promoting the arts in the Missoula
community. Their sons own the Silk Road Restaurant, two blocks from their
home, a tapas-style eatery serving world class, global cuisine. If it’s dinner-
time don’t miss the opportunity.
Susie enjoys creating in many different art mediums as well as earth and
plants, as can be seen in her native plant gardens. She has published two
books, “An Enthusiasm of Waxwings” a book of prose and poetry and
“Echoes,” a hand-crafted, numbered, limited edition book of original
The Missoula Cultural Council presented Susie & Ray, in 2008, the Cultural
Achievement Award for supporting the arts and enhancing the quality of life