About This Listing
Large & bright, upstairs sunny bedroom with a double and a single bed. We have a grand Victorian home, centrally located in Missoula. Five minutes walking to downtown, groceries, coffee shops, 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. Two minute walk to miles of river-front trail/greenbelt. This is the home of a chef, an artist/homemaker, and three very friendly dogs (two small, one medium sized). Kids are welcome, as our children & grandchildren live in the cottage on the same property, with various yard toys and play sets.
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 inside
Susie and Ray were perfect hosts and I could not have asked for a more comfortable place for my first AirBnB stay. They are warm, accommodating and their home is comfortable and inviting. It's also perfectly situated near downtown Missoula and I found it to be a perfect respite during my road trip.
Susie and Ray are just delightful and so hospitable. This was my first trip to Missoula where I came to compete in a bodybuilding competition over the weekend and they made me feel so welcome and always put a smile on my face whenever we had a chance to visit. The home is very clean and unique as they both are and it was a pleasure meeting them, their grand kids, daughter in law and other guest staying there. They made a wonderful weekend even better. Thank you for sharing your home and stories with me and I look forward to coming back again!
Ray Risho was warm and welcoming, and interesting! He took the time to chat and make delicious coffee. The description is very accurate, though this home is way more interesting than what meets the eye on these pages. And the neighborhood, well, you just want to move there. Have fun at this lovely home!
When we arrived in Missoula, we were delighted at the sight of this eclectic 1908 home. Ray greeted us at the door and showed us our cozy room, and the clean and cozy shared bathroom ( with an amazing shower head). The house was beautiful, filled with living plants and worldly artifacts from Susie and Rays life of travel. We noticed something different every time we walked into a room and it felt like a museum. We stayed at the house for three days and felt so comfortable there. We spent mornings having breakfast on the front porch, and were able to keep our bikes in an outside storage area. While unfortunately we were not able to see Susie much, Chef Ray was very helpful with information about Missoula's restaurants, and it's history. The house is close (within walking distance) to everything you could want in Missoula including the river, hiking trails, stores, grocery, UM campus, restaurants, and breweries. We loved staying in such a lived in, warming home, and had an amazing time.
The room was exactly as described, but that was the least of this great AirBnB experience. Susie and her husband went out of their way to make us feel more than comfortable, but then, after awhile, you know, this IS their way. They enjoy people so much, and meeting them, others who came to their house for social reasons, the other guests, just made the stay in Missoula a peak experience. Absolutely loved it, hope to return as soon as I can.
The house was very convenient to the university campus. Suzie was helpful in finding places to eat and things to see. Funky victorian house was fun.
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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