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 so welcoming, inviting my mom and I to share meals with their family, inviting us to local events, and sitting with us talking. They shared stories about their children and grandchildren, their travels, and local history. Ray's cooking made everything smell good, and Susie's artwork makes every space beautiful and colorful. The warmth that she and her husband showed us, made us feel like we were at home and part of the family. Such sweet, kind people and such a cozy comfortable space!
Ray & Susie were so warm and inviting I felt like a part of their family! The perfect distance from downtown and the river. The room was clean and warm. The entire experience was wonderful. I felt blessed to share part of their space and energy. Ray & Susie are Missoula's dynamic duo. I'll be back next time I'm in Missoula.
Staying with Susie was amazing! She made our time in Missoula a wonderful experience. The house was amazing - filled with character and comfort! Susie is an extremely welcoming person who graciously showed us around the home and suggested some tips around Missoula.
I highly suggest staying with Susie and Ray! I hope to stay again on my next time through wonderful Missoula, Montana.
Unfortunately Mr. And Mrs. Risho were out of town when we stayed there. Sad, because we would have liked to meet them. They have a great reputation. The neighborhood is quiet and filled with an assortment of Victorian, newer homes and the odd apt building for students. We felt very safe there.
Susi and Ray are very gracious hosts and a delight to spend time with. Room was clean and comfortable. Highly recommended.
Ray and Susie were the absolute sweetest people I've met on the road. They gave us an awesome place to stay for an awesome price. Plus, they're a block away from one of the best bakeries in the country. You should stay here as much as possible!
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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