Missoula 101: 8 Things Missoulians Need

Missoula 101: 8 Things Missoulians Need

The basic items Missoulians love to have.
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Missoula, Montana is a beautiful town filled with fun, adventurous people. WIth mountains surrounding us on each side and the Clark Fork river running through the town Missoulians are constantly on the go. We're adventurous and daring, not caring what anyone thinks of us (for the most part this is a judgement-free town). If you want to become a basic Missoulian (the rest of Montana calls us hippies), then here's a list of what you need.

1. A Patagonia hat, and everything else Patagonia while you're at it

All basic Missoulians wear Patagonia hats; baseball caps in the summer and beanies in the winter. Commonly called patagucci, it's a staple brand for the community.


2. Chacos (with or without socks, no one will judge you here)

You will see them everywhere in the summer and, believe it or not, in the winter too. Sacos (socks and Chacos) are a Missoulians go-to once the snow starts to fall. We also tend to pride ourselves on how good our Chaco tan gets in the summer, and wont forget to post it all over social media to remind you.


3. Birkenstocks (with socks is also acceptable)

For those who don't like Chacos, there's always Birkenstocks (or you can have both). More common in the fall than any other season, they are comfortable fit for anyone and everyone.


4. Kavu rope sling bag

With Missoula being such a bike friendly town, purses aren't always an option. The perfect solution to this is a Kavu rope sling bag. They are more popular than you would think.


5. Lots of vintage flannels

An important go to item for the citizens of Missoula are their vintage style flannels. They will keep you warm in the winters and are a nice waist accessory in the summers.


6. Nalgene water bottle covered with stickers

Since we're a whole bunch of environmental "hippies", reusable water bottles are a top priority. Now, it's almost embarrassing to have a Nalgene water bottle that's "naked" in this town. If you want to fit in, make sure to completely cover your bottle before entering Missoula County.


7. Thick headbands

If you're a girl, make sure you have some thick headbands (found at Eddie Bauer or Trail Head). There will be times when you have unwashed, greasy hair and will want to have a headband to hold it back. In Missoula, showering daily isn't necessary, so expect to need a headband or two.

8. Griz gear

Game day or not, Griz gear should always be a huge section of your belongings. Its important to have blankets, shirts, flags, and everything else. Now, if you ever think about wearing Bobcat gear... forget the past 7 points and leave Missoula.

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Ten Reasons Why Old Orchard Will Always Be My Favorite Beach

My home away from home.
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Everyone has a favorite vacation spot that will always hold a special place in your heart. Here is why Old Orchard Beach, is, and always will be, my favorite beach.

1. The Pier

A trip is never complete to Old Orchard without visiting “The Pier.” With endless possibilities for the day and night time, The Pier is home to numerous shops, five restaurants, live music, and a night club for those 21 and older. Oh, and did I mention it also has the best view of the ocean?


2. Pier Fries

I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of French fries, call me un-American, but I absolutely love pier fries. In business for over 80 years, Pier Fries is known for their fresh, never frozen, fries cut from premium potatoes daily. You can also choose to eat them with ketchup, vinegar, or nacho cheese, don't knock it until you try it, and trust me you need to try it.


3. Palace Playland

Holding the title of New England's ONLY Beachfront Amusement Park, Palace Playland is the reason why as a kid, I thought every beach was supposed to come with an Amusement Park. Palace Playland offers kiddie rides, family rides, and for those feeling more adventurous, coaster and thrill rides. If you’re feeling daring enough and seeking adrenaline, ride the Power Surge, but don’t say I didn’t warn you… Feeling like relaxing but still want a beautiful view? The Electra Wheel, aka, Ferris Wheel, will be more up your alley, with a beautiful view of the entire park and beach.


4. The Beach Itself

I would be remiss to write an article about why I love my favorite beach without mentioning the beach itself. With the sand and ocean stretching out for seven miles, unlike many beaches, no matter how crowded it gets, you can always walk and find a more secluded spot to relax at. Towards the middle of the seven mile stretch, you will find The Pier, a great place to see the waves better and take pictures, a tradition my family does every year.


5. Dickinson’s Candy

If you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, Dickinson’s candy is the place for you! With two stores located at Old Orchard beach, (one right outside the pier and one past the train tracks up the street) Dickinson’s offers a tremendous variety of sweets including; salt water toffee, fudge, chocolate truffles, candy, and even specialty ice-cream. Dickinson’s Candy truly has it all and it all tastes delicious! Not only will you find some of the best, most unique sweets in Old Orchard, but you will also be greeted by various friendly members of their staff.


And if you’re feeling adventurous, take the Bean Boozled challenge for free! Spin the wheel to determine your fate and what color jelly bean you choose. Mine was either licorice or skunk spray…unfortunately I got the latter.


6. Fireworks

I’ll admit, I’m a huge fan of fireworks, but there is something about watching them on the beach that truly enhances the experience. Every Thursday at 9:45 pm, a beautiful fireworks display takes place right by The Pier and Palace Playland, automatically giving anyone sitting on the beach a great view. Fireworks started on June 30th and continue until August 25th, so there is plenty of time to drive up and enjoy this amazing spectacle.


7. The Arcade

This huge arcade stretches across Palace Playland and holds the title of being one of the largest in New England. With over two hundred games and attractions, the arcade’s games range from classic such as skeeball and pinball, to more up to date, like crane games with plushies from the new movie The Secret Life of Pets, and a giant Connect Four. With so many attractions, this place makes it easy to spend a few hours, and dollars trying to win the perfect prize, like my rainbow giraffe that I totally won on my own! With some help from my boyfriend….okay, actually he just won it for me, but it’s still adorable.


8. Everything Is A Walk Away

As large as Old Orchard may seem with everything it has to offer, it is all conveniently located in the same area, providing easy access. The Pier, Pier Fries, Palace Playland, The Arcade, Dickinson’s Candy, and parts of the beach itself are all extremely close by and you will be sure to find something that catches your eye while on your way to your next destination.


9. Unique Wall Art

A hidden gem at Old Orchard Beach is the impressive wall art right across the train tracks. This wall art changes a bit every year and always brings something new and unique to Old Orchard. This year, a bright and vibrant Dory was added next to Marlin from Finding Nemo and now Finding Dory. You can also find 8- bit art of Mario in a frog suit from Super Mario 3, and various sea creatures. Whales, crabs, squids, even Spongebob and Patrick! You can find them all on this amazing wall of artwork!


10. It's My Home Away From Home

My address I live at may not be in Maine, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t feel like I’m home when I’m there. Since I was born it has been a tradition among my family to go up to Old Orchard Beach and enjoy all that this amazing beach has to offer. I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t matter if I stay for as long as a week or as short as a single day, whenever I leave, I feel like I’m leaving home and start counting down the days until I can return the following summer.



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10 Pubs In Ireland You Need To Drink At On Your Next European Vacation

There's Nothing Quite Like An Irish Pub.

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As you may know, Ireland has an incredible range of beer products. That was something I was looking forward to on my epic vacation to the country. (A vacation I've written plenty about already).

Now I'm over 21 so I don't have to worry about buying and consuming beer, but for any readers who are in the purgatory age range between 18 and 21, Ireland is THE place to go to drink.

If you ever happen to have the fortune of visiting the beautiful country, here are 10 amazing bars and pubs where you can drink and have the best of times!

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