5 Best Father’s Day Finds from Paws Up

The Resort at Paws Up Wilderness Ouptost

We’ll be celebrating Father’s Day this weekend at the ranch with our BBQ-U event, Chuckwagon Dinner and endless outdoor adventure activities. If you’re still in search of that just-right Father’s Day gift, our all-new Wilderness Outpost offers five unique finds to fill the bill. Wilderness Outpost (formerly called the Paws Up General Store) is not like any other resort gift shop. This ultimate 11,000-square-foot rural boutique is home to the most one-of-a-kind shopping experience you will ever experience. Wilderness Outpost is all about sourcing items with a story. Every Friday, you will get a chance to meet and chat with one of the artists in residence as they proudly display their works. This Friday, June 18th, don’t miss  Behring Made KnivesC. Martini and Diane Whitehead Trunk Show. Below are some top Father’s Day picks you can round up at Wilderness Outpost. 

Wilderness Outpost at Paws Up

1. Will Leather Goods Boots: The Wilderness Outpost at The Resort at Paws Up is honored to be the first retail venue to carry Will Leather Goods line of footwear. Beautifully designed, these are as comfortable as they are stylish. $275

Paw's Up Wildness Outpost

2William Adler for Will Leather Goods Hats: Handmade in the USA, each hat is unique. These designs celebrate the timeless approach to the art of hat making, and the company takes great pride in working with artisans who share the same passion for the artistic and hands-on approach honored at Will Leather Goods. $250 -$600

William Adler for Will Leather Goods Hats

4. Filson Heritage Sportsman Bag: This weather-resistant multi-use bag has interior dividers and U-zipper closure for full bag access. It also features five pockets for storing a variety of dad’s gear. With industrial-strength fabric and USA-tanned Bridle Leather, it’s meant to last through decades of use. $360

Filson Heritage Sportsman Bag

4. Hydroflask for Paws Up 64-ounce Growler: Designed perfectly for dad, an insulated stainless steel beer growler allows you to transport your favorite brew (or any beverage) and keep it as cold and refreshing as when it was first poured. $65

Hydroflask for PawsUp 64 ounce Growler

5. Behring Made Steak Knife Set: This stainless steel knife set is a gorgeous complement to any dining experience. Made by Missoula local James Behring, whose team strives to make the best knives on the market. Includes custom Paws Up log inset on blade. $2500 for a set of six and a case

Behring Made Steak Knife Set

 

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Where You Can Learn to Paint with Water and Wine

We love summer workshops, and last month our brand new Wilderness Workshop, Brushes with Greatness, offered participants a chance to paint alongside a true American master in a breathtaking Montana landscape. Artist George Van Hook is renowned for his impressionistic paintings. His five-day “plein air” watercolor workshop was hosted in a variety of inspiring outdoor settings throughout The Resort. Van Hook has exhibited his award-winning works on three continents and has been teaching art and presenting workshops for more than 30 years. Beginning painting at an early age, Van Hook also spent his formative years traveling overseas to study art and copy other artists’ master works at Europe’s legendary museums, including the Louvre.

Mark your calendars for Bottle & Bottega with Stephanie King-Myers and Nick Myers from June 21—26, 2016. One day in March 2009, Bottle & Bottega founder Stephanie King-Myers and her artist husband, Nick Myers successfully convinced a friend with no artistic skills that she could in fact paint, with the right inspiration. So with a glass of wine in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, the friend successfully created her first masterpiece, and the Bottle & Bottega concept was born! In their workshops, King-Myers and Myers offer a variety of art and media experiences, including canvas painting, mosaics, glass painting, live models and more. Now with three young children of their own, they love introducing families to painting so that together they can create lasting memories! Whether you’re the family Rembrandt or struggle drawing stick figures, Bottle & Bottega will bring out your inner artist. No matter what your skill level is, you’ll produce a painting to be proud of. Also, there’s plenty of wine to help get your creative juices flowing. Enjoy painting at inspiring locations on the ranch, some sunset sessions and some alfresco evening sessions at individual luxury camps. There will also be some vino-free sessions at the Kids Corps of Discovery, so family members of all ages will have a chance to express themselves.

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3 Super Cool Things to do This Summer in Montana

At The Resort at Paws Up, you can experience so much more than a typical Montana dude-ranch vacation. Besides glamping in luxury, safari-style tents, you can partake in a multitude of outdoor adventures, once in a lifetime experiences and unique activities, which are more than plentiful at The Resort. Check out these three super cool activities ideal for a summer Montana vacation—there are exciting discoveries at every single turn.

1. Garnet Ghost Town

Have you ever visited a real ghost town? Garnet is an historic, 120-year-old mining ghost town located in west central Montana; it sits at an elevation of about 6,000 feet at the head of First Chance Creek. The Resort at Paws Up offers two different ways to visit Garnet from the ranch:

Five-Hour Garnet Ghost Town Tour and ATV:

A ghost town via ATV? Yes! For those looking for a gorgeous, scenic route and adventure, this five-hour trip is a rush. You will leave the property and head to Elevation Peak for lunch. Then, take a tour of the ghost town with your guide before continuing this exciting journey.

Downhill Mountain Bike and Garnet Ghost Town Tour:

Looking for a challenge by bike? Approximately four hours, this tour takes guests, by van, to Garnet Ghost Town, where you will have the opportunity to explore this historic site before hopping on mountain bikes to make a 12-mile downhill trek. Get your workout in and explore an historic ghost town all at once.

2. Chuck Wagon Dinner

Looking for the most fun and unique dining experience in Montana? Step aboard Paws Up’s version of an old-fashioned horse-drawn wagon for an evening ride to the Blackfoot River. Sit back, relax and take in Montana’s fresh air and beautiful Big Sky—there’s lots of both!—the backdrop of The Resort at Paws Up.

The Chuck Wagon Dinner begins at the banks of the Blackfoot River, where you will enjoy an authentic dinner prepared before your eyes. From all-natural chicken, Angus prime rib, fresh corn and asparagus grilled over a campfire to summer classic dishes such as baked beans and fresh fruit cobbler cooked over the coals in a Dutch oven, we promise you won’t walk away hungry.

Further enjoy this cowboy-style experience by pitching horseshoes with the kids, listening to a local banjo player or contemplating a few words from a cowboy poet. This is one family dining experience that you will remember for years to come.

3. 3D Archery

At Paws Up, 3D Archery will change your archery experience forever. We call it 3D archery because the targets are actually three-dimensional. There are buffalo, deer, mountain goats and even bears that all are very lifelike. It’s so enjoyable you’ll want to do it more than once. Guests learn the most important techniques of archery shooting, as well as gain an introduction to the sport of big game archery hunting through a walkabout course in the woods with realistic foam animal targets. Learn the fundamentals and see improvement in your skill level on the target range. The best part comes next: Progress to the 10-station, one-mile walk-through course, which features a variety of shots with different scenarios and difficulties. (Guests are provided with compound bows and a quiver full of arrows.)

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National Trail Day: The Best Trails at Paws Up

“Going to the woods is going home.”—John Muir

June 4, 2016, is the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails. The Resort at Paws Up offers more than 30 miles of marked trails for hiking on your own or with a naturalist guide. Choose from a variety of excursions through our 37,000 acres that will allow you to seek quiet, peace, solitude and inspiration. Our guides can offer information about native plants, wildlife and the history of the Blackfoot Valley.

“The top two favorite trails on our property would be the Sunset Trail and Jones Pond Trail through Lubrecht Experimental Forest,” says Justyne Palermo, Resort Reservations Manager at The Resort at Paws Up. “The Sunset Trail follows the Blackfoot River, and then you hike up to Lookout Rock, which provides grand views of the Blackfoot River and Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. The Jones Pond Trail is the perfect hike for wildlife viewing with many visible tracks of elk, deer and bears near the pond. The hike through Lubrecht Experimental Forest is also interesting as it’s a track of land owned by the university, which provides a location for forestry research, resource management and ecosystem science,” says Palermo.

All trails are accessible to all ranch guests and free-of-charge to visit, so don’t miss a chance to explore our rolling hills and expansive meadows.

Six Paws Up Trails Not to Miss

For a quick, easy hike, choose Sacagawea Trail, an easy one-mile hike that is nearest to the Paws Up Village. Another option is the Grizzlyman Fitness Trail—a one-mile course near Spa Town that includes 12 fitness stations. Each station features equipment made from surrounding timber as well as unique challenges, including climbing, balancing, swinging and more. It’s a great way to relish in nature and burn calories at the same time.

Ponderosa Trail is The Resort’s 2.5-mile hike with a slight elevation through Lowland Forest (considered a moderate hike).

Anaconda Trail is four miles long with elevation changes, forest areas and a historic mining area.

Sunset Trail is filled with beauty for three miles as it follows Elk Creek and spans from the Camp to Village.

Jones Pond Trail is 2.5 miles uphill into Lubrecht, and it is considered a moderate to difficult path, more suitable for the avid hiker.

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Why Paws Up is Winning in June

Did you know that Montana is known as “the last best place?” Visit us at the Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, and you will be in on the secret, too. June is an incredible time to experience our resort and all it has to offer. From Montana’s long sunny days and optimal seasonal weather to the abundance of outdoor adventure that awaits, it’s the summer vacation getaway you and your family will never forget. If that isn’t enough to entice you, then here are 6 wonderful ways that Paws Up is winning in June.

1. Kites over Montana (June-13—19)

Brett Morris and his wife, Diane, have been featured participants at various kite festivals for more than a decade, and they’ll be taking to the beautiful big skies at The Resort at Paws Up this month. Build your own kite, and learn a few new tricks. Or, just sit back and relax as Brett and Diane’s trick kites and quads decorate the sky—you won’t be disappointed! You will learn all about kite building and flying, plus experience demos. All workshops are complimentary.

2. BBQ-U at Paws Up (June 17—19)

Father’s Day Weekend means it’s time to earn an extremely tasty, different kind of degree—perhaps a 375F degree for the perfect burger, or a 140F degree for a succulent medium steak. As part of the first BBQ-U, Montana Master Grillers alums Sam Huff (Sam’s BBQ-1 in Georgia) and Danny Fischer (Baby Blues BBQ in California) will conduct outdoor grilling demonstrations that will transform you from backyard beginner to searing expert. You will learn the techniques to expertly cooking meats and veggies from these pros—and—just as grand—this “university” will take place in Montana’s majestic outdoors. For barbecue enthusiasts faithfully devoted to the way of the grill and the passion of the flame, BBQ-U is the must-attend event of the summer. All participants are sure to get an A for appetite along with advanced barbecuing skills.

3. Bottle & Bottega (June 21—26)

Whether you’re the family Picasso or you struggle just to draw stick figures, Bottle & Bottega will bring out your inner artistic talent. This fun, hands-on art session will be totally relaxed, friendly, and filled with step-by-step instruction. No matter what your skill level is, we promise you will produce a painting to be proud of—there’s even plenty of wine to help get your creative juices flowing. We’ll have outdoor afternoon sessions in some of the most inspiring locations on the ranch, and sunset and alfresco evening sessions at individual luxury camps. There will also be a handful of vino-free sessions at the Kids Corps of Discovery, so family members of all ages will have a chance to express themselves.

4. Montana Long Table: The Ultimate Backyard BBQ (June 18)

Looking for the best way to spend Father’s Day? Join us at a Montana Long Table to dine with ranchers, farmers and food artisans who make the cuisine at The Resort at Paws Up so special. Chef Danny Fischer and Chef Sam Huff, along with Chef Ben Jones, will create a five-star menu that dad will love. Along with amazing live music, this mouthwatering adventure may become your new favorite summer tradition.

5. Behring Made Knives, C. Martini and Diane Whitehead Trunk Show (June 18th)

Don’t miss this unique trunk show featuring custom handmade knives, hunting knives and cutlery from Behring Made Knives, as well as a variety of goods from C. Martini “wearable art,” custom couture pieces (no two are the same) and fine art by renowned wilderness artist Diane Whitehead.

6. Mexicana (June 28th—29th)

Spice up your June stay with a special culinary event featuring the talented chefs of Lindo Michoacán, Las Vegas’ No. 1 Mexican restaurant. In collaboration with our Executive Chef Ben Jones, they’ll rustle up all the flavors of one of the world’s most exciting cuisines.

Mingle with fellow guests and resort staff, learn some new culinary skills, taste signature cocktails spiked with Dulce Vida organic tequila, enjoy deliciously authentic Mexican dishes, and kick up your heels with live entertainment from our outdoor stage.

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Glamping with the Page Family

 

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A milestone like a 75th birthday requires a special celebration. Kelly Page did just that when her Dad turned 75 and at his request to visit a “dude ranch” they came to Paws Up.

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“My dad, and for that matter, most of the family, are not real campers. “Roughing it,” well, isn’t a phrase any of us likes uttering when it comes to traveling. Finding the perfect dude ranch with enough amenities to keep everyone happy seemed like a challenge. Sure we wanted an authentic experience wrangling cattle and shooting clay pigeons, but we also wanted to be able to retire to high thread count sheets and gourmet food and drinks. A lot to ask, until we found Paws Up.

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“Everyone from 11 to 75 years old enjoyed themselves at Paws Up. It was one of our best family vacations. We were semi-disconnected, but fully connected while taking in the beautiful setting through a variety of adventure activities. […]”

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This is a condensed version of their experience. Head on over to the Tasting Page to read her full review and travel experience.

 

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Fashion by Mayhem visits Paws Up

The following is an excerpt from “Thumbs Up for Paws Up” originally published on the FashionbyMayhem.com blog:

Photo: Fashion by Mayhem

Our first two nights in Montana were spent glamping at the 37,000 acre ranch resort known as The Resort at Paws Up. Now if you’re wondering what exactly glamping is, it’s like camping, except your tent has a king size bed with heated blankets,  a second bedroom, a REAL bathroom complete with rain shower and heated floors,  a welcome bottle of wine, a heating/AC unit inside, and lots of other perfect details … So basically, it’s not camping at all. Which is exactly how I like my camping.

Photo: Fashion by Mayhem

[…] We decided to spend our time at Paws Up reacquainting ourselves with the great outdoors. Mayhem grabbed a fishing pole from the dining and activities pavilion at our camp and we made the short 100 yard trek to the Blackfoot River.  We didn’t catch anything. At all. And it’s entirely possible it had something to do with the super loud kid with us who kept throwing rocks in the river. We tried to explain fishing basics to her, but she was having fun and we were enjoying ourselves, so it was all good.

Photo: Fashion by Mayhem

[…] And in case we weren’t wowed enough by our surroundings, we discovered on our first morning that we had some bald friends in camp with us.  And later that day we found they had a nest directly above our tent. And two babies. Let me let that sink in … a family of bald eagles living in the tree directly above our tent!!!

Photo: Fashion by Mayhem

[…]Nature is pretty darn spectacular and we don’t spend enough time appreciating it. We’ve worried about Mayhem growing up in a time and place where we’re all so wrapped up in our devices and screens that we neglect the awesomeness that’s happens in the world all on its own. Paws Up gave us gave us a little slice of heaven for a couple days. And the chance to immerse ourselves in some of nature’s finest settings in five star fashion.

 

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Summer Wilderness On A Silver Platter

Summer isn’t nearly ending… at least not for adults.

And while the kids pack up their backpacks and head off to school, here at Paws Up it’s a time of culinary adventure. Educate yourself with exquisite tastes at “The Last Best Food And Wine Festival” or join the “Upper Crust” pie camp featuring Kate McDermott.

This summer’s Montana Master Chefs will be held September 25-28. Our featured chefs this year are Bravo TV’s Top Chefs: Chef Kelly Liken, Chef Brooke Williamson, Chef Ariane Duarte and Chef Elizabeth Binder. Witness the chefs in action during our annual ‘Top Chef Cook Off Challenge’ scheduled on Saturday! The weekend will be one of wining and dining, with featured wineries including Grgich Hills Estate, Merry Edwards Winery and Sokol Blosser Winery. Executive Chef Ben Jones will be assisted by the featured chefs in creating culinary scenery to rival the vistas of “The Last Best Place”.

Montana Master Chefs

Friday, Saturday and Sunday you’ll find yourself exploring our 37,000 acres of Montana land through wilderness and ranch adventures with chefs and featured participants. Choose from horseback riding, cattle drive ($100 additional charge), fly-fishing (half day – Montana fishing license additional), sporting clays, rappelling, ATV tour, river float, archery, or a spa treatment.  Hot air balloon rides and helicopter tours are also available at an additional charge.

Fast forward to October 10-13 and The Resort at Paws Up will be hosting the Upper Crust camp, a sophisticated pie camp featuring Kate McDermott. By day, experience pie making and baking with Kate, wilderness adventures, and food photography lessons from New York Times photographer, Andrew Scrivani. By night, enjoy cuisine from Paws Up’s Executive Chef and Bravo Top Chef Robin Leventhal paired with exquisite wine, followed by complete relaxation in a luxury vacation home.

Upper Crust

It’s an event that promises to be both a learning vacation and a nostalgic experience of good old-fashioned American tastes. Upper Crust at Paws Up has earned a feature in New York Times and is stirring up excitement for pie bakers and pie eaters alike. Under Kate McDermott you’ll learn to bake unrivaled Huckleberry pie, made with fresh Huckleberries from the resort’s hills. Then there are the savory game pot pies destined to add flair to your homemade dinners. The event has our signature Paws Up style, meaning plenty of wilderness and ranch adventures, as well as a Food Photography Workshop. New York Times food photographer, Andrew Scrivani, will lead the photography workshop and will also be our “roving instructor” during Kate McDermott’s workshops to help guests document the art of pie creation.

And, with the kids back in school, it’s prime time for summer romance! Take a look at our Romantic Vacation Packages to start considering your couple’s getaway. Find yourself beneath the “Big Sky” in either a private vacation home or luxury tent. Couples staying at Paws Up can enjoy some fire & fondue for two and/or try the sunset horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride. All after a couples massage, of course.

This is summer wilderness on a silver platter. Served with the freshest ingredients and paired with the finest wines.

 

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One Resort, Two Vacations

One Resort, Two Vacations

Add dynamic to your next vacation! Outdoors in our 37,000 acres at Paws Up means a range of activities that can leave the family exhausted long before the options are. We’ve got you covered no matter the adventure you’re seeking, and that extends to our accommodations as well!

The Resort at Paws Up can be two vacations in one by combining the ease of living through indoor luxury with roughing-it-like-royalty glamping. Every feature of Paws Up pays tribute the rustic wilderness of “The Last Best Place” that is Montana without losing touch with your favorite creature comforts. Your private luxury vacation home is cozy with the best of modern amenities. Campgrounds bring a whole new interpretation to the Montana ‘Dude Ranch’ with their own camp butlers and chefs. You and yours can get the most out of your next vacation by experiencing both: starting in a home-away-from-home and then glamour camping beneath the ‘Big Sky’.

When choosing your vacation home we take into account your group size and vacation type. Extended family, reunion, or group get-together? We recommend our expansive Wilderness Estates. For smaller families or couples looking for privacy, perhaps Big Timber Homes or Meadow Homes are your ideal for isolated peace. Need more room without being broken up? For larger groups or company retreats, the historic Morris Ranch House or Blackfoot Lodge can cater to your spacious needs while also providing a true Montana experience. Luxury Homes at glance offer 2-4 bedrooms inside each home to accommodate up to 4-8 guests each. Majestic views, porches with six-person hot tubs, chef quality kitchens, luxury bed and baths, access to the wi-fi and satellite TV (should you choose it), complimentary transportation – all of these and more are made available to our vacation home guests.

Both the Morris Ranch House and Blackfoot Lodge offer a private luxury tent in their backyard. Selected Big Timber and Wilderness Estate homes offer this unique feature as well! Outfitted with lighting, a set of comfy beds, lounge furniture, toys and games, the luxury tents add a perfect adventure for kids and adults alike. Our permanent tents set you comfortably in the center of nature and beneath truly stunning nighttime views.

In fact, you may find that you’d like to spend the daytime in our safari-styled tents as well. Our ‘one resort two vacations’ option gives one week of Paws Up excitement with 4 days in a luxury home and 3 days glamping at our luxury camps. The variety enriches vacation memories, which last long after you leave the ranch. A camp butler attends to your every need and the chef creates high quality food with the freshest ingredients transformed through rustic cuisine style. Roast s’mores and sip wine beneath the ‘Big Sky’. The Resort at Paws Up is Montana’s premiere glamping site – enjoy fine linens, The Last Best Bed®, chic furnishings, art adorned walls, electricity, cooling fan and heat. Not to mention the private master bathrooms with rain shower, jetted tub, heated floors and indulgent organic spa products!

 

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Paws Up Prepares For Celebration With Lindo Michoacan

Mexicana

In Mexico they say, “If you want good food, go to Michoacan.” In Las Vegas we say, “If you want good food, come to Lindo Michoacan Mexican Restaurant.” On July 22, the word in the Montana cuisine scene is “If you want good food, go to Paws Up for a taste of Lindo Michoacan.”

And what’s not to rave about? Lindo Michoacan has been rated #1 in Las Vegas for Mexican Restaurants. Their top chefs will be bringing their award winning recipes to The Resort at Paws Up this month. Javier Barajas Sr., Javier Barajas Jr. and Rigoberto Gonzalez will collaborate with our Executive Chef Ben Jones and his culinary team, creating traditional Michoacan tastes with Montana’s freshest agricultural resources.

Javier Barajas is the original owner of Lindo Michoacan. He learned to cook under Mother Superior, Sister Anita, while studying in the seminary at Michoacan. Javier took an interest in cooking early on, eager to help in the kitchen and was soon trusted with food preparation. His interest has translated into acclaimed skill. Javier’s passion has become his family’s passion inside the kitchens of Linda Michoacan in Mexico.

Beautiful Michoacan – “Land of Lakes and Fishermen” Birthplace of Javier. Michoacan is widely known for its rich and varied culture and most notably for its unique art and cuisine. A state with abundant natural resources. Michoacan is one of Mexico’s main producers of agricultural products.

The Resort at Paws Up will be celebrating the influence of Mexican cuisine in the west during this event on July 22. Rich tastes, unique spices and herbs, traditional dishes and historic value have come together for one day. In the days of the cowboys Mexico carried a lot of influence in American culture, as it continues to do today. Early ranches, or “rancheros”, have their root in what was formerly property of Mexico. Longhorn cattle, brought in from European immigrants, were kept on an open range and looked after by cowboys called vaqueros. Wide territory claims were given to larger livestocks. It wasn’t until around 1850 that beef became popular, raising profit for ranchers and demand for cattle.

Ranching was brought further north as beef became popularized. Even the upper regions of the West were brought into cowboy culture, eventually reaching Greenough Montana. The Resort at Paws Up is proud to carry on the traditions from the 19th century. In many ways Mexico introduced beef into the dishes tasted and adopted by ranchers in the region. Join us for our tribute to this culture within cowboy culture.

To accompany food from Lindo Michoacan’s chefs will be Salsa Loca – a Latin-jazz band based in Missoula, Montana. Salsa Loca specializes in a range of Latin and Afro-Cuban styles and they’ll be featuring a sizzling hot horn section and virtuoso Latin percussionists.

Sauza Mills will be amping up the evening with their signature tequila, agaves steeped before cooking to extract a natural, fresh, crisp agave flavor. It’s a process they call “Fresh Pressed Agave.”

All in all July 22nd at Paws Up is shaping up to be an exciting celebration! Vamanos!

 

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