They’re the wunderkinds of the restaurant industry. They have foodies lined up for weeks waiting for a reservation - and food writers clamoring for a chance to try their creations. These rising all-stars might not be household names yet, but they will be in the near future. So, join Paws Up for this year’s Montana Master Chefs, and you’ll be among the first to experience the magic they plate up.
Pinnacle camp-Montana glamping has reached new heights. Situated on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Blackfoot river and Elk creek, this special camp offers one of the most breathtaking views on our 37,000-acre property. Pinnacle camp features six large tent suites, including Tango Point, an exquisite honeymoon tent, that include spacious en-suite bathrooms with a jetted tub and shower, a plush dining pavilion, and a myriad of luxury resort amenities. It's Montana glamping and it doesn't get any better.
Creekside Camp-Weve given canvas a new classy cachet at creek-side camp. This glamping experience is situated on the banks of the beautiful and pastoral Elk creek and features six spacious luxury tents: four two-bedroom suites and two one-bedroom suites. Each of the luxury tents comes with the last best bed and an en-suite bathroom with a vanity with two sinks and a large slate shower. Creek-side camp also has an architecturally impressive dining pavilion with a monumental stone-and-timber fireplace, as well as an outdoor fire pit perfect for a night of stories and smores. The gorgeous mountain setting and beautifully appointed luxury tents of creek-side camp will frequently remind you that you're in the last best place.
Moonlight camp-Moonlight camp is a collection of six safari-like glamping tents that allow guests to connect with the great outdoors without forgoing the amenities of a luxury resort. Situated at the foot of Lewis & Clark's famous Lookout rock and just 100 yards from the mighty Blackfoot river, moonlight camp has an impressive array of glamping amenities including the last best bed, private en-suite bathrooms, a gorgeous dining pavilion that serves haute grilled cuisine and a camping butler who caters to your every whim. Want to be at one with the mountains and wilderness, but covet creature comforts? Join us for the original glamping experience at Paws Up.
River camp-Imagine luxury camping on the banks of the legendary Blackfoot river. The soft music of the water lulls you gently to sleep while a blanket of stars twinkles overhead. Rise with the sun and cast your first fly into the pristine water. Now imagine luxury camping Paws Up-style with your own well-appointed tent complete with the last best bed, electricity, spacious deck, en-suite bathroom, twice-daily housekeeping service, scrumptious meals and even your own personal camping butler. River camp features six tent suites and a dining pavilion that serves gourmet cuisine and breathtaking views of the Blackfoot river, the same majestic river that inspired the novel and film, A River Runs Through It. Paws Up is north America's premier luxury camping destination.
Cliff-side camp-As north Americas premier glamping destination, The Resort at Paws Up continues to push the envelope with innovative design, services and amenities. Introducing our newest and most luxurious camp yet, cliff-side camp. Located across Paws Up's famous covered bridge and atop a soaring cliff that overlooks the confluence of the Blackfoot river and Elk creek, cliff-side camp combines luxurious amenities with the Resort's most stunning views to create the ultimate glamping experience in Montana.
Four two-bedroom tent suites feature plenty of room for families, while two one-bedroom (adult-only) honeymoon tents serve as the quintessential accommodations for romantic getaways. Each tent features an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. Guests can relax in the grand dining pavilion and enjoy the camp chef's delectable cuisine while the camp butler prepares a roaring fire complete with divine s'mores.
Meadow homes-Conveniently located near the village at Paws Up, these Montana guest ranch accommodations are rich in comfort and western style. With approximately 1,300 square feet of living area, these spacious luxury homes provide plenty of room to roam. Each meadow home has two large bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a laundry room, and a four-person hot tub. The fully equipped kitchen offers everything you need, including range, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. The great room features well-appointed furnishings and a 70" flat-screen TV with satellite programming and an Xbox One. You can also stay connected with wireless Internet access.
Big timber homes-These Montana vacation homes are available in three sizes: 1,200 square-foot homes with 1 bedroom plus lofted bedroom and 1 bath including a charming spiral staircase; 1,600 square-foot homes with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths; and 2,100 square-foot homes with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. These luxury homes easily accommodates between four and eight guests. The exquisitely appointed master suite has plenty of space to stretch out as well as a big master bathroom with a roomy, Montana-size shower.
The loft has two full beds and a comfy seating area. Loft guests share first-floor bathroom. Each Montana vacation home has a lengthy front porch with a view of the wilderness and a back deck with a six-person hot tub. And, of course, just because you're in the wilds of the west doesn't mean you can't tune in to civilization by viewing your flat-screen TV with satellite or checking email over wireless Internet. These luxurious accommodations are unmatched in big sky country.
Wilderness estates-Escape to a wonderland of palatial rustic glamour at the wilderness estates at Paws Up, a collection of luxury ranch homes nestled a world away from the everyday at our breathtaking Montana resort. Whatever you can imagine is at your fingertips. Total indulgence. Complete relaxation. A secluded wilderness sanctuary, all discretely hidden behind gated chaparrals. Your expansive luxury ranch accommodation comes complete with panoramic vistas, uber-privacy and an extensive list of features including a great room with a soaring vaulted ceiling, a cook's kitchen, a loft game room, and three master suites featuring en-suite master bathrooms outfitted with a spacious slate shower, a jetted spa tub, sumptuous spa products and plush towels.
When you're ready to fully disconnect, saunter out to your sprawling private deck for a soak in your rejuvenating, six-person hot tub. If and when you're ready to reconnect, high-speed wireless Internet access, surround-sound entertainment systems and 42" flat-screen TVs are at your beck and call. Each wilderness estate comes with a complimentary personal vehicle for your use during your stay. The wilderness estates at Paws Up, the wilds of Montana have never been so civilized.
Morris ranch house-The Morris ranch house is a historic four-bedroom, Montana resort vacation home that is the ultimate mountain retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Situated among towering cottonwoods, adjacent to the picturesque Elk creek, this classic Montana resort vacation home offers privacy and seclusion to those looking to escape to the rolling and timbered pastureland of big sky country. With four bedrooms, five total bathrooms (3 full and 2 half) and all the modern conveniences of home, this beautiful accommodation is perfect for large multi-generational family vacations or an executive retreat.
Of course, if business does call, high-speed wireless Internet access is readily available. The Morris ranch house comes with a complimentary personal vehicle for transportation around the resort. The Morris ranch house also features a private tent located just outside. Situated on the banks of the Elk creek, this chic canvas abode provides the perfect outdoor, overnight wilderness adventure for up to four people. Combining rich ranch history, seclusion and luxury, the Morris ranch house makes for a truly unique and unforgettable Paws Up experience.
Blackfoot river lodge-Nestled in a beautiful private setting on the banks of the Blackfoot river, the newly renovated Blackfoot river lodge blends the charm of an authentic Montana dude ranch cabin with exquisite western furnishings and dcor. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home features master bedroom suite with an enormous master bath, private office, full, modern kitchen with slate flooring, dining room, living room with stone fireplace, laundry room, four decks and spectacular views of the mighty Blackfoot. This well-appointed Montana dude ranch cabin also features a luxury tent located just steps away in the expansive backyard. Situated on the banks of the Blackfoot river, this chic canvas abode provides the perfect outdoor, overnight wilderness adventure.
Amanda Rockman’s interest in the culinary field began at an early age. Growing up in Katy, Texas, she was inspired by the dinner parties her mom would throw for friends. Rockman remembers seeing her mom dust the outline of the Kremlin on a chocolate sachertorte, thinking it was the coolest thing she’d ever seen. Her mom’s passion for food sparked the same interest in her.
As Executive Chef of Decca, Annie Pettry brings a passionate and an uncompromising commitment to quality, a respect for technique and an artistic sensibility that results in a balanced yet exhilarating eating experience. With a nuanced palate and an ingredient-driven mindset, she creates her own unique take on American cuisine.
Executive Chef Ben Jones is a culinary artist. His attention to every detail of his art form is inspired and nuanced. He is committed to using the finest ingredients and has built close relationships with area ranchers, dairy farmers, distillers, sustainable farmers, vintners, makers of specialty oils and others. He acknowledges that these local purveyors are “my daily source of energy.”
Garrison Price started his culinary career after high school in his hometown of Chicago before working in many famed restaurants, including those at the famed Peninsula Chicago. From there, he spent time cooking in Portland, Oregon, before moving to New York. He honed his skills for more than four years under prestigious chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. A few years later, Price joined Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup as the Head Chef of China Poblana and traveled through Mexico to research authentic flavors and food of the country. He returned to New York to serve as Chef de Cuisine at the Mandarin Oriental’s Asiate.
Michael Corvino is the Chef-Owner of the upcoming Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room, opening March 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. His contemporary American cuisine is described as an interplay of ingredients with a juxtaposition of texture, flavor, shape and color. Corvino was most recently the Executive Chef/General Manager of the iconic American Restaurant in Kansas City. He formerly served as executive sous chef at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas under Chef Bruno Davaillon.
Whitefish Handcrafted Spirits are “rugged, never rough.” The distillery is on a mission to create some of the best handcrafted spirits in the world as self-proclaimed “half-alchemists, half-artists.” The creative geniuses and craftspeople taste and tweak over and over until creating something of such immutable character that they are proud to put their name on it and pour it into a glass to serve it up with style. As a special attraction for Montana Master Chefs (MMC), Whitefish will be creating an exclusive rye whiskey that will be on par with a 10- to 12-year rye. The creation will only be available to MMC guests.
Kosta Browne has been making wine for nearly 20 years. After almost nine vintages under their belt something curious started to happen - interest in what the winery was doing grew and the company began to gain recognition for our winemaking style. A long-awaited “overnight success” struck and the challenge became less one of “staying alive” to one of trying to keep up with the attention and demands while continuing a commitment to quality. California Pinot Noir endures in the fine wine world and Kosta Browne is delighted to be a continued part of that conversation.
Founded in 1989, Melville is a family-owned and operated estate winery with roots in Sonoma County’s Knights Valley, where Ron Melville grew high-quality and greatly sought-after grapes. In 1996, Melville’s desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah brought Melville Vineyards to the Sta. Rita Hills, located in the Western Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County. Today, Melville and his son, Chad, uphold a tradition as one of the most highly-regarded estates in California. Chad Melville will attend Montana Master Chefs as a special guest.
Jed Steele, owner and winemaker of Steele Wines, has been involved in making wine in California for nearly 50 years. He started as a cellar worker at Stony Hill in Napa Valley in 1968 and then attended the University of California, Davis, to earn a master’s degree in enology. Steele then was involved in starting Edmeades in the Anderson Valley and, ten years later, Kendall-Jackson. Steele was at Kendall-Jackson for the first nine vintages that the wildly successful winery produced. He left the year the winery broke the million cases per year production mark. In 1991, Steele Wines was born.
At the crossroads of incomparable luxury and unspoiled wilderness lies The Resort at Paws Up, 35 minutes northeast of Missoula, Montana in Greenough, a little town nestled in the heart of the Blackfoot valley. It is a luxury ranch resort situated on a sprawling 37,000-acre authentic working cattle ranch in western Montana. 10 miles of the Blackfoot river flow right through our property. Whether you choose an expansive private home or a sophisticated, safari-style luxury tent, Paws Up provides an unfiltered connection with the natural beauty of Montana amidst a landscape of impeccable rustic elegance and comfort.
Here, you'll live day to day, adventure to adventure. Spend an hour, a day or a week on horseback; all in a wilderness sanctuary you'll never forget. Cast a fly in sparkling waters to eager trout, explore the land Lewis & Clark swooned over, or lose yourself in a world-class spa. You'll sleep on the finest sheets, eat world-class cuisine and receive impassioned personalized service. It's home to first-class adventure on a grand scale. The Resort at Paws Up is truly the last best place.
Indulge in world-class cuisine specially made by featured chefs in this holiday. Dinners during Paws Up culinary events are multi-course meals often prepared by guest chefs from around the country. Chefs often cook their own signature cuisine or create meals based on a theme, such as a specific ingredient or holiday. Because these dinners are “chef's choice”, there can be absolutely no substitutions or variations from the menu. If you have dietary restrictions or preferences, you are invited to dine with your particular restrictions in mind. If you have strict dietary restrictions, we strongly encourage you to visit Paws Up at a time when our executive chef can cater to your specific needs.
Adventure enthusiasts rejoice! Our 37,000 acres of resort, 100 miles of trails, 10 miles of the Blackfoot river and 1.5-million acres of the nearby Bob Marshall wilderness combine to make for the ultimate wilderness playground for adults and kids alike. Saddle up for a definitive Montana horseback riding adventure, take your best shot at a world-class sporting clays course or experience Montana fly fishing with an expert guide or kick up some dust on an ATV tour.
Nearby championship golf may challenge you next. And, if that doesnt satisfy your adventure appetite, theres also swimming, boating, hiking, mountain biking, paintball, rafting, kayaking, rappelling and more. When it comes to Montana summer vacation activities, Paws Up is an all-you-can-eat buffet.
For millennia, the most advanced weapon in this spectacular land was the bow. Now, Paws Up gives our guests the chance to hone their skills at this timeless art. Our unique archery course is designed for all abilities, beginner to expert, and is set in expansive rolling timberland that makes Sherwood forest look like a backyard garden. A knowledgeable guide will walk you through all facets of archery and archery hunting. Then its just you against the targets, challenging mats first, then 3D animal targets. An advanced recurve bow fit to your size and a quiver full of arrows will be provided. Prepare yourself, as ancient sport in an ancient and beautiful land awaits. For ages 8+.
You'll scale mountains like they're molehills, slice through streams, power through brush and even cruise through a ghost town. The backdrop is gorgeous, the pace is moderate and the exhilaration is unforgettable. Paws Up offers a variety of Montana ATV adventures for you to choose from. Warning: ATV riding can be habit forming. If you try one, you'll undoubtedly sign up for the others. For ages 16+.
For those looking to sharpen their skills or pick up a few pointers, private equestrian lessons are available for ages eight and older, including riding, western trail, roping and basic horsemanship. Whether your background is in English or western and you want to advance your horsemanship skills to another level or you have never been exposed to a horse before, we have a program for you. By stressing safety first, we feel the first step in horsemanship is truly understanding how a horse lives. Our 22,000-square-foot arena at The Saddle Club at Paws Up and our more than 150 miles of trails provide incomparable facilities and settings for lessons of all types. For ages 8+.
There's almost nothing in life that rivals the feeling of a hefty trout striking your fly and the ensuing fight, headshakes and all. With that in mind, we'd like to welcome you to a slice of Montana fly-fishing heaven. The Resort at Paws Up is an angler's retreat that's located within the golden triangle of western trout Montana fly fishing. It boasts a creel-full of legendary rivers on property or nearby, including the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, Missouri and Clark Fork. So, whether you're checking off a few more Montana rivers or are ready to pioneer into some true trout wilderness, this is the place for you. For ages 8+.
Born from satellite wizardry, geocaching is a high-tech version of an Easter-egg hunt. Using a hand-held GPS unit, you'll punch in coordinates, which will point you in the direction of a hidden "cache." The cache is a hidden waterproof container with a logbook and a "hidden treasure" (coupons that can be redeemed for fun, kid-appropriate prizes). Once you find a cache, you'll sign the logbook and help yourself to the treasure. You'll also leave something behind for future geocachers. These coveted caches are hidden along the various hiking trails on the ranch, providing you with an opportunity to explore the vast, unspoiled wilderness of Paws Up. Lewis and Clark would be proud. For all ages.
Experience the most exhilarating racing in the west at Paws Ups new -mile outdoor go-kart track. Racers don helmets and goggles to fly gas-powered karts through the rugged countryside at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Reflexes and reaction times are tested on a packed aggregate track surface that winds through straights and chicanes wide enough for passing. Trackside bleachers provide the perfect spot to watch your favorite racers power their way to the checkered flag. Designed for ages 8 - 16, adults may participate upon request.
The Grizzlyman fitness trail is one-mile-long course near spa town that features 12 fitness stations. Each station features natural equipment made from surrounding timber as well as unique challenges including climbing, balancing, swinging and more. Its a great way to commune with nature while burning calories in a pristine wilderness environment. Access to the trail is complimentary for guests. We invite you to be a grizzly and tame the trail.
Time to cowboy up. From spectacular views of the legendary Blackfoot river to Jones pond and the endless conifer forests, our Montana horseback riding adventures offer a wide-eyed gulp of the surrounding wilderness. Well send you off with your private wrangler along the edge of a pristine meadow where youll explore a trail forested with ancient Ponderosas as you rise to a ridge overlooking scenic Paws Up ranch. Whether youre an experienced rider or youve never been horseback riding before, youll lay eyes on sight after historical and breathtaking sight during your unforgettable Montana horseback riding excursion. Junior wrangler programs for kids, customized lessons, cattle work, and roping are available in Montanas largest private equestrian center, the saddle club at Paws Up. Or try your hand running and sorting cattle with an authentic cattle drive. For ages 8+.
Imagine floating over the historic Lewis and Clark route, watching eagles soar below you and the big Montana sky unfolding above. Introducing Montana hot air ballooning Paws Up-style. At times, you'll flow smoothly over the rolling terrain like a silent roller-coaster, inhaling the intoxicating scent of millions of Ponderosa pines. At other times, you will find yourself brushing the soft grey bottom of a wandering cloud or two. Few visions are as captivating as a balloons sun-cast shadow gliding effortlessly along the sprawling Montana landscape. Hot air ballooning is an experience. Montana hot air ballooning in the majestic Blackfoot valley is the experience of a lifetime. For ages 8+.
One of a half dozen lakes in the Clearwater valley known as the "chain of lakes", Seeley lake is a 1,025-acre aquatic paradise for Montana lake activities. Your inner child will come blasting out as you zip around on your two-passenger Polaris personal watercraft. Go for a joy ride in our 19-foot Bayliner powerboat or strap on your skis and show the local Seeley citizens a rooster tail or two. There's also tubing, wake-boarding, a water trampoline, paddle boats and sea kayaks. For all ages.
Novice and advanced riders alike will join with seasoned ranch hands in driving a herd of cattle for the experience of a lifetime. You'll saddle up your horse and set out to gather the cattle and trail them to the working corrals, sort them, then trail them back to the home pasture. Its an unforgettable adventure that will help you discover your inner wrangler. For ages 12+.
Sit back, relax and take in the joy of watching Montana's famous big sky host the rolling hills, scenic backdrop and the local wildlife that call Paws Up ranch home. For all ages.
Imagine descending a sheer, 167-foot-rock face as the sun begins to drop in the Western sky. You can at The Resort at Paws Up. You'll begin your Montana rappelling atop the famed Lookout rock, where Meriwether Lewis once stood. You'll just have a lot more fun getting down than he did. After pausing for a moment to admire the stunning views of the expansive 37,000-acre ranch, including the majestic Blackfoot river below, your real adventure begins as you lower yourself by rope down the sheer rock face. You wont believe the rush as you sail down the cliff to the ground below! Of course, we have all the gear necessary to make your descent as safe and secure as it is thrilling with well-trained Paws Up guides attending to your every need. Whether youre a climbing expert or a newbie, this adventure is one you'll never forget. For ages 16+.
The Resort at Paws Up offers three types of river trips for all levels of adventure. For guests looking for a leisurely, quiet trek there is the Clearwater canoe trail which is fun for all ages. Those wanting a bit more excitement can float down the Blackfoot river with its class I and II rapids in a raft or inflatable kayak. For those wanting the ultimate thrill, we offer the Alberton Gorge, a full day whitewater adventure featuring class III+ rapids. Age requirements vary for each river adventure.
Sporting Clays is a challenging, fun and competitive clay target game that simulates actual field hunting. Shoot on specially designed courses that resemble real-life field conditions; the lure of the game lies in its realism. At Paws Up, our Montana sporting clays installation features a 10-station course that throws a diversity of aerial target presentations. The clays cross, climb, zip in, fly out or streak high overhead at speeds and angles accurately simulating the flight patterns of game birds. For ages 11+
At Paws Up, you will journey into Americas adventurous past and have time to reflect on how idyllic life might have been before the railroads, cars, highways and eventually airplanes accelerated the pace of life. What was it like before we merely climbed into a train, jumped into a car or hopped into an airplane? What was it like to be satisfied when a full days journey was 15 miles? Now you can experience the original form of wheeled travel, by learning to drive a wagon pulled by a team of horses.
While you will not have to contend with the adversity of our pioneer ancestors, you will understand the skill and stamina needed to drive a team of horses under harness. The perfect horses for your first Montana teamster experience are Pete and Repeat, our full-brother Norwegian fjords. With them at your command, you will redefine your definition of driving, along with learning what Gee-Haw really means. For ages 12+.
From interactive culinary weekends to educational workshops and holiday celebrations, there are a plethora of events to choose from. We look forward to welcoming you to Montana in 2016!
Discretely nestled on the edge of an expansive meadow, in the waving shade of soaring pines, sits spa town at Paws Up. Spa town is a colony of pristine white tents stitched together by a wooden boardwalk, situated just past an authentic babbling brook and nestled among towering pines. The welcome tents feature full baths and showers, while individual treatment tents are fashioned with a lovely sink, a heated massage table, and a view of the meadows, spotted with horses. A traditional "spa" sound track isn't required because the brook, chirping birds and a rustle of the wind in the trees above is played daily by mother nature herself. Paws Up is the finest of all Montana spa resorts and gives new meaning to the term "getting lost" in the woods.
The fitness cabin at spa town offers a unique and tranquil environment for your workout. The following equipment and amenities are available for you to use as a guest of Paws Up: treadmill, stair-master, elliptical machine, stationary bike, free weights, weight bench, yoga mats, yoga balls, core balance discs, medicine balls and complimentary water and towels.
Missoula International Airport (MSO) features a number of major airlines and direct, daily flights. Horizon, Allegiant, Delta and United fly direct to Missoula. We're located just a 30-minute scenic drive from the airport, so no long car rides. Complimentary, round-trip transportation between the airport and the resort is included in. Many of our guests fly private into MSO. We have complimentary "red carpet" pick-up service right from the tarmac for guests who fly private.