The Resort at Paws Up fills the sunny days and crisp nights of spring with a collection of five-star, gastronomy-themed weekends featuring power players of the culinary and wine world. There is no better way to beat the winter blues than with a getaway, especially one featuring an agenda that includes tasting premium wines, savoring exquisite cuisine and rubbing cowboy boots with celebrity experts in a picturesque wilderness setting.
MARCH: Eat, Drink and Meet Merry On March 16–18, Paws Up welcomes Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Merry Edwards, one of California’s first woman winemakers, as part of The Resort’s inaugural Wine Weekend event. Guests will clink glasses with Edwards and her talented vintner partner Ken Coopersmith.
Highlights include a wine seminar, outdoor adventuring alongside the winemakers themselves and mouthwatering dinners with expert vino pairings from Merry Edwards Winery, known for its exquisite Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. The weekend also calls for celebration as it falls on the 20th anniversary of the 1997 founding of Merry Edwards Winery.
This first-ever Eat, Drink and Meet Merry Wine Weekend will also feature tastings and plenty of practical lessons (read: abundant opportunities for wine sipping!). Burn off the extra indulgences with adrenaline-pumping adventures, such as horseback riding, snow tubing or sporting clays shooting.
APRIL: WildFlavor Saddle up for the ultimate culinary ride with flora, fauna and flavor at WildFlavor, April 20–23. The first of its kind at The Resort, WildFlavor will feature cream-of-the-crop culinary talent, including four Top Chef stars—Kristen Kish (winner, Season 10), Sam Talbot (finalist, Season 2), Casey Thompson (finalist, Season 3) and Brooke Williamson (runner-up, Season 10).
Guests will have a prime spot to watch these chefs “fork it out” during a live cook-off challenge. A trio of expertly crafted meals will be served during the tasty four-day event.
WildFlavor is the perfect blend of food, fun and live entertainment, plus enough outdoor activities to fill up any spaces in between. Special guest singer-songwriter Austin Jenckes (The Voice, Season 5) will be on hand for a soulful Saturday night performance of his folk-rock guitar-based melodies.
MAY: Montana Master Grillers Memorial Day weekend was made for grilling. Kick off the summer at Paws Up with a few days of smoky flavor and stunning wilderness adventures at Montana Master Grillers (MMG): Hall of Flame, May 26–29.
Paws Up has enlisted four guest chefs who truly belong in the BBQ Hall of Flame—whenever some genius finally decides to build such a monument. The grilling experts include Chef Beau MacMillan from famed Arizona travel destination Sanctuary on Camelback; Chef Charlie McKenna of Chicago’s much-loved BBQ spot Lillie’s Q and his newest restaurant, Dixie and Chef Jonathon Sawyer from the Cleveland-based Greenhouse Tavern. Rounding out the top-tier bill of grillers is MMG veteran Chef Wayne Mueller from the Texas barbecue “cathedral” Louie Mueller Barbecue and Paws Up’s own pitmaster extraordinaire Executive Chef Ben Jones. Guests will attend workshops and feast on all the grilled goods and enjoy fine wine from Cakebread Cellars, spirits from Glacier Distilling Company and craft beer from Philipsburg Brewing Company. It’s a perfect combination—the offerings of five grilling masters summoning all their fiery talents under Montana’s Big Sky.