The luxury ranch resort offers a variety of culinary weekend getaways for every taste

Luxury ranch resort, The Resort at Paws Up, fills the sunny days and crisp nights of Spring with a collection of five-star, gastronomy-themed weekends featuring the 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 special celebrity guest 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 the Merry Edwards Winery, known for its exquisite Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. The weekend, a festival of wine, also calls for celebration as it falls on the 20th anniversary of the 1997 founding of Merry Edwards Winery, founded in 1997.

This first-ever Eat, Drink and Meet Merry Wine Weekend will also feature live entertainment, tastings and plenty of practical lessons (read: plenty abundant opportunities of for wine sipping!). Burn off the extra indulgences with adrenaline-pumping adventures, such as snow tubing, 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 with 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, 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.

For reservations, please call 1-866-929-6590. The Resort at Paws Up is also on Facebook and Twitter @Paws_Up.


The Resort at Paws Up combines luxury with unforgettable adventure on 37,000 acres of untamed Montana wilderness that is steeped in history. The Resort offers accommodations for a maximum of 225 guests in 30 safari-style tents (seasonally) and 28 luxurious vacation homes, ranging from the two-bedroom Meadow Homes and three-bedroom Wilderness Estates to the charming, private, four-bedroom Morris Ranch House. Paws Up is located in the heart of the Blackfoot Valley in western Montana, just 35 miles from Missoula International Airport. Travelers can access Missoula via direct flights from Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle. For more information, please visit www.pawsup.com or call 800-473-0601.

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