If you’re still trying to firm up your holiday plans, we have three fabulous trips for you to consider. Featuring the comforts of home and so much more, The Resort at Paws Up in Montana is the ultimate ranch winter vacation. For the first time ever, The Resort will be open 365 days in 2017, and they’re kicking off the end of this year and January with three memorable winter offerings—including the best Christmas celebration you could ever ask for, a quintessential New Years fete and a culinary weekend with guest chefs from California to Kansas.
A Montana Christmas
Leave behind the hustle and bustle of cooking, cleaning, decorating and big crowds this holiday season, and instead experience the ultimate Montana Christmas vacation at The Resort at Paws Up. Try anything from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling excursions to your own personal Santa, along with a Christmas Eve party for the kids, a sleigh ride through frosted forests and magical ice skating on a breathtaking outdoor rink—all in our Montana winter wonderland. Let The Resort plan the agenda, cook the turkey and even decorate your tree. All you have to do is sit back, relax and take in the fresh air and beautiful winter surroundings.
From Santa’s Montana branch workshop and an old-fashioned tree-trimming party to a gingerbread house building contest, horse-drawn sleigh rides and even an in-home visit from Kris Kringle himself, Paws Up truly pulls out all the stops. And, yes—you can still ride horses this time of year! “Our horse activities scale back in scope a little bit in the winter, but no less in fun,” says Paws Up’s Head Wrangler, Dustin Call. “We still offer a good, old-fashioned trail ride through the quiet, snow-covered pines and several sleigh rides throughout the day.” Gather your family and glide through the snow pulled by our steady draft horses. If you feel the need for a little more excitement, we offer team penning in our heated indoor arena every afternoon. Our wranglers will teach you and your teammates (and your horses!) how to work together to separate a cow from the rest of the herd while staying out of the cold and wind.
Ring in the New Year
Stay past Christmas and join us for an incredible evening of live music, games, bonfires and fireworks. The Resort at Paws Up celebrates The Last Best Night of the Year in spectacular style. Feast on a five-course dinner that will make even your NYC friends envious. You will enjoy a concert by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Seth Glier, and then retire to your own vacation home, complete with a hot tub and sumptuous bed. Then welcome 2017 by waking to a lavish breakfast buffet. For those who yearn to explore the great outdoors of Big Sky Country, we feature unforgettable adventures such as dogsledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, tubing, private indoor equestrian lessons and even ice skating. Perfect for a big start to the new year!
Our family-owned ranch resort is ideal for multigenerational trips, with an incredible collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes. Ranging 1,100 to 3,250 square feet, each home features scenic views and is impeccably appointed with rustic furnishings and amenities such as fireplaces and hot tubs—absolute musts for a winter escape.
Winterfest Food and Wine Festival, January 19-22, 2017
Everyone needs something special to look forward to in the middle of winter, and the second annual WinterFest at Paws Up wont disappoint. This gourmet weekend features outstanding guest chefs, wine pairings, a featured brewery, coffee roasters, hand-on cooking classes and plenty of wilderness adventures.
Paws Up Executive Chef Ben Jones will be joined by Chef Colby Garrelts and Chef Megan Garrelts from the Kansas City restaurants Bluestem and Rye as well as Top Chef Season 10 first runner-up and Paws Up favorite, Chef Brooke Williamson, co-owner/co-chef of Playa Provisions, The Triple and Hudson House. Kelly Liken, of Iron Chef America and Top Chef fame and a three-time James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef Southwest, will round out the talented cast of featured chefs. Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya will select hearty, blood-warming wines for the winter-themed meal. Saturday night festivities include a performance from Austin-based singer-songwriter Brian Pounds—of The Voice—with his soulful blend of Americana, country and rock.