Chef Sunny Jin Elevates Montana Cuisine

Chef Sunny Jin is a traveler by nature. He’s a tireless forager, always searching for the next fresh local ingredient. And The Resort at Paws Up is thrilled to have him as our new executive chef.

“For me, happiness and inspiration come from my foraging walks and a dedication to sustainability,” Jin said recently. “Hiking the local area is really the best way to get in tune with the Montana landscape and the endless bounties it provides. It’s such an inspiring place. There’s an endless supply of local and seasonal plants, vegetables, fruit and game. In that regard Montana really can’t be beat.”

Since arriving at Paws Up, Jin has also been taking road trips to visit local purveyors. “I’ve been reaching out to reestablish existing relationships and forge new ones. I’m looking for sustainable excellence in our ingredients,” he said.

All of this translates incredibly well to his new role as culinary leader at Paws Up. Jin’s dedication to excellence and his flexibility and creation of free-flowing menus learned on a global stage, along with his fondness for seafood and wild game, work well in the wilds of Montana. Lest there be any doubt about the current level of culinary excellence at Paws Up, Jin was added to the list of chefs at 2018’s prestigious Pebble Beach Food & Wine, the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast. Among its former notable chefs: Philippe Legendre, Wolfgang Puck and Thomas Keller, one of Sunny Jin’s early mentors at the French Laundry. We sat down with Chef Sunny to ask him a few questions:

Is there a particular mindset you bring to your daily menus?

I want to serve something that I would like to eat and at the same time be proud of, and of course our kitchen’s staff and our guests’ opinions matter greatly.

Are there specific things you’ve found inspiring on your foraging walks? What piques your culinary fancy?

Lots of new exciting ideas occur to me every day in Montana. It’s such an inspiring place, with culinary riches like wild huckleberries, cherries, morel mushrooms, sage, Saskatoon berries, spruce tips, purslane. And what we can do with elk, bison, duck and trout.

Is it challenging to cook for our diverse Paws Up audiences, small groups and large?

Forever the optimist, I don’t see challenges but rather pleasant surprises. I enjoy teaching our culinary team at Paws Up, as well as learning from them.

What inspires the culinary staff to achieve greatness varies. It could be a tasting menu for a couple celebrating a special occasion or a group of 50 sampling various dishes at the Equestrian Center.

How does all of this—your rich experiences, the local sourcing—come together on a menu?

Our menus are free-flowing, and we’ve made progress in last few months from changing one thing at a time to changing three or four items while creating menu layers. We offer variety and tailor things to our guests and never sacrifice on quality or our standards. We’ll keep a large focus on cooking with Montana elk and bison and the highest quality beef. We strive to source animals fed and raised in an antibiotic- and growth-hormone-free, responsible way. Some of our recent dishes have included:

Crispy Duck Hash with Mustard Greens

Cedar Plank Salmon on Wilted Kale

Sherry-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Have you had a chance to work with some of the guest chefs at The Resort’s special culinary events?

Yes, I have. WinterFest was great. I love to see how other chefs work and engage with them. Collaboration is everything. Guest chefs help us keep it fresh and keep it engaged.

So, this area really seems to suit your “cook locally, cook sustainably” philosophy?

It does. I personally feel more driven by responsibility and less compelled by style. The reward for me is when I’m able to engage and connect with local farmers and ranchers. Their commitment to their craft and community is where I gain a sense of obligation. That obligation is then the intentional focal point in every meal.

Sounds like you are finding the kinds of local support you had hoped for?

Definitely, with Missoula and our neighboring rural communities, we are good neighbors. They may deliver food for sourcing our dishes, and if someone has a fence down, I’m more than willing to help fix it. Now that’s a culinary philosophy that’s as localized as it gets.

Top 10 Summer Adventures at The Resort at Paws Up

Summer is the chance to go barefoot, enjoy tasty barbecued ribs, ride go-karts, relax around bonfires and catch fireflies. Summer is about slowing down—and speeding up, getting people together and finding your own space and time. If you’ve been fortunate enough to visit Paws Up during our high season, you already know about our tried-and-true thrills and pastimes. Below is summer’s new bucket list—our Top 10 Paws Up Adventures for 2018.

1. GO JUMP IN A LAKE.

Be among the very first to enjoy Paws Up Island Lodge at  Salmon Lake. Take a sunset pontoon boat tour, water-ski the day away or just visit for the spectacular view.

2. CAST AWAY THE DAY.

For anyone who loves (or is angling to try) fly-fishing, this part of Montana is heaven on earth, with legendary rivers like the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, Clearwater and Missouri right at hand.

3. GO FOR A RUGGED RIDE.

Kick up some dust on an ATV tour and see the ranch’s 37,000 acres from a heart-thumping perspective.

4. TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT.

No birds are harmed, but your heart will swell after taking a turn on our challenging 10-station sporting clays course.

5. FIND YOUR OWN WAY.

Ride when you want, how you want with a private horseback excursion, tailored for riders of all ages and levels.

6. CHANNEL YOUR INNER ANNIE OAKLEY.

Relive the Wild West at our .22 rifle range where guests ages 6 and up take aim at reactive targets.

7. FIGURE OUT WHAT FLOATS YOUR BOAT.

Enjoy a gentle rafting trip or rev things up with Class I and II whitewater rapids. For something truly wild, take a day trip to Alberton Gorge’s Class III rapids, coupled with thrilling cliff jumping.

8. DRIVE AROUND OUR RANCH.

If you want to feel like a real cowboy or cowgirl, head out for a Paws Up cattle drive. You’ll be riding and rounding up Corriente cows like a pro in no time.

9. CLIMB TO NEW HEIGHTS.

Come play in our Sky Line Aerial Adventure Park, with two courses designed to test your will and your skill.

10. GEAR UP FOR A GHOST TOUR.

Wander through the most intact ghost town in Montana, then bike back the 14.5 miles to The Resort (downhill, of course!).

7 Reasons to Visit The Resort at Paws Up for Memorial Day Weekend

Are you still trying to make your Memorial Day weekend plans? The Resort at Paws Up will be serving up barbecue, beverages and live entertainment at Montana Master Grillersa three-day event that celebrates the art of the open flame on 37,000 acres of stunning wilderness. Here are 7 reasons to visit this Memorial Day weekend.

1. Activities: Guests can eat and play to their heart’s content with more than 70 wilderness adventures, such as ATV tours, fly-fishing and horseback riding.

2.  The Last Best Grillers: Montana Master Grillers consists of America’s top culinary talent, including Tim Byres (a James Beard Award-winning author), Burke Holmes (of the Notorious P.I.G. BBQ—voted Best BBQ in Missoula, Montana), Paws Up Executive Chef Sunny Jin, Pat Martin (of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in Nashville), Nicole Pederson (a Food & WinePeople’s Best New Chef nominee) and Steve “Nookie” Postal (the chef/owner of Boston’s Commonwealth and a finalist on Around the World in 80 Plates). Apart from outdoor activities and demonstrations, guests will also witness a competitive cook-off amongst the chefs

3. The Beverages: To accompany the phenomenal fare, Paws Up will host KettleHouse Brewing, Glacier Distilling and the Wagner Family of Wine. Each will provide designated pairings to amplify the complex flavor profiles of juicy meats.

4. Live Entertainment: We are thrilled for our amazing weekend musical lineup, featuring solo acoustic guitarist Dan Dubuque, singer-songwriter Andrea Harsell, high-energy duo the Timber Rattlers and Missoula-based bluegrass musicians the Lil Smokies.

5. Island Lodge Escape: New this summer, guests at Paws Up can discover the Island Lodge at Salmon Lake, a private retreat 15 minutes from Paws Up. Reserving the Island Lodge at Salmon Lake is like having your own private island where you can enjoy water sports, fine cuisine and breathtaking scenery. Full-day plus morning, afternoon and evening excursions are available.

6. Our S’moreologist: That’s right—the resident s’moreologist is really a thing at Paws Up. Our s’moreologist specializes in making perfect, decadent and delicious s’mores every time—and he’s more than happy to show you how it’s done—whether at the inviting fireplace in Tank or around a fire pit in the great outdoors.Our s’moreologist will lead you through each part of the time-honored s’more making process.

7. Spa Town®: Guests will enjoy spa treatments in pristine white tents where a traditional “spa” soundtrack isn’t required. The sounds of Mother Nature are all you’ll hear while you completely relax and rejuvenate.

For reservations, please call 877-588-6783 or visit Paws Up’s Live chat.

4 Montana-Style Girlfriend Getaways

The girlfriend getaway is one travel trend that increases in popularity every year. At The Resort at Paws Up, we have several incredible options for your next gal pal vacation. How does an all-female chef and wine weekend, wellness retreat or cowgirl weekend held on our 37,000-acre ranch sound? If you’re overdue for a weekend of pampering, togetherness, adventure and luxury travel, we have four great event weekend options for you.

 

Cowgirl Spring Roundup

April 26–29, 2018

Channel your inner cowgirl alongside your best friends and amazing Cowgirl Hall of Famers. Their workshops teach horsewomanship and other cowgirl skills. At night, relive a day filled with relaxing trail rides, wildlife adventures and Western art and photography and shoot the breeze around a roaring campfire. Enjoy exceptional cuisine by Executive Chef Sunny Jin, expertly paired with wines from our featured vintner Planeta Winery. Pack your bags and saddle up!

AdrenZen: Spring

May 4–7, 2018

There’s no better place to jump-start your health goals than on our property with more than 100 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding. With help from leading wellness experts in the Missoula area, your adrenaline will be pumping during outdoor adventures, and vino yoga will put you on a path to Zen-like tranquility. Guests will enjoy one-of-a-kind activities, including Buti and vino yoga classes, glide barre and mat Pilates classes and outdoor cardio and muscle building with a former pro bodybuilder utilizing a gorgeous Montana backdrop. You’ll even learn the art of juicing and preparing raw foods.

When you need a minute to rest, the scenery alone invites you to unwind. Meditate on the banks of the Blackfoot or find your bliss in a massage at our serene Spa Town®. Plus, you’ll dine all weekend long on freshly prepared gourmet cuisine with a health-conscious twist. AdrenZen: Spring is the ideal girls’ getaway to relax, recharge and renew.

Montana Master Chefs®

September 27–30, 2018

Each year, one of the most exciting highlights of fall is Paws Up’s Montana Master Chefs. And this year, it’s even more special because we’re celebrating the best of the best—not just among women, but among all who rule in food, wine, beer and spirits. Join us as we plate up our first female-inspired signature culinary event: The Wonder Women of Food and Wine.

In addition to gourmet meals, the weekend-long event offers live music, celebrity cook-offs, spa treatments, wilderness adventures and a little mixing and mingling with talented stars under big Montana skies.

Wine Weekend with Chappellet

November 9–11, 2018

Before the holidays, enjoy a weekend away with your friends toasting to the season. Spend a weekend getting to know one of the most celebrated family-owned wineries in Napa Valley. At our fall Wine Weekend, you’ll be sipping (and quaffing) right alongside Chappellet owners Amy and Dominic Chappellet.

Guests will explore the crisp, autumnal landscape on horseback or on the back of an ATV or test their aim on a sporting clays adventure. If you’re craving pure relaxation, relax with a little retail therapy, a host of spa services and, of course, a glass of Cabernet while soaking in your private outdoor hot tub.

Learn How to Make Lobster Rolls from Top Chef Winner Brooke Williamson

Learn how to make these amazing lobster rolls with Bravo Top Chef 2017 Champion Brooke Williamson at our second-annual WildFlavor event April 19-22, 2018. The event features two other Bravo Top Chef stars—Sam Talbot (semifinalist, Season 2) and Casey Thompson (finalist, Season 3)—as well as Paws Up Executive Chef Sunny Jin. You’ll be able to whet your appetite throughout the weekend and watch these chefs “fork it out” during a live cook-off challenge. Of course, expertly crafted meals will be served throughout this delicious four-day event. And don’t forget to toast with exquisitely paired fine vino, compliments of Melville Winery.

In between meals, go horseback riding, clay shooting or ATV riding and then wind down in the comfort of your luxurious Paws Up home. Featuring many other available wilderness adventures, WildFlavor is the perfect blend of food and fun this spring at The Resort at Paws Up.

Lobster Roll Recipe

courtesy of Brooke Williamson

Yield: 7 (5-ounce) lobster rolls

Lobster sauce

1 quart mayonnaise

2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 lemon, zested and juiced

 

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients, mixing well. Sauce flavor develops more if made ahead of time. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Lobster roll mix

2 pounds lobster meat, cooked (claw, knuckle, tail)

1 cup celery, minced

2 lemons, zested and juiced

1 tablespoons kosher salt

1 1/2 cups lobster sauce (recipe above)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing well. Add lobster sauce, mixing well.

Pickled mustard seeds

1 cup yellow mustard seeds

1 1/2 cups sherry vinegar

1 cup honey

3 cups water

1 tablespoon kosher salt

Lobster roll buns

7 brioche buns, sliced and toasted

1 cup micro celery

Crushed Maui onion chips

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring mustard seeds to a boil. Immediately turn to simmer. Cover and cook 30 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Place buns on a work surface. Place lobster mixture evenly among buns and garnish with pickled mustard seeds, micro celery and crushed Maui onion chips. If micro celery is not available, substitute celery leaves. Plain or onion-flavored chips can also be substituted for Maui onion chips.

Pro Tips for Packing the Perfect Picnic

Are you dreaming of summer already? We sure are. And this year, we’re going all-out for al fresco, starting with a Chicago-style picnic in a Montana-size park.

Join us on June 16 for our Montana Long Table: Artisanal Picnic, and you’ll have a chance to chat and dine with illustrious Windy City chefs known for their Chicago dogs and gourmet sausages, honey butter fried chicken and hand-crafted pies.

But you don’t have to travel far to enjoy an epic picnic. Let Paws Up Executive Chef Sunny Jin share some inspiring thoughts on dining outside during those dreamy months ahead:

What do you love about eating outside?

The greatest advantage to eating outside is the wholeness of the experience. It allows us to focus on what’s important, and I believe that simply to mean being present and enjoying the moment in front of us.

What are a few of your favorite things to take on a picnic? 

I’m big on variety and small bites. That doesn’t mean extravagance and significant labor. My choices usually consist of cured meats, pickles, olives, cheeses, whole fruits and the best bread I can find. Every region has local favorites of each item, so an assortment is easy to come by.

Other than food, what else might you take? 

My picnic spots are usually at places where cell service and paved roads are absent. That creates a place with less exposure to human contact, so I carry along a book on plant identification. I’m still amazed what I’m able to find now that my eyes have adjusted to the edible surfaces around all of us.

If you were planning a leisurely rafting trip, what would be on the menu? 

Being respectful and observant of fire bans, regulations and conservation should always come first. It would be a bummer to pack for a riverside BBQ, and then come to find that fires are not permissible. I love to grill as much as the next person and would if the opportunity were there. However, to be safe, I try to stick to cold, no-fuss items that travel well. 

Chef Sunny Jin’s Rafting Trip Menu:

Chilled Prime Rib Wraps with Watercress, Pickled Goat Horn Peppers and Cucumber-Horseradish Slaw

Roasted Eggplant Panzanella with Chorizo, Toybox Tomatoes, Chèvre and Banyuls Vinaigrette

Fresh Fruit Bites with Wildflower Honey and Greek Yogurt

Homemade Jerky: My freezer is always stocked with experimental jerky made from earlier hunting and fishing trips.

Dill Pickle Chips: We all have our vices.

Ice Cold IPA: Some have more vices than others.

Meet One of Our Summer Campfire Guest Chefs: New York Chef Garrison Price

Get ready for a big surprise this summer at The Resort at Paws Up. Campfire Chefs is the latest way we’ve turned camping into glamping. After a day of wilderness adventures, you could be treated to the cuisine of an Iron Chef winner or a James Beard Award winner.

It means you could be sitting down for a nice meal in your camp Dining Pavilion, admiring the view of the Blackfoot, loosening your bootlaces, when suddenly you spot a James Beard Award-winning chef peeking out from the kitchen. Or, you’re sliding a marshmallow onto a skewer and out of nowhere one of the country’s foremost pastry chefs leans over to give you a hand. The best part is? No jacket required.

We’re thrilled to have Chef Garrison Price back this summer for Campfire Chefs on July 23–26, 2018.  Price has a deep understanding of quality ingredients, with a commitment to upholding their simplicity, elegance and integrity. As the executive chef of Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, he works to develop the restaurant’s beloved market-driven approach to Italian cuisine, while adding his own distinctive global influences. We had a chance to sit down with him and find out more about what makes him tick.

What inspired Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria? 

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria was inspired by simple, authentic food made with an uncompromising ethic and the joy of sharing it with friends. The restaurant is a celebration of the purest expressions of culinary integrity. We are delighted to offer our house-made heritage pork salumi, naturally fermented breads, ancient grain pastas and pastries, curated using traditional methods and ingredients.

What originally brought you to New York?

I was invited to move to New York City six years ago to be a part of Jean-Georges Vongeritchen’s corporate culinary team from my chef de cuisine post at his restaurant in Kauai, Hawaii.

What’s your favorite thing on your menu?

Our house-made bread and salumi is the best I know of in the city, but I really love our Riso Nero dish, which is made of Italian venere black rice sautéed with wild shrimp, house-made Calabrian sausage, leeks and spicy chili.

What do you like to cook at home?

I really enjoy cooking at home and because I cook Italian professionally, I love to cook Chinese and Southeast Asian at home. I try to keep my cooking healthy with mostly seasonal vegetables and whole grains, but I also love to cook steak.

If you had one tip for the home cook, what would it be?

The best tip I have for the home cook is to make sure to use the best-quality sea salt and olive oil. Use olive oil that is cold-pressed and not blended with other processed oils, and use natural, unprocessed sea salt. These natural products retain more nutritional content. Not to mention, they taste better and will make your food taste better.

What are a few of your favorite travel destinations?

My favorite travel destinations within the United States are any National Park and Hawaii. Internationally I have had a great deal of fun in Spain, Hong Kong and Australia. I’m looking forward to going to New Orleans, the United Kingdom and of course Montana this summer.

What did find most unique about being in Montana?

It was pretty unique to have wildlife so close. We saw loads of wildlife in Glacier National Park and on the ranch, like eagles, dusky grouse, beefalo, cutthroat trout and elk. You don’t get that in New York City.

What was one of your favorite activities at Paws Up?

Probably my most favorite activity at Paws Up is fly-fishing on the Blackfoot River. It felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I will hopefully have the chance to do again. I also love horses and tacking up.

What are you most excited about to experience this summer on our ranch?

This summer on the ranch I can’t wait to see the stars again! Also, I’m excited to meet some new friends. The guests I had the opportunity to meet last year were really fun and interesting and I have had the pleasure to see them again when they visited me at the restaurant in New York City.

What type of food/cuisine will you be sharing at Paws Up during your Campfire Chefs series?

During the Campfire Chefs series this summer, I look forward to sharing some simple Italian-inspired cuisine focusing on local Montana products with a little twist from my global travels and ingredient knowledge.

Our Cowgirl Spring Roundup Gets Better than Ever

Bring your inner cowgirl to life at The Resort at Paws Up from April 26–29, 2018, for the Cowgirl Spring Roundup. Four National Cowgirl Museum Hall of Famers will lead scenic trail rides and cattle drives and teach you the finer points of barrel racing and creating Western art. In true Paws Up style, five-star cuisine and luxurious accommodations are included. Make your travel plans now for the ultimate girls’ getaway. (This event is limited to only the first 60 women, 12 and older, who register).

For the first time ever, Cowgirl Spring Roundup welcomes someone handy with a ladle. Chef and author Ellise Pierce will be wrangling our kitchen staff to bring you cowgirl cuisine like you’ve never tasted, expertly paired with wines from our Featured Vintner: Planeta.

Get up close and hear stories from this year’s Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honorees. As a teacher of all things equestrian, Sharon Camarillo has a rich background to draw upon. She rode her love of competition to a rodeo National Intercollegiate World Championship at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California. Camarillo then competed on the pro rodeo circuit as a barrel racer—she was a four-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier. A teacher in every sense of the word, Camarillo loves to share her passion and knowledge of riding. Her clinics on handling horses and barrel racing draw big crowds. But at Paws Up, she’ll just be teaching our Cowgirl Roundup attendees.

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but it’s hard to imagine laying eyes on Veryl Goodnight’s paintings of Western wildlife without appreciating the exquisite loveliness. Overall, Goodnight’s body of work is as expansive as it is gorgeous. Her sculptures—more than 200 of them—further set her apart from other artists. Goodnight’s art has appeared extensively in numerous books and been shown in museums, such as the Autry Museum of the American West. Imagine painting by her side, with a mountainous Montana backdrop. You can make that happen.

Marilyn Williams Harris is a true working cowgirl. Owning and comanaging her grandfather’s historic Arizona ranch with her sister, Harris works on their cow-calf operation. Her lifelong passion for riding horses led to American Quarter Horse Association World Championships in the Reining and Working Cow Horse categories, among other honors. When it comes to enthusiasm about sustaining the cowgirl way of life for future generations, Harris has few peers. Her unbridled zest for the Western land stewardship is truly contagious.

The passion Barbara Van Cleve has for Western ranch life is evident in everything she shoots. Her photography ranks with Western legends like William Albert Allard and Edward S. Curtis. With 55 solo exhibits under her belt buckle, Van Cleve exemplifies the grace and skill of Cowgirl Museum Hall of Famers. Her stunning book, Hard Twist: Western Ranch Women, rings true to life, perhaps in part because she was raised on a Montana ranch. The authentic flavor of the old West and the new West merge beautifully in Van Cleve’s work. This is your chance to shoot the American West with the master herself.

Make Your Memorial Day Plans Now

We’ve stoked the flames of anticipation for this year’s Montana Master Grillers event (May 25–28) with an all-new lineup of grilling greats. This year’s weekend-long event features maestros of the grill who have worked their fiery magic from deep in the heart of Texas to Boston’s Fenway Park. Each has a unique take on BBQ delights.

Join us as we fire up the grills with MMG veteran Chef Tim Byres, newcomers Chef Nicole Pederson and Chef Steve “Nookie” Postal as well as local Chef Burke Holmes from Missoula’s Notorious P.I.G. BBQ and Chef Pat Martin from Hugh-Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop and Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in Nashville, Tennessee. Besides their flame-kissed wonders, we’ll add a bevy of beverages from KettleHouse Brewing Company, Glacier Distilling Company and Wagner Family of Wine and nightly music by Dan Dubuque, Andrea Harsell & Luna Roja and the Lil Smokies making this one unforgettable Memorial Day weekend.

In true Paws Up style, our BBQ mastery will be served with healthy doses of stunning scenery, luxurious accommodations and wilderness adventures. May we recommend a few hours riding the range with the Garnet Mountains as your sidekick or rustling up some trout from the beautiful Blackfoot River?

In true Paws Up style, our BBQ mastery will be served with healthy doses of stunning scenery, luxurious accommodations and wilderness adventures. May we recommend a few hours riding the range with the Garnet Mountains as your sidekick or rustling up some trout from the beautiful Blackfoot River?

Chef Tim Byres, named the Southwest 2012 Food & Wine magazine’s People’s Best New Chef, is the co-owner and chef of SMOKE, Chicken Scratch, The Foundry, Bar Belmont, Spork and SMOKE Plano. Originally from California but a longtime Texan, Byres is best known for his “live fire cookery,” worldly and approachable flavors and fun, family-style service.

Named Best Al Fresco Restaurant by Boston Magazine as well as Best Neighborhood Takeout Restaurant, Commonwealth is owned by Chef Steve “Nookie” Postal, a veteran chef of Cambridge’s Oleana and Casablanca restaurants. Commonwealth sits proudly in Boston’s vibrant Kendall Square. Fresh ingredients shine and take center stage via simple executions.

After learning secrets, techniques and recipes from world-famous pit masters in his native St. Louis, Missouri, Chef Burke Holmes brought the soul of true barbecue to Missoula, Montana. With such an authentic background, it’s no wonder Holmes’ Notorious P.I.G. BBQ was voted both Best BBQ and Best New Restaurant in Missoula. Always smoking meats over local cherrywood and applewood, Holmes typically applies his favorite rubs and sauces to everything from ribs and beef brisket to smoked cranberry-cayenne chicken wings.

Chef Nicole Pederson has an impressive pedigree in food. After culinary school in her hometown of Minneapolis, she gained valuable experience cooking in the south of France. Pederson also worked at Gramercy Tavern in New York and then headed to the Lula Cafe in Chicago, where she honed her passion for all things local. Pederson also held the post of Executive Chef at C-House.

Before becoming The Resort at Paws Up’s executive chef, Sunny Jin’s culinary journey took him around the world, cooking for some of the planet’s finest restaurants—Napa Valley’s French Laundry, Catalonia’s El Bulli and Australia’s Tetsuya’s. While his culinary skills have impressed discriminating palates globally, it’s the American Northwest where he feels most at home. His formative cooking skills developed in Portland, Oregon, at the Western Culinary Institute, where he won the coveted Grand Toque Award as the top culinary student.

Our Top 5 Wintery Hiking Trails

We’re going to let you in on one of our best-kept secrets . . . There isn’t a more serene or breathtakingly beautiful time to visit Paws Up than the magical snow-filled months of winter. Our lucky cold-weather guests have access to mile after mile of pristine trails to snowshoe, hike or take romantic walks on while enjoying the glittering scenery.

We’ve turned to Nadine Lipson, part owner, part trail guru at The Resort, for her top-five seasonal hikes. Her recommendations span from the heart-pumping one-mile Sacagawea Trail to the Sunset Loop, a 13-mile hike offering incredible views of the Blackfoot River and Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Pick up a trail map and get pointed in the right direction at the Wilderness Outpost. And when you’re through taking in the gorgeous vistas on your wintery wanderings, come inside for a warming cocktail beside the roaring fireplace in Tank as a reward for a job well done. We’ll see you there.

1) The Canine Classic (5 miles)

2) The Anaconda (4 miles)

3) The Trail to Jones’ Pond (5 miles)

4) Sunset Loop (13 miles)

5) Sacagawea Trail (1 mile)