Up And Rumbling…

The Bone Rattler Raceway is officially open.  Time to go up, over and through Greenough, Montana’s toughest terrain.

Not your average Sunday drive…

The windshield was crystal clear before The Bone Rattler wreaked havoc…

Justin Bieber Wants To Go Glamping…We Know The Perfect Spot!

Justin Bieber wants to go Glamping

Justin Bieber is interested in trying Glamping.  We think he should come to Paws Up!

The 18-year-old millionaire admitted he is intrigued by the idea of glamorous camping as a means to explore his outdoorsy side.

He told this month’s We Love Pop magazine: ”I heard of this thing called Glamping.

”It’s like glamorous camping. You heard of it? It’s GLAM-ping.”

The pop star went on to explain that he thinks the notion is ”cool” because you can have similar luxuries as being at home.

He continued: ”You sleep on a bed. It’s a mattress bed! In a huge tent with TV and everything. You have electricity and stuff but you’re still in amongst the wildlife. It’s pretty cool.”

Despite being a world traveler, the Canadian teenager is still learning about many aspects of life.

He was recently mocked by a U.S. chat show host when he failed to understand that David Letterman meant Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in The Vatican in Rome when referring to potential tattoos for the star.

He answered; ”I’m not going for the 16th chapel look.”

David joked about his misunderstanding: ”Canadian high school!”

Snapshots from the Montana Master Grillers Weekend

By Joshua Bousel

Holidays like Memorial Day are my time to shine—you can normally find me grill-side serving my favorites from the arsenal. So there was a very slight hesitation when considering to relinquish this annual tradition and accept an invitation from our friends at the Double R Ranch (who provided most of the meats for the event) to attend the first Montana Master Grillers event at The Resort at Paws Up, but being stuffed with grilled goodies from top chefs instead of sweating over a hot fire was too good to pass up.

Nestled in a valley surrounded by 360 degrees of mountains in Greenough, Montana—about 40 minutes east of Missoula—The Resort at Paws Up offered sprawling scenery and luxurious cabins, as well as an attentive, friendly staff who all created the communal environment that’s essential to any cook-out. Of course, you need great food as well, and that was delivered and then some.

The premise of the event—modeled after Paws Up’s already established Montana Master Chefs event—was to invite a set of chefs, winemakers, and brewers to the resort and build a weekend that alternates between massive meals and outdoor activities like horseback riding, rafting, and mountain biking to help rebuild that appetite.

There were five chefs cooking in this inaugural year: Tiffani Faison from Top Chef Season 1 and owner of Sweet Cheeks Q in Boston, Edward Lee from Top Chef season 9 and 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Frank Ostini from the Hitching Post II in Buellton, CA, Giuseppe Tentori from Boka and GT Fish & Oyster in Chicago, and Paws Up resident chef Adam Cooke.

They may not be the first names you associate with grilling, but save for one demo on how to break down an entire prime rib and a fun burger cook-off that teamed up guests with the chefs, the event was more about the meals rather than the grilling skills. As the weekend progressed, each lunch and dinner seemed to outdo the next, and that’s saying a lot because it started out strong.

The chefs all used the grill to add a little smokiness or great sear to complex dishes. Take, for example, chef Lee’s grilled lamb hearts, whose sear gave the thinly sliced hearts a nice crust against a tender texture, but it was the pairing of them with crunchy fried black-eyed peas, creamy ricotta, and a tangy grapefruit vinaigrette that formed contrasting textures and flavors.

Some other highlights included chef Faison’s grilled peaches with farro that was an unexpectedly addictive sweet and savory side, Chef Tentori’s masterfully seasoned and grilled Kobe strip loin, and Chef Ostini’s Santa Maria-style ribeye roast that had a juicy medium-rare interior and excellent crust that held a whisper of smoke.

For a lover of the outdoors and grilling, and a dude who desperately needed a break from his 9-to-5, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend last weekend. The experience allowed me to throw off the shackles of my conceptions of grilling and barbecue and relish in the creativity and quality of the food along with the relaxed atmosphere of the resort.

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A dude ranch for the discerning modern traveller

At Paws Up, the dude ranch tradition is alive and well – with the following caveat: this is not about ‘roughing it’. Paws up is about the dude ranch setting, coupled with the finest modern decadence. This is a place where you can gallop along time-worn trails, participate in a cattle drive, rappel off of Lewis & Clark’s favorite cliffs, perfect your hip shot, or go fly fishing along any of the 10 miles of the Blackfoot river that flow through the estate… and when you come home smiling and tired out from all your rip-roaring fun, gourmet cuisine, personalized service, and sumptuous spa treatments await you. So go ahead, get dirty, at the end of the day, the rain shower in your bathroom with its heated floor attached to your luxurious room will be happy to show you the way back to civilization.