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.