Toast to the Season with Paws Up Sommelier Kyle Riggs

Ask Kyle Riggs what wine you should bring to a wintertime party, and he’ll tell you it’s hard to beat Bordeaux-inspired reds. Whether you like Napa’s fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignons or the more assertively tannic Cabernets from France, winter and fine red wines belong together. “And I’m in love with some of the Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs. I think that’s a quintessential winter wine choice,” Riggs said.

A few favorites to look for:

CALIFORNIA
2015 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2013 Kenefick Ranch Founder’s Reserve, Calistoga, Napa Valley
2015 Robert Foley Claret, Napa Valley

OREGON
2015 Antica Terra Botanica Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
2015 Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

FRANCE
2008 Cos d’Estournel Grand Cru, Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux

GERMANY
2016 Dr. Loosen “Blue Slate” Riesling, Mosel

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.

Give Your Thanksgiving Cook a Holiday

Give thanks and go off duty. At Paws Up, you can celebrate Thanksgiving by sitting down to a bountiful spread of locally sourced five-star cuisine. But you won’t have to lift a finger. Instead, you might raise a glass or two from Rombauer Vineyards. And forget cleanup duty; your after-dinner tasks will be s’more-tasting, movie-watching and memory-making. Of course, the feast itself is just one portion of a weekend stuffed with thrilling outdoor activities and cozy nights in.

Note: We have special pricing for Montana locals.  Contact Paws Up to talk to our reservations on our live chat.

Schedule:

Possibly the World’s Most Uplifting Countdown

Make a resolution to finally have the New Year’s Eve of your wildest dreams. No crowds, no traffic. Join us for a weekend filled with wintery outdoor adventures like snowmobiling, horseback riding, snow tubing, cross-country skiing and skijoring (to name a few). Then get cozy inside with movie nights, shopping and bowl game watching. And when it’s time to ring in the new year, you can celebrate in spectacular fashion right here at The Resort. You’ll find a dazzling night that begins with an elegant, five-course dinner and ends with fire dancers, fireworks and a live performance by American Idol’s Crystal Bowersox. After you retire to your private vacation home and wake up to a lavish breakfast buffet, you’re looking at an ideal welcome to 2018.

Our vast menu of activities provides opportunities to do things you love, as well as things you’ve always wanted to try.

 

Paws Up’s Featured Entertainment

“Crystal has ‘a voice like dirt and diamonds.’ Her music is intended to bring a positive message of love and light to the world—things that folks will be able to take with them on their own journey, so that they, too, can feel truly alive.”

— from crystalbowersox.com

Crystal Bowersox will provide the music for Paws Up’s extravagant end-of-the-year celebration. She will perform with her trio for all New Year’s Eve revelers to enjoy. Crystal Bowersox’s emotive folk-rock-country style catapulted her from the cramped coffeehouses and cavernous subway tunnels of Chicago to millions of homes across the United States when she placed second on Season 9 of American Idol. Along with her old soul of a voice, her carefree style and “don’t mess with me” attitude set her apart from the other contestants and landed the self-taught songstress performances with Joe Cocker, Harry Connick, Jr. and Alanis Morissette.

This Year Between Christmas and New Years, the Holidays Are Even Sweeter at Paws Up.

Because we like to do everything right, down to the last little detail, we’ve arranged for our very own Sugar Plum Fairy to make a visit this winter. Chef Mindy Segal of Chicago’s ever-popular HotChocolate restaurant will be providing heavenly cupfuls of her signature dessert. Stop by the fully stocked HotChocolate Bar for an assortment of concoctions. Winner of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef and author of Cookie Love, Segal will also be leading cookie-making classes* and creating a featured dessert. As if you needed any other reason to visit during this magical time of year.

A New Thrill for Skiers and Adventure Seekers

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Looking for a new thrill? If you love skiing and adventure, you’ll have something exciting to try during your next visit to Paws Up: skijoring. It’s a winter sport in which a skier is pulled by a horse or by dogs, and it’s the newest winter wilderness adventure to be introduced at The Resort. It joins a stellar list of snowy activities such as dogsledding, ice skating and snowmobiling. The word skijoring is derived from the Norwegian word for “ski driving.”

At the Wilderness Outpost, we’ll provide all the necessary supplies, including skis, poles, boots, gloves, helmets and goggles—and the horses, of course—according to Paws Up Activities Director Mark Houseman. Activities Manager Riley Egan has firsthand experience with skijoring, having competed in a race at nearby Whitefish Mountain Resort. He calls skijoring “a challenging, unique, exhilarating workout and a great way to rid the winter doldrums.” In the competitive version of the sport, Egan says that participants must navigate a series of gates, jumps and rings at very high speeds.

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The skijoring offered at Paws Up will be more low-key and targeted at introducing people to the sport for fun. Houseman says that skijoring is more popular in foreign countries, such as Finland, Norway, Russian and Sweden, but adds that Whitefish has hosted the sport’s world championships for several years now. Skijoring at Paws Up will have two trails: one course for training and the other to prepare for competitive skijoring. The trails are located behind the Wilderness Outpost.

Bison Tenderloin with Cherry Demi-Glace

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The Resort at Paws Up is hosting its first-ever Thanksgiving celebration with plenty of options to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Bison Tenderloin with Cherry Demi-Glace is just one of our main course options. Of course, there will be plenty of turkey and an amazing crab-stuffed rainbow trout option, plus an array of sides, desserts and, of course, wine and spirits. Enjoy the recipe for our bison tenderloin, and feel free to pass it along to your family and friends.

Bison Tenderloin with Cherry Demi-Glace

If you can’t find fresh cherries, purchase cherries in the freezer section of your grocery store. Thaw before using.

Ingredients

1 pound bison tenderloin, sliced into 4-ounce portions

2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil

Salt and pepper to taste

8 ounces ruby red port

4 ounces fresh cherries, pitted (*see note above)

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, sear tenderloin in hot oil over medium-high heat. Season bison with salt and pepper; cook until medium-rare, turning bison on its sides to keep the cooking even, about 7 to 8 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.
  1. Simmer the port and cherries 45 minutes to 1 hour over medium-low heat, until the port and cherry sauce takes on a syrupy consistency. (Don’t overcook as the sauce can scorch very quickly.) Serve bison and demi-glace over roasted asparagus and potatoes, if desired. This recipe serves four.

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From a petting zoo with pony rides and family game nights to owl watching, hayrides and concerts, plus football and parade watching, there are plenty of options to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Take a hike, horseback ride, ATV ride or enjoy a spa treatment.

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Here’s our schedule for November 23—27th:

Wednesday November 23, 2016

  • Cookie decorating in homes
  • Petting zoo visits and pony rides
  • Lighter, leaner lunch options available
  • Game night in the Bull Barn
  • Fireside s’mores on The Yard at the Cook Shack

Thursday, November 24, 2016

  • Extended breakfast hours
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade watching in the Village
  • NFL game watching with snacks in Tank
  • Petting zoo visits and pony rides
  • Owl Prowl bird watching excursion to Jones’ Pond
  • Hayrides through the Wilderness Estates
  • Lighter, leaner lunch options available
  • Thanksgiving Day Festival with apple bobbing, sack races, archery and more on The Yard at the Cook Shack
  • A grand and glittering Thanksgiving Dinner at Pomp or a private feast delivered to your home and whisked away afterwards
  • Cookie decorating awards ceremony
  • Family movie night and wildlife presentation in the Bull Barn
  • Fireside s’mores on The Yard at the Cook Shack

Friday, November 25, 2016

  • Resort tour, with visits to the Morris Ranch House, Blackfoot River Lodge, Elk Creek and Cliffside Camp
  • Petting zoo visits and pony rides
  • Hayrides through the Wilderness Estates
  • Tie-dying T-shirts on the Bull Barn patio
  • Lighter, leaner lunch options available
  • Black Friday sale at the Wilderness Outpost
  • Happy hour and whiskey tasting and demonstration with the Rattlesnake Creek Distillery
  • A special dessert menu including pumpkin pie flambé, an ice cream station with toppings such as flambéed cherries, Bananas Foster and house-made goat cheese pumpkin cheesecake
  • Pajama party and movie night in the Great Angus Hall
  • Live musical performance from the Beargrass Bluegrass Band in Tank
  • Fireside s’mores on The Yard at the Cook Shack

Saturday, November 26, 2016

  • Resort tour, with visits to the Morris Ranch House, Blackfoot River Lodge, Elk Creek and Cliffside Camp
  • Petting zoo visits and pony rides
  • Owl Prowl bird watching excursion to Jones’ Pond
  • Kids crafts and photo center family fun projects
  • Lighter, leaner lunch options available
  • Sale at the Wilderness Outpost
  • Happy hour and hard cider tasting and demonstration with Brewmaster Lee McAlpine at the Wilderness Outpost
  • Mini Rodeo at the Equestrian Center
  • Appetizers and cocktails in the Saddle Club
  • Show in the Arena
  • Campfire music jamboree and s’mores on The Yard at the Cook Shack

Sunday, November 27, 2016

  • NFL game watching with snacks in Tank
  • Lighter, leaner lunch options available
  • Family movie night in the Bull Barn

To make reservations for Thanksgiving, please call 877-758-8644 or chat with us.

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10 Fun Facts about Paws Up

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The Resort at Paws Up combines luxury with unforgettable adventure on a 37,000-acre ranch— that’s more than 60 square miles—featuring untamed Montana wilderness steeped in Lewis & Clark history. Situated on 10 miles of riverfront on the legendary Blackfoot River (of A River Runs Through It), The Resort at Paws Up opened in June 2005. There’s so much to learn about our incredible ranch (and many exciting new things happening in 2017, so stay tuned). Here are 10 fun facts about The Resort at Paws Up, and we hope to see you very soon!

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1. ADVENTURE

Paws Up boasts more than 120 miles of designated hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding trails and ATV courses. Outdoor adventures include fly- fishing, cattle driving, rock rappelling, whitewater rafting, bird and wildlife watching and sporting clays shooting.

Winter activities include sleigh rides, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, dogsledding and downhill skiing nearby.

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2. THE NAME “PAWS UP”

“Paws Up” came from a family friend who thought that when dogs are happy, they jump up and show their paws. Hence the saying “Paws Up.”

3. LOCATION

The Resort at Paws Up may feel like it’s a million miles away from the everyday, but it is easier to get to than you might think. Missoula International Airport features a number of major airlines and direct, daily flights. The Resort is located just 35 miles from the airport.

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4. MOUNTAIN RANGES

According to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, there are at least 100 named mountain ranges and sub ranges in Montana. However, mountain ranges have no official boundaries.

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5. BULL BARN

The Bull Barn is a 75-year-old building that was used to house the black angus bulls of Paws Up. In 2011, it was renovated as a world-class conference center and special events hall.

6. SADDLE CLUB

The Saddle Club is one of Montana’s premier equestrian centers. The largest privately owned in the state, the 72,000-square-foot Saddle Club boasts a 23,000-square-foot riding arena.

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7. THE MORRIS RANCH HOUSE

Built in 1908, this historic home sits next to Elk Creek. The home was acquired during the original homestead.

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8. WILDERNESS ESTATES

Ideal for larger families, multigenerational travelers or groups, the 10 “WEs,” as we call them, each sleep eight guests. The homes are named after the Lewis & Clark expedition.

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9. MOONLIGHT CAMP

Moonlight Camp is situated at the foot of Lewis & Clark’s famous Lookout Rock and just 100 yards from the mighty Blackfoot River. All tents are named after notorious outlaws. When this camp originally opened in 2005, this camp was called Tent City and featured three tents, a tented pavilion, a picnic table and a grill. The bathrooms were housed in two small trailers. The original Tent City was just a test to see if anyone would really want to camp in luxury and to see if the glamping idea took off! The following year, three more tents were added and a proper pavilion and bathhouse were built. It was renamed Moonlight Camp.

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10. CLIFFSIDE CAMP

Opened in 2013, Cliffside Camp is set atop a majestic cliff that overlooks the Blackfoot River. Each tent is decorated with a chandelier and named after famous cliffs in Montana. This camp also contains two honeymoon tents with copper claw- foot tubs.

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An Authentic Cowboy Experience Comes to The Resort at Paws Up

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Do you know what happens when you combine authentic cowboys, rodeo stars, Montana scenery, chic rustic accommodations and gourmet food and fine wine? We do. For the first time The ProRodeo Hall of Fame presents Cowboy Experience at The Resort at Paws Up on October 20–23, 2016.

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Your three-day adventure begins and ends with four legendary cowboys honored by the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, including Paul Tierney, Larry MahanMonty “Hawkeye” Hens and Bud Munroe. These inspiring men will immerse you in the ways of the West with educational workshops, demonstrations, trail rides, sporting clays shooting and campfire stories under Montana’s starry Big Sky. You’ll share in the cowboy spirit and its way of life, and have an incredible time doing it.

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The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy exists to educate about rodeo, its history and its impact on Western American culture. Our goal is to share the cowboy spirit and its way of life while meeting legendary cowboys honored by the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Enjoy horseback riding, cattle drives, fly-fishing, hiking, spa treatments, ATV rides, sporting clays, our rifle range and more.

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Schedule

Thursday, October 20, 2016

All Day Welcome in the Reception Barn

Cocktails and Arena Activity: Mounted Shooting

Inductee Introductions in the Saddle Club

Cattlemen’s Dinner

Kick Up Your Heels with the Shane Clouse Duo

Friday, October 21, 2016

Breakfast at the Ranch Table

Up and at ‘Em Trail Ride

Larry Mahan: Conversation and Connection with the Horse

Paul Tierney: Rope ‘Em Cowboy

Monty Henson: Tales from Hawkeye

Bud and Jimmie Munroe: Two World Champions Under One Roof

Cocktails and RoughStock Whiskey Tasting

Larry, Monty, Paul, Bud and Jimmie: Legends Sharing Legends

Cowboy’s Banquet

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Breakfast at the Ranch Table

Up and at ‘Em Trail Ride

Monty Henson: Tales from Hawkeye

Bud and Jimmie Munroe: Two World Champions Under One Roof

Lunch at the Ranch Table

Larry Mahan: Conversation and Connection with the Horse

Paul Tierney: Rope ‘Em Cowboy

Sporting Clays with Bud

Trail Ride with Monty

Stockman’s Soiree

Auction—Bring Deep Pockets!

Cash Bar, Final Gathering

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Breakfast at the Ranch Table

Farewell

To make reservations for Cowboy Experience, please call 877-758-8644 or chat with us.

The Resort at Paws Up

10 Employees Who Experience National Relaxation Day Everyday

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National Relaxation Day is today, Monday, August 15th, and it should be exactly as it sounds: all about winding down, taking a few deep breaths and enjoying a quiet moment or beautiful space. At The Resort at Paws Up, our 37,000 acres offers scenic vistas and serenity at every turn. In honor of this day, we’re sharing the most relaxing part about The Resort at Paws Up from the perspective of a few of our employees.

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“Seeing the many paws of our wildlife here on the Ranch. I find it mesmerizing to watch the elk herd move across a pasture and equally awesome to watch our bison move their enormous bodies with such grace. I can’t believe my eyes when I spot the many eagles perched in our trees, watching in amazement as they teach their young to fly. Fawning season just finished, and the new spotted baby deer are finally old enough to show their faces. It’s the beauty of nature that relaxes me. I can sit in one place for hours watching this show unfold.”

Kathleen Cochran, VP Operations

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“Like most people in today’s world, our guests lead very busy lives. What makes Montana and our property so unique is the ability to unplug, unwind and just observe an amazing place. One of the best parts of my job is talking to guests—from the moment they arrive to their last day here—and observing how the stress comes off their shoulders as they tell me about sitting outside their homes and watching an eagle in its nest in their backyards, or how they had the best night’s sleep of their lives listening to the Blackfoot River from their tents.”

Jon Martin, General Manager, Guest Relations

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“Watching the sunrise on the Pomp Deck at the Cook Shack is my Zen spot. My best dishes and menu ideas come from sitting there watching the light fill the valley.”

Ben Jones, Executive Chef

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“The most relaxing thing to me about Paws Up is sitting in an Adirondack chair, listening to the Blackfoot River roar by, watching the fish rising, feeling the cold stones beneath my feet, smelling the elk steak on the grill and sipping my own Huckleberry Hound.”

Mindy Marcum, Executive Administrative Assistant

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There is no greater tonic for stress than an early-morning hike on the Sunset Hill Loop.”

Scott Schaefer, Special Events Manager

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“Find your Zen at Spa Town at Paws Up by getting a massage beneath the moon and stars.”

Laura Russell, Spa and Wellness Manager

“I find it the most relaxing when I’m on a morning ride and it’s foggy. The forest gets really quiet and everything is still. The fog adds an otherworldly feel to the forest, and the gentle sway of the horses with the sounds of their breathing is enough to make anyone look around in wonder.”

Rachael Warnick, Wrangler

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“For me, it doesn’t get any more relaxing than being curled up in front of a crackling campfire—a glass of red wine in one hand while the other twirls a marshmallow in the flames.”

Justyne Palermo, Reservations Manager

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“The most relaxing thing about Paws Up is the early mornings. Nature is awakening and the light and air has an absolutely magical feel to it. Gathering my horse from the pasture at that time is my life medicine.”

Zia Reato, Wrangler

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“Sitting on the porch at the end of the day, glass of wine in hand, watching an amazing Montana sunset. The colors are unlike anything else here, and you just watch the light melt away into a quiet evening.”

Jackie Kecskes, Youth Programs Director and Activities Manager

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National S’mores Day at Paws Up

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Sure, other important things are happening in August, but National S’mores Day is an event we take seriously at The Resort at Paws Up. This year, we’re hosting our first-ever full Resort competition dedicated to the simple, rustic treat we love. The Paws Up S’mores Challenge: We’re taking gooiness to the next level!

Classic ingredients will be provided to all of our guests on property, but unique “secret” ingredients will only be available as part of a special geo-cache adventure earlier in the day.

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Guests won’t have to travel far to compete in the preliminary rounds. Vacation home guests will line up on The Yard at the Cook Shack. Campers will convene at their individual campsites. And the top competitors will be selected to for the Championship round. Fans will be watching as four esteemed s’mores experts rank thier tasty, toasted treat on a scale from 1 to 10. The crowd will go be waiting patiently for samples.

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The grand-prize winner of the Paws Up S’mores Challenge will receive a one-hour photography session from our official on-site photographer. And, naturally, we’ll add their portrait to the Paws Up Hall of Fame.

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Here’s our lineup for Wednesday, August 10, 2016

9:00AM–12:00PM Ingredients-finding Geo-Cache adventure begins from the Wilderness Outpost

4:30PM–8:30PM Campsite competition at individual campsites around The Resort

6:30PM–8:30PM Vacation homes competition on The Yard at the Cook Shack

9:00PM Championship round at The Cook Shack fire pits

9:30PM Awards ceremony at the Cook Shack Stage

Afterwards, guests will enjoy a special musical performance by local favorites . How fun does sound?

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