“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves”
Shred the gnar
An Arizona Snowbowl success! Located in Flagstaff (about 2 hours from Phoenix, AZ) is an awesome ski mountain. Enrolled the kids in a 2 hour lesson and they crushed it. Was the first time for Alex and he was unstoppable (I may or may not have cried watching them). Reserve lessons at Snowbowl because they book fast esp on weekends. Kids 12 and under get a FREE Power Kids season pass that’s good at all Power Pass Resorts nationwide. Renting ski equipment was a breeze and the lodge/restaurants had live music, great views + good cocktails.
Forget food, let’s talk about drinks! This is me and my Hot Toddy at Paws Up Resort in Montana. My favorite spot to eat at the ranch was the bar at Tank & Trough. Very inviting for families… kids played games (next pic) while us parents enjoyed our cocktails! We also ate at the resort’s fine dining restaurant, Pomp, where they serve nightly multi-course meals. Oh, and I LOVE this snow bib for women from Halfdays.
The bar at Tank & Trough at Paws Up has a bunch of games to occupy the kids (and in this case, dads who provide crash courses in chess).
Wishing we were still home on the range. Woke to this herd of bison every morning at Paws Up Resort... thousand pound animals spiritually symbolizing abundance and manifestation. When you visit, make sure to spot Tyrone in the herd of bison. You can’t miss him… he’s the biggest of the bunch; in fact, he’s a beefalo- a bison/cow mix.
Yes, that's a Reese's in the middle of my s'more. At Paws Up, you can order an "elevated s'mores kit" with tons of yummy goodies to get creative while concocting your marshmallow sandwich.
Sleigh riding at Paws Up Resort! Linking their snow suits... they're the most adorable, coziest, warmest full-body snow gear. (Even the ranchers gave them a million compliments.) Highly recommend from Reima USA.
There are many adventurous activities at Paws Up, but I highly recommend one of the more relaxing experiences: sleigh rides. Our guide, Cowboy Steve, led us through a majestic winter wonderland and it was lovely. All you could hear was the sound of silence and jingle bells attached to the horses. “The greatest cowboys are the ones with the biggest hearts.” …And that’s my Zaza, our animal whisperer who couldn’t take his eyes off horses Luke and Beau.
I’ve always dreamt of an A-frame cabin on a ranch, and for a few memorable days, I fished my wish. A bit about our accommodations at Paws Up… our spacious 2-story house sported a western flare with a full loft, a few bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms, a kitchen, mudroom with laundry, hot tub, use of a Lexus (next pic), wrap-around deck and a wood-burning fireplace. Felt like home until we had to return the keys…
Loving the Lexus
All houses at Paws Up come with a Lexus so you can drive around the property- to the restaurants, wilderness outpost, etc. There's also an option to call for transportation if you prefer being chauffeured.
Ticket to ride
I’ve learned from having boys (Nate included) that I have to keep up, so this mama got on a snowmobile and made it to 30MPH! If you know me well, you know I’m adventurous (but very cautious) so our scenic journey through Paws Up backcountry was quite a rush and incredibly fun. Shoutout to Dalton our amazing guide for taking us through a breathtaking winter wonderland. We saw cows, elk, and deer… and fearless Nicholas even had a chance at the driver’s seat.
Mom + Dad
Kids club for the win! Escaped to The Green-O, the adults-only property at Paws Up. Nate surrendered to a kissing photo opp in exchange for a sweet sipper + the most amazing lunch ever. Green-O has 12 houses, some on stilts in the trees(!!), available for lovebirds craving a no kids escape (yes please!!).
Dog sledding tops as one of the most majestic, stunning, surreal and incredible things I’ve ever done. Pictures and video don’t do it justice. We ALL had the chance of standing and helping steer the energetic huskies that are simply born to run and pull. Jessie, our guide, has competed in many Iditarod races- 1,000 mile dog sledding competitions in Alaska. In fact, some of her winning dogs helped lead our sled!! If you’re physically and emotionally seeking a freeing, life-changing adventure, this is it at Paws Up.
My heated jacket
Linked my jacket! Obsessed with Gobi Heat- heated apparel for cold temps. Our day of dog sledding dipped below zero degrees and I was not cold at all! There are also heated vests and socks.
Not a bad place for the boys’ first shooting experience, in the heart of Montana, knee deep in snow, at Paws Up. Thanks to Caleb for the crash course in .22 rifles- it was a blast (no pun intended). And for the record, we ALL hit plenty of targets.
Annie Oakley at your service
“Aim for the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time, and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you'll hit the bulls-eye of success." -Annie Oakley Linked the winter activities available at Paws Up.
Meet me in Montana
"We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” We are all about prioritizing bucket list adventures! At the crossroads of incomparable luxury and unspoiled wilderness lies the pristine Paws Up Ranch situated in some of the most breathtaking landscape in the world. Here, guests are invited to escape, reflect, refresh, relax, indulge, and embrace the Montana way of life which somehow manages to dig deep into your soul. Even the boys felt its magical pull.