Tucked into 37,000 acres of Rocky Mountain Montana backcountry, the Paws Up Resort may just convince city slickers to trade their computer bags and Sperry's in for fly fishing poles and cowboy boots--permanently. For the full experience, move into a luxury tent pitched along the snow and spring fed Blackfoot River in Lewis & Clark territory along the Continental Divide and begin to understand why locals refer to this land as the "Last Best Place".
Gourmet meals are prepared by a camp chef and served under a log cabin-style open-air pavilion. A beloved Paw's Up fireside starter, this salmon spread satisfies hungry before-dinner ATV riders, white water rafters, cattle drivers, fly fishermen, and readers perched all day on a hammock strung between lodgepole pine trees equally. The secret to this best you have ever had salmon spread is using hot smoked salmon. Hot smoking the fish cooks it so that the end result is a piece of fish that looks like it just came off the grill. It has a flakier texture and deeper smoky flavor than its cold-smoked cousin. Easy to whip together in under ten minutes, this is a pretty in pink plate as worthy of serving alongside champagne at a Newport mansion as it is under the canopy of a Big Sky starry night with copper mugs filled with huckleberry Moscow Mules.