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version of a cafeteria — if your idea of a cafeteria is a glass-walled, sleek, one-room establishment with a giant cylindrical fireplace at its center and chef-driven, locally sourced cuisine flowing from its open kitchen. Intimidating in stature but radiant with warmth, Cunningham is a generous host who's as eager to share as he is eager to please, and the ever-changing menu boasts enough variety to tempt any palate. His comfort food-inspired menu is approachable, but elevated. True to its name, the Social Haus is a fantastic spot to connect with fellow guests if you're feeling, well, social. Given how few people share e Green O at any time, its natural intimacy creates an easy kind of vacationer camaraderie among its guests who are eager to compare experiences and share itineraries. But, it's just as ideal a setting for a quiet coffee or a peaceful meal with Montana's natural beauty as your sole company. If you prefer the solitude of your haus, any meals can instead be delivered. Even if the plan is to eventually head to the restaurant for a full breakfast, the team at e Green O will deliver freshly brewed coffee with all its accoutrements to your doorstep, where it will await, packed to remain steaming hot, until you're ready to climb out of bed. A unique aspect of a stay at e Green O is that while only resort guests may enter through its gates, roam its grounds, and dine at the Social Haus, those guests have full access to all the amenities available at Paws Up including an array of epicurean- driven events slated year-round. It might be surprising for some that an all-inclusive resort in rural Montana is also a world-class culinary destination, but when the general manager of food and beverage is a globally vetted chef whose CV radiates with Michelin-starred experience — Sunny Jin — and the pastry chef is a two-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee — Krystle Swenson — the culinary events calendar on property is a revolving door of celebrity chefs, decorated toques, renowned winemakers, and epicures as well as a curated list of boutique vintners, brewers, and distillers. Arguably the pinnacle of the year's dining events is WinterFest, taking place annually over the course of four days during Presidents' Weekend. An extravaganza of culinary excellence, WinterFest is at its core a great, big party put on by people who find joy in creating fantastic food and attended by the people who love to enjoy it all with gusto. e rustic setting strips away any sense of formality — after all, events take place in a converted >> MAIN The Green O is composed of just 12 guest "hauses" discreetly hidden among the trees in a rough semicircle around the central Social Haus TOP LEFT The Tree Haus sits 23 feet above ground for stunning, near-360-degree views TOP RIGHT A dish at WinterFest is artfully presented and personally introduced by its chef-creator BOTTOM LEFT The Social Haus restaurant and lounge is the hub of The Green O BOTTOM RIGHT The decor at The Green O complements the natural beauty of its heavily timbered setting @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2023 69 FOOD PHOTO BY DEANNA MURPHY; ALL OTHER IMAGES COURTESY OF STUART THURLKILL

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