Labor Day Weekend

Celebration Details

August 29-September 2, 2024

Bid a fond farewell to the long summer days with a special send-off, in Big Sky Country style. Our Relais & Châteaux chefs will pair summer’s best produce with delicious vintages during four days and nights of exceptional culinary experiences. Enjoy special tastings and menus with Sake Expert Michael John Simkin.

We’ll combine our always inclusive twice-daily activities, farm-to-table fare and luxury accommodations with all our guest favorite events – a barn dance, ranch rodeo, Cowboy Breakfast, Art-in-Nature and a sunrise hiking and biking. Whether you rest your head in a cozy cabin for two or for 10, as you close your eyes, you’ll rest assured will you’ve sipped every last drop of the beautiful summer season.

  • Standard RC Inclusions: luxury accommodations; all meals; premium wine, beer, spirits and other beverages; a selection of gear and on-ranch activities; round-trip transportation facilitated to and from Missoula and Butte airports upon request.
  • Rates start at $3,400 per accommodation, per night, based on standard occupancy, plus 23% Ranch Fee.
  • Minimum four-night stay, based on availability.
  • Please note that all events are subject to change due to safety and weather.

Sake Expert

Michael John Simkin

Omurasaki Beverage Company

Michael John Simkin, through no fault of his own, was born in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, though spiritually and philosophically, he is Japanese at heart. A lifelong thirst and decades of travel ignited a passion for Japan’s culture, food, and, most importantly, the “drink of the gods”—sake. Along this journey, Michael pursued a degree in Japanese and East Asian studies at Cornell University and the University of Rochester and interned at Aoki, Asahi, and Ichishima breweries.
Michael is a certified Level III saké educator for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), an organization for whom he was instrumental in adding saké to the curriculum at the behest of the Niigata Saké Brewers’ Association and Niigata Prefectural Government. His vast network of wine and spirit industry professionals and his keenly honed knowledge of the journey from the rice paddy to the world’s finest tables distinguishes Michael as a highly prized saké industry expert. Michael joined the Omurasaki Beverage Company team as Director of Sales and Marketing during the brand’s genesis. Working with the team that choreographed the Uka journey from heirloom California organic rice to artisanal crafted junmai daiginjō epitomizes Michael’s lifelong commitment to quality.