Our Story

The Cawdrey family of Steve, Nancy, Morgan and his wife Avis opened Cypress Yard in August 2017. The concept for Cypress Yard was born from three major life changes--a close friend's wedding, a big move, and expecting a new member of the family.

At the same moment Morgan and pregnant Avis were attending a gorgeous wedding in a Boulder, CO art gallery, Steve and Nancy were looking to move from their home of 20 years in Bigfork, Montana to Whitefish. Morgan and Steve have collaborated on organizing art shows and auctions since 2010, Nancy (an artist) was looking for a new gallery/studio space, and event venue management was a natural fit. When the right building became available at 204 Wisconsin Avenue in the heart of beautiful Whitefish, Montana they jumped at the opportunity.

General Manager / Morgan Cawdrey
Director of Sales and Special Events / Avis Cawdrey
Advisor and Owner / Steve Cawdrey
Advisor and Owner / Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey


We incorporate sustainable practices into the events we host however possible. This includes things like offering washable dinnerware, recycling, and maximizing energy efficiencies in our space. We also source locally from talented providers in the Flathead Valley for much of our menu.

Relationships, and gatherings where those connections are cultivated, are the true spice of life and proven root of happiness. Let us help make your next event memorable!

- Morgan Cawdrey