Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beautiful Greenough, Montana (All photos: Paws Up)Hotel: The
Resort at Paws UpLocation: Greenough, Montana Background: Paws up was a
working ranch that sold some of the best Black Angus cattle in the country and
stud horses until 2004.
In 2005 Paws Up opened as a resort.
Now the luxury glamping property has 28 houses and five tent camps (five
tents each) with myriad activities on its 37,000 acres of breathtaking land.
When to go: High season (especially for families) is June through August
— when the sun sets around 10 p.
m.
and rises again around 4 a.
m.
— and over Christmas.
Luxury glamping tents are open May through the middle of October.
The entire resort is closed November, the second half of February, and March.
Now this is glamping! The Vibe: A family-friendly fancy ranch for
high-end adventure.
Getting there: The closest airport is MSO in Missoula, about a 45 minute drive
from Paws Up.
There are direct flights from Seattle, Portland, Oakland, San Francisco, Los
Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, and
Atlanta on airlines like Delta and Alaska Air.
Transportation to and from the airport is included.
What I loved: Picturesque is understatement when you’re talking about
Paws Up.
The Blackfoot River (where classic Brad Pitt flick A River Runs Through
It was filmed) winds it’s way through the ranch’s stretch of
meadows, woods, and mountains.
Couple that with sunrises and sunsets that set the Big Sky on fire and
you’re marveling at one of the most beautiful places on earth.
(You literally can’t take a bad picture here, and stylish companies
from Ralph Lauren to Eddie Bauer have used locations at Paws Up for catalogue
shoots.
) The rooms: Accommodations include luxury tents from May through
mid-October (starting at $480 per person, per night based on four people in a
tent in off season).
The tent camps are situated a few miles from the hub of the resort (each one
comes with a bike for easy transportation) in groups of five, and
they’re set in amazingly beautiful locales like atop a cliff or
alongside the Blackfoot River.
Each glamping camp also has its own butler, dining pavilion, and personal
chef.
There are also two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes (prices start at $444
person per, per night in off season and go up — way up — from
there).
The houses are set fairly far apart for privacy.
(While staying in a three-bedroom Wilderness Estate home, I wasn’t
really aware there were other guests around until I was eating at one of the
restaurants or doing a group activity.
) All the houses have kitchens, hot tubs, grills, and laundry.
Some also come with your very own bright green Kia.
No worries if you don’t like to bike or drive though — there is
on-demand transportation and concierge via the Paws Up messaging app while on
property.
 (Note: Rates vary, and a resort fee of 20 percent will be applied to all
fees for lodging, food and beverage, spa, and wilderness adventures.
) Related: Glamping With Bison at a Gorgeous Montana Ranch Run by
ScientistsWhat you can eat: There are a couple of choices for dining.
Pomp is the fanciest, with what they call "refined, rustic ranch" cuisine.
Trough, which is more casual, has a home-cooked, local menu with Western
flare.
Then there’s the bar, Tank, which makes drinks with delicious drinks
with local flavor, like a Huckleberry martini.
 
For kids: There’s a kids camp that takes children age 4 and up
(prices vary by age and program).
After seeing the petting zoo (think donkeys, baby goats, cows, and more), I
didn’t want to leave, so you can be sure the kids will love it, plus
there’s treehouse, as well as numerous activities.
  Don’t miss: The activities.
Though the property is amazingly scenic in its own right, and there are tons
of hiking trails, one of the huge draws at Paws Up are the incredible guided
activities — and there are dozens of them, depending on your interest
and skill level.
I highly recommend the cattle drive (part trail ride, part cattle wrangle;
$375 per person), which is more fun than anyone should have on a horse.
The ride to the pasture is beautiful and if you go in early summer, you get
to herd tons of baby calves along with their mamas.
Floating down the Blackfoot for fly-fishing is also scenic, relaxing, and fun
— whether or not you catch anything ($450 per boat for four hours; $550
per boat for eight hours).
Repelling down Lookout Rock ($125 per person) is one of the more
heart-pumping adventures, especially if you’re terrified of heights,
like I am.
Lookout Rock is 170 feet (that’s about 17 stories) high, but from the
bottom it drops another 130 feet down to the river, so you’re staring
down 300 feet — not for the faint of heart.
There’s also a spa to work out all the kinks from your adventures.
It’s not a luxury spa, and some of the staff seem a little green, so
try to book when Spa Town is open — a group of luxury treatment tents
open to a meadow.
That way, even if it’s not the finest treatment you’ve ever
had, you can at least enjoy the gorgeous view and a lovely breeze.
Related: Creepy or Romantic? Couple Runs Isolated Snowed-In Montana Hotel for
WinterWhat I didn’t love: For the five-star prices, the service at Paws
Up sometimes fell a little short.
Being there at the beginning of the summer season, the new, seasonal staff
didn’t yet run a well-oiled machine (though I bet that improves).
The food was also hit or miss, a common resort downfall.
And though the activities are amazing, they are certainly expensive and all
come with that separate resort fee.
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Related: Glamping With Bison at a Gorgeous Montana Ranch Run by ScientistsWhat
you can eat: There are a couple of choices for dining.
Pomp is the fanciest, with what they call "refined, rustic ranch" cuisine.
Trough, which is more casual, has a home-cooked, local menu with Western
flare.
Then there’s the bar, Tank, which makes drinks with delicious drinks
with local flavor, like a Huckleberry martini.
 
For kids: There’s a kids camp that takes children age 4 and up
(prices vary by age and program).
After seeing the petting zoo (think donkeys, baby goats, cows, and more), I
didn’t want to leave, so you can be sure the kids will love it, plus
there’s treehouse, as well as numerous activities.
  Don’t miss: The activities.
Though the property is amazingly scenic in its own right, and there are tons
of hiking trails, one of the huge draws at Paws Up are the incredible guided
activities — and there are dozens of them, depending on your interest
and skill level.
I highly recommend the cattle drive (part trail ride, part cattle wrangle;
$375 per person), which is more fun than anyone should have on a horse.
The ride to the pasture is beautiful and if you go in early summer, you get
to herd tons of baby calves along with their mamas.
Floating down the Blackfoot for fly-fishing is also scenic, relaxing, and fun
— whether or not you catch anything ($450 per boat for four hours; $550
per boat for eight hours).
Repelling down Lookout Rock ($125 per person) is one of the more
heart-pumping adventures, especially if you’re terrified of heights,
like I am.
Lookout Rock is 170 feet (that’s about 17 stories) high, but from the
bottom it drops another 130 feet down to the river, so you’re staring
down 300 feet — not for the faint of heart.
There’s also a spa to work out all the kinks from your adventures.
It’s not a luxury spa, and some of the staff seem a little green, so
try to book when Spa Town is open — a group of luxury treatment tents
open to a meadow.
That way, even if it’s not the finest treatment you’ve ever
had, you can at least enjoy the gorgeous view and a lovely breeze.
Related: Creepy or Romantic? Couple Runs Isolated Snowed-In Montana Hotel for
WinterWhat I didn’t love: For the five-star prices, the service at Paws
Up sometimes fell a little short.
Being there at the beginning of the summer season, the new, seasonal staff
didn’t yet run a well-oiled machine (though I bet that improves).
The food was also hit or miss, a common resort downfall.
And though the activities are amazing, they are certainly expensive and all
come with that separate resort fee.
WATCH: Want to Have a Sleepover With Baby Cheetahs? Here’s How to
Make Your Dreams Come True Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every
day.
 Watch World traveling club Travel’s original series "A Broad
Abroad.
" Learn more about our travel policy.
Paws up was a working ranch and now it's an amazing place to get the luxe
camping experience.

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