Chad Melville Spills What He Loves About Wine and Montana

If you think winemakers are a fussy bunch, you’ve never met Chad Melville of Melville Winery in California’s Sta. Rita Hills. His family’s highly rated wines may have earned cult status, but this likable guy isn’t putting on any airs. In fact, he considers himself a farmer first, “I’m not a winemaker, I’m a winegrower,” he says. That distinction means everything to Melville. “Most people aren’t involved in that but that’s the most fun for me.” His wines are 100 percent estate-grown, a rarity in the wine world. “It’s all our grapes and we do all of the farming, everything by hand, organically.”

He likens the process to a Japanese restaurant:  “You can have really beautiful fish and you can cook it if you want to, but it’s such a great product, so go sashimi style.” Melville doesn’t tinker with the grapes too much, preferring a hands-off approach. “Just allow Mother Nature to humble you to a point where you recognize that she’s in charge and you’re just lucky enough to be involved in this magical process,” says Melville.

His laissez-faire attitude toward wine is similar to one of the reasons why he loves Montana: “The whole vibe—it’s so special.” He jokes that when he returns home to California, he tells people Montana was “terrible” because he doesn’t want it to change. Melville has been a frequent guest at Paws Up, and this fall he’ll return for our Visiting Vintners Series (November 6–8), along with winemakers Amy and Dominic Chappellet, as well as cheese expert Laura Werlin.

An avid outdoorsman, Melville has played, Paws Up-style, on every visit: “I’ve been in the summer and winter and gone horseback riding, skeet shooting, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. I love just running on the property, because there are so many beautiful trails.” This visit, he’s looking forward to some new adventures, including go-karting and tackling the ropes course, but when he’s around his good friends, the Chappellets, it’s anyone’s guess. “I’m the instigator, but Dominic is always up for anything,” he says.

One thing is for certain. He’ll be showcasing some of his best bottles, including the fall favorite Donna’s Syrah, and he can’t wait to try some wines from the Chappellets. “They are an iconic Napa family, but they are some of the best people on earth,” he says, “and they just happen to make really good wine.”

The fastest shutter speeds and the quickest smiles:

Let us tell you about Barbara Van Cleve.

Make your way to Paws Up the first weekend of November, and you’ll also get the unique opportunity to meet and learn from award-winning ranch-life photographer Barbara Van Cleve. You’ll cover a lot of ground, both in acres and in wisdom, during this special fall Wilderness Workshop.

Born and raised on her family’s Montana ranch, she learned ranch life hands-on at an early age before pursuing photography. She got her first camera when she was just 11 years old. Eventually she became the youngest dean of women in the United States at DePaul University, where she taught English literature and photography. And in 1995 she was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Van Cleve has been a friend of The Resort for close to 12 years. During that time, people have loved getting to know this joyful, rough and rowdy cowgirl while gaining new camera skills and improving their techniques. But the best takeaway is always her unique approach to life, on and off the ranch.

To find out more about all the events happening November 6–8, 2020, at Paws Up, visit pawsup.com/events.

Cheese, please!

Let’s be honest: there are some things that are meant to be paired. Peanut butter and jelly, for one. Cookies and milk. And, of course, wine and cheese. But, before you’re thinking of a run-of-the-mill cheese plate sided by a glass of merlot, think again. This is our Visiting Vintners Series, so you’ll be sipping wines by Napa royalty (Chappellet) and Central Coast innovators (Melville) and snacking on cheeses that will, as Laura Werlin puts it, “blow your mind.”

Werlin knows what she’s talking about. In fact, she’s written the book on it—well, actually six books—and nabbed a James Beard Award. “I really like introducing people to the great cheeses made in this country,” she says. “The biggest misconception is that all American cheese comes out of a factory, but so much of what is happening in American cheesemaking is inspiring Spain, Italy [and other countries].”

For Werlin, the chance to pair her cheese expertise with two of California’s best wine labels is a match made in heaven. “I’m really excited to be at Paws Up and work with them, because Chappellet is legendary and their wines are tried and true, really impressive,” she says. “And, Melville has really made a name for the Central Coast wines. I love Melville wines and always have.” Find more information about the weekend here.

This Fall, It’s Two Wheels Against Four

Forget quarterbacks and linebackers. The biggest battle on the field this year is between motors and engines. That’s because when it comes to adventure at The Resort at Paws Up, you won’t find any two activities that make your heart race quite like our Polaris and Fat Tire Electric Bike Tours. Let’s go tread-to-tread to see which vehicle is right for you.

See gorgeous vistas and historical sites:  Our Polaris General vehicles are engine-powered all-terrain vehicles that can travel with maximum control while speeding through mud and dirt. The Polaris can scale mountains like they’re molehills, slice through streams and power through off-road brush. On our Backcountry Tour, you’ll drive to Garnet Ghost Town, the most pristine and well-preserved ghost town in Montana. On the Extended Tour, you’ll head to the Garnet Mountain Range, where, at more than 7,000 feet, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the valley and then traverse the mountains all the way back to The Resort.

Get into the woods and spot unsuspecting wildlife:  Fat Tire Electric Bikes are designed to let you motor over surfaces, including bumpy roads, rock and even sand in ultimate comfort. With four-inch or larger tires, they come in a variety of frame styles, including the full-suspension mountain bikes you’ll find at Paws Up. These environmentally friendly, all terrain e-bikes scoot quietly over trails and along the fabled Blackfoot River, so you’ll spy all sorts of creatures. Able to go up to 20 miles per hour, without pedaling, you can tackle the terrain while ogling mile-after-mile of scenic wilderness.

No matter which way you choose to ride, either on a Polaris or on a Fat Tire Electric Bike, you can’t lose when you have 100 miles of trails and 37,000 acres of pristine wilderness to explore. It all comes down to what feels right for you.

Getting walked all over in your equine relationship?

Getting along well with others is all about give-and-take, and with the newest activity at The Resort at Paws Up, you’ll have the chance to practice—with a horse. Paws Up Equestrian Manager Jackie Kecskes, our expert in all things horse-related, has created a new activity designed with you and your steed in mind:  Foundational Horsemanship. Be prepared to be challenged, because as Kecskes says, there are no horse problems, only human ones.

You may have a specific problem to work on, like how to help a horse that doesn’t load well. Or you might need to understand how to manage certain traits, for example, if your horse back home seems flighty, pushy or lazy.  Whatever your issues, these sessions will steer you and your horse in the right direction toward a long-lasting happy life together. Each session is individually designed and could include groundwork or saddle work (or both), depending on what you’re wanting to focus on.

With Foundational Horsemanship, you’ll begin the process of working things out. While you can’t fix everything in one day, you can get a taste for what a successful relationship is all about. And better still, you’ll leave Paws Up with a whole new outlook when it comes to your relationships, on the trail and off.

To see the full menu of fall adventures at The Resort, visit  pawsup.com/fall-adventures.

Join the Cowgirls on a New Frontier

It wouldn’t be Paws Up if you didn’t walk away having tried something totally new.

And this year, our much-anticipated Cowgirl Roundup has not one, but two new twists. For the first time ever, the event will be held in the fall, setting the scene for crisp mornings and breathtaking trail rides during Montana’s most vibrant season. What could be better? Well, the Roundup is also welcoming its very own sister event, the Wonder Women of Fly-Fishing.

It’s all happening this September, offering women and girls the opportunity to not only rope and ride but to fish some of the greatest waters in the West as well. Getting to know and learning from truly inspiring women is a much-anticipated added perk.

With diverse backgrounds and wills of steel, Cowgirl Hall of Fame honorees will again convene at Paws Up. Equestrian trailblazer and award-winning community leader Patricia E. Kelly will return to share knowledge from her 37 years as a certified Master Urban Riding teacher and Equine Husbandry instructor. Joining her will be fellow honoree Pam Minick, a former Miss Rodeo America, world champion roper and sports commentator. Guests will also ride alongside prolific author and Chef Paula Disbrowe and Montana distiller Lauren Oscilowski, as well as one of Paws Up’s most beloved cowgirls, photographer Barbara Van Cleve.

While fall is a picture-perfect time of year to be a cowgirl, it’s also hands-down the greatest time for fly­-fishing in Montana. Women and girls of all skill levels are welcome at the Wonder Women of Fly-Fishing, and there really is only one requirement for entry: a love of the outdoors. Guests will learn the ins and outs of fly-fishing on the Blackfoot, among other spectacular rivers, and feel the unmatched thrill of having a native cutthroat at the end of the line.  Expert angler (and Air Force vet) Kelly Harrison will bring decades of experience as she leads new and experienced anglers alike on this adventure. Half the fun is the freedom to mix and match your schedule. You might even see a Cowgirl Hall of Fame honoree out on the river or a pro angler out for a horseback ride during the golden hour. It’s a one-of-a-kind weekend that celebrates the best of fall and offers the rare chance to meet legendary women. If you ask event coordinator (and talented fisherwoman) Mindy Marcum, the intimacy of these gatherings is the best part:  “I walk away every year excited to be a woman and inspired to be a better one.”

Feeling the pull to join some incredible women this fall? Reserve your spot at the Cowgirl Fall Roundup and the Wonder Women of Fly-Fishing, September 10–13. Learn more at pawsup.com/cowgirls and pawsup.com/fly-fishing.

We need the tonic of wilderness. We can never have enough of nature.

  • Henry David Thoreau

Mother Nature tends to make her grandest statements during peaceful fall retreats to the Montana wilderness, as if she understands our need for quiet moments of reflection in trying times.

As autumn begins in earnest, purple larkspurs and white-tipped bear grass wave goodbye to summer, and the storied Blackfoot River itself reflects its fondness for cottonwood trees, their deep yellow leaves biding their time before skating across its surface. Burnt orange and yellow leaves dance in the wind in stands of aspens along Elk Creek, as tireless woodpeckers tap out the rhythm of the forest. Larches, too, will join the colorful show, showering the earth, their needles like tiny golden foot soldiers lining up on the paths below.

As bears fatten for a yet-distant winter and bison begin to build up thicker layers of overcoats, bull elk bugle in their haunting way, causing dozens of ears to perk up among the cow elk. Fall’s transformations of flora and fauna are overseen by bald eagles and flying Vs of migrating Canadian and snow geese.

Across the massive meadows of Paws Up, just beyond the deep-green hillsides, the Swan and Garnet Mountains gash open passing clouds to let a Milky Way’s worth of stars tumble out.

Fall guests here do well to do as Thoreau’s suggested by “being forever on the alert for natural wonders.” To preview what they look like in our slice of Montana, wander around at pawsup.com/fall.

What is Your Glamping Tent Type?

When you picture your ultimate luxury camping getaway, what do you see? Is your tent peacefully secluded amidst the timbers—or right on the edge of the rushing river? Are you spending your days fishing and swimming—or would you rather be out biking and exploring? Just like our guests, each tent at The Resort at Paws Up has its own distinct personality. Discover what makes each camp unique and you’ll be sure to find a match made in glamping heaven.

THE MOST DRAMATIC VIEWS

Each tent at Cliffside Camp is perched atop a soaring cliff to offer stunning views—and the heightened drama doesn’t end there. The camp’s Dining Pavilion extends over the Blackfoot River to offer dazzling surroundings at every meal. It’s also home to two ultra-romantic honeymoon tents.

THE PERFECT HOME BASE

Wander off and explore—we’ll be sure to call you back for dinner. Located on the banks of the idyllic Elk Creek, Creekside Camp is picture-perfect for families, offering plenty of charming wooded space to run, play and reconnect with nature.

THE MOST TRANQUIL

Located on a private section of the ranch, Moonlight Camp is a Greetings from Montana! postcard come to life. Take a short stroll to the river, go for a bike ride, play horseshoes, sink back into Adirondack chairs and revel in this quintessentially Montana-style glamping retreat.

THE ROOMIEST INTERIORS

Want to put everyone all under the same canvas? North Bank is the first camp in the U.S. to offer three-bedroom tents, and every tent has a spacious balcony overlooking the river. Meals are family-size, as well—North Bank’s welcoming Dining Pavilion features a massive fireplace and glass walls for a spectacular view.

THE IDYLLIC PERCH

Sitting on a bluff overlooking the Blackfoot River and Elk Creek, Pinnacle Camp offers more than just a jaw-dropping view—here you also have access to swimming and fishing on the Blackfoot River. After a full day of adventure, sinking into your welcoming tub might be your favorite part.

THE GREATEST BLACKFOOT EXPERIENCE

With tents that sit directly on the banks of the Blackfoot, River Camp offers the ultimate way to take advantage of its legendary waters. After spending your days fishing, swimming and relaxing with the river as your faithful companion, you might find it hard to return to life on dry land.

In Montana, the Trout Rise as Surely as the Sun

“There’s certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of mind.”

Washington Irving may have penned those telling words back east in New York some 200 years ago, but they still very much apply today for anglers on the waters in and around The Resort at Paws Up.

In this fly-fishing mecca, you discover what moves you—what touches your soul—in a pristine natural environment. Is it the unending quest to cleverly imitate nature with man-made flies? The experience of spending time in nature, maybe glimpsing a black bear tearing into a rotting log for her own insect snack? Or maybe, just maybe, it’s simply admiring the stunning beauty of the fish you catch.

Take, for example, a fish like one of western Montana’s lone native trout, the Westslope Cutthroat. With sporting markings on the throat and gill plate like a bright-orange-red bandana, these local residents are beloved for their good looks and feisty fights. And no visitor who’s tussled with one and held it in wet hands before releasing it back into the water goes home with anything less than a story worth repeating many times.

Also lurking in the legendary Blackfoot River are an abundance of silver bullets called rainbows and cutbows, a cutthroat/rainbow hybrid. And, of course, there are their ill-tempered neighbors, the brown trout.

According to Assistant Activities Manager Ben Pepe, the leader of Paws Up’s fishing program, “the Blackfoot, of all these rivers near Missoula, offers the most beautiful setting, with shimmering water running over dappled rocks, Ponderosa pine-lined banks, bald eagles and the occasional river otter—this is River Runs Through It country. It really is the quintessential Rocky Mountain river.”

Guided half-day fly-fishing trips on the Paws Up stretch of the Blackfoot offer guests the advantage of being first on the water, thanks to two private access points. Upstream on the river lies the Box Canyon, another beautiful stretch suitable for full-day, eight-hour trips and trophy fish. Guides can also run longer trips to the brown-trout-laden Bitterroot River or the expansive Clark Fork near Missoula.

It’s not just the fish around here that are big. “The salmon flies—you just don’t see them in other local areas,” Pepe said. “That hatch creates a feeding frenzy, typically in mid- to late June. We like to fish big attractor patterns, some of which mimic stone flies or hoppers.”

Patterns like the Chubby Chernobyl, a favorite of another Paws Up fly-fishing devotee, Executive Assistant Mindy Marcum, who spends much of her off-time on the water. “As it gets later in summer, we’re trying to imitate a grasshopper that’s fallen off a stalk of grass into the water,” she said.

As summer cedes to early fall, Marcum will cohost a Paws Up event, the Wonder Women of Fly-Fishing, September 11–13, with renowned fly-fishing guide Kelly Harrison.

For Mindy Marcum, fly-fishing is all about releasing stress with every cast, as well as “the total relaxation and the togetherness with others.” As she put it most succinctly, “Fly-fishing is my yoga on the water.”

Drunken Beef and Pineapple Brochettes with Guajillo Romesco

 

After searching the West for the highest quality beef and the most tender bison, The Resort at Paws Up settled on a very local source: our own backyard. As the ultimate expression of ranch-to-table cuisine, the Black Angus cattle raised here on the Paws Up Ranch are now part of our beef program, from the open fires of the chuck wagon to our restaurant Pomp’s fine cuisine. Bison, from our herd, are also on the menu.

According to Co-Ranch Manager Leigh Kelley, “We raise peas, oats and barley on properly to fatten some of the beef that now grace the tables here at The Resort. Primarily, all of our beef is grass-fed—the high-quality grass they eat is managed for palatability and nutrition. I think animal feed is much like anything else: the quality you put in is a direct reflection of the quality you get out.”

That principle comes through loud and clear in the form of well-marbled Angus beef products and lean, tasty bison cuts destined for dishes created by Paws Up Executive Chef Sunny Jin.

“The ranch-raised beef really is a source of pride for us. The grass-fed aspect produces flavors that are so pronounced. And we get such depth of flavors from aging the beef, for example, we get a whole porterhouse and dry-age it here for an additional 45 days, after an initial aging,” Jin said. “That’s when it gets that rich, buttery flavor with a great blue-cheese aroma.”

This summer, expect our chefs to turn out a dizzying array of culinary masterpieces, a growing number of which are based on Paws Up Ranch-raised Angus beef and bison. We hope you enjoy this recipe for Memorial Day weekend or anytime this summer.

DRUNKEN BEEF and PINEAPPLE BROCHETTES with GUAJILLO ROMESCO

For the Brochettes

Ingredients:

2 pounds tender beef, such as tenderloin or ribeye, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 red onions, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 ripe pineapple, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces

3 ounces mescal

1 Tbsp brown sugar

Fresh juice of 2 ripe limes

8 skewers (if using wooden skewers be sure to soak in water for at least an hour prior to assembling)

Sea salt

Cracked pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all prepared brochette ingredients into a nonreactive mixing bowl and toss to coat evenly. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. Preheat gas or charcoal grill and begin assembling brochettes by placing an even amount of each ingredient on the 8 prepared skewers. Place brochettes directly over the hottest spot of the grill and cook 1–2 minutes on each side. Finish with coarse sea salt and fresh cracked pepper and serve with Guajillo Romesco.

For the Guajillo Romesco

Ingredients:

4 whole dried guajillo peppers, rehydrated in hot water and deseeded

1/2 cup toasted almonds

whole garlic cloves

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, rehydrated in hot water

2 tsp smoked paprika

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp ground coriander

1 red onion, sliced thin and grilled until softened and slightly charred

2 tsp kosher salt

1 cup Spanish olive oil

Sherry or red wine vinegar

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients except vinegar and oil into a blender or food processor. Blend ingredients and slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the sauce comes together and ingredients are finely ground. Season to your liking with vinegar.

Six Experiences at Paws Up For The Under-Six Crowd

Why does it always seem like all the best rides are for those who meet a height requirement? Here at Paws Up, we don’t limit the fun to those who measure up to a sign. Here are just six examples of how we put the biggest smiles on our smallest guests.

1. PONY RIDES

We would never make you go in circles on some sandy, worn-out path. Instead, our wranglers will show you a true adventure! You’ll say hello to your pony, get a boost up and then ride through beautiful trails. It’s 15 minutes of giggles and photo ops. Parents can tag along, too.

2. GARNET GHOST TOWN

Ever been to a real ghost town? We have one that’s practically in our own backyard! It’s just 20 minutes away, but it’s a step back in time to the early 1900s. Explore the general store, hotel, saloon and homes of this uninhabited town. But wait—you don’t believe in ghosts, do you?

3. THE ISLAND LODGE AT SALMON LAKE

Imagine having a whole island to yourself and your family with boats, fishing poles and a floating trampoline! Cool off with a blackberry lemonade. Or dip your feet into the clear, blue water and let the tiny fishies swim around your toes. At sunset, go for a nice pontoon ride. Ahoy, sailor!

4. CLEARWATER RIVER CANOE TRIP

Head out on the water with a family canoe trip. Relax in the middle while bigger kids or grown-ups paddle down a 3.5-mile stretch of the Clearwater River. Notice the stunning views of the Swan Mountains. See if you can spot an eagle. But make sure you get a turn to try paddling, too!

5. GO-KARTS

The race is on! You’ll go up to 20 miles per hour around a half-­mile track side-by-side with Mom or Dad. Learn to steer around one corner after the next. If you’re under six, trackside bleachers provide the perfect spot to watch your favorite racers power their way to the checkered flag.

6. LITTLE DISCOVERERS AT THE KIDS CORPS OF DISCOVERY

Need to seriously get your wiggles out? Kiss your family goodbye for a few hours and join us at the Kids Corps of Discovery, where you can meet new friends, play games and try tie-dying and searching for sapphires.

Take a Journey to Paws Up with Two New Short Films

Point your lens in any direction the next time you visit The Resort at Paws Up, and you’re likely to capture a stunning scene. It’s just that beautiful. But when seen through the eyes of an exceptional filmmaker, the majesty of Montana truly comes to life. Two new short films will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget: Ranch. Island. Resort. by Dan Goldberg and Across the Blackfoot by Stuart Thurlkill.

Ranch. Island. Resort. 

From fog-draped hillsides and a single canoeist plying calm waters to the gentle swirl of whiskey and nightfall setting on a quiet sliver of land, Goldberg’s contemplative video reveals the raw beauty of The Resort in all its glory. “We wanted to capture that serene, kind of ethereal, relaxing feeling Paws Up generates. Whenever I visit, as we land in Missoula, I feel my blood pressure dropping. I wanted this to come across in the video,” Goldberg said.

One scene stands out and demands your attention. “I knew I had to capture the bison as they were running at sunset. It’s a brief moment, but with the dust and the light filtering through, it’s pretty spectacular,” he said. And there’s stunning fly-fishing footage as well that takes the viewer underwater to catch a glimpse of a rainbow trout wiggling away after a catch-and-release. Yet as a former sous chef, Goldberg is a food photographer at heart: “We shot this epic dinner party at the Island Lodge with Executive Chef Sunny Jin. He did a full-on surf and turf thing with seafood paella, tomahawk steaks and desserts—it was chuck wagon dinner meets massive seafood spread.” In all, it’s only two minutes long, but this mini epic film manages to capture the total Paws Up experience.  Watch Ranch. Island. Resort. 

Across the Blackfoot

Allow yourself to be transported back in time to 150 years ago in Thurlkill’s latest opus for Paws Up, Across the Blackfoot. This minute-and-a-half-long film captures the heart and soul of what makes Paws Up a cherished slice of Montana. The vision of steely-eyed wranglers running a herd of horses down to the Blackfoot River and across its churning rapids feels so real because it simply is.

“We shot everything in 4K with all kinds of angles—we had two drones working and a body cam on a wrangler, an underwater camera, some super slo-mo stuff—we even put our iPhones to use,” Thurlkill said.

Because they were filming animals, there was an element of serendipity to it all. “We knew where the horses should cross, and then jump up to the other bank,” Thurlkill said. But editor/assistant Annie Lambiasse, shooting from the water’s edge, got a surprise when the thundering herd unexpectedly broke her way. The result was a very startled camerawoman, but also another great shot that added a moment rarely, if ever, seen on film.

Watch Across the Blackfoot.

10 Reasons Paws Up Feels Like Your Own Private National Park

With 37,000 acres of pristine and undeveloped land, 100 miles of trails and 10 miles of the Blackfoot River, Paws Up may not be a national park, but it sure feels like one. Our Montana landscape is big enough for everyone to rush outside to enjoy it. In fact, you may even see more bison than bipeds. You’ll find ample opportunities to soak in the sun and drink in the fresh air. Here are 10 reasons why Paws Up feels like your own national park.

1. Knee-buckling views

From Yellowstone to Glacier and beyond, national parks share one thing in common: iconic and expansive landscapes that are simply unforgettable. The 37,000 acres at Paws Up qualify, big-time.   

2. Wildlife in abundant supply

Whether it’s hundreds of wild elk, herds of deer, a grizzly bear chewing on huckleberries or an eagle feasting on a creek-side snack, Paws Up teems with the hustle and bustle of local wildlife. 

 

3. Watery wonderlands

Few rivers are as revered, as canoe-friendly, as scenic and as full of trout as the Blackfoot River, which cuts through mile after mile of Paws Up. The Island Lodge at Salmon Lake and the Lake House at Seeley Lake further expand water recreation possibilities.  

 

4. Trees for all seasons

Coniferous trees dominate much of the landscape, with Douglas firs towering 80 feet skyward and shading alongside Ponderosa pines and western larch, whose needles actually take on a golden hue each fall.  

 

5. Trails that transcend the ordinary

After spending time on trails through nature’s living room, it’s hard not to be inspired in one way or another. Whether striking out on foot or on horseback, communing with the wilderness begins right off of your back deck.   

 

6. Accommodations rising to the spectacular

After the last s’more has come off the campfire, friends and families can return to accommodations that are every bit as distinctive as the best of the national park lodges and quite a bit more luxurious.   

7. A historical perspective

National parks typically have a story to tell. At Paws Up, at first blush it’s about cattle—the rich history of cowboys and ranching is everywhere. But it’s also easy to imagine yourself following in the footsteps or paddle strokes of Meriwether Lewis as he explored this region in 1806.  

 

8. Knowledgeable folks serving your needs

From camping butlers who provide insight into local flora, fauna and the Blackfoot River to a Wilderness Workshop leader demonstrating primitive skills unchanged for hundreds of years, you’ll sense an ongoing reverence for the land.   

9. Long lines of cars. Well, maybe not.

Okay, so Paws Up isn’t totally like a national park. Because here, the only cars you’re likely to encounter are the Lexus luxury SUVs that guests get to use during their stay. This is a place of natural beauty you won’t be sharing with more than about a few hundred other guests. Ever.  

10. Easy access to Montana’s wilderness

Creating your very own national park experience doesn’t take an act of Congress—just a call to The Resort at Paws Up Reservations at 877-580-6343.

The Newest Addition to the Paws Up Collection Is Coming Soon

It’s finally coming: the newest addition to the Paws Up Collection. Hidden among the trees, the green o sits on the densely timbered southern edge of the expansive 37,000-acre Paws Up Ranch.

The adult-centric green o resort features 12 exquisite, perfectly secluded Haus accommodations. During construction, care was taken to position them on the forest floor in a way that would avoid cutting down trees or disturbing the land. In other ways, too, the green o is all about celebrating the scenic beauty and natural flora and fauna of its setting. From the materials used, such as Shou Sugi Ban-treated wood, to the panoramic and soaring glass windows, design elements throughout allow guests to feel at one with nature.

In fact, with modern amenities and unparalleled attention to detail, each Haus is uniquely built to bring the outdoors in. Using the finest fixtures and finishes along with uniquely designed furniture, the green o also surrounds guests in upscale sophistication.

Indagare Magazine said that the green o shows off “Scandinavia-inspired interiors that are cozy and smartly designed, with hot tubs, terraces and all-glass walls, allowing guests to feel ensconced in the woods.”

Travel + Leisure magazine calls the green o one of the best new hotels to book around the world. Yet the resort also offers many of the tried-and-true wonders you’ll find at The Resort at Paws Up, including more outdoor adventures than any other resort in the country.

So, if you’re looking for the ideal sanctuary for a kid-free stay, the green o is yours to discover and it opens this year. To see more, visit the green o.

Get lost in the details.  

At the green o, it’s the little things that matter. We’ll collected some interesting behind-the-scenes facts just for you:

  • No trees where cut down during construction. Each Haus was built to integrate with the natural environment.
  • Taking full advantage of our Western heritage, dining at the green o showcases an open kitchen centered on live-fire cooking.
  • The floor plans are open to allow flow through the home, so you never feel boxed in.
  • The green o restaurant, Social Haus, was built using Shou Sugi Ban-treated wood. Shou Sugi Ban is a traditional Japanese method used to preserve wood by charring it.
  • Executive Chef Brandon Cunningham, with his diverse culinary background, will be serving “small, thoughtful plates curated almost to the person.”
  • Native grasses are used on some Haus rooftops to create a virtual meadow.
  • The Tree Haus structures have seven small posts that hold up each dwelling so the natural forest floor can thrive beneath.
  • No gas-powered vehicles are allowed on the property.
  • Two mountain bikes are available upon request with each Haus.
  • Each Haus comes complete with fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs.