A select number of our recommended hotels have remained member favorites over an extended period of time. One of these is The Resort at Paws Up, located 32 miles from Missoula, a property set on a 37,000-acre working ranch in the valley of the Blackfoot River. It was therefore with particular interest that I learned of the upcoming debut of The Green O, an associated resort comprising 12 so-called Haus accommodations, constructed at the southern edge of the estate. The original ranch was established in 1915 by Paul Greenough, who branded his sheep with a large green “O.” Later a nearby town was named Greenough in his honor.
The new resort promises a “blend of adventure and serenity.” In addition to equestrian activities like the all-day Frontiersman Ride and strenuous hiking excursions, more tranquil pastimes are offered, such as fly-fishing on the Blackfoot, Bitteroot and Missouri rivers. In winter, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and skiing come to the fore. The resort’s restaurant, the Social Haus, serves local seasonal cuisine, prepared in an open kitchen, with “live fire” cooking a specialty. (Guests can also eat in three restaurants at Paws Up.) I’m already planning a trip to Montana to research a detailed story.