Greenough, MT

Destination: The Resort at Paws Up, Montana

Nadine Bubeck

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Nadine Bubeck

Montana is known for being the state that gets so deep into your soul; it hurts when you're away from it. Enter Paws Up; where rustic sophistication meets frivolous fun amidst a dreamy winter wonderland.

Nestled in Greenough, Montana- just outside Missoula- lies Paws Up Ranch, dubbed “the last best place.” When winter rolls around, the ranch gets coated with fresh blankets of pristine snow, making for the ultimate whimsical winter escape. With vast mountain vistas and icy rivers, the air is crisp, and your mind feels clear. While chilly, many argue it’s the warmest time of year, as families gather round the fire. The Resort at Paws Up offers endless opportunities to have both invigorating adventures and cozy moments- memories you’ll cherish forever.

The elite all-inclusive ranch is a transport to the wild, wintery west ideal for snowy season getaways. The 37,000-acre property is home to hundreds of resident elk, Black Angus cows and herds of horses. It is also home to the most lavish, luxurious, lovely accommodations, an abundance of life-changing outdoorsy activities, and delectable dining options.

Accommodations

As Montana’s premier ranch resort, you’ll get first-class service and five-star amenities. Once you dismount from horseback, you’ll step into a world of incomparable R&R amidst the most picturesque backdrop truly showcasing our country’s natural beauty.

The resort offers several housing options; amenities include flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, in-home laundry, heated bathroom floors, rain showers, and more. However, if you really want to experience the lap of luxury, book a Wilderness Estate; 3,000+ square feet boasting a big living room, a timber fireplace, chef’s kitchen, loft game room, private deck, hot tub, and master suites surrounded by untouched, unspoiled open-ranged views that will take your breath away, especially after a fresh snow.

Nightly rates include daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as beverages with meals.

Activities

Visiting Paws Up will be the most classically American winters you’ll ever have. Why? Because snow-capped bucket list experiences will become a reality. In your wildest dreams, did you ever think you’d glide across the snow in a winter wonderland pulled by a team of Alaskan Huskies? Dogsledding excursions are available for ages 3+; a thrill ride of a lifetime through some of Montana’s most beautiful countryside.

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From huskies to horses, The Resort at Paws Up has an impressive and expansive equestrian program featuring a wide selection of excursions. Choose between arena lessons, private and group trail rides, cow croquet, sleigh rides, and more. Pony rides are complimentary for young kids.

The magic of Montana can also be enjoyed at Paws Up’s latest creation: Blast Mountain. Consider it the festive epicenter of snow-and-ice winter activities, including ice skating and tubing. After a few runs or loops around the rink, head to the clubhouse to sip on hot chocolate... or wine.

Additional winter activities include snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, Fat Tire electric bike tours, skijoring, sledding, and curling. And to really get a feel for the Old West, indulge in a shooting lesson learning to respect and master a .22 rifle.

If you crave some adult-only adventure time, check the kids into The Paws Up Discovery Club offering sessions for children of all ages. Professionally led programs will provide your kids with endless entertainment; activities like sledding, tubing, shooting, crafts, cookie decorating and laser tag.

Dining

Home on the range never tasted so good. The executive chef at Paws Up creates refined rustic ranch cuisine featuring the freshest meats, produce and ingredients. Pomp is the Resort’s gourmet restaurant, which offers continental cuisine with a western kick. There’s also another eatery, Tank & Trough, which is the perfect place to unwind after an action-packed day. With a more casual menu, you’ll feel comfy and cozy overlooking breathtaking views. Room service is available for family-infused pajama parties, and you can even become a Certified S’moreologist through the Paws Up official culinary s’mores program.

Whether at the inviting fireplace in Tank or around an outdoor fireplace, learn the delicious tricks of the trade, attaining one of three levels of S’more Certification.

In addition to plush accommodations, endless activities, and meal-time galore, The Resort at Paws Up has a specialty winter spa situated on the banks of Elk Creek. Located inside a charming ranch home, pamper yourself with a Blackfoot River Rocks hot stone massage proving there’s no such thing as the winter blues. While temperatures might be frigid, experiencing Paws Up will bring fire to your soul, fueling your mind, body and spirit making for a truly unforgettable family getaway.

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Nadine Bubeck is a multi-media personality, mompreneur, author, keynote speaker, influencer and blessed boy mom times three. ​ The TV News anchor turned all things mama is a travel, parenting and lifestyle contributor on TV and writes for a handful of publications and websites. Follow Nadine: @mamaandmyboys on Instagram and TakeTheTripFamily.com

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