Happy National S’mores Day!

On behalf of everyone here at Paws Up, we’d like to wish you a very happy National S’mores Day.  Here’s our special take on this delicious outdoor treat: the S’mores Doughnut.

Posted in glamping | Tagged , | Leave a comment

I’m Not a Camper, but I am a Glamper

JustLuxe | Affluent Lifestyle Guide

Katherine Bond

I don’t like to camp, but I love to glamp. That is, I don’t want to sleep in a soggy sleeping bag or spend 3 hours propping up a dingy tent while doused in bug spray. But put me in a King size bed called the “Last Best Bed,” pre-heat my tent’s bathrooms’ tile floors, and throw in a camp butler and then yes, I am a glamper or “Glamorous” camper. “Glamping” allegedly originated in the 1900s as well-heeled Brits desired to see the savannahs of Africa without missing afternoon tea and hot British cuisine, cooked nightly but a private chef. Nowadays, glamping has swept the luxury travel market most aggressively in the last five years, offering discerning luxury travelers a way to connect with nature without forgoing plush amenities, such as five course meals and copper hot tubs.

My most recent glamping experience was at The Resort at Paws Up, one of Montana’s very best luxury ranches, self-dubbed “the Last Best Place.” It is. I covered the property last year, from the view of a cabin guest. Leaving the property for the first time last summer, I felt like that kid at summer camp in a fit of tears on the last day of camp. There I was, being dragged away, frantically waving, “I’ll be back! I’ll be back!” Paws Up has that effect on its adult guests. This second visit was my first time at a “Paws Up” camp, and I was certainly sad to depart. Here are a few reasons why:

The Tent: Paws Up offers four campgrounds, each distinctly snuggled into nooks within the 37,000 acres of Paws Up forest. Our camp, Creekside Camp, lines the idyllic Elk Creek, heard faintly from the deck of our 830 square foot tent. A Paws Up “tent” is hardly a few flaps of canvas. Each tent is the mansion Mother Nature would stay in, complete with hardwood and carpeted floors, a stunning heated tile bathroom with Kolher fixtures, seating areas of plush leather chairs, and rustic décor. If it weren’t for the chirps of birds or rustles of pines, I would have never guessed I was “outside.” That’s the best part, too. One night, a thunder and lightening shower rumbled around our tent, filling the cool mountain air with the light hiss of rain while I read a good book under the ultra cozy pile of my pine King-size bed.

The Cuisine: One of my favorite aspects of our camp was the welcoming dining pavilion, a half-outdoor, half-indoor plaza for daily meals. A roaring fire usually welcomed us in the morning, flanked by a wall of stonework and imbedded standard refrigerator, always stocked with refreshments. Leather couches, a bar area, and sturdy coffee table made this a great gathering area. This, in turn, led to the dining tables and an outdoor fire pit rimmed with timber seating. Our on-site chef, a sweet Montanan, could whip up anything in his full-size kitchen. My favorite dishes were the grilled elk loin salad with local mushrooms, thepan roasted quail legs with black truffle sauce, and the country buttermilk panna cotta. It dawned on me that I don’t eat this well even at “indoor” resorts, let alone ones next to a sleepy creek and a carpet of pinecones.

The Fun: A friend of mine asked me, once I returned, “So what do you do all day in the forest?” Ah, this friend is not a glamper, nor a guest of Paws Up. The resort has a list of rustic activities so exhaustive that guests sometimes stay over a week just to cover a significant chunk. Yoga classes, horseshoes, croquet, disc golf, gym access, and pony rides are a few of the included activities with any stay. I particularly like the “geocaching” adventure, a little nature scavenger hunt rewarded with resort goodies for successful uncoverings. For those desiring a body bounce, the new “Bone Rattler Raceway” is now open. Learn the off-road skills needed to sail, swerve, and crush along a challenging off-roading course, while in the resort’s custom built Jeep.  Personally, I’ll be back for the Spa Town’s new services, including a huckleberry body scrub and barbed wire body wrap. Also new for next year:  Blackfoot Camp, which Paws Up claims will be its largest and most luxurious campsite yet. I suppose the sweet owners of Paws Up, a nice husband and wife in love with Montana, just like the fun of making the Last Best Place even better every passing year.

Posted in glamping, Press | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Yarn Tagging!

Suzanne Tidwell has been making her way around the Resort “tagging” certain areas with her beautiful work. Check out some of her creations.

Posted in Resort Events | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Some Seriously Cool Walking Sticks

The children at this morning’s Kids Corps of Discovery session received a special treat.  Yarn bombing extraordinaire, Suzanne Tidwell, helped them make some incredibly unique walking sticks.

Posted in Resort Events | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Yarn Antics and Bombing

The lovely Suzanne Tidwell is at Paws Up this week performing her unique and incredibly fun art of yarn bombing.  Here are a few photos of her “installations” outside of the Cook Shack and inside Paws Up General Store.

Posted in Resort Events | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Resort at Paws Up Takes “Glamping” to New Level


Looking for the perfect last-minute summer vacation that combines luxury and an unforgettable adventure for the whole family? The Resort at Paws Up in Montana recently unveiled their new Moonlight Camp, taking glamorous camping, or “glamping,” to a whole new level. 

Moonlight Camp consists of six spacious canvas tents located at the foot of Lewis and Clark’s famous Lookout Rock and 100 yards from Blackfoot River. Guests have the option to choose between four two-bedroom tents, which are perfect for families, and two one-bedroom tents. Each luxury tent contains an en-suite bathroom, Paw Up’s signature Last Best Bed, gourmet meals prepared by a private camp chef at the tented dining pavilion, and a camping butler to ensure all your needs are fulfilled.

The luxury ranch resort is located on 37,000 acres in the heart of Blackfoot Valley in western Montana and provides endless activities for the entire family to enjoy. Guests can choose daily activities from the largest menu of wildness activities in North America, including horseback riding, river floats, mountain biking, sporting clays, fly-fishing, cattle drives and ATV adventures.

Rates for Moonlight Camp start at $1,025 per night based on double occupancy and include three meals a day for two people. Last-minute stays are still available before the end of the summer season. Moonlight Camp is open seasonally until September 15.

Posted in glamping, Press | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Looking Very Nice…And Very Long

Getting ready for our Montana Long Table dinner tonight.  The table is set…now bring on the gourmet food made from our neighboring Montana food purveyors.

Posted in Resort Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

Drum Circle Madness

This week we’ve had the pleasure of hosting Scott Besaw, a talented musician from Chicago.  From drum circles to live music, Scott has provided wonderful entertainment for our guests.

Posted in Resort Events | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The World’s Best Luxury Camps

From Travelite

Reunite with nature minus the hassles at The Resort at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre luxury ranch in the heart of Montana. Discover a lavish way of camping as the resort expertly blends authentic nature experience with creature comforts. Take in the views surrounding your tent before settling in the finely designed space with its private master bathroom and the most comfortable bed you’ll ever sleep in, known at the resort as The Last Best Bed with 300-count linens, down duvet comforters and over-sized pillows. While at camp, enjoy personalized service from your camping butler and skilled camp chef. Yes, this means gourmet meals in elegant outdoor settings. Resist the urge of getting holed up in your tent; rather, have a go at the wilderness adventures and dude ranch activities. Take your pick from the exhilarating recreations from trail riding to cliff rappelling, ATV riding, whitewater rafting and fly-fishing on the famed Blackfoot River. The resort’s latest addition to its brand of luxury is the Pinnacle Camp, which is truly at the peak of grandeur boasting the camp’s largest tents, en-suite bathrooms with jetted tubs and unparalleled views of Elk Creek and the Blackfoot River. For a romantic touch, book the secluded Tango Point tent featuring a lovely copper tub set in the middle of the bedroom. Before retreating to your tent, unwind and get cozy by the stone and timber fireplace at the Pinnacle Camp’s open-air dining pavilion and lounge. You may book an entire camp for your exclusive use; however, reservations should be placed at least one year in advance. The best time to go is from late May to September for pleasant outdoor weather.

Posted in glamping, Press | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A Star-Spangled Bash

Our seventh annual 4th of July bash was a memorable evening for all.  From sack races and face painting for the kids, to a a pie eating contest for the adults, a good time was had by our wonderful guests.  We even added a mechanical bull to the festivities.  And, of course, our annual parade was a hit, with the guests from Pinnacle Camp taking the prize for the most creative float.

Posted in Resort Events | Tagged | Leave a comment