THE RESORT AT PAWS UP
DESIGN NOTES: If Davy Crockett had taken it upon himself to build a luxury resort, he’d have made something like Paws Up. The resort’s 28 cabins, dotted among trees and pastures, combine seclusion, ruggedness and the kind of leathery, burnished plushness associated with old money. Equally elegant are the creekside tents, which have wooden floors, king-size beds and decks overlooking the water. Oh, and a personal butler.
BACKSTORY: Situated on a 37,000-acre working ranch, Paws Up was opened in 2005 by former Supercuts CEO Dave Lipson. There are 27,000 acres of wilderness and 10,000 acres of pasture here, and Lipson has taken care to preserve the property’s Old West charm. Guests inclined to herd cattle can do so, while a 95-year-old shed hosts activities like karaoke and occasional cooking demos.
CLAIM TO FAME: Paws Up doesn’t brag about its famous guests, but we know the Rolling Stones stayed for a week when they played nearby Missoula in 2006. Then there’s the resort’s resident celebrity: the Blackfoot River, the inspiration for the Robert Redford film A River Runs Through It. Guests will find copies of the Norman Maclean story collection of the same name in each cabin.
HOT DISH: Each of the resort’s camps comes with its own chef, who will happily cook up a steak or a rainbow trout. Executive chef Ben Jones (formerly of the Peninsula Chicago) caters to more adventurous carnivores with an elk short loin prepared with a spice berry rub and sourced from a ranch 200 miles east—which, for this part of the world, is right next door.
Image © 2013 Pieter de Liagre Böhl