By Allison Mitchell By Allison Mitchell | October 14, 2021 | Lifestyle
Tucked within The Resort at Paws Up comes a spectacular adults-only oasis, where fine dining and upscale intimacy dazzle. Welcome to The Green O.
The Light Haus’ private deck
Since the summer of 2005, adventure seekers have flocked to Greenough, Mont., to experience The Resort at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre working luxury ranch where the storied Blackfoot River (of A River Runs Through It fame) and breathtaking plains offer both exploration and relaxation.
The Social Haus’ indoor-outdoor design allows diners to enjoy meals by its fire pits.
Now, the family-friendly favorite has opened a stunning new adults-only resort within its expansive property, where occupancy maxes out at just 24 guests. Known as The Green O, the exclusive haven is highlighted by 12 individual dwellings craft ed in four different styles—the Green Haus, Light Haus, Tree Haus and Round Haus—all of which embrace their idyllic forest locale with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and expansive outdoor terraces—complete with private hot tubs for soaking under the stars. Towering pines shroud each haus in privacy, ensuring each one-bedroom accommodation leaves its occupants feeling like they’re the only ones around.
It’s believed that Captain Meriwether Lewis passed through the land where The Resort at Paws Up currently sits in 1806 as he returned from his famed Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Ranging in size from 880 square feet to 1,080 square feet, each structure is marked by its own unique characteristics. The Tree Haus reaches great new heights with a 23-foot elevation in the air, where a spiral staircase connects the lower and upper floors, and two dedicated decks invite residents outdoors. The Round Haus embraces its curves with 180-degree views from both the living room and bedroom, while the Green Haus lives up to its name with a skylight over the bed from which to view the twinkling heavens above. Finally, the Light Haus provides an illuminating experience with three walls of glass enclosing its alluring bedroom while a wood-burning fireplace teamed with an LED-lit hot tub up the romance factor.
The Light Haus’ bedroom includes sumptuous linens by The Citizenry and original artwork depicting rancher Paul Greenough’s sheep, which he branded with large green Os, when he owned land in the area in roughly 1915. The town of Greenough is named for him.
A fleet of Lexus vehicles is accessible to each guest at The Green O, allowing you to venture to the nearby Wilderness Outpost at The Resort at Paws Up through which you can book everything from ATV and Polaris backcountry tours to canoeing on the Clearwater Trail at Seeley Lake and fly-fishing on the Blackfoot River, all led by the property’s elite guides. But perhaps it’s the astounding culinary experience at The Green O—available to just the intimate group of guests staying there—that leaves us most impressed. At The Social Haus, an immaculate restaurant led by star executive chef Brandon Cunningham and James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Krystle Swenson, multicourse tasting menus change nightly and showcase exquisite local flavors—think wagyu cooked tableside atop sizzling rocks from the Blackfoot River paired with caviar and bison on a bed of fennel puree. Hearty breakfast options ensure you’re fueled up for the adventurous day ahead—don’t miss the wagyu steak with fried quail eggs, yuzu hollandaise sauce and togarashi—while the bar menu elevates happy hour with bites like sour cream and onion chips paired with creme fraiche and caviar for dipping. And when late-night hunger strikes, there’s even a secret menu of pizzas that The Green O team is happy to deliver to your abode. (Dining and imbibing—both at The Green O and The Resort at Paws Up—is included with your memorable overnight stay.)
The paglia e fieno dish at The Social Haus, which translates to “straw and hay” in Italian, includes morel mushrooms, English peas and a poached egg.
While departure from The Green O is a short 35-mile ride to Missoula County International Airport, it’s the one trek you won’t look forward to during your time here. This luxury wilderness escape is unlike any other we’ve experienced, and returning is not a matter of if but when. Green with envy, indeed.
Photography by: FROM TOP: PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GREEN O; PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GREEN O; PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RESORT AT PAWS UP; PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GREEN O; PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GREEN O