The Resort At Paws Up
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Hot tub
- Room service
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Resort At Paws Up Greenough
Paws up is two thumbs down
I was with my best friend at Paws Up for 5 days; we stayed in Tent City. I cannot really say anything positive about our stay there. It is NOT like the brochure. The river is about 4 blocks away - so you are not near it unless you walk down a dusty ugly road. Tent City is on a dirt patch in the middle of nowhere. You would think they would have at least pitched the tents either 1) near the water or 2) near a pretty forested area. NO - it is on this patch of dirt with this very odd eating area under a plastic sheet. The bathrooms are really out in the open - you look at these trailers with bathrooms while you eat. I have no idea why they did not put these tents someplace with a view of something better than trailers. There were mice in the campground so you really had to be careful at night where you stepped. The tent butler is just a college kid who drives you up to the main area when you want to EAT or do something. He also re heats food for you if you choose to eat under the plastic area.
The tents are full of bugs. And there is no bug spray. And they ran out of water so we drank cola alot. We practically had to beg to get coffee and tea was out of the question (seriously). The river rafting was alright, but really the experience was, what did one writer call it a ghetto area, was so sad that we really just ended up waiting to get out of there. It is prettier in almost any state I have ever been in than in Greenboroughm MT. The food at the restaurant was pathetic and expensive. THe owner had her dog there and this rottweiler ran around bothering people and scaring kids. She told one little boy not go get too close to the dogs head! I am not kidding you this place is a zero. Also, the brochure says they own 80,000 acres, yet the tents are 10 feet away from one another. So you hear everyone all day and night. The 'maid' told us that there was a bear in tent city before we got there and he ripped the place up. Does this place sound safe to you? Exactly.
Just what we were looking for
When I went looking for a ranch to visit with my 9 year old son, I knew I had to find a place that had enough activities to keep him busy but that still had the feeling of quality and intimacy that I was looking for. We found it all at Paws Up. Staying in Tent City, we were part of the resort but also apart from it in terms of quiet and privacy. This was a luxury camping experience like I've never heard of. With the flap of the tent open, lying on the down comforter covered hand made bed, one looks out on pristine wilderness with an occasional hawk or eagle on the wing. Meals were prepared by our own Tent City "butler" attending to our every need and there was always someone to pick us up if we wanted to go to the main resort for an activity, a meal(delicious and beautifully presented for this picky ex-Manhattanite) or just to be with more people. The activities were all fantastic. The best clay bird course I've ever encountered (please don't pave the trail!!) and attractive well-kept horses. Floating down the Blackfoot and catching rainbow trout wasn't bad either. The Missoula county fair was on so we caught that too. Not to mention biking and hiking and playing at the lake. My son and I look forward to returning next year.
My 7-year old wants to move to Paws Up....
We spent a week in August 2005 @ Paws Up with our 7 and 4 year olds, and 18-month old + our au pair.
There was plenty of room in the *gorgeous* Big Timber home for all of us. It was really stunning. (And I hate to say it, but one of the best parts was the well-appointed and stocked laundry room!) There were 3 TV/DVD players, and I borrowed DVDs from the resort's collection to watch in the evenings.
Definitely stop at Albertson's (supermarket) on the way from the airport and stock up on food, snacks and liquor (if you desire). The meals were pricey and not fabulous. With 3 little ones, we ate at home a lot. ($20 pancakes don't do much for me.)
My 7-year old LOVED the Kids' Camp. Very fun ativities and a cool clubhouse kept her happy as a clam. She wants me to mention that the best part was that each house gets a golf cart to ride around the property (she got to steer.) A pool would have been great, but the private hot tub was fun.
The organized activities were expensive, but enjoyable. Being a new resort, there were some glitches in scheduling, but the staff handled it well. Every staff person we encountered was warm and friendly. They thought of every little detail and were cheerfully accomodating, e.g. when I mentioned to a waitress that all the cups in the home were glass, she brought me plastic ones to take for the kids.
We would definitely return to Paws Up. As I said, my daughter wants to move there, but we'd be broke quickly!
Rustic luxury at Paws Up
We visited Paws Up in august 2005 and were very happy with the staff and our accomodations. We stayed in a lodgepole home and found it very luxurious while still being rustic. All the comforts of home were there right down to the finest details.We hiked,fished,explored,soaked in the hot tub, enjoyed wonderful meals,and slept great in the most comfortable beds.The service was very excellent while being low key. Our 5 year old son had a great time being a cowboy! What a great family resort. There was no preasure to do anything but relax. We hope to go back next year.
My husband and I just returned from our wonderful stay at Tent City. Our tent was larger than some trendy boutique hotel rooms we've stayed in and the beds much more comfortable. Our "Camp Butlers", Lee and John, took excellent care of us during our stay. The food was delicious and plentiful. The trailers that are there for use as bathrooms were okay. I'm sure when the bathhouse is built it will be more comfortable. The sevice at the Reception Center and Wilderness Center was wonderful. Jeff and Sarris on our float trip, Ashley and Scott on our trail ride were great. Since this is a new resort there are a few wrinkles to be smoothed out and I'm sure they are working on them. I highly recommend a stay at Tent City if you want to experience camping without all the work, to see bald eagles soaring overhead during dinner and deer walking close by at breakfast. We wish them good luck and plan to stay there again with friends and family.
Wonderful introduction to Montana
My fiance and I stayed for a week at Paws Up in August. The was our first time to Montana and we look forward to returning. We spent the first part of the week in a wonderfully comfortable Meadow Home and the last three nights in Tent City which we found super-relaxing. While Paws Up does have a few things that need finishing, this did not bother us at all. The activities were excellent (and we tried most of them!) and the staff were always helpful and really made our stay. The restaurant food was average for dinner, but the lunches, breakfasts and BBQs were excellent. While Tent City is not quite finished (it looks like they will be hiding the outside of the RVs that are used for bathrooms), the guest tents are all in the trees and overlooking the meadow that runs down to the Blackfoot and so very peaceful in that respect. We enjoyed being so close to the wildlife - lots of eagles and coyotes at night for instance. If you can brave the cold ask to be shown the spot that is safe for swimming in the river. We asked to stop somewhere to buy beer and wine on the drive to the ranch and were taken to a fantastic deli/liquor store (Wardens maybe?) in Missoula. The selection was excellent. If you like brown ale try the Big Sky Brewery Moose Drool. Our Meadow Home had a kitchen so pick up some food if you want to cater for yourself sometimes.
No spa, no alcohol and tiny sized food portions
I traveled to Montana this past June to recapture some of my childhood memories of being up in Big Sky Country. So we decided to spend a great deal of money and stay at Paws Up. Well, I will not even go into every detail with the issues we had with Tent City, but suffice it to say it was more like Ghetto City. Do not even think of staying there. It will, I am SURE, be closed by the end of the Summer. The bathrooms are trailers and the picnin area is ramshackle. I kid you not there is plasic tarp over the tables - and I mean trash bag/plastic tarp. That is what you eat under.
My stomach hurt when I saw it in person. They DO NOT have their liquor license nor do they have a SPA. They have not even broken ground on the SPA. It looks like the rich owners wanted something to so with their time, and built a resort around thier working ranch. The portions in the dining room were so small we ended up eating power bars after dinner and laughing about the disaster that they call dinner. A cowboy would be ashamed. Make sure you check your bill if you do go up and see for yoursef, they add so many misc. tip charges its a joke. I don't see this place making it.
Amazing Montana Resort
Our family recently enjoyed a wonderful week at the beautiful Paws Up
resort over the fourth of July. We stayed in the Morris Farm House
and truly enjoyed every moment. We had seven people in our group and there was never a problem accommodating everybody for each activity. All of the activities were well planned and first class, from the hikes, to the river rafting and horse back rides. The private fire-works for the resort guests and Fourth of July feast was out of this world. The staff that has been assembled is first rate and the service was fabulous. We would like to be sure that any managers and/or the Lipson's know that we spent much time with Bill Denrider and feel that he is a tremendous asset to your resort. He is one of the reasons that we are planning a return trip to Paws Up. See you soon!
Loved the luxury in Montana
My husband and I, along with another couple and their four-month old baby, travelled to Paws Up in July. We stayed in a well-appointed Meadow Home. Our deck and hot tub was amazing. We saw tons of wildlife including deer and bald eagles. The activities were a bit pricey but well worth it. We loved the Scenic Blackfoot River Float. Also, if you're going to horseback ride, spend the extra money to do a private ride. I spent two hours riding through the working ranch and it was an amazing once in a lifetime experience for a city-slicker. Be sure to stop in town at Albertson's before coming to the resort - pick up some food and drink to enjoy on your private deck. We plan to go back to this resort again and again...hoping to get there for a winter trip.
TripAdvisor Reviews The Resort At Paws Up Greenough
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