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Montana’s adults-only ranch-resort The Green O blends serenity with adrenaline

Can a natural playground and built-in sanctuary coexist among the stillness of Montana’s majestic mountains and lush forests? The answer is yes—if you’re fortunate enough to be one of 24 guests staying at The Green O, The Resort at Paws Up’s new adults-only hideaway.

The resort-within-a-resort, nestled into the densely timbered southern edge of the 37,000-acre Paws Up, is home to just 12 ultramodern “Haus” accommodations—each of which is designed for two and blends seamlessly into the luxury ranch’s largely untouched wilderness.

Floor-to-ceiling windows, double-sided fireplaces, generous decks with hammock chairs, and indoor and outdoor tubs peering directly out to the big Montana sky maximize that life-in-the-woods feeling.

The Green O—a play on the name of the town where Paws Up is located and its founder, Paul Greenough, who would brand his sheep with a green “o”—opened in 2021 and has gained notoriety for both its treehouse-like accommodations and Michelin star-worthy restaurant, Social Haus.

Feel like you’re floating in the clouds—from 23 feet in the air—from The Green O’s two-story Tree Haus as you soak in the views of the Garnet Mountain Range. At Round Haus, curved walls in this meandering single-story residence offer 180-degree window views, immersing couples in the midst of the forest with roaming white-tailed deer as next of kin. The third accommodation style, Green Haus, features pitched ceilings, a glass-encased living room and a skylight above the bed for stargazing to continue the sense of wonder long after the sun has fallen.

While seclusion at The Green O is a given, thrill-seeking adventures beckon from beyond this working cattle ranch and its picturesque backdrop of ponderosa pines.

Explore more than 100 miles of trails through hikes, climbs, equestrian experiences, ATVs or electric mountain bikes. Experience fly-fishing, and hook brown, cutthroat or rainbow trout on the resort’s neighboring 10 miles of the snow- and spring-fed Blackfoot River. Wintertime excursions include dogsledding, snowmobiling or snowshoeing.

The Green O’s luxe gathering spot, Social Haus, provides all-inclusive access to chef Brandon Cunningham’s delightfully original but individually probing dishes. Designed in the round, the Social Haus dining room features a circular fireplace surrounded by banquette seating, but the real theater happens in the kitchen, where Cunningham and his team craft elaborate, eight-course dinners that are more akin to a nightly performance thanks to artful plating and surprising flourishes like stones pulled from the Blackfoot River to sear your Wagyu beef, or honeycomb drips and floral garnishes plucked fresh from the property.

An authentic blend of the rustic and luxe, the natural and the intentional, this is one resort where living and loving the land is one and the same.