Luxury Western Resort to Open in Montana Wilderness

1st Nov 2004

The Resort at Paws Up will bring
a new level of five-star service and amenities to Montana when it opens in
June 2005, combining luxury with unforgettable adventure on 37,000 acres
of untamed western wilderness. Paws Up will offer special opening rates starting at $248, available June
5 - Sept. 6, 2005 (regular rates start at $495 for the same time period).
Rates include airport transfers and a guided ATV tour.

The prestigious hotel brand, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, recently
named Paws Up as its first member in Montana.

“The Resort at Paws Up represents the very best offering in its
destination. With the property’s amenities, size and services available to
guests, it was the ideal fit with Small Luxury Hotels,” said Ed Donaldson,
vice president of marketing, the Americas for Small Luxury Hotels of the

The Resort at Paws Up is situated along seven winding miles of the
Blackfoot River, made famous by Robert Redford’s coming-of-age classic, A
River Runs Through It. More than 100 miles of trails wind through the
immense property for horseback riding, ATVs, hiking and mountain biking.
Guests will also enjoy some of the country’s best fly-fishing, as well as
whitewater rafting, lake activities, kayaking, bird and wildlife watching,
and sporting clay shooting with 14-time national champion Andy Duffy.

While the setting may be rugged, Paws Up will offer the kind of amenities
and pampering usually reserved for fancy city-slicker hotels.
Accommodations for 80 guests range from private, 2,600-square-foot Big
Timber Homes to a fully renovated, 100-year-old farmhouse nestled on the
bank of Elk Creek, each individually decorated with a rich, yet rustic
elegance. After a long day in the saddle, guests can relax among five-star
amenities like 300-count linens, heated granite bathroom tiles, private
en-suite laundry rooms, flat screen TVs with satellite and DVD players,
and DSL connections.


For the true outdoor enthusiasts, guests can also spend a night along the
picturesque Blackfoot River in a unique luxury tent, featuring feather
beds, fine linens, artwork and all modern conveniences.

Paws Up will also offer a full-service spa with unique signature
treatments featuring indigenous plants like sage and alfalfa, a
fine-dining restaurant, a lively bar and bistro, live entertainment, an
outdoor swimming pool featuring large native stone accents, a children’s
club, meeting facilities and the largest private equestrian center in

“With an average of 422 acres and one staff member per guest, Paws Up will
be a treasured retreat for those who crave untouched landscapes, a vast
blue sky and exciting outdoor adventures, but also want five-star
amenities like fine wines and spa treatments,” said Jamie Holmes, general
manager of Paws Up.

Paws Up is privately owned by businessman Dave Lipson and his wife Nadine,
who live in a circa 1915 farmhouse on the property. Their vision for this
unique luxury resort has attracted a highly credentialed management team,
including Jamie Holmes, the former GM of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas in
the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as Biras Creek Resort and Peter Island
Resort in the British Virgin Islands. The resort has also named Bryan
Kindred as assistant general manager, who joined Paws Up from Robert
Redford’s Sundance Resort in Utah.

Paws Up is located 35 minutes northeast of Missoula in western Montana.
Guests can fly into the Missoula Airport, which can be reached via Delta
through Salt Lake City, Northwest Airlines through Minneapolis, United
through Denver, and Alaska Air through Seattle.


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