Greenough, MT: Roughing it on the range (minus the "rough" part)
First, you have to get past the word "glamping." As in glamorous camping. It's right up there with "manscaping" and "guesstimate."
But just because you're not the pitch-your-own-tent type doesn't mean you don't dream of falling asleep under all that big Montana sky. Which is where the Paws Up Resort comes in, with its compelling balance between roughing it and refinement. ("Roughinement"? Anyone?)
Paws Up commands a 37,000-acre swath of the stunning Blackfoot Valley in southwestern Montana, about 30 miles northeast of Missoula.
By day, explore more than 120 trails of wilderness (on foot, ATV or horseback). Try fly-fishing or rafting on the Blackfoot River. Hop a hot-air balloon.
Sore from all that leisure, stop by the Spa Town encampment for aromatherapy, a hot stone massage or some yoga. One wine-soaked locavore dinner you didn't have to hunt or catch yourself later (fresh trout? bison ribeye?), it's bonfire time, complete with S'mores. (Ask your camp butler for more marshmallows).
Finally, exhaustedly, retreat to your canvas-walled tent and tuck into your king-sized 300-thread-count Egyptian-cotton featherbed.
Thank God you're a country boy.
Nightly rates for tent accommodations start at $725.