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The great escape

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    The Huckleberry Hound, The Resort at Paws Up’s signature cocktail, is tart and refreshing.

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Fenway, a friendly Belgian herding dog, belongs to Paws Up owners Nadine and Dave Lipson.

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    The majestic Blackfoot River was made famous by Robert Redford in the film “A River Runs Through It.”

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Set against beautiful pine trees, one of the Sears catalog homes along Highway 200, near Missoula, was built in 1927 for employees of the nearby lumber mill.

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    The ranch’s “glamping” tent is a picture of rustic elegance complete with terry cloth robes.

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Horse manager Justin leads the author and friend Jill on a two-hour ride under beautiful blue skies.

When I started to become snarky simply at the idea of getting on the freeway, and my usual love affair with crowded urban sprawl started to make my skin crawl, I daydreamed of wide open spaces, crisp fresh air and clear blue skies. Read more

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