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B ETWEEN THE SURGE IN ADVENTURE tourism and the country's reinvigorated fascination with the American West (I'm looking squarely at Netflix's Yellowstone here), chances are good that your recent vacation searches — or at least your Instagram feeds — have featured rugged destinations and action shots of riders on horseback, hikers on mountain trails, or whitewater rafters rejoicing under a giant sky. Part of adventure travel's appeal is the get-your-hands-dirty-and- your-feet-wet immersion factor, but lest anyone equate "adventure" with "roughing it," e Green O in (fittingly) Greenough, Montana, is a singular finger wag to the contrary. Located on the 37,000-acre working cattle ranch that's also home to e Resort at Paws Up, e Green O offers an experience as authentic as they come. Deer roam the tree-laden property freely and the resort's herds, which include bison, browse vast pastures that extend out of sight. Unpaved roads wind between densely wooded hills and along rustic fences, and bald eagles nest in tall trees to overlook the vast, virtually unspoiled landscape. e Blackfoot River that slices and curves through the ranch weaves its path beneath steep mountain vistas and beside grassy clearings. But then, the luxury. Oh, the luxury. e Green O is an exclusive, adults-only alternative to its family- friendly sister property. Like Paws Up, its accommodations are individual homes, but here, the entire resort is composed of just 12 custom-designed "hauses," each created for a maximum two guests, meaning the entire resort reaches full capacity at a mere 24 guests. Each haus — an assortment of four unique architectural designs that are dispersed in a rough semi-circle on the property — is positioned to maximize both its views and guest privacy, and all were built with the intention of being minimally intrusive visually within their pristine, densely timbered environment. In their essence, each haus is a cabin in the woods, but make it luxe. Haus interiors live in the sweet spot merging indulgent and minimal, elegant and cozy in a neutral palette of rich woods, sleek tiles, soft leathers, and mixed metals. Giant leather high-backed chairs with stretchy-snuggly blankets beckon in front of the fireplace; they alone are enough to tempt me to never step outside. But there's just too much to miss. All of the resort's hauses are about a five-minute walk to e Green O's restaurant and hub, the Social Haus. Helmed by Executive Chef Brandon Cunningham, the Social Haus is e Green O's Western Elegance e luxurious Green O is a refined haven in rural Montana BY DEANNA MURPHY ranchandcoast.com 68 NOVEMBER 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE

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