This month my featured partner is none other than The Resort at Paws Up! This iconic resort, situated on a sprawling 37,000 acre authentic working cattle ranch in western Montana, is a dream for all but especially for families and multigenerational groups.
Families come together to experience the unspoiled wilderness in a luxurious way at Paws Up. You can choose an expansive private home or a sophisticated safari-style luxury tent - all with an unfiltered connection to the natural beauty of Montana in a landscape of impeccable rustic elegance and comfort.
These are no ordinary glamping sites. Each campsite is composed of 6 different tents ranging from 1-3 bedrooms each making them the perfect location for family reunions. Each site has a dining pavilion where you have a 24 hour camp butler and chef to prepare all meals. All sites are located around the Blackfoot River.
It’s amazing how the wilderness will actually bring your family closer together. The family-owned Resort at Paws Up is a Montana family vacation resort where you and your kids will get reacquainted, reconnected and revitalized. Accommodating families of all sizes, Paws Up offers everything from Montana horseback riding, Montana fly-fishing, river rafting and rappelling to paintball, the Kids Corps of Discovery and chuck wagon dinners. Adventure enthusiasts can rejoice in 100 miles of trails, 10 miles of the Blackfoot River and 1.5 million acres of the nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness Area combine to make for the ultimate outdoor playground for adults and kids alike.
The Resort at Paws Up features a pristine Rocky Mountain environment most kids will only see on TV. Supervised, age-appropriate activities include everything from hiking and horseback riding to fishing and mountain biking, as well as nature education, wildlife appreciation and wrangler activities.
The Kids Corps of Discovery is an immersion program that replaces screen time with serene time and idle time with the time of your child’s life. Age-appropriate itineraries are available for toddlers, teens and in-betweens. The Little Discoverers (ages 3–5) will engage in everything from exploring an old ghost town to pony rides and an Old West treasure hunt. Adventure Club (ages 6–12) participants will race go-karts, do cannonballs off a rope swing at the lake, shoot arrows and mine for sapphires. They’ll all eat delicious and healthy meals and make a ton of new friends. And they’ll do things they never thought they could. The Kids Corps of Discovery gives young people the chance to explore the wonders of Montana and discover themselves at the same time.
Give me a call and we'll plan the family trip you'll always remember to The Resort at Paws Up.
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Planning a Family Vacation: 3 Ways to Go from Rough Waters to Smooth Sailing when Planning Your Multigenerational Family Vacation.
Here you are again (the coolest and most organized member of your family) struggling to keep your sanity as you plan the next family vacation (a task made exponentially more daunting now that Grandma and Grandpa asked to join), and you have no idea where to begin. For the past 10 years this has been me (even before I officially became a Travel Advisor) and I am well aware of how easy planning can become overwhelming spending countless hours going in circles attempting to fulfill every single person’s every single dream. I am currently enrolled in the Engagement and Nurture Marketing Strategies course at Northwestern where I will be using my newly acquired knowledge to help you with this problem by boiling it down to your 3 top priorities to when planning your next Multigenerational Family Vacation.
In Virtuoso’s article, Multigenerational Travel Made Easy: How to Have a Great Trip, seasoned luxury travel advisor Betsy Goldberg advises her clients on how to plan their next family vacation. Goldberg reminds readers to look for a destination appealing on two fronts. The destination must have a good mix of activities and be scenically beautiful. Scenically beautiful is especially important for families traveling with older members of their family. She reminds clients that travelers don’t want to sit still anymore. The want to “experience a destination.” They want everything they’re doing to be interesting and enjoyable for everyone. Goldberg suggests itineraries that include learning a language together or learning to cook a local meal together. Look for opportunities for “genuine connection to the destination.” When planning these activities make sure you find out from each family member what their must haves are and what activities can slide.
In Wall Street Journal’s article, The Multigenerational Family Vacation, Sara Clemence @SaraClemence, discusses the rise of multigenerational vacations. With the rise of a more fit and intrepid set of grandparent baby boomers, many are now beginning to vacation with their extended families. Families are embarking on more adventurous and culturally inclined escapes. Clemence suggests considering the age, interests, and limitations of each family member traveling. Remember, Grandparents want to participate in the vacation not simply sit around babysitting while the younger adults vacation. Pick a location where the kids can be active and the older travelers comfortable like a cruise. When deciding your budget remember a high price tag is not so high when split 15 ways, just make sure there is a democratic assignment of bedrooms if all parties are splitting equally.
The list to plan your perfect family vacation can go on and on but here are the top 3 things to remember when planning your multigenerational vacation.
1. MIX IT UP!
Consider travelers ages, interests, and limitations with a mixture of planned culturally enriching activities AND free time.
2. Who’s Paying?
Avoid unpleasantries and possibly ruining your vacation by NEVER assuming. Plan in advance who is paying for what.
3. Plan the Meals!
Consider officially gathering for only 1 planned meal a day with a “team” in charge for each night of the trip.
Now you’re ready to begin! Create your group email and let the debate between Italy or Alaska begin.
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HOLLY MANN: As an Independent Contractor of Vista Travel Consultants, Inc. a member of the Virtuoso Network, my access to the highest quality of vetted global travel partners allows me to create rich, culturally immersive, and liberating travel experiences.