5 Adventures for Dad This Father’s Day
PHOTO: Send beer-loving dads on a brewery tour for Father's Day. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock)
It took a few attempts to establish an official day to celebrate dads. The first celebration of dads was held in 1908 and several other celebrations followed over the next few years, but the holiday celebrations weren’t well publicized and the event caught on slowly. It wasn’t made an official holiday until 1966, when president Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers. But it wasn’t official until 1972, when Richard Nixon made it a permanent national holiday.
Now, Father’s Day is like a second Christmas for dear old dad when it comes to gift giving. So, here are some extra-special ways to honor fathers, giving them the chance for some R&R and adventure.
Dads who love beer should experience Portland, where they will find more than 65 breweries, beer fests, brew-and-view movies and more. It’s a beer lovers paradise and dad’s can celebrate Father’s Day and their love of ale, lager or stout on a brewery tour in the city. Brewvana offers walking, bus and private tours seven days a week in Portland, showcasing the cities vibrant beer scene in a fun, educational and casual way.
Fly Fishing for Fathers
Is it a coincidence that fly-fishing season is in full swing for Father’s Day? Probably not. And dads who love to cast their lines will love a visit to The Resort at Paws Up in northwestern Montana. Choose from a luxury vacation home or a glamping-style safari tent. There are activities for every family member here, but the Blackfoot River is one of the resort’s major draws.
Give dad a wild ride through the rapids with a multi-day trek down the river. O.A.R.S. pioneered river rafting in the Grand Canyon and now offers trips around the world. Try a laidback adventure in Dinosaur National Monument on Class III rapids that the whole family can enjoy and enjoy hikes along the river and camping along the beach.
Dude Ranch for Dad
Is dear old dad too much of a city slicker? Tell dad to get ready to saddle up and channel his inner cowboy. At the Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch in Wyoming, dads can enjoy an upscale dude ranch experience, trail rides, cattle drives and instruction in horsemanship.
Dad can get the best of both worlds – golf and relaxation. The resort’s Golfer’s Sanctuary package will give dads 20 percent off of overnight accommodations, 18 holes at Camelback Golf Course, roundtrip transportation between the resort and the course, breakfast and a private home upgrade, when available. Dads can also choose to take a guided hike, take a tennis lesson or relax at the resort’s Asian-inspired spa.
Take Dad Glamping
For dads who love the outdoors, treat him – and the whole family – to a glamping vacay at Conestoga Ranch, which is inviting families for a Father’s Day weekend at Bear Lake in Utah. The ranch has a line up that includes music, competitions, and a free barbecue dinner that is an ideal way to celebrate dads.
Father’s Day in Style
In New York, Refinery Hotel will be celebrating Father’s Day with its latest pop-up creation – the pop-up Man Cave. The four-day long event will have gifts just for dad, amenities such as golf, beer, cigars, an interactive putting green, whisky tastings and hand-crafted cocktails daily from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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