Are you tired of giving Dad (or the Daddy of your children) a shirt and tie, a coffee mug, a bottle of cologne, or a bottle of his favorite wine for Father’s Day? I am too! That’s why I’ve decided to make this a year to give my husband and Dad the gift of travel. Whether your husband or dad is into culture, cars, Chardonnay, or he’s a couch potato, there’s something on my list below that could help you show the #1 man in your life how much he means to you.
For the Sports Dad
Any sports-mad Dad deserves a trip to Philadelphia (although, in all honesty, my husband would much rather go to Boston). Sports is America’s favorite pastime and Philadelphia is “the sports capital of the world” (according to ESPN.com). With the Phillies holding the best record in Major League Baseball, the Eagles becoming darlings of the NFL because of their big name signings and bold acquisitions, the Flyers shakeup and sale of the Sixers, it’s no wonder men around the globe travel long distances to this Pennsylvania city.
For the Outdoors Dad
Unless you can afford a trip to Canada or New Zealand, you’ll have to do some research on this one. But a great place I found was located in the beautiful state of Montana. It’s called Montana Hunting & Fishing Adventures. A family owned and operated guide service that hunt in some of the finest big game habitat areas and fish the most legendary waters that the West has to offer. With over 40 years of outfitting and generations of experience in the Montana area, that special man in your life is sure to have an amazing time because after-all … Montana truly does have it all!
For the Culture-driven Dad
if Dad’s been there before, I’m certain he hasn’t seen it all in New Orleans. After-all, I don’t think any other city in the US has more culture than “The Big Easy”. With a melting pot of influences ranging from Caribbean to European, New Orleans just has that distinct personality that you can’t find anywhere else.
BONUS: If you can either stretch out the Father’s Day vacation or bump it up to the weekend of June 22nd, New Orleans will be hosting the 2012 FestiGals Weekend. Three days filled with events and activities for women. So while Dad is off experiencing culture … mom can get some girl time in at the festival.
For the Wine-enthusiastic Dad
If that special man in your life knows the difference between Moelleux and Merlot, this travel idea is sure to put a smile on his face. Do some research and find some winery tours either local (or distant) depending on your budget. It’s all about choosing the right itinerary for the type. For the true insider, I found New York based X.O. Travel Consultants. These intense tours are not for wine dilettantes. With X.O. Travel Consultants, you can expect to taste as many as 30 wines a day and spend hours discussing vineyards’ terroirs.
Or for the experimental traveler who would rather participate rather than observe, check out Long Island Wine Country’s tours. You’ll literally be picking grapes and practically working the harvest on these tours. And if you decide to help blend the wine … you’ll get to take a bottle home with you!
For the R&R kind of Dad
Tranquility: the state of peacefulness, calmness, quietness, and serenity. Located in Marathon Florida, the heart of the Florida Keys is Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort. Tranquility Bay is nestled on 12 acres of land overlooking the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico with award winning dining, two beaches, lush tropical gardens, world class fishing, diving, snorkeling and water sports, two swimming pools, and a beachfront tiki bar. It’s the type of resort that he’s been dreaming of (while snoozing on the sofa).
For the Music-loving Dad
Located on the shores of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio is The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is alive with the energy, passion and spirit of music. The 150,000 square-foot museum features seven floors, five theaters for films special events and free public programs, and ever-changing exhibits. It’s sure to be a hit and bring back some memories for that music-lovin man.
Depending on your Father’s Day budget, you can spring for a relaxing night in at an awesome hotel or resort, make it a sports-themed getaway, plan a tour of a local (or distant winery), or even a visit to a local (or distant) museum of his interest. June is a busy month so make sure to check Dad’s calendar and clear it with his boss before you start making travel arrangements.
On behalf of everyone here at Traveling Mom, we wish all those special men in your life a very Happy Father’s Day!
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.
Amanda is a freelance writer and blog owner of “The Procrastinating Mommy” – a PR friendly blog detailing her day-to-day struggles as she tries to maintain her sanity and sense of humor. Follow her on Twitter for more tips and techniques on traveling with a toddler as well as her personal rants and raves: @Amanda_AKA_Mom