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Check into these 10 fun places to celebrate Father’s Day

Need places to travel with dad for Father's Day? We found the perfect destinations for your trip with Dad!

Surfers in the water at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, California.
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It’s hard to believe we are nearly halfway through the year! It’s even harder to believe that Father’s Day is right around the corner. Dads might appreciate a new tie or a barbecue accessory this Father’s Day. But if you want to go above and beyond by giving the gift of an unforgettable trip, we’ve rounded up a list of fun things and places to travel with Dad on Father’s Day. From surfing some of California’s finest ocean waves to horseback riding through agave fields in Tequila, Mexico, browse our list of the best places to travel with Dad for Father’s Day.

For the oenophile dad: The Estate Yountville

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Located in the heart of Napa Valley, The Estate Yountville offers wine-loving dads an array of exciting activities to enjoy during a Father’s Day getaway. The 22-acre village-within-a-village features the following activities:

  • Learning the art of sabering
  • Yountville Stroll through the finest tasting rooms in town
  • Private tour of the garden and grounds that finishes with a wine and food pairing
  • Luxurious spa suite experience complete with a gourmet spa lunch and champagne
  • Private hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley, complemented with premium sparkling wine

For the adrenaline-seeking dad: The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa

Equinox Resort fly fishing
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The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa is an upscale, historic resort nestled within Vermont’s Green Mountains and surrounded by more than 900 acres of the scenic Preservation Trust. Ideal for outdoors people, the property offers many unique opportunities for dads who want to engage their adventurous side. Highlights include:

  • Award-winning 18-hole course
  • Tennis
  • Guided hiking
  • Upland hunting
  • Waterfowling

Hard-to-find-elsewhere activities include:

  • Sporting clays with Orvis Shooting School
  • Falconry lessons with the resort’s master falconer
  • Off-roading with Land Rover Driving School
  • Fly-Fishing with Orvis on the resort’s fully stocked casting ponds and Vermont’s thrilling Battenkill River

For the East Coast beach-loving dad: Sanderling Resort

Sanderling Resort in North Carolina
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A premier full-service resort on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Sanderling Resort boasts 123 rooms, suites, and five vacation homes. Sprawled across 13 acres between the Atlantic Ocean and serene Currituck Sound, Sanderling is ideal for securing quality family time this Father’s Day. Guests enjoy various amenities, including an outdoor pool, oversized fire pits, and fine dining at Kimball’s Kitchen.

The on-site Spa at Sanderling offers a gentleman’s menu of services for Dad, including the Pine Island Journey and Scotch’ n’ Water Soak. The resort provides immediate access to a breadth of activities that immerse visitors in the Outer Banks experience, including:

  • The beach
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Boat tours
  • Kayaking
  • Tandem hang gliding

For the West Coast surfer dad: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

A view of Salt Creek Beach from The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California.
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Situated directly above perhaps Orange County’s premier surfing beach in Dana Point, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers a “SoCal Surf Experience” that will have you and your dad enjoying your time in the water regardless of your prior surfing expertise (or lack thereof). If you and your dad are total groms, have The Ritz-Carlton’s Eco-Adventure Center book you a surf lesson at the nearby Doheny State Beach, where experts can show you the ropes in the gentler waves. If you and your dad have much more expertise, check with their concierge desk to get all the equipment you need to ride the bigger waves at Salt Creek. The Ritz-Carlton even has beach butlers to help with beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, food and beverages, and much more!

Beyond the beach, The Ritz-Carlton has plenty more to make your dad’s surf trip memorable. Chef Richard Sandoval’s Raya offers phenomenal Latin American fusion fare with fantastic ocean views. Their spa always offers wonderfully relaxing massages, facials, pedicures, and a fully equipped fitness center. And whenever your dad wants to do more, Laguna Beach and Dana Point Harbor are a short drive away.

For the outdoor-loving dad: Eastwind Hotel & Bar

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Located in Windham, New York, the Eastwind Hotel & Bar is an ideal place for dads to disconnect from their busy lives and immerse themselves in all the Catskill Mountains offer. Make the most of this special Father’s Day by connecting with nature as a family in Eastwind’s new Lushna Suites. Ideal for up to four guests, the pet-friendly “glamping” accommodation offers a private restroom, fire pit, hammock, saunas, and adjoining outdoor deck with panoramic mountain views.

Guests can enjoy the following amenities:

  • Breakfast baskets and cocktails delivered daily throughout the property
  • Bike rentals
  • Hiking trails
  • Fire pits, ideal for making dinner

Grilling kits and s’mores kits are available upon request. Nearby, various outdoor activities await, including hiking, horseback riding, and fly fishing.

For the “Cool Dad”: Urban Cowboy Lodge

Urban Cowboy Lodge
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Dad can’t spend enough time in the fresh outdoors? At Urban Cowboy Lodge, a mountain escape nestled on 68 acres in the Big Indian Wilderness inside of Catskills Park, dads can enjoy:

  • Panoramic mountain views
  • Nightly bonfires
  • Miles of mountain trails
  • The Esopus Creek that runs through the property for fishing or taking a cold plunge

Perfect for dads with an appetite, The Lodge recently launched the top culinary program in the Catskills, spotlighting woodfire cooking, whole animal butchery, and hyper-local ingredients. Don’t forget the bar menu, which offers regionally brewed beers, natural wines, and clever craft cocktails. The best part? The whole family is encouraged to disconnect, as no cell service is one of the hotel’s most lavish amenities.

For the “Rock Star Dad”: Hutton Hotel

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Dad can find his inner rock star at Nashville’s iconic Hutton Hotel through its unique Fender Play in-room experience, 2 Writers Studios, and on-premise music venue, Analog.

With Hutton’s free in-room Fender partnership, Dad gets a preloaded iPad with Fender Play — the complete learning platform equipped with a guided learning path and bite-sized lessons for a variety of levels — and a variety of guitars, ukuleles, and more for him to jam out.

Whether he’s a musician by trade or at heart, the 2 Writers Studios are fully equipped to create new music explicitly designed to honor the art of songwriting. When he’s ready to put down the guitar, Analog, the property’s state-of-the-art, intimate music venue, showcases Nashville’s vibrant music community and crafts cocktails within a living room feel.

For the “Pampered Dad”: Nemacolin

A view of the Laurel Highlands from Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania.
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Nestled in the stunning Laurel Highlands in Western Pennsylvania, Nemacolin has made “Real Life Magic” happen since 1987, and it’s the perfect place to take your father when he’s in the mood for a special weekend full of sumptuous luxury and sophisticated adventures. Fully stocked with multiple gourmet restaurants, 2 of Pennsylvania’s finest golf courses, an incredible on-campus art collection, equestrian adventures, the Woodlands Spa and Salon, and much more available on-site, it’s pretty hard to get bored while staying at Nemacolin.

Suppose you’re worried this resort is “too fancy” to be fun; fear not. From “cosmic bowling” and target paintball to indoor axe throwing and Jeep off-roading, Nemacolin has much to do at The Peak and elsewhere to keep you and pops having the time of your lives. You can even try shooting and fishing at Nemacolin Field Club to build your relationship with your father. And if you’re thinking of surprising your dad with a trip to Nemacolin later this year, stay tuned for the grand reopening of the newly renovated all-suite Grand Lodge in August. (In the meantime, though, Nemacolin offers plenty of gorgeous rooms and suites at The Chateau and Falling Rock.)

For the cocktail connoisseur dad: Casa Salles

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Casa Salles is a new 25-room boutique hotel in Tequila, Mexico — an oasis in the heart of a spirits-making town. Perfect for a tequila-loving dad, the property is adjacent to La Guarreña Distillery, producer of El Tequileño tequila. The contemporary luxury hotel also features balcony views of 150-year-old mango trees, rainfall showers, a tranquility spa, and Mango Cocina de Origen restaurant, which features regional Mexican cuisine with a twist.

After horseback riding through nearby agave fields, Dad can enjoy a tour of the distillery and taste the brand’s entire portfolio, which includes the world’s only Reposado Rare. This unique and limited Tequila has been aged in a large American oak barrel for six years and four months. Casa Salles is within walking distance of Tequila’s town square, so book a walking tour and experience the magic of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

For the movie buff dad: Hotel Barriere Le Majestic

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As any film fanatic knows, Cannes Film Festival is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous red-carpet events of the year. For dads who would love to be immersed in the hustle and bustle of movie magic royalty, look no further than Hotel Barriere Le Majestic. Located on the Croisette, facing the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, and next to the old port, Le Majestic offers unmatched views of the Mediterranean Sea and features 349 rooms and suites, many of which overlook the red carpet.

The property boasts multiple restaurants and bars, including the often-star-studded Fouquet’s by three Michelin-starred Chef Pierre Gagnaire. A private beach opposite the Lérins island offers wakeboarding, paddle boating, water-skiing, and parasailing. There’s also a lavish spa ideal for resetting after a day of exploration. Guests can screen films in the property’s private projection room and theater.

Whether your beloved dad is a road tripper, a surfer, a cinephile, or an international traveling fanatic, these places to travel with Dad for Father’s Day make not only great Father’s Day gifts but also offer off-the-grid and unique experiences that are sure to be once-in-a-lifetime memories for your dad. Pair any of these experiences with a physical gift from our Father’s Day gift guide, these great Father’s Day golf gifts, perfect Father’s Day grooming gifts, and the best grilling gifts for Father’s Day to make this Father’s Day even that much better!

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