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THREE IDEAS FOR A FATHER’S DAY BONDING WEEKEND

THREE IDEAS FOR A FATHER’S DAY BONDING WEEKEND

29 MAY 2017

Your dad has done a lot for you over the years – whether that meant building your treehouse escape, teaching you to swim or passing on his love of food – and Father’s Day is the time to say thanks. Show your love and appreciation by planning a weekend bonding session around all the things he loves most. Here are three getaway ideas for spending some quality time with dad.


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THE DAD WHO LOVES THE OUTDOORS

AN ADVENTURE IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

An inspiration to adventurers and artists alike, the rugged, jaw-dropping beauty of the Yosemite Valley is the perfect stage for every conceivable outdoor endeavor. Whether you and dad make the difficult ascent to the top of Half Dome, take in the views from Glacier Point or hit the rapids on the Merced River, this national park is the ideal place to connect and explore.

Plan your visit at nps.gov.

WHERE TO STAY

Tenaya Lodge

1122 Hwy. 41, Fish Camp
Located just outside the national park, this resort makes an excellent base camp. Staff can help you set up guided hikes and fly-fishing excursions, as well as some spa pampering at the end of the day’s expeditions.

Find more lodging options at travelyosemite.com.

WHAT TO DO

Hike to Glacier Point

Glacier Point one of the most famous viewpoints in the park, and while you could drive there, experienced hikers may want to take the long way via the strenuous Four Mile Trail. Reward yourselves with ice cream at the top.

TAKE ROCK CLIMBING LESSONS

If you and dad aren’t ready to tackle El Capitan, the Yosemite Mountaineering School at Half Dome Village offers rock climbing lessons and guided excursions.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

The Majestic Yosemite Dining Room

1 Ahwahnee Dr.
Enjoy steakhouse fare with floor-to-ceiling views of the park at this magnificent hotel restaurant.

THE MOUNTAIN ROOM AT YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE

9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr.
The menu of this mid-century dining room features some local and sustainable options, as well as a stunning window on Yosemite Falls.

WHAT TO BRING

The outdoors can bring the unexpected, so pack lots of layers, sun protection and sturdy shoes or hiking boots. And don’t forget binoculars, as well as something to wear for dinner—some of the hotel dining rooms have a dress code. The bold vertical contours of the Yosemite 21-inch Spinner Carry-On recall the granite cliffs of El Capitan and offer hard-wearing protection for essential gear. The zippered expander creates even more room for whatever dad needs for his next adventure.
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THE DAD WHO ENJOYS THE FINER THINGS

A SAILING WEEKEND IN SAUSALITO

Located just across the bridge from San Francisco, the compact city of Sausalito has long been a day-tripper’s dream, attractive mainly for its views of the City by the Bay. But the city also boasts a vibrant sailing community with plenty of opportunities for you and dad to spend some quality time on the water, taking in Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the surrounding Marin Headlands.

WHERE TO STAY

Inn Above Tide

30 El Portal, Sausalito
Take full advantage of Sausalito’s waterside setting and book rooms with sweeping views of the bay at this cozy boutique inn.

WHAT TO DO

Set Sail on the Bay

Captain Kirk’s San Francisco Sailing offers private, half-day sightseeing cruises in the Bay, or along the coast, in one of their small fleet of yachts. If dad is a novice sailor, you can also arrange lessons with a certified instructor.

SLEEP ON A YACHT

SF Bay Adventures offers overnight excursions aboard the Seaward, an 82-foot schooner.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

Sushi Ran

107 Caledonia St., Sausalito
This local staple is also one of the top sushi restaurants in America, crafting plates that are as mouthwatering as they are beautiful.

Fish Restaurant

350 Harbor Dr., Sausalito
Don’t let the humble surroundings fool you, this bayside shack’s plates of sustainably-caught salmon and crab are winning accolades.

Barrel House Tavern

660 Bridgeway, Sausalito
Craft cocktails and pints of local microbrews are the perfect way to unwind after a day on the water.

WHAT TO BRING

Sausalito is a casual town, so aim for a relaxed wardrobe. On the water, boat shoes, a brimmed hat and a light jacket are must-haves when the weather can go from sunny and warm to grey and chilly in a matter of minutes. The sleek San Marcos Duffel is perfect for stowing in tight quarters and the water-resistant nylon exterior keeps everything dry.
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THE DAD WHO JUST WANTS TO RELAX

THE BEST OF THE BEACH AND THE CITY IN SAN DIEGO

The last stop south in California, San Diego offers an unbeatable combination of stunning beaches and top-notch urban amenities. You could take surfing lessons, take a rugged hike to Black’s Beach, or tour the museum-packed Balboa Park—not to mention the city’s world-famous zoo. But if your dad is the type who’d rather do a lot of nothing at all, the city has plenty for that too. San Diego’s balmy weather and laid-back attitude means that he can kick back on the beach, hit up a brewery or just watch the sunset and you’ll both fit right in.

WHERE TO STAY

Tower23 Hotel

723 Feldspar St., San Diego
This oceanfront boutique hotel is steps away from Pacific Beach and has everything you and dad need to enjoy a chilled-out weekend. Bond on the sun deck, unwind at the spa, or order a spread from the raw bar at JRDN, Tower23’s restaurant.

WHAT TO DO

Brewery Tour

San Diego is home to more than 130 craft breweries and you’ll want some expert advice on how to make the most of this bounty. San Diego Brewery Tours and Brew Hop can both build custom tours to suit dad’s taste.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

Juniper and Ivy

2228 Kettner Blvd., San Diego
Enjoy artful California cuisine, like pink snapper ceviche, uni on toast, and Wagyu short ribs, in the hip Little Italy neighborhood.

Herringbone

7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla
Treat dad to a brunch of lobster rolls and kumamoto oysters at this modern surf and turf spot.

Bali Hai

2230 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego
Catch up over this Polynesian restaurant’s legendary Mai Tais, right on San Diego Bay.

WHAT TO BRING

The Ricardo Essentials Rolling Duffel has sporty styling that suits San Diego’s casual atmosphere and has plenty of room for beach essentials (and some souvenirs from the brewery tour). Dad can stash his grooming products and sunscreen in the water-resistant Ricardo Essentials 10-Inch Travel Organizer.

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