Whether it’s Pops, the Old Man, or simply Dad, the men we call fathers deserve a day to kick back and enjoy themselves. Notoriously difficult to shop for, many dads aren’t interested in “things” as much as one-of-a-kind experiences.
No matter what type of personality you’re shopping for, PACIFIC has rounded up some of the best local treats (along with a few tangible presents for the gifty types) to make this Father’s Day one to remember:
The peace-loving dad
Offering om dads their choice of a free class, Yoga Six extends holiday namaste at each of Yoga Six’s five studios in San Diego County, Point Loma, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Solana Beach, and 4S Ranch/Rancho Bernardo. Fathers can choose from a variety of classes including vinyasa, hot and bootcamp.
The whiskey dad
Treat a spirited dad with one of these options:
Stake Chophouse & Bar will be greeting fathers with complimentary whiskey pours, to pair alongside their Wagyu Month special menu. Top picks include an Australian AACo purebred Wagyu ribeye and a Pastrami sandwich with Lone Mountain Ranch Wagyu.
1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077
Let dad take his whiskey picks at the Tableside Whiskey Wagon at Seasons Restaurant at Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara. Whether it’s bourbon, scotch or Irish whiskey, the wagon will be making rounds during the brunch and dinner hours, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.
7210 Blue Heron Pl., Carlsbad, 760.814.8677
Keep it easy, affordable, and delicious with the three B’s dad’s love: Burger, bourbon and beer. Take pops to Hotel Republic’s Trade Restaurant for a choice of a draft beer, a pour of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, and a burger for only $30.
421 W. B St., downtown, 619.398.3100
For 45 more dining options, check out a full list here.
The luxury dad
Fathers can revel in a beer and treatment combo at Driftwood Spa at Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara to keep them young and hip. Purchase the Gentleman’s Facial or Golfer’s Massage, and dad will receive a one-time complimentary pint glass at Seasons Restaurant.
7210 Blue Heron Pl., Carlsbad, 760.814.8668
Treat dad to a perfectly manly whiskey and honey facial with scalp treatment or an espresso fusion massage, a blend of Swedish, deep tissue and salt stone massages, with an espresso foot and back scrub at Pendry San Diego ($260, facial and $325,massage). Or make it a staycation with the Father’s Day Stay Crafty package, a one night stay with an exclusive special delivery from Pendry’s Craft Beer Concierge including a flight of local craft brews, Nason’s beer nuts and chips and a customized arrival letter detailing craft breweries and recommendations (rates starting at $399).
550 J St., downtown, 619.738.7000
The traveler dad
This man is a fearless journeyman, who loves hitting the road, camping, hiking and exploring National Parks. Take dad to Joshua Tree, the closest National Park to San Diego, or splurge for a Pendleton wool park blanket of your choice (such as Grand Canyon, Yosemite or Glacier) for $249. Too steep? Opt for a National Parks beanie ($19) or a Parks Trail Log with room for photos, notetaking, and mementos ($16).
The local, coastal dad
Sometimes a San Diego dad just wants to enjoy the spectacular views right at home. Relax and play games while overlooking the Pacific Ocean at L’Auberge Del Mar. For breakfast from 7-11 a.m., Coastline serves the holiday-themed Big Daddy Bloody Mary and Bacon/Whiskey Sampler alongside classic brunch fare and games including cornhole and bocce. From 11 a.m. to close, a more casual day and sunset menu includes $5 beer specials, an assortment of charcuterie and range of burgers.
1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.793.6460
For fathers that love being on the water, a brunch or dinner cruise is the perfect celebration. Two choices of departures with Flagship Cruises & Events, include a daytime Beer ‘N’ BBQ Brunch, with multiple chef’s stations and plenty of brews, or the more traditional three-course Prime Rib Dinner cruise ($42-75).
990 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero Waterfront, 619.234.4111