12 great Father's Day activities

Special treats for dad, from our friends on Facebook and Twitter

Mexican chocolate ice cream

Annabelle Breakey

Homemade Ice Cream for Dad

Ice cream is wonderful. Homemade ice cream is so heavenly it's a sure-fire Father's Day hit. A hint of cinnamon makes this custardy, super-smooth, ice cream special.

(For a lighter treat, serve Dad DIY Tart 'n' Tangy Fro Yo)

Recipe:  Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

Facebook tip:  Hiking in Glacier National Park for the day and ice cream on the way home!! ;) - Susan Schwager


Riding rapids

Ride the rapids

Consider taking Dad for a Father's Day trip he'll never forget: white water rafting on any one of our favorite rivers.

Or, for the angler in your life, fishing is a good, relaxing alternative.

More:  Top 10 rafting trips

Twitter tip:  Treat Dad to a day of  fly fishing on the world class Snake River.  - GreerTerry@SunsetMag



Lisa Romerein

Make Dad a ballpark-inspired spread

When you're at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium, the best thing to order between innings is the piled-high Fairfax sandwich made by Canter's Deli. This is our version.

Dad will love our whole World Series menu.  

Recipe:  Hot pastrami sandwiches

Twitter tip:  Burgers & baseball parks! - deniseslatteryRT @SunsetMag

Wyoming: Grand Teton

National Park Service

Climb Grand Teton

If the dad in your life is an outdoor enthusiast, why not give him what he wants? A good climb up a beautiful mountain. Try Grand Teton or any of the West's other National Parks.

More:  The West's other National Parks

Twitter tip:  Take Dad to new heights - Climb the Grand Teton with  Exum Mountain Guides - GreerTerry@SunsetMag

San Diego bikes

Andrea Gomez

San Diego day trip for So Cal dads

San Diego is quite possibly the perfect summer day trip. Dad can enjoy the sunny weather and maybe even catch a Padres game at PETCO Park.

For a day trip:  Explore San Diego's retro neighborhood ― Kensington 

For a weekend:  San Diego summer getaway

Twitter tip:  Father's Day trip ideas - Downtown San Diego! - sdgodowntownRT @SunsetMag


2.5 MILES: Wander a wild beach

Rob Brodman

Pacific Grove day trip for Nor Cal dads

For dads who like to pedal (or dads who just like to eat seafood), Pacific Grove is an ideal, low-key day trip.

Or maybe your dad is more interested in perfecting his swing? Treat him to 18 holes at Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links.

More:  Explore Pacific Grove by bike

Twitter tip:  Carmel; golf @ PacificGrove Poor Man's Pebble Beach - Nancydbrown@SunsetMag


Leigh Beisch

Father's Day brunch

Brunch isn't just for Mother's Day anymore. Surprise Dad with this make-ahead menu, complete with Asparagus and Prosciutto Strata, Buttermilk-Currant Scones with Lemon Glaze, and Strawberry-Marmalade Salad. 

Add a glass of sparkling wine and he's sure to ask for the same gift next year.

More:  Get our make-ahead brunch menu

Facebook tip:  Champagne brunch at home with an oven omelete on the patio, PRICELESS!!!! - Kelly Dolan-Hagadorn

The Boat Shack at Nick's Cove & Cottage

Thomas J. Story

Tomales Bay for foodie fathers

You can find good local food in any number of beautiful places, but in Tomales Bay, on California's North Coast, there's a special kind of seamlessness between the act of eating and just being in nature.

This is the perfect Father's Day trip for your favorite foodie.

More:  Feast on oysters at Tomales Bay 

Twitter tip:  Osteria Stellina, Pt Reyes- great destination for Father's Day ... Best of local ingredients. - BertinoPR@SunsetMag

Wonderland of Wyoming Montana

Brown Cannon III

Explore Yellowstone

This is the granddaddy of national parks, full of waterfalls, bison, and geysers. It's a big trip, but it's one most dads are sure to love.

More:  Unforgettable Yellowstone vacation 

Twitter tip:  Take your "Old Faithful" to Old Faithful! Explore Yellowstone National Park - GreerTerry@SunsetMag

Portland Ristretto Roasters

Andrea Gomez

Portland day trip for Northwest dads

Dads who love coffee and browsing through indie shops will definitely appreciate a day trip to Portland's hip North Williams Avenue.

More:  Explore Portland's North Williams Avenue

Twitter tip:  Portland's Governor Hotel has a  Portland Brewery Tour travel package w freebies for the beer loving dad - ashleybern@SunsetMag

The Inn at Abeja, Walla Walla, WA

Tasting trip for a wine-loving dad

Don't buy him another bottle of Cab. This year, impress him with a mini wine country escape.

More:  10 irresistible mini wine country escapes

Facebook tip:  Maryhill Art Museum in the Gorge & then wine tasting! It's a treat for dad to not have to be the designated driver! - Columbia Gorge Winegrowers 

Chocolate Waffles with Poached Cherries

James Carrier

Go cherry tasting

Take Dad cherry-picking (and tasting), then serve him up one of our favorite cherry treats. Let him pick his favorite: Cherry Limeade, Chocolate Waffles with Poached Cherries, Double-Crust Cherry Tart, or Fresh Cherry Preserves.

More:  Cherry ripe

Facebook Tip:  My dad loves cherry tasting at Andy's Orchard in Morgan Hill every Father's Day... 20 some varieties... delicious! - Sunset

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