Father’s Day, a day in June that makes loved ones scramble to find a grand gesture to make Dad feel appreciated. How can you remember Dad when it comes to Father’s Day? Personally, I tend to remember Father’s Day because the USGA has set golf’s U.S. Open up to end on that Sunday every year. An easy solution for me, but what ideas can help you remember?
I think that simple acts of kindness go a long way in everyday life, and just trying to help out when possible can show anyone how much you care. By doing this you don’t have to have one grand gesture just for Father’s Day, but the small gestures add up and he’ll see the ways in which you try to help. For those that may not have the time for this method however, let’s take a look at some ideas here in the Blue Ridge Mountains that might make Dad smile!
Not all love the game, but we can agree that most Dad’s have given golf a shot. The Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains are synonymous with the game. If you don’t personally play, try to drop hints as to which course your Dad likes to play and then do some research to pick up some gift cards. Some courses will do gift card specials around Father’s Day to help out the family members who don’t know much about the game. Here’s a quick tip, the main things to ask are how much is a typical round, how long is the card good for, and are there any restrictions on using the card. This will give you the information you need on price and restrictions you might not have thought about.
If you are a golfer and don’t know where to play or maybe want to try a new “track”, here’s a few of my ideas for each region of the Blue Ridge Mountains that I would suggest based on price and enjoyability.
Locust Hills GC- Martinsburg, WV
Blue Ridge Shadows GC- Front Royal, VA
Bryce Resort GC- Basye, VA
Massanutten Resort- Woodstone Meadows (better for beginners)/ Mountain Greens (more experienced players)- Massanutten, VA
Wintergreen Resort- Stoney Creek/ Devils Knob (super challenging)- Wintergreen, VA
There seems to be a festival for everything these days and this could be the perfect time to take Dad out for some fun.
6th Annual Hop Blossom Festival- June 9th
It might be a week early, but this Craft Beer extravaganza is sure to make Dad a happy camper. This event is held in the Old Town of Winchester, Virginia. This festival is “focusing on craft beer education, exposing participants to the growing popularity and love for great craft beer. This year we’ll feature 40+ breweries, winner announcement of our 6th annual homebrew competition and more!” It also helps that the event is a fundraiser for gooddogz.org, which is an animal welfare organization that the event has helped raise over $72,000 for!
“This is a festival about all that is unique, artistic, and welcoming in Shepherdstown! Last years attendance was approximately 8,000 people! Street Fest is one of the best fine arts & crafts festivals in the region, along with great live music and kids’ activities, it is an event for EVERYONE!” Admission is free and all proceeds this year will go to the Shepherdstown Public Library, and Potomac Valley Audubon Society!
If Dad is a music lover, it’s not too late to pick up some tickets for festivals or concerts that are happening this summer! Music is a great way that people express themselves and it’s amazing how music connects a variety of different people. Here are few that we know of that you might want to check out.
“SVMF has been bringing well-known, award-winning musical artists to the Valley for more than 50 years! We present 8 to 10 concerts each summer from mid-July to Labor Day weekend and strive to bring you the best in rock/pop, country, bluegrass, folk and symphonic music!”
Check out their Facebook page for ticket information!
Jiffy Lube Live
This is a great outdoor venue for music goers to experience their favorite band/ group in an amphitheater setting. With events running now through October, you’re sure to find a favorite that Dad will enjoy!
Remember friends, it might not be one grand gesture that will make Dad remember Father’s Day, it could be those small gestures that add up to make him proud. Whether it’s mowing the lawn when he’s busy, or taking out the trash after a long day. Those gestures will make him smile more times than not. If you are one for grand gestures, I hope the ideas I had will peak your interest and give this wonderful region in Virginia a chance to shine!
Last year’s Father’s Day Blog- Dads and Grads: Upcoming Food and Beer Celebrations