Father’s Day is June 16th. These are some of the top Father’s Day gifts and experiences you’ll find in the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley.
Father’s Day Feasts
Magnolias at the Mill: Does dad like a hearty meal and fine wine? Then the Gaucho Wine Dinner at this Purcellville restaurant is a top Father’s Day gift. On June 13 enjoy an evening on the covered patio experiencing Argentinian wines and delicious Gaucho style meat dishes. Hors d’oeuvres reception and presentation begin at 6:30pm, followed by dinner. This six course meal features a half dozen wines and you can purchase the vintages sampled.
Audley Farm: If your dad is more of a “grill your own” kind of guy, then consider a gift of Audley Angus Beef. This lean and nutritious Black Angus beef is hormone, steroid and anti-biotic free. Stop by the farm, located at 752 Audley Lane in Berryville, or visit The Butcher Station, Great Country Farms, Mackintosh Fruit Farm, Mt. Airy Farm Market or Clarke County Farmer’s Market to purchase this top quality beef.
Music to Dad’s Ears
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival: For over 50 years, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival has provided a stellar experience. This outdoor music festival, running July 19 through September 1, is housed in the Shrine Mont Pavilion at the base of Great North Mountain in Orkney Springs. Tickets are available for pavilion and lawn seating. With wonderful headliners and special concerts this season, click here for acts, show dates/times and ticket prices.
A Father’s Day of Adventure
Harpers Ferry Adventure Center: Does your dad like to take a walk on the wild side? Then a combo package from Harpers Ferry Adventure Center just might be the thing. Located by the Shenandoah River across from historic Harpers Ferry, you’ll find tubing, rafting, kayaking, zip lines, rope courses, and Segway tours. The center offers a wide variety of activity and season packages. Can’t decide which one to choose? Then get dad a gift certificate.
Wild GUYde Adventures LLC: Speaking of adventure, check out Wild GUYde, based in Harrisonburg. Lester R. Zook has been leading wilderness adventures for 30 years. He can take you and dad on a customized experience of hiking in the George Washington National Forest, rock climbing along the Blue Ridge, caving, and canoeing. Beginners are welcome! Rates depend on group size and activities. Contact Wild GUYde Adventures at (540) 433-1637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryce Resort: If you want to escape the heat, just head out to this mountain resort located in Basye. Dad a golfer? He’ll enjoy a PGA rated, 18 hole course in this Alpine setting. More of an outdoorsman? The mountain bike park has beginner and intermediate trails and uses its ski lift to get you and your bike to the top of the mountain. And if dad’s a laid-back guy, he’ll enjoy Lake Laura, a 45-acre spring fed oasis offering canoeing, paddleboating and paddleboarding. Check the website’s Summer Adventures page for activity pricing and availability.
Father’s Day Family Fun
Massanutten Resort: Just down the road from Bryce is another great playground. If younger kids (or those young at heart) are part of the Father’s Day celebration, head to this family-friendly resort near Harrisonburg for a day at the indoor/outdoor water park. Besides the water park, the escape rooms and virtual reality experience make for a multi-generational good time.
Help Dad Relax and Recover
Saumaj Health Spa: Certainly after all this activity dad deserves a little pampering. Top off his Father’s Day experience with a massage from Saumaj Health Spa. Located in the historic George Washington Grand Hotel at 103 East Piccadilly Street in Winchester, the spa offers 30, 60, and 90 minute therapeutic massages. And who knows? Because Dad’s so relaxed, he might even get a body scrub or facial. Looking good!
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