Hi friends! Father’s Day is quickly approaching! If you still can’t figure out what to get you father or any of the Father-figures in your life, I’m hoping this list of unique Father’s Day gift ideas will help! The ideas below are for the many different personalities of dads out there. From those who enjoy outdoor adventures or love grilling to those who need to relax or are passionate travelers, I think you’ll agree, this list has something for every father out there!
In addition to these gift ideas, experiences are always a fun way to go. For example, concert tickets or surprising your Dad with dinner at his favorite restaurant. For a sentimental Dad, think about creating a photo album from a family trip or framing a family photo that can be put in his office. I have made similar items for my Dad through Shutterfly and they are quite quick and easy to create. At the end of the day, the most important thing is making sure Dads know how special and loved they are.
What unique gifts have you given a loved one?
Are you doing anything fun for Father’s Day? Do you already have a gift picked out?
I would love to hear what you’re giving your father this year and what you have planned. I will be doing a joint celebration for Father’s Day and my mom’s birthday with my family next week.
Vacation withdrawals is a real thing. I’m learning that is especially true when you come back to the DC area after a trip to Jamaica. First, I tried to wear shorts when the high temperature was 64 degrees. Then my tan started to fade and my daydreams of laying at the beach continually interfere with my daily to-do list. Finally, I realize I should probably stop replying, “No problem mon!” to people. Almost a week after this trip and I’m still struggling. I guess the better the trip, the worse the withdrawals!
Despite the reports of Hurricane Matthew hitting Jamaica and freaking out my friends and family, Will and I had a great time exploring the country. It was a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. Thankfully, being on the west side of Jamaica in a Montego Bay put us pretty far from the hurricane’s wrath and we only had some rain late one night and early one morning. The only downside about our trip was that parts of the hotel shutdown as a precaution for the hurricane, but that really didn’t stop us from having a blast.
Our trip started off with beach time and some snorkeling. The hotel we stayed out was on a peninsula in Montego Bay, which gave us amazing views. It was also all-inclusive so we were never hungry or thirsty. I’d say the best thing we ate was the jerk chick and festivals which is basically fried dough that has some kind of amazingly delicious ingredient in it. While we spent a lot of time on the beach, hanging out and reading, we also enjoyed the pool, which had a lazy river and water slides.
On our second to last day, we climbed water falls at Dunn’s River Falls, had lunch at a beautiful outdoor Jamaican restaurant and then visited Bob Marley’s hometown. The excursion was with a group of about 15 people, and it was a phenomenal and affordable way for us to see the countryside and local parts of Jamaica. If you’re interested in booking a similar trip, I’d recommend checking out CheapCaribbean.com. We booked our trip back in May and were able to get a great deal.
I am back in the real world now, but thankfully I feel less stressed and more rejuvenated than when I left. That’s the point of vacation right?! If you are contemplating taking time off work to relax, do it and don’t feel bad about it! I like to think of it as an investment in my sanity.
Yesterday, I shared an overview and photos of my road trip from Portland to San Francisco. There were a few things and places that I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone planning a similar trip. So, here are the best things to do in San Francisco, Portland and everywhere in between!
Things to Do in Portland
If you can travel around the city by bike, do it! It’s such an easy way to see the city and the traffic/cars were not overwhelming like it can be in some cities. We lucked out in booking a hotel that had bikes for their guests to use for free, but Cycle Portland has great reviews on their rentals and tours if you are looking for a recommendation. One of my favorite meals on our whole road trip was brunch at Tasty n Alder. It WOW’d all of us! The family style food was delicious and every dish we tried had such a lovely combination flavors. It’s obvious the chefs really care about the food they serve. On top of that, the prices were not bad and the restaurant had a great Portland vibe!
Stop by one of Portland’s breweries for a pint. We didn’t have time for this but I have heard Deschutes Brewery is a must!
Check out the food truck options for lunch.
Visit the Oregon Maritime Museum.
Stroll through the Japanese Gardens.
A Must-Do in Oregon
OREGON WINERIES – Located right about 30 miles from Portland, Stoller winery was easily my favorite of the two we visited in Oregon. One thing to keep in mind — some wineries in Oregon and California cater more towards their wine club members. The first winery we went to, Bergstrom, was like this. At that winery only members could bring food, and what was available to visitors was limited. I was not expecting some wineries to be like that, but thankfully the second winery we went to, Stoller, was not like this. It was a stunning haven for travelers and visitors. Their wine tasting was great quality and included several wines that have high ratings. They also had a assortment of cheese and meats which helped hold us over until dinner.
Things to Do in San Francisco
This city has a lot to offer and so much to take in. Our dinner at Absinthe Brasserie & Bar was my favorite meal of our road trip. Everything we ordered at this French restaurant was fabulous. They also served absinthe and several creative cocktails, which were both pretty and delicious. San Francisco has tons of our tours to choose from as well, but I recommend booking those in advance. Some of the bay cruises and popular Alcatraz tours were selling tickets two weeks out. We ended up doing a bay cruise that gave us great views of the city. It is definitely a good thing to do after a day of walking around the city.
The best tour we had on this trip was the San Francisco Love Tour. This tour took us all over the city in a decked out VW van that played 60s music the whole time. One thing that made this tour so nice was that it was a more personal experience than a tour in a giant bus with 70 people. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable of the city as well–none of our questions were left unanswered!
More things to do in San Francisco:
Visit Alcatraz. You can easily combine this with a bay cruise.
See the street from Full House. We saw this on the Love Tour!
Stop by the original Ghiradelli Ice Cream and Chocolate shop in Ghiradelli Square. You know I did this!
Check out the Fisherman’s Wharf and waterfront.
Go to the Palace of Fine Arts.
Visit Golden Gate Park.
Check out the Cable Car Museum. We loved seeing how the cable cars work!
If you are visiting San Francisco, take advantage of the city’s proximity to California wine country and plan to have at least one full day to check it out!
CALIFORNIA WINERIES – Hands down, my favorite winery of the whole trip was Chateau Montelena. We had a fabulous time from the moment we got there and our wine tasting was everything I hoped a wine tasting would be (seriously)! The staff was very knowledgable and told us the story of how the winery’s Chardonnay beat out French wines in a historic blind tasting. That event changed how the world viewed California’s wine. We did a couple other wine tastings in Sonoma and Napa and spent a night out there to really get a feel for the culture there.
In addition to these places, the Oregon coastline and Redwood forests should be must-dos on your list if you are visiting the Pacific Northwest. The scenery was truly stunning, so get outside and explore if you are visiting the area.