Mom's have mother/daughter spa packages for their Mother's Day gifts, so what about Dad? Don't feel bad for him. Dear old Dad has plenty of special golf packages he can enjoy with his sons and daughters. Besides golf, Father's Day specials include deals to country music venues, California sunset cruises and deep sea fishing off the Florida Coast.
For a more interesting and novel Father's Day trip, country music lovers can start packing now because Dad will be surprised when he opens up an envelope with a vacation package to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry (tel. 866/972-OPRY; www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylordopryland/packages/FathersDay_2005.cfm) inside. In addition to the Opry, there's the Tennessee Cruzin' National Car Show, one of the country's premiere classic car gatherings, in town. Costing $139 per person based on double occupancy, the one night all inclusive package good for Saturday, June 17, 2006 includes one night of accommodation at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, a Father's Day brunch, admission to the car show, tickets to the band Lonestar's concert immediately after the car show, round-trip transportation to the car show and concert, a Delta flatboat ride, two drinks at Rusty's Sports Bar, a VIP coupon book with over $250 worth of savings on items all over the city including Bass Pro/Outdoor World. Ending June 18, 2006, Bass's Father's Day sale offers savings on all fishing and hunting equipment. To purchase this package, you can reserve it online or call the Gaylord Opryland directly at the number listed above.
If you live in California, Hornblower Holidays (tel. 888/467-6256; www.hornblowerholidays.com/Newport-Beach/Newport-Beach-fathers-day.asp) has a Father's Day travel special that gets you out on the ocean for a Newport Beach afternoon brunch or evening dinner cruise. The brunch cruise boards at 11:30a.m. on Father's Day, September 18, 2006, and sets sail at noon. Considering it's a full brunch, the price of $54.95 for adults and $27.48 for children from ages 4 to 12, is reasonable. In addition to complimentary champagne, the meal includes fresh baked breads, mixed greens, seafood pasta salad, fresh fruits, home fries with onions and peppers, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, huevos rancheros, waffles with maple syrup, and a dessert tray featuring cakes, tortes, and pastries. The cruise is also available in San Diego, Marina Del Ray, and San Francisco. Prices will vary slightly. The San Diego brunch cruise, for example, costs $44.95. Dinner cruises go up in price by approximately $20, costing upwards of $60 or so depending on location.
Floridians or fishermen can always head down to Key West (www.fla-keys.com/fishing) for a host of fishing tournaments centered on father-son fishing expeditions. There are three fishing tournaments in and around Key West during Father's Day weekend including a dolphin competition and an International Game Fish Association deep sea competition for young fisherman. For kids ages 5 to 16, this tournament allows children to test what their dad's taught them. This particular event is the championship so only those who qualify can compete, but there are plenty of other events nearby for fathers and sons to do together like tarpon catching in Islamorada.
For golfers around the East Coast, Pennsylvania has a website specifically devoted to golfers and golfing packages. Stay and Play Pennsylvania (tel. 814/849-5197; www.playandstayinpa.com/playandstay/index.jsp) has packages like a stay and play trip in Dutch County near Hershey where for $215.25 you get two nights and three rounds of golf at a choice of three different courses. Accommodations are at the Comfort Inn in New Cumberland in the southeast section of the state. This package is good through October 31, 2006. There's also a bed and breakfast package good through August 31, 2006, starting at $67 per night at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Free breakfast is included. In all, there are 39 different golf packages to choose from at this site, most of which are good over Father's Day weekend.
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