From dream escapes in Japan to fantasy golf experiences in North Carolina, these trips around the June 21 holiday should score you some major points with the old man.
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado
This year, Father’s Day happens to land on the first day of summer. It’s only fitting then to kick things off with one of the ultimate rites of the season — grilling. The man in your life can hone his chops against the backdrop of Colorado’s majestic southern Rockies at The Broadmoor’s quickly booking BBQ University. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort will host classes with grill master and bestselling cookbook author Steven Raichlen over two sessions, June 3 to 6 and June 7 to 10. The theme of this cooking course, “Up in Smoke,” initiates students into the more elegant arts of cooking with fire — from hot and cold smoking to pairing foods with the right types of wood. When he’s not mastering the likes of Carolina pork shoulder and single-malt whiskey smoked salmon, your guy can take advantage of the historic property’s 5,000-acre wilderness setting. It offers plenty of opportunities to play (golf, sports fishing, horseback riding) and to kick back in the Five-Star spa.
Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, North Carolina
From June 19 to 22, North Carolina’s legendary Pinehurst golf resort offers a Father’s Day retreat that hits all the sweet spots. With copper cupola-topped, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Carolina Hotel as home base for three nights, dads can take a swing at greatness by playing two world-class courses (including Pinehurst No. 2, site of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open); attending special viewings of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship; enjoying lavish daily breakfast and dinner; and partying with the likes of Carolina native son and award-winning writer James Dodson, who will serve as Master of Ceremonies for a weekend steeped in Southern charm. There’s a lot for the family to do, too, from enjoying the hotel’s famous high tea each afternoon to strolling the Village of Pinehurst on a guided tour.
Invest in a change of scenery for the jet-setting business traveler, hipster dad or tech tycoon with the “Men’s Chill Out” package at the ultra-modern, 290-room Conrad Tokyo in the city’s Shiodome area. Call it the sophisticate’s way to unplug. With a choice of a Bay View Room or City Room at this property decked in blue chip art, guests check in and slip into smart pajamas fashioned by Japanese menswear designer du jour, Jun Hashimoto (he made them look cool enough to be worn indoors or out). Special Aromatherapy Associates bath amenities are also male-specific. At the sleek TwentyEight skyscraper bar and lounge, a fancy cigar, highball of Ballantine’s 17-year-old whisky and live music ease body and mind into a state of true R&R. Our favorite thing: complimentary breakfast at Cerise. Shouldn’t your favorite man be able to have citrus French toast and his huevos rancheros, too?
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City
Indulge your leading man’s inner Rat Packer with a swinging two-night stay at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, including entertainment and pampering at Spa Toccare. Through June 25, the Spring Retreat Package is a fun way to live like a VIP with perks such as a Borgata Classic Room, two complimentary Comedy Club tickets, $25 in slot credits, four passes to the spa’s Pump Room fitness center and a $100 dining allowance you can put towards a splurge at one of the signature restaurants, including Bobby Flay Steak and Izakaya. If sipping cocktails while lounging around one of Borgata’s six opulent pools simply isn’t enough, top all of that off with add-ons at The Barbershop at Spa Toccare. Book services like a customized men’s sports facial or The Whole Nine Yards, a signature mix of treatments including a haircut, sports manicure and signature shave. Pop can feel like a million bucks even if he just lost it all at the poker table.