The Best Resort Packages for Dad
Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Ala. (All photos courtesy of resort)
By Katrina Brown Hunt
Father’s Day has long played second fiddle to flowers-and-brunch Mother’s Day, but hotels have figured out a nice secret: Dads are typically pretty easy to please.
We found a plethora of Dad-centered packages — with barbecues, beer tastings, and rounds of golf, as well as creative spa treatments, cool flight simulators, and even a little pampering for what may be Dad’s favorite family member (the car). Here are 11 resorts where you can take Dad for a little coddling — and the rest of the family can whoop it up at the same time:
Pursell Farms (Sylacauga, Ala.)
This resort overlooking the Appalachian foothills near Birmingham is a no-brainer for tackle-box-toting dads. Stay at one of the luxury cabins or cottages and you can do The Killer Bass Fishing Package, which will begin on Father’s Day weekend and run throughout the summer. You’ll get the use of a boat with trolling motor, snacks and soft drinks, a lakeside lunch box, and a country-style breakfast. The resort also has golf, duck and quail hunting, and a clay-shooting range. The package starts at $149 per person.
Otesaga Resort Hotel (Cooperstown, N.Y.)
The hometown of the Baseball Hall of Fame is a natural Father’s Day destination, and the Otesaga Resort Hotel is upping the ante with its Grand Slam Package, which includes daily breakfast, one lunch, and tickets the Hall of Fame, as well as tickets to the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum. As a bonus, Cooperstown is also home to enough microbreweries and wineries to have its own Cooperstown Beverage Trail, where you can take tours or do tastings. The Otesaga hotel package starts at $419 a night.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
The legendary Peninsula in Bev Hills is opening the spa (and the garage) to dads with its Double Detail for Dad package, which runs all though June: Dad gets a 90-minute body scrub and deep-tissue massage in The Peninsula Spa while Dad’s car gets its own spa day—a custom car wash downstairs in The Peninsula garage. The add-on package is $245, while summer weekend rates start at $910 a night.
Farmer’s Daughter Hotel (Los Angeles)
If dad grew up watching “Top Gun” over and over, the retro Farmer’s Daughter Hotel in the Fairfax district of L.A. has his number: its package with Fly the Dream lets him play in a state-of-the-art F-16 simulator, with 180-degree screens for a pretty darn realistic flying experience. The family-friendly hotel also has a pool and offers good proximity to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, CBS Television City, and the beloved shopping mall The Grove. The package starts at $299 and is available through June.