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Father’s Day Activities for the Enthusiastic Dad

Need fun Father’s Day activities for your Dad that the whole family will enjoy too? We have a few suggestions that consist of all of Dad’s favorites – food, fun, and family. We can already hear the Dad jokes in the distance.

  1. Cook-out in Paradise at Mount Rainier | Ashford, Washington

Nothing says “I love you, Dad” more than going to Paradise and having a cook-out – especially when the food includes local bison bratwursts, Annex Angus burgers, veggie burgers, and a gourmet hot dog named “The Mountain.” (It must be good if there is a nickname for it.) The kiddos also have great options for their burgers and hot dogs. Did we mention beer yet? Whatever you choose, you also get Tim’s Cascade Chips and a choice of refreshing blackberry lemonade or a tall glass of Paradise Signature Pale Ale.

The best parts are that no reservations are required and it’s outside on the Patio at Paradise Inn from noon to 2 pm. The cost is only $29 for adults and $14 for kids (includes tax and gratuity)! Dads always love a good deal! You can find out more information about this event on Mount Rainier’s website.

  1. Fill Your Stomach at The Lodge at Wakulla Springs | Wakulla Springs, Florida

The world’s greatest dad deserves the world’s greatest buffet. Eat ‘til your heart’s content at the Lodge at Wakulla Springs Father’s Day Buffet from 11 am – 4 pm. Dad will feel the almighty power while he fills his plate up with rosemary-crusted prime rib at the carving station, piling high the southern fried chicken and fried gulf shrimp while trying to leave room for the scalloped potatoes, rice pilaf, fresh steamed vegetables, creamed spinach, breadsticks, and even salad! But don’t forget to remind him that it is a buffet, and he can get multiple plates to fit everything he wants or go up for seconds or thirds.

It is truly a spectacle to see Dad in his food element, and he will love it even more since it is with the family. Adults eat for $26, kids between the ages of 6-12 are $15, and children under 5 eat for free! The Edward Ball Dining Room at the Lodge at Wakulla Springs is the perfect one-stop shop for all Father’s Day foods. Call 850-421-2000 for reservations or visit their website.

  1. Biking and Hiking at Echo Bluff State Park | Eminence, Missouri

Echo Bluff State Park is inviting you to be all up in their BBQ grill for this Father’s Day starting at 11 am. In addition to the BBQ, Echo Bluff has a variety of outdoor activities, perfect for the whole family. Make a dent in your #100MissouriMiles at Echo Bluff State Park with 4.23 miles of hiking and adrenaline-filled mountain biking trails, or include the scenic Current River Trail for more than 8 miles of trail adventures. Link up in Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry, and you’ve got more than 30 miles of wilderness trails at your fingertips.

Not only does Echo Bluff State Park have a multitude of activities, but it also has a variety of lodging options – from the Echo Bluff State Park Lodge to Park Cabins and campgrounds. Make a weekend out of it and see more information on their website.

  1. See the Sights at the North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin | Stehekin, Washington

Your Dad may want to relax but also see the beautiful sights around Washington State. Well, the Red Bus provides scenic tours to Rainbow Falls and shuttle services to the High Bridge and Pacific Crest Trail; that way, you don’t even have to leave the bus to see the sights! Starting on June 15th, the Red Bus has two trips daily for these excursions, so you get to choose what time of day you get to go. You can use the time not on the Red Bus to explore Lake Chelan’s upper estuary by kayak or canoe. There are guided trips to help you maneuver around.

When you are done adventuring outdoors for the day, grab a bite at the Lodge at Stehekin restaurant, or treat yourself to the delicious, homemade ice cream found in the general store on-site. Dad will enjoy this secluded stay at Stehekin, and you can find out more about it on their website.

  1. Relax and Unwind at The Lodge at Breckenridge | Breckenridge, Colorado

After being the best Dad every day, he deserves to relax. Bring your Dad to The Lodge at Breckenridge’s Alpine Spa. Allow Dad to replenish his soul in an oasis of please, relaxation, and peace. The teams’ expertise in all aspects of the health and beauty industry allows them to uniquely cater to your Dad’s specific needs through the wide variety of services offered including signature massages, facials, waxing, and specialty treatments.

Though Dad is like a tough-guy, we are sure he would love to be pampered for the day. After a day at the spa, visit the Traverse restaurant. Combine the relaxed feeling from the spa with the view and delicious foods from the restaurant, and Dad will feel like he is on Cloud 9. Check out their website for more information.

All these places are perfect opportunities to appreciate Dad and all other Father-figures in your life. But, we can’t end this blog without one terribly-good Dad joke.

Why did the kids give their dad a blanket for Father’s Day? Because he was the coolest dad.

National Plan For Vacation Day Deals & Special Offers

Studies consistently show that utilizing paid time off is a practice that will help you maintain work-life balance, reduce stress and allow you to recharge. But, the benefits don’t stop there. Upon returning from vacation, employees show higher productivity, stronger workplace morale and it leads to greater employee retention. Learn more from Forbes →

Unfortunately, encouragement of PTO usage is not the current business trend. The US Travel Association and its subsidiary, Project: Time Off, estimate that 662 million vacation days go unused annually by American employees. On January 30th, National Plan for Vacation Day, Americans are invited to turn the tide by planning their vacation time for the rest of the year.

Several of our properties are offering flash deals for 24 hours on January 30th in order to encourage the use of ALL vacation days by Americans by the end of 2018 and to support the Project: Time Off campaign. We hope you take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to plan out a healthier year and have an unforgettable vacation to look forward to at one of our renowned locations.

The following deals are all subject to availability and will only be offered for 24 hours on January 30th, 2018 (with the exception of the Big Sur Lodge).

Big Sur Lodge

47225 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

Take a trip to the gorgeous west coast for a remarkable experience in one of California’s most celebrated vacation destinations, Big Sur. The Big Sur Lodge will be offering up to 35% off their cozy accommodations nestled deep in the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Spend your time off basking in the tranquility of this beautiful redwood cathedral. PLAN YOUR VACATION ⟶

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Echo Bluff State Park

34489 Echo Bluff Drive, Eminence, MO 65466

Escape the pressures and stresses of the workplace, retreat to the serenity of Echo Bluff State Park and the beauty of the internationally admired Ozarks. For all of Plan for Vacation day, reserve two or more nights and get 20% offPLAN YOUR VACATION ⟶

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National Park Inn and Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier National Park

National Park Inn – 47009 Paradise Rd E, Ashford, WA 98304
Paradise Inn – 52807 Paradise Rd E, Ashford, WA 98304

The only thing better than visiting one of the most overwhelming spectacles in the United States, is doing it at a discounted rate. The Paradise Inn and National Park Inn are offering 20% off room rates PLUS a one-day complimentary snowshoe rental at their unbelievably fascinating location in Mount Rainier. PLAN YOUR VACATION ⟶

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The Lodge at Breckenridge

112 Overlook Dr, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Spend your vacation days in awe of the magnificent Rocky Mountains and beauty of its surrounding natural splendor. The Lodge at Breckenridge treats its guests with convenient proximity to the graceful Colorado environment and to the quaint town of Breckenridge. The Lodge will be featuring a 20% off discount for two or more night reservations between April 8th and June 14th, 2018. PLAN YOUR VACATION ⟶

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Bear Mountain Inn

3020 Seven Lakes Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986

With its extraordinary historical background, exceptional views and exciting year-round activities, Bear Mountain Inn is the perfect location to spend your valuable time-off. Flee the city work life and immerse yourself in relaxation with their special Plan for Vacation Day deal: reserve two nights and receive 20% off! PLAN YOUR VACATION ⟶

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Giants Ridge

6329 Wynne Creek Dr, Biwabik, MN 55708

Spend your PTO cooling off on the sleek slopes of Minnesota’s most acclaimed skiing and snowboarding destination. Giants Ridge provides exceptional Iron Range winter adventures for every level of outdoor enthusiast. Exclusive $35 adult and $25 kid lift tickets will be offered to be enjoyed for the remainder of the ski season. PLAN YOUR VACATION ⟶

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Boating In DC

The Wharf Boathouse – 690 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024
Key Bridge Boathouse – 3500 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Boating in DC activities offers paddlers two captivating experiences renowned throughout the metropolitan area – The Cherry Blossom Paddle at the Wharf Boathouse and the Cherry Blossom Tour at the Key Bridge Boathouse are featuring a free 1-hour kayak rental for every reservation made to these two mesmerizing tours. PLAN YOUR VACATION ⟶

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Unforgettable Thanksgiving Vacation Ideas for 2017

Don’t you just love the tireless cooking and tedious preparation that is required for your incoming Thanksgiving Day guests? You don’t? Maybe it’s time to try something different! Take all the stress out of your Thanksgiving holiday this year and indulge in a beautiful family getaway to one of these five legendary locations for an unforgettable feast.

Giants Ridge

6329 Wynne Creek Dr, Biwabik, MN 55708

Giants Ridge is the number one Minnesota family vacation destination and a super hub for outdoor winter recreation. As the Midwest’s top-rated ski and snowboard hot-spot, Giants Ridge offers 35 downhill ski runs and over 60 KM of the finest-groomed Nordic ski trails and snowboarding parks in Minnesota. Spend Black Friday skiing down these gorgeous slopes and burning off the calories from your festive Giants Ridge dinner the night before.  LEARN MORE ⟶

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Echo Bluff State Park

34489 Echo Bluff Drive, Eminence, MO 65466

Echo Bluff State Park is secluded from the distractions of the digital age in the heart of the uniquely beautiful Missouri Ozarks. There are more than 30 total miles of scenic wilderness trails where you can get the full Echo Bluff experience. After spending Thanksgiving Day exploring the stunning local scenery, return to the Betty Lea Lodge for an epic holiday meal at the Creekside Grill before retiring to your acclaimed contemporary accommodations. LEARN MORE ⟶

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National Park Inn at Mt. Rainier

47009 Paradise Rd E, Ashford, WA 98304

Mount Rainier is an iconic destination for world class explorers, photographers, hikers, mountain climbers, and adventurers. It’s also an unbelievable location for families to escape 14 thousand feet above sea level and onto an active volcano. The views are extraordinary especially under a blanket of ivory snow. Discover all that Mt. Rainier has to offer and then retreat to National Park Inn for their delicious annual dinner. Treat your family to a once in a lifetime Thanksgiving experience. LEARN MORE ⟶


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The Lodge at Breckenridge

112 Overlook Dr, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Voted one of the best hotels in Breckenridge by The Daily Summit, this award winning Lodge will treat you and your family to an overindulgent Thanksgiving buffet with an awe inspiring Rocky Mountain view. Breckenridge itself was voted the #1 place to visit in Colorado, #1 Best Ski Destination and #2 Best Small Town to Visit in the USA by usnews.com. You are practically guaranteed an itinerary full of great family activities and never ending Coloradoan fun. Spend the day in an adrenaline-filled state flying through a winter wonderland and then refuel with their beloved Thanksgiving buffet. LEARN MORE ⟶

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Bear Mountain Inn

3020 Seven Lakes Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986

Escape the contemporary Thanksgiving of New York’s concrete jungle to the natural fall splendor of Bear Mountain. After you spend the day exploring and indulging in the remarkable, seemingly endless reaching views of the Mountain, retreat to the historic Inn for their annual Thanksgiving buffet in the Perkins Ballroom. Spend the night there and beat the rush to the Woodbury Commons Outlets for the Black Friday deals in the morning or for another day of enjoying the wonderful State Park. LEARN MORE ⟶

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