Food & Drink

June 14, 2012

Father’s Day 2012 in South Florida and beyond

Father’s Hand, photo credit: dsgnmom blog

It’s official, every holiday is now fair game for every restaurant, bar, lounge and hotel. Not that is wasn’t in the past but some holidays just seemed to stake a natural claim on the 11am brunch, the 2pm dinner and the 8pm supper. The shift this year has come by way of Father’s Day and I have to say that the dear old Dad specials are giving Easter, Mother’s Day and New Years Eve a run for their holiday place setting. The Father’s Day pitches have been coming in fast and furious, you’d think we were at Marlins Park; which by the way the Miami Marlins are playing the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa (St. Petersburg) at Tropicana Field on Father’s Day at 1:40pm, (should you want to get away). Just like all the other holidays there are brunch, lunch, dinner and drink specials all over South Florida for Father’s Day; I’ve decided to put together an interesting list of things to do with and for Dad this weekend that includes more than just a multi-course dinner.

Sporting it out of town:

As I mentioned in the above paragraph, the Miami Marlins are playing the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa (St. Petersburg) at Tropicana Field on Father’s Day at 1:40pm

Treat Dad to a Father’s Day weekend getaways of Unlimited Golf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The package includes accommodations and golf at two of Florida’s elite courses, starting at $199 per person. The package features one round at both Raven and Burnt Pine Golf Clubs with the option of booking additional complimentary rounds (based on availability). Dads also receive a dozen personalized Titleist golf balls; use of carts; and access to Sandestin’s practice facility and driving range. Guests stay in one of Sandestin’s 1,300 condos, villas, town homes, or the resort’s hotel. The package is valid June 8 – July 31 and must be booked by June 17. Rates for all packages are based on a two-night stay and do not include fees and taxes. Guests must mention the promo code “DAD” when booking. (888) 801-4388

Take Dad to The Keys and treat him to a two night stay “Keys” style at Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada the Sportfishing Capital of the World where hopes of catching the “big one” in the backcountry waters of the Florida Keys will prevail. The Cheeca Lodge Fishing Charter Father’s Day Package features:
Two night stay at the oceanfront resort
Beverages and snacks in a weekend themed tackle box upon arrival
Half day Backcountry fishing charter
Boxed lunch with beverage during fishing charter
Call 1-800-327-2888 to book now. Cheeca Lodge & Spa 81801 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 82, Islamorada, FL 33036

Does Dad manscape? Here’s a groovy day of decadence for the Dad who grooms. This spa package will pamper him from head to toe. The location? The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. For $330 plus gratuity this “R & R” Man Spa Day includes:
Gentleman’s Massage … 50 minutes
Gentleman’s Facial … 50 minutes
Sea Salt Body Scrub…25 minutes
Dad’s choice of select beer, wine or cocktail
For more information or to make an appointment 954-465-2300. 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304

Cooking Class
Is Dad a Food Network junkie? Is he better than anyone he knows in the kitchen? Put his skills to the test on Saturday June 16 at 6pm for a hands-on cooking class with Lenore Nolan Ryan. For $55/person Lenore will guide students through an authentic Argentinean Food & Wine Experience. (if all fails, keep reading there’s a list of restaurants serving dinner below) 228 Commercial Blvd. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, 954-491-2340

photo credit:, via pinterest

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