It’s nearly the end of the school year and there’s not a parent alive who is not busy. There are school events, barbecues and birthday parties, summer schedules to figure out, and so much more. With all of this to juggle, it’s no wonder Father’s Day seems to sneak up on us. It’s a good thing we have so many great resources in Maine to make gift giving a little easier. Here are a few ideas for all of the fantastic fathers out there:
1. Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont
by Ethan Hipple & Yemaya St. Clair
Our family loves discovering new hiking trails in New England. The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) book, “Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont” features 75 of the best family hiking, camping, and paddling trips in our region. There are some familiar trails highlighted, including favorites like Mackworth Island, Bradbury Mountain, and Gilsland Farm, but there are dozens more—both in coastal and inland Maine—that we have yet to explore. MP also loves that there is a quick, at-a-glance guide that gives parents an idea of what to expect, including trail difficulty, whether or not you can bring dogs, park fees and more handy information.
2. Gifts from Folk
Folk, which is located in Kittery Foreside, is one of MP’s favorite new gift shops. Owner Amelia Davis has a great eye for design. She offers lots of smart suggestions for Father’s Day gifts, but MP especially likes the striped Fog Linen apron (top left) and Maine made leather wallets from Nomad Leatherwork (bottom left).
Amelia’s other suggestions include: canvas and leather dopp kit bags by Meyelo, “The Meat Hook Meat Book” by Tom Meylon, which offers tips on selecting and cooking locally raised meats, natural scents from Juniper Ridge Wilderness Perfumes and Dude No. 1 from MCMC Fragrances, plus travel notebooks from Rhodia.
3. Treat him to a day on the town
Last Father’s Day, we visited the East Ender for brunch and played soccer at Bug Light. It was such a fun day out for all of us. DP hasn’t revealed what he’d like to do yet, but MP has a feeling that a visit to Little Tap House in Portland might be in order. The cozy restaurant and bar is hosting a Super Dad Day event from 3-5 p.m. with a special happy hour. They call the event “Bring Your Own Baby,” but MP is hoping that 7- and 9-year olds can come, too. CP#1 and #2 are still her babies after all!
Whatever your family has planned, we wish all the great dads, uncles, and grandfathers out there the happiest of Father’s Days!
And before we forget, our kind friends at the Appalachian Mountain Club are offering a free copy of “Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont” to one lucky Cute Potato reader. To enter, comment below and we’ll pick a winner at random. Contest ends Sunday, June 14, 2015 at midnight EST. Good luck!