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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

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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.

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Father’s Day is fast approaching, and as usual, MP is behind schedule! Thankfully, there are plenty of great shops and purveyors nearby to help with gift giving. Take for example the smart folks at Coffee by Design, who are offering a special, dark roast just for dads. Even better, one dollar for each pound sold of this coffee goes to Boys to Men—a non-profit organization that teaches adolescent boys the importance of non-violence and respect for all genders.

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Father’s Day is on Sunday, and MP needs to find a thoughtful gift for DP. Truth be told, he ordered himself a heart monitor for exercising, but that’s not quite what she had in mind. Here are some of the ideas she’s mulling over for Dad Potato’s big day:

1. A Visit to Lion’s Pride 

DP went to Ebenezer’s Pub in Lovell recently and still raves about the visit. The pub, which boasts 35 Belgian beers on tap, was named the #1 beer bar in America by Beer Advocate Magazine. Impressive, right?  Jen and Chris Lively, who own Ebenezer’s, also own Ebenezer’s Brew Pub in Brunswick. The Brunswick location has a tremendous selection of beers and a menu that includes house made Belgian frites. We can’t wait to visit.

Handblown glass taps at Ebenezer’s in Brunswick

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Does Father’s Day seem to sneak up on you every year? If you’re searching for ideas, here are a few last minute gifts for Dad:

Local Sprits
Cold River Vodka has a loyal following, but did you know the Freeport distillery also makes gin? Toast the man of the house with a G & T, and let him enjoy a few minutes to sip and enjoy.

Homemade Tee
The kids surprised DP with a Viva El Papa shirt one Father’s Day. This year, we’re planning on another Team Potato original. MP found this letterpress card in Portland and was inspired. A yellow T-shirt and some black fabric paint should do the trick.

This card will make a fun T-shirt design

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We’ve been trying to come up with something to surprise Dad Potato on Father’s Day. It’s hard. Last year, we made him Viva El Papa t-shirts. This year we’re considering a Dad Rocks theme, but our glittery guitar card didn’t turn out as planned.

Thankfully, Mom Potato came across a few last minute possibilities to suit all Daddy types:

The rocker:
The Maine Blues Festival features live music all weekend at various locations throughout Naples. Tickets are $10 and can be picked up at any Bull Moose location.

The hipster:
Ferdinand’s Drumming Squirrel T-Shirt is super cool and made of soft, organic cotton.

Available at Ferdinand in Portland or online

The gourmet:
Shop your local Farmer’s market to find jams, jellies, honey and more welcome treats for Dad.

The beer connoisseur:
Offering over 300 beers from around the world, Novare Res in Portland is the place to enjoy a pint (or two) outdoors.

The adventurer:
Stop by the L.L.Bean retail store in Freeport this weekend and treat him to a Walk-On Adventure. Kayaking, fly fishing, archery and sporting clays clinics are available for $20.

The car lover:
Take Dad to see 200 antique cars at Hodgman’s Frozen Custard in New Gloucester on Sunday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. While you’re there, cross the street and visit the New Gloucester Community Market for live music, free burgers and lemonade.

Antique cars and homemade custard... what could be better?

The reader:
Treat him to The Poacher’s Son—a debut crime novel by Down East editor in chief, Paul Doiron.

The Poacher's Son is getting rave reviews

Hope this helps…. Happy Father’s Day to all!

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