There are many ways to show that your heart belongs to daddy but a gourmet hike may yet be the next best item on his calendar after, say, a sleek telescope. Sure it’s nice to hike but it’s even nicer to hike with a purpose and when there is food or drinks at the end of the day, it makes the effort so much easier.
These four hike + food/drink combos showcase the best of California in a half-day outdoors getaway: wine, olive groves, pancakes, cheese and even a wild foods option.
Mc Evoy Ranch in Marin offers a Father’s Day Weekend Hike on Saturday June 19 from 10am to 12.30pm. This hike, for children above 10 years of age and adults, will take you through the rolling hills of the ranch during an hour alternating steep and level potions where you will get great views from the ridge and will admire the orchards from down below.
At the end of the walk, you will tour the mill and enjoy a well-deserved post-hike snack.
$50 per person.
Reservations required. Sign up here.
The up-and-coming wine region in the Bay Area is closer than you think. The Silicon Valley side of the Santa Cruz mountains harbor hills and hills of wine varietals. Some of them even got a 19th century start such as the Picchetti winery at the Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve, a property close to Cupertino.
On Saturday June 19 from 10.30am to 3pm, follow docents Bob Segalla, Jim Rea and Toni Gooch to hike the trails of the ranch. Along this 4-mile moderate hike Search for the Everlasting, you will stop for a picnic lunch (that you will bring) and explore old orchards and oak hills.
At the end of the hike, feel free to indulge in another type of exploration at the Picchetti Winery whose tasting room is housed in a quaint old wooden bbarn next to the picnic area. You can buy wine by the glass to sip outside or take a bottle back home.
Free (the hike – the wine is your responsibility).
No reservations required.
A well-established Bay Area tradition is the Mount Tamalpais’ West Point Inn’s pancake breakfast on certain days of the year. Father’s Day happens to be one of them and on Sunday June 20, 2010 from 9am to 1pm, the inn will serve a giant pancake breakfast for happy hikers.
Indeed, you cannot drive to the inn. You have to hike there. However the options are more or less effort-intensive. For some serious quads-building, depart from Stinson Beach or Mill Valley and climb up the mountain to Pan Toll Ranger Station, then follow the signs to West Point Inn. Expect anywhere from 2 to more hours, depending on your children’s stamina. For a shorter and easier alternative, depart directly from Pan Toll and hike roughly 45 minutes. Get there early, the parking lot isn’t huge.
No reservations required.
Now, this one can be organized any Wednesday or Friday of the year but Father’s Day sure sounds like the perfect opportunity to schedule a cheese date on your calendar. Every Wednesday and Friday from 11.30am to 12.30 pm, the Cowgirl Creamery at Point Reyes Station offers tours of the dairy facility followed by a tasting of all of their delicious artisan cheeses. The popular event is called Cheese 101: Cheese Class and Tasting and takes place inside the restored barn of Tomales Bay Foods.
For a gourmet hike option, stop at Samuel P. Taylor State Park for a stroll along the Cross Marin Trail and Lagunitas Creek.
Reservations recommended. Book online here.
Have you heard about the latest craze? Urban foraging that is. You go out on a walk in your neighborhood park, identify edible plants, pick a few and take them home for a Moroccan stew. Except, maybe you don’t know all your wild foods and good spots. That’s where the wild foods walks organized by ForageSF come in. Led by an expert, these walks tend to educate the conscious urban hiker about the wild foods (and poisons) growing in the city.
On Sunday June 20, 2010, from 2 to 4pm, send Dad off on a forage food walk in the city and expect to change your perspective on your green surroundings. Forget about weeding. This is about edible wild greens that may be growing in your backyard. For an idea of what the walks can be, read this. Children can participate in the hikes too if they can follow directions.
Reservation required. Sign up here.
For more Father’s Day ideas, check this out.at Frisco Kids.