Best Father’s Day Gifts Ideas In The North Bay

April 4, 2013 5:00 AM
If you are looking for that special something for dad this Fathers’s Day, the North Bay is the perfect place to find it. With distinctive Father’s Day event offerings, from family-oriented fun to luncheons highlighting the finest from wine country, the world’s best dads will definitely feel honored.Photo Gallery: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day “Show and Shine” Car Show
Juilliard Park
227 Santa Rosa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 546-5500

Date: June 16

The car-loving dad will enjoy this annual Father’s Day “Show and Shine” Car Show in sunny Santa Rosa. Enjoy a fun day talking “shop” with car owners or “show and shine” your vehicle while enjoying Father’s Day with the family. Hosted by the Engineering Contractors & Maintenance Superintendents Association with proceeds to support MSA scholarship and vocational programs, this is one event guaranteed to please. Come out for drinks, food, musical entertainment, raffles, contests and trophies for the “Best” in classes: Stock, Trucks, Hot Rods, Motorcycle, People’s Choice, Engine and Flames and more.

Napa Valley Wine Train
1275 McKinstry St.
Napa, CA 94559
(800) 427-4124

Napa Valley is the ultimate wine country experience. A California treasure, the area is famous not only for its many vineyards and excellent wines, but also for its historical significance and picturesque beauty. Celebrate the first most important man in your life – dad – on a day set aside just for him. This year, enjoy three carefree hours together celebrating a Father’s Day he will never forget. The Napa Valley Wine Train is a 36-mile round-trip excursion, meandering through one of the world’s most renowned wine valleys, from the historic town of Napa to the charming village of St. Helena, and a leisurely trip back. See five picturesque towns and numerous wineries through large picture windows onboard. Choose from eight lunch packages, priced from $99 to $204 per person. Visit the website for full details and available options. Select a date and reserve online.

Related: Father’s Day Gift Buying Guide

Father’s Day Brunch at Paul Hobbs Winery
3355 Gravenstein Highway North
Sebastopol, CA 95479
(707) 824-9879

Date: June 14

Treat dad to an unforgetable Father’s Day lunch at the beautiful Paul Hobbs Winery estate in Sonoma County. Here, meticulous vineyard management and low-invasive winemaking techniques combine to produce superior wines that reflect their authentic vineyard origins. Paul Hobbs is known for crafting wines that reflect their distintive growing sites, with finesse and complexity. Experience a two-hour Father’s Day lunch at this private estate combining hand-selected wines with gourmet food pairings. This event is limited to 16 guests, so make reservations early at $75 per person. Visit the winery website for futher details.

Father’s Day Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and Dad’s Tractor Show
Windsor Town Green at Bell Road
Windsor, CA 95492
(707) 8383-5947

Date: June 16

This event is at the Windsor Certified Farmer’s Market in Old Downtown Windsor. Get an early-morning start on Father’s Day with a delightful brunch presented by the Windsor Kiwanis. The holiday menu includes buttermilk pancakes, fresh ham, eggs, fruit, juice, coffee and tea. What a deal for a mere $8 for 8 and older, $6 under 8 and free for kids under 3. No reservations are needed, simply show up.

Marin Art Festival
P.O Box 275
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-0151

Date: June 15-16

Enjoy an artful Father’s Day at the Marin Art Festival. Stroll through spacious pavilions as you view more than 250 fine artists in a spectacular setting by the Lagoon in the Marin Civic Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Have a happy day with dad indulging in the scrumptious array of festival food, ranging from Louisiana gumbo and crawfish, grilled oysters, Greek salads, southwestern chicken breast sandwiches and fresh crabcakes to French pastries, plus wine tasting and really good coffee. Does it get any better? Check the festival website for additional information including the entertainment schedule. Admission is $10 and kids and parking free.

Related: Father’s Day Gifts For All Budgets

Melanie Graysmith is a writer, artist and educator based in San Francisco. She writes on adult education, art and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She is also a member of an independent filmmaking group. Her work can be found at

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