Celebrate Father's Day on the Hood | June 17

A grill? A big screen television? A round at the local golf course? We’re over here scratching our heads over what the man of the hour really wants for his big day. 

Somehow the holidays with the kitschiest advertising ploys always seem to be the hardest to buy for. Flowers for mom on Mother’s Day, chocolates for your lady on Valentine’s Day, and new tool for Dad on Father’s Day just seem to fall short. When we burrow down to the core of holidays like these—when we really dissect Father’s Day—the similar note that ties the best memories together are just that: memories.

On that note, our goal for Father’s Day this year: start a new tradition!

Skim our top four suggestions for Father’s Day Traditions, grab Dad and a six pack, and celebrate on the wild side of Washington.

 Eggs Benedict at the Union Country Store, 5130 E State Route 106

Eggs Benedict at the Union Country Store, 5130 E State Route 106


1. Savor Brunch in Union, WA

Okay, we concede that brunch isn’t an incredibly original idea for any of the aforementioned holidays. However, when you get an eyeful of the mouth-watering bounty that’s uniquely Alderbrook’s, you’ll be thinking twice about the homemade Eggs Benedict you were going to attempt. Be sure to lock up a reservation—they go quickly!

Another great option – averaging under $15/person with a fresh cup of Raven's Brew Coffee  is the Union Country Store, 5130 E State Route 106. Serving breakfast from 7AM to 11AM, as well as featuring all sorts of amazing baked goods and lunch and dinner options for eat in and take-out... this water view store and eatery features cozy booths, outdoor seating and food that is as authentic as the folks who serve it!

2. Take Dad to Olympic National Park

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year, and The Olympic National Park is just beyond Alderbrook’s backdoor. A tangle of trails is accessible from the beautiful-in-itself Staircase Campground.  Celebrate in one of the country’s best playgrounds by taking Dad on a one-on-one hike.

With a variety of hikes spanning from a leisurely walk on the Staircase Rapids Loop Trail to the 12.7-mile North Fork Skokomish Trail, the ideal adventure awaits. Peruse the full list; pick your poison!

 The Ridge Motorsports Park

The Ridge Motorsports Park

3. Get Your Race On

The Ridge Motorsports Park is the Pacific Northwest’s premier destination motorsports complex. Located near Shelton, the birthplace of racing in Washington State,  the course is set in a relaxed rural natural forest environment with stunning views and only minutes from the Olympic National Forest and Hood Canal. The Ridge Motorsports Park is centrally positioned to serve the major population centers of Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, as well as British Columbia Canada. From carting, road course to clinics and specialty events there sure to be something to pique Dad's interest!  http://www.ridgemotorsportspark.com

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4. Set Sail on a Replica Schooner

Here's something different...  how about including Mom in this one.  Head over to Alderbrook dock and climb aboard the "Pleiades," an authentic working replica of a 1830's Eastport Pinky Schooner. Sunset Cruise departing Alderbrook each evening at 7 PM until dusk. Cost is $150.00 per couple or $75.00 per individual. Guests are encouraged to bring thier favorite food and beverages. Catered meals and amenities may be provided depending on cruise length and guest wishes. Reserve your spot by calling Captain Hoyle at (360) 701-3512. You can also purchase tickets online.  Want more details? Check out the story here.

We emphatically wish your dad a happy Father’s Day and look forward to seeing the new traditions that rose to the top! Tag your photos #wildsideWA for a chance to be reposted and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for more!