Father’s Day is coming and while we understand that your dad LOVES ties, lots and lots of ties, it may be time to present dad with something a little different.

Instead of another gadget from Sharper Image, how about giving him the opportunity to have a unique mountain experience this year? 

Virginia’s Blue Ridge is full of events, festivals, food, concerts, arts, outdoor adventure, and so much more. 

Consider these six unique ways to celebrate dad this Father’s Day and trust us, pops will be very happy you did.

Note - This post was updated in June 2017.

1. Microfestivus Beer Festival


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Before you dismiss this as just another beer-brained idea, please understand that Microfestivus isn’t just another beer festival! 

Celebrating its 20th year on August 12th, this event is known as the Mid-Atlantic’s premier craft beer festival and has featured more than 130 varieties of beer, food and live music in years past. As Virginia’s Blue Ridge continues to develop into a craft beer hotspot, giving dad tickets to this year’s Microfestivus will be a big hit.

2. Guided Outdoor Adventure

Get dad outside this Father’s Day with the gift of a guided outdoor adventure from Roanoke Mountain Adventures. Summer days offer plenty of opportunity to enjoy the region’s outdoor amenities and the great thing about booking an adventure with these professionals is that no previous experience is required! 

RMA’s experienced guides tailor each trip to a group’s ability levels and preferences. Mountain biking, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding tours are all available throughout the summer.

3. Food Tour

You can’t go wrong with food, and there’s no better way to give dad the opportunity to experience a wide variety of what Virginia’s Blue Ridge restaurants have to offer than on a Roanoke Food Tour

He's sure to enjoy the tastiest way to discover Roanoke’s unexpected history, unique architecture and one-of-a-kind culinary staples. Choose between the Downtown Food and Cultural Tour, the Sunday Brunch Food Tour or give dad a gift certificate and let him decide.

4. Salem Red Sox

America’s favorite pastime is a great way for dad to spend his downtime, and with tickets to see the Salem Red Soxhe'll get to sit back and relax at the ballpark. A Boston Red Sox affiliate in the Class A advanced Carolina League, the Salem Red Sox are enjoying a winning season inside one of the most picturesque stadiums in the league.

5. FloydFest Freedom

If it’s music your dad seeks, give him five days of all the music, magic and mountains he can handle at FloydFest 17 - Freedom. FloydFest has established itself as a bucket list music festival in the mountains and continues to gain popularity every year. 

Situated at milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, the family friendly festival features outdoor adventure, healing arts, children's activities and a lineup of more than 100 artists on nine stages, including Thievery Corporation, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams and more.

6. Pampered at Primland


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Yes, dads like to be pampered, too. Especially when that pampering includes a world-class golf course, outdoor adventure and fine dining. 

Located in the beautiful Meadows of Dan in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Primland is a 12,000 acre resort unlike any other. Designed and maintained in respect of the surrounding region, Primland is LEED certified and keeps its potential impact on the environment top of mind with every decision made.

Whether he spends his time on the course, in the spa, on the trails or in the restaurants, dad will have no limit to the Father’s Day indulgences that await him.

Tell us that doesn’t all sound way better than a tie! Give dad a Father’s Day to remember in Virginia’s Blue Ridge with experiences he’ll remember for a lifetime. 

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