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The Silver Lake Lodge

IDAHO SPRINGS, CO

For a mountain getaway your guy will love, look no further than Colorado’s Silver Lake Lodge—a luxury log cabin B&B with eight spacious guestrooms and awe-inspiring views, perched 10,500 feet up in the Rocky Mountains among a forest of sweet-smelling pines. There is an outdoor deck for nightly stargazing, and an indoor fireplace room where Tesla, the lodge’s English cream golden retriever, will happily camp at your feet. Although there’s no “official” restaurant onsite, the inn serves up both a breakfast buffet and made-to-order menu each morning, with hearty selections like lodge-baked buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy. Pre-packed lunches and sit-down, four-course gourmet dinners can also be reserved in advance. Home to Colorado’s first Gold Rush, the area is ripe with recreational possibilities—from mining tours to activities that take full advantage of the lodge’s supreme natural surroundings, including river rafting, hiking and fly-fishing.

 

 


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Swan Hill Bed & Breakfast

POLSON, MT

Located on a tree-dotted, 12-acre property with views of the seemingly endless Flathead Lake, Swan Hill Bed & Breakfast captures the beauty of Big Sky Country while offering easy access to some of northwest Montana’s top attractions. The inn is a mountain-style home with five guestrooms, all sporting their own modern-rustic décor not typically associated with a B&B. Dad can take a dip in the heated pool, warm up beside the fire pit or kayak along the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. It’s only an 80-mile drive to the west entrance of Glacier National Park, dubbed “America’s Switzerland” for good reason, and the National Bison Range is less than an hour away. Breakfast is served on a 4,000-square-foot timber deck, with the Mission Mountains as your backdrop.

 

 


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Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn

BARDSTOWN, KY

Not only is it smack-dab in the middle of the world’s Bourbon Capital, Bardtown’s Bourbon Manor B&B also has its own bourbon-themed bar and lounge. Housed in a former tobacco barn on the historic property, the Bunghole Bar gets its name from the hole drilled into the side of a bourbon barrel. Guests stop here for bourbon flights and microbrews, Thursday-Sunday evenings, then set out in the morning to explore the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. While distilleries like Maker’s Mark, Four Roses and Heaven Hill are all within easy driving distance, innkeepers Todd and Tyler are happy to customize a bourbon-themed itinerary to match dad’s preferences. The inn’s 10 individually styled guestrooms, which bear spirited names like the “Classic Sazerac” and “Sweet Old Fashioned,” are spread among three separate structures: two that are pre-Civil War and the other, a bourbon smokehouse that’s been converted into a loft-style cottage. Along with fine art touches and stylish antique furnishings, modern amenities like Wi-Fi and an oversized flat-screen TV will stave off any gadget withdrawal symptoms your guy might otherwise experience.

 

 


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Butterfly Hollow B&B

GORDONSVILLE, TN

It’s close enough to Nashville (only a 45-minute drive) for dad to have full access to “Music City,” but far enough for him to feel like he has his own man-cave-style retreat. The Butterfly Hollow B&B is an 1899 farmhouse that’s been renovated using sustainable resources like reclaimed lumber and the property’s own natural resources, including timber and stone. With only three guestrooms and an open floor plan, the inn offers a casual, hurry-free space for both of you to spend time as you wish: hiking among the property’s 82 wooded acres, soaking in the outdoor hot tub or lazing in one of the hammocks along the inn’s covered porch, basking in mountain views. If you’re feeling really inspired, rent out the entire property to share this Father’s Day getaway with family and friends.

 

 


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Crater Rim Cabin

VOLCANO, HI

If the idea of sharing a home with strangers still makes your guy cringe, book a private cabin instead. The one-bedroom Crater Rim Cabin sits on the edge of the Big Island’s Volcanoes National Park, providing a front-row seat to Kilauea Volcano’s spectacular show. While Kilauea’s constant activity is visible from inside the cabin, dad will undoubtedly want to get out and explore. Halemaumau Crater, a large pit crater releasing a steady sulfur plume, is less than two miles away—as is the Volcano Golf and Country Club—which offers an unusual 18-hole round approximately 4,000 feet above sea level. It’s about a 40-mile drive to the spot where lava from Kilauea’s Pu’u O’o vent currently reaches the ocean, a scene that’s especially awesome at night. Despite being a stand-alone property, Crater Rim Cabin keeps its full kitchen stocked with complimentary breakfast foods—perfect for Dad to have breakfast at his leisure.

 

 


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The Conch House Heritage Inn

KEY WEST, FL

Celebrated journalist and author Ernest Hemingway spent more than 10 years in Key West, swimming in the surrounding turquoise waters and writing some of his best-known works, including The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Green Hills of Africa. Let your guy channel his own inner Hemingway with a stay at the Conch House Heritage Inn, only a few doors down from what’s now the Hemingway House Museum. The 19th-century main house and its poolside cottage have both been restored, with guestrooms furnished with refined antiques or brighter, more Caribbean-style pieces. When you’re not relaxing by the property’s in-ground pool or sipping rum daiquiris at Hemingway’s favorite local hangout, Sloppy Joe’s, take a walk along Duval Street, the heart of Old Key West. Of course, for the full Hemingway experience, be sure and request the room that bears his name.

 

 


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Kingsbrae Arms

SAINT-ANDREWS-BY-THE-SEA, NB

St. Andrews is often called the “Jewel in the Crown” of New Brunswick, a historic seaside town that sprang up with the advent of the Canadian Pacific Railroad and features plenty of adventurous activities for dad. Kingsbrae Arms is a 19th-century estate house built as a classic summer “cottage,” one that although sprawling and refined remains laid-back and unpretentious. The 27-acre property calls to mind another era, though it does have modern touches like Wi-Fi and satellite TV. There is no front desk or main lobby, just a wonderful garden setting that gives way to the sea. With the St. Croix River on one side and the majestic Bay of Fundy’s Passamaquoddy Bay on the other, there are plenty of opportunities for sailing, sea kayaking and whale watching. Dad can start his day with freshly baked croissants delivered to his door, then browse the inn’s intriguing collectibles, including an Art Deco bar formerly belonging to American socialite John Jacob Astor V. The town is also touted for its seafood—everything from pub-style fish-and-chips to day's catch accompanied by seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

 

 

—by Laura Kiniry