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Celebrate dad with gifts and local experiences
Father’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re still trying to figure out what to get the guy who has everything, the answer might be closer than you think.
Many distinctive gifts are available from small businesses on the peninsula. From humorous trinkets to practical tokens of affection to unforgettable experiences, you can find the perfect gift to honor the dad or dad figure in your life.
For the Snacker
Unwinding to unwind is best accompanied by snacks. Pick up a personalized charcuterie board at Renard’s Cheese, 2189 Cty DK in Sturgeon Bay, which features an array of artisan cheeses, sliced meats, nuts, fruits, crackers and other artisan bites. Renard’s new deli cones – where flavor meets convenience – add an inventive and practical touch for the dad on the go.
If you want to take a DIY approach to this gift idea, put together an Ultimate Snack Gift Basket with produce from Fish Creek Market, 4164 Main St., where you can select dad’s favorites from a wide assortment of food staples. crafts and a vast selection. local wines and craft beers.
For the dad with a sweet tooth
Like adult snacks and beverages, candies and other sweets are another surefire way to show your appreciation. Pecan Bear Claw Turtles at Door County Candy, 12 N. 3rd Ave. at Sturgeon Bay—as well as the rest of its wide assortment of fudge, caramels, and saltwater taffy—are great options.
For those who prefer a buttery, flaky dessert, Sweetie Pies, 9106 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek, offers dozens of flavors. Choose from Packer Pie, Chocolate Chess or Blackberry Crumble and more, plus gluten-free options.
Add a little saltiness to the sweetness with pistachio brittle from Uncle Tom’s Candy Store, 703 Europe Bay Road in Ellison Bay. Made from pasteurized cream, shelled pistachios and sea salt, the treat offers the perfect crunch.
For the adventurer
See the sights and be entertained by the stories on one of Door County Trolley’s narrated scenic tours, or hit the water on an eco-tour of the estuary through Door County Kayak Tours. For history buffs, Door County Adventure Rafting offers the Death’s Door Tour. Get a close view of the Plum Island marker lights, Pilot Island Lighthouse, Grapeshot shipwreck and native american pictographs.
Out of the water, Dad can hike in one of five state parks or the many Door County Land Trust trails, or he can enjoy a docent-guided hike at The Ridges Sanctuary, 8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor, or Crossroads in Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay.
For the landscaper
Find all kinds of garden decorations such as wind chimes, hanging baskets and outdoor wringers at local garden centers. For the dad with a green thumb, you’ll find a variety of bulbs, seeds and plants from Sunnypoint Gardens, 6939 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor, or Jerry’s Flowers, 2468 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay. For bird enthusiasts, check out handmade birdhouses, feeders and seed bells at Havegärd Farm Bird Feed Outlet, 6757 Hwy 42 in Sturgeon Bay.
For the drinker
Door County has no shortage of options for coffee connoisseurs. From freshly roasted coffee to mugs and thermoses to gift cards, you’ll have no problem keeping dad caffeinated with unusual finds from the county’s independent coffeehouses.
For the tech-savvy dad, check out the Rover Cooler from Drink Wisconsinbly Gift Shop, 7784 Egg Harbor Road in Egg Harbor. The remote-controlled three-speed cooler holds 30 liters and features Bluetooth-enabled speakers and a 10-amp rechargeable battery.
For the foodie
Impress any kitchen lover with an end grain cutting board from Cutting Boards & More, 368 Jefferson St. in Sturgeon Bay. This beautifully handcrafted kitchen prep accessory is available in Ash, Cherry, Maple and Walnut finishes.
The 6-pack of balsamic and oil from Fat Louie’s Olive Oil Company, 7812 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor, can add a splash of flavor to any dish. Create a custom pack with varieties such as Fig Balsamic, Chili Balsamic, Tuscan Herb Olive Oil, and Parmesan Pesto Olive Oil.
For a more hands-on experience, surprise Dad with a private cooking class with Door County Underground and complete the experience with an exploration of local wild crafts or a wine pairing.
For the creative
Stroll through the beautiful outdoor sculpture garden at Edgewood Orchard Galleries, 4140 Peninsula Players Road in Fish Creek. The gallery hosts performances and exhibitions that feature works by more than 150 artists.
To enjoy a family art project together, head to Hands On Art Studio, 3655 Peninsula Players Road in Fish Creek, to create your own unique pieces including ceramics, metalwork and fused glass.
For the tough
Sometimes finding the right gift can be difficult. In that case, gift cards to dad’s favorite store, restaurant, or experience may be the one option that makes everyone happy. Gift cards may seem impersonal, but not only do they provide choice and flexibility, they also support the local economy.