It’s Father’s Day on June 19th, and even if Dad says he “doesn’t want you to go to a lot of trouble” you can respect his wishes and still do something nice by picking up a gift for him close to home in Novato, or taking him out for his favorite meal or a beer somewhere local.
The internet may be full of information and entertainment, but plenty of Dads love nothing more than sitting back with a good coffee table book on their favorite subject. Downtown Novato now has its own branch of Copperfield’s Books, with 6,000 square feet of books you can browse the old fashioned way. This is the perfect location to pick out a book that tells Dad you know what he likes and you’re happy to help him spend time soaking up his favorite subject matter.
Also new in Downtown is BeerCraft, boasting almost as many bottled beers as Copperfield’s has books. Catering to the craft-ale aficionado, this is the perfect place to pick up some hard-to-find bottled beer for the kind of gift-basket any beer-loving Dad would love. Or bring Dad along and let him sample some of the equally-impressive craft beers offered on tap.
Other beer-centric options include a trip to Bicycle Brustop on Grant, which combines the unusual combination of mountain-bike gear and a small bar featuring local brews. Or pick up a growler of locally-brewed beer from Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant. If Dad’s more of a wine lover, Novato still has you covered, with Trek Winery tucked away just one block from Grant Avenue, offering award winning wines and olive oils. They offer a monthly comedy show, which is sure to get Dad laughing (check their website for coming attractions). You can even sign Dad up for their Wine Club and he’ll enjoy quarterly shipments of Trek wines, including some not yet available to the public.
There are, of course, more ways to celebrate Father’s Day than with beer and wine. Just a few local options include a delicious cheese plate. The cheesemongers at Whole Foods will be happy to help you make some quality selections. Or for spinning vinyl platters, check out the selection of albums on offer at Watts Music on Grant Ave. If Dad still has a turntable, here’s your chance to give him something new (or classic) to play on it.
For the sporty Dad, consider a team jersey from All Seasons Soccer. Summer is a great time to wear your soccer colors, and if Dad has a team he supports, here’s your chance to kit him out in a classy soccer kit. If Dad’s more likely to be cycling around Marin, a visit to Old Town Sports is one way to support his biking hobby.
Other Dad-friendly eating options include the Father’s Day prime rib special at Hilltop 1892, one of Novato’s most iconic eateries. Rickey’s, another classic Novato destination, is offering Father’s Day Dinner, with the bar open at 3pm and dinner service from 4 till 8pm.
However you decide to show your appreciation this Father’s Day, be sure to Shop Local. Dad would approve.