Treat Dad Locally this Father’s Day

June 10, 2024
Treat Dad Locally this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show appreciation for the dads in our lives, and what better way to celebrate than by spending a sunny day in Novato? Nestled in the heart of Marin County, Novato offers a charming blend of shopping, dining, and outdoor activities that are sure to make any father feel special. From unique boutiques to scenic parks, this quaint town has something for everyone.

Every day is better with a good breakfast. Treat Dad by taking him to Marvin’s Restaurant, voted “Best Breakfast in Novato” by various North Bay press outlets, Marvin’s Restaurant in the Old Town area is a gastronomic institution. After you’ve fueled your appetite, you’ll be ready to spend some time stretching your legs.

Before the day heats up too much, get some fresh air by going on a hike at Novato’s Mount Burdell. Mount Burdell has a wide range of trails for all abilities and breathtaking views of the bay and the surrounding hills. No matter which trails you choose on Mount Burdell, as you hike you will be serenaded with bird calls — hawks in the the woods to the south, vultures soaring and calling above the valley, hummingbirds, bluebirds, redwing blackbirds, scrub jays and more.

End the day with some dinner and live music at Novato’s HopMonk Tavern! Enjoy live music by the David Nelson Band, part of the KC Turner Cookout Concert series, from 6 – 9:30pm. These days the David Nelson Band only tour select areas a few times a year, as the individual band members are in high demand with other successful touring acts. Their loyal and enthusiastic fans relish these special times to reunite at Nelson family gatherings. 

Now that your day with Dad is all planned out, let’s make sure you have the perfect gift to give him on this special day.

Discovering a Father’s Day gift is a breeze at Pini Ace Hardware, a beloved local gem that’s provided over 100 years of service. Whether you’re searching for a sleek new set of grilling tools, a powerful new drill, or an outdoor patio set, the knowledgeable staff at Pini Ace Hardware will guide you to the ideal present. 

Beercraft has the perfect gift for any beer loving Dad. Their Craft Beer of the Month Club features selections from four different breweries each month allowing Dad to check out brewmasters from all over the country. Our recommendation: sign him up a will-call membership and use it as an excuse to grab a pint with Dad each month. Bonus tip, follow our guide to your own craft beer tour only in Novato!

For the music loving Dad, Watt’s Music on Grant Ave has new and used vinyls, CDs, tapes and posters from all of music’s biggest names. If he no longer has a record player, try framing a vinyl of his favorite album for an extra personalized gift. Or if he’s wanting to pick up a new hobby, give Dad the gift of guitar lessons at Marin Music Center.

If Dad’s an outdoorsman, head to Sports Basement where you can find him anything he’ll need to have the perfect camping set up for the entire family. Or, book one of Sports Basements’ guided experiences like a backpacking tour through various parts of Yosemite National Park.

For the cycling Dad, Old Town Sports is there to tune up his bike and get it ready for his favorite trail rides. Or Bicycle Brüstop, the bike store where you can discover their wide selection of bikes and enjoy a nice cold beer from the taps at their bar in the back of the store. 

If your dad loves working on his car, a visit to the family-owned Viking Auto Parts on Sweetser Ave is a must. This local business is packed with parts and gifts perfect for any car enthusiast. Alternatively, treat him to a gift card for a car wash or detailing at Matt & Jeff’s Car Wash in Vintage Oaks, with packages starting at just $15.99. Whether he’s into tuning up his ride or keeping it spotless, these options are sure to rev up his Father’s Day.

However you decide to show your appreciation to Dad, think local first and let a Novato business help you show your love.