Surely there’s a better way to recognize and thank the men who raised us than to get them more grills or tool sets, right? Don’t get us wrong—these items are great, but they’re gadgets that put dad to work, and Father’s Day is about treating the man of the hour.
With that in mind, we’ve scoped out local retailers and groups offering fine treats and experiences (charter fishing, anyone?) that are all about the deserving fathers in your life.
— Know a dapper dad? Keep him looking sharp with custom-tailored suits and accessories from D. Lacquaniti in Naples. Second-generation tailor Dominic Lacquaniti sources small quantities of his fabrics from the finest mills in Europe, ensuring no two pieces are the same.
— Surprise your father with a bottle of his favorite spirit. Mr. Tom’s Spirits’s range of gin, rum, bourbon and liqueurs are produced at List Distillery in Fort Myers. You can get the bottle engraved with a personalized name or logo, too, for a gift he’ll want to keep around, even after the whiskey is gone.
— Sporty dads will appreciate spending a day cruising around in a sky blue Lamborghini Huracan Convertible or a silver Rolls Royce Ghost—even if it is just to scope out which sleek machine he’ll invest in next. Exotic and Luxury Car Rentals in Fort Myers rents out a stock of the best-regarded names in the luxury automobile industry, with day rates starting at $589.
— Grow dad’s wine collection with one (or two) of Naples Wine Collection’s bottles, many of which come with the prestigious Robert Parker Wine Advocate merit. Considering the owners are Jim and Laura Dixon, you can be sure the selection here is solid. The couple—Naples Winter Wine Festival trustees and owners of The Cave Bistro & Wine Bar—are vino aficionados with a personal collection of around 14,000 bottles.
— Outdoorsmen are sure to enjoy a day charter fishing for snook and tarpon with the family-run Santiva Saltwater Fishing Team. Known for their skill in finding the best fishing spots, the captains can show dad how to hook some of the biggest—and most elusive—catches in the Gulf.
— For a father who appreciates nature and design, Cocoon sells furniture and statement pieces for the home made by artisans around the world, using rustic elements like wood and stone. The live-edge tables are especially popular.
— Stock up on Naples Soap Company’s soaps, scrubs and body butters in subtle scents like patchouli and black pepper to keep dad feeling and looking fresh.
— “Birdies, Bacon and Bourbon”—La Playa Beach and Golf Resort’s Father’s Day package is a dream for most dads, with unlimited golf, a hearty bacon breakfast and bourbon cocktails from the Tiki Bar. The two-person package is the ideal staycation for a father-son duo.
— Any accessory from the fine men’s outfitter John Craig is sure to suit any dapper dad’s wardrobe. Consider a croc belt or bright peacock feather bow tie for fathers who like to stand out.
— Treat dad and the rest of the family to a weekend on the high seas. Naples Nantucket Yacht Group offers yacht charters that come with a captain and crew to take care of the finer details, such as providing catered meals and coordinating for fishing, jet skiing, snorkeling and other fun expeditions.
— Kick off dad’s special day early with dinner at his favorite restaurant. Dorona’s “Carnivoro Platter” runs the Friday and Saturday before Father’s Day and includes five grilled meats: venison, dry aged beef, Wagyu beef, lamb and elk—all for $49 for one person, $89 for two or $178 for a party of four. Get all the details on the restaurant’s Facebook page.