14 Jun 2011

Capitol Hill Father's Day Guide

originally uploaded to flickr.com by sean dreilinger

Ah, Father’s Day – yet another holiday made up by greeting card companies.  Actually, the U.S. government does recognize Dad’s Day as an official holiday thanks to President Johnson in 1966. It was anchored to the third Sunday in June in 1972.  A true holiday for dad would provide for a 3-day weekend, but we are relegated to a Sunday in June and as such we make the most of it.  While many dads might want nothing more than a nap on the sofa in the afternoon and a few cold beers with that grilled steak for dinner, there are other options in our neighborhood for the father figure in your life. 

Why not start the day with beer instead of just ending with it? Biergarten Haus offers a good brunch menu and beer is available (along with coffee and juice).  There also offer a sampler of all the beers they have on tap.  It’s quite the experience, trying some sixteen beers from light to dark, and the carousel of glasses is more than enough to share.

A special Father’s Day brunch is being offered at Art & Soul, just over the NE/NW border.  Whole roast suckling pig, anyone?  B. Smith’sat Union Station has lined up a prix fixe brunch buffet just for the occasion as well. Who wouldn’t want to follow an omelet with something dipped in a chocolate fountain?

If the dad in your life is in need of a little pampering, consider booking him a hot lather shave or haircut at Michael Craig.  I can attest to both of these experiences being very enjoyable, and after the shave my cheeks were soft as a baby’s rump.  Perhaps a massage is in order.  The Spa on the Hill offers 60- and 90-minute treatments for lots of relaxation.

For that dapper dressing dad, skip the cliche neck tie and head to Eastern Market on the weekend to find some unique accessories.   Let him show off some individuality with cuff links made of Scrabble tiles or Lego men from Yangku Designs, or a hand-made belt from Jon Wye.  (If he’s a dedicated reader of THIH, now is a great time to order him his own THIH tee shirt at www.cafepress.com/thehillishome.  Just sayin’.)

The Washington Nationals are in town this weekend, so a day at the ballpark with family and friends might make a nice Father’s Day gift.  Sunday’s afternoon game against the Orioles includes a baseball cap giveaway for the first 30,000 fans.

No matter what you do, don’t forget a card.  While there are some very lovely (and pricey) greeting cards out there to buy, handmade folds of construction paper, crayons, and the occasional glued macaroni mean so much more.  Skip the glitter, though, so dad doesn’t have to spend Father’s Day sweeping up the dining room floor.

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