Father’s Day is just barely a week away.
If travel is tops on pop’s list, give him the gift of a lifetime — quality time spent with family or friends, or maybe just much-needed time away on his own.
Whether your dad (or another man in your life) is into art, cars, animals or golf, here are some great ideas for guy-themed getaways — both near and far.
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With the new Hotel Saint George, the West Texas art mecca of Marfa gains 55 new industrial-chic rooms as well as a social lobby that its owners have positioned as a living room for the community.
To encourage that, they’ve gathered local art, opened the Marfa Book Co. shop and installed a restaurant from chef Allison Jenkins in the sprawling, open-plan space.
Already, authors such as Jamaica Kincaid have spoken, and later this summer, the hotel aims to open Farmstand, a complex with a taco stand and farmers market, across the street.
Rooms, too, are minimalist and art-filled, and look out across the high plateau to Chinati Peak. From $195 per night. 432-729-3700; http://marfasaintgeorge.com.
Golf and spa in Nicaragua
The perfect destination for a getaway with the guys, Nicaragua’s Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa boasts a variety of dude-approved activities.
Against breathtaking views of Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, guys can practice their golf swing beachside at the resort’s 18-hole course or book a luxury surfing experience with TropicSurf. “Surfari” excursions to secluded beaches even include a personal photograher to document it all.
There are vintage rum tastings, Nicaraguan cigar pairings and even a spa menu created just for men, designed to pamper and restore them during their stress-free time away.
Out of Africa
After a $10 million rebuild and renovation of the all-inclusive Matetsi Private Game Reserve, luxury travel company andBeyond will open the Matetsi River Lodge and Matetsi River House in Zimbabwe in July.
Situated on one of the largest wildlife concessions in the area, the nine-suite lodge and sole-use private villa offer visitors a luxurious safari experience complete with exceptional views of the Zambezi River. In addition to the reserve’s wonderful selection of water and land-based safaris, guests can choose from a diverse range of activities that includes zip lining, fishing and bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge.
Lodge rates start at $950. Villa rates start at $5,700. www.andbeyond.com.
Discover Motor Valley
Known as the home of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Ducati, Italy’s Motor Valley is filled with a long history of fast cars and slow food. This year, the region marks two notable milestones worth making the trek: the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura and the 90th anniversary of Ducati.
While visiting Motor Valley, automobile enthusiasts will want to check out Modenatur’s Discover Ferarri and Pavaroti Land tour. Offering exclusive access to all things Ferarri, the tour includes the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, the Ferrari Museum in Maranello and a panoramic bus tour of the Ferrari Factory.
Price starts at $159.80 per person. www.motorvalley.com.
Viva Italia in Music City
Can’t send Dad to Italy’s famed Motor Valley? He can still get his fix of Italian automobiles at “Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945-1975” at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
On view through Oct. 9, the exhibition celebrates the elegance and power of Italian-made vehicles by showcasing a mix of ultra-rare cars and motorcycles on loan from private collections and museums. Highlights include the futuristic-looking 1955 Ghia Gilda (named for Rita Hayworth’s character in the film Gilda) and the highly sought after 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.
Freelance writer Elaine Glusac contributed to this report.