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Vail dads like to recreate, relax

Taylor Roozen
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyFor the Vail dad who likes to relax between adventures, try a hammock

VAIL, Colorado –With just a few days until Father’s Day it’s time to get down to business and find a gift for Vail dads.

Known for their ability to feign happiness with presents, fathers can be the hardest people to shop for.

Plus, this has been a stressful year and chances are that our dads deserve more than a day of relaxation.

A guided fishing trip: $275 for a wade trip half day, $375 whole day; $375 for a float trip half day, $475 whole day. With Fly Fishing Outfitters in Avon. 970-476-FISH or

Fly Fishing Outfitters can cool your dad’s overworked feet in the Eagle, Colorado, Roaring Fork and Yampa rivers. Send him solo, or join dad for the trout-hooking action.

Everything you need is included in the trip price, except for a Colorado fishing license. They even provide lunch for full-day trips.

Fly Fishing Outfitters also has a boat load of gear for the avid fly fisher. Owner John Packer insists, “As a fly shop, its a Father’s Day bonanza in here.”

A 10-round golf punch card: $600 for Eagle-Vail residents, $650 for Eagle County residents, $750 for visiting families, from the Eagle Vail Golf Club. 970-949-5267 or

Buy golf in bulk for dad at the Eagle Vail golf course and save money on his next 10 rounds of golf.

Assistant golf pro Dave Thompson says, “The punch card is a great Father’s Day gift … It can save you up to $20 per round of golf, and it is fully transferable for guests.”

If $600 is a little more than your wallet can handle, you can buy dad a single round of golf for as little as $35 (if you play after 3:30 p.m. and are an Eagle Vail resident)

A mountain bike: $780 Fisher Marlin disc, casual trail riding; $2,600 Trek Fuel EX 8, cross-country trail riding. All at the Pedal Power Bike shop in Avon and Eagle-Vail. 970-845-0931 or

Whether your dad is an accomplished rider or is looking to get into it, a new bike will help him to release some stress this Summer.

The Fisher Marlin disc brake, front suspension trail bike is perfect for the beginning rider.

According to bike expert Dawes Wilson at the Pedal Power Bike shop, “Its fairly light and simple … its all you need.”

The Trek Fuel EX 8, disc brake, dual suspension, aluminum framed, cross-country bike is suited for the serious recreational rider.

Wilson says, “Its made with high end parts, and a high end set of wheels for light, reliable, sweet handling.”

If you can’t afford to get dad a whole new set up, Pedal Power has plenty of accessories – everything from a Topeak seat bag for $20 to a new Giro Rift helmet for $62, or what Wilson calls, “The cheapest health insurance you can get.”

A Hammock Source, Quilted Hammock: $369, from Christy Sports in Avon. 970-949-0241 or

Perfect for a lay in the shade, plus, if you don’t have two conveniently spaced trees, they also sell hammock stands for around $200.

“Comfort wise, you can’t beat Hammock Source’s Quilted Hammock,” Christy Sports manager, Andrew Couperthwait says.

A nice bottle of whiskey: $103.99 for the Lagavulin Scotch, aged 16 years; $67.99 for the Dalwhinnie, 15 year single malt whiskey; $65.99 for the Booker’s True Barrel Bourbon. From Joe’s Liquors in Avon. 970-845-7333.

With or without ice, any of these 750 ml bottles of whiskey will help melt the stress away this Father’s Day.

The guys down at Joe’s assure that these are all well liked by those who come into Joe’s for whiskey.

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