Since opening in 2003, Tuthilltown Distillery’s Hudson Whiskey line has made a steady climb to the top shelf of bars across the nation. Each bottle is handmade, marked and packaged in an antique gristmill. A guide will familiarize Dad with the homegrown ingredients and the production process itself. He’ll taste up to five spirits and go home with his own Glencairn whiskey snifter. $15
Tuthilltown Restaurant and Distillery
14 Grist Mill Ln, Gardiner
The Wulff School of Fly Fishing offers three-day camps in the heart of the Catskill Mountains — a national destination for the sport. This is not only a gift for Dad, but a new heirloom skill for your family. Fly-fishing hall of famer Joan Wulff, and her select team, will teach him everything he needs to know to bring home the catch. $595
Wulff School of Fly Fishing
Photo by Mark Loete
The updated edition of David Wescott’s Camping in the Old Style is filled with time-tested techniques and methods used during the golden age of camping.
The book is packed with color and archival photos as well as tips from camping and outdoors pioneers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Subjects covered include traditional tent pitching, building a fire, and woodcraft. $30
Cold Spring General Store
61 Main St, Cold Spring
These Queens-made, all-leather house shoes, by A.E. McAteer, were modeled after those given to wounded Civil War vets during hospital stays. This modern take is upgraded with all top-grain leather and 100-percent wool interiors. $120
63 Main St, Cold Spring
The old souls at the Riverport Wooden Boat School teach timeless crafts, like making a scrimshaw pocketknife, navigation, and rustic river woodworking. Your father will be delighted to regale the whole family with his (newfound) ancient wisdom. Prices vary.
Riverport Wooden Boat School
50 Rondout Landing, Kingston
845.338.0071, ext. 20
Picture your father suiting up, stepping into the cockpit of a high-performance car, and barreling around the 3.6-mile course at Monticello Motor Club. Taste of the Track offers guests all the luxury and track access typically reserved exclusively for members of the motorsports country club. You just might take care of that whole mid-life crisis in one day! Prices start at $1,995.
Monticello Motor Club
67 Cantrell Rd, Monticello
In 1991 Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze made us all want to get radical through their kamikaze skydives in the iconic adrenaline-junkie flick Point Break. The 40-year vets at Skydive the Ranch can help Dad to finally feel the rush with a jump over the Shawangunk Mountains from 13,500 feet. Tickets range from $25 for experienced jumpers to $343 for first-time tandem jumpers (video evidence included). Vaya con Dios!
Skydive the Ranch
45 Sand Hill Rd, Gardiner
Photo by James Cupples
An Eagles Nest Outfitters hammock works for a man of leisure or an adventurer. He can swing the Sunday away, or cram it into its miniature bag for easy transport on the trail. $59.95-$94.95
Rock & Snow
44 Main St, New Paltz