Lets face it, Dad’s tie collection has grown to a record high, and your backup (the classic IOU) hasn’t gone over so well either. This Father’s Day, get Dad something he’ll really enjoy. Give the gift of Up North. We’ve picked some originals, and done your dirty work—all you have to do is order up.

For The Fisher Man:

Fly-fishing and charter fishing guided trips and lessons are available through Northern Michigan anglers. Fly-casting lessons cost between $50-$70 per hour, and half day or full day guided trips range from $200-$350. Charter trips range from $450-$800 for half day or full day trips.  Many anglers accommodate any experience level and provide your fresh catch for lunch. Try The Northern Angler from Traverse City for fly-fishing (231-933-4730), or Northwest Michigan Charter Fishing from Frankfort, Michigan (231-651-9995).

For The Beer Man:

A variety of Northern Michigan breweries have mug clubs. Make dad feel like a regular at his favorite brewery with a mug club membership. At Right Brain Brewery of Traverse City, mug club members receive a full growler, a T-shirt or hat, and a 24-ounce ceramic mug plus a lifetime membership all for $150. Mug Clubber fills are $4.75, or $3.00 during Happy Hour.  Right Brain Brewery, Traverse City, 231-944-1239.

For The Baseball Man:

Take Dad out to the ball game! Traverse City Beach Bums gift certificates can be purchased for single game tickets, concessions, or Beach Bums paraphernalia. Lawn seats are $8 and chair back seats are $10. Walk up tickets are available, call the Traverse City Beach Bums ticket office, 231-943-0100.

For The Golf Man:

Lush green courses run plenty in Northern Michigan. Shanty Creek’s The Chief or Hawk’s Eye in Bellaire run $89 or $79 on the weekend and $79 or $69 midweek for 18 holes. Call 866-868-8181 for reservations. 

A note from Rachel North: Still stumped? Give Dad a gift he can enjoy every month–a subscription to Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. Only $19.95 for a limited time and you can order it online, anytime, even Sunday morning! And if you’re going to resort to an IOU, you could shop our MyNorth.com Store for great books, gifts and MyNorth togs that say, "I’d rather be Up North." Print the page to put in the card and tell Dad you needed to get the correct size and color before ordering. Then have it shipped right to him! Hope you and Dad have a great day!   

Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski