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Father's Day Ideas and Activities in Monterey and Carmel

Father's Day Ideas and Activities in Monterey and Carmel


As we approach Father's Day, it's time to show appreciation for all the love, sacrifice, and hard work our fathers have given us throughout our lives!

Monterey Bay, known for its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture, provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable celebration. Whether you want to pamper your dad with a luxurious spa day, treat him to a delicious brunch, or take him on a scenic adventure, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur and Pebble Beach offer endless possibilities. In this article, we'll explore some of the best ways to make your dad feel special on Father's Day.


When it comes to celebrating Father's Day in Monterey Bay, treating your dad to a memorable dining experience is a fantastic way to show your appreciation. With its stunning coastal views and renowned seafood, Monterey, Carmel, and Pacific Grove offer a variety of exceptional restaurants that are perfect for indulging in a special Father's Day meal. Here are some top choices to consider:


Rockfish Harbor Grill: Located in the heart of Monterey's historic Fisherman's Wharf, Rockfish Harbor Grill is a popular destination for seafood lovers. This charming restaurant boasts a casual yet upscale ambiance, with a menu that features fresh, locally sourced seafood. Whether your dad prefers grilled salmon, Dungeness crab, or a succulent lobster tail, Rockfish Harbor Grill impresses with its delectable dishes and panoramic ocean views.

Old Fisherman's Grotto: Also situated on Monterey's historic Fisherman's Wharf, the Old Fisherman's Grotto provides a quintessential Monterey dining experience. With its warm and inviting atmosphere, this family-owned restaurant showcases the region's seafood bounty in an array of delightful dishes. Treat your dad to their famous clam chowder, freshly caught fish, or a mouthwatering seafood pasta. The waterfront location adds to the charm, allowing you to enjoy picturesque views as you celebrate this special day.

Whaling Station Steakhouse: For dads who appreciate a perfectly cooked steak, Whaling Station Steakhouse is an ideal choice. Known for its prime cuts of beef and exceptional service, this classic steakhouse has been a favorite among locals and visitors alike for more than 40 years. The menu offers an array of expertly prepared steaks, including ribeye, filet mignon, and New York strip, as well as seafood options and a thoughtful selection of fine wines to complement the meal.


Hog's Breath Inn: For a dining experience that combines rustic charm with a touch of Hollywood glamour, Hog's Breath Inn is the place to go. Founded by actor Clint Eastwood, this iconic restaurant pays homage to Carmel's rich history and offers a menu that showcases classic American fare with a contemporary twist. Treat your dad to a juicy steak cooked to perfection or indulge in one of their signature seafood dishes. With its cozy fireplace and friendly ambiance, Hog's Breath Inn creates an atmosphere where cherished memories are made.

Treehouse Cafe: Nestled amidst the enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea, Treehouse Cafe is a charming eatery known for its cozy atmosphere and delectable cuisine. This family-friendly restaurant offers a diverse menu with something to please every palate. From hearty lunch options to mouthwatering sandwiches and savory seafood dishes, Treehouse Cafe caters to a variety of tastes. The casual yet elegant setting, accompanied by friendly service, creates a warm and inviting environment that will make your Father's Day celebration memorable.

Mission Bistro: If you're looking for a culinary adventure that combines fresh, local ingredients with innovative flavors, Mission Bistro is a must-visit restaurant in Carmel. This stylish eatery offers a fusion of Californian and Mediterranean cuisines, resulting in a delightful array of vibrant dishes. From artisanal salads to exquisite seafood creations, steaks and delectable desserts, Mission Bistro's menu is sure to impress even the most discerning palate. The restaurant's modern interior design and attentive service provide a sophisticated backdrop for a memorable Father's Day celebration.

Carmel Valley

Toast Dad & Kickoff the Summer on Sunday, June 18th from 1pm – 4:30pm! at Holman Ranch Tasting Room. Soak up the sun on our two patios and don't miss hibachi plates from Hoodbachi, a local Japanese-inspired pop-up vendor. Choose between chicken, steak or shrimp to pair with your fried rice & veggies, and enjoy a glass of Holman Ranch estate-grown wine paired with your lunch. Celebrate all the fathers & father figures in your life with easy-going music from the local indie-folk favorites, The Fragonards, all included with your ticket price. Wine Club Members: $35 per person. Non-Members: $45 per person.

Celebrate Dad and the start of summer at Lucia Restaurant & Bar at Father's Day Barbecue, Beer & Bocce at Bernardus Lodge & Spa. Enjoy Chef Christian’s summer-inspired menu as you linger the afternoon away relaxing to live music under the Carmel Valley sunshine while enjoying a craft beer, glass of wine or specialty cocktail with a game of bocce. A special “lime in one” putting contest will be featured for all guests.

Live in the Vines Summer Fest at Folktale Winery and Vineyards is kicking off its first annual outdoor music festival where there will be multiple artists playing the Folktale stage! Bring day and the family and spend the evening with your outside in the Wine Garden and enjoy exceptional food, wine, games, and live music.

Pacific Grove

Beach House Restaurant at Lovers Point: For a memorable seaside dining experience, Beach House Restaurant at Lovers Point Beach is a fantastic choice. Situated right on the water's edge, this restaurant offers breathtaking views of Monterey Bay. The menu combines fresh local ingredients with creative culinary techniques, resulting in dishes that are both visually stunning and bursting with flavor. Whether you opt for their seafood specialties or other gourmet options, indulging in a meal at the Beach House Restaurant is a wonderful way to make Father's Day extra special.


Monterey Rock & Rod Festival

Let Dad relive the past at the Monterey Rock & Rod Festival on Saturday, June 17th, from 10am to 6pm, at the Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey near Old Fisherman's Wharf. The festival features hundreds of 1975 and older classic and custom hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, and trucks, along with a lineup of great live entertainment, plus food and merchandise vendors.

Swing into Father's Day at Pebble Beach Golf Links

Located on the stunning Monterey Peninsula, Pebble Beach Golf Links is a golfer's paradise and an iconic destination known for its breathtaking ocean views and challenging fairways. Treat your dad to a round of golf at this world-renowned course, and let him enjoy a memorable day on the links.

Cruising Coastal Beauty on the Scenic 17-Mile Drive

Embark on a scenic drive along the famous 17-Mile Drive, which winds its way through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach. This picturesque route offers awe-inspiring vistas of rugged coastlines, cypress groves, and stunning mansions. Make sure to stop at iconic viewpoints like the Lone Cypress and the Ghost Tree for incredible photo opportunities. Pacific Grove's coastline with its "Magic Pink Carpet" background will surely put a big smile on everyone's face!


Want to drive in style? We recommend renting a Classic Car from Monterey Touring Vehicles for a family-friendly mini rally!

Savoring the Sea with a Fresh Seafood Feast

Treat your dad's taste buds to a delectable seafood experience in Monterey, renowned for its fresh and flavorful offerings. Explore Fisherman's Wharf, where you'll find a variety of seafood restaurants serving everything from clam chowder and Dungeness crab to succulent grilled fish. Share a memorable meal together as you savor the flavors of the sea. Take a look at our recommended restaurants!

Visit a Vineyard or Tasting Room

Monterey County is home to some of California's best wineries and vineyards. Head to the charming Carmel Valley, where rolling hills and vineyards create an idyllic setting for wine tasting. Spend the day exploring the local wineries and tasting rooms, indulging in exquisite varietals, and toasting to your dad's exceptional role in your life. Take a look at our recommended wine tasting rooms!

A Journey into the Wild in Big Sur

Take your father on a breathtaking adventure in Big Sur, where dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, and majestic redwoods await. Hike along the famous trails of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, visit McWay Falls, or simply enjoy a picnic with panoramic ocean views. The raw beauty of Big Sur will leave an indelible mark on your Father's Day celebrations.

Get Dad Pampered and Relaxed at the Spa

Enjoy your day at one of Monterey Spas for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience while sipping your glass of champagne. From massages to facials and body wraps to beauty treatments, you'll surely renew your dad's spirit and revive his senses.

Go on a Whale Watching Tour

Monterey Bay is known for its incredible marine life, and a whale-watching tour is a great way to experience it firsthand. From humpback whales to killer whales, there are plenty of species to spot.

Explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the top attractions in Monterey Bay, and it's a great place to spend a fun and educational day with your dad. The aquarium is home to thousands of marine animals, including sea otters, sharks, and penguins.

Start Planning Today!

There are plenty of things to do in Monterey on Father's Day to show your dad how much you care. From pampering him with a spa day to exploring the great outdoors, there's something for every type of father. Whether you're a local or visiting from out of town, Monterey County offers a unique and unforgettable experience that your father will cherish for years to come. So, make this Father's Day one to remember by creating special memories with your dad in the beautiful and scenic Monterey Bay.

To find lodging and accommodation options, check our recommended hotels and book direct. From cozy bed and breakfasts to upscale resorts, there is something for every taste and budget. And don't miss out on the fun! Our things to see and do in Monterey section is packed with exciting activities that will make this Father's Day weekend one to remember.

Remember, Father's Day only comes once a year, so start planning today!