DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Fathers are notoriously hard to shop for, which is why going local is often best. You're not only doing good by supporting area businesses, you're treating dad to something unique to Dutchess County. What follows is a sampling of options. Feel free to add more ideas on our Facebook page.
For the Beer Lover: Growlers, brewing kits, beer baskets, gift cards and cigars are on tap at Half Time in Poughkeepsie where Dad is guaranteed to find everything "crafty" he wants. Another option for those with refined tastes: A visit to North River Hops and Brewing in Wappingers Falls where you buy Dad a growler brewed fresh on the premises. Treat Dad: Half Time, 2290 South Rd., (845) 462-5400, www.halftimebeverage.com/ or North River, 1571 Route 9, (845) 297-2190, www.northriverbrews.com/ .
For the Foodie: Hello CIA. If a meal at one of the Hyde Park eateries isn't enough, check out the gift shop where you'll find chef-signed books, kitchen gadgets and CIA's own jams. Foodie dads may also enjoy the large assortment of extra virgin olive oils, as well as ultra premium (UP labeled) varietal olive oils at The Blue Olive in Pawling. The stores also carries an assortment of gourmet pasta sauces, spices, hand-thrown pottery, and handmade olive oil-based soaps. Treat Dad: CIA , 1946 Campus Dr, Hyde Park, (845) 452-9600, www.ciachef.edu/ or The Blue Olive, 26 Charles Colman Blvd, Pawling, (845) 289-0097, www.theblueoliveshop.com/ .
For the Sentimental Dad: Nothing beats a homemade gift. fiberflame in Rhinebeck allows kids to make their own creation, sealed with love. Treat Dad: 18b E. Market St., Rhinebeck, (845) 516-5123, www.fiberflamestudio.com/.
For the Cultural Dad: The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie has a variety of shows to select from; coming up soon: Paula Poundstone and a Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration. Treat Dad: 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-2072, www.bardavon.org/ .
For the Music Enthusiast: Nowhere's better for some good 'ole rock and roll than Daryl's House in Pawling where you can get both good food -- and great music all in one. Coming up in July: Los Lonely Boys, Tinsley Ellis and The California Honeydrops. Treat Dad: 130 New York 22, Pawling, (845) 289-0185, www.darylshouseclub.com/ .