Celebrating the end of summer with a Labor Day weekend escape is a great way to get refreshed and ready for the chillier and often busier months of the year. While waiting until August to book can limit options, some of the top spots in the country still have some rooms available – and, frequently offer some fantastic last-minute deals. Of course, you won’t be able to wait much longer, book now and look forward to an unforgettable late summer getaway.
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Aspen isn’t just a popular Colorado ski resort town – it’s a fantastic place to be to mark the unofficial end to summer. Labor Day weekend brings all sorts of fun, not only the opportunity to hike the miles and miles of scenic trails in the surrounding Rockies, but fantastic music festival, including Jazz Aspen Snowmass which will feature Jack Johnson and Lionel Richie, among others, but the Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival. And, as of now, one of the best hotels in town still has rooms available: The Little Nell. You can even bring your furry best friend as its pet-friendly, and rooms include soaking tubs and fireplaces.
The spectacular Orlando World Center Marriott is offering a summer special through the end of September. It might just allow you to surprise the whole family with a trip to one of the country’s top entertainment centers, Orlando, with rates starting as low as $139 per night. The world’s largest Marriott features one of the fastest and tallest resort slides in the state, the beautiful Falls Pool Oasis, a wide range of mouthwatering restaurants, and an 18-hole championship golf course. After a day of play, indulge in treatments at the full-service spa.
If you’re looking for an extended Labor Day escape and the chance for plenty of pampering, the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, less than 50 miles west of Washington, DC, is offering a “Fourth Night Free” special. Book three consecutive nights and receive a fourth night at no cost for a great way to relax and unwind before summer comes to an end. There will be an “End of Summer Bash” party with water games, competitions and slip ‘n slides, Dive-In Movies where you can watch movies from the pool or on the lawn that surrounds it, take a sushi rolling cooking class and more. Dine on tasty fare and seasonal drinks while you listen to live music at the Gold Cup Terrace too.
Ski lodges like Timberline often provide activities during the warmer months too, and the Historic Timberline Lodge is a National Historic Landmark, architectural wonder and one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions. Jack Nicholson’s “The Shining” used aerial shots of the property as part of its opening scene as well as some exterior footage. The rooms are warm and inviting and there are plenty of modern amenities, like the year-round heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness room. Explore the area by taking the Magic Mile chair lift for a bird’s-eye view and enjoy hiking and biking scenic trails.
The Ocean Key Resort & Spa is in the heart of it all on Key West’s famous Duval Street adjacent to the historic Mallory Square. It offers breathtaking views overlooking the glistening turquoise waters where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico, and it now features the new “Revel and Relax with Family Adventure.” All about luxury, if you’re looking for a very upscale getaway, rates start at $1600 per night, with a 3-night minimum stay required, perfect for Labor Day weekend. The “Noble Adventures” offer includes lavish accommodations, daily breakfast for two along the waterfront, dinner for two at Hot Tin Roof and plenty of water adventures, including a full day of reef fishing off the shores of Key West, a seaplane trip to Dry Tortugas National Park and a jet-ski tour.
Often called the “Enchanted Isle,” the beaches on Coronado Island in San Diego are some of the best in the country, with Coronado Beach its crown jewel, frequently ranked among the very finest stretches of sand. The scene almost seems as if it’s too perfect to be real, with the powdery soft sands framed by brilliant azure waters. Loews Coronado Bay Resort is offering a special “Escape from L.A.” package that’s perfect for your long weekend getaway. It includes accommodations, a $50 resort credit and a round-trip transfer in a Tesla vehicle between Los Angeles and Coronado Bay. Guests can also look forward to a host of activities from kayaking in the property’s private marina to sailing in the bay.
This exclusive property welcomes visitors with a long, winding driveway that leads to a porte cochere and the Bermuda shorts-wearing porters that will take you through the grand wooden doors and into what looks like a spectacular mansion, with its rich dark wood furniture and turn-of-the-century portraits. The property hosts its own private beach and golf club, tennis courts, a croquet lawn, four swimming pools, a spa and four restaurants with something to suit just about every taste. Choose the “Retreat to Romance” package for your Labor Day three-night holiday and you’ll get round-trip airport transfers, breakfast, a couples’ massage, a private beach dinner and an evening turndown with rose petals and Champagne.