16 Affordable Labor Day Getaways
If you haven’t already booked your last summer vacation yet, don’t worry—we found the best affordable Labor Day getaways that will leave you recharged and with a lifetime of memories.
You don’t have to spend big money to live like the rich and famous on vacation, because booking a trip to this luxe hot spot during the warmer summer months can land you major savings. You’ll enjoy some of Florida’s best Gulf Coast beaches, restaurants, nature reserves, spas, and shopping without in-season crowds, which is why this is one of our favorite affordable Labor Day getaways. Stay at The Inn on Fifth for a true taste of Naples luxury at over 50 percent off winter room rates, and opt for a Club Level suite for free breakfast, endless snacks and coffee, the chicest pool in the area, and private access. Find out more Florida beaches the locals want to keep a secret.
Mount Snow, Vermont
You can score major savings on just about everything when you head to popular tourist destinations in their offseasons, like Mount Snow, Vermont, for one. During the winter, the mountain is consistently packed with ski and snowboard fanatics, but warmer months are actually perfect for low-key travelers who love a good deal, fresh air, and loads of summer activities on the lake, and spacious accommodations. Book a room at Cooper Hill Inn and explore Mount Snow for one of the most tranquil and affordable Labor Day getaways you won’t soon forget, at as much as half off the regular winter season rates.
Carnival Cruises, The Caribbean
Not sure you want to be tied down to one place for the whole long weekend? Sounds like you’re the perfect passenger for a cruise. Carnival is offering rates as low as $285 per passenger for four-day cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean, and not that much more for eight-day cruises. Their newest ship, Horizon, is a massive fun-filled all-inclusive vacation that has everything from multiple pools to ropes courses, basketball courts, and specialty restaurants. Find out all the insider secrets about what to pack on a cruise.
Oyster Bay, Sint Maarten
Fans of spectacular beach views and warm Caribbean waters will fawn over Oyster Bay Beach Resort’s Labor Day Weekend deal, and not just because the generous hotel is willing to extend it even beyond Labor Day. Travelers who book now through September 1, 2018, will enjoy 25 percent off upgrades and additional rooms. The rates are already low, starting at about $161 per night (plus taxes and service charges), and the amenities including multiple pools and breathtaking local grounds will have you wondering why you didn’t think of this sooner. Find out even more amazing hotel perks that are worth getting on an airplane for.
Manhattan Beach, California
If your affordable Labor Day weekend getaways wish list includes a luxe trip to Los Angeles, we’ve got some good news for you: Westdrift Manhattan Beach, an Autograph Collection Hotel, is offering rock-bottom rates on their SoCal destination. The hotel offers 393 luxury guest rooms, a nine-hole golf course, a CrossFit-inspired gym, and a pool with private cabanas. Labor Day weekend rates begin at $189 per night, making it a great Pacific Coast option.
North Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
The general Lake Tahoe area is a favorite for ski bums, but summer months are ideal for nature and festival lovers of all kinds. The region is hosting a variety of events over Labor Day weekend, including their 29th Annual Foam Fest that features 20 breweries, and their 30th Annual Alpen Wine Fest in the Village at Squaw Valley, which features live music and wine tastings. Room rates are known to be over 30 percent off winter season rates, making the fabulous photo-taking potential just about priceless. Don’t miss the best weekend getaway in every state.
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Rates at the ever-popular Vivo Resorts in Puerto Escondido start at just $95 per night over Labor Day Weekend. The accommodations are hidden gems for most American travelers, but well-known in the surfing community as the best of the best, offering access to the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, tropical splendor, and waves for days. Oh, and it’s hurricane-free.
If you’ve never considered Arkansas for a vacation, let this be the day. It’s an easy trip for much of the Midwest and southern states and boasts some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders including Hot Springs National Park, where revelers can enjoy naturally heated water for thermal baths, and experience the world’s earliest form of spa-time. Entry to the park is free and hotels, including the Hotel Hot Springs, are often under $100 per night. Read on for 41budget-friendly mini family vacations that won’t break the bank.
Atlantis, The Bahamas
You’ve probably heard a lot about Atlantis already—it’s a giant group of resorts that manages to deliver personal attention and service, and a variety of vacation options and styles for all ages and stages of life. Honeymooners can relax in the romantic, tranquil Cove tower, while families can find themselves on animal adventures and beachfront water park rides all day long at the newly renovated Coral hotel. It’s one of our favorite affordable Labor Day weekend getaways because Atlantis has something to offer literally every type of guest, and the ocean views are unparalleled. Rates are steeply discounted for the off-season, and Labor Day weekend has some rooms going as low as $130 per night plus taxes and fees.
Get ready to discover some great American history, dive into the delicious local fare, and enjoy every minute of your New England adventure knowing you’re having a totally affordable waterside vacation at the region’s best time of year. A variety of hotels, including the John Carver Inn & Spa, are available under $200 per night over Labor Day weekend, and almost all are walkable to the small city’s adorable downtown shopping area. Plymouth is famous for being the town where the Pilgrims first made landfall; here are 16 of the other best American cities for history buffs.
Park City, Utah
It may offer world-class winter sports, but Park City is also a must-see destination in all the other seasons, too, especially at the end of summer when there is less competition for the really great hotel rooms. Enjoy picturesque mountain views, top-notch dining, hiking, swimming, and just about everything you could ever dream of in a mountain destination. We found rates as low as $145 per night at the Grand Summit Hotel.
If you love great food, even better wine, and photo-worthy city strolls, taking advantage of San Francisco over Labor Day weekend is ideal for you. The Westin St. Francis boasts stunning views, cable car rides, loads of budget-friendly attractions. Booking a family package will give you a 25 percent savings on a second room, plus complimentary meals for kids ages 12 and under from the “Eat Well Menu for Kids” when adults eat too. Rates start at $249 per night, which are some of the best in this iconic city.
We hope you like jerk chicken and powdery beaches, because Skylark Negril Beach Resort in Negril, Jamaica is offering guests rock-bottom Labor Day pricing starting at $95 per night. The boutique resort sits on Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach, offers 220 feet of beachfront and Caribbean views, two acres of lush property, and freshly prepared local food. Better yet, the low season rates are extended till December, which means you don’t really have to rush your trip at all. Find out the 10 beaches in the world with the warmest waters.
Alberta Icefields, Canada
This is a totally different slice of pie compared to all the other affordable Labor Day getaways on our list, because you’ll be trading sun and sand for pristine turquoise lakes, chilly Canadian mountains, and the most beautiful northern views you could ever imagine. Try a road trip from Banff to Jasper, and stay in one of the top local hotels, including the Ramada by Wyndham Hinton, for under $250 per night.
New York City
Head to New York City right before the city that never sleep’s busy season starts (fall through the holidays) to take advantage of lower-than-usual rates and especially accessible restaurants, theater, and happenings. Hotel 50 Bowery is offering a package with The Picture Book Club to get kids reading (even on vacation), and offers breakfast for two adults, a room with two beds, and book bundles based on the age of the littlest guests in tow. Kids also eat breakfast free on the weekend at the property’s restaurant, but if you’re traveling without kids this hotel is still a home run—it’s right in the middle of a burgeoning art, fashion, and culture scene.
Head down to Collins Avenue, Miami’s hottest thoroughfare, to the Confidante Miami Beach for a playful and bright beach house-inspired resort that’s steeply discounted for Labor Day weekend. The welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere is a breath of fresh air for Miami-goers, and the prices start at around $229 per night with a third night free—even more refreshing than a dip in the pool. Read on to discover the best-kept secret in every state.
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