19 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.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Book a stay at Hotel le Marais in advance and enjoy rates up to 20 percent off their already very-affordable prices. Experience New Orleans’ French Quarter, have your fill of local fare and music, and take as many pictures as you possibly can. Summer rates start at $109 per night with the discount extending through September 30, making this one of our favorite affordable Labor Day getaways for those who need a little extra time to get their fill of adventure.
San Antonio, Texas
If you haven’t already had the joy of visiting San Antonio, let this Labor Day getaway deal at Hotel Emma convince you to get in the cheerful Tex-Mex spirit. You can focus your entire trip on San Antonio’s charming, historic scenery, eats, and riverfront culture, or pair the trip with another favorite nearby Texan city, Austin. Hotel Emma is currently offering a Road to Relaxation promotion during the month of August with rates starting at $275 for midweek stays and $315 for Friday and Saturday night stays. You’ll be treated to complimentary hotel extras like valet parking, La Babia margaritas at check-in, and nightly turndown service. Did we mention the hotel is within walking distance of some of the best tacos in the region? Hello, foodie road trips! The rooftop pool is pretty sweet, too.
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If you’re planning to visit the Liberty Bell, grab the world’s best cheesesteak, or looking for an excuse to make little ones smile—head to the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia is high on our list of affordable family vacations, and right now nearby theme park, Sesame Place, is offering a Sesame Summer Saver Hotel Package. Stay a minimum of one night at a Sesame Place official or partner hotel and save $25 on a two-day theme park ticket. Better yet? The Sesame Place tickets can be used for any two visits on operating days through January 1, 2020, and kids eat free when you reserve breakfast, lunch, or dinner with Elmo & Friends.
Head for awe-inspiring cacti, dining, dry air, and photo-worthy casitas at Boulders Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. You’ll save over 70 percent off winter and spring rates with their Truly Boulders Package this Labor Day weekend, thanks to rates starting at $139 per night. You’ll stay in a private casita, enjoy a $25 dining credit per person and night, complimentary parking, 20 percent off spa services, unlimited access to the spa facility and fitness classes, and a waived resort fee.
This posh-yet-quaint mountainside town is best known for world-class skiing, but it’s just as lovely when there’s green on the trees, too. Enjoy local favorite, Lodge at Spruce Peak at Stowe, complete with a dreamy heated outdoor pool, apartment-style accommodations, and Keto-friendly burrata salads at 20 percent off with their Mountain Memories package.
Get your fill of grand American history at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel in our nation’s capitol. With rates starting at $169 per night from now through December 2019, you can’t afford to miss this boutique hotel’s charming entrance to local museums, landmarks, conferences, and melting-pot fare. Book now with code TT10 to receive an additional 10 percent off your stay.
Every city can be your oyster
You can hit the road or plan the best staycation in your state this Labor Day weekend because Go City is offering up to an extra 20 percent off their All-Inclusive and Explorer passes. Go City is a flexible sightseeing pass that allows travelers to explore cities at their own pace, offering savings on popular attractions like the Philadelphia Zoo and romantic sails through the waters off Oahu, Hawaii.
Los Angeles, California
You deserve a Beverly Hills-level Labor Day getaway, and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you book the discounted California Road Trip Package at The Beverly Hilton. You’ll find yourself swimming in the gorgeous Aqua Star Pool with a menu of drinks and healthy snacks, enjoying access to free daily breakfast for two, discounted Disneyland tickets, and even $10 off your Lyft rides. Rates begin at a reasonable $329 per night, so bring a friend to help photograph you in all your glitziest glory.
Get a taste of colonial charm visitors of all ages will enjoy at Greensprings Vacation Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. Book three nights and receive two free tickets to Jamestown and Yorktown, two of the most popular local attractions, worth about $46. Room rates start at $89 per night plus a modest resort fee. It’s ideal for travel buffs looking for a quiet retreat after a long day of pursuing American history—these 15 other cities and towns are equally perfect for history lovers.
Upgrade your rental car
Here’s your excuse to take one of the best road trips in America—Silvercar by Audi is offering 20 percent off their best luxury car rental rates for new customers, and it’s as easy as downloading their app. Find yourself cruising away from the airport in style to one of the best beaches in America at a price that makes your getaway that much sweeter. Use code FIRST20 at checkout.
Head to the Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland, where “Book Early and Save” rates will be honored through the end of September. Take advantage of the short walk to the waterfront area, a bustling culinary scene, famous local favorites like Serra, Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai, and the surrounding wine region. The lobby boasts a free pool table, shuffleboard, and vintage video games to really drive the throwback vibe home.
San Diego, California
If rest and relaxation are on your to-do list, there’s no better place than the Four Seasons Aviara in Carlsbad, California. You can lounge by one of three hotel pools, enjoy a leisurely dinner at the indoor-outdoor Seasons Restaurant, luxuriate in a spa treatment, and take in the stunning views of the rolling foothills from your private villa. Looking for more adventure? Sign up for a surfing class, helicopter photography lesson, or take a tour of the area in a 1951 Ford Woodie Station Wagon. Through September 30, when you book two nights, you get 30 percent off regular room rates.
Here’s an extra $10 for just about anything
Book any dog-friendly hotel on Orbitz.com though August 31 and use code DOGDAYS10 at checkout to save $10 if you’re an Orbitz Rewards member spending $100 or more. Once you book your hotel, if you need to rent a car, wag your tail over to Orbitz’s partnership with Dollar Rent A Car and get 10 percent off your car rental by using code 101463 at checkout.
If you’ve been itching to see and experience some of the world’s ritziest ski towns, Labor Day weekend is the perfect opportunity—especially if you have a wider array of interests including hiking, nature walks, fine dining, and beating city heat and humidity. Through the month of August, you’ll be treated to as much as 30 percent off vacation rentals and condos on TripAdvisor, and 10 percent off usual rates through September. It’s a great way to get a feel for the town before plunking down more serious cash on a ski trip.
Active military, veterans, and first responders save big
Actually, make that anyone with a first-responder uniform, because Red Roof Inn, Red Roof PLUS+, The Red Collection, and HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof properties will honor an additional 15 percent off reservations for the people who help keep us all safe. Just book before August 31 to take advantage of this and other booking rewards. With locations across America, you really can’t go wrong—but we’re partial to warm-weather destinations.
The Florida Keys
Islamorada, Florida is the local favorite key for Miami-area residents and a treasured secret. While most crowds flock to more famous Key West and Largo destinations, Islamorada certainly is bold competition, offering white-sand beaches, tropical breezes, accessibility, and the thirst-quenching Islamorada Beer Company. Enjoy a free third night, the ideal long weekend arrangement, at Islamorada’s Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina when you book before August 31 and stay before September 30. Use code FREE at checkout to score the deal that lands you time at the tiki bar thinking about which fishing rod to use. Here are more of the Florida beaches locals hope to keep secret.
The Catskills, New York
Residents of the New York City metropolitan area have long-considered the Catskills area, a short one to two-hour drive north of Manhattan, the best retreat out there. The height of local tourism for ever-famous Woodstock, one of the most majestic mountain towns in America, runs through July, while nearby Hunter Mountain peaks from December through March, or ski season. Labor Day Weekend is the best time to score an impressive discount on local vacation rentals, with between-seasons discounts as weighty as 40 percent off.
With Hilton’s Experience Chicago offer, guests can save up to 50 percent on Chicagoland attractions, restaurants, local culture, and shows. You’ll score 20 percent off select tours with Chicago Detours, $10 off at the always-delicious Gino’s East, 25 percent off select Second City performances, a free TILT ticket at the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, discounts on Centennial Wheel tickets at Navy Pier, 50 percent off Legoland admission, and oodles of coupons for the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. But really, enjoy the warm-but-not-too-hot weather while Midwestern charm seeps into every aspect of your trip. The smiles are free. Chicago is also home to one of our favorite Labor Day celebrations.
Secret Bay, Dominica
It’s hard to find a Caribbean escape that feels truly new and untouched, but Dominica offers just that—a glimpse of something natural, intact, and preserved (and no, it’s not part of the more famous all-inclusive mecca, Dominican Republic). Book a Secret Bay summer escape of at least five days by August 27 and receive 30 percent off villa rates. You’ll be treated to a free couple’s massage at the Gommier Spa and dinner for two at the memorable Zing Zing Restaurant. Make sure you check out the local rainforests, unforgettable views of the sea, and the property’s private plunge pools. Did we mention it’s a short flight from the States? It is. Worried about the weather? These Caribbean islands are virtually hurricane-proof.
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