10 Special Last-Minute Labor Day Weekend Getaways to Book Now
Time to face the music: Summer is indeed coming to an end, with Labor Day weekend just around the corner. Sure, there are some things to look forward to—fall trends to get a head start on, must-have new wardrobe staples to snap up—but it’s safe to say that the majority of us doesn’t want to see those hot summer nights go. To that end, there is no better way to maximize what’s left of summer than to book a last minute trip over Labor Day weekend.
Granted, you’ll be hard pressed to find an amazing hotel room on the Amalfi Coast this time of year, so perhaps it is time to try an overlooked European destination like Latvia. or look towards a locale that everyone else visits another time of year—Palm Springs, why not? Or how about Aspen in August? It’s relaxing, beautiful, and just as charming without the snow. And lately, we’ve been obsessed with Scandi girl street style, and their capital of cool, Copenhagen, is certainly a bucket list destination worth visiting before fall’s chill sets in. We know that you’ve dithered all spring and summer long about booking a getaway for Labor Day, but now is literally your last chance. Check out these 10 destinations for summer’s last hurrah.
Palm Springs, California
While some may believe it is just too hot this time of year in Palm Springs, the truth is that dry heat is not so bad. You wanted to spend Labor Day Weekend parked by a pool, anyway, didn’t you? During the off season, some of the region’s best hotels still have availability—like L’Horizon Resort and Spa—and there are still a ton of things to do. Namely, relaxing.
Though it is know as a ski (and society) mecca, Aspen in the summer is a delight for those who prefer an active getaway for the last lazy days of summer. With a plethora of hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and summer art programs (the city is home to the Aspen Art Museum, as well as a number of worthy galleries like Boesky West), summer is an excellent time to explore one of Colorado’s most beautiful locales. Tip: Stay at the five-star resort The Little Nell.
Craving that classic New England small town charm? Kennebunkport, with its cookie-cutter fisherman’s village quaintness, might be the destination for you. While many of the cozy inns are already booked up this time of year, we recommend staying at The Press Hotel in Portland, Maine, part of the Autograph Collection, that still has a handful of rooms available for a Labor Day Weekend getaway. Portland’s also worth a visit for its old ports, museums and breweries, as well as the nearby lighthouse and islands in Casco Bay.