21 More Last-Minute Labor Day Trip Ideas Slideshow
August 29, 2012
Windham Hill Inn (West Townshend, Vt.)
Escape to the mountains at Windham Hill Inn in southern Vermont. The 21-room Relais & Chateaux property has more than 160 acres of land to explore and four trails to run, hike, or bike. The Labor Day Mountain Escape includes a three-course daily breakfast, afternoon tea and homemade scones, evening Vermont cheese board, and private garden tour by a kitchen team member. For an additional fee, guests can arrange to have the kitchen prepare a special Labor Day picnic.
Rates: Starts at $255 per night; based on double occupancy.
Paresa Resort (Phuket, Thailand)
You’ll probably need more than the weekend to enjoy the four-day and three-night Cook & Dine experience at Paresa Resort. Hidden among the cliffs of Kamala and overlooking the Andaman Sea, Paresa Resort’s Cook & Dine package gives guests the chance to learn how to make traditional Thai cooking techniques from the hotel’s master chefs. Guests explore the local food market and try local homemade treats before becoming sous chefs and assisting the chefs in creating a four-course meal. Guests can enjoy the meals at Recipe, which boasts 270-degree ocean views. The package includes a two-bedroom suite overlooking Kamala Bay.
Rates: $3,120 for four people.
Orbitz Travel Deals (Las Vegas)
Orbitz, the travel booking website, has several discounted trips to Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay and ARIA Resort and Casino at CityCenter. Those who book before Sept. 2 get 20 percent off at Mandalay Bay, whose restaurants include Charlie Palmer's Aureole, Michael Mina's STRIPSTEAK, Wolfgang Puck's Lupo Italian, Rick Moonen's RM Seafood, Hubert Keller's redesigned Fleur, and Border Grill, and at ARIA Resort and Casino at CityCenter, whose restaurants include American Fish, Jean-Georges Steakhouse, Sirio Italian, and Bar Masa/Shaboo.
Orbitz Travel Deals (Boston)
Orbitz, the travel booking website, has several discounted trips to Boston, including 20 percent off stays at The Back Bay Hotel, which features Irish pub Cuffs and the Stanhope Grille, which features new American cuisine with an Irish edge, like the signature lobster bisque with cognac cream, and 10 percent off stays at Hotel Commonwealth, which boasts the longest marble bar in Boston at Eastern Standard and a grand raw bar at Island Creek Oyster Bar. Book by Sept. 2 for the discount.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles)
The Taste of California package at Hotel Bel-Air offers guests a custom-created five-course tasting menu featuring the best ingredients from local farmers markets served with wines from California’s top producers. Guests also receive a keepsake menu signed by Wolfgang Puck. Guests can also order the Bel-Air Basket, a gourmet picnic basket with a three-course meal that can be enjoyed on the hotel grounds overlooking Swan Lake or on a Labor Day excursion.
Rates: Starts at $990; basket starts at $60 per person.
The Westin Resort & Casino (Aruba)
Located amid the white sands of Palm Beach, the Eat, Drink & Be Happy package at The Westin Resort & Casino includes accommodation, daily breakfast for two in Bon Bini Restaurant, daily lunch for two in The Terrace Restaurant, premium alcoholic beverages including Absolut, Bacardi, Jack Daniels, Heineken, and house wines and more plus non-alcoholic beverages, and non-motorized water sports including rafts, snorkel equipment and kayaks.
Rates: Starts at $439; three-night minimum stay; mention rate plan MODAI.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Las Vegas)
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the host resort of season four of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters offers the Top Chef Masters Culinary Package, a two-night stay that comes with a custom-designed Cosmopolitan apron along with a $100 credit to use at any of the on-site restaurants, which include Blue Ribbon, Comme Ça Las Vegas, China Poblano, DOCG, Jaleo, Holsteins, Estialorio Milos, Scarpetta, and STK. Guests also get an invite to attend The Cosmopolitan’s Top Chef Masters viewing parties at The Boulevard Pool that take place on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. through the season finale on Sept. 26.
Four Points by Sheraton LAX (Los Angeles)
To help simplify travel in and out of the LAX airport this Labor Day weekend, guests can park, stay, and fly at Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport. The package includes the essentials for jet-setters: five days of parking, shuttle service to and from the airport, accommodation, free coffee and bottled water, and free Internet access.
Rates: Starts at $149 per night; use promo code LPARK2.
Ramada Geneva Lakefront (Geneva, N.Y.)
Ramada Geneva Lakefront (Geneva, N.Y.)
Located on the shores of Seneca Lake, the Ramada Geneva Lakefront offers the Finger Lakes Labor Day Escape. The package includes a one-hour excursion aboard the Rose Lummis boat on Seneca Lake, town car transportation for dinner at Steamboat Landing, and a live theater performance at Bristol Valley Theater. A complimentary breakfast buffet is included on Sunday at the Pier House Restaurant at the Ramada and then travelers can trolley along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail for tastings at numerous wineries. After the wineries, guests can head back to the Ramada for dinner at the Pier House. Breakfast at Simply Crepes and a day at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack with $100 to get started are also included on Sunday.
Rates: Starts at $972; to book, call the Ramada at (315) 789-0400.
Great New York State Fair (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Eat through Labor Day weekend at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse. The Maplewood Inn offers a Fair Package that includes two New York State Fair tickets, two breakfast vouchers, transportation to and from the fairgrounds (from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and double occupancy accommodations.
Rates: Starts at $149 nightly.
The Loden (Vancouver, British Columbia)
The Loden’s Stay and Stage package includes accommodation in a king guestroom and the chance to spend a morning exploring Granville Island with Tableau Bar Bistro’s executive chef Marc-André Choquette. After returning to Tableau’s kitchen with hand-picked market-fresh goods, travelers get to work with Choquette and enjoy dinner for four in Tableau Bar Bistro.
Rates: Starts at $1,750 through Sept. 30, based on the Signature King guestroom category; the Stay and Stage package must be booked five days in advance and is based on a three-hour maximum shopping time frame.
Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Va.)
Step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg with the Autumn Senses program. Guests can visit the interactive Revolutionary City, see artisans at work, and listen to spine-tingling stories during ghost or pirate evening programs. Guests also get to savor barbecue and regional cuisine. The hotel’s [what hotel?] four historic taverns give guests an opportunity to enjoy contemporary menus in an 18th-century setting complete with strolling musicians, storytellers, and characters. The three-day, two-night package includes accommodation at the Williamsburg Lodge, daily breakfast, tickets to Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and Art Museums, ghost tour tickets, and an $100 resort activities card.
Rates: Starts at $128 per person; available through Nov. 25.
Asticou Inn (Northeast Harbor, Maine)
Located right on the doorstep of Acadia National Park, the Asticou Inn package includes two nights of accommodation, a welcome cheese plate, afternoon tea and treats, and one dinner for two at Peabody's.
Four Seasons Resort Vail (Vail, Colo.)
The Four Seasons Resort Vail is serving up a Labor Day BBQ package, which includes admission for two adults and two children to the hotel’s poolside barbecue and accommodations.
Rates: Starts at $685 per room per night.
Hotel Lucia’s Portland Farmers Market Package (Portland, Ore.)
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (Avon, Colo.)
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek hosts Fridays @ the Park, where executive chef Christian Apetz sets up the smoker grill on the resort’s back lawn and slow-cooks brisket, ribs, and turkey, accompanied with local microbrews and hand-crafted cocktails that also feature ingredients from the chef’s herb garden. Fridays @ The Park also includes family activities like live music, fly fishing demonstrations, pony rides, and kid-friendly eating contests like watermelon seed spitting, and hot dog and pie eating. Snow cones, popcorn, and other treats are also served.
Rates: Starts at $99 per night.
Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
Guests who book the Experience More package at the Four Seasons Los Angeles receive up to $500 in credit for dining at Culina, Modern Italian, or in Windows Lounge or can put the money toward getting pampered with spa treatments during a two-night stay.
Tanque Verde Ranch (Tucson, Ariz.)
Located on 60,000 acres, Tanque Verde Ranch offers a range of outdoor activities like horseback riding lessons, trail rides, guided mountain bike and hiking tours, nature walks and educational seminars at the ranch's Nature Center, fishing lessons, and outdoor cookouts. The ranch also offers a kids program for children ages four to 12 that includes horse grooming, riding lessons, arts and crafts, and more. All-inclusive stays at Tanque Verde include accommodations, three daily meals, and free access to all of the ranch activities, including the kids program.
Rates: Starts at $175 per person, per night; available through Sept. 15, 2012.