There’s only one way to properly celebrate the end of summer and that’s with a luxe Labor Day getaway. Luckily, there’s a slew of high-end hotels and resorts offering big fun for those who want to send off the season in style.
Walker Hotel Greenwich Village
If you’re interested in a long weekend of sampling local goods, this boho boutique hotel in downtown New York City makes it pretty easy to partake in the city’s cool vibes thanks to its Village locale and history in the hood.
You’ll see what we mean with the C.O. Bigelow Experience Package, a sweet pampering offer that includes products from the acclaimed 180-year-old apothecary, plus a special lavender and peppermint candle, a discount on products at the brand’s only brick-and-mortar store (just a few blocks away from the hotel), two cocktails at the onsite bar and — a major bonus in this town — a gratis 2 p.m. late checkout.
A grand adventure out West would be an epic way to close out your summer. Take advantage of all the historic town of Jackson Hole has to offer when you book this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star downtown perch.
The 2015-opened hotel is a stylish stay with modern Western themes and remarkable scenes — be sure to request a room with a terrace for majestic views of the mountains.
While you may think of this cozy town as a world-class ski destination, warm-weather sports run the gamut here, too. Head out early to try whitewater rafting, paddleboarding, fly-fishing, horseback riding, single-track mountain biking, ATV touring, hiking and rock climbing.
Labor Day weekend also marks the end of rodeo season with the town’s Yeti Finals on August 31 and September 1, when you can watch the cowboys compete and the sun set over the Tetons.
But if it’s pampering you’re after, this gleaming Five-Star hotel will treat you like a VIP from check-in to checkout (be sure to visit the immaculate Four-Star spa).
If you need a little incentive to book, the Summer Break special should do it — reserve three consecutive nights (through September 3) and you’ll enjoy 20 percent off the best rate, leaving you plenty of extra cash to spend on delectable dim sum at the hotel’s Four-Star Cantonese eatery, Mott 32.
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Orlando is known as a playground for both kiddos and adults, which is precisely why capping off summer with a long weekend here is in order, especially when you stay at this charming luxury resort.
Lounge by one of the sparkling pools, play a round of golf, take a chauffeured ride to a Disney park, indulge in an impeccable spa service, and eat and drink your way through a slew of onsite restaurant and bars.
Book the Waldorf Astoria Suite Life offer and your family can spread out in one of the resort’s most spacious accommodations — complete with personal concierge service — and receive a $100 resort credit for each night you stay.
Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa
An extended weekend at a historic Connecticut inn is a great way to experience one last seaside getaway before fall weather hits. Located on the shores of Old Saybrook, this cozy retreat boasts loads of amenities, like a luxe spa, waterfront dining, a health club and marina access.
Enjoy a salute to summer with the inn’s last weekend of live music at the Marina Bar on Labor Day evening, featuring tunes from local band The Cartells and sensational sunset views over the water.
A quick getaway doesn’t get more charming than a weekend in Quebec City, and this lovely little hotel in the Old Port neighborhood is worth a visit if you’re looking to rekindle romance after a hectic summer.
Take advantage of the property’s Passionate Ways package to receive an in-room bottle of champagne with souvenir glasses and a box of chocolates to kick off your holiday escape for two in style.
Spend the evening exploring the hotel’s historic surroundings — the cobblestone streets and quaint bistros of nearby Petit Champlain are particularly picturesque — with the knowledge that you’ll enjoy complimentary breakfast for two and a 1 p.m. late checkout the following day.
Aria Sky Suites
Escape from Las Vegas’ holiday crowds with a stay at this Five-Star hotel, where you can enjoy exclusive perks, like access to the Sky Pool, private elevators and free airport transfers. All the accommodations here start at more than 1,000 square feet, which means you’ll have plenty of privacy for downtime before hitting the town for a show.
As part of MGM Resorts, Aria Sky Suites offers you a slew of deals, like discounted tickets to an array of performances from Cirque du Soleil. Check out Michael Jackson One or The Beatles Love, or be enchanted by the performing troupe’s famous aquatic show, O.
Either way, be sure to make dinner reservations at one of Aria’s 16 sensational restaurants to complete your over-the-top evening.
The Resort at Pelican Hill
With its ocean-view bungalows, Five-Star spa and world-class golf, The Resort at Pelican Hill was already a contender for celebrating the last big weekend of summer. But the mere thought of burgers, hot dogs and other grilled aromas coming from the Villa Pool area for a special holiday barbecue leaves us no choice but to follow our noses to the Newport Coast, California, resort for a few days.
Boca Raton Resort & Club
Your GPS may tell you that Boca Raton is more than 700 miles from Tennessee, but from August 31 to September 3, it’ll seem a lot closer. That weekend, the resort will host the first New Sounds of Nashville, an interactive experience allowing country music fans to get up close and touchable with Rodney Atkins, RaeLynn and more.
And when you pair the tunes with a roster of overnight packages filled with meet-and-greets, exclusive cookouts and welcome amenities, things sound even better.
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
Though the Fourth of July garners most of the summer holiday attention around D.C., Labor Day isn’t too shabby. Off the top of our heads, we can name a musical event (National Symphony Orchestra, September 2), play (Hamilton at the Kennedy Center, through September 16) and Nationals baseball games (versus the Brewers, August 31 to September 2) that sound fun.
The Ritz-Carlton works as your home base for a trip because of its location (less than 15 minutes from either above option) and lavish extras (marble baths, Frette linens).