If you’re of the mindset that summer should go out with a bang, then spending Labor Day weekend at one of these six luxury hotels should be right up your alley. From spectacular fireworks shows and mountain views to Lowcountry boils and beachside barbecues, saying “so long” to the season has never seemed more fun.
Montage Palmetto Bluff
If an authentic Lowcountry boil and oyster feast held at a picturesque five-story gem sounds like an enticing way to end the summer, then head straight to this gorgeous South Carolina resort in bucolic Bluffton. The charming luxury retreat will have an entertaining Labor Day weekend with the aforementioned oyster roast, an outdoor movie night with sweet treats and a pool party complete with a DJ and games.
Plus, you get to take part in the thoroughly Southern tradition of porching — relaxing on the inn’s porch with sweet tea, cookies and good conversation.
The Equinox, A Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa
There’s still time to book an idyllic New England getaway and score a discount while you’re at it — this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended property in Manchester Village, Vermont, is in the last days of its Summer Escape package.
If you book your travel by August 31, you can get up to a 15 percent discount on your room (the offer applies on stays through Labor Day). Opt for a Deluxe Room, which has a king bed and stellar views of the village, Equinox Mountain or the resort’s gardens.
Innisbrook, A Salamander Resort
If your family is up for a little friendly competition, check out all the Labor Day events on offer at this beachside Tampa resort. Poolside activities are in full effect here, including water balloon tosses, corn hole tournaments, sandcastle-building contests, a limbo competition and more.
On the holiday, the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort will host a carnival with a bounce house, a dunk tank, face painting and a buffet with loads of cookout favorites and sweet treats. The day is capped off with a fireworks show set to patriotic music.
By the time Labor Day rolls around, many of the summer tourists will have left Italy, making it an ideal time to hit up the historic Tuscan city of Florence. Book a long weekend at this recently refurbished Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel and take advantage of the property’s special grand reopening rates (it was closed for six months during the renovation).
From this prime location, you’ll be able to languidly sip an aperitif while taking in the spectacular view of the Ponte Vecchio bridge over the Arno River. Bellissimo!
Located near Lafayette Square and within walking distance of many cultural must-visits, this luxury hotel has all the trappings of a stimulating city getaway — fresh Gulf Coast seafood, live entertainment, craft beers at a rooftop bar and, yes, a rooftop pool.
Book the End of Summer deal to get 30 percent off guest rooms or 40 percent off suites. Either way, you’ll receive alfresco welcome cocktails on the hotel’s patio.
Orlando World Center Marriott
This 200-plus-acre resort will send summer off right with a slew of family-friendly activities planned for the holiday weekend running September 1 to 4. You and your brood can watch a nightly laser show, meet various reptiles from Gatorland, take in a poolside movie under the stars or hit up the lobby for fun times with a balloon artist, caricaturist and face painter.
Links lovers will want to take advantage of the “super twilight golf” discounts (no fees for those under 15) and a free clinic with pros from the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf.