Weekend GetawaysLast-Minute Labor Day Escapes
It’s about this time of year that denial sets in. It seems just yesterday that you had kicked off Memorial Day at Surf Lodge, with grand plans to make this season count. Well, whether you’ve diligently worked until 8pm on Summer Fridays, or decided to blur the line for the start and end of the weekend (yes, technically by HR standards you were part-time), Labor Day is around the corner, which marks the unofficial end of summer. You’ll be back to your hard-charge days this September, so we’ve picked the ultimate last-minute Labor getaways.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Why it’s ideal: Let out your inner cowboy and outdoors(wo)man with horseback riding, fly fishing and mountaineering. When all else fails, head to the nearest Country Western saloon and saddle up next to locals like Harrison Ford and Sandra Bullock.
Check into: The Four Seasons, of course. If you’re traveling with entourage, Clear Creek Group will hook you up with a lavish, full-staffed home, including personal chef, on-call masseuses and pretty much whatever your city-slicker heart desires.
Napa Valley, California
Why it’s ideal: California sunshine, easy flights, gourmet food and last but not least, wine tasting for every palate. Pick up a picnic at Oakville Grocery for your taste of Americana at its best, or talk your way into a lunch reservation at French Laundry.
Check into: The Bardessono, for its modern, chic guest rooms and spa treatments al fresco. Traditionalists will be happy to know that Auberge du Soleil continues to score perennially high on the romance and luxury scale.
Why it’s ideal: A town so pretty that even General Sherman couldn’t implement his own scorched-earth policy, today Savannah is quintessential South at its best. From down-home cooking at Mrs. Wilkes to elevated southern cuisine at Elizabeth on 37th, it’s also a top stateside foodie destination.
Check into: The Andaz, which marries southern hospitality with a modern, cool vibe.
Why it’s ideal: Cocktail hour is considered a cultural activity, and they drink cool-sounding ones like the Dark n’ Stormy. For East Coasters, this is a no-brainer destination that’s relatively easy on the pocket in terms of luxury travel.
Check into: If not a wealthy Bermudian friend’s home (though it’s optimal to find one on your visit for the social circuit), the Rosewood Tucker’s Point is the most upscale option on the isle.
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Why it’s ideal: So technically Labor Day isn’t a Mexican holiday, but that’s just details. Sun, sand, killer guacamole and margaritas, while feeling like you really got away.
Check into: Hacienda Patec, a decked-out, 17th century private estate for you and up to 13 of your best friends to take down. Known for its culinary program, those so inclined can come back as Top Chefs by the end of your stay. For others, champion-eater-after-laying-poolside-all-day status also counts.