From golf resorts set in the heart of California’s wine country to renowned beachside hotels that the East Coasters who are “in the know” flock to, in today’s travel guide, discover 5 Labor Day vacation destinations that’ll inspire you to celebrate the last days of Summer.
Silverado Resort in Napa, California
Starting in the epicenter of California’s renowned wine country, Napa Valley lies the iconic Silverado Resort & Spa. Featuring two championship golf courses, a full-service spa, updated rooms and suites, relaxing outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, and more, the Silverado Resort offers enough recreational activities to keep you happily busy throughout your entire Labor Day vacation.
Ranging from $150-$500 per night (depending on the type of room or suite you choose), the hotel is considered an affordable luxury in Napa Valley. In addition, the resort is ideally situated along the Silverado Trail, just minutes from bustling Downtown Napa, a brief walk to several notable wineries, and a short drive to other popular destinations in the Napa Valley. For ideas on where to go wine tasting, check out this Napa Valley guide on I&C.
Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon
If you’re planning on booking a Labor Day getaway for the whole family, a trip to Oregon is always a great idea. Since Summer is the best time to explore the great outdoors, dust off your hiking boots and hit the trails at Sunriver Resort. Growing up, my parents took us to this spectacular outdoor destination resort on several occasions, all of which were truly memorable. To be honest – this gorgeous luxury resort is one of the most fun, family-friendly Summer vacation spots we’ve ever visited.
Whether your kids want to rent cruiser bicycles for the week to peddle around 40-miles of paved bicycle roads (that keep them safely away from cars) or your family wants to spend time golfing, kayaking, hiking, or even horseback riding, there’s no shortage of fun outdoor activities here. If you want to explore the local area, just a short drive away you’ll discover the charming historic town of Bend, Oregon, which has great eateries, boutique shopping, and more.
Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California
Naturally, being based on the Monterey Peninsula, no travel guide would be complete without including one of the many beautiful cities in this world-renowned vacation destination. Overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean and surrounded by lush forests and rolling hillsides, Monterey, California is exalted for its awe-inspiring natural environment, world-class events, a plethora of outdoor adventures, and memorable fine dining. The spectacular area and its many hotspots have won prestigious awards (from Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, TripAdvisor, etc.) as a premier travel destination.
Located in the heart of historic old Monterey lies the eco-friendly, recently-renovated Portola Hotel & Spa. This 4-Star, AAA Four-Diamond hotel is ideally situated as it overlooks the picturesque Monterey Bay and is steps away from the ocean. As it’s based in downtown Monterey, this contemporary coastal hotel is in walking distance to bustling restaurants and lounges, a scenic recreational trail, boutiques and retail stores, and the legendary Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row tourist attractions.
Not to mention – the hotel is also dog-friendly! For that matter, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be a Guest Judge for a highly-anticipated doggie fashion show at the upcoming Portola Paw-ty Charity Gala in October 2019, which is a fundraiser for local non-profit, Animal Friends Rescue Project. If you’re an animal lover and plan to be in the area, this is definitely a worthwhile event that you should consider attending.
Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California
When it comes to Southern California vacation destinations, the coastal area of Orange County can’t be beaten. From epic ocean views and recreational activities (like surfing, standup paddleboarding, and diving) to upscale eateries, boutique shopping, and art galleries, there’s no shortage of things to do in this posh paradise.
One of the best places to stay in the OC is the prestigious 4-star resort, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, which is perched atop a hilltop bluff overlooking the beach directly below. Offering elegant contemporary accommodations mixed with a fun, Southern California spirit, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is an ideal vacation spot for those who are looking to escape the rigors of everyday life.
Throughout the property, hotel guests have access to a myriad of fitness and recreational activities. From two gorgeous swimming pools to yoga and Pilates classes, a fitness center (with sweeping ocean vistas), and even ping pong and tennis, there’s no shortage of ways to stay fit while vacationing at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.
From its stunning Mediterranean-inspired architecture to its exceptional hospitality, it’s easy to see why the hotel is considered one of the premier spots to stay in Orange County.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa in Montauk, New York
When it comes to incredible Labor Day vacations, a trip to The Hamptons is definitely a smart choice. For all the East Coasters who enjoy relaxed coastal retreats with plenty of things to do and great people-watching, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa in Montauk, New York is the place to go. Here you’ll find an expansive 2,000 ft. private beach plus other fun-filled activities like paddleboard yoga that’s done in the hotel’s indoor, ocean-fed seawater pool – the only pool of its kind in North America.
Finally, end the night curled up with a cocktail by the fire pit at Regent Cocktail Club, and dinner at a delicious Scarpetta beach – complete with undisturbed ocean views.
For more inspiring Labor Day vacation destinations, check out the Travel section on Inspirations & Celebrations.