5 Last-Minute Labor Day Weekend Getaways

Best Labor Day Weekend Getaways 2018Summer always seems to go so fast. Soon the kids will be back in school and Labor Day Weekend will be here before we know it. Fortunately, Labor Day is a holiday weekend, offering one more chance for an end of summer getaway.

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Labor Day Getaways 2018

So where should you go to enjoy the last few days of summer? Here are some of the best places to go for Labor Day Weekend 2018.

Labor Day 2018. Bodie Island in Outer Banks, North Carolina. Photo courtesy Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
Bodie Island in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Photo courtesy Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

1. Outer Banks, North Carolina

Beaches are the main attraction on this chain of islands off the coast of North Carolina. In fact, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore stretches for more than 70 miles across the islands. Spend the weekend with a good book, a towel, and a quiet stretch of sand. Or, if you’re looking for adventure, hop a charter boat and head to sea in search of world-class game fish.

What to Do: Visit Bodie Island Lighthouse. Built in 1848, this tall historic lighthouse is still operating today. Then head to a local restaurant to sample fresh NC seafood harvested earlier that morning by an Outer Banks fisherman.

Where to Stay: Shutters on the Banks, Beachwoods by Diamond Resorts

Labor Day Weekend in Telluride, Colorado
Labor Day Weekend in Telluride, Colorado. Photo by Matt Inden/Colorado Tourism Office

2. Telluride, Colorado

This tiny Colorado town may be known for winter skiing, but it really shines in the autumn. The trees are just starting to turn, the sun shines brightly during the day, and the evenings offer crisp, cool mountain air.

Labor Day Weekend is something special, as the Telluride Film Festival blows into town. This internationally-known festival attracts stars, directors, and other film lovers. You’ll get the chance to see top films that haven’t made it into theatres yet.

What to Do: Telluride is an outdoor playground. Hike to Bridal Veil Falls, go fly-fishing with a local guide or simply enjoy the rustic mountain charm of one of Colorado’s favorite towns.

Where to Stay: Mountain Lodge at Telluride, Peaks Resort & Spa

Labor Day Weekend in Napa Valley, California
Labor Day Weekend in Napa Valley, California

3. Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley, California is known as one of the world’s top wine-producing regions. That makes it a wonderful place to visit, especially if you like wine. With more than 400 Napa Valley wineries and tasting rooms to choose from, you can visit as many as your schedule allows.

The Napa Valley grape harvest season usually runs from the end of August to October, so Labor Day is the perfect time to visit Wine Country. Each winery chooses the perfect time to pick their grapes at the height of ripeness, striving for the award-winning wines that Napa Valley is famous for.

What to Do: Napa Valley Labor Day events include concerts, tastings and a farmer’s market. Plan your weekend to enjoy a little of everything.

Where to Stay: The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa Winery Inn

Labor Day Weekend in Boston
Labor Day Weekend in Boston

4. Boston, Massachusetts

Labor Day is an excellent time to visit Boston. The weather is good, and Boston offers a full lineup of fun Labor Day events. Check out the Labor Day Weekend-Long Party at Lawn on D, with live music, poetry slams, lawn games, food, magicians, street performers and more.

On August 31st, Boston puts on a huge firework show over Boston Harbor. The fireworks will be launched from two “dueling” barges anchored between the North End and Seaport.
For families, the USS Constitution Museum is hosting an “All Hands to Mischief” event in the Charleston Navy Yard with lots of hands-on activities for kids. And of course, the city’s beloved Boston Red Sox will be playing at Fenway Park.

What to Do: One of the best ways to see the city is by ship. Check out Boston Harbor cruises on the Yacht Northern Lights and Schooner Adirondack III.

Where to Stay: Boston Park Plaza, Harborside Inn Of Boston

Labor Day Weekend in Austin, Texas
Labor Day Weekend in Austin, Texas

5. Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas marches to the beat of its own drum, so you can bet the city has some unique ways to celebrate the Labor Day Weekend.

At the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, comedians from around the US show off their comedic chops at various locations throughout the city. The Capital City Black Film Festival highlights top works by African American film-makers. The four-day film festival is packed with screenings, parties and fun events.

What to Do: With an average daily temperature of 68 degrees, you can enjoy the outdoors in Austin. Take a sunset bat cruise on Lady Bird Lake, swim in Barton Springs Pool or hike the Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

Where to Stay: Austin’s Inn at Pearl Street, Park Lane Guest House

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