We hate to be so blunt, but summer is winding down. There are a few weekends left to latch onto, and one in particular that invites the kind of early-summer barbecues and parties we so wish were ahead of us and not behind us—Labor Day. And there's still time to plan this one last hurrah. Whether you choose to spend it soaking up the sun on a beach, party it up in the city, or relax leisurely in the countryside, we've found the best Labor Day deals that will make your last sweet, summer weekend your best yet.
New York City: Gild Hall
The Deal: Send off the summer with city swagger at Gild Hall, a boutique Thompson outpost in New York's Financial District, just a stone's throw from the Seaport. The hotel sports a clubby look with 126 handsome guest rooms outfitted in custom-made furniture, brown leather headboards, and tartan blankets. Spend the night in a deluxe king room or king suite and jumpstart the weekend with a champagne toast on arrival, then cruise around Manhattan with Hornblower Cruises & Events (sailing on Thursday, August 30, and Saturday, September 1)—all included in the hotel's Cruise into Fall package.
The Details: Rates start from $249/night (deluxe king) and $349/night (king suite) for stays this August 30 to September 4.
Book It: Call 800/268-0700 and mention GHCRUISE or book online at ThompsonHotels.com.
St. Martin: La Samanna
The Deal: The French side's chic La Samanna is hard to beat in the romance department, thanks to its dreamy suites and villas draped in bougainvillea (some with oceanview balconies, others with rooftop terraces and plunge pools or Jacuzzis), a private swathe of perfect beach, two pools, and an excellent restaurant with top-flight wine cellar. This Labor Day (or anytime before December 21), guests can save 30 percent off regular rates by booking the Suite Dreams package, which gets you a posh one-bedroom suite, daily buffet breakfast, and unlimited use of non-motorized sports.
Details: Nightly rates start from $487 per suite, with a three-night minimum required.
Book It: Call 866/278-9601 or email email@example.com and reference Suite Dreams.
Las Vegas: The Cosmopolitan
The Deal: Celebrate the final days of summer with some Vegas-style debauchery, and bed down (even if its not until the early am) at the Strip's hip Cosmopolitan. Home to stylish and spacious rooms, most with outdoor balconies; trendy nightclubs; a hotspot pool lounge; and a handful of star restaurants, the Cosmopolitan is giving neighboring resorts a run for their money. Book their stay-three-nights-and-save-20-percent offer for the holiday weekend.
The Details: The three-night package is going for $416, but book ASAP to secure Labor Day weekend dates. Offer is valid through September 30.
Book It: Call 855-435-0005 or visit CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.
Ivins, Utah: Red Mountain Resort
The Deal: With Southwestern Utah's high dessert and red rock bluffs in its backyard, Red Mountain Resort is ideal for the outdoorsy set. The resort offers an Adventure Concierge to setup park excursions (Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Snow Canyon Parks are next door) and hiking or biking tours, wellness and fitness programs, and the award-winning Sagestone Spa & Salon. This Labor Day weekend, guests who book the Red Rock Relaxer package will receive $100 credit towards spa and adventure activities (or a $200 credit if booking a villa), plus three healthy meals daily, guided morning hikes, unlimited fitness classes, life classes and activities, cooking demonstrations, and complimentary WiFi.
The Details: All-inclusive Red Rock Relaxer rates over Labor Day weekend start from$310/night.
Book It: Call 877/246-4453 and reference Red Rock Relaxer.
Riverside, California: The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
The Deal: The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is a National Historic Landmark (as well as a Fodor's Choice hotel) and a treasure trove of artifacts, art, and architecture in California's Riverside (two hours from San Diego). The showpiece has hosted ten presidents (Richard Nixon was married here) and a gaggle of celebrities in its 125 years. Of the inn's 238 guest rooms, we recommend the Mission Rooms which are located on the resort's top level and come with beautiful historic features like vaulted ceilings and stained-glass or leaded-glass windows. Spend the last weekend of summer here and save 20 percent with deluxe accommodations for two, a docent-led tour of the Mission, dinner for two at the inn's Mexican-style Las Campanas restaurant, and complimentary valet parking.
The Details: Rates go for $239/night and are valid through September 9.
Book it: Call 951/784-0300 or visit MissionInn.com for more.
St. Michaels, Maryland: Inn at Perry Cabin
The Deal: The Inn at Perry Cabin is a charming Colonial manor set riverside on Chesapeake Bay inlet on Maryland's eastern shore. The Orient-Express hotel comes with one of St. Michaels best restaurants; the lovely Linden Spa, which incorporates Linden blossoms into many of its treatments; and easy access to summer pastimes like sailing, swimming, kayaking, and biking (via the inn's free bicycle rentals). D.C., Baltimore, and Philly are all within a few hours driving distance. Save 20 percent this Labor Day with the Suite Escape offer, including luxe accommodations in a Master or Master Waterview Suite, spa access, complimentary WiFi, daily newspaper, and new resort activities like garden tours and wine-tasting.
Details: Rates go for $488/night, not including tax. A two-night minimum is required. Valid through October 31.
Book It: Call 866/278-9601 and mention the Suite Escape.
Riviera Maya, Mexico: Maroma Resort
The Deal: Fluffy white beach beds, powdery sand, fresh fruit margaritas—if the beachfront setting at Maroma Resort doesn't hook you, surely its oceanfront thatched-roof bungalows, Mayan-style spa, rooftop yoga classes, and fantastic Mexican tapas restaurant will. Guests can spend the end-of-summer holiday on the Yucatan, exploring nearby Mayan ruins, snorkeling along offshore reefs, and luxuriating at Maroma with a special $250 resort credit on top of discounted off-season rates. Plus, get full breakfast daily, a welcome cocktail upon arrival, one snorkeling trip per person per stay, and in-room internet access.
The Details: Package rates over Labor Day weekend start from $395/night for a deluxe garden room. This deal is valid through December 18 with a three-night minimum.
Book It: Call 866/454-9351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charleston, South Carolina: Charleston Place
The Deal: Take the family down South for some fun before school starts. The luxurious Charleston Place, located in the downtown historic district, is offering a "suite" package that gets grownups their own private junior suite with a connecting room for the kids. Plus, kids 12 and under eat one meal for free.
The Details: Reduced rates start from $410/night for both rooms, include complimentary WiFi, daily newspaper, and free kids meal at the Palmetto Cafe, Thoroughbred Club, or Charleston Grill. This deal is valid for families traveling with kids 18 and under through September 8. A two-night stay is required.
Book It: Call 888/635-2350 and mention Family Fun or visit CharlestonPlace.com.
Photo credits: Gild Hall courtesy of Thompson Hotels; La Samanna Suite courtesy of Orient-Express-Hotels; Cosmopolitan: The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by Attribution-ShareAlike License; Aerial pool view courtesy of Red Mountain Resort; Mission: Courtesy of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa; Perry Cabin: Courtesy of Orient-Express Hotels Ltd.; Maroma Resort courtesy of Orient-Express-Hotels; Charleston Place: courtesy of Orient-Express Hotels Ltd.