Get the most out of your end-of-summer travel with these envy-inducing trips
Written byStephanie Granada June 19, 2018
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Sunriver Resort, a Destination Hotel
1 of 10Sunriver Resort, a Destination Hotel
Attention athletes: Here’s an opportunity to squeeze in a family vacation and an epic run in one fell swoop. Oregon’s Sunriver Half Marathon, started by the 50-year-old Sunriver Resort to benefit the St. Charles Cancer Services, takes you along a scenic trail with meadows, shady stretches, rolling hills, and bridges. Among other perks, the resort’s Half-Marathon package lends you a discounted race entry fee, $20 dining credit, spa discounts, and a late check-out of 1 p.m. (because you’ll definitely want to sleep in!). Keep the momentum going all weekend long with art classes, outdoor concerts, PNW-inspired food and drink at Carson’s American Kitchen, and a bevy of other activities that fill this 3,300-acre adventure camp. [bookit_button text="Sunriver Resort" price="from $339" url="https://www.destinationhotels.com/sunriver-resort/offers/sunriver-half-marathon-package"]
Courtesy The Resort at Pedregal
2 of 10Courtesy The Resort at Pedregal
This whole seaside paradise is yours for the taking with this Labor Day deal. Los Cabos' famed Pedregal—which will be rebranded as a Cabos' first Waldorf-Astoria this year—lures guests with its Escape package. When you touch down, you'll be greeted at the airport by a driver who will shuttle you to the hotel. Once there, you'll stroll through the resort's stone-covered tunnel with a margarita in-hand. Take in the view, then proceed to your room where a free bottle of tequila awaits. Breakfast daily is on-the-house, and if you stay longer than two nights your third or fourth night is free. ¡Vámonos! [bookit_button text="The Resort at Pedregal" price="from $475" url="https://www.pawsup.com/rates/montana-vacation-packages/family-packages"]
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Courtesy of Thompson Seattle
3 of 10Courtesy of Thompson Seattle
Seattle couldn’t be more perfect this time of year when the weather is just-right and Bumbershoot music festival fills the city with bands, like Fleet Foxes and J.Cole. These factors can add up to elevated rates at area hotels, but fortunately for Westerners, the hospitable and uber stylish Thompson Seattle extends a 20-percent discount to its neighbors from Montana, Oregon, California, and Idaho for its West is Best deal. The hotel is close to many of the venues that host big Bumbershoot acts, right across the street from Pike Place Market, and it hosts one of the best restaurants in town, Nest. Say it with us: Location, location, location.
4 of 10Courtesy of The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
With its artful decor, bungalow-style suites, and lively programming, The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is Arizona’s newest destination hotel (you know, the kind of place you never want to leave). Book the Heat It Up In Scottsdale Package and dream about this sample itinerary: Linger over blue corn pancakes at Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen (breakfast for two is included); lounge by the pool with a Sonoran Squeeze gin and grapefruit cocktail (you get four drinks daily); and book an over-the-top treatment, like the Geneo DNA Facial (don’t worry, it’ll be 25 percent off). This is five-star living at a humble rate of $209 (use code “OASIS” when booking).
There are two ways to soak in summer at The Resort at Paws Up this Labor Day. Food lovers should get in on the Fish & Feast deal. To celebrate the long weekend, this Montana adventure basecamp recruited Portland chef Jason French to cook up an epic fish fry for guests. Starting rate includes the chef dinner, all other meals, and lodging in a gussied up tent for two. On the other hand, if you're looking for a longer stay with the entire fam, go for the Family Vacation package. Each day brings a new adventure of your choice—from rafting to rappelling to downhill mountain biking—as well as three locavore meals (with wine). Choose from 28 handsome homes that dot the 37,000-acre property, or opt for a glamped-up safari tent pitched along the river. Rate includes meals and lodging for two adults and two kids (with a five-night minimum stay).
[bookit_button text="The Resort at Paws Up, Fish & Feast" price="from $1,980" url="https://www.pawsup.com/events/fish-and-feast"]
[bookit_button text="The Resort at Paws Up, Family Package" price="from $2,724" url="https://www.pawsup.com/rates/montana-vacation-packages/family-packages"]
Courtesy Surf & Sand Resort
6 of 10Courtesy Surf & Sand Resort
When it comes to luxe holiday getaways, you can't really beat Laguna Beach. And now, it's more attainable thanks to Surf & Sand's killer Family Fun deal. Parents and kids can steal away to this stylish resort, where your rate will cover lodging for four, a $75 resort credit, and an in-door camping set-up for kids complete with s'mores. The money you spend here goes a long way: The hotel also has a robust summer programming schedule that includes beachfront workouts, sundaes by the pool, and craft sessions. But with 167 rooms that have private balconies overlooking the sea and 500 feet of sandy beach right in front of the hotel, you'll have plenty of reason to simply lounge the day away.
A mix of creative restaurants, stylish hotels, and community events make Denver one of the most exciting cities for a Western getaway. Experience the best of it during Taste of Colorado—a festival with live music and a lineup of 50-plus culinary stars. Complete the trip at The Art, a hotel, five minutes from the fest. For September 1 through 8, book with code LABOR to get 30 percent off the rate and a $50 credit to the hotel's FIRE Restaurant & Lounge.
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Courtesy of Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort
8 of 10Courtesy of Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort
Nature lovers gravitate toward Kauai’s wild beauty. Waterfalls, canyons, cliffs, jungles—Hawaii’s smallest island has it all, plus a fast-emerging food scene to boot. Check yourself into the Ko’a Kea on Poipu Beach, a sunset- and sunrise-rich enclave on the southern end of the island. The hotel’s Fall into Aloha package gets you a discounted rate (so you won’t feel guilty about upgrading to a swank, oceanview suite), plus a $100 spa credit and a $50 dining credit. Paradise calls.
[bookit_button text="Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort" price="from $305" url="https://www.meritagecollection.com/koa-kea/special-offers"]
Courtesy of Hotel Encanto
9 of 10Courtesy of Hotel Encanto
Southwestern New Mexico is ablaze with art, authentic eats, and magical scenery. Hotel Encanto—a Spanish Colonial-inspired hideaway in Las Cruces—takes advantage of its position 40 minutes away from White Sands National Monument with its Labor Day package. In addition to a free third night, you also benefit from 15-percent off New Mexico-proud businesses that partner with the hotel, like Azul Ultra Lounge and Coas Books.
To do Venice like a local, catch some waves this Labor Day weekend. Hotel Erwin’s Beds & Boards Package hooks you up with a private surf instructor for two (complete with board and wetsuit) and $50 to eat at the buzzy on-site Erwin's Kitchen or rooftop bar. It’s right in line with the free-spirited vibe that shines through the recently renovated, iconic hotel’s muraled walls and congenial fixtures (hello, sunglass honor bar, Solé bikes, and Whole Foods minibar).