As summer draws to a close, many of us (kids and parents alike) have difficulty stepping into a routine once again. Luckily, there’s one saving grace for those of us who want to experience summer fun before it’s gone for good: Labor Day weekend.
“Labor Day weekend is always a great time to snag deals on everything from hotels to vacations around the world as companies slash prices leading up to the holiday, so you will need to start setting alerts now,” says travel expert Francesca Page of www.misstravelguru.com.
Here, we’ve rounded up some nearby last-minute staycation spots – and destination further away – to escape to before the realities of fall start to creep in:
westdrift Manhattan Beach (Manhattan Beach)
For an endless Cali summer vibe, the westdrift Manhattan Beach hotel delivers. Their newest addition, the westdrift Beach Club, features many family-friendly events every Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., including glo-golf, sunset bike rides, movie nights and more. The highlight of the beach club, however, is being able to relax on the beach without the fuss of carrying around bulky supplies. From umbrellas and chairs to beach toys, the beach club will deliver your beach essentials to the shore and have them waiting for you when you get there! With plenty of fun activities around Manhattan Beach, this spot will leave you wishing you had an extra day.
Hotel Casa del Mar (Santa Monica)
Looking to experience L.A. the way it’s seen in movies? Hotel Casa del Mar is the right place for you. With its Mediterranean-style beach side hotel, complete with luxury dining on the oceanfront, you might forget you’re not in a movie scene yourself. Hotel Casa Del Mar also offers exciting experiences beyond the beach involving scenic drives along Mulholland Canyon, kite flying along the shore, visits to contemporary art galleries around Santa Monica and even the opportunity to hang glide over the Pacific. Round out your stay with surf lessons and bike rides along the coast.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa (Huntington Beach)
For another home-away-from-home experience, check out the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. Direct beach access, cabana rentals and beach bonfires are among the many activities ready and waiting for your family to enjoy oceanfront shopping and dining less than a mile away in Pacific City. Your kids will be sure to have a blast with activities like building sandcastles with a professional and swimming with mermaids. However, no true California vacation, or staycation, is complete without surfing or bicycling along the picturesque beaches, and with the help of surf brand Toes on the Nose, you’ll be sure to experience it all.
The Beverly Hilton (Beverly Hills)
If the beach isn’t quite your thing, but you’re still looking for that perfect getaway, the Beverly Hilton might be more palatable. Visit classic landmarks like Rodeo Drive and the Chinese Theater, or stay in and relax by the Aqua Star Pool in a private daybed. Have the ultimate staycation with the Suite Night, which offers board games, movies and breakfast without the hassle. Or, experience all the fun L.A. has to offer with the California Road Trip, and you’ll get exclusive access to Disneyland tickets, at Eataly and the House of Blues. Dining, shopping and exploring is at your fingertips at the Beverly Hilton for an experience you get to tailor to your fancy.
Carmel Valley Ranch (Carmel-by-the-Sea)
Now that summer’s nearly over, you may be mourning that camping trip you never got to take with your family. Not to worry! The Carmel Valley Ranch, boasting 500 acres of land perfect for fun activities and beautiful views, offers the bonding experience you desire without the fuss. Limitless opportunities for fun are around every corner, including scenic hikes throughout the ranch, candle making, cupcake decorating, archery, beekeeping and, yes, even hatchet throwing! With so many family-friendly activities to choose from, you won’t have to worry about hearing the dreaded phrase, “Mom, I’m bored!” The ranch even offers a Labor Day weekend barbeque that features live music, face painting and other fun to top off the perfect weekend getaway.