Here's Where to Vacation This Labor Day, According to the Chicest Jet-Setters
We'd be lying if we said we didn't scour our favorite bloggers' Instagrams to plot our next getaway once in a while. From the beaches of Tulum to the top of Shanghai towers, these jet-setting freelancers have both the leisure and the discerning eye to fly the globe in search of the best and greatest, rendering them much more useful than any pre-owned Lonely Planet guide or a few anonymous reviews on a major travel site. Better yet, they've crafted their iPhone photography skills to painstaking perfection—ensuring a great dose of wanderlust with each scroll.
So when we were in search of the perfect Labor Day weekend destination, we decided to go right to the source and poll the bloggers who make us want to book a flight each time we fire up our Insta feed. From the adventure-seekers to the young parents or the singles on the go, there are just enough recommendations to please just about anyone. There's just one consensus as far as Labor Day is concerned: It's time to hit the beach one last time.
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Bloggers agree: Cabo San Lucas is the destination of choice for Labor Day. Both Camille Styles and Michelle Madsen of Take Aim recommended the Mexican Baja coast as their favorite long weekend escape. "Cabo San Lucas is one of my favorite getaways in the world," Styles says, "and the fact that it's only a three-hour flight from Austin makes it perfect for a long weekend. It's the ideal spot to pretend that summer's not quite over as you lounge in a beach chair and listen to crashing waves, margarita in hand."
Stay: Styles suggests the One&Only Palmilla: "It's pure luxury on the most beautiful stretch of private beach—and they have the best poolside fish tacos I've ever tasted." Madsen prefers The Cape, A Thompson Hotel: "It's beautifully designed with a negative-edge pool, super-friendly staff, and excellent food. I especially loved the live music at night and drinks at their rooftop bar."
Eat: The ceviche at One&Only. "I could eat at this restaurant every night of my vacation," Styles says. "They have the freshest sushi and ceviche prepared in really creative ways, plus you can sip a tequila cocktail and watch the sunset over the ocean during a romantic dinner."
Do: "There are so many hotels to explore in a short distance and fun excursions like horseback riding and boat rides," Madsen says.
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"I just got back from camping in an Airstream and decided that Russian River Valley is my next long weekend getaway destination," says Amber Lewis, principal designer and owner of Amber Interiors. "There's just something about Northern California that is so intriguing to me. The wilderness is so pristine and untouched up there, and it's just a few hours' drive from Los Angeles."
Stay: The blogger and interior designer suggests Autocamp. The campsite is located in Sonoma County in the Russian River Valley, where you can ride bikes and barbecue with your family. "A vacation really does not get much better than that," Lewis says.
Do: "During the day, you can swim and canoe in the Russian River, hike, and explore Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve," she says.
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"In my ultimate Labor Day fantasy, the flight Down Under would be a brisk two hours, and we would able to go back sans work, sickness, and sans full-time kids so that we could really enjoy all that it has to offer," says mom, blogger, and best-selling author Emily Henderson, who recently had to spend part of her Australian vacation tending to a sick husband and taking care of two young toddlers. Despite the bad travel luck, she still made the most of her time in Sydney.
Eat: "We loved our quick trip to Berry and Gerringong—it's about two hours south of Sydney and is a great getaway from the bustle of the city," Henderson says. Make sure to stop at Berry Sourdough Cafe for some food and to take in the wonderful atmosphere."
In Sydney, she also recommends Watsons Bay: "It's family friendly, on the beach, and has so many cute little places to stop in and eat." What else could you need?
Do: "Bondi Beach is definitely a bit of a tourist destination, but if you have never been to Sydney, it is well worth the visit," Henderson says. "That pool on the water is what dreams are made of."
"Palm Springs is where I want to be this Labor Day," says Rumi Neely, blogger at Fashiontoast. "It's far enough from L.A. to feel like a getaway, but it still lets me get in as much California as possible before New York Fashion Week. I never get tired of the long days by the pool and the warm romantic nights."
Stay: "I usually will rent a house with friends or stay at the Parker if it's just me and my boyfriend," Neely says. "The grounds are like something out of Lewis Carroll's imagination."
Ask NYC-based advertising account executive and blogger Lauren Nelson where she would want to spend her Labor Day, and her answer is simple: the Hamptons—more specifically Amagansett or Montauk, New York. "The Hamptons are my ideal Labor Day weekend destination because there is simply so much to do," she says. "You have great shopping, amazing restaurants, and the beach all at your fingertips. Plus it's only a two-and-a-half–hour ride from Manhattan."
Stay: "My absolute favorite place to stay in Montauk is The Crow's Nest," Nelson says of the Sean MacPherson–designed hotel.
Eat: "For your morning coffee, be sure to visit Jack's Stir Brew in Amagansett or Sagtown in Sag Harbor. Grab a lobster roll at Lunch [The Lobster Roll] or the Clam Bar at Napeague. And for dinner, I have so many recommendations," Nelson says. "You can't miss The Crow's Nest, The Gig Shack, Swallow East, Moby's, or Navy Beach."
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Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam built a brand around her love for travel, so we were excited to hear her suggestion: "My ideal Labor Day destination is Napa Valley," she says. "It's so relaxing, the weather is great that time of year, and it's around harvest season, so the valley is buzzing with enthusiasm for this season's crop. It's the best place I know to savor the last moments of summer."
Lisa Dengler, Los Angeles–based blogger at Just Another, recommends island hopping in the British Virgin Islands this Labor Day.
Stay: Charter a boat, and dock at different islands, suggests Dengler. "It makes Island hopping so much simpler—never having to move your stuff around from hotel to hotel," she says.
Do: Snorkeling is the blogger's activity of choice while in the British Virgin Islands.
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Amanda S. Gluck of Fashionable Hostess, a Miami–based blogger, event designer, and mother of two, recommends jetting to no other place than Italy, specifically Porto Ercole, Tuscany.
Stay: The blogger recommends treating yourself to a room at Hotel Il Pellicano. "It was named a Leading Hotel of the World, and with good reason," she says. "It's where Slim Aarons staged many of his photos. With only 50 rooms, the hotel is quaint, and the staff is like no other."
Eat: "Eat at Pelligrill, the more casual hotel restaurant," Gluck says. "You can sit under a bed of umbrellas and dine while taking in views of the pool and cliffside."
Do: "Lie by the pool or beach. Relax at the spa. Seriously, there's no need to leave the property," Gluck says. This is the perfect destination for anyone looking to seriously hit the reset button.
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Christine Andrew, Salt Lake City–based blogger at Hello Fashion and owner of Ily Couture, loves to get away on the Californian coast during Labor Day. "There are so many hidden areas that feel so different, from the shopping in Beverly Hills to the cliffs of Catalina Island and Big Sur and of course the beach," she says. "Anything involving water is the perfect last hurrah in August before it starts to cool down and fall officially begins."
Stay: "We love to stay at the Montage Laguna Beach," Andrew says. "There are so many great beaches you can walk to along the stretch with amazing views. The grounds at the Montage have the prettiest gardens, direct beach access, and there's a great pool and good food—you never really have to leave the resort."
Eat: "For my Mexican food fix, there is an amazing taco place across the street from the Montage called La Sirena Grill. It's so good!" Andrew says.
Do: "The whale watching tours at Dana Point can't be missed," she says. "We saw tons of dolphins too—it was definitely a hit."
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Marianna Hewitt, YouTuber and blogger at Life With Me, loves to escape to the South of France this time of year. "Labor Day is the best time for a getaway before a hectic month of fashion weeks," she says. "My favorite vacation destination this summer has been St. Tropez."
Stay: In St. Tropez, you can stay at an Airbnb in the port to get the full experience and feel like a local," she suggests. "If relaxation is for you and you want to sit by a pool, check into Hotel Byblos."
Do: In a party mood? Hewitt recommends White 1921: "The bar has live music on weekends and is situated between a Fendi and a Céline, in case you want to shop."
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"Being from Los Angeles, I try to stick to areas that are relatively close by for Labor Day," says blogger and YouTuber Sona Gasparian of Simply Sona. "An ideal destination is San Diego, since it's only a two-hour drive, and the beaches are so beautiful."
Stay: "If you're staying in Downtown San Diego, I recommend the BayFront Hilton," Gasparian says. "You get beautiful views of the bay, and there are so many great restaurants nearby. If you prefer to stay by the beach, I recommend L'Auberge Del Mar. It's a great beachfront property with lots to do. It's more of a relaxing atmosphere, so it's a perfect family getaway."
Do: "Rent a boat for the day," she suggests. "It's a blast."