If you’re the type of person who always tries to make the most out of your long weekends, then it’s time to start planning where to go for Labor Day. Yes — the weekend of August 30th to September 2nd is still a few weeks away, but the fact of the matter is that the best rentals always get booked first, and planning ahead is the way to go.
At VacationRenter, our main mission is to help you find the right rental in the most hassle-free experience, so to help you pick your next vacation destination, we found five U.S. cities with adorable rentals, guaranteeing a lovely Labor Day getaway.
#1: Taos, New Mexico
Your first potential holiday haven is the ancient city of Taos, built by the influences of Native American and Spanish culture. The city’s landscape is lined with traditional pueblo-style clay buildings, and is surrounded by the vast midwestern terrain. The architectural style of pueblo can be classified as multistoried adobe houses built using earthy materials. Some might even say that the city’s architecture gives off a Flintstones-like vibe.
One unique attraction in this special town is the Taos Pueblo, home to roughly 150 local natives. With the Taos Pueblo serving as the home base for an active Native American community, the multi-story structure has been designated as a National Historic Landmark, as well as a World Heritage Site. The site is open to the public daily between 8:30am to 4:30pm, and although many tourists come to visit, many of the tribe’s secrets remain within the Taos Pueblo walls.
Find an adobe casa of your own to spend your weekend living the true Taos lifestyle!
Our second destination brings us to the chic California City of Malibu, where you can live like a Hollywood local and coop up in a beach house bearing incredible views. If you’ve ever driven along the Pacific Coast Highway through this coastal town, then at least one house on the hill probably caught your eye, initiating daydreams of having a seaside escape of your own. The good news is, you can make those dreams come true — even for just a weekend — but you better snag a rental with a view of the Pacific Ocean before someone else beats you to it.
In true Hollywood fashion, you can reserve a table at Paradise Cove, a restaurant with private beach access that’s been featured on shows such as Baywatch and The OC. As an added advantage, because the property is privately owned, the beach doesn’t get so packed. For something a little more low-key, you can check out Malibu Farm right on the pier, where they serve fresh and local ingredients as you dine right on top of the Pacific Ocean.
Next up, we’re heading east to the serene strip of Sea Island, along Georgia’s Atlantic coast. Anyone seeking a break from society, or wants to live in luxury for a few days has found the right place. In order to take full advantage of everything this charming town has to offer, most people stay at one of Sea Island’s three most popular hotels: The Cloister, The Lodge, or The Inn at Sea Island — but if you book early enough, you might be able to get your hands on a private vacation rental to accommodate your entire Labor Day weekend crew under one roof.
Once you’ve set your sights on Sea Island, another reservation to add to your calendar is an appointment at The Spa at Sea Island. This five-star spa includes amenities like a eucalyptus steam room, a mineral pool bath, a waterfall flowing into a hydrotherapy pool, and more! You can also book a different massages, facials, and body treatments to have you feeling rejuvenated by the time you return back to reality. Just be sure to make an appointment at least two weeks before your trip.
For a secluded beach getaway, we suggest finding beachfront rental in the city of Jamaica Beach. This remote area is surrounded by the bay on one side, and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, giving you the feeling of being completely off-the-grid on your own little island. Because this part of Texas can only be accessed from two highways, Jamaica Beach is normally cleaner and less crowded than other beaches in the area. This location is great for friends, families, couples, or just about anyone who loves the sand and the ocean.
Less than five minutes away from Jamaica Beach is Galveston Island State Park. Activities at the park include hiking, fishing, kayaking and bird watching. Additionally, you can choose between camping on the beach for $25 per night, or by the bay for $15 a night. Overall, Jamaica Beach is a great location to spend quality time under the sun. If the kids are coming too, you can head over to the neighboring town of Galveston to visit the Pleasure Pier amusement park, or the Schlitterbahn waterpark.
We’ve got one last Labor Day weekend recommendation for you, and that’s the tranquil town of Lake Harmony. If you’re from New York or Philadelphia, this option is only a two hour drive away from your city! A lakeside cabin in this area is perfect for people who love spending time in the water, because it’s surrounded by two lakes, and even has a hike to a waterfall less than 15 minutes away.
Spend the whole weekend on either Lake Harmony or Big Boulder Lake bonding over watersports such as wake boarding, tubing, paddle boarding and more! Or if you’d rather spend your time on land, you can take a 20 minute drive to the Pocono Mountains and traverse Pennsylvania’s landscape on an ATV. Whether you’re visiting to catch some R&R or you’re coming to trade the city life for the great outdoors, Lake Harmony’s welcoming town will satisfy all your holiday needs.