What’s more relaxing than lounging in full view of the red rocks of Utah? Red Mountain Spa is offering nightly rates of $239 a night (down from $389 in the high season), plus 50-minute massages starting at $59. The discounted rates are available through September 16, 2007 with a three-night minimum stay. 800-407-3002, www.redmountainspa.com
If you can stand the heat (it’s a dry heat!), take advantage of the off-season deals in Arizona (high season starts the following week). The Camelback Inn is offering a Labor Day weekend package starting at $189 a night, more than half off high season rates, which includes all the golf you can handle. The desert resort is set on 125 acres, and includes a full-service spa, six tennis courts, three pools, and plenty of hiking up Mummy Mountain. 480-948-1700, www.camelbackinn.com
This Labor Day weekend, CheapFlights and Continental Airlines are offering rock-bottom prices on several routes. Check out prices like $94 between Austin and Houston,
Cleveland to Chicago starting at $130, and Minneapolis to Dallas from $172.
There are even a few deals to be found in Hawaii! The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is offering a guaranteed room upgrade (i.e. partial ocean to deluxe ocean and terrace to Golf Mountain view) for guests staying three nights minimum. You also get a daily $25 resort credit and a two-for-one coupon for the nightly luau (that’s worth $89 in savings). 808-661-1234, www.maui.hyatt.com
Or, head down south to the Horseshoe Bay Resort, a lakeside resort outside of Austin in Texas Hill Country. The resort has put together family-friendly Labor Day activities. Beginning Friday, August 31, activities around the resort include a putting tournament, boat rides, face painting for the kids, a hula hoop contest…and for the grownups only, happy hour specials (try the sangria swirls!). All guests can take advantage of the 18-hole putting course, private charter jet service via Air Horseshoe, pools, tennis courts, and a spa. Vacationers will delight in an 18-hole par 72 Bermuda grass putting course, a jet center. One-bedroom units are currently going for $399. 830-598-8600, www.horseshoebaymarriott.com
Want to travel around the world on a dime? OK, it’ll cost a little more than that, but you can get deeply-discounted prices through September 30 at Airtreks. A European vacation from New York to Reykjavik, London, Amsterdam, Prague, Rome, Munich, Paris, and back to New York starting at $799. AirTreks.com Europe. If you want to go a little further abroad, check out this trip from New York to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Cairo, and back to New York starting at $1,475. Click here. Airtreks.com Africa
A South Pacific tour takes you from San Francisco or Los Angeles to Sydney, Christchurch, Tongatapu, Fiji, Honolulu, and back to California. AirTreks.com South Pacific
Other departure cities or dates of travel are generally available for an additional charge.
If you’re heading east, take note…Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont is offering 30 percent off between August 27 and September 9, 2007. You can also save an additional 10 percent at the spa, plus take advantage of all the outdoor, family-friendly activities like hiking, mountain biking and hot air balloon rides. The Labor Day package starts at $210 a night. 800-253-2232, www.stoweflake.com
Want to save big in the Big Easy? Head to the Marriott and Renaissance Hotels in New Orleans, where you can find rates starting at $89 a night between August 29 and September 4, 2007. Participating hotels are the JW Marriott New Orleans, New Orleans Marriott, Marriott at the Convention Center, Renaissance Pere Marquette and Renaissance Arts Hotel. Ask for rate code ECEO. 866-530-3763, www.neworleans.marriott.com
Nothing says family vacation like Labor Day weekend, and nothing says contended kids like a trip to Disney World. The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is offering nearly 50 percent off its rates through September 29, 2007, with room rates starting at $199 a night. Ask for rate code SUM199. 800-227-1500, www.swandolphin.com
What better way to cool off this holiday than jumping into a water park? Great Wolf Lodges are offering weekend getaway deals all around the country: In Mason, Ohio, the “Labor Day Luau” is $448 for two nights in a family suite, including water park passes and luau fun on Sunday. Two-night Labor Day Luau rates are also available in Sandusky, Ohio ($378), Traverse City, Michigan ($199-$259), Wisconsin Dells ($209). www.greatwolf.com
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