9 Superb Labor Day Weekend Getaways That Say Goodbye To Summer

Looking for last minute deals and steals for a memorable Labor Day Weekend Getaway?? Maybe you are ready to escape the city for a bit, touring some of our mountains, beaches or neighboring states. We’ve got a list of nine unique ways to get out of Atlanta for the long weekend.

Geodesic dome glamping in Ellijay!

Car Trips


Ellijay is so much more than apples! Explore the downtown area, take in a few wine tastings, or roam the shores of Carter’s Lake either by boat or by hiking the shoreline.  It’s a perfectly family-friendly location, but we prefer to visit without the kiddos. We also adore all the unique ways to stay here. Try Martyn House like we did – or overnight at Elatse’Yi in an airstream or geodome!


Feel the season change by heading north to Gatlinburg! Stay at DJ’s Station, which honors the firefighters in the region. Go waterfall-chasing at  Great Smoky Mountains National Park, chow on amazing food, and soar to new heights at Anateeska.

Tybee Island

Warm beach weekends are coming to an end, but if you’re like us, you want to stretch it out as long as you can! We adore the wide, sand beaches here. Hit up an adorable cottage or inn, and just lounge the day away.  Need more? Take an eco-kayak tour, meander on a nature walk or set sail on a sunset cruise.

The 11th Annual Labor Day Beach Bash will be held on Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Free live music will be provided on Sunday by Swingin’ Medallions, followed by a fireworks show that can be viewed from Tybee’s eastern beaches.


An exciting Labor Day getaway doesn’t have to mean going to the big city – sometimes an escape to a smaller Southern gem is exactly what you need. There is so much history here – but the young generation at the college in Milledgeville keeps it boisterous and lively.

Outdoor lovers can get their fix with a bike ride under the oaks along the Oconee River Greenway, a round of golf at the Milledgeville Country Club, or a kayak tour of Lake Sinclair.  And don’t skip a ride on Milly, Milledgeville’s famous trolley tour, which will introduce you to all the must-see attractions.

Maggie Valley

If you love horseback riding in the mountains, and relaxing on the porch of a quaint little cabin, then Cataloochee Ranch has your number this holiday weekend. With 950 acres, the trails aren’t out and back, but rather two hours of meandering over mountains and through valleys so lush sections are considered a tropical rain forest. It is family friendly, but you must be at least 50 pounds and 8 years-old to ride.

Plane Trips

New York City

Feel like heading north? There are tons of last minute Labor Day opportunities in the Big Apple. Explore a few art galleries, bake a naked cake, and walk the Brooklyn Bridge! I have to tell you, I am anxious to get back and visit the new glamping tents on Governor’s Island! Need a fun place to stay in NYC? Try Even Hotels in Times Square.

St Louis

Just on the left side of the Mississippi River is the exciting town of St Louis! Hang out at the city’s eclectic space, The Loop. Walk both the Lewis and the Clark Trail for a bit of history…but the big draw here on Labor Day is the Big Muddy Blues Fest, featuring more than 65 bands playing on seven stages. Music Mecca! Finally, the best place to recoup from that hangover? Visit Route 66 State Park or lounge by the lake at Castlewood State Park.


Many vacationers select the Colorado Rocky Mountains in the winter for its incomparable downhill skiing opportunities, but don’t miss the absolutely incredible summers. There are several reasons why the Colorado Rockies rock in the summer months. There is no humidity (woot!) and the outdoor activities are endless. The ski resorts transform into playgrounds: Not only can you bike and hike on trails on the ski hills, most resorts offer awesome attractions slope side…tubing, mountain slides, mountain biking, zip lines and so much more!


Sue and her boys headed to Central California this year and had a blast! Visit Alcatraz, walk the Golden Gate Bridge, or go kayaking in Morro Bay. Want to explore more of The Golden State? Most people think ‘Los Angeles‘ but I’m going to vote for a hike through Joshua Tree National Park and then a stop in Wine County. A first-time visit to California Wine Country might seem intimidating, though; so many wineries! No fear – here’s our beginner’s guide to Napa and Sonoma.

For more plane trip ideas, see this post from our friends at The Go To Travel Gal.

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Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
Lesli Peterson

1 Comment on "9 Superb Labor Day Weekend Getaways That Say Goodbye To Summer"

  1. We will be in NY for Labour Day this weekend! Great tips since it is our first time!

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