Getaways: Labor Day Deals

Tired of backyard barbecues for Labor Day?  Want to get away but don’t want to spend a fortune?  Check out these end-of-summer deals: 

Wyndham Rewards is offering a special for the long weekend, with 50% off of a second night or room, and a complimentary breakfast for two at 60 select Wyndham Hotels and Resorts worldwide. Travelers can book now for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night stays by visiting

Families traveling to historic Gettysburg this Labor Day should also check out Wyndham ByRequest’s “Wyndham Gettysburg Family Slumber Party” package.  Booking now can save you 25%! Aside from receiving four movie passes to Gateway Theaters, pizzas, and beverages, the hotel is ideally situated within minutes of Gettysburg national Military Park, the National Park museum & Visitor’s Center, Civil War Battlefield tours, and ghost tours in downtown Gettysburg.

To book this trip now, visit or call 1-800-996-3426.

For many college students, Labor Day means moving to new dorms and apartments. This Labor Day, the GEM Hotel is offering a nightly rate of $149 per room at its New York City hotels for parents, friends, and family of college students.  Valid August 14 through September 13, 2009 at its three locations in Chelsea, Midtown West and SoHo, the “Move-In Day” offer includes a subway map and a MetroCard, which will help students get started on their big move.

To book this special rate, visit  

For something a little more exotic, Casa Magna Marriot Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa in Mexico is offering budget-conscious nightly rates of $99 when booking seven days in advance.  This year, the holiday corresponds to sea turtle season, and visitors to the resort can take part in a special program designed to protect this endangered species.  By spending time with a local biologist travelers will learn about the turtles, and even take part in the hatching process (assisting local biologists with the hatchlings release onto the beach).

For more information, visit or call 1-888-PARADISE.

Sea turtles not your style? Looking for something a little more loud, and boisterous?  Then look no further than “Southern Decadence” in New Orleans. Known affectionately as “Gay Mardi Gras,” the festival runs September 2-7 and features contests, pageants, Bourbon Street parties and much more.  Currently the New Orleans Marriott is offering rates starting at just $89 per night during the festivities.

For more information visit or call 1-888-364-1200 .

Shifting back to something a little more relaxing and tranquil, Cape Cod has always been a popular Labor Day destination. This holiday, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club is offering the “Unlimited Golf Package” for nearly endless opportunities to hit the links.

With this package, players can enjoy the use of a cart, practice range, yardage book, while saving 60% on the course.  It also includes daily breakfast and accommodations in a one-bedroom villa. Situated on 400-acre facility in Brewster, Massachusetts, the resort has a 700-foot private beach, a USPTA-certified tennis complex, six pools, and bicycle rentals. Through November 29, 2009, nightly rates start at $235 for single occupancy and $305 for double occupancy.

To book your stay, visit or call 1-800-343-6074.

If you want to golf, but the chilly air of Cape Cod isn’t quite your style, you can still find accommodations at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa Marriot Resort in Miami, FL.  With a similar “Unlimited Golf Summer Package” starting at $99 per person, there’s plenty of ways to play.  This package includes accommodations in a garden-view room, a daily round of 18 holes on the Red or Great White courses, complementary replay, and one introductory golf clinic.

For reservations, visit and use promotional code “GOF” or call 1-800-71-DORAL.

Heading westward, Labor Day travelers can celebrate the holiday in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Eldorado Hotel & Spa. Guests who book two nights at the hotel receive a third night free.  This offer runs through December 30, 2009, with nightly rates starting at $219.

For reservations and information visit or call 1-800-955-4455 and mention PROSTA for a “Super Saver” third free night.

Horseshoe Bay Resort in the Texas Hill Country is also offering Labor Day deals, with nightly rates starting at $159 at its Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott, $183 for the Paseo villas, and $239 for luxury condos at The Waters. In addition guests can opt for a “Pay for Five & Stay for Seven” deal, by visiting their website at  HYPERLINK "" and entering rate code “SWK.”  A “VIP Summer Special” is also available in which guests can receive $100 resort credit on a two-night stay and an additional $50 for each additional night by entering rate code “VIP Special.”   This offer is offered through September 6, 2009.

For more information, please visit or call 1-877-611-0112.

For a beachfront deal, Harbor Beach Marriot Resort & Spa is offering a “Stay Two nights, Get the Third Night Free” promotion.  Starting at $219 per night, the resort features a bar with “drink recession specials,” including “the Down(turn) & Dirty Martini” priced at $5. 

To book your stay, visit and use promotional code “B4F” or call 1-800-222-6543.

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s Guilt-Free Getaway is being offered through January 1, 2010, with nightly rates for Labor Day weekend starting at $344.  The package includes an island-view room and a daily resort credit of $50 to use on their golf, spa, and dining facilities.

For reservations, visit and use promotional code “D52” or call 1-800-GET-HERE.

Ever thought of getting away to an island paradise for Labor Day?  It might not be beyond your reach. The Westin Resort on the island of Aruba is offering rates of $307 per room this Labor Day, based on double occupancy.  Children ages 4 through 12 can be added to the room for an additional daily charge of $50, with teens ages 13 through 17 being added for $75.  The “Classic All-Inclusive Experience” features accommodations for breakfast at the Bon Bini Café, lunch at The Terrace, and dinner served a la carte at Café Baci.

For reservations, visit and search “Hotel Offers” or call 1-877-782-0149.  When booking, ask for rate plan “CLASSIC.”