Labor Day is a time to celebrate the hard-working people of America - like you! For many, it also marks the end of summer—the grand finale to a season well spent. If you were worried that it was too late to plan a last-minute getaway and leave town, there are plenty of fantastic vacation rentals that are still available!
While cities admittedly have their allure, you can find a prime Labor Day getaway in every corner of the United States. Here are five beautiful destinations that caught our eye in the New England area. These places will leave you feeling relaxed, well-rested, and ready to start September off on a good note!
Where To Go For Labor Day In New England
Bartlett may be considered a resort destination, but it’s got the vibes of a quintessential New England community. The town is located in Carroll County, and is surrounded on three sides by the stunning White Mountain National Forest, making it a perfect destination for those who enjoy the outdoors. Head an hour north for a day of hiking at Mount Washington, or just over an hour south to Mirror Lake for a day on the water. Take a photo at Rocky Gorge, and if you have children of any age, be sure to plan a visit to Story Land and explore the water park!
Take a cue from those who flock to the cities on Labor Day on where not to go. Head away from the crowds and take this weekend to enjoy the best of what nature has to offer. Killington is mainly known as a winter ski resort, but it is beautiful in the summer and off the beaten path. It is also a perfect, reasonably-priced home base for day trip adventures. Located at the edge of the enormous Green Mountain National Forest, it’s an ideal place for hiking, jogging, or mountain biking. Head two hours north to take a swim at Lake Champlain, the 6th largest lake in the country, with natural freshwater and spectacular mountain views. Don’t forget the ferry tours or personalized boat excursions you can book, and be sure to check out the Billings Farm Museum and the National Historic Park in nearby Woodstock.
Think of it as New England’s more affordable, less-hyped version of Martha’s Vineyard. Newport is easy to get to with abundant access to unspoiled terrain and captivating ocean views. Take an hour ferry ride to Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island, for a spectacular day trip, or spend time walking around the historic sites in town. Drive along Ocean Avenue to find the perfect spot on the beach to spend a day in the sun, and take a mid-afternoon break with a tour of The Breakers, Rosecliff, and Marble House - three stunning mansions that are open for tours and close to the water.
Cape Cod is one of the oldest and most beloved beach destinations in the U.S., but remains among the most noncommercial and quaint areas in the country. The coastal beauty speaks for itself, while the charming towns in the area heighten the community and family-friendly feel of the place. It’s perfect for a weekend jaunt to the shore over Labor Day. This is an excellent time for whale watching, so bring your binoculars to observe from the beach, or head out on the water for an excursion!
A stone’s throw from beautiful Saratoga Lake as well as the Hudson River, Saratoga Springs is an easy trip from New York City and feels a world away. Spend your Labor Day weekend getting inspired by the local arts scene at the National Museum of Dance and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, or in nature at the many nearby lakes. The city is also known for its thoroughbred racing, so be sure to visit the Saratoga Race Course, with horse races six days a week, to get a taste of a favorite local pastime!
This article was written by Hanna Choi.