Best Southern Labor Day Getaways
Memorial Day and Independence Day have come and gone this summer, so it’s time to start planning for the next (and last) summer holiday this season: Labor Day. The kids might already be back in school, but that doesn’t mean summer vacation is over when the long weekend arrives. Even though Labor Day is the first weekend of September, you should start planning your long weekend getaway now to score the best deals and to avoid last-minute stress. We've handpicked some great getaways for all differerent types of scenarios, from a trip with the girls to a wine festival to a family vacation at the beach to a long (and long overdue) romantic getaway. Check out our list and start planning now.
Ocean City, Maryland
Inlet Beach, Florida
If you want a true, relaxing getaway, travel past the busier communities on Florida’s famous Highway 30A to Inlet Beach. There are beautiful homes and condos available for rent in Inlet Beach, and the beach is the most quiet and peaceful you’ll find. A trip to Inlet Beach would be great for a family or girls’ trip when you want to stay on the beach all day and cook in at night, even though you can easily get to the popular restaurants down 30A.
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
If you want to be on the water for Labor Day but don’t want to be on an overcrowded beach in a touristy town, you should visit Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Ocean Springs has an adorable downtown with a buzzing entertainment district. The Saturday before Labor Day (September 2) is Ocean Spring’s annual Artwalk, so check out local artists, venues and over 30 restaurants before you hit the beach on Labor Day.
Cashiers, North Carolina
If you want to get away to the mountains instead of the beach this Labor Day, head to Cashiers, North Carolina. Not only can you hike, visit waterfalls and enjoy the incredible scenery Cashiers has to offer, but you can attend the Cashiers Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day.
If you’re a beer lover, you have to go to Savannah, Georgia, for the Savannah Craft Brew Fest the Saturday before Labor Day (September 2). After enjoying the brew fest, you can spend the rest of the long weekend shopping, eating gourmet food and enjoying the scenery in one of the South’s prettiest and most historic cities.
Country music fans should spend their Labor Day weekend in Lexington, Kentucky, for the Red, White & Boom music festival, which will feature artists like Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Blake Shelton. The Bluegrass Classic Dog Show and the Kentucky Classique Horse Trials competition will be going on, too, so there’s plenty to do aside from the usual sightseeing Lexington has to offer.
Even though Christmas and Oktoberfest are the most popular times to visit the festive mountain town of Helen, Georgia, you can find good deals and still have great weather while visiting in the summer. There are tons of outdoor family activity options (seriously, tons), but if you’re going with the girls or the husband, check out Helen’s multiple vineyards and wineries. A long Labor Day weekend might not be enough time to check off a must-do list in Helen.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Yes, you definitely should visit the Magnolia Market and Silos and try to find our favorite HGTV couple Chip and Joanna Gaines, but there’s so much more to do in Waco, Texas, for a long Labor Day weekend. Among other things to do in Waco, you should take a trip to the Dr. Pepper Museum, see a show or movie at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre, walk around the Downtown Cultural District or tour Baylor University (which happens to be where Chip and Joanna went to school, just saying).
Fairhope, Alabama, is one of the South’s most picturesque towns, and its downtown shopping options and antique stores, incredible restaurants and scenic views on Mobile Bay make it your next Labor Day getaway. Stay at the Grand Hotel Marriot Resort, Golf Club & Spa, and everyone in the family will be both relaxed and entertained.
Sevierville, Tennessee, is a town in the Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Although smaller, Sevierville has plenty to do if you want to spend Labor Day in the mountains. Of course, outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, golfing, canoeing and horseback riding are abundant, but Sevierville has an awesome shopping scene with two huge outlet malls and local, specialty stores and antique shops. Sevierville has a vacation planner available online to make your trip stress-free before it even begins.