Labor Day can mean lots of work: getting back into the groove with school, fighting traffic with everyone back in town, thinking about fall and holidays coming up (already!).  What you need is one last weekend escape.  Preferably close by, so the drive home doesn’t erase your relaxed mood. Here are the best local spots for quick getaways that take the labor out of your Labor Day vacay.

Old Movie Star Glamour Vacation on Coronado

This beautiful little island off the coast of San Diego presents a whole different vibe from a Sea World trip to San Diego. Boasting a beach that regularly ranks as one of the “best of beaches” (worldwide) and full of family-friendly restaurants and fun, Coronado is a wonderful place to spend a weekend. It’s full of movie and storybook history, too. The beautiful Hotel del Coronado is a National Historical Landmark where Marilyn, Tony and Jack stayed and filmed Some Like It Hot, and the island was home to L. Frank Baum, so you can find many an Oz inspiration about.

Learn more about a Coranado escape.

photo: Meghan Rose

  • Old Movie Star Glamour Vacation on Coronado
  • The Little City That Has It All
  • A Modern Danish Escape
  • Yogi and Boo Boo Approved Extreme Adventures
  • An Island Getaway You Can Do in a Day
  • Your Kids Want to Party All the Time
  • Unpack Your Snowpants
  • Seal-lious Fun Down South
  • A Drive to Shangri-La (Or Ojai.  Same Thing.)
  • The American Riviera (No Flight Required)

 

Where do you and your family go for a close-by weekend escape?

—Meghan Rose