Celebrate the last long weekend of summer with your closest ladies! Here are the best destinations for a Labor Day getaway just for the girls.
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Ojai, California
When it comes to a girlfriend getaway, it’s hard to beat a good old-fashioned spa trip. Ojai has long been considered a spirituality and health-focused city, and its beautiful landscape lends itself well to hiking trips and spiritual retreats. Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is the crown jewel of Ojai, having welcomed generations of distinguished guests like Judy Garland and Clark Gable to experience the unofficial “Zen capital” of Southern California over the years. Grab your girls and get in on the wellness action by spending some time at the award-winning 31,000-square-foot Spa Ojai, which features 28 treatment areas, a full gym, two pools and mind/body classes. This Labor Day, book the Gals Spa Getaway, which includes accommodations in a newly restored guest room, lunch for each guest at Cafe Verde, one 50-minute classic spa treatment per person, per night and one welcome spa amenity per guest.
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, Texas
For the ladies who want a more active vacation, and perhaps a dose of healthy competition, head to Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, the No. 1 golf resort in Texas. Located in Austin in the heart of Hill Country, Barton Creek boasts 4,000 acres of greenery, four 18-hole nationally acclaimed championship golf courses, five restaurants and bars and a full-service destination spa. Combine the two recreations that this resort is known for — spa and golf — with the Gals Golf Getaway package. Starting at $199 per person, per night, this package offers a choice of two spa services, a private shopping experience in two on-property boutiques, wine tasting, nine holes of golf per night with complimentary golf club rentals and so much more. Talk about a well-rounded getaway!
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, Harwich, Massachusetts
Sometimes all you need for a vacation is to be near the water. We’re pretty sure that’s what the majority of Northeast residents think when they head to Cape Cod for summer weekends, so it’s about time you follow suit. The cape features 560 miles of white sand beaches, and the area is home to summer island favorites Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Cape Cod is defined by charming whitewashed buildings, plucked-from-the-water seafood and relaxed luxury, making Wequassett Resort and Golf Club the perfect place to experience classic Cape Cod. Although Wequassett doesn’t offer traditional vacation packages during Labor Day, feel free to create your own! Grab your girls and pull out your inner sea maiden to enjoy coastal activities like whale and seal watching, sailing lessons, kayaking or simply lounging in a private cabana overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Chances are you only get to see your best girls once a year, so spare no expense! Opt for over-the-top luxury at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, ranked the No. 1 Large City Hotel in the Continental U.S. in the Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. Although it may cost a pretty penny, you and your girls will be treated like the queens you are, especially if you book the Celebrate with Waldorf Astoria package, where you can literally toast to the good life with a complimentary bottle of Champagne. If indulging in fine dining and spa treatments isn’t enough, take a stroll with your ladies along the Magnificent Mile to shop in some of the most exclusive boutiques in the country.