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5 last-minute Labor Day getaways for couples

Hit the road for one last summer vacation!

By YourTango Aug 26, 2013 7:03PM

Looking to head out for one awesome end-of-summer hurrah but not sure where to go? We did the planning for you. So grab your beau — and go!

Couple sitting on a bluff above the ocean - Santa Barbara, California (Macduff Everton/Getty Images)1. Santa Barbara, Calif.
Imagine a world with no traffic and no overcrowded streets. Add in great food, unbelievably delicious wine, endless miles of beach and plenty of breathtaking views. Welcome to the American Riviera, folks. With so much to do, see and eat (duh!), you'll spend the weekend feeling like you're in a romantic foreign country.

Take in a concert, a film or, hell, just spend the night soaking up all that wine.

For some extra special alone time, book a stay at the Secret Garden Inn & Cottages, where you can escape to your own little hideaway.

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2. Philadelphia, Pa.
Beneath all that history, there's actually tons to do in Philly for a weekend with your SO. In the city (and outside), you can stroll through shops, take in the city-scape or countryside and wine and dine your way through Pennsylvania's best-kept secret.

Suit up for an afternoon of sweat and high-flying fun while you two rock climb, or test your Revolutionary knowledge with a tour of Valley Forge. You don't have to be a history buff to have a good time (the re-enactments are comedy enough!).

For a night you'll never forget, book your "romance package" stay with the luxurious Morris House Hotel Valley Forge and enjoy a five-course meal with a complimentary bottle of wine and a European-style breakfast for two. Yum.

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3. Lake George, N.Y.
Gorgeous sunny afternoons and cool, crisp nights make spending a long weekend nestled away in Lake George the best of both worlds. Spend the day at the beach, boating, or skip the sand for an afternoon at the pool. Stock up on tasty local-grown fruits and veggies at all the area farmers' markets, and hit the skies in a hot air balloon ride.

If you're a camper, head out to Lake George Island for a night with nature, otherwise, an all-inclusive package sounds just as fun, right?

4. Savannah, Ga.
Hot lazy days that feel like a never-ending summer? Where can we sign up? Not to mention, the hazy southern drawl of it all will shake the romance in you awake.

Stroll River Street together, or take in the wander through the historic districts arm-in-arm. For a cozy stay, try the Olde Harbour Inn.

5. Virginia Beach, Va.
The beach, the sand, some ice-cold brews and your beau at your side — could anything top this? Nope. So pack up and hit the road (because you don’t want to waste any time in traffic).

Hang close to the Chesapeake Bay beach for sand, surf and a few rounds of volleyball. For dinner, hit the 11th Street Taphouse Bar and Grille for a thrill your tastebuds will love.

Folks in the area love the Barclay Cottage for its rest, romance and total relaxation. Our guess is you will, too.

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Photo: Couple sitting on a bluff above the ocean in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Macduff Everton/Getty Images)

12Comments
Aug 31, 2013 4:30AM
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The end of summer?...maybe someplace else. Here in Phoenix we have 4 to 5 more weeks of 100+ degree days. Around the end of September we'll get some low 70s late at night. The nicer weather doesn't really begin until about mid-October...man, we can't wait.
Aug 31, 2013 4:09AM
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you should come to San Diego there is traffic everywhere! LOL
Aug 31, 2013 3:28AM
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Santa Barbara is beautiful, but the empty streets and no traffic is just b.s. That town is packed every weekend, plus it's a college town. There are plenty of people there...
Aug 31, 2013 3:03AM
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DO NOT go to Va Beach on Labor day weekend. There will be enough black people there to make a Tarzan movie. Better to go to Ocean City Md
Aug 30, 2013 11:59PM
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Would be nice if we could pack up the car and drive to another state!
Aug 30, 2013 9:28PM
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Try the combo of spectacular, scenery, beautiful temperate weather and the best seafood.

 

Try the North Olympic Peninsula of WA State. National parks, mountains & snow, beautiful ocean beaches and the best seafood in the lower 48 states. Stay in Sequim, Port Townsend or Port Angeles.

Aug 30, 2013 8:54PM
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Too many "One Tank-Full Trips" in Florida to list, I guess.
Aug 30, 2013 8:40PM
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Really? Where is Florida???? Best place. I know because I live here
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