Labor Day Fun!

By Lara Bell –


I know school has just started for most, but Labor Day is literally the last hurrah of summer. Since there is a three-day weekend coming up at the end of this month, we rounded up some of our staff favorites for fun weekend getaways. All you have left to do is pack a bag, and enjoy!

Lakeway Resort and Spa.

Lakeway Resort and Spa.

Lakeway Resort and Spa

Cap off your summer with a Labor Day Weekend stay at Lakeway Resort and Spa where families can enjoy sunset sailing cruises, poolside movies, fun in the resort’s Kid Zone and more. Just a short drive from Houston, Lakeway Resort and Spa is the ideal spot for a Labor Day Weekend getaway, where fully redesigned guest rooms create a modern living space built with families in mind.

But it’s the outdoors that keep families busy with three outdoor pools including a kids’ pool with new water features like giant hoses and pop fountains that will have the little ones entertained for hours. When the afternoon heats up, the Kid Zone is an indoor oasis with fun-filled activity areas featuring arts and crafts, board games, video games and lots of space to run and play. While kids play the day away, adults can find time to relax by the adults-only pool, relieve stress in the San Saba Spa or enjoy dinner for two at Masterson’s Steakhouse.

The Victorian Condo-Hotel Resort & Conference Center

The Victorian is the island destination for visitors who seek the comforts of home with the amenities of a hotel. Only steps away from the Gulf of Mexico, each condo features furnished living and dining room areas with sleeper sofas, full-size baths, equipped kitchens and separate bedrooms.

The expansive property located at 63rd Street and the Seawall provides every guest with beautiful waterfront views of Galveston beach. Enjoy private balconies, themed outdoor pools, whirlpool hot tubs, a tennis court, a fitness center, a barbecue/picnic area and meeting facilities.

Make your Labor Day unforgettable with the Victorian’s three-night special. Guests can stay Friday through Sunday for just $200 per night plus taxes in a one-bedroom condominium.

The Woodlands Resort

Labor Day weekend will be full of fun activities at The Woodlands Resort. First, there will be all of the excitement of floating their brand new 1,000 foot lazy river. Plus, there will be live entertainment all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Poolside around the Forest Oasis Waterscape, kids will find face painting, crafts, hula hoop contests, snow cones, water limbo, a balloon artist and more throughout the day. Muffie the Clown, DJ Mike and Puffy the Pinecone will also be on hand to celebrate the last summer fling, and every evening features s’mores and a dive-in movie.

La Toretta Lake Resort & Spa

For Labor Day Weekend 2014, the more families play at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa on Lake Conroe, the more they save. The AAA Four Diamond lakeside Texas resort is wrapping up summer with its “Play More, Save More” savings, valid Labor Day weekend, where guests can save 20 percent on a two-night stay and 30 percent off a stay of three nights or more.

The all-suite resort on Lake Conroe offers families an amazing water park with multiple pools, Lay-Z River Rapids and twisting water slides, miniature golf, 18 holes of championship golf, and new this year, paddleboats, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards on Lake Conroe available for rent by the hour. Just steps from the resort’s Aqua Park is the Breeze Buster pool, Splash Scape pool with in-water playground and the Pollywogs pool for small children.

When out of the water, families can enjoy La Torretta’s miniature golf course, lighted for night play, five lighted, hard-surface tennis courts, indoor racquetball courts and a spacious fitness center. Clubs, racquets and balls are provided at no charge. Or, relax on the resort’s private white, sandy beach where kids can build sandcastles and enjoy the lakeside view.

The poolside view at Lone Star Court.

The poolside view at Lone Star Court.

Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands

Sneak Away Summer Sundays at the Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands, and you’ll be treated to 30 percent off the Hyatt daily room rate.

With just 70 rooms, this chic, poc-ket-sized property is big on surprises with snazzy interiors, an intimate rooftop pool (a great place for alfresco dining and drinks) and a large fitness center all in a premier location overlooking the bustling Market Street shopping and dining district. With recently promoted Executive Chef Andrew Kramer and newly appointed Executive Sous Chef John “JJ” Earnest now at the helm of Market Street Kitchen restaurant and Market Street Bar, the playful, modern American menu with regional accents continues to evolve with creative entrees and numerous small plates. On the beverage side, an extensive wine selection with bottle, glass or flight offerings is complemented by both traditional and contemporary cocktails plus artisan microbrews and beer imports.

Concert goers will love the proximity of Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, just steps away and a wealth of other dining, shopping and entertainment offerings within walking distance of the hotel and along the Waterway.

Lone Star Court

Austin’s new retro-inspired boutique hotel and its restaurant, The Water Trough, are now open in the Domain and are garnering lots of buzz.

Lone Star Court is an upscale motor court concept by Valencia Group. The hotel has an aesthetic that’s authentically Austin from the furniture in the rooms to the Hill Country-inspired outdoor environment. Lone Star Court has 123 retro-inspired guest rooms featuring 50s-style colorful Smeg refrigerators, oval braided rugs, sliding barn doors, linoleum floors and snacks in an antique Coca-Cola bottle crate, in addition to high-tech amenities.

The hotel features live music by an outdoor fire pit and a dipping pool reminiscent of Hill Country swimming holes. Most days, the barbecue grill is smoking. Lone Star Court’s full-service restaurant, The Water Trough, has a Texas-centric menu and full bar featuring signature cocktail “The Chill Cowboy,” along with other creative cocktails. The hotel also features an on-site food truck court anchored by Lone Star Court’s signature food truck, The Feed Store.