Q: Hey Melissa. Can I pick your brain about cheap vacation options at the beginning of September? My kids don’t start school until September 12 (super late) so we want to travel Labor Day week. We want to stay in the U.S., use Frequent Flyer miles, and stay somewhere inexpensive. Also, we’re not a big hang on the beach family. Any suggestions? Thanks! Gretchen
A: Hi Gretchen, There’s a definite silver lining to your late school start. Many school districts throughout the country actually go back to class by mid-August, and East Coast schools usually begin around Labor Day, so you should have most places to yourself after the holiday weekend.
If you want to fly, use miles, skip the beach, and save some money, I would recommend Colorado. My family has stayed at the Rockies-area Keystone Resort around Labor Day and it was great. Beautiful weather, fantastic hiking/biking for the whole family. And we nearly had the whole place to ourselves.
The shops weren’t all open, but their amazing fondue restaurant, Der Fondue Chessel, at 11,500 ft —the highest restaurant in the US—was (it even had a magician on hand) and it was a super fun time.
That time of year you could also try Vail or Beaver Creek (we did that area last August and rented a condo, which could be a good option) and stay at one of the swanky resorts without breaking the bank since it’s off-season. The Park Hyatt is right in the center of Beaver Creek where there’s an outdoor ice skating rink that’s open all year, mini golf, and evening s’mores all on site. There’s white water rafting nearby, too.
And as an added bonus, flights are easy, too, since both United (which is part of Star Alliance, so you can use your frequent flier miles) and Southwest fly direct from Newark.
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