Best Family-Friendly Resorts For a Labor Day Getaway

2013-08-30

Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still time to get away. These lake and ocean-side resorts cater to families – and there’s so much to do, you don’t leave the premises. All you’ll need to do is  pack your swim suits.

The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, N.Y. Located on aptly-named Green Island on Lake George, upstate New York, this 1883-built resort underwent a major recent overhaul, meaning it can now stay open year-round. Now is the perfect time to visit. Activities include tennis, golf, kayaking, canoeing, and even fishing excursions on the boat of an experienced local captain. If the lake water is a little chilly , you can swim in the out-door infinity pool or do laps in the heated ‘open-air-concept’ indoor pool nearby. Then there’s the Sagamore Kids Club (for 4-12-year-olds), where staff organize everything from nature walks to scavenger hunts. Exhaust the kids in the day, then dine on rib- eye steak at Club Grill Steakhouse, overlooking the resort’s golf course.

The Sanderling Resort, Dick, N.C. The Outer Banks is known for its luxury beach house rentals , but at this late in the season you don’t have to go the route of bringing your linens and shopping for food. The Sanderling in Duck, N.C. is the only upscale beach resort on the OBX, and recently underwent a beach-chic design overhaul – all light-brushed wood and bright orange tones. With three swimming pools (one just for the kids) you can stay cool, but the beach in front the property is glorious, and the water warm until October. Excursions on offer include moonlight kayaking, trips to see wild horses, and wine tastings. End the day with cocktails around the fire pit by the al fresco Sand Bar and dinner in Lifesaving Station, a former sea rescue outpost turned grill and bistro, helmed by Chef Jeffrey Russell.

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