Labor Day is a beloved American holiday that is associated with vacation time, parties, and relaxation. But it is also slightly bittersweet, as it marks the end of summer and the beginning of the incoming colder months. It’s more important than ever to get in some good relaxation during your Labor Day weekend to soak up all the warmth and vibes of summer and prepare yourself for the plunge into the winter months and back-to-school life.
Yet, while it’s always fun to pack your women’s weekender bag to get away and go on an adventure for the long holiday weekend, there is something to be said for planning a restful and relaxing staycation at home for Labor Day weekend. Choosing a staycation for the weekend can help you get the R&R you need before the fall months settle in. Here are some ideas on how you can have a relaxing staycation at home this Labor Day weekend.
There is truly no better way to get in that much-needed end-of-summer R&R than to plan to stay in your women’s robe all day and enjoy an at-home spa day. Prepare by stocking up on some face masks, bubble bath soap, candles, incense, and anything else that will have you feeling like you’ve just checked into your favorite space without leaving the comforts of home. If you have a generally busy household, send the kids out with your husband or to a friend’s house for the day so that you can have the time and space to make this a true self-care day.
Similarly, if you have a spa in your town, consider booking yourself an appointment for a day of heavenly bliss. Bring along a book, some comfy clothes, and leave your phone on airplane mode for the afternoon. Schedule yourself for a massage, a facial, a mani-pedi, or anything else that you feel will leave you refreshed and replenished. Some spas even have saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs on-site that you can use to help melt that stress away.
Are you and your family foodies? No need to cross the Atlantic to enjoy the flavors and tastes of delicious food. Check out what your town or city has on offer in terms of interesting places to eat. Get the whole family involved in a walking food tour of your city, or make a plan to try a few new or unique dining spots in your area. Though it depends on where you live, some cities offer food tours, which can be great for introducing you to some fantastic hole-in-the-wall food spots that otherwise may not have been on your radar.
None of us want to admit that soon we’ll be pulling our winter coats out of storage and turning up the thermostats. While the warm weather won’t disappear right after Labor Day, the holiday itself is a firm reminder that the thermometers are all downhill from here. This should be an inspiration to spend your Labor Day staycation enjoying the great outdoors while the summer sizzle still lingers. Whether it’s going for a hike, lounging in a hammock in the backyard, or taking the kids camping behind the house, spending time outside is the perfect way to relax and enjoy Labor Day weekend at home.
If you like to kick back and relax with friends and loved ones but don’t want to go anywhere, plan to host a backyard barbeque for Labor Day weekend. Want to up the relaxation factor but still enjoy a BBQ? Invite your friends over and make it a potluck barbeque so that you can minimize the work that would otherwise come along with throwing a party. Get all your favorite summer classics together for one last big hurrah before the autumn arrives.
You can make your backyard BBQ as casual or fancy as you’d like. If you have kids, it’s always fun to invite other families over so that the kids can enjoy playing in the backyard. Nothing is so relaxing as enjoying a late summer evening in the backyard, chatting and laughing with friends.
If sitting down and reading a book sounds radical, perhaps you’re overdue for the deep relaxation and joy that comes with reading a good book. Plan to spend the day in your favorite women’s loungewear set, snuggled up with a good book. Whether you’re an e-book or real thing kind of gal, be sure that you have a book on hand so that you have something to dive into and enjoy over the weekend. For inspiration, check out different bestseller lists or online recommendations to see what sparks your interest.
Make the most of balmy late summer weather by planning a swimming day. Pack the beach bags and head to your local swimming spot, or if you’re lucky to have a pool, consider just relaxing by it for the weekend.
Lying in the sun and getting a few good swims in is the perfect way to bring summer to a close and enjoy the most relaxation you can get during your holiday staycation.