Last Minute Labor Day Weekend Get Away Ideas

Editor’s Note: Check out Lisa (discussing these ideas and tips) on KCRA here!

By Lisa Page

If you are thinking about getting out of town next weekend but haven’t made plans yet, its not too late. Below are just a few ideas on some nearby destinations for a quick getaway.

Getaways with Girlfriends or Someone Special 

Murphys and Nevada City

Murphy’s and Nevada City are hidden finds that have wine tasting, antique shopping, golfing and hiking. There is an Ironstone Vineyards concert with Tony Bennett and Jackie Evancho in Murphys — and tickets still available.  If you are looking for places to stay – check out – there are still some vacation rentals available.


If you and your honey or your girlfriends want to get away for the day – Calistoga is just about an hour and half away. The drive itself is beautiful as you go through wine country. I recommend booking some time at one of the many great spas like Solage to spoil yourself and then follow up with wine tasting at some local wineries (one of my favorites is Frank Family Vineyards). And cap it off with a dinner at one of the many restaurants in Calistoga or nearby St. Helena.


If you want to get away and go to the beach for a day or for the weekend, Pacifica is an often forgot about location. Pacifica is only about 90 minutes away. You can enjoy the beach during the day and then drive down to Half Moon Bay to splurge on a romantic dinner at the Ritz Carlton. If you stay the weekend – you can travel to San Francisco for the day or go hiking at Mount Tam in Marin.

Family Friendly Getaways


This can just be a day trip or a whole weekend (camping and hotel options available). There are lots of activities to see and it’s only one hour away. I have a little boy, and I know he would love their gold panning. Other activities include biking, water rafting, etc. Check out the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park or other Coloma attractions.


One of the best things about living in Sacramento is that we are close to so many great places to camp – and there are still places available for Labor Day weekend. For example, in the El Dorado National Forest there is Stumpy Meadows on the Stumpy Meadows Reservoir, which has some first-come, first-serve sites. Campers come here to while away warm summer days on the lake and enjoy the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. The campground provides easy access to both hiking and biking trails. Plus, the cute and historic town of Georgetown is 15 miles away.

Muir Woods

A fun day trip that’s about hour and half away is to Muir Woods in Marin. Muir Woods is a redwood forest that offers easy hikes for all ages. The redwoods are amazing to see and experience. There’s also a great café inside Muir Woods for a snack or lunch. Plus, Muir Woods is also a few miles from Stinson Beach, which is another great place to spend the afternoon.


It’s only three hours to Monterey, and there are still deals on hotels. Monterey is a great place for families with many free and affordable activities to enjoy. Of course you can spend time on their beaches (they are also dog-friendly), go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Dennis the Menace Park (which is free) or walk around Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf.

For other ideas, check out GOTG’s Wanderlust section with reviews of destinations as close as Amador County and Placerville and as far away as New Orleans. 


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