Labor Day Luxury Travel Getaways for Everyone (Planners or Procrastinators)

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    Fairy house in Carmel, California
    ••• Middle-Earth? No, Carmel-by-the-Sea, where the reigning building style is "fairytale houses.". ©CarmelCalifornia.com

    Hello, Last-Minute Labor Day Planner! Let's Get Creative

    Labor Day weekend -- the final weekend of America's traditional summer months -- is an infamously heavy travel time in the U.S. (Number one is Thanksgiving.) There's a lot of competition for road space -- and for hotel reservations.

    So to get away and to get comfortable on Labor Day, you need to out-game the system. Here are some out-of-the-box ideas, resources, and hotel suggestions to help you plan a memorable Labor Day getaway.

    Are you contemplating flying somewhere? If you're thinking about it at the eleventh hour, your plane is likely to be full. Try changing your flight dates. And here 's what to do if your flight is oversold

    Road-tripping? Download some terrific road-trip apps.

    Have a holiday Weekend Day Trip in Mind?  Check out lesser-known day-trippable vacation spots near you

    What About a Home or Villa Rental Instead of a Hotel Stay?  You get a kitchen and enhanced privacy, for starters.See the pros and...MORE cons of rental villas versus luxury hotels.  Try an online service like homeaway.com.  How to do it? See the ways it's easier to find an Airbnb than a hotel room

    An alternative to paying for a hotel room, rental Villa, or Airbnb: Have you considered home exchanges, also known as house swaps? You live like a local, and can become lifelong friends with your exchange partners. Plus, swaps are easy, cost-free, and proven to be extremely secure. Read about how to find and finesse home exchanges.​ Check out the penthouses and villas offered at no commission by HomeChicHome.com

    Are You still leaning toward a hotel for Labor Day? Try these reputable hotel booking sites. Or find last-minute travel deals on Twitter. Or sign up for Airbnb or see if an appealing B&B has a cancellation

    Traveling with your pet?  Today's most enlightened hotels are pet-friendly hotels. But what makes a hotel pet-friendly? See the difference between pet-friendly and faux-friendly hotels.

    Thinking out of the box: get a great getaway hotel in a nearby place where Labor Day is just another Monday...

    In Canada: A Relais & Chateaux lodge on a mystically beautiful Vancouver Island, Wickaninnish Inn; a design and nightlife hub in Canada's booming First City, Thompson Hotel Toronto; a big, welcoming hotel with handsome rooms, a terrific Club Lounge, and an unusual Absinthe Bar, InterContinental Montreal; ​rated the best boutique hotel in Canada, Quebec City's Relais & Chateaux, Auberge Saint-Antoine.

    In the Caribbean: A good-value beachfront resort on a manicured French-and-Dutch isle, Radisson Blu St. Martin; And on the other side, in Sint Maarten, a sexy all-inclusive set moments from the airport, Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

    In Mexico: On a crescent beach in Puerto Vallarta, with Pacific rainbow sunsets and perfect margaritas, Secrets Vallarta Bay; a secluded jungle getaway with seductive, private bohio cottages, Viceroy Riviera May; a hotel on Cancun's best beach that caters to families and to club-goers (no kidding), Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort.

    Or maybe...well...you're staying ​home. ​What to do? Stream a great film about the American sport, baseball: Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, The Natural, 42, A League of Their Own, The Bad News Bears, Moneyball. Grill up the best dang barbecue of your life. Ponder the meaning of Labor Day. If you work for a living, this holiday's for you. Savor every second!