Labor Day and Fall make perfect times for golf, family getaways

Now that the Great American Eclipse has gone, kids are going back to school and Labor Day Weekend is drawing near, summer is over, right? Nope. Labor Day and the Fall each are great times to get out with the family and friends.

Here’s a look at some of  my favorite places in the Southeast and what they’re offering:

Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort – Palm Harbor, Fla. http://www.innisbrookresort.com

The resort’s Labor Day Weekend activities guide includes a chalk mural contest, football toss competition, whiffle ball home run derby, chip-shot challenge, corn-hole tournaments, dive-in movie featuring Smurfs: The Lost Village, Labor Day Carnival & BBQ, and fireworks show.

  • Red, White & Snooze at Reunion Resort  – Orlando, Fla. http://reunionresort
  • The resort’s Labor Day package includes villa accommodations, including a living room and large dining areas; $50 pre-paid gift card: and 2:00 p.m , complimentary late check-out.
Reunion Resort

In addition, Florida-Georgia residents receive a :Summer Savings’’ special of  25 percent off weekdays and 15 percent off weekends.

  • Kids Eat Free – For every adult’s paid breakfast at the Clubhouse, a child 12 and under will receive a complimentary breakfast
  • A three-night villa stay gets guests a fourth night free.
  • Rates begin at $197 per night


“Extend Your Summer” at Hammock Beach Resort – Palm Coast, Fla.  www.hammockbeach.com.

The resort’s famed Ocean Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature design, will re-open in a few weeks after a year-long renovation. Guests who stay two nights will receive a third night for free.

“Labor Day Weekend” at Montage Palmetto Bluff – Bluffton, SC www.montagehotels.com/palmettobluff

Palmetto Bluff is located within a 20,000-acre coastal nature preserve in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Guest activities include fishing, tennis, biking and kayaking.

With its five-story treehouse and expansive views of the May River, Oyster Roasts at Moreland Landing have become a holiday tradition. Come experience fresh oysters, a Lowcountry boil and a wide array of other sides.

Available Sept. 1-3. Guests who book your stay early receive a 15 percent savings on the best available rate. The resort’s food truck, “Big Carol,’’ provides treats on the Village Green while families watch a movie under the stars.

“Step Into Summer” at Omni Amelia Island Plantation and Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate – Amelia Island and Orlando, Fla.

Through Sept. 10, the longer guests stay – up to four nights – the more they save on accommodations.

Say Goodnight To Hunger

When a guest books a stay directly on OmniHotels.com, the company will make a donation that will provide dinner for a family of four.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation omniameliaislandplantation.com.

Nestled at the tip of a barrier island off the Northeast Florida coast, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is one of the Southeast’s great resorts, featuring 3.5 miles of shoreline, 404 oceanfront rooms with views of the Atlantic Ocean, a renowned tennis and golf program and tranquil nature-inspired spa.

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate www.omnihotels.com/hotels/orlando-championsgate.

Located just a few minutes west of the Orlando theme parks, the resort has two recently-renovated Greg Norman-designed golf courses, the world headquarters of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and 15 acres of pools and recreation (including Orlando’s only resort wave pool), a full-service Mokara spa, as well as seven dining experiences.


“Seek the Weekend” at Orlando World Center Marriott – Orlando, Fla. www.worldcentermarriott.com

 One of Orlando’s landmark hotels, the resort is offering 20 percent savings and a $25 nightly resort credit for bookings before Dec. 30, 2015. Rates begin at $159 per night.

The resort features a golf course, water sides, Kids Activity Zone and Splash Zone with a zero entry pool and playground, a Gatorland meet and greet where kids interact with alligators and snakes, was well as a caricature and balloon artists in the lobby.

While kids play, parents can let loose while soaking up the warm Florida sun with a freshly-made cocktail in-hand as a poolside DJ plays the latest hits.

For more information on Orlando World Center Marriott, call 800.380.7931 or visit www.worldcentermarriott.com


“Guys Golf Getaway” at Omni Amelia Island Plantation and Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate – Amelia Island and Orlando, Fla. omniameliaislandplantation.com,

Golf buddies get a d enjoy a three-night stay with unlimited golf each day, daily breakfast, a $50 golf retail credit, a bucket of beers, a food and beverage welcome amenity upon arrival. Here’s more:


  • VIP status which includes turndown service and a dedicated resort professional (Experience Planner) to plan the perfect guys trip
  • Daily breakfast
  • Unlimited golf per person per night of stay (including day of arrival/departure, same day replays, and cart)
  • Bucket of beers
  • F&B amenity
  • $50 golf retail credit
  • Complimentary golf club storage
  • Unlimited use of driving range
  • Access to resort amenities


“Golf the Gridiron” with PGA Tour’s TPC Network

PGA Tour’s TPC Network is offering its annual Golf the Gridiron Packages. Available starting Sept. 1, these packages allow golfers to follow their favorite football teams, while saving on packages to some of the most famous golf courses, including TPC Sawgrass, host of THE PLAYERS Championship and TPC Scottsdale, host of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.


TPC Sawgrass 




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