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Labor Day Getaways

Labor Day Getaways

Five nauti but nice hotel options for sending off summer right.

?There's only one thing more disconcerting than summer being over: not having any Labor Day plans! Fear not, we've enlisted our friends at slick 'n' sassy boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith for the best ways to beat it to the beach and bid a proper adieu to the heat (and your white wardrobe). Whether you?re in search of cool culture in Newport, wave-riding in Cali, creating a situation on the Jersey Shore, or simply want be pampered in the Hamptons, when it comes to staying sexy, they?ve got you covered.

Forty 1? North, Newport, RI Sleek and sultry Newport newcomer Forty 1° North -- and its mega yacht-dotted private marina -- is a place you go to show off, but not New England charm comes as standard and, although the nautical references are there if you look for them, it never strays into sailor-boy kitsch. Characterized by button-back leather, glimmering glass paneling and matte and shine mash-ups, it?s all unassumingly glamorous, with eco-friendliness to boot. iPads in rooms gets it techie points, and we love the playful addition of a Dr. Seuss book in every room. Choose light-soaked Suite 3, which feels like an airy Upper East Side apartment, and has a separate dining area tinted with terracotta. A table for two at the Grill restaurant will ratchet up the romance.

351 Thames Street, Newport, RI; from $375

Oceana Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA Bright, beautiful and a hit with the SoCal surf crowd, Technicolor dreamboat Oceana Santa Monica is a quirky retro retreat with beach in reach. If you?re not hitting the waves, instead don your impossibly small swimwear and improbably large sunglasses, stake out one of the rattan loungers by the heart-shaped pool, and tuck into a lobster roll and deadly necessary booze-infused milkshake. On summer Saturdays, poolside hosts bring guests iPads, iPods, sun lotion, magazines and ice-creams, as well as offering rides to the beach. Stay in one of the Signature Ocean View Suites on the top floor: deep soaking tubs, rainfall shower heads, private balconies, and enough room to get the party started or keep it going into the wee hours?

849 Ocean Avenue, Los Angeles; from $355

Bungalow Hotel, New Jersey ShorePlayful, chic, a little bit flirty, the Bungalow Hotel is an art-filled, pier-perched stunner owned by a savvy pair of as-seen-on-TV interior designers. It?s a surfer?s paradise, as shown by the room names (Aloha, Hang Loose, Lil? Pipeline and the like), and quirky flourishes abound: a huge Queen Elizabeth stamp covering one wall of the lobby, a ?Vive La France? flag and Stars and Stripes sewn in denim. We like the Pipeline room for its elaborate black chandeliers, and the exposed tub separating the bathroom from the boudoir. While you?re here, spend some quality time on the Jersey Shore?s buzzing boardwalks, where sand-dusted beach bodies are as abundant as the saltwater taffy and tourist-tempting cotton candy stands. Just don?t mention that show.

50 Laird Street, Long Branch, NJ; from $249

C/O Maidstone, The Hamptons, NY The C/O Maidstone is a gable-roofed colonial gem of a nineteenth century inn and quirky departure from typical by-the-beach hotels thanks to the style-savvy guidance of Jenny Ljungberg, Swedish hotelier extraordinaire, eco-warrior and expert in the tasteful renovation of heritage properties ? with a Scandinavian twist. Grab a Hendrick?s gin-and-cucumber, and fall asleep behind your sunglasses to the swish and thunk of croquet mallets. Best of all, each room comes with a much-coveted beach parking permit plus beach towels, umbrellas and loungers. Head to East Hampton beach with a picnic basket packed with the hotel?s organic treats -- chef James Carpenter is a slow-food genius.

207 Main Street, East Hampton, NY; from $545

Cavallo Point, San Francisco, CAAt ease, soldier! The former Fort Baker, now Cavallo Point, has been sustainably restored to a level of sophisticated comfort that will have you wanting to enlist as soon as possible.

Just south of Sausalito, whitewashed old military quarters with red roofs and wrap-around porches form half of the digs. The other half are up-to-the-minute contemporary, solar-paneled and renewably constructed, with views of the Golden Gate itself. Throw in a clubby bar with microbrewery beers; the Healing Arts Spa offering meditation, hypnotherapy sessions, a tea bar, massages and more; a restaurant with real culinary clout; organic cooking classes, and a national park on your doorstep, and it?s clear that the erstwhile army base has been honorably discharged.

601 Murray Circle Sausalito, San Francisco; from $295

For more accommodation inspiration and to book your stylish Labor Day stay, visit or call 800-464-2040.
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