6 Ways to Celebrate Labor Day in Dana Point
Three day weekends never seem to come soon enough. With September marking the transition into fall, Labor Day serves as an end of summer celebration. Labor Day has been observed since the 19th century and honors workers who’ve made America what it is today. It’s a day to celebrate hard work and growth, and therefore should involve no work at all! Lucky for us, Dana Point is the perfect place to relax and unwind this weekend. Soft sandy beaches, sunshine, fine wine, and backyard barbecues are a sure way to send off summer. Here is your ultimate guide to making the most of Labor Day weekend in Southern Orange County.
Wake Up Right
Long weekends are made for sleeping in and indulging in life’s simple pleasures. While Sundays are traditionally the time to book weekend brunch, make the most of your day off with mimosas on Monday! Or better yet, Sunday and Monday. Maison Cafe and Market is the perfect place for late breakfast in Dana Point. The farmhouse inspired hideaway redefines dining with sustainably sourced, organic menu items that leave you nourished and satisfied. Pair a smooth cappuccino with Chef Danielle’s light and fluffy Dutch Baby. It is the weekend after all!
Soak in the Sun
Ride this weekend’s heat wave down to the coast. Dana Point boasts some of the most gorgeous shores down south. Strand’s Beach is the perfect place to set up an umbrella while the white wash rolls in. Clear waters, surf break, and sunshine ensure family fun for everyone. Stroll along the paved beach path or finally finish that summer read you’ve been sitting on. With accessible parking (not to mention free) Strands is a convenient and care-free beach to lounge the day away at.
Turn up the Grill
Labor Day is almost synonymous with backyard barbecues. There’s something about crisp watermelon, sweet corn salad, and tender tri-tip that puts everyone in a good mood. Whether an intimate gathering or block party affair, utilize your time off this weekend to gather in community. Hosting a barbecue is also a great way to showcase your home! Turn up that grill, stock the bar, and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Pro tip: the secret to a great backyard get-together is always keeping it simple.
What better way to spend the day than out on a boat? The salty air, soft sway of waves beneath you, and sweeping waters are euphorically freeing. Late summer is peak whale-watching season and these magnificent mammals have been spotted all along Dana Point’s coastline. Therefore, the long weekend is the perfect time to adventure out into the big blue. Dana Point Wharf offers coastal cruises guided by industry experts. September is one of the only months blue whales swim through Southern California’s shores, and the 100-ton marine mammals are not a sight you want to miss! Embrace your inner captain and hop aboard a group or private boat tour departing from Dana Point Harbor.
Shop End of Summer Sales
Shop SoCal’s largest sidewalk sale at San Clemente Outlets. A Labor Day tradition, San Clemente’s long weekend sale features live music, family-friendly fun, and savings on end-of-summer essentials. Find coastal-inspired curated goods to decorate your home at the San Clemente Store and Goldfield. If you end up taking on the “shop till you drop” philosophy, rest your feet at Asada Cantina for evening bites and craft margaritas. Modern Spanish-inspired decor creates an effortlessly chic atmosphere, but for the best table opt for the candle-lit patio. Cheers!
Note that on Saturday morning, you’ll also find the largest weekly car show in the world located in the San Clemente Parking lot.
Sip and Savor
We’re all about Labor Day Sales, especially when it comes to wine. Enjoy the last of summer whites at Frisby Cellars this weekend. Wine-maker John Frisby brings the best of Paso Robles to South OC. Take a seat at Dana Point Harbor’s tasting room, where rippling waters and the cool bay breeze create an intimate setting for sipping Sauvignon Blanc. This Saturday, settle into live acoustics of Rebel Robbie with your favorite glass of your wine in hand. Tastings pair with charcuterie selections and fresh baked flatbreads. Plus, receive up to 35% off Frisby Cellar’s selection of premium wines all weekend long.
Needless to say, Dana Point is the place to be for relaxing in the Southern California sunshine. With top-tier shopping, fine dining, and breath-taking views up and down the coast, there are endless ways to entertain the weekend. Live like a local this Labor Day by embracing the charming coastal lifestyle that Dana Point is known for.