Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways

These last-minute Labor Day getaways at lakes prove much more fun and affordable than taking a trip to the beach.

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If you still don’t have plans for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, don’t sweat it because we’ve got you covered! As you probably know, beachfront getaways can end up racking up a huge bill, but lakeside retreats are surprisingly affordable and offer just as much sun-filled festivities.

Wherever you are in the U.S.A, spend your Labor Day in style at one of these awesome destinations that won’t break your budget. From kayaking, swimming, boating and more, there’s plenty of fun to be had while you sit back and relax in the great outdoors!

Hunter Lake, NY

New Yorkers would be shocked if they knew how much nature was right in their backyards! Situated upstate from NYC, Hunter Lake is also a campground, which offers unbeatable prices. Kayak and canoe rentals are also affordable, and there’s a small beach for sunbathing as your celebrate the long weekend.

Lake Tahoe, California

Fun fact – Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States! This is evidenced by the piercing blue color and stunning panoramic views that you can enjoy from the surrounding mountains. The day-time temps are perfect this time of year, with averages around 75 degrees in late August.

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

This gorgeous lake is also driving distance from nearby Nevada, offering a peaceful for retreat for those visiting Las Vegas. There’s plenty of water sports to keep the kids entertained, and even unconventional lake activities like off-roading!

Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

Deep Creek Lake is the largest in Maryland and covers a vast amount of land great for camping, fishing, boating and more. Insider tip – this getaway serves as a prime ski and snowboarding destination come winter!

Lake Travis, Texas

It certainly gets hot in Texas during the summer, so why not cool off at the stunning Lake Travis just an hour and a half away from San Antonia. Once you reach this tranquil retreat, do as the Texans do and light up the grill to get some BBQ cooking.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Best Celebrity ALS Bucket Challenge Videos

Your favorite celebrities have joined in the ALS Bucket Challenge, and the videos are a must-see!

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The ALS Bucket Challenge is sweeping Facebook, Instagram and the Internet in general, and now Hollywood’s hottest stars are jumping on the trend! In case you haven’t heard of the philanthropic phenomen, the ALS Bucket Challenge requires you to dump an ice cold bucket of water over your head, or donate to benefit the cause.

Now the celebrities are getting involved in the ALS Bucket Challenge, the ALS Association has received “unprecented” donations, totaling to nearly $13.3 million in the last several weeks! That’s pretty impressive, plus we love getting a sneak peek into the lives of our favorite stars and learning they’re just like us!

Watch the all-time best celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenges below and tell us which on is your favorite in the comments!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Workout Wednesday: Tone House

Get a glimpse into Tone House, the tough-as-nails NYC workout that will show you what you’re really made of. 

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We’d heard about Tone House. The studio is around the corner from the Spa Week offices and Tone House signage is proudly displayed on the sidewalk. What we didn’t expect was to walk into a dark fitness studio, covered in black astroturf, with eerie music playing in the background. The atmosphere was a preview of the extremely tough (but, amazing!) workout to come.

Tone House was created by ex-pro football player Alonzo Wilson, which sheds some light on why the workouts are both athlete-inspired and team-based.  The studio’s motto is “Unleash Your Inner Athlete”  and believe us, unleash you will. The range of your athletic ability (or non-ability in some cases) will be fully exposed.

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Here’s a breakdown of the class. It starts with a team chant. You can handle that. Then you’ll move into the warm-up, which consists of 10-15 minutes of running around the studio and jumping over hurdles. For some, this alone is enough to make you want to throw in the towel (or at least use it to wipe down some sweat!). But for those brave enough to stick it out, the reward in the end is worth the sweat (plus blood from one participant, and possibly tears).

The explosive workout is composed of extreme resistance-based moves like climbing on the ground while being attached to a harness clipped to the wall, and more hurdle jumps, this time while being attached to a harness (with over 70 lbs of resistance to taunt you). You’ll also endure sprints and some serious conditioning, burst moves including crunches, pushups and squats, and some weight lifting. At the end there will be a brief stretch, and you’ll end with another chant.

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There is no question about it—Tone House will push you to your limits, and you will unleash your inner athlete. Even though it was the toughest workout we’ve ever tried (sore muscles for three+ days included), we are excited to come back and try it again!

The studio offers complimentary water bottles and towels (which is nice, because you’ll definitely go through multiple of each in the hour long session). If you are looking for a serious, and we mean serious challenge, Tone House will be the best $35 you ever spent. If you are first-timer, take advantage of a $20 deal!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Workout Wednesday: Fun Ways to Walk More

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Living in a big city practically guarantees built in exercise, so we weren’t surprised when our new pedometer said we took nearly 3,000 steps in just one day! While we were pleased with these results, it got us thinking that many of you who don’t live in big cities like NYC probably rely on cars (instead of your legs) for your daily commute.

Recent research has showed that walking regularly can lead to weight loss, disease prevention and stronger bones, which makes it even more important to pound the pavement. And, according to Live Strong, it takes just 40 minutes a day to reap the benefits!

Find out how you can get 40 minutes of walking in per day in fun and entertaining ways. Let us know what your favorite way to get moving is in the comments below!

Go Thrifting – Perusing your local thrift or second-hand store can lead to a surprising amount of steps taken! You can easily get lost in the racks of clothes, and not even realize that you’re working up a sweat.

Buy Local Groceries – Famer’s markets are a staple in the NYC grocery shopping scene, and many small towns have recently caught on as well. Instead of driving to the grocery store, park your car at a weekend market and browse through the unique offerings as you check items off your list.

Explore a Park – Head over to your local park and hit the trails. It’s way more engaging than taking laps around a track! Focus on all your senses as you walk through the forest, and you will leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Collect Seashells – Water has a soothing and tranquil effect on the body, which makes visiting the beach or lake ideal for unwinding. Take a relaxing walk and scour the shore for pretty seashells that you can use later for DIY crafts.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.  

Travel Tuesday: Omni Tucson Resort

Don’t miss one of Arizona’s most stunning resorts, equipped with an award-winning spa to boot! 

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There’s something for everyone at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. To start, this renowned resort is famous for it’s unmatched golf courses with incredible views. Golf isn’t the only sport you can enjoy—there are both tennis courts and volleyball courts on the grounds as well. Nestled in a valley with scenic mountain ranges on all sides, Tucson is the perfect setting for a spa getaway—but that’s not the only reason to visit this picture-perfect locale!

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Each guest room features a picturesque private balcony. Your plush accommodations won’t disappoint, either!

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The gorgeous outdoor infinity pool and inviting Sweetwater Terrace are among the resort’s must-see amenities. Guests have the option to rent private cabanas poolside or visit the outdoor cabana bar.

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Of course, as it is a golf resort, the greens are a prime draw for Omni Tucson. With two incredible courses and the option to enroll in private lessons, there’s no shortage of ways to pay homage to the sport while visiting.

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The crown jewel of the property is of course Omni Tucson’s award-winning spa, a location that is proud to provide the ultimate in luxury. Offering facials, body treatments, and salon services, there are an abundance of ways to wind down and relax at this top of the line spa! Guests can also utilize fitness facilities with spa amenities like whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms.

It’s easy to see why we chose the Omni Tucson for our latest giveaway! The winner will enjoy an unforgettable getaway to this luxe resort, as well as a sneak peek of Spa Week Fall 2014. For more information on the Destination: Spa Week Giveaway or to enter to win, click here.

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.