Vacation rentals, busy Labor Day bright spots for Pensacola tourism



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When the coronavirus pandemic halted much of the travel industry earlier this year, Carin Kiphart and her husband saw their international tour guide business dry up and largely stay that way.

But the couple’s vacation rental on Navarre Beach is another story. Initially shuttered in March, vacation rentals in Florida were allowed to re-open over Memorial Day weekend. Since then, the Kipharts’ five-bedroom house on Navarre Beach has been “slammed” all the way through the recent Labor Day weekend.

“It’s pretty much our main income now, so we’re really glad we made that (income) diversification,” Kiphart said Tuesday after the long holiday weekend that marks the unofficial end of summer.

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San Diego-area hotels booked up for Labor Day weekend

CARLSBAD, Calif. – The heat is on in Southern California. And despite the pandemic, people are rushing to the coast for some relief from triple digit temperatures.

At the InterContinental San Diego hotel bordering the North San Diego Bay, hotel officials say they’re seeing occupancy levels similar to last year’s Labor Day weekend.

“We were expected to be very busy for Labor Day and we have exceeded those expectations,” hotel manager Chuck Abbott said.

Other hotels including L’Auberge Del Mar, the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa and Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach are reporting being booked up for the weekend with travelers coming from all over to spend their weekends at the beach where temperatures are expected to be in the 80s.

As of Friday, accommodations sites such as show rooms available in San Diego from between $25 a night for Hostel on 3rd in the Marina District up

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Last-minute vacation rentals available for end of summer and Labor Day

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Last minute vacation rentals for this summer 4X3

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With the novel coronavirus leaving a wake of dashed travel plans, travelers are learning to be more flexible. Figuring out how to make the most of a summer break amid a landscape of closed borders and emerging hotspots takes a little bit of creativity and some compromising.

However, vacation rentals, national parks, and road trips are surfacing as some of the safest ways to travel, making a well-deserved summer vacation still doable.

And when it comes to booking socially-distanced getaways, vacation rentals are considered by experts to be one of the safer ways to travel. Vacation home-booking platforms have also rolled out new policies to ensure hosts are keeping homes safe for guests. So, if you’re hoping to make use of your vacation days before the summer

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The Day – Movie review: ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ hits familiar beats of burnout besties’ adventures

It’s been 30 years since Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves charmed audiences as the goofy, time-traveling metal heads Bill S. Preston, Esq., and Ted “Theodore” Logan in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.” In the third installment, “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” Reeves and Winter revisit their quintessential burnout bestie characters in a film that offers up an easy dose of nostalgia.

In “Excellent Adventure,” Bill and Ted had to pass history to avoid military school, which they did by assembling historic figures using a time-traveling phone booth. In “Bogus Journey,” Bill and Ted escape from hell to win the Battle of the Bands as the Wyld Stallyns. Many, many years later, they’re still holding onto those rock ‘n’ roll dreams. In “Face the Music,” written by original writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, and directed by Dean Parisot, Bill and Ted face their

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Planning a trip for Labor Day weekend? Find out the coronavirus restrictions for Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach and other vacation destinations.

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Looking to hit the road for the long Labor Day weekend? Before leaving southwest and central Virginia, consider what coroanvirus restrictions are in place at some of your favorite destinations across Virginia, Washington, D.C., the Carolinas, and Tennessee.

Remember to wear a face mask no matter where you travel and practice proper social distance.

Virginia Beach/Williamsburg

Planning a quick getaway to Virginia Beach? Gov. Ralph Northam says he’s making no changes to Virginia’s coronavirus restrictions ahead of Labor Day weekend, saying this will give the state a “running start” into the fall.

Extra restrictions that went into effect in late July for Hampton Roads cut off alcohol sales at 10 p.m. and closed restaurants at midnight. They also capped restaurants at 50% capacity and limited

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Labor Day weekend travel driven by road trips as people stay closer to home while COVID-19 pandemic persists

Summer’s last gasp this Labor Day weekend comes during a year of dismal tourism and hospitality activity, with campers and road-trippers driving travel trends.

“Families aren’t wanting to do the plane flights and the hotels, and they still want to be able to vacation, so they’re finding a way to take home away from home,” said Troy Hooper, general manager of Dunlap Family RV in Ringgold, Georgia, where sales have boomed for months.

Hooper normally has about 130 campers on his lot, but his inventory is down to just 14, and everything he has on back order will be sold before it hits the lot, he said. “I’m as low as I’ve ever been on inventory,” he said.

(READ MORE: Here are three things to know for your Chattanooga area Labor Day gatherings.)

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Labor Day weekend travel driven by road trips

People are still wary

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What to know for your Labor Day trip


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Heading to Ocean City or the Delaware beaches for Labor Day weekend? 

Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to stick your toes in the sand the weekend of Sept. 4-7  – and what might be different than normal at the beaches in the summer of COVID-19.

Do I have to wear a mask on the boardwalk?

Yes, you have to wear a face covering: On the boardwalks in Ocean City, Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach; inside businesses that are open and in public spaces where social distancing can’t be maintained.

Face masks are recommended, but not required, on most beaches themselves, but social distancing is a must.

Masks must be worn on the streets, sidewalks, boardwalk and inside businesses in Rehoboth Beach city limits.


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CheapOair Reveals Their Top Picks for a Last-Minute Labor Day Trip

NEW YORK, Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Labor Day weekend is right around the corner which signals the end of summer travel. Before consumers everywhere start trading in trips to the beach for walks around an apple orchard, CheapOair has picked their top end-of-summer destinations for a last-minute Labor Day vacation.

“Even amid COVID-19, our data shows that Labor Day weekend is proving to be one the most popular travel weekends of the year with people everywhere eager for some adventure. There are many getaways that not only offer affordable cheap flights but are also smart and safe to visit,” remarked Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal, owner of travel brands CheapOair and OneTravel.

Portland, Maine

This gem of a town is located in southern Maine and has everything from breathtaking ocean views, amazing seafood, and a wide array of shopping and beachy recreation options that’ll keep even

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Wild Adventures Theme Park hosts Labor Day weekend food drive

VALDOSTA, Ga. (PR) – Guests at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Ga. will have one last chance to splash this Labor Day Weekend at Splash Island Waterpark and will have the opportunity to receive “Buy One, Get One Free” admission with a non-perishable food donation.

Splash Island Waterpark at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Ga.

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Splash Island Waterpark at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Ga.

“Wild Adventures has been a long time partner with Second Harvest of South Georgia, and we hold food drives multiple times throughout the year to give our guests the chance to support an organization that does so much for our community,” said Patrick Pearson, director of sales and marketing.

From Sept. 5 through Sept. 7, guests who bring a non-perishable food donation valued at a minimum of $10 will receive “Buy One, Get One Free” single-day admission. All donations will be given to Second Harvest.

The Labor Day

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What’s open and closed over Labor Day? A guide to Bay Area beaches

With a heat wave forecast to push Bay Area inland temperatures into the 100s over the

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