3 Ways To Celebrate Labor Day In Palm Beach County

While historians claim Labor Day spawned from a parade organized by New York City’s union leaders in the early-1880s, it was President Grover Cleveland who made the first Monday in September an official holiday in 1896. For non-history buffs, the day bids a fond farewell to melting tipples, white Gucci loafers, and summer’s sultry temps. Whatever the weekend holds, these three spots promise the only work you’ll be doing is getting there.

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STAY: Hilton West Palm Beach
Got kids? Great. Pack them up in the Mercedes-Benz 300TD and take them on a windows-down drive to the Hilton West Palm Beach, a 20-minute jog to Flagpole beach. The property’s two-night, “Summer of Fun” package was made for kids who enjoy feeling spoilt. Children aged 12 and younger will eat free, receive vouchers for gelato, complimentary admission to the Palm Beach Zoo and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, and more. Parents will appreciate the complimentary pool view room upgrade, a $25 gift card to Revolutions at CityPlace, a Ron Burkhardt designed beach towel, and Island Company suntan lotion because feeling the burn, after all, is only healthy at spin class. 600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach (561-231-6000, hilton.com)

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RELAX: Eau Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
Nestled along the azure-tinged shores of the Atlantic Ocean rests the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. The glamorous, Five Star Award-winning property boasts 309 guest rooms designed by Manalapan resident and bon vivant designer Jonathan Adler, a trio of dining choices, and a lavish, 42,000-square-foot spa lauded by guests who enjoy the occasional brush with Nirvana. The lavish spa retreat encircles a verdant garden with water walls, swing chairs suspended over reflection pools, a life-size chessboard, and other whimsical amenities. Spa goers are treated to Champagne, cupcakes, and a menu of therapeutic offerings like The Royal Recovery Treatment ($179 through September 30). The 60-minute treatment combines a head, neck, shoulder, and foot massage, a foot scrub, and a foot paraffin wrap. Sounds like paradise found. 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan (561-540-4960, eau spa.com)

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DINE: Benny’s on the Beach
Palm Beach County’s home to myriad oceanfront eateries although few can brag turquoise views underfoot like Benny’s on the Beach. In 2013, former private chef Jeremy Hanlon joined as partner and executive chef of the Lake Worth Pier restaurant that’s been a popular destination for relaxed beach grub for more than 30 years. Before Benny’s, Hanlon worked alongside top toques like Daniel Boulud and the late-Charlie Trotter and appeared on The Food Network’s cooking show “Chopped.” His elevated take on classic fare’s woven throughout each menu including a seared tuna tostada that should not to be missed. Crispy tortilla shells stacked with chunks of blackened local tuna, diced avocado, pickled pineapples and jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, and a drizzle of Sriracha cream sauce is a mouthwatering vision. Hit the beach afterward for a long afternoon siesta. 10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth (561-582-9001, bennysonthebeach.com)