BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (MainStreet) -- Labor Day marks the end of summer and likely a season of family submission that included amusement park visits, indentured barbecuing and sleepless vacation nights packed into rooms of double queen beds. After a season of family service, Labor Day is the perfect justification to enjoy a "mancation" that will replenish your lust of life and restore your familial vigor just in time for the fall-to-winter rush.
Embrace your inner Grizzly Adams
Pack your thickest flannel and leave your electric razor at home for a trip into the Canadian homeland of the Rocky Mountain grizzly bear. This autumn bear safari takes place during one of the best times of the year to watch the native grizzly come down from its summer mountain home to fish rivers and streams in search of salmon on their upriver migration.
never has more than eight guests at any one time, and the 32-acre ranch-style resort is far more of an in-depth wildlife encounter than its cute name would suggest.
Scotland's Turnberry Resort is the ultimate golf camp, complete with two top-rated golf courses.
Days begin in a series of hand-built A-frame cabins along the riverfront, well spaced from other guest accommodations. Interiors are rustic and cozy, with wood-paneled walls and beam ceilings varying between single- and two-level configurations offering wood-burning stoves in select rooms, private terraces and fully equipped bathrooms. After morning coffee, bear experts lead no more than four guests on morning safari, tracking the animal along the river through its native habitat. Additional walking tours and rafting trips fill the day, and there's a sundowner game drive before dinner. Afterward guests feast on cuisine made by the owner, a trained chef, who whips locally sourced farmers market ingredients into such dishes as oven-roasted rainbow trout and lemon sage roast chicken.
The ultimate golf camp
There's no sight quite like it.
is on the southwestern Scottish coast in Ayrshire where a windy, almost-fluorescent green hillside meets one of the most expressive coastlines of white-capped crashing waves you'll ever see. Guests make their way via Glasgow and a one-hour drive to the stunning James Miller-designed golf resort, majestic links originally built in the late 19th century that have hosted no less than four Open championships. A ceremonial arrival, complete with kilted valets, leads to a modern, grand luxury hotel complete with epicurean-caliber eateries and an Espa spa to satiate any nongolfers in tow.
But you didn't travel to Scotland to just stay at a good hotel. Turnberry is home to two of Europe's top-rated courses, Ailsa and Kintyre, as well as the Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy. The golf school -- one of the world's top professional teaching facilities -- is overseen by Colin Montgomerie and staff with a series of hands-on lessons that can be as limited as a two-hour lesson or as intensive as daily round of tutored play followed by three hours of instruction by golf whizzes who critique your skills and provide direction on improving your game. Student guests are also provided entrance to the new Taylor Made Performance Laboratory, which takes a scientific approach to your swing through a personal analysis of form and follow-through that officials there say is proven to result in longer drives and more accurate positioning.
Do Vegas like a rock star
While movies such as
glorify wild times in Las Vegas, there's no underestimating the number of men that arrive to town every day looking for the VIP party scene and never quite find it. Most arrive only to check in to their hotel and not really know anything to do aside from hitting the in-house eateries, standing in line at nightclubs and going to bed.
is a locally owned private concierge service that arranges high-end packages and organized tours for the finicky. The service can be as simple as organizing a ritzy hotel suite or VIP access to area nightclubs such as the Playboy Club and XS, saving guys from having to line up and wait upward of two hours on weekends.
Users of the service can choose from a selection of hotels or simply opt to stay at the Wynn or Cosmopolitan through their own booking, using the service for entertainment only. Add-on services such as a private limousine (Jacuzzi optional), helicopter transfers and daytime guides are priced on a per-person basis, with extra perks such as private hotel events and bachelor parties created on the fly.
Those simply looking to enhance their own do-it-yourself getaway can use sites such as Vegas.com, which now sell packaged nightclub tickets with front-of-line admission from $60 and up, all-access weekend passes and VIP packages for up to four guests at select nightclubs including Bank and Chateau that start at around $150 per person for the most memorable of Labor Day Mancations.
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Michael Martin is the managing editor of JetSetReport.com, a luxury travel and lifestyle guide based in Los Angeles and London. His work has appeared in InStyle, Blackbook, Elle, U.K.'s Red magazine and on ITV and the BBC.