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Spirited Side Trips: Labor Day

Next Monday marks the unofficial end of summer, and millions of Americans will be hitting the road for the Labor Day weekend.

And if you’re going away for the holiday, in addition to swimming, shopping and relaxing, we suggest you plan a side trip to visit a craft distillery. While there are plenty of brands that have opened in and around big cities, there are also a number near traditional vacation spots across the country. These companies produce a range of delicious spirits and provide amenities including tours, stores and, of course, tasting rooms. (A carefully selected bottle makes an ideal host gift or a tasty souvenir, too.)


From New York’s Hamptons and Delaware’s Rehoboth Beach to the Hawaiian island of Kauai, we’ve found lots of facilities for you to check out. Headed somewhere else? Consult the American Distilling Institute’s handy map, which offers listings in 47 states as well as Canada.

No matter where you are celebrating, we hope you have a spirited long weekend!

Some of these distilleries have set tour schedules, while others are by appointment only. Please call ahead before visiting.

Catskill Distilling Company, 2037 State Route 17B, Bethel, N.Y., 845 583 8569

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Del., 302 226 2739

Grand Traverse Distillery, 781 Industrial Circle, Suite 5, Traverse City, Mich., 231 947 8635

High West Distillery & Saloon (pictured above), 703 Park Avenue, Park City, Utah, 435 649 8300

Kōloa Rum Company, Kilohana Plantation, 3-2087 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue, Hawaii, 808 246 8900

Long Island Spirits, 2182 Sound Avenue, Baiting Hollow, N.Y., 631 630 9322

Newport Distilling Company, 293 JT Connell Road, Newport, R.I., 401 849 5232

Prince Edward Distillery, 9984 Route 16, Hermanville, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 902 687 2586

(Photo courtesy High West Distillery and Saloon)

Series & Type: Travel

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