The Best Places to Go in April - Town and Country
Feb 15 2018
Craving a getaway but not quite sure where to go? Here are 10 wanderlust-worthy vacation ideas to put on your radar for April.
“Marrakech is ideal in April when the weather is perfectly mild,” says Tamara Lohan, the founder of travel club Mr & Mrs Smith. “You might not be the only traveler to opt for an Easter break, but hole-up in El Fenn and you’ll feel as though you’ve truly escaped the busy city, despite being a stone’s throw from the lively Medina.” While you’re in town, pay a visit to Musée Yves Saint Laurent, which opened in October and showcases the late designer’s most influential and personal work. Another suggestion? Take a tour of the city from the seat of a vintage sidecar. The travel company Insiders Experience offers customizable itineraries that give visitors a decidedly unique point of view.
“Porto has all the charms of Lisbon—wine bars, killer seafood, golden rooftops—without the crowds, and April is a great time to visit, before the summer tourism rush,” says Amir Segal, the VP of Global Supply at travel booking app HotelTonight. For a property with waterfront views, check out 1872 River House, and for design lovers, Hotel Teatropromises dramatic décor and a central location.
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With temperate weather but thinner crowds and lower prices, March and April are low season in this history-rich city, according HotelTonight. Among the must-do’s for visitors? Take a horse drawn carriage ride, shop the boutiques along Broughton Street, and pop into the Telfair Museum (the oldest public art museum in the Southeast). You’ll also want to indulge in Savannah’s standout food scene with stops at The Olde Pink House (for a traditional experience), Bubba Gumbo’s (for fresh shrimp and oysters), and Leopold’s (for ice cream).
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“The charming colonial city in the Yucatan is never overrun with tourists and has a thriving art culture,”says Lohan. “April is a perfect time to visit as it’s just before the sweltering summer heat descends on Mexico. Chable Resort is in the jungle just outside of the city and has an incredible spa; Coqui Coqui Merida is the spot to stay if you want to be in the middle of all of the city action.”
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“If you want to check a safari off your bucket list, Botswana is the place to go. The country is blessed with some of the most dramatic wilderness areas in Africa,” says Tom Stein, Vice President of American Express Travel. “The best months to visit are from April-October during the dry season because it offers the best game-viewing.” Stein specifically recommends visiting The Moremi Game Reserve, where guests can canoe through the river alongside hippos, lions, elephants and rhinos. “It’s a truly life-changing experience,” he says.
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With oceanfront mansions, high-end shopping, laid-back beach bars, and historical cottages, the sophisticated seaside city in Orange Country caters to both yachties and surfers alike. Though the area is pleasant year-round, April is a particularly buzzy time thanks to the Newport Beach Film Festival. Now in its 19th year, the annual event lures more than 50,000 cinephiles to town for eight days of film screenings, premiere parties, and nightly galas, kicking off April 26. Equally buzzy in April is the highly-anticipated opening of Lido House, a 130 room boutique property that brings a Cape Cod aesthetic to Newport Beach. The hotel will also be home to Newport Beach’s only rooftop bar, Topside, catering to out-of-towners and locals with champagne pairings and prime waterfront views.
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“Typically we think of Greece as a destination for the height of summer, but temperatures really start to rise at the end of April and it’s an ideal time to get to the islands before the masses descend,” suggests Lohan. “Crete has plenty of chic family-friendly hotel options if you’re traveling with children in tow, but Kapsaliana Village is a destination unto itself—quite literally a village comprised of ancient hillside lodgings, a museum, pool, restaurant and its own olive press.”
For a low-key weekend away, head to North Carolina’s capital city. Your itinerary should include a visit to one of the area’s craft breweries (like Trophy Brewing & Tap Room), a meal at Poole’s Downtown Diner, a 1940s-era eatery from James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen, and a stay at The Umstead, a cozy 150-room hotel with an award-winning spa and art gallery.