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Spring is finally here, and as the temperatures slowly begin to rise—please, Mother Nature, no more Nor’easters or travel headaches—you’re probably thinking about your next spring or early-summer trip. (Image: File photo)

The best travel deals for April 2018

Spring is finally here, and as the temperatures slowly begin to rise—please, Mother Nature, no more Nor’easters or travel headaches—you’re probably thinking about your next spring or early-summer trip.

Also, because it’s April, you’re probably looking to splurge on travel. Depending on how the tax gods treated you, there might be some extra cash in your pocket in the form of a tax rebate. Or maybe you owe Uncle Sam big time—in that case, you probably need a penny-pinching vacation.

Have no fear! DC Refined is here to help you find the best travel deals near and far from. Here’s a round-up of some deals on flights and hotels/resorts for April 2018.


Nashville Cherry Blossoms: Sorry D.C., but you’re not the only city with amazing opportunities for cherry blossom viewing. In 2009, Nashville made it a goal to plant 1,000 cherry trees within 10 years. Each spring, the city celebrates the occasion with a Cherry Blossom Festival, which includes a taste of Japanese food and culture. The festival kicks off on April 14 and you can get there by booking a round-trip, nonstop flight on Southwest for $227.

Puddle Jump in Seattle: During Seattle’s rainy season, prices for flights and hotels drop, well, precipitously. Be sure to pack a rain jacket and umbrella because flight deals from Reagan National to Seattle are a bargain on Frontier right now. Expedia is advertising flights as low as $197 round trip.


See Infinity Mirrors in Toronto: Maybe you missed your chance to see Infinity Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama at the Hirshhorn. That’s OK because Toronto is playing host to the exhibit right now, and you can score a cheap nonstop, round-trip flight from Dulles that puts you in the heart of the city by way of Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport. Discount airliner Porter Airlines also doesn’t cut corners when it comes to convenience and class. The airline offers free in-flight food and beverage (alcohol included), as well as free access to an executive lounge, and free shuttle service in Toronto. Deals start at $146 one way.

$199 to London: One of the cheapest and quickest ways to get to London will soon be through Denmark-based Primera Air, which recently announced nonstop service from Dulles starting at $199 one way. The service isn’t set to start until August, but don’t let that stop you from booking—you can already snag a seat on the inaugural voyage.


Surf in San Diego: If you’re in need of some immediate beach time ASAP, then book a flight on Alaska Airlines to San Diego for April. One-way fares start at just $119 one-way for late April travel.

Hotels & Resorts

Tranquility in Tilghman Island: A new boutique hotel is resurrecting a centuries-old boarding house that was once popular with Maryland’s watermen. Wylder Hotel features 9-acres of private, waterfront seclusion on the Chesapeake Bay. The property has a saltwater pool, bocce courts, and a private marina with a bar and crab shack. To celebrate the opening, if you make a non-refundable booking between April 2nd and May 31st, you will save 10 percent off your hotel rate. The offer is valid on stays from Monday through Thursday, and the booking must be arranged by April 30. The lowest rate we could find was $180 per night.

Primed for Primland: The newest luxury destination in Virginia is a resort and spa for those primed for some outdoor stargazing. Primland offers all types of resort stays, including treehouse accommodations nestled high above the canopy overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. The resort also has world-class dining, golfing, and spa treatments, but the big draw comes every night when the main observatory hosts nightly stargazing gatherings. Right now, the resort is hosting a special on suits, where if you book two nights, your third night is free. The deal is available Sunday through Thursday and includes afternoon tea service in the great hall.