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Spotlight on Newport Beach, California:

Seeking an upscale So-Cal experience? Check out Newport Beach, California!

We would like to highlight this sophisticated yet relaxed city, and encourage you, whether you are near or far, to consider making it your next vacation destination.

Newport Beach is comprised of several small islands, including Balboa Island, an adorable enclave of artsy and unique shops and restaurants. This is not your typical chain store shopping, as each shop is original and full of potential treasures to discover. Balboa Island is home to the original chocolate-dipped banana, and you can pick some up for the kids to enjoy, as you shop! Kids will also love the Newport Pier and Beach as well as the Balboa Fun Zone, a small amusement park with rides and arcades on the bay. Newport Beach also has two nature perserves, free to the public, including the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center and the Enviornmental Nature Center. Fashion Island is a nearby mega-mall for serious shoppers. Even viewing the lovely homes and yachts on the harbor is a fun and unique experience for parents and kids alike. Plenty of entertainment and activities for the whole family abound here. Of course, the weather is true to coastal Southern California's perfect temperature range: mild and sunny, even in the winter. The historic landmark, the Balboa Pavilion, is pictured below.

Balboa Bay Resort

Knott's Berry Farm

The Balboa Bay Club is an upscale resort with gracious service, sweeping harbor views, and an awesome Sunday brunch, set right on the Newport bay. Read the complete review of this resort.More>>

Knott's Berry Farm is a charming amusement park that rivals Disneyland in popularity. It is home to Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant and offers rides and attractions for the little ones as well as for the older thrill-seekers.More>>

Nearby Los Angeles Attractions

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

When you come to Newport Beach, you are within driving distance of all the activities Los Angeles has to offer, including the La Brea Tarpits and the Santa Monica pier. Here are a few ideas to get you started. More>>

Built in the 1960ís, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach has been a hub of the Newport community for decades. Segments of the property are brick-lined with an old-fashioned charm, while the resort maintains a modern and updated overall feel.Read more on this resort.More>>

FEATURED RESORT: Meadowood Napa Valley

The Meadowood, in lovely Napa Valley, is characterized by gracious wine country hospitality and a brimming menu of resort amenities: two croquet lawns, seven tennis courts, a 9-hole walking golf course, a 25-yard lap pool, a family swimming pool and a complete health spa providing fitness services such as personal training and luxury treatments. The Meadowood is also a private club and a wine center with two restaurants, The Restaurant, for formal fare, and The Grill, for a more casual atmosphere. Read the full review. More>>