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What comes to mind when you think 'Newport Beach weekend escape'? How about kayaking and hiking?

What comes to mind when you think 'Newport Beach weekend escape'? How about kayaking and hiking?

Between school and work, three days was all my family of four could put together for a recent vacation. We wanted relaxation, a sense of awe and good food so imagine our surprise at finding all that in Newport Beach just a half-hour from our home. Our first stop was the Newport Bay Conservancy’s Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center (2301 University Drive; [949] 923-2290) for a lesson in how Upper Newport Bay became a critical wildlife habitat in the heart of an upscale city. Afterward, we hit the Upper Bay Trail (2.2 miles) and the Back Bay Drive (3½ miles, popular with bird...

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