Best Weekends Recommended Destinations

Allison Inn, Newberg OR

OVERVIEW of Allison Inn Conceived by the Ken and Joan Austin and managed today by Waterford Hospitaliy,  Allison Inn is destined to be one of the best in the country and certainly the best in the Northwest. Located at the north entrance of Willamette Valley wine country and set on 35 lush acres, the resort...…

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Antrim 1844, Taneytown

Built in 1844 by Col. Andrew Ege, an immigrant from Country Antrim, Ireland, the home and property, then comprised of several out buildings on a site of approximately 2500 acres, was named after the county of his wife’s birthplace in Ireland.  The property changed hands many times over the years and much of the original...…

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Bar Boulud

There are few chefs as accomplished as Daniel Boulud. The author of eight cookbooks and the recipient of multiple James Beard Foundation awards including “Outstanding Chef” and “Outstanding Restaurateur,” chef Boulud has also been named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government. He is chef-owner of restaurants around the globe including the...…

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Bernardus Lodge, Carmel CA

OVERVIEW of Bernardus Lodge With vineyards in the foreground and the Santa Lucia Mountains as the backdrop, Bernardus Lodge is the quintessential “Relaxing Retreat”, a property so special it raises the bar for all others. The setting could not be more idyllic, but it is the care that went into the design, both inside and...…

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Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA

OVERVIEW Hidden behind 80 year old palm trees and banana leaves, the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel sits on 12 acres of tropical gardens and exotic flowers. The familiar “pink palace” is part of the esteemed Dorchester Group of super luxury hotels. Steeped in history the hotel’s Polo Lounge has been the scene of many Hollywood...…

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Bizou

Almost every time we travel, we are introduced to something new on a tip from a local. Such was the case during our last trip to Charlottesville when someone recommended Bizou. Housed in a former dive bar on the Downtown Mall, this eclectic restaurant was the “find” of our last trip. Much from the old...…

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Born & Raised

Born & Raised is a fantastic steakhouse opened in 2017 in Little Italy. The $6.5mm project created a 10,000 square foot restaurant with 250 seats that pays homage to the mid-century and art deco eras. Downstairs is classic steakhouse décor with leather booths, wood paneled walls, green marble table tops and lots of brass. Makes...…

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Bouchard

Newport might seem an unusual place to find a classic French restaurant, but the Bouchard story makes sense. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Chef Albert honed his skills working at four-star restaurants such as The Dupuy Canal House in High Falls, New York, Chez Hosten in France for 2...…

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Crowne Pointe Inn, Provincetown MA

OVERVIEW of the Crowne Pointe Inn Provincetown or “P-Town” as it is affectionately called by locals and fans sits at the northern tip of Cape Cod, bordered on three sides by the Atlantic. Its history goes back nearly 400 years…this is where the Mayflower actually landed and the Mayflower Compact signed. Today, it is a...…

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Drifthouse By David Burke

Acclaimed celebrity chef David Burke is a Jersey Shore product (he worked at the original Fromagerie) and he came back two years ago to open Drifthouse by David Burke in Sea Bright on the second level of the Driftwood Cabana Club. Burke’s 30+ year career began at the Culinary Institute of America and has included...…

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Four Seasons Hotel

OVERVIEW of the Four Seasons Washington DC Georgetown is my favorite part of the City with its quaint boutiques, bistros, bars and particularly the C&O Canal whose tow path is a great place to walk or run. The Four Seasons Hotel is perfectly located in Georgetown, right on the Canal. THE ROOMS at the Four...…

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Glasbern Country Inn, Fogelsville PA

OVERVIEW of Glasbern Country Inn Just outside Allentown Pennsylvania and under 2 hours from New York and Philadelphia, Glasbern was an old run-down farm from the 1800’s when new owners purchased it in 1985. Seven of the original farm buildings have been restored and converted to luxury accommodations. The 50+ acre setting is wonderful with...…

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Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York

OVERVIEW of Glenmere Mansion Perched on a hilltop with sweeping lawns and stunning views of Glenmere Lake, the 1911 pink hued Tuscan style Glenmere Mansion is surrounded by spectacular formal gardens and graceful terraces. Inside the villa surrounds a central, flower filled cortile that is romantically set for dining in the warmer weather. Much of...…

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Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles CA

OVERVIEW The Hotel Bel-Air opened its doors in 1946 and quickly became a favorite of the Hollywood elite including Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Purchased in 2008 by Dallas businesswoman Caroline Hunt, the hotel became a member of the esteemed Dorchester Collection of hotels which includes the Dorchester in London, the...…

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Hotel Fauchere, Milford PA

OVERVIEW of Hotel Fauchere The hotel has a rich history and has entertained guests from Babe Ruth to Mae West to Robert Frost to three U.S. Presidents. Founded in 1852, by Delmonico’s master chef Louis Fauchère, the Hotel Fauchère was operated by the Fauchère family for 124 years, until closing in 1976. Current owners undertook a...…

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Inn at Langley, Whidbey Island, Washington

OVERVIEW of the Inn at Langley Whidbey Island is a wonderful weekend retreat, particularly for Seattle and Portland city dwellers. Its natural beauty, local wineries, farm-to-table restaurants, outdoor activities and quaint charm make an ideal place to relax and unwind. The island is about 30 miles north of Seattle, and is about 55 miles long and...…

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Inn at Leola Village, Leola PA

OVERVIEW of Inn at Leola Village Set in the heart of Amish country in Lancaster, PA, the Inn at Leola Village is a female owned and operated historic property. The original buildings date back to 1867 and served as farmhouses, a tobacco farm and a carriage house. This is a wonderful weekend destination where you...…

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Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels MD

OVERVIEW of the Inn at Perry Cabin Movie buffs will recognize the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond as the site of the wedding in the film “Wedding Crashers” with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. To others it is a cozy weekend retreat in a delightful Eastern Shore town on the banks of the Miles...…

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Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa, Jackson NH

OVERVIEW of Inn at Thorn Hill

Perched on a hill with wonderful views of the mountains and the village below, there’s much to like here at the Inn at Thorn Hill from good sized rooms with amenities like two person Jacuzzis and steam showers to a…

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Keswick Hall

OVERVIEW of Keswick Hall PLEASE NOTE: Keswick has recently re-opened after extensive renovations. We have not visited since the renovation. There is much to enjoy in Charlottesville, but it will be a struggle to leave the confines of the exquisite Keswick Hall, located just outside of town in the rolling hills of Virginia hunt country....…

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L’Auberge Carmel, CA

OVERVIEW of L’Auberge Carmel Built in 1929 and recently renovated, L’Auberge Carmel has only 20 guestrooms that surround a charming brick courtyard. The white stucco building with arched doorways, green trim and flower boxes filled with red flowers has the look and feel of an inn you might encounter in the French countryside. The small...…

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La Chaumiere

On that rare occasion when you experience the culinary equivalent of the “perfect storm” you want to shout about it from the rooftops. Such was the case of our recent dinner at the Georgetown French bistro La Chaumiere. A rustic country dining room, centered with a fireplace, outstanding food, a great waiter and one of...…

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La Grenouille

Sadly, the era of the formal, traditional French restaurant seems to have passed. Lutece and my old favorite, La Cote Basque are just two of the standards who are no more. Happily, however, La Grenouille remains and flourishes. For a glimpse of old New York/Park Avenue money, this is the place to go. Everyone is...…

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Lake Placid Lodge

OVERVIEW of The Lake Placid Lodge The Lake Placid Lodge is a spectacular property on the banks of Lake Placid that offers a main lodge and a collection of lakeside cabins. Rooms are extraordinarily decorated, the food is outstanding and the views breathtaking. In December 2005, just two months after our first visit, a devastating...…

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Lodge at Glendorn, Bradford

As you pass through the entry gates, a long driveway, bordered by lush foliage, leads to The Big House, home to a group of rooms and suites, the main dining rooms, the Billiard Room and other public rooms. Guests can also select one of 12 rustic and charming cabins spread throughout the property in the...…

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Lodge at Spruce Peak

OVERVIEW of Lodge at Spruce Peak The dramatic Spruce Peak opened in September 2008 and is destined to take its place beside the great resorts out West in the best ski areas.The $400 million project includes 300 luxury guestrooms and private mountain cabins, a new base lodge, upscale retail shops (think Ralph Lauren), a marvelous 21,000...…

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Mayflower Inn, Washington CT

OVERVIEW of The Mayflower Inn Located just two hours from Manhattan in the hills of Connecticut,  the 30 room luxury inn sits on 58 gorgeous acres of gardens and woodlands and is surrounded by a 3,000 acre nature preserve. The majestic Mayflower House is home to reception, The Tap Room lounge, the Mayflower Dining Room...…

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Menton

Menton is that rare opportunity to experience the culinary mastery of one of America’s best chefs in Barbara Lynch and the brilliance of its Wine Director, Cat Silirie. Lynch is a James Beard Award winner, has won the coveted AAA Five Diamond award and Forbes Five Star award for Menton. The Boston Globe gave the...…

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Mirbeau Inn, Skaneateles NY

OVERVIEW of Mirbeau Inn The name “Mirbeau”, which may be loosely translated as “reflected beauty,” is inspired, in part, by the soft light and warm colors of Monet’s paintings. Set on 12 acres just blocks from the lake, Mirbeau was designed to evoke the warmth and comfort of a French wine country estate. The chateau-like...…

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Mirror Lake Inn

OVERVIEW of Mirror Lake Inn Some places are just so comfortable and welcoming, you know from the start that you will keep coming back. Mirror Lake is one of those places. It is a delightful place to stay in any season, but it becomes truly magical when all lit up with tiny lights and surrounded...…

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Nick’s Cove, Marshall CA

OVERVIEW of Nick’s Cove The 1 ½ drive to Nick’s from San Francisco is worth the trip alone as you make your way up the coast though redwood forests, on winding mountain roads with more hairpin turns than you’ve ever experienced and beside green pastures with grazing livestock. The mountains were dotted with yellow flowers...…

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Ocean Key Resort

OVERVIEW of the Ocean Key Resort If location is everything, then the Ocean Key Resort has it all. Situated at the end of bustling Duval Street and right on the Gulf, the Resort stands next to Mallory Square the site of the nightly sundown festival. THE ROOMS at the Ocean Key Resort The 100 rooms...…

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Parc

Like Balthazar in NYC, Parc is that wonderful restaurant that serves as a great choice for any meal. Modeled after a French bistro, authentic design elements like antique brass fixtures and vintage framed artwork were imported directly from Europe. Red leather banquettes topped with frosted glass provide a sense of intimacy. French doors open to...…

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Peninsula Grill

From the minute you walk through the curved iron gate of the Peninsula Grill opening onto the side garden patio, you sense you are in for something special. Entering through a side door, you pass the beautiful dark bar, and reach a subtly lit, elegant dining room that reminds you of a very exclusive club....…

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Penn’s View

OVERVIEW of Penn’s View Penn’s View is conveniently located at Front and Market Streets in Old City, walking distance to many attractions, restaurants and bars. The small lobby evokes memories of small European hotels….lots of marble and interesting murals. This charming little boutique hotel is a great value for a major city. Rates are often...…

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Pitcher Inn, Warren VT

OVERVIEW of Pitcher Inn About 30-45 minutes south of Stowe on Rt. 100 is the picturesque little hamlet of Warren, Vermont, just outside the Sugarbush ski area. With a covered bridge and an authentic general store, it is the quintessential Vermont village. After the original 1800’s building burned to the ground in 1993, David Sellers...…

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Primland Resort

OVERVIEW of Primland Resort Primland was conceived by Didier Primat, a grandson of Marcel Schlumberger, one of the founders of the Schlumberger oil field services company. A lover of the outdoors, Primat acquired thousands of acres of land in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1970s, which he eventually developed into Primland, a 12,000-acre exclusive...…

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Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford VT

OVERVIEW of Rabbit Hill Inn There is so much to like about the 200+ year old Rabbit Hill Inn in northeastern Vermont that it is hard to know where to begin. The best place, I guess, is with the innkeepers who after nearly 20 years still enjoy welcoming guests and it shows in their warm...…

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Rancho Bernardo, San Diego CA

OVERVIEW of Rancho Bernardo Nestled amidst the sprawling neighborhoods of San Diego’s coastal mountains, Rancho Bernardo has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond award for 33 years running and has earned the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. It is a cozy and intimate respite just 30 minutes from downtown San Diego. Stucco buildings...…

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Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island FL

OVERVIEW of Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island Located on a barrier island off the coast of Florida, the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island sits majestically behind the dunes overlooking the Atlantic. Impeccably manicured grounds with lush plantings and colorful flowers wind through the property and take full advantage of the natural habitat. You will dream about the...…

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Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas TX

OVERVIEW The Mansion is our first foray into an “urban escape” and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to start. This is a marvelous retreat that merits a trip even from places outside local driving distances. Built in 1908 by Texas cotton baron Sheppard T. King as his family’s estate, the property burned...…

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Royal Palms, Camelback AZ

OVERVIEW Located at the base of the Camelback Mountains, The Royal Palms Resort & Spa is truly an oasis in every sense of the word. There is a sense of tranquility here that you will find in few other places. The sprawling hacienda style estate is meticulously manicured and has wonderful meandering pathways between buildings...…

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Salish Lodge, Snoqualmie WA

OVERVIEW of the Salish Lodge Built in 1916 as The Snoqualmie Falls Lodge, the Inn became famous for its country breakfasts which it still is today. The Lodge was completely remodeled in 1988 and become the Salish Lodge. The setting could not be more dramatic as the Inn sits on a hillside in the foothills...…

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St. Regis, Aspen CO

OVERVIEW of St Regis Aspen St. Regis hotels have a rich heritage dating back 100 years to the opening of the St. Regis in New York by the Astor family. Many of the early traditions remain; fresh flowers in the rooms, the English style butler service, afternoon tea and midnight suppers. Another tradition, started by...…

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Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach OR

OVERVIEW of the Stephanie Inn Just an hour and a half from Portland, the oceanfront Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach offers spectacular views of majestic Haystack Rock, the Pacific Ocean and the Oregon Coast. Fireplace rooms and a wonderful restaurant add to the charm. Excellent accommodations and dining and exceptional service make this a favorite...…

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Sunset Key Cottages

OVERVIEW of Sunset Key Cottages Few choices are better for a truly special occasion than the Sunset Key Cottages located on a private 27 acre tropical island, just a 10 minute boat ride from the heart of Key West. THE ROOMS at Sunset Key Cottages The exquisite cottages, which make up about a quarter of...…

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The Chanler at Cliff Walk

OVERVIEW of The Chanler at Cliff Walk If the adage “location, location, location” is true, then The Chanler is perfectly positioned to take advantage of it. Perched atop towering cliffs overlooking Eaton Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, few spots offer as dramatic a setting. Housed in a spectacularly renovated 1873 mansion, The Chanler sits on...…

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The Clifton

OVERVIEW at The Clifton You feel you are in for something special as you pass through the property gates of The Clifton and ascend the stone driveway to the stately Southern mansion perched at the top of the hill….and you won’t be disappointed at this stunning Relais & Chateau property. The rolling lawns rise to...…

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The Gardens Hotel

OVERVIEW of the Gardens Hotel Once the largest private estate on the island, the Gardens Hotel has been transformed into an exotic oasis just blocks from the action on Duval. The Main Building, which houses Reception, has a delightful living room with reading material, videos and information on what to do in Key West; the...…

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The Palazzo at the The Venetian

OVERVIEW of The Palazzo at the The Venetian This is another instance, like Wynn and Encore, where there are two sister hotels, side by side, that share a lot of features. There are a few design differences, but The Venetian and The Palazzo are very similar. This is a huge resort, the trip from the...…

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The Rittenhouse

OVERVIEW of The Rittenhouse Joining the Ritz Carlton at the top of the list of Philadelphia hotels is the Rittenhouse Hotel located on beautiful Rittenhouse Square in the heart of the City. This serene park is my favorite in Philadelphia and is surrounded by some wonderful cafes that spill out onto the sidewalk in the...…

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The Roosevelt

OVERVIEW of The Roosevelt Another New Orleans hotel with a long history, the 116 year old Roosevelt has been through a number of incarnations, the latest after the devastating Hurricane Katrina. Originally opened on New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight in 1907, the 500 room hotel was sold to Dimension Development after the...…

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The Terrace

The Terrace is located within the magnificent Charlotte Inn, one of the most beautiful inns we have ever seen. Set in a candlelit conservatory dining room and during the warmer months, garden terrace, the restaurant is elegant and sophisticated. The cuisine is American with French influences and the menu is crafted from the bounty of...…

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Twin Farms, Barnard VT

OVERVIEW of Twin Farms When Nobel prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis proposed to journalist Dorothy Thompson, she promised to marry him if he bought her a farm in Vermont with sweeping lawns, orchards, and “delicious air.” They found their idyll in a 1795-era farmhouse on 300 acres — all of which they purchased in 1928 for...…

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Waldorf Astoria

OVERVIEW of Waldorf Astoria Located within the bustling City Center, right on the Strip, the Waldorf Astoria (formally the Mandarin Oriental) is close to all the major attractions and casinos, but thankfully does not have one itself. Guests arrive on the ground floor and are whisked to reception on the 23rd floor which is also...…

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Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Chatham MA

OVERVIEW of Wequassett Resort & Golf Club

Located on The Cape (Cape Cod) on 27 exquisitely landscaped acres overlooking Pleasant Bay, Wequassett (pronounced we cwoss it) is a privately owned and operated resort that is a mecca for families and couples seeking luxurious accommodations, great food…

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Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg VA

OVERVIEW of the Williamsburg Inn The Inn was conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1937. whose vision for a luxurious guest experience lives on today at this remarkable property. Rockefeller and his wife were involved in every aspect of the design and traveled throughout England in search of furnishings. They even had...…

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Windham Hill Inn, W. Townsend VT

OVERVIEW As I sat in an Adirondack chair with a cup of coffee and gazed at the morning mist traveling across the distant mountains, I realized it would be impossible to come to Windham Hill and not feel the weight of the world lifted from your shoulders. The setting is spectacular with dramatic views down...…

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Woodstock Inn, Woodstock VT

OVERVIEW of Woodstock Inn Sometimes, when we visit a property it exceeds even our expectations and that was the case on our visit to the Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont. This is a beautiful resort in a wonderful town in one of our favorite states. The Inn traces its heritage back to 1793...…

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