Asheville NC Vacation The Ultimate Vacation Destination
  • Apr
    2

    Carl Sandburg, known as the Poet of the People,” moved his family to North Carolina in 1945. Today the picturesque Sandburg “Connemara” 264 acre farm estate in Flat Rock, NC is now open year-round to the public with 5 miles of hiking trails (moderate to steep), beautiful gardens and meadows where Mrs. Sandburg raised her championship dairy goats.  It was during his 22 years here that Carl Sandburg wrote and published more than one-third of his works….poetry, biographies, newspaper articles, American fairytales….championing the spirit of the American people….even winning two Pulitzer Prizes.    

    Managed by the National Park Service to preserve the Sandburg legacy, there is NO park entrance fee and it is FREE to wander the beautiful grounds with lakes & ponds, trails and barn.  There is a small charge for the guided house tour ($5 Adults, $3 Seniors & Children 15 & under are FREE – checks & cash only).

    Open Daily: 9 AM to 5 PM.  Closed Christmas day.    

    Location:  81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock NC 28731.  The park is located three miles south of Hendersonville, NC on Little River Road off of the Greenville Highway/Rt. 225 in Flat Rock, NC. 

    Directions:  From Interstate 26 take exit 53:  from I-26 east, turn right onto Upward Road OR from I-26 west, turn left onto Upward Road. At intersection with light (176/Spartanburg Hwy) continue straight. Upward Road turns into Highland Lake Road. At the light past the golf course, turn left onto Hwy 225/Greenville Hwy south. At next light take a right onto Little River Road. Visitor parking on left.

    Visitor Information:  828-693-4179

    Website: www.nps.gov/carl/

    While visiting our Hendersonville and Asheville areas, you are invited to stay at one of our deliciously luxurious vacation rental homes complete with hot tub, massage chairs, king beds with sumptuous bedding, delightful surroundings and so much more!  BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS:  We are authorized Biltmore Estate ticket distributors.  Buy your DISCOUNTED Biltmore tickets from us to save on gate entry price, avoid waiting in ticket lines, tickets upgradeable to season passes, free wine tasting tickets  and best of all, tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one day at their higher one day price!  Contact us at 828-274-9777 or email us at Joyah@aol.com or see our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  

     

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  • Mar
    28

    Produced by Asheville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department, BELE CHERE (pronounced Bell Share and translates to mean “Beautiful Living”) is in its 31st year and has evolved into an awesome entertainment, food and arts festival attracting over 300,000 visitors….AND IT IS FREE!  Taking over Asheville’s downtown core area with streets closed to traffic, the city is transformed into a vibrant and colorful festival where you can experience the best this region has to offer in the way of music, food, fine art, local crafts, dancing, street performers and much more! 

    Enjoy wandering the multitude of booths with every conceivable item for sale and visit the Arts Park with amazing craftsmen/artists selling their unique jewelry, furniture, paintings, glassware, pottery and more!  Plan to stay all day until 11 PM to enjoy the many and varied music performances….from bluegrass, country, jazz, song-writer ballads, blues….held on stages throughout downtown.  As experienced every year, plan to see incredible local talented bands along with famed national entertainers.  It’s well worth the price….FREE!!!

    And the FOOD!  The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association of local restaurants presents the TASTE OF ASHEVILLE food court at Bele Chere where you can experience the delectable specialty dishes they are famous for.  And for the carnival feel, you can still go for those hot dogs, ice cream and funnel cakes as well. 

    Kids love it here with their special children’s area with all sorts of rides, games, clowns, storytellers and entertainment just for them!  This is an alcohol-free zone.

    Parking lots are all open downtown, but you may want to take advantage of their shuttles ($3 round trip) that run about every 20 minutes to outlying parking areas.  See the festival website for details.

    Be sure to book your stay early!  Our homes fill up fast for this amazing festival event.  Contact us at 828-274-9777 or see our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  to stay the week at one of our luxury vacation rental cabins, cottages or chalets.

    Bele Chere website:  www.belecherefestival.com

    Bele Chere Days/Hours for 2009:

    Friday, July 24:  Noon – 11 PM

    Saturday, July 25:  10 AM – 11 PM

    Sunday, July 26:  Noon – 6 PM

    While you are in the area, be sure to visit our world famous BILTMORE ESTATE with 250 room home and acres upon acres of gardens, nature trails, winery, restaurants, hiking, biking, horseback riding and more!  We at Asheville Vacation Homes are authorized ticket agents and can sell you DISCOUNTED Biltmore Estate tickets that are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of the higher priced one day tickets sold at the gate!  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  or call us at 828-274-9777 or email at joyah@aol.com 

     

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  • Mar
    25

    Ginny is impressed by the fabulous lobby of the new “Regal Cinemas Biltmore Grande Stadium 15” Movie Theater in Biltmore Park Town Square.  She plans to order a pepperoni pizza and popcorn and ice cream!  (She's a hungry girl!)

    Ginny is impressed by the fabulous lobby of the new “Regal Cinemas Biltmore Grande Stadium 15” Movie Theater in Biltmore Park Town Square. She plans to order a pepperoni pizza and popcorn and ice cream! (She's a hungry girl!)

    Although it is a mouth full to say (we personally call it the “Biltmore 15”), we highly recommend this fabulous new state-of-the-art movie theater to our Asheville Vacation Home guests for a great place to enjoy movies that are close by.  The first with stadium seating in Asheville (we love that no one can block our view of the screen!), the Regal Cinemas Biltmore Grand Stadium 15 opened in November 2008 with 15 theaters & movies to choose from!  Conveniently located in Biltmore Park at the intersection of Interstate 26, Exit #37 and Long Shoals Road, this is an easy, drive-to location at the south edge of Asheville NC.  There is plenty of free parking in the various parking structures beside the theater. 

    You enter this 57,000 square foot complex with over 3,000 seating into a colorful and impressive lobby spacious enough to serve the audiences of a 15 theater complex.  Not only do you have the standard movie theater concessions of popcorn, candy, ice cream bites, soft drinks, etc., you can even select from a limited choice (Cheese or Pepperoni) of really tasty Freschetta pizzas.  If you decide to order one, allow an extra 6 minutes for the pizza to heat.  As you would expect from a classy new theater, there is high tech digital projection, the luxurious seats (they even rock!) are quite comfortable and the seat arms/cup holders can retract out of your way so you can sit closer to your sweetie!  Enjoy the movies! 

    Theater Phone:  828-684-4726

    Website for current movies playing: http://www.fandango.com/regalcinemasbiltmoregrandestadium15_aauza/theaterpage

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville’s luxury vacation cabins, chalets, cottages and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED and you will be outrageously spoiled at our vacation rental homes by our awesome amenities!!! Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

    Ginny looks down at the stadium seating and loves her unobstructed view of the screen!  “Regal Cinemas Biltmore Grande Stadium 15” Movie Theater Lobby in Biltmore Park Town Square

    Ginny looks down at the stadium seating and loves her unobstructed view of the screen! “Regal Cinemas Biltmore Grande Stadium 15” Movie Theater Lobby in Biltmore Park Town Square

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  • Mar
    23

    Western North Carolina is famous for its outdoor activities including fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, rafting, mountain hiking, mountain bike riding, golfing and much more!  FISHING in our numerous stocked mountain streams is a year-round activity.  The PISGAH FOREST FISH HATCHERY, open to the public, is both informative and experiential.  It’s fascinating to walk beside the numerous open waterways and view the fish at various stages of development.   The N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission this year will stock more than 818,000 rainbow, brook and brown trout from March through August.  All will be above 10” in length, with about 4% exceeding 14 inches.  For more information, go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/.

    Just off the Pisgah Forest Fish Hatchery parking lot are numerous hiking trails…one of our favorites is Cat’s Gap Loop.  At the top of the trail is a huge rock face where you can rest and enjoy the awesome views including Looking Glass Rock.  At the far end of the parking lot, look for the bulletin board with trail information.  As you might guess, just down the road is the trail head for Looking Glass Rock and Looking Glass Waterfalls.  To see the Pisgah National Forest attractions, including the falls and the hatchery, go to http://ncnatural.com/NCUSFS/Pisgah/lkglass.html.

    The Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited offers fly-fishing schools from time to time, and has more information regarding trout fishing in the area.  Email Mark.Coffin@bellsouth.net  for more information.  Google “Fly Fishing Asheville” for a list of the numerous fly fishing guide outfitters in Asheville.

    We hope you have a chance to enjoy fishing in our area and would love for you to stay at one of our nearby vacation rental cabins, cottages and chalets.  We promise you’ll be outrageously spoiled by all our wonderful amenities!   We are an authorized Biltmore Estate ticket distributor and can sell you discounted tickets good for 2 consecutive days instead of just 1 day at the higher gate price.  See our website for more details: www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com or call us at 828-274-9777 or email us at joyah@aol.com 

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  • Mar
    20

    Ginny is awed by the magnificent Biltmore House.  The Stables is to the far right where she plans to eat a delicious lunch.

    Ginny is awed by the magnificent Biltmore House. The Stables is to the far right where she plans to eat a delicious lunch.

    As the name suggests, the STABLES RESTAURANT adjoining the Biltmore House, was the former stables for the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC.  And not just any stables!  This equestrian mansion for horses is a wonder to behold!  Along with this fabulous restaurant, there are a variety of wonderful gift shops and specialty stores housed here as well.  In the entry courtyard you’ll find a Bakery Shop with yummy treats and an Ice Cream Shop perfect for those warm sunny days.  There’s plenty of seating outside in the courtyard fresh air and an undercover area in case it rains.  This is an experience recommended to all our vacation rental home guests staying at our cabins, chalets, cottages & homes at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Retaining the original stables architecture, you’ll find the STABLES RESTAURANT dining tables privately situated inside the former horse stalls….mind you, these are not just ordinary horse stalls but elegant wrought iron and wooden rooms!  The center of the restaurant is also set with dining tables.  The upstairs of the stables (I assume this spectacular space was used as a massive hayloft) has a second kitchen and a huge dining area.  The Biltmore Estate has created a wonderful capacity to feed and delight its thousands of daily visitors.

    But back to our delightful luncheon at the STABLES RESTAURANT where Robert and I (and Ginny) shared one of the most deliciously seasoned soups we’ve tasted!  It was their soup of the day: Cream of Zucchini and Yellow Squash and served with warm corn bread.  Our sandwiches and sides were equally delicious and the proportions were huge!  Mine was their “Grilled Chicken Panini special: Marinated, grilled chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, Arugula & spicy roasted tomato mayonnaise on toasted ciabatta bread.”  Since their servings are overly generous, next time we plan to share a soup and a sandwich so we’ll have room to sample their wonderful desserts!  They have a wide variety of offerings sure to delight your tummy!  It’s all good! 

    There may be a wait, so go there first to be on their waiting list, then wander down the long hallway to explore the delightful shops.  Your personal pager will buzz, vibrate and light when your table is ready. Enjoy!!!

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville’s luxury vacation cabins, chalets, cottages and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED and you will be outrageously spoiled at our vacation rental homes by our awesome amenities!!! Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

    Ginny enters the Stables Courtyard anticipating the shopping and yummy food!

    Ginny enters the Stables Courtyard anticipating the shopping and yummy food!

    Ginny has put her name on the lunch wait list and is browsing through the variety of gift shops while she anticipates the specials she saw posted for lunch.

    Ginny has put her name on the lunch wait list and is browsing through the variety of gift shops while she anticipates the specials she saw posted for lunch.

    Ginny is about to be seated and is hoping for a horse stall booth!

    Ginny is about to be seated and is hoping for a horse stall booth!

    Ginny is impressed with the massive "hayloft" above the downstairs restaurant. During busy days, the upstairs Stables Restaurant with a separate kitchen is ready to serve!

    Ginny is impressed with the massive "hayloft" above the downstairs restaurant. During busy days, the upstairs Stables Restaurant with a separate kitchen is ready to serve!

    Another view of the downstairs Stables Restaurant taken from the floor above.

    Another view of the downstairs Stables Restaurant taken from the floor above.

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  • Mar
    14

    WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL CENTER & FAIRGROUNDS (locals refer to as the “Ag Center”) is one of the premier facilities in the U.S. praised for its design and multi-use functions!  Not only is it home to the famous 10-day N.C. Mountain State Fair, almost every weekend there are horse shows, rodeos, motorcycle rallies, dog shows, children clothing sales, RV shows, truck shows, fiber arts shows, and even a weekly cowboy church.  Buildings can be rented for reunions, weddings, business meetings and almost anything you can imagine. 

     

    The Ag Center is under constant upgrade and improvement.  Currently under construction, a beautiful 4,615 SF log Arts & Crafts Building is due to be completed by the September 2009 Fair.  It’s also in the plans to build a new Expo Building for the ever-expanding livestock shows and events held here.  Most of the buildings are slated for major renovations and minor face-lifts to make this a world class facility. 

     

    A brief overview of some of the facilities offered are:

    • McGough Arena:  65,000 SF enclosed indoor show facility with a 3000 seating capacity and a 120’ x 240’ show ring.
    • J. Clayton Davis Arena: 45,000 SF covered facility with a 120’ x 240’ ring with a 150’ x 50’ to corral cattle.
    • Three outdoor Warm-Up Rings.
    • Livestock Facility with 500 seating and a 50’ x 250’ attached barn.
    • 603 well-ventilated permanent and 271 portable Stall Barns under roof.
    • Private Meeting Facility with 99 Seating, air conditioned.

     

    DATES:  for the 2009 NC Mountain State Fair is September 11 – 20, 2009.  Check their website for upcoming events or to arrange a rental for your own event. 

    LOCATION:  1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher NC 28732 (across the street from the Asheville Airport.)

    PHONE:  828-687-1414

    WEBSITE:  www.agr.state.nc.us/markets/facilities/agcenters/western/

    NEAR-BY LODGING:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  for vacation rental homes in walking distance to the Ag Center. 

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville’s luxury vacation cabins, chalets, cottages and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED and you will be outrageously spoiled at our vacation rental homes by our awesome amenities!!! Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

     

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  • Mar
    13

    Open year-round in the heart of historic Hendersonville, North Carolina is the public PATTON PARK offering 19 acres of recreational activities including an OLYMPIC-SIZE SWIMMING POOL with a kids pool (open from Memorial Day through Labor Day), tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball courts, baseball fields, picnic areas, restrooms, kids’ playground and nature trails.  In 2008, the city of Hendersonville spent $300,000 in refurbishing the pool & surrounding area, the showers and restrooms.

     

    At the cost of $360,000, the latest addition to Patton Park due to open in April 2009 is a 20,000 SF SKATE PARK PLAZA.  It is styled to look like a downtown plaza with landscaping, trees, planter boxes, but with curbs, stairs and rails made for skateboarding and in-line skating. 

     

    Patton Park is a public park with no membership required.  Pool fees are reasonable.  It is located about a mile north of downtown Hendersonville just off Asheville Highway (Hwy 25).  Turn onto Clairmont Drive at the light signal by the First Citizens Bank (1700 Asheville Highway).  

    Phone Park Information at 828-697-3084

     

    YOU ARE INVITED TO STAY WITH US!  Patton Park is a half mile from our romantic woodlands Story Book Cottage (sleeps 4) and less than 2 miles from our 4000 SF, 5 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, White Stone Lake Manor (sleeps 20) with its own private lake.  It’s about 4 miles from our secluded Rose Cottage (sleeps 9).  There is a wealth of things to do and see in Hendersonville NC!  We would love for you to stay with us while you explore this lovely mountain town.  All our homes are in scenic settings, with hot tubs, massage chairs, quality furnishings, central heat/air, gas log fireplaces, complete kitchens and so much more! We are authorized Biltmore Estate ticket distributor and will provide you with discounted tickets good for 2 consecutive days instead of just the one day ticket purchased at a higher price!  See our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com or call us at 828-274-9777.

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  • Mar
    12

    NORTH CAROLINA DUPONT STATE FOREST FOR HIKING, BIKING, FISHING, HORSEBACK RIDING AND HUNTING

    The 10,400 acre North Carolina DuPont State Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains between Hendersonville and Brevard NC is famous for its astounding waterfalls on the Little River and Grassy Creek including the High Falls (150′), Triple Falls (120′), Bridal Veil Falls (you can walk behind the falls) and Hooker Falls (a popular swimming hole).  This was the location for some of the waterfall scenes in the movie, The Last of the Mohicans.  In addition, the park is a leading mountain bike destination with nearly 100 miles of beautiful trails (some with challenges and many with gentle grades) used for bicycling, hiking and for horseback riding.  Enjoy fishing in the five lakes, warm water streams and cold water streams.  Hunting is allowed in specified areas during season.  No camping is allowed.  Please see their website for specific times, licenses, rules and driving directions for your desired activities:  www.dupontforest.com   

    Whatever your reason for visiting the DuPont State Forest, you will be awe-struck by the astonishing scenery of the area.  We highly recommend visiting this state forest to our vacation rental guests staying at our nearby Hendersonville and Asheville cabins, cottages, chalets and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  Call 828-274-9777 or email Joyah@aol.com if you wish to make reservations to stay with us. 

    Photos by Stephanie Joy Johnson, www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com for luxury Asheville and Hendersonville vacation rental cabins, cottages, chalets and homes.  We are authorized Biltmore Estate ticket distributors. Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one at their higher price one day price!

    Email:  Joyah@aol.com

    Phone:  828-274-9777

    The astonishing Triple Falls in NC DuPont State Forest Photo by Stephanie Joy Johnson for www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    The astonishing Triple Falls in NC DuPont State Forest Photo by Stephanie Joy Johnson for www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    The beautiful Hooker Falls in NC DuPont State Forest - Photo by Stephanie Joy Johnson for www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    The beautiful Hooker Falls in NC DuPont State Forest - Photo by Stephanie Joy Johnson for www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Hooker Falls in NC DuPont State Forest - Photo by Stephanie Joy Johnson for www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Hooker Falls in NC DuPont State Forest - Photo by Stephanie Joy Johnson for www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

     

    The awesome High Falls in the NC DuPont State Forest

    The awesome High Falls in the NC DuPont State Forest

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  • Mar
    7

    The lovely 60 acre Fletcher Community Park bordered by Cane Creek River is conveniently located between the Blue Ridge Mountain towns of Asheville and Hendersonville NC and open year round.  The small town of Fletcher, encompassing 5 square miles incorporated in 1989 with a population of about 5000, is a growing family-oriented community dedicated to enhanced quality of life for its residents and visitors. 

     

    Our Dream Chalet and Joy Chalet vacation rental homes located in Fletcher NC (www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com) are only a few miles from the recreational Fletcher Community Park.  Our guests often take advantage of the pretty nature walking trail by the Cane Creek, eat at the tree-shaded picnic tables or play horse-shoes.  In addition, there are a total of 5 walking trails from the longest Outer Loop of 1.4 miles to the shortest .2 mile Cane Creek trail.  Enjoy the disc (frisbee) golf, fishing, youth and adult softball fields, soccer fields, playgrounds, bicycle trails, large grill, concession stand and restrooms.  Dogs are welcome as long as you keep them on a leash and clean up after them. 

     

    Directions:  On Hendersonville Road in the town of Fletcher turn at the light signal on Howard Gap (just opposite the Blue Sky Café – yummmm! – and the Go Grocery & Dollar Stores).  After you turn on Howard Gap, the park is less than a mile on your left.  

    Address:  85 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher NC 28732

    Phone:  828-687-0751  Fax:  828-687-7133

    Website Info:  www.FletcherParks.org

    Hours:  6:30 AM to Dusk

    Admission:  FREE

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville’s luxury vacation cabins, chalets, cottages and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED and you will be outrageously spoiled at our vacation rental homes by our awesome amenities!!! Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

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  • Mar
    7

     

    Whether you want to fish, sail, canoe, paddle boat, camp or picnic, LAKE JULIAN, open daily year around, is a great family recreational park located at the south edge of Asheville NC.  Lake Julian is a deep lake about a mile long and .3 to .5 miles wide.  Due to its use as a cooling agent for our local Carolina Power & Light electric company located on its shore, the Lake Julian is a “thermal” lake staying warm even during the winter months.  Some of the best fishing and bird watching is from October through March where you can expect to find catfish, bass, bluegill, crappie and Tilapia.  A local $3 lake fishing permit is required.  For a reasonable fee, you may rent a fishing boat or launch your own (only electric motors allowed – gasoline motors are prohibited).  Rent one of their big pavilions with plenty of picnic tables for family reunions or large group gatherings. 

     

    Website for daily hours and rental rates:      http://www.buncombecounty.org/common/parks/LakeJulianBrochure.pdf

    Phone:  828-684-0376

    Address:  75 Long Shoals Road, Asheville NC

    Directions to Lake Julian Park:  From Asheville take Exit #37 off Interstate 26 E.  Turn left onto Long Shoals Road.  Go 1.1 mile to a light signal & turn right on Overlook Ext. The park entrance is .1 mile. 

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson, www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com for luxury Asheville and Hendersonville vacation rental cabins, cottages, chalets and homes.  We are authorized Biltmore Estate ticket distributors. Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one at their higher price one day price!

    Email:  Joyah@aol.com

    Phone:  828-274-9777

     

     

     

     

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