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Needless to say back when I was an intern at the White House five star hotels and world class dining were not my norm. So it has definitely been a treat to return to our nation’s capital and sample all of the amazing culture the city has to offer! As the regular host to all of the most powerful people on the planet, it’s no surprise that Washington has plenty of incredible restaurants, luxurious hotels, historic cocktail bars and even fabulous boutiques and high-end shopping centers. Enjoy our list of all the best places for the chic woman entrepreneur in DC.


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The St. Regis Washington DC
923 16th and K Streets, N.W., Washington, DC, 20006
(202) 638-2626


In the heart of the capital, The St. Regis sits just one block from The White House, making it ideal for walks to local parks and museums. With luxury decor that nods to the sophistication of the city, expect opulent furnishings, state-of-the-art tech and elevated butler services upon request.


The Fairmont Washington DC
2401 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20037
(202) 429-2400


The Fairmont is the ideal oasis for the chic woman entrepreneur doing biz in DC. You can opt to stay on the Gold Floor for an exclusive lifestyle experience, do yoga, crossfit and pilates at the Balance Gym and swing open your balcony doors to views of the Potomac River.


The Jefferson
1200 16th St NW. Washington, DC, 20036
(202) 448-2300


As one of the most prestigious boutique hotels in the city, The Jefferson prides itself on its history. Here you’ll find a library of leather bound books, historical documents signed by Jefferson himself and signed editions from famous authors who have also checked in.


The Hay-Adams
800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 638-6600


The city’s only hotel ranked in Travel + Leisure’s Top 100, The Hay-Adams invites guests to choose from spectacular views of St. John’s Church, Lafayette Park and The White House. Housed in an Italian Renaissance-style mansion, this sophisticated lodging offers complimentary car services to downtown, luxury Italian linens and a fabulous Forbes-rated hotel bar called Off The Record.


The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC
1150 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC, 20037
(202) 835-0500


One of DC’s most majestic five star hotels, the Ritz Carlton fills their halls with a crafted fragrance of Japanese cherry blossoms by legendary perfumiers Antica Farmacista. Past the lobby you’ll find an exclusive club lounge and in-house spa, making it a refined oasis amongst the busyness of downtown.


Rosewood Washington DC
1050 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 617-2400


Resting on the waterfront of the C&O canal, the newly rebranded Rosewood lies in the heart of Georgetown. The all-brick bespoke location has a concierge staff that can guide you through the city like a local or set up after-hours shopping trips with downtown’s most exclusive retailers. After a long day in the city, find yourself at their rooftop bar with expansive views of the capital.


Mandarin Oriental DC
1330 Maryland Avenue, Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-8588


This five star luxury resort is an urban retreat with amazing views of the river. Its sprawling in-house spa offers beauty suites, steam rooms and zen relaxation areas, while the guest rooms will give you full view of the Jefferson Memorial and other monumental attractions.


Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC
2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-0444


A sleek alternative to the city’s many historic hotels, the Four Seasons’ rooms play with art-deco and modern contemporary elements. Chic food and drink options include a steakhouse, high-rise breakfast bar as well as a wine bar and cocktail lounge. With over 800 miles of walking and jogging paths in the city, tie up your sneakers and grab a sports towel and runner’s map, available in the lobby.


The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
3100 South Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20007
(202) 912-4100


On a quiet street in a renovated industrial building, the Georgetown location of the Ritz provides a modern and hip alternative to the gorgeous classic in the heart of the city. Take a seat in the Living Room (their lobby) by the fireplace, and be pleasantly surprised by the nightly s’mores.


The Inn at Little Washington
Middle and Main Street, Washington, VA 22747
(540) 675-3800


This colonial style 24-room hotel is a quiet escape a few hours away from DC proper, offering views of the countryside and classical decorations with an homage to the founding fathers. Peruse their on-site gift shops or dine at their acclaimed European-style restaurant.


Pineapple and Pearls
715 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 595-7375


Playful elegance is the name of the game at the highly-anticipated new restaurant from James Beard award-winning chef Aaron Silverman. Make a reservation and purchase your tickets ($250) to experience the all-inclusive 15-course dinner the Washington Post calls “astonishing.”


Rose’s Luxury
717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 580-8889


Unlike his newer spot Pineapple and Pearls, Chef-owner Aaron Silverman’s original DC restaurant takes no reservations, but is worth the wait in line. Serving innovative small plates, yummy pastas and delicious family-style meals in a hip, relaxed setting, Rose’s Luxury has reinvented the neighborhood restaurant.


633 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 637-1222


Even India’s Prime Minister approves of the haute Indian cuisine at Rasika. This chic DC mainstay is known for not only its unmatched flavors, but its fab cocktail program and excellent service.


Mintwood Place
Mintwood Pl NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6732


The first successful dining concept from Chef Cedric Maupillier, this fabulous American restaurant with a French twist is known for buzz worthy dishes like escargot hush puppies and baked Alaska torched table side. Polished cocktails and wood-grilled meats complete the experience.


601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-2888


Centrally located between the White House and the Capitol, Fiola is the go-to Italian spot for politicians, diplomats and savvy DC diners. A daily changing seasonal menu offers both multi-course dinners and a la carte options, featuring fantastic house-made pastas and divine seafood dishes.


1015 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-7500


The highly anticipated prix-fixe French restaurant from acclaimed Chef Eric Ziebold is just right for an elegant celebration. Accessible only by elevator, the intimate dining room hosts just 36 guests at a time for an exclusive experience—jackets required.


Cafe Milano
3251 Prospect St., NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-6183


Serving Southern Coastal Italian cuisine in a space that feels like a Milanese boutique, this elegant establishment is a favorite of DC’s glamorous set. Whether you’re in the mood for a simple pizza or pasta, plan to enjoy a full multi-course meal or are in search of a private dining experience, you can expect the best in European service and style.


801 O St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-2870


Chef Cedric Maupillier’s modern French follow-up to Mintwood Place is all about turning classics on their head. A modular menu invites you to create the perfect meal with a variety of dishes for a fun and adventurous dining experience.


701 Restaurant
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-0701


With the stylish atmosphere of a private club, 701 is a mainstay for DC power lunches and business dinners. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine, signature cocktails and live jazz on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.


The Inn at Little Washington
Middle and Main Street, Washington, VA 22747
(540) 675-3800


Critics and famous fans agree, dinning at the Inn at Little Washington is an unforgettable experience. Located in the original Washington (a tiny Virginia village founded by America’s First President over 250 years ago), foodies will definitely want to make the trek to try Chef Patrick O’Connell’s inspired American cuisine.


Brasserie Beck
1101 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005


When all you want is to curl up in a booth with a round of drinks and delicious gourmet comfort food, look no further than Brasserie Beck. Enjoy decadent delights like bacon-and-truffle mussels, fries with curry mayo and burgundy escargot fondue made with the finest gruyere.


Central Michel Richard
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20004
(202) 626-0015


This James Beard Award-winning restaurant just steps from the National Mall serves American bistro fare with a modern French twist. It’s a lively, casual spot with an award-winning burger from a French Chef who can’t get enough of American food.


1509 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 332-9200


Unlike many of the restaurants in our DC guide, Komi is not the place to do business—it’s the place you escape to. Offering a $150 prix fixe dinner with a Mediterranean influence and a seafood-focus, this refined dining experience invites you to slow down and enjoy.


Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20007


You cannot go wrong with Michael Mina’s beloved Bourbon Steak concept. Stop by the Four Seasons on Pennsylvania Avenue for deliciously prepared all-natural meats and line-caught seafood in a luxurious contemporary setting.


855 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-0812


José Andrés’ most exclusive dining room seats just 12 guests around an open kitchen. The sleek white room serves as a simple backdrop for Andrés’ whimsical, avant-garde Spanish dishes that surprise and delight.


The Jefferson Hotel, 1200 16th St NW. Washington, DC 20036
(202) 448-2300


Inside DC’s most luxurious and fabulous boutique hotel you’ll find the only Forbes Five Star-rated restaurant in Washington. A concise seasonal menu specializes in upscale classics like Foie Gras Terrine and Lobster Gratin with a contemporary twist.


Fiola Mare
3050 K Street NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 628-0065


The seafood-centric sister restaurant to DC mainstay Fiola, this gorgeous waterfront eatery evokes seaside dining along the coast of Italy. Aside from a fabulous dinner, a bottomless cocktail brunch includes a homemade pastry basket while a power lunch of pasta and wine for $24 is available daily at the bar.


701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-0800


At Zaytinya, Chef José Andrés gives us his take on Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisine in a sleek modern setting. The menu features delicious shared small plates and a unique selection of Mediterranean wines.


Le Diplomate
1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333


Transport yourself to Paris at this stylish French cafe, where you might pop in for a cappuccino and croissant or a lively dinner with friends. Snag a plush leather booth inside, or if it’s warm and sunny, sit outside on a classic bistro chair and take in the bustling DC energy while sipping a kir royale.


The Petite Spa at the Jefferson
1200 16th Street, North West, Washington DC 20036
(202) 448-2300


This exclusive spa at DC’s most prestigious boutique hotel hosts just a few lucky guests at a time for a totally bespoke relaxation experience. Using fragrant botanicals grown in Monticello’s gardens, treatments include luxurious organic scrubs, aromatherapy massages and custom European facials.


Spa at the Mandarin Oriental
1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington DC 20024
(202) 787-6100


Mandarin Oriental’s DC spa exudes a zen-like ambiance, inviting you on a holistic sensory journey to relax and rejuvenate. Along with treatments and rituals, you might enjoy working out in the state-of-the-art fitness center or taking a swim in the luxurious indoor pool.


Spa at the Four Seasons
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20007
(202) 944-2022


The Spa at the Four Seasons never lets us down. This one features advanced anti-aging treatments like lifts, enzyme peels and targeted light therapy, while renewal rituals combine massages, wraps and scrubs to leave you polished and radiant.


Bliss DC
At the W Washington DC, 515 15th Street NW, Washington DC, 20004
(202) 661-2416


Bliss is beloved around the world for their signature treatments, like the triple-oxygen facial, the blissage full body massage and the fatgirlslim toning treatment (not to mention their famous brownie tray). With an array of luxe nail care offerings and comprehensive waxing services, it’s everything you need for a relaxing beauty boost.


Lorien Spa
1600 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 894-3434


Across the Potomac in Alexandria you’ll find this chic urban retreat offering massages, scrubs, waxing and even make up. Spend the day unwinding with a signature package or simply pop in for a glass of champagne and a quick foot rub.


Salamander Resort & Spa
500 N Pendleton St, Middleburg, VA 20117


Turn your day of pampering into a getaway and escape to this luxe retreat just a quick road trip from DC. The 23,000-square-foot wellness center offers bespoke packages that include holistic therapies, body treatments and comprehensive salon services.


Spa at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
3100 South St. NW, Washington DC 20007
(202) 912-4100


In the stylish DC neighborhood of Georgetown, the Ritz-Carlton has created an intimate boutique spa to help melt away your stress. Cozy and under-the-radar, you’ll love curling up with a book and a cup of tea in the serene relaxation area.


Spa at the Ritz-Carlton Washington DC
1150 22nd St. NW, Washington DC 20037
(202) 974-6600


The Ritz-Carlton has partnered with Equinox for their DC spa and fitness center. Escape into this five star oasis to indulge in luxe treatments like the Ritz’s signature 24 Carat Gold Facial or a spa mani-pedi using sea salt and quartz crystals.


The Bar at the St. Regis Washington DC
923 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 638-2626


A choice meeting place for DC power players, the elegant lobby bar at the St. Regis strikes the right balance between intimacy and grandeur. Throw on something glamorous and go for an elevated cocktail hour with a new business partner or your besties.


Eno Wine Bar
2810 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC  20007
(202) 295-2826


Adjacent to the Four Seasons in Georgetown, this modern wine bar is just the place to taste the best Virginia wines along with locally-sourced cheeses, charcuterie and chocolate. Stop in for a flight of three 2.5oz glasses, sign up for a private wine class, or host an event in the intimate cellar.


Old Ebbit Grill
675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-4800


Steps from the White House, the Old Ebbit Grill has been a DC tradition since 1865. Day or night you’ll find Washington’s movers and shakers dining and imbibing at this classic watering hole.


The Rye Bar
At the Rosewood, 1050 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 617-2400


Escape into the sophisticated wood-paneled lounge at the Rosewood for a barrel-aged cocktail inspired by the founding fathers. Settle into a plush leather chair and enjoy views of the canal over intimate conversation.


501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20004


Barmini is the culinary cocktail lab adjoining Minibar, Superstar Chef José Andrés’ most exclusive restaurant. Make a reservation to secure your seat and sip the finest chef-driven libations. The menu features over 100 drinks from whimsical classics to avant-garde creations.


1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 567-2576


In the heart of DC, Churchkey has established itself as the go-to place for connoisseurs of craft beer. Along with a curated selection of cocktails and wine, the bar offers 50 drafts and 500 bottles of beer spanning the full spectrum of styles.


Round Robin
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-9100


This legendary locale has been a favorite among DC’s political and social elite since the days of Abraham Lincoln. Today you’ll still find a smart, stylish crowd of influencers and politicos sipping at the same bar that once hosted American icons like Mark Twain and Walt Witman.


Columbia Room
124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 316-9396


The Columbia Room is an intimate high-end cocktail bar with three distinct spaces—the Tasting Room, the Spirits Library and the Punch Garden—in which to enjoy meticulously crafted cocktails made with the finest ingredients.


Quarter + Glory
2017 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 450-5757


Strategically located on DC’s restaurant row, this lofty bar with leather banquettes and vintage-style chandeliers has the warmth and charm of a classic American watering hole. It’s just right for piling into a booth with a big group of friends for a round of signature cocktails.


The Riggsby
At the Carlyle, 1731 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 787-1500


Cozy yet refined, the Riggsby aims to make you feel as though you’re a long time regular even if it’s your first visit. It’s a throwback American bar and restaurant where you can enjoy upscale seasonal snacks (or even a full meal!) along with your craft cocktail.


Off the Record
At the Hay-Adams, 800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, United States
(202) 638-6600


Chosen by Forbes as one of the “World’s Best Hotel Bars,” this discreet lounge is known as a place to be “seen and not heard.” Along with fabulous cocktails you’ll also find an inspired menu and a well-curated wine list.


At the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 912-4100


This hip lounge at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown complements the hotel’s modern, industrial-chic style with exposed brick and a black slate bar. It’s just right for an evening of drinks and small plates, featuring internationally inspired cuisine plus an innovative wine and cocktail list.


Tune In
331 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-2725

Looking for that classic dive? This beloved Capitol Hill mainstay is just the place, with antler chandeliers and all your pub food favorites. You might recognize it from Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.


Dram & Grain
2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States
(202) 588-7388


This exclusive reservations-only cocktail bar is tucked away in the basement of the Jack Rose Dining Saloon, a whiskey-focused bar and restaurant. To gain entry, pick up a business card at Jack Rose’s bar and text or call the number to reserve your spot at one of three nightly seatings at 7, 9 and 11 pm.


The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500

The most famous house in America is worth a visit as it offers an intimate look back at the founding of our country. Built between 1792 to 1800, George Washington chose the location where the current house stands and John Adams was the first to reside there.


US Capitol
East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004

As the meeting place for our legislature, the US Capitol building hosts the country’s most important decision makers on a daily basis. Once here, choose from a 45-minute tour that will give you a background on the architecture and history, or sit in on congress in session. You could see history being made!


The National Mall and Memorial Parks
900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024

This large green lawn in the middle of the capital that connects many notable monuments is lovingly referred to as “the nation’s front lawn.” On-site you’ll find the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and many others.


Lincoln Memorial and The Reflecting Pool
2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20024

Two years after Abraham Lincoln’s death, Congress put into motion an act to build a memoriam for the slain president. Inscribed on the walls you can find The Gettysburg Address and inspiring quotes spoken by the man who changed our country.


Washington Monument
2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024

Completed in 1885, this iconic 555-foot tall marble pillar stands as a memorial to George Washington. Visitors are allowed to venture up to the top for a bird’s eye view of the capital.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
1850 West Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242

Built with five main bodies of water throughout, each represents a different component of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s life. Inscribed in the stonework are beautiful words from the infamous fireside chats America listened to over the radio during his presidency.


Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540

A creative source of inspiration, the Library of Congress is one of the largest collections of recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts. Take a walking tour to get the whole picture and then wander off into the Graphic Arts Gallery or an exhibition of the 1920s jazz movement.


Smithsonian Museum
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560

As the world’s largest museum and research complex, the Smithsonian houses botanical gardens, 19 different exhibitions, a zoo and a portrait gallery. Visit the Albert Einstein Planetarium to virtually zoom into the cosmos or walk through their Natural History Museum to observe over 127 million different species and artifacts.


Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin
701 E Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242

Dedicated to the man that authored the Declaration of Independence, the Jefferson Memorial stands across from the White House, with the Tidal Basin separating the two. Inside you’ll find a 19-foot statue of Thomas Jefferson as well as notable quotes by the founding father.


WWII Memorial
1750 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20006

A national ode to freedom, the World War II Memorial pays tribute to the 16 million people who served and passed during a fight for international liberty across the globe. Stone, bronze, water and architectural elements combine to create an interactive monument that invites you to explore and reflect.


Martin Luther King Memorial
1964 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20245

His message was freedom, equality, justice and love. The memorial dedicated to one of the biggest voices in the nation’s fight for civil rights broke ground in 2011 on the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and his “I Have a Dream” speech.


Supreme Court of the United States
1 First St NE, Washington, DC 20543

Most people would be surprised to find that the Supreme Court didn’t have a home until 1935. Now a monumental must-see, if you visit on a day an argument is scheduled you’ll get to witness Supreme Justices dictate the law of the land.


National Archives
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408

The National Archives Museum is home to the original copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and many renowned documents that serve as the foundation for our political system. Read up on their importance as you explore the beautiful grounds and historical architecture, known for its gorgeous vaulted ceilings.


Vietnam Veterans Memorial
5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington, DC 20006

Chronologically listing the names of the 58,000 fallen soldiers who served overseas during the Vietnam War, this massive black marble wall was completed in 1982. Designed by architect Maya Lin, the moving monument has become an important pilgrimage site for those who lost loved ones in the war.


National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Over 200 years old, the National Cathedral is a breathtaking landmark. With a European-inspired gothic exterior and interior dedicated to many influential names on the path for peace, you’ll find statues of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.



Considered the city’s ultimate shopping destination, Georgetown offers up independent boutiques and gourmet eateries to the hip and design-oriented crowd. You’ll find hot new restaurants and top notch vintage stores on every corner.


City Center DC
825 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20009


Now Downtown DC has a shopping destination to rival Rodeo Drive. The newly built mixed-use development known as City Center has brought in one luxury boutique after another. Shop Louis Vuitton, Dior, Ferragamo, Alexis Bittar, Hermes, Zadig & Voltaire and so many more.


M Street
Georgetown, Washington, DC

M Street is the epicenter of DC’s trendy Georgetown neighborhood and home to fabulous indie boutiques like Hu’s Wear, Relish, Wink and Urban Chic. You’ll also find a branch of the DLM favorite Intermix plus fabulous home good stores and foodie favorites like Georgetown Cupcake and Dean & Deluca.


Tysons Galleria
2001 International Dr, McLean, VA 22102


Welcome to the best mall in Washington. On those cold east coast days it’s the perfect place for a bit of shopping bliss, with an upscale mix of luxury brands like Burberry, Chanel, David Yurman and Saint Laurent, department stores like Saks and Neiman’s, and mainstream favorites like BCBG, Anthropologie and J. Crew. Along with all the fabulous clothes, we couldn’t leave without a little something from Williams-Sonoma.


Collection at Chevy Chase
471 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Hop aboard the Metro to visit this curated anthology of shops and restaurants in nearby Chevy Chase Maryland. The vibrant neighborhood houses some of the biggest names in luxury like Jimmy Choo, Cartier, Tiffany, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue.


Tiny Jewel Box
1155 Connecticut Ave, Washington, DC 20036


At this family-run fine jewelry store the motto is: “if it’s not special, it’s not here.” For 85 years this DC mainstay has sought out the most innovative breakthrough designers in the biz, taking risks on new names like David Yurman who would later became iconic.


Hu’s Shoes
3005 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007


Hu’s Shoes owner Marlene Hu travels form New York to Milan to Paris in search of the most unique and expressive luxury shoes on the planet. Carrying labels like Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Proenza Schouler, The Row, Celine and Isabel Marant, Hu’s selection is every cool girl’s footwear fantasy.


Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008


Founded by two women entrepreneurs in 1984, this legendary DC bookstore and coffee house has only expanded over the years while big box retailers have shuttered. The sprawling store features superior service and unusual book choices, while hosting a super-engaged community of readers and writers.


3312 Cady’s Alley NW, Washington, DC 20007


This tasteful boutique caters to the stylish career girl in search of business-appropriate clothes with a playful high-fashion flair. Pieces from designers like Dries Van Notten, Marni and Marc Jacobs are selected for their clean lines and menswear-inspired tailoring, while a personal stylist can help create the right look for you.


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