A Local’s Guide to Spring in Tahoe

Spring is in the air and we think it’s one of the best times to escape to Tahoe and take advantage of activities, without all of the crowds. Check out what’s going on at the hotel and Tahoe South:

What’s New at the Resort
We’ve got an incredible April rate that is running now thru April 30, 2015. Just $99/night for any night of the week! As always, our rates includes our extra roomy 2-room suites and full hot breakfast each morning. You must use promotion code APR15 when booking online to secure this rate. And don’t delay. There is limited availability, especially on Saturdays.

Echo Special
Echo, inside Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, is running a 2 for 1 entree special on our Adventure Menu (excluding salads) every Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday through May 17, 2015. That means you get to try our fresh, Chef-inspired menu for up to 50% off your entree price! That’s just yummy all the way around. Feel free to stop on in for lunch or dinner, or call for reservations: 530.543.2140.

Around the Lake

Kayaking: Enjoy a day out on the lake kayaking in peace! The boats, crowds, and wind that usually accompany the summer season are still weeks away. Spring is one of the best times to enjoy calm waters, deserted beaches, and feel like you have the lake to yourself! Our Bellman Murray’s favorite spots are Baldwin Beach and Sand Harbor. Visit our MyTahoe Kayaking page to read more about Murray’s recommendations.

 

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Golfing: It’s time to get back out and hit the links! Most Tahoe golf courses start to open for the season in mid-May (weather depending), but the courses in nearby Carson Valley are open year-round! Enjoy discounted rates and a wider availability of tee-times by golfing outside of the summer peak season. Our General Manager, John Steinbach’s favorite courses include Edgewood Tahoe, Genoa Lakes, and Carson Valley. Visit our MyTahoe Golfing page to read more about John’s recommendations.

 

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Fly Fishing: Spring is a great time to enjoy some time fly-fishing! With lots of area streams and rivers flowing with the snowmelt, there are plenty of locations to enjoy. Our Concierge Robert Martires’ favorite spots are the East Walker, East Carson, and Truckee Rivers. Visit our MyTahoe Fly Fishing page to read more about Robert’s recommendations.

 

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Sightseeing & Shopping: Popular area spots like Emerald Bay can be overwhelming with the number of visitors in the peak seasons. This time of year is the perfect time to explore these destinations, without fighting for a parking spot. It’s also a great time to enjoy some shopping, as many stores feature “end of season” sales as they get ready for the summer inventory. Our Director of Group Services Tiffany Zabaglo’s favorite spots for shopping include the Heavenly Village, the Village Center, and the shops at Ski Run Marina. Visit our MyTahoe Shopping page to read more about Tiffany’s recommendations.

 

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Our team is happy to provide additional activity recommendations and point you in the direction of their favorite spots to check out! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, join the conversation on Twitter, start planning your vacation on Pinterest, or follow along and share your photos with us on Instagram to stay connected!

 

Lake Tahoe Weddings

Tahoe South can provide the perfect backdrop for your special day, from the crystal clear blue water, to the majestic mountains in the background, complete with lots of activities to keep your guests entertained.  Planning a wedding can be one of the most exciting times in your life, however, it can also be filled with stress trying to find the perfect venue and organize all of the details – especially if you are planning a destination wedding. Let the wedding specialists at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel help take the stress out of planning your Tahoe wedding!

 

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Whether you are looking for a large, outdoor lakeside wedding on the beach or a more intimate ceremony in front of our grand fireplace in our atrium, we can accommodate weddings large and small. Choose from one of our ceremony packages for a one-stop shop option, or contact our wedding specialist to truly personalize all of the details to make your day as unique as you are.

 

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When it’s time to celebrate, let us handle all of the details of the reception including décor, catering, and music to allow you to relax and dance the night away. With a variety of options from our intimate private dining room to our Queen of the Lake Ballroom, we can accommodate your guests and give you the celebration of your dreams. We work with a variety of local vendors to help bring all of the details to life.

 

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As Tahoe’s only all-suite hotel, we are located in the center of all the action, just steps from gaming, shopping, entertainment, and beautiful Lake Tahoe. Your guests will have plenty of room to relax in our spacious two-room suites and will enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet and nightly cocktail at Happy Hour during their stay. We even have a personal guest reservation page to make room reservations as easy as possible for your guests!

 

 

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For even more planning ideas, mark your calendar for the Something Blue Bridal Show on Sunday, March 22, 2015! No matter what you have envisioned for your special day, our team is ready to help it become a reality! Contact us today for more information. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, join the conversation on Twitter, start planning your vacation on Pinterest, or follow along and share your photos with us on Instagram to stay connected and get ideas for your big day!

Midwinter Specials

If you haven’t planned your trip to Tahoe yet this winter, February is a perfect time to visit! Between the upcoming holiday weekend and fresh new snow at the resorts, Valentine’s Day, and even a special midweek rate, there has never been a better time to visit!   This past weekend, winter returned to Tahoe with fresh snow blanketing the resorts.  Heavenly also has one of the largest snowmaking systems on the west coast insuring some of the best snow coverage in all of Tahoe. Over at Sierra-at-Tahoe, there has never been a better time or place to learn to ski or ride with their special $45 first-timer lesson program including rental gear! You’ll be carving down the mountain in no time!

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To celebrate the holiday weekend and Valentine’s Day, Echo Lounge is offering a delectable four-course dinner all weekend long! The menu is perfect for two, with a variety of romantic offerings to kick off your night including the popular aphrodisiac, Oysters! Diners will start with a complimentary sparkling glass of wine and will select an item for each course with decedent choices including Lobster or Filet Mignon. They will top off the evening with an incredible Chocolate Mousse with Satsuma Tangerines. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 530.543.2140.

 

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If you’re not able to join us for the holiday weekend, take advantage of our February mid-week special with rates starting at only $119 for a king-bed suite, available for Sunday-Thursday stays. Use promo code: FEB15 to book. Please note this promotion is subject to limited availability. If it is not available during your dates of stay, give our Value Suites a try! Located off the beaten-path of the hotel with all of the same great amenities as our two-room suites, you can save up to $40 off using promo code VALUESUITE.

 

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Don’t forget to check out MyTahoe for tips from our team on their favorite activities around the area! Like us on Facebook, join the conversation on Twitter, start planning your vacation on Pinterest, or follow along and share your photos with us on Instagram to stay connected.

Winter Activities in Tahoe South

Winter is one of our favorite seasons in Tahoe South! With so many different activities to do, there is no shortage of fun for everyone in the family. Plus, guests can find the best rates for their travel dates right on our website. Here are some of our top winter activity picks around the area.

 

Skiing/Boarding: Of course the number one activity most people think of for winter in Tahoe is skiing and snowboarding! Tahoe South has three main resorts including Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood, and of course, Heavenly. The Heavenly Gondola is only a short walk away from the hotel, and will whisk you up the mountain, giving you stunning panoramic views of the lake below. We also have Heavenly Sports onsite to handle all of your rental gear needs before hitting the slopes, regardless of which mountain you are set to explore.

 

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Tubing & Snow Play: This is one adventure everyone in the whole family can enjoy together. Zoom down the snow on a sled or inner tube, or enjoy building a snowman and having a classic snowball fight! Just make sure to pack your sunscreen and bring your camera to capture all of the fun and excitement. Our three top picks of where to go include Heavenly’s Adventure Peak, Adventure Mountain, and Sierra-at-Tahoe.

 

Photo: Adventure Mountain

Photo: Adventure Mountain

 

Snowshoeing/Cross-country Skiing: There are plenty of trails to enjoy some snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional. It can be a great way to explore the peace and quiet of the winter wonderland, away from the hustle and bustle of the resorts. Our favorite spots include Mountain Sports Center at Camp Richardson Resort, The Hope Valley Outdoors Center, and Kirkwood Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Center. Each center will have all the gear you need to get started on your adventure along with helpful tips on which trails to explore.

 

Photo: Mountain Sports Center

Photo: Mountain Sports Center

 

What activities do you enjoy in the winter in Tahoe? Share with us on social media using the #MyTahoe.

 

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Holidays at the Hotel

Snow has started to fall, the decorations are hung, and the holidays are quickly approaching. The holiday season in Tahoe South is a magical place with lots of twinkling lights around town with the stunning snowcapped mountains as a backdrop. At the hotel, we’ve brought the magic of the season indoors with a massive 3-story Christmas tree in the atrium. This is one of our favorite spots in the hotel complete with the cozy fireplace, comfy chairs, and even tables perfect for playing classic board games including chess and checkers.

 

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One of the best parts of the holidays is enjoying a meal with friends and family. Let us do the cooking and the dishes while you sit back and relax in Echo Lounge.  Join us for a special Christmas Buffet Dinner on December 25th featuring all of your holiday favorites. Reservations are recommended to make sure you don’t miss this fantastic feast. Or, book a private party event season in one of our many private dining rooms and we’ll handle the rest. We’re able to accommodate groups from 10-200 guests. For more information on holiday dining, please visit our website. We will also be featuring a special New Year’s Eve dinner; stay tuned for menu offerings and information.

 

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Over in the Heavenly Village, enjoy the wonder of Heavenly Holidays. This two-week festival from Dec. 19 – Dec 31, features professional ice skating shows, carolers, local artists, ice sculptors, and a meet-and-greet with Santa inside a 16-foot interactive snow globe! On New Year’s Eve, head on over to the Village for a spectacular celebration with fire dancers, an outdoor concert, fireworks show and 9:00 p.m. “ball” drop to ring in the new year. The Heavenly Village is just steps from the hotel, making it easy and convenient to attend the festivities.

 

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Early Season Fun in Tahoe

The holiday lights have started to go up around town and the unofficial start to winter has begun with Heavenly Mountain and other local ski resorts opening for the season this past weekend.  This time of year can be a great opportunity to visit, especially before the crowds arrive in town for the holidays.

 

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One of the highlights of the winter season is of course skiing and snowboarding! If you’re ready to hit the mountain, enjoy the convenience of visiting Heavenly Sports right inside the hotel to get fitted for all of your on-mountain gear. Or, if you bring your own, take advantage of the ski/snowboard check with the bellman to save you from having to haul your gear all around the hotel.

 

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After a long day on the mountain, enjoy a relaxing afternoon in our atrium next to our brand new fireplace.  Grab a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy a classic game of chess or checkers, or maybe just curl up in a comfy chair with a good book. To really get those muscles to relax, take a dip in our newly renovated pool and spa! Your body will thank you.

 

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Over in the Heavenly Village there are lots of fun things to check out as well. Take a spin around the ice rink and warm up by one of the many fire pits. Or, escape indoors to catch the latest flick at the movie theater. You won’t want to miss Winter Ignite with Heavenly, a weeklong celebration of the start of winter, including a free concert from Young the Giant in the Heavenly Village on December 13. For other activity ideas, visit our MyTahoe page!

 

Photo Credit: The Shops at Heavenly Village

Photo Credit: The Shops at Heavenly Village

 

If you do happen to visit over the holidays, make sure to visit our website to view the special holiday menu offerings at Echo Lounge for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Or, consider hosting your family dinner or company party this season in one of our private banquet and intimate dining rooms, including the Fireside Room.

 

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Family Fun at the Tahoe Resort Hotel

Tahoe is the perfect year round destination for a family vacation. With everything from ice skating, skiing, and sledding in the winter to water sports, hiking, and building sandcastles on the beach in the summer, and tons of activities in between. Plus our hotel is only a step away from the Heavenly Village – home to a movie theater, mini golf (summer), ice rink (winter), lots of shopping, and the Heavenly Gondola!

 

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As Tahoe’s only all suite resort, we aim to make every family as comfortable as possible during their stay with us. All of our suites feature a spacious two-room layout with either two queen beds or one king bed in the bedroom, and a pullout couch in the living room. This allows for plenty of space for everyone in the family to spread out and even have a little privacy. No more worrying about waking the little ones during their nap while the older ones hang out and watch TV. The suites also feature a wet bar complete with a mini refrigerator and microwave so you can keep snacks on hand to feed those growing kids.

 

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Around the hotel, kids will love exploring our three garden atriums and visiting the koi pond to watch the fish and turtles. The indoor pool is also a great place for kids to burn off some energy, regardless of the weather outside. We also know feeding a family can be expensive, which is why we are proud to offer our complimentary breakfast buffet. Even the pickiest eaters will find something to eat from the multitude of choices.

 

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If you’re looking to connect as a family, book our Tahoe Family Break Package. This two-night package includes a Pizza Dinner with two 10” pizzas, salad and soda, A Mt Tallac sized dessert featuring 9 scoops of ice cream, whipped cream piled wickedly high, crushed Oreo cookies, and lots more including board games, popcorn, and an Around Lake Tahoe self guided tour CD, with map, history, cool spots, and legends! Plus our onsite concierge can help recommend and book any additional activities around the lake.

 

Oh and did we mention kids 17 and under stay free? What are you waiting for — book your next family vacation to Tahoe now.

Enjoying Fall in Tahoe South

Fall is starting to arrive in Lake Tahoe as summer winds to a close. Soon, the leaves will begin to change colors, the weather will start to cool off, and the fall festival events kick off. This is one of our favorite times of year!

One of the highlights of this season is definitely the changing color on the leaves. The aspens sometime seem to change overnight from their bright summer green to a gorgeous vibrant yellow. There are several great spots around Tahoe South to catch some of these changing aspen groves including Hope Valley, Spooner Summit, Kahle Meadow, and Taylor Creek. For more info and directions on where to catch the fall foliage, visit the US Forest Service Website.

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While you’re here, don’t miss these great Fall Festivals in October! For information on these events, visit tahoesouth.com.

Fall Fish Fest (Kokanee Salmon Festival) on October 4: This annual event at Taylor Creek Visitor Center celebrates the fall migration of the Kokanee Salmon. It is a free family friendly event and is quite an amazing site to see the scales on the fish turn from their bluish-silver to a stunning red. There are lots of education and entertaining activities that will provide fun for everyone.

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Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson on October 4 & 5: A locals’ favorite, this festival brings all the fun of Oktoberfest to Tahoe South! Featuring classic German food plus a beer and wine garden, live music and even a pumpkin patch. Costumes are highly encouraged as you get into the spirit of Oktoberfest!

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2nd Annual Pony & Pumpkin Festival on October 11: This free family event near the Heavenly Village is walking distance from the hotel and features a fun filled day of activities including live music, arts and crafts, face painting, a bounce house, and even pony or family wagon rides around Van Sickle Bi-State Park from Borges Sleigh and Carriage Rides.

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The New Dining Experience at Echo Lounge

There have been lots of changes this summer at Echo Lounge, complete with a brand new menu, fresh summer cocktails, and even a gourmet taco stand! We recently sat down with Executive Chef Salvador Cortez Delgado to learn more about the amazing new offerings.

 

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Bill Cottrill and Chef Sal

 

 

Q: Chef Sal, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us today. How long have you worked here at Echo Lounge?

A: I’ve been working in the industry for 25 years, and I’ve been here at the hotel for 23 years since day one when the restaurant opened in 1991.

 

Q: Wow, that is impressive! I’m sure you’ve seen lots of things change over the years.

A: Yes, lots of things have changed, and I’m really excited about the new direction of the restaurant.

 

Q: Tell us a little bit more about the new My Tahoe Menu. What makes this new menu stand out from previous offerings?

A: The My Tahoe Menu is a way for us to highlight fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. Our goal is to buy ingredients as close as we can locally, such as free-range chicken from a ranch in Dayton, NV or produce from the University of Nevada in Reno, which they harvest at their campus. With the menu changing every week, I try to go to the Farmers Markets on Wednesdays, and the ingredients I find really influence the menu dishes that week.

 

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Q: That sounds awesome! What are some of your favorite dishes that you are offering this summer season?

A: Our most popular dish is definitely our hamburgers off of the Adventure Menu. They feature grass-fed, all natural beef on a brioche bun and diners can choose which toppings they want to add on to create a unique dish. The Wild Salmon Fish and Chips is another popular item this summer.  However, the dish I am most proud of is the Chocolate “Daffy” Crusted Duck with Port Wine Syrup on the My Tahoe menu.

 

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Q: You also recently added the Adventure Menu. Can you tell us a little bit more about how this special menu works?

A: This menu gives our diners the opportunity to taste different flavors and freshness in their own way. For example, they can build their own pastas, add anything to their own burger, or even create their own pizza. It has also given me the freedom to come up with anything I want each week. If I want to create a dish using elk, venison, Chilean seabass, halibut, or something as simple as red snapper, I can create my own dish using that ingredient for the entire week, and continually change it up again and again. Lately I’ve been playing around with different types of grains including quinoa and different types of rice. This menu really is the best because I’m not stuck on one item. I can continue to create and change.

 

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Q: These all sound delicious! Of course they need to be paired with some tasty drinks as well. You recently refreshed your summer cocktail list. What was it like having master mixologist and bar chef with Bacardi, Manny Hinojosa come in and create some new cocktails?

A: It was a lot of fun to have Manny here. He was very creative and was great at getting the public engaged while he was making the drinks. We all had a great time learning with him. We created a lot of the drinks specifically to be paired with some of our salads. We wanted to complement the freshness of these new cocktails, our fresh salads, and the summer atmosphere on our patio. The most popular dish to pair with the cocktails is the Wild Salmon Salad with veggie chips. Other tasty options include the Citrus “Kahle” Trail Greens Salad and the Sunny Root Mix featuring jicama & tender greens.

 

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Q: This summer it seems like the place to be is out on the patio, especially with the addition of live music and a gourmet taco stand. What was your inspiration behind adding the taco stand, Kalbi Tu Comes?

A: We really wanted to give people an option for grab and go. This way people can choose if they want to stay and relax with a cocktail on the patio and enjoy the live music, or if they need something quick, easy, and fresh to go. This taco cart has been a huge hit this summer. We even have the tacos on our My Tahoe Small Plates menu and they have been very popular in the restaurant as well.

 

 

 

Q: Wow, there are so many new options to try! Is there anything else you’d like people to know?

A: I think people tend to think of us as just a hotel restaurant, but we are way beyond just that. We try to create something unique and really give the public something more than what a lot of restaurants have out there right now. We try to push the boundaries of our menu offerings and provide truly fresh and unique foods.

 

 

We’d like to thank Chef Sal for taking the time to sit down with us during his very busy day to give us some more information! If you’d like to learn more dining at Echo Lounge, visit http://www.tahoeresorthotel.com/dining/echo or call 530.543.2140.

 

 

Tahoe South Summer Events

Summer in Tahoe is one of our favorite times of year! With gorgeous weather and tons of events, there is always something to keep you busy. Check out some of our favorites this summer season.

 

Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series – The Heavenly Village is just steps from the hotel with plenty of activities including shopping, a movie theater, and even a miniature golf course! This year marks the 2nd Annual Summer Concert Series with FREE live music every Friday and Saturday night from 5 to 9 p.m., all summer long! For a list of upcoming bands and for more information visit TheShopsAtHeavenly.com.

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Lights on the Lake 4th of July Fireworks – One of the top highlights of the summer is the spectacular 4th of July Fireworks celebration! Lights on the Lake is one of the top firework displays in the nation. Starting at 9:45pm on July 4th, there are plenty of spots around Tahoe South with great views of the lake. Or, enjoy dinner with a full menu available on the upper deck at Echo Lounge, and watch the show from there! New this year is the addition of our gourmet street taco stand on the lower patio, Kalbi tu Comes, blending Korean and Spanish flavors for some incredible combinations! There will also be live music and a full bar available on the lower patio to relax the afternoon away! This year, consider helping with the Adopt-A-Beach program to clean up the debris on the beaches after the fireworks to help keep Tahoe blue. For more information on the fireworks and beach program, visit TahoeSouth.com. For information and reservations at Echo Lounge, call 530.543.2140.

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Tahoe Celebrity Golf – The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship returns to Edgewood Tahoe to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary, July 15 to 20. Featuring some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, including John Elway, Larry the Cable Guy, Bode Miller, Jerry Rice, Aaron Rodgers, and many more! The course is within walking distance of the hotel and tickets are available online or at the gate. For more information visit TahoeCelebrityGolf.com.

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Sample the Sierra – Celebrating its 5th year, Sample the Sierra is returns August 31 at Bijou Community Park. This farm to fork celebration features some of the best in food and wine tastings from the Tahoe area. Pairing local chefs/restaurants with neighboring growers/producers in the Sierra Nevada region, along with several wineries for the perfect flavor combination. Advanced tickets are recommended. Visit SampleTheSierra.com for more information.

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Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza – The perfect cherry on top to complete the summer lineup, don’t miss the Labor Day Fireworks show on August 31 at 8:30pm. Just like for 4th of July, the firework show features a simultaneous music broadcast on local stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL – AM 1490 for a truly unique experience. Beat the crowds at the beach and watch from the deck of Echo Lounge. For more information on the fireworks visit TahoeSouth.com.

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