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Why Staying at The Addison on Amelia Island Is a Safe Choice

April 28, 2020 by theAddison

The Future of Travel

Leisure travel is on hold for now while we band together to “flatten the curve” of the pandemic. We’re all yearning to travel and, soon enough, we’ll be able to. In the meantime, many are asking what traveling will look like in our post-pandemic world? And what needs will have to be met in terms of travel safety?

Not surprisingly, travel industry experts predict that people will choose to drive to their destinations instead of flying once restrictions are lifted. Still wary about coronavirus, many people aren’t yet ready to stand in long security lines at crowded airports or sit close to others on a packed flight. This is welcome news here at The Addison on Amelia Island, since most of our guests do drive here when they stay with us.

Also, travelers will want to stay somewhere they’ve been before. They find comfort in knowing the property, the hosts, the area, and the food. Again, great news for our past guests who have stayed at The Addison. They’ve eaten a homemade breakfast at our dining room table, asked us for our recommendations of what to do on Amelia Island, and shared a glass of wine with us during our inn’s nightly social hour. We’re like old friends!

Why B&Bs Are a Safe Lodging Choice

I recently participated in a conference call with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association to keep abreast of the latest industry news and the impact of COVID-19 on Florida travel. The experts shared that they think bed and breakfast inns will have a distinct advantage because our properties are smaller compared to big hotels. Plus, with B&Bs, guests won’t be standing in long lines of people checking in. They won’t be walking down long hallways where they could come in close contact with dozens of other guests on the same floor. And they won’t be packed into elevators trying to get down to the lobby from the sixth floor. Bigger isn’t always better, especially with post-pandemic travel.

Why Staying at The Addison Is Especially Safe

Ron and I believe The Addison on Amelia Island is at an even greater advantage than most B&Bs because of our property’s unique layout. Of our 14 guest rooms, nine have private entries, three have private porches, and seven have private outdoor sitting areas. You can have your own secluded getaway with private access!

If you prefer in-room dining for breakfast, we can accommodate this special request, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful weather and our lovely courtyard. Takeout meals can also be accommodated with the sitting areas on our private porches or directly adjacent to your room.

While we typically love to see guests socializing with one another, we’re also aware that times are different right now. Therefore, we’ve adjusted our dining tables on the verandah and in the dining room to provide six-foot social distancing.
We’ve always been responsive to guest requests—perhaps even more so these days when it comes to safety concerns. If there’s something that would make you feel safer during your stay, please let us know. For example, we plan to provide small refrigerators in a couple of guest rooms and stock them with snacks and beverages so guests don’t have to come to the dining room.

Another plus of staying at The Addison on Amelia Island? We’re a member of Select Registry, which was part of our inn’s transformation over the last few years. Known as the industry’s quality seal of approval since 1972, Select Registry membership means we submitted to a 250-point checklist as part of the evaluation process. Many of the member approval criteria focused on cleanliness, and our guests consistently compliment us on this aspect of our B&B.

Our Inn’s Cleaning Practices

Speaking of cleaning, we recently wrote a lengthy blog post detailing our inn’s cleaning practices. Throughout our entire property, we’ve always followed a consistent, rigorous daily cleaning and sanitizing routine. We’ve stepped up our efforts even more, especially with our linens, furniture, and high-touch surfaces in common areas and guest rooms. Plus, our periodic “deep clean” takes our level of cleanliness up a notch, as we tackle chores like cleaning ceiling fans, flipping mattresses, vacuuming baseboards, washing windows, blinds, and drapes, and steam-cleaning rugs. We want to reassure guests that The Addison on Amelia Island offers a clean, safe lodging choice when they’re ready to travel again.

For reassurance, we’ll be placing a note in each room indicating when the last guest checked out, what we did to clean and sanitize the room, and the date it was completed. Again, it’s just a small thing, one you won’t find at big hotels. But we add these personal touches at The Addison because we want guests to feel safe and comfortable during their stay with us.

Plan Your Staycation on Amelia Island

With, you might be thinking about planning your next trip—but wanting to stay closer to home. Please know that, as soon as we’re able, The Addison on Amelia Island will reopen for business and would love to host you during this challenging time. For the latest COVID-19 information for Amelia Island, visit Amelia Island Tourist Development Council website.

In the meantime, cure your cabin fever and get inspired by exploring all that Amelia Island has to offer. Plan your trip itinerary! Whether it’s biking through the Historic District of Fernandina Beach, spending time in nature, golfing, strolling along the beach, or eating at one of our island’s fabulous restaurants.

If you’d like to book a room or have any questions about an upcoming stay, please call us at (904) 277-1604 or purchase an Addison on Amelia Island gift certificate.

Staying Clean and Safe at The Addison on Amelia Island

April 6, 2020 by theAddison

As the coronavirus has temporarily brought daily life to a screeching halt and disrupted travel plans, we want to reassure future guests that The Addison on Amelia Island is clean, safe, and will open for business as soon as we are able.

As owners of our cozy bed-and-breakfast inn, Ron and I thought it would be a good idea to share our cleaning practices. While we usually are very thorough, we’re taking extra precautions these days to ensure our guests have a safe and healthy stay when they return to The Addison on Amelia Island.

How We Are Staying Clean and Safe at The Addison on Amelia Island

Before COVID-19 made its way to Florida, The Addison on Amelia Island always put the health and safety of our guests first, following a regular, rigorous cleaning and sanitizing method throughout the property. Now, we’ve stepped up our efforts even more.

We continue to follow our daily practices of sanitizing all china, glassware, and utensils with a commercial dishwasher/sanitizer used in the preparation and serving of breakfast and happy hour. When our guests sit down to enjoy a home-cooked meal, we want them to focus on the delicious food we’ve prepared. Ditto for the snacks and beverages we serve during our evening happy hour. Just like a restaurant, our bed-and-breakfast must follow the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation about cleaning and sanitizing china, glassware, and utensils, as well as food preparation and serving.

Common Areas

Throughout the rest of the property—in both interior and exterior common areas and individual guest rooms—we practice a regular cleaning schedule to ensure the health and safety of our guests. (If you haven’t stayed with us before, we invite you to take a virtual tour so you can see what our inn looks like inside and out.)

From the very first day that we opened the inn, we’ve had housekeepers on board to help us keep our bed and breakfast spic and span. Every day, we clean all glass tabletops before and after use, as well as all kitchen surfaces. Housekeepers also sanitize high-touch areas, including light switches, doorknobs, indoor and outdoor glass tabletops, faucets, and anything that a hand will touch in a guest room and common area.

Guest Rooms

Housekeepers (with guests’ permission) refresh guest rooms daily, making the bed, providing clean towels if requested, emptying trash and recyclables, and cleaning bathrooms. Upon departure, all bed linens and towels are removed and replaced with fresh linens and towels. All furniture surfaces are cleaned and sanitized, glassware is removed and replaced with clean, sanitized glassware, trash and recyclables are emptied, the bathroom is cleaned and sanitized, and floors are vacuumed, mopped, and sanitized. As with daily cleaning, all surfaces that come in contact with guests, staff, or visitor hands are cleaned and sanitized. 

A Periodic “Deep Clean”

Periodically throughout the year (minimum of twice a year), we “deep clean” each guest room and common area. All bedding, including liquid-repellent mattress covers (bladders), pillow bladders, and pillow protectors are removed and cleaned, as well as shower curtains and liners. We flip the mattresses and vacuum and polish the bed rails. We polish all furniture, clean glass tabletops, ceiling fans, dresser drawers, armoires, and vacuum all baseboards. Additionally, bathrooms are sanitized, jetted tubs and showers are cleaned, and outdoor cushions and chairs are vacuumed. All floors are vacuumed, mopped, and sanitized. Rugs are vacuumed, and steam cleaned. Windows and window sills in the courtyard rooms are cleaned, and window blinds are vacuumed and cleaned. As with routine cleaning, all surfaces that come into contact with hands are sanitized.

Please keep in mind that, while The Addison on Amelia is your home away from home, Ron and I live here full-time. This is our home. We want to stay safe and healthy, too. Ron and I are taking the coronavirus very seriously, for our sake as well as yours. We would never put our guests and staff at risk, and we would never put our own health and safety at risk.

How Can You Help?

Adhere to the “shelter at home” orders, practice social distancing, maintain a healthy diet and exercise program, so we overcome this and have you back as our guests. In the meantime, please think about buying a gift certificate for a future visit for yourself or loved ones. Call us at (904) 277-1604 or visit our website to purchase an Addison on Amelia Island gift certificate. A gift certificate to The Addison on Amelia Island doesn’t expire. It will also give you something to look forward to after we can all return to a normal life following this pandemic. Plus, it will help support us as small business owners. Ron and I would really love to see you!

Why Celebrate Your Babymoon at The Addison?

February 12, 2020 by theAddison

Are you expecting your first child (or adding another one to the family)? Congratulations! The blessing of a new baby brings so much love and happiness into your life. Caring for your new bundle of joy also means you and your loved one will be taking on lots of extra responsibilities, from late-night feedings to diaper changes to getting your baby to sleep. Mixed with anticipation, excitement, and nervousness as you prepare for your new arrival, you both might feel a little spent—emotionally and physically.

The solution? A Babymoon!

What is a Babymoon?

Growing in popularity, a Babymoon offers expectant parents the chance to get away together before the baby arrives. It’s the calm before the “baby storm,” so to speak, giving couples an opportunity for one last hurrah. By taking this just-the-two-of-us vacation, you get time to relax, connect, and enjoy some couple-time. What a fantastic idea! I wish this tradition were around when I was an expectant mom.

Couples usually take a Babymoon when it’s still safe (and comfortable) for the expectant mom to travel—typically in the second trimester of pregnancy. Of course, check with your doctor first, especially if you’ll be hopping on a plane to get to your destination.

Where can you celebrate a Babymoon?

Speaking of destinations, Ron and I hope you consider staying at The Addison on Amelia Island to celebrate your Babymoon, whether you’re flying in from afar or just a short drive away. Situated within walking distance of historic downtown Fernandina Beach and only one mile from the stunning beaches of Amelia Island, The Addison on Amelia Island specializes in making your Babymoon truly special.

We designed our Babymoon Package exclusively for parents-to-be, offering thoughtful touches to make your stay relaxing and memorable. With the needs of expectant parents in mind, our carefully curated Babymoon Package amenities include:

  • a prenatal massage for mom
  • a bottle of non-alcoholic champagne
  • an assortment of hand-dipped chocolates from a local artisan candy-maker
  • lavender sanitizer and milk bath for mom and baby
  • $50 dinner gift certificate to a fabulous local restaurant
  • an Addison on Amelia Island onesie for your little one

The Babymoon Package is $250 in addition to your room rate, and a two-night stay is highly recommended, so you don’t feel rushed during your visit. Call the inn at 904-277-1604 or reserve online.

Why Choose The Addison on Amelia Island?

Of course, the inn itself serves as a respite for travelers looking to unwind. You can sleep in late and cuddle under the sheets in one of our luxurious queen or king beds. Enjoy a three-course, home-cooked gourmet breakfast outside on our lovely veranda. Maybe you want to escape to your private porch or sitting area overlooking the landscaped courtyard and fountain. You can look for seashells as you stroll along the pristine beaches of Amelia Island. Enjoy our evening social hour with beverages and appetizers. Or spend time shopping and eating in our downtown historic district. The possibilities are only limited by your desire to explore our beautiful coastal community.

Keep in mind that there’s no one “right way” to do a Babymoon. Since taking ownership of the inn in 2017, we’ve had quite a few couples stay with us for their Babymoon, and they all approached their stay differently.

One couple wanted some together time and some alone time. Perfect! The dad-to-be headed to a nearby restaurant to watch his favorite soccer team play, while the mom-to-be stayed back at the inn. She spent time relaxing in their guest room and getting some fresh air on their private porch writing in her journal. Another couple chose to relax in their room and enjoyed riding bikes around downtown.

No matter how you want to celebrate your Babymoon, we hope that where you celebrate it is with us—at The Addison on Amelia Island!

 

 

Say Cheese! An Exclusive Culinary Adventure on Amelia Island FL

December 11, 2019 by theAddison

Travelers looking to infuse their Amelia Island vacation with extra special memories often find themselves staying at a bed and breakfast inn like The Addison. If you’re like most of our guests, you don’t want to stay in a large, impersonal chain hotel while visiting the island. Why? Because the lodging is part of your travel experience and you want an intimate, personal, unique stay.

Well, it’s about to get even more amazing with our exclusive culinary adventure just for guests. Whether you’re a full-blown foodie or just a wine-and-cheese lover, you won’t want to miss the special treat we’ve got lined up for our guests at The Addison in January!

Exclusive Culinary Event

Cheesemaking class participantsTo tie-in to Amelia Island’s 12th Annual Restaurant Week, we’re offering an intimate,  artisan cheese-making class right here at The Addison on Amelia from Jan. 17-20, 2020. Taught by renowned cheesemaking connoisseurs Linda and Larry Faillace of Vermont-based Three Shepherds Farm, our inaugural three-day class offers a unique culinary adventure in a small-group setting. Think of it as a mini-master class in cheesemaking as you learn the art of making a variety of delicious cheeses while getting expert tips and advice from cheesemaking gurus.

For this exclusive experience, we’ve limited the class to only 10 participates and set aside a block of rooms for this special event, which we expect to sell out quickly. (Hint: Book now to reserve your spot at this limited event.)

Calling All Foodies!

Set against the cozy backdrop of The Addison, the class walks you through the fundamentals of transforming the essential cheesemaking ingredients (curds and whey) into scrumptious mozzarella and ricotta cheese. (Can you say “yummy”?) You’ll get to enjoy your handcrafted goodies during your stay and then take samples back home to share with family and friends.

In addition to the hands-on learning component, we’ve lined up a slate of culinary delights for you and your new wine-and-cheese-loving friends. We’ve scheduled breakfast each morning at the inn, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and an evening social hour Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Plus, we top the event off with a fun wine and cheese tasting and pairing.Wine and cheese pairing

For complete details and the three-day event schedule, visit Say Cheese at The Addison.

Grab Your Spot!

As mentioned, we’re limiting this exclusive culinary event to just 10 guests. We’d love to have you join us! To book your reservation and guarantee your seat at the cheesemaking table, please call us 904- 277-1604.

Finally, if you love exploring local food scenes, we encourage you to spend a few extra days in Amelia Island’s historic downtown Fernandina Beach to taste your way through some of our award-winning eateries during the 12th Annual Restaurant Week

Discover the Magic of an Authentic Victorian Christmas – The Addison on Amelia

December 4, 2019 by theAddison

Every year, the Christmas season on Amelia Island officially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving. Locals and tourists alike don their Christmas PJs and go shopping in downtown historic Fernandina Beach to score those Black Friday deals. It’s small-town fun at its finest, and we love to see our guests at The Addison participate in this island tradition!

Once December hits, the Christmas festivities take over the town, starting with our beloved traditions—the Holiday Home Tour and Dickens on Centre.

Fortunately, The Addison is in the heart of it all. We’re close enough to the action that guests can walk to the holiday celebrations, but far enough away that our inn provides a peaceful respite on their return. Much to their delight, Ron and I welcome guests back at night with true Southern hospitality—a glass of wine and appetizers during our evening Happy Hour.

Here’s a sneak peek of our two most popular Christmas traditions on Amelia Island.

Holiday Home Tour

       

This year’s Holiday Home Tour takes place December 6-7 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), marking the 13th year that Amelia Island Museum of History brings the Christmas magic to our community. What can you expect to see? Five Victorian homes in historic Fernandina Beach, including our next-door neighbor, decked out with holiday flair, courtesy of our talented local florists. Plan to spend about 45-60 minutes in each home for an up-close look at beautiful renovations, family heirlooms, and preserved historic elements intertwined with the Christmas spirit of a bygone era. For example, at the Maier home, you can hear the stories behind the owners’ unique collection of Santas.

Insider’s Tip: This popular tour attracts big crowds! Avoid long lines to enter the homes by going a bit later in the day and touring the homes in a different order rather than starting at the first house listed on the tour. Grab your Holiday Home Tour tickets online.

thumbDickens on Centre

The following weekend, Dickens on Centre takes over the historic downtown area. Ron and I look forward to the festival’s newest addition: the inaugural Dickens Illuminated Procession, which takes place on Thursday, December 12, from 5 pm to 8 pm and will proceed right in front of the inn! Then the rest of the weekend (December 13-15) is brimming with festivities!

Now in its fifth year, Dickens on Centre transforms Fernandina Beach into a charming, Victorian-inspired holiday village, complete with a full slate of activities and entertainment. This free, family-friendly event draws visitors near and far to experience costumed characters, magical holiday lights, music, theatrical performances, visits with Saint Nick, and plenty of options for seasonal gifts and holiday shopping. It’s fun to watch the locals dress up in Victorian costumes, immersing themselves in the Christmas spirit. Even pets get in on the action, with the Parade of Paws on Saturday!

Check out the complete Dickens on Centre event schedule to map out what you’d like to experience.

Celebrate the Christmas Magic

Despite being known as a beach community and a summer destination, Amelia Island transforms into a holiday wonderland that rivals Santa’s Workshop. This is honestly one of the best times of year to visit Amelia Island, and we’re lucky enough to be able to share this festive time with our guests.

If you’d like to join us this holiday season at The Addison, we’d love to have you! Our rooms book up fast at this time of year, so I encourage you to make reservations soon. Also, if you’re looking for a unique gift for someone on your holiday shopping list, consider purchasing a holiday gift card to treat someone special to a relaxing stay at The Addison on Amelia Island.

 

How to Spend Thanksgiving on Amelia Island

November 15, 2019 by theAddison

Do you love a traditional Thanksgiving dinner? At The Addison on Amelia, we sure do! But it’s a lot of work, right? Let Ron and me lighten your load this Thanksgiving as we prepare a feast for our guests—and we hope you’re one of them! We’re all about traditions, especially when they involve making holidays special for guests at The Addison on Amelia. Thanksgiving is no exception. Let us tell you all about how you can enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving on Amelia Island.

Everything You Need to Know About Spending Thanksgiving on Amelia Island

While other inns make reservations at a local restaurant for guests and attend dinner with them, we like to do things differently here. For years, it’s been a tradition at The Addison to serve Thanksgiving dinner right here at our inn, surrounded by old friends and new ones.

Our Traditions

Since buying the inn in 2017, we’re thrilled to carry the tradition forward. We thoroughly enjoyed our first Thanksgiving at The Addison last year as we met returning guests who stayed with the previous inn owners. In fact, we received many calls to see if we would be continuing this beloved tradition. Of course, we said yes! We look forward to welcoming returning guests and we eagerly await the arrival of new guests who will gather around our Thanksgiving table with us for the first time.

As children, we enjoyed Thanksgiving with our grandparents and cousins in Pennsylvania. Even though Nan’s mashed potatoes were lumpy, her recipe was the best! As we got older, my brothers and I would rotate hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our homes in Sarasota, Plant City, and Atlanta. After our grandmother relocated to Sarasota, I hosted my brothers and their families so Grammy could enjoy time with her great-grandchildren. And just like the old days, we’d gather around the table, share stories, and laugh, feeling oh-so-thankful for these special people in our lives.

The Thanksgiving Celebration

At The Addison, Ron and I want to create the same kind of “warm-fuzzies” for our guests on Thanksgiving. And it begins weeks before the big day arrives. I dig through my family recipes to recreate a few favorite dishes. And I anxiously wait for my issue of Bon Appetit to arrive to see what new creations I can whip up. I plan the inn’s special menu and share it with our wine expert to create the ideal pairings. We want everything to be just perfect for guests joining us for Thanksgiving!

Beyond preparing a sumptuous feast, we take care of all the little touches that make Thanksgiving a truly festive occasion at The Addison. From the autumn-themed tablecloth and napkins to the beautifully adorned Christmas tree in the foyer, the decorations set the stage for a warm gathering.

And one of the best parts (at least according to our relaxed guests) is that Ron and I handle all the cooking and cleaning ourselves. Our guests can linger over pumpkin pie and coffee while we deal with the “kitchen clean-up aftermath” of a wonderful Thanksgiving feast shared with friends.

You’re Invited to the Celebration!

If this sounds like a little slice of heaven to you, please consider joining us this year. Our Thanksgiving Package begins with a two-hour narrated boat cruise with Amelia River cruises on Thanksgiving morning. This means you’ll be cruising, having fun, and learning about the area while Ron and I are back at the inn preparing an amazing feast for your return. Our Thanksgiving dinner includes appetizers, salad, roast turkey, dressing, potatoes, vegetables, and, of course, several pies (my favorite part!), along with a wine pairing for the four-course meal. The fun continues on Black Friday, as everyone dons their Christmas PJs to go shopping in downtown historic Fernandina Beach! https://www.facebook.com/events/downtown-fernandina-beach-amelia-island/annual-downtown-fernandina-pajama-party/1010434879085010/

Ready to gather around our table this year? Join us at The Addison on Amelia and let our inn be your home this Thanksgiving.

Visit to White Oak Conservation Center

April 14, 2017 by theAddison

White Oak Conservation Center is just a 45 minute drive from the Addison. Until recently they have been closed to the general public for tours but that is changing. Lee and I took one of their tours yesterday and had the most fun (educational fun) that we have had in ages.

White Oak specializes in the conservation of some of the world’s most endangered animals. White Oak is home to species such as cheetah, rhinos, okapi and many more.

We toured in an open van with Randy who knows so much about the animals, why they are endangered and what is being done to protect the species. We saw cheetah (cubs and full grown), three varieties of rhino, antelope, gazelle and, my favorite, the giraffes. We got to feed the giraffes and I had my arm muzzled by a baby rhino. This is a real up-close and personal tour.

The two hour tour starts at 10:00 mid week only and is $100 per person. Lunch is an additional $25 per person if requested.  Advance reservations are a must! Check out this amazing facility at www.WhiteOakWildlife.org

Family Visiting!

January 22, 2017 by theAddison

One frequently asked FAQ question that we get is “Do you ever shut down the inn and go on vacation?”. We do occasionally shut the inn down during slow periods for maintenance purposes but once every few years family comes to visit and we close the inn to spend a little quality time with them. And paying guests here for a romantic weekend just might not find the charm of naked little grandchildren running in circles in the courtyard laughing their faces off.

Eldest son, Matt, and his family were here for most of last week. When they left their home in northern Alberta it was minus 39 so they were really enjoying the 70 degree January weather here on Amelia Island. The family got a little beach time and parents got a break from the kids while Grandma Shannon just loved looking after them.

One family outing was the Amelia River Cruise which is always fun. The picture shows Olivia (2 years old, almost 3) driving the boat while her father and Pajama Dave (local legend, far left in photo) watch on and offer advice.

We heard today that they have arrived safely back at their home after an incredibly long air journey. The Addison is back open. We have a pretty busy week ahead of us due to Amelia Island Restaurant Week and are looking forward to a full house this weekend.

Green Approach to Bug Control

December 29, 2016 by theAddison

Here we have a passive, green approach to mosquito control. Bats will eat 600 mosquitos an hour as they fly around at night. All they need is somewhere to live.

This bat house was just installed on the back of one of the Addison’s courtyard buildings where it is out of sight. It is a deluxe 2-hole house. Apparently if you put up a 1-hole house all you get is bachelor bats. A 2-holed house attracts breeding bat families. The local bats must be pretty small as the slot for them to climb up in and roost is only 1/2 inch wide.

The mosquitos haven’t been too bad this year. I have been sweeping citronella pellets through the cracks in the decks to keep mosquitos away but that just moves the problem to another area. Having a few bats flying around town at night should really cut back the flying bug population.

A big thank you to our local Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for paying for the bat house and it’s installation.

Build it and they will come!

Chilly Outside!

December 20, 2016 by theAddison

It is a little chilly outside this morning so I put the fire on in the living room. Yesterday we were running the air conditioning, this morning the heat and fire. Yesterday everyone ate breakfast out on the courtyard veranda.  I’m pretty sure that won’t be the case this morning.  This will be our coldest day this week with a high of 56. And it isn’t even winter yet!

The first day of winter is tomorrow and it is also the anniversary of our purchasing the Addison. We’ve been running the inn for nine years now. We attract the nicest guests with many returning to us for special events year after year. Over half of our guests last night are repeat guests. One young woman first came to stay with us as a solo traveler, returned with a friend for a girl’s getaway weekend, then on her honeymoon and now is here celebrating their first anniversary.

Nine years. The time, she flies.

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