3 Romantic Getaways for Valentine's Day - United Hub

3 romantic getaways perfect for Valentine's Day

By The Hub team, February 09, 2016

Whether it's a historic hideaway, a remote rendezvous or an escape in the heart of the city, when planning a romantic excursion the setting is key. Breathtaking scenery is a must as are comfy accommodations. Throw in good food and drink, and you have yourself a getaway that would make Cupid proud. Read on for three destinations that won't disappoint starry-eyed lovers.

Rustic hideaway in Meadows of Dan, Virginia

What could be more romantic than snuggling up together in a luxurious tree house perched on the edge of a plateau in a remote forested locale? That's what you'll find in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. If you're looking to stay somewhere that combines pristine mountain views with the amenities of a world-class resort, try the Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan, just 80 minutes away from Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. The eco-conscious oasis spans 1,200 acres and offers guests a variety of luxurious accommodations from tree houses to cottages and mountain homes. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the many outdoor activities Primland offers, the resort also includes a lodge, two restaurants, lounge and full-service spa. Nature lovers can spend quality time together outdoors stargazing at the observatory. At night it feels like you have the heavens all to yourself.

Remote rendezvous in Park City, Utah

Located only 40 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport, Park City is one of the best resort towns for lovebirds. With popular ski resorts, shopping, dining and entertainment, Park City has something for just about everyone. Spend a day on the slopes by using the free shuttles that will take you to Deer Valley and Park City Mountain ski resorts. Or, explore the bustling Main Street with its array of galleries, vibrant nightlife and cozy dining options such as Riverhorse on Main or Zoom. When you're ready for a little R&R, head to one of the town's many quaint hotels. For a bit of historic European-style luxury with a boutique feel, try the Washington School House Hotel, a beautifully refurbished schoolhouse circa 1889. If you're looking for a traditional rustic ski lodge, the Blue Church Lodge will surely live up to your expectations with its Victorian-era décor and cozy fireplace in each room.

Indulgent weekend in New York City

From the best of Broadway to world-class museums, exquisite dining and nightlife, New York City has it all for the perfect romantic getaway. Indulge in all the city has to offer and stay at the Plaza Hotel. Arguably one of New York City's most famous properties, the Plaza is the ideal spot to experience the city by foot or horse-drawn carriage. During the day, stroll through Central Park, view art at The Met (one of the world's largest museums), or simply enjoy the 360-degree view of the cityscape from the top of Rockefeller Center. You can even reserve a Valentine's Day Skate & Dinner at Rockefeller Center's iconic ice rink. End your day back at the Plaza with even more luxury by sipping cocktails at the Palm Court, the Rose Club or the Champagne Bar downstairs – it will leave you feeling like royalty in a realm far away from the modern age.

Now that you have some ideas about where to go for your Valentine's Day getaway, the only thing left to do is go. Visit united.com or use the United app to book a flight today for a romantic rendezvous in a legendary big city hotel, a luxury resort or a quaint, historic inn located in a hip mountain town. What's not to love?

Shaping an inclusive future with Special Olympics

By The Hub team, July 24, 2020

If your travels have taken you through Chicago O'Hare International Airport anytime since October 2019, you may have had a friendly, caring and jovial exchange with Daniel Smrokowski. Daniel is one of four Service Ambassadors thanks to our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics. This inaugural ambassador program aims to provide Special Olympic athletes employment opportunities within our operation, affording them a unique and meaningful career.

Since 2018, our partnership with Special Olympics has become one of United's most cherished relationships, going beyond the events we take part in and volunteer with. While the plane pull competitions, polar plunges, duck derbies and Special Olympics World Games and other events around the world are a big part of our involvement, the heart of this partnership lies with the athletes and individuals supported by Special Olympics. To advocate for their inclusion in every setting is one of our biggest honors, and we take great pride in the role we play in the organization's inclusion revolution.

Aiding in the success of Special Olympics' mission to create continuing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, throughout the two-year partnership, United has volunteered over 10,500 hours and donated over $1.2 million in travel to the organization. The impact of this partnership is felt at every level, both at Special Olympics and within our own ranks.

"The Inclusion Revolution campaign, led by our athletes, aims to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. United Airlines has joined in our fight for inclusion, empowering our athletes with the skills needed to succeed and opportunities to contribute their abilities as leaders," said Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver. "United Airlines believes that people with intellectual disabilities should be perceived as they really are: independent, world-class athletes, students, employees, neighbors, travelers, and leaders who contribute to make this world a better place."

Our Service Ambassador program is just one of the many ways Special Olympics has impacted not only our employees, but also our customers. "I see every day how our Service Ambassadors connect with our customers the moment they walk into the airport lobby," said Senior Customer Service Supervisor Steve Suchorabski. "They provide a warm, welcoming smile ad assist in any way they can. To see these young adults hold positions that a society once told them they couldn't is truly the most heartwarming part of my job," Steve continued.

"The opportunity to be a part of the United family means everything to me," Daniel said. "I feel so much pride showing up to work in a Special Olympics/United co-branded uniform, working among such a loving and supportive community. The relationship between these two organizations is truly helping to shape my future while letting me use my gifts of communicating and helping others. Hopefully, I can spend my entire career at United," Daniel added.

In honor of Special Olympics' Global Week of Inclusion in July, we're asking our employees, customers and partners to sign a pledge to #ChooseToInclude at jointherevolution.org/pledge.

And be sure to check out Daniel's podcast The Special Chronicles.

United works with partners to send food to USDA food bank

By The Hub team, July 23, 2020

In collaboration with food-logistics company Commodity Forwarders Inc. (CFI), United moved nearly 190,000 pounds of fresh produce to Guam for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. This new program was created to provide critical support to consumers impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

A variety of fresh fruits were transported from Los Angeles (LAX) to Guam (GUM) on United's newly introduced, non-stop cargo-only flight – a route added to meet cargo demand during the COVID-19 crisis. The fresh food was repacked in 10-pound cases in Los Angeles, prepared for departure at CFI's LAX location, and flown to GUM by the United team. Through this beneficial partnership between United and CFI, the perishable goods were kept cool during every step of the process and distributed as part of the food bank program in Guam.

"Everyone on our team has worked relentlessly during the pandemic to get critical goods to where they are needed most. Establishing a comprehensive network of cargo-only flights have allowed us to keep the supply chain moving even while passenger flight capacity has been reduced," said Regional Senior Manager of Cargo Sales, Marco Vezjak. "Knowing that we are able to help during these difficult times – in this case the Guam community – is our biggest reward and greatest motivation to keep moving forward."

United is proud to play a role in maintaining the global food supply chain and helping people access the supplies they need. Since March 19, United has operated over 4,000 cargo-only flights, moving over 130 million pounds of cargo.

Jessica Kimbrough named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

By The Hub team, July 10, 2020

Jessica Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, will take on the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director.

Jessica assumes this new and expanded position to focus on global inclusion and equity as part of our enhanced commitment to ensure best practices across the business to strengthen our culture.

In this role, Jessica will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion – ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values. She will report to Human Resources and Labor Relations EVP Kate Gebo.

"Jessica's appointment to this role is another critical step our executive team is taking to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion remains a top priority at United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "Given her drive, experience and commitment to champion collaboration and allyship among our employee business resource groups, she is uniquely qualified to take on this position and I look forward to working closely with her."

As Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, Jessica worked closely with senior management to create and maintain positive labor relations among our unionized workforce, providing counsel on labor litigation, negotiations, contract administration, organizing issues and managing attorneys who represent United in labor relations. Previously, she served as Labor and Employment Counsel in our legal department.

Jessica has a passion for creating a pipeline of diverse lawyers and leaders, and was honored as one of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" for excellence in her career and civic engagement in 2017. She currently serves as President of uIMPACT, our women's employee business resource group.

Jessica's new role is effective immediately.

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