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The best apple-picking orchards in America

By The Hub team, October 06, 2016

Fall is in the air, and there's nothing more quintessentially autumn than apple picking. So we teamed up with Swarm, Foursquare's check-in app, to find 12 of the best orchards across the country. Whether you're going for the fresh fruit, cider doughnuts or Instagram appeal, here's the best orchard for your picking needs.

Alyson's Orchard; Walpole, New Hampshire

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Alyson's Orchard (Walpole, NH): Best for Big, Juicy Honeycrisps

New England is the big leagues for apple picking, and Alyson's Orchard, in rural New Hampshire, boasts over 50 apple varieties, including many names you've never even heard of (like Tolman Sweet or Baldwin).

Russell Orchards; Ipswich, Massachusetts

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Russell Orchards (Ipswich, MA): Best for Berries

Sure, apples are the most popular fall produce, but you can visit this Ipswich orchard all summer long to pick your own blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Then, head home and immediately make this berry galette..

Mercier Orchards; Blue Ridge, Georgia

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Mercier Orchards (Blue Ridge, GA): Best for Boozy Apple Picking

Look, apple picking isn't just for kids. After an hour of grabbing Fujis and Galas, it's time to turn your attention to the homemade hard ciders and wines at this southern orchard. (The winter blackberry wine sounds absolutely heavenly.) Don't leave without trying a wine slushy, made from Mercier's homemade peach and apple wines.

Carter Mountain Orchard; Charlottesville, Virginia

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Carter Mountain Orchard (Charlottesville, VA): Best For Leaf Peeping

The ever-popular Carter Mountain Orchard overlooks the scenic Shenandoah Valley, which is essentially a gold mine for fall foliage. Here's the game plan: Arrive in late afternoon, just in time to enjoy the weekly sunset series, where you can pick to your heart's content, then stay for wine and live music with a view of the valley.

Fishkill Farms; Fishkill, New York

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Fishkill Farms (Fishkill, NY): Best For Shopping The Farmers' Market

Of course you came for the apples, and you'll go home with bushels of Macouns and Cortlands. But this Hudson Valley orchard also boasts an impressive farm store where you can load up on everything from fresh eggs to homegrown veggies.

Kiyokawa Family Orchards; Parkdale, Oregon

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Kiyokawa Family Orchards (Parkdale, OR): Best for #Views

Come for the fruit; stay for the incredible vistas overlooking the Hood River Valley. It's not every day that you get to pick your own apples before a backdrop of snowcapped mountains.

Brown's Orchards & Farm Market; Loganville, Pennsylvania

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Brown's Orchards & Farm Market (Loganville, PA): Best for Post-Picking Dinner

Of all the events at Brown's Orchards, our favorite is the Orchard to Table dinner series hosted through early fall. Get your apple picking done early, then book a seat for the festive meal (it's $60 per person). Each of the five courses is made with homegrown apples—think pork with apple chutney and caramel-apple tarts—and served in a gorgeous, autumn setting.

Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill; Armada, Michigan

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Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill (Armada, MI): Best for The Full Fall Experience

In addition to apple picking, you'll find a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a petting zoo, haunted barn, corn mazes, and donuts and caramel apples galore. The only way to end a day is with a hard cider and wine tasting at the Cider Mill.

Demarest Farm; Hillsdale, New Jersey

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Demarest Farm (Hillsdale, NJ): Best for Pumpkins

This New Jersey favorite offers peach picking in the summer and apple picking through the fall, but the enormous pumpkin patch is the star of the show. For that reason, a visit to Demarest Farm is a must before Halloween.

Apple Holler; Sturtevant, Wisconsin

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Apple Holler (Sturtevant, WI): Best for Playing with Animals

Apple Holler is an orchard and farm park all in one. Bring the kiddos to the petting zoo, where they can enjoy pony rides as well as adorable goats, chickens, ducks and rabbits.

Patterson Fruit Farm; Chesterland, Ohio

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Patterson Fruit Farm (Chesterland, OH): Best For Doughnuts

A day of apple picking is only as good as the doughnuts, and Patterson's on-site bakery is out of this world. You can smell the fried dough from a mile away, which will lead you to a line of people waiting to get their hands on the huge apple fritters, freshly baked doughnuts and juicy pies.

Sky Top Orchard; Flat Rock, North Carolina

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Sky Top Orchard (Flat Rock, NC): Best For Bringing Fido

It would be a shame to go apple picking without your pup. (He loves a good McIntosh.) Sky Top Orchard is known for its pet-friendly policy and boundless grounds on which your pooch can roam.

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United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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