Cozy weekend getaways within 2 hours of Seattle - United Hub

Cozy weekend getaways within 2 hours of Seattle

By Matt Chernov, January 22, 2018

There's no better way to experience all the beauty and charm that Washington state has to offer than by planning a weekend getaway during your next visit to Seattle. Upon arriving, get a rental car and put it to good use by exploring one of these cozy towns located just a short drive from the seaport city.

Whidbey Island at sunset

Whidbey Island

Approximately 30 miles north of Seattle is Whidbey, the largest of the nine islands that comprise Washington's Island County area. An ideal getaway for travelers with an interest in outdoor fun, this peaceful destination in the middle of Puget Sound is a popular place for cycling, hiking, horseback riding and kayaking. To get to the island, take a short ferry ride from the nearby city of Mukilteo, or access it by car via the Deception Pass Bridge. With miles of majestic waterways and beaches to explore, it's a vacation spot you won't soon forget.

Snoqualmie Falls outside of Seattle

Snoqualmie

Fans of the acclaimed TV drama "Twin Peaks" will definitely want to visit the city of Snoqualmie since many of the show's beautiful exterior shots were filmed there. As faithful viewers might know, the stunning Snoqualmie Falls are featured heavily in the program's atmospheric opening credit sequence. Standing nearly 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls, they're a spectacular sight to behold. For the full "Twin Peaks" experience, book a room at the Salish Lodge & Spa that served as the exterior location for the series' Great Northern Hotel.

State capitol building in Olympia

Olympia

60 miles south of Seattle, the colorful college town of Olympia beckons hip visitors with its funky and diverse local music scene. A frequent hangout of iconic rocker Kurt Cobain, and widely considered to be the birthplace of the exciting "Riot Grrrl" movement, this state capital hosts everything from country music fiddle jamborees to experimental sound festivals that draw happy crowds every year. Adding to the city's charming sense of quirkiness are the famous Mima Mounds located near the Capitol State Forest. These mysterious grassy hills and hummocks, many standing as high as 6 feet tall, continue to defy all scientific explanation. Resembling giant gofer dens, they attract curious visitors with a taste for nature's oddities.

Aerial view of Tacoma at sunset

Tacoma

A lovely 40 minute drive south of Seattle, the cozy city of Tacoma contains a wealth of fascinating museums, including the Museum of Glass, the Washington State History Museum and the LeMay America's Car Museum. When you're ready to indulge in some of the freshest seafood in the entire state, reserve a table at Tacoma's popular Lobster Shop overlooking Commencement Bay. Their Dungeness crab with pecan wild rice is one of the most delicious dishes in the region. If your idea of a relaxing getaway involves a few rounds of golf, be sure to try one of the stay-and-play packages available at Tacoma's legendary Chambers Bay Golf Club.

Mountain view of Olympic Peninsula during the winter

Olympic Peninsula

You don't need to be obsessed with the "Twilight" vampire series to fall in love with the mist-shrouded forests of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, but it certainly helps. Fans of the film and book franchise will want to spend as much time as they can exploring this gorgeous region, since it's the real-life setting of the gothic saga. Several fun tours are available to take visitors deep into the romantic world created by bestselling author Stephenie Meyer. However, if amorous werewolves aren't your thing, a stop at the Webster's Woods Art Park and the Rothschild House Historic Home Museum are well worth the trip.

Fields of flowers blooming in Sequim

Sequim

Known as "The Lavender Capital of North America," this scenic city is situated 2 hours northeast of Seattle and hosts an annual festival celebrating the beautiful flowering plant that grows in abundance thanks to the area's unusually mild climate. For foodies, Sequim offers amazing shellfish and salmon at waterfront restaurants like Dockside Grill, or locally sourced favorites served at Blondie's Plate in the downtown district. And don't forget to bring a pair of binoculars on your trip, because visitors can frequently witness some truly awe-inspiring wildlife — including bald eagles and herds of Roosevelt elk — in the nearby Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.

Snohomish

Snohomish

Located about 30 miles north of Seattle and appropriately nicknamed the "Antique Capitol of the Northwest" because of the dozens of vintage furniture and clothing shops scattered throughout the popular downtown district, this tranquil small town is highly recommended for hikers and nature-lovers who want to escape the crowds. To experience what the area must have been like at the turn of the century, head over to the quaint historic district and reserve a room at the adorable Countryman Bed & Breakfast, which was constructed in the late 1800s.

If you go

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United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment, and to provide transparency and choice throughout the travel journey.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
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    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
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    Rolling out touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing
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    Rolling out Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayers to disinfect in the airport

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
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    Providing onboard items like pillows and blankets upon request
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    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
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    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
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    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove 99.97% of airborne particles
    • The cabin recirculated air is exchanged every 2-3 minutes

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

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