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Exploring Sonoma County beyond the vineyards

By Matt Chernov, August 21, 2017

Though it is world famous as a wine tasting destination, California's spectacular Sonoma County has much more to offer than just vineyards and varietals. From the majestic redwood forests to the rugged Pacific coastline, Sonoma County is an ideal spot for anyone with a desire to experience the state's natural beauty and cultural history. Here are seven places and activities that non-wine lovers can enjoy while visiting.

Marin French Cheese Company

In Sonoma County, cheese is as important as the wine it's typically served with, so a trip to the Marin French Cheese Company deserves to be part of your travel plans. Located just outside Petaluma on a verdant 700-acre ranch, this artisanal cheese producer has been in business since 1865, making it the oldest continually operated cheese manufacturer in the United States. Weekly tasting events allow visitors to try a number of award-winning cheeses while learning about the process of cheese-making.

Large tree trunk in The Redwood Forest

The Redwood Forest

No trip to Sonoma County is complete without experiencing the magnificent redwood giants found in the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Located just north of the Russian River, this beautiful state park offers visitors the chance to walk among the oldest and tallest living things on the face of the Earth. An excellent place for picnics or afternoon hikes, the reserve also features a campground for overnight guests and a 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater that's used throughout the year for public ceremonies and live events.

View of Sonoma Mountain in Jack London State Park

Jack London State Park

With 29 miles of rustic trails to explore, this gorgeous state park on the eastern slope of Sonoma Mountain is a perfect spot for horseback riding and nature walks. Visitors can take a guided tour of Jack London's historic home, wander through the ruins of a 19th century winery, or enjoy an outdoor concert — like the award-winning Broadway Under the Stars event held annually at the park in the summer.

Beer taps at Russian River Brewery

Russian River Brewery

A must-visit attraction for serious beer lovers who want to sample a variety of brews straight from the source, the award-winning Russian River Brewery in downtown Santa Rosa has been serving thirsty customers for two decades. Known for their delicious sour beers and India pale ales, including their world famous Imperial IPA called Pliny the Elder, the brewery has grown over the years to include a popular restaurant that offers classic pub food in a relaxed and friendly setting.

Bodega Bay, Sonoma County.

Bodega Bay

Movie fans will definitely want to visit this quaint seaside location from Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 masterpiece The Birds. Several of the iconic buildings from the film are still standing today, including St. Teresa's Church and the atmospheric Potter School. For lunch, be sure to stop in at The Birds Cafe for oysters and fish tacos. A few miles away in the city of Santa Rosa, you'll also find many of the locations from Hitchcock's classic thriller Shadow of a Doubt.

Snoopy character wall decor at Charles M. Schulz Museum Rick Samuels courtesy of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

Charles M. Schulz Museum

The beloved creator of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Peppermint Patty spent almost 40 years of his life in Sonoma County, so it's only fitting that a museum bearing his name should be found here, too. Schulz supervised the design of this fascinating art and history museum, which includes many of his original comic strip drawings, along with a re-creation of his famous art studio. Visitors can explore the whimsical outdoor gardens, wander through a Snoopy-themed hedge maze, or spend some time in a 100-seat theater that runs vintage Peanuts cartoons.

Outside of Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

More than just a place to get a massage, this blissful refuge in Sonoma County is a Zen paradise that offers a wide array of amenities like cedar baths, organic facials and meditation gardens. Overnight packages are available for weekend guests looking for intensive therapy. The 5-acre property also includes an 18-mile stream dubbed Salmon Creek, which extends from the nearby town of Occidental to the Pacific Ocean. To help guests rejuvenate in peace, the spa's Field of Hammocks provides a calming atmosphere amid the natural splendor.

If you go

United offers a direct flight to Santa Rosa, California and from there it's a short drive to Sonoma. Visit united.com or use the United app to plan your next trip to Sonoma Valley.

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.

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

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