An Insider's Guide to Savannah - United Hub

An insider's guide to Savannah

By The Hub team

The past plays an important role in one of America's oldest cities, which can be seen through the antebellum mansions, historic monuments and charming cobblestone streets. Beyond the history, Savannah has grown into a creative and culturally rich destination, while still maintaining its Southern charm.

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The basics

The best time to visit and getting around the city

The best time to visit Savannah is any time between March and July when the temperatures are warmer (with July being the hottest), and there is always an event to attend. like Savannah's St. Patrick's Day celebrations, which is the second largest in the country.

You won't need a car while visiting Savannah, but if you plan on taking a day trip to Tybee Island or Jekyll Island be sure to rent a car for the day. Otherwise the Downtown Historic District is easily walkable and the best way to experience this vibrant city. Bike rentals are another great option to explore the historic quarter and surrounding neighborhoods.

Experiences

Historic sites, museums & more

Savannah offers a wide variety of experiences and activities, all with Southern style. Get a sense of the city's diverse history by going on a historic walking tour or trolley tour through the downtown district. There are plenty of tours to choose from so you'll easily be able to find one that works with your schedule.

Be sure to visit the Wormsloe Historic Site with an Instagram-worthy path lined with live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. From there, stop by Savannah's most famous cemetery — Bonaventure Cemetery — a hauntingly stunning and iconic site.

Once you've had a taste of the history and witnessed the antebellum beauty of the live oak trees and historical squares, explore the vibrant art and design scene that has flourished around the city in recent years. No art gallery can compete with the Savannah College of Art and Design, or SCAD, Museum of Art. The museum is home to thousands of pieces, including works from SCAD alumni and one of the largest collections of African American art in the United States. There's a number of special events to attend, so check out their events calendar to see what's happening while you're there.

Savannah has recently become a great spot for shopping, and with everything from vintage shops to fashion boutiques, you'll easily leave with a heavier suitcase. For leather goods, stop by Satchel, a boutique started by a SCAD graduate. Make your way over to Pickler Joes, Wright Square Vintage and Retro Mall for everything from vintage clothing to retro advertising signs and old records.

Food & drinks

Comfort food, fresh seafood and inventive cocktails

The Hostess City of the South boasts rich history and an evolving art scene, but no trip down south is complete without proper Southern food. Indulge in traditional Southern comfort food and incredibly fresh seafood, but also save room for some classic dishes reimagined by top chefs in the area.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is a local institution and a must-visit when in town. Sitting in the Historic District, this Southern boarding house turned restaurant follows traditions dating back to its opening in 1943. The dining room has a simple set up of communal tables where diners sit with around 10 other guests and are served an array of homestyle Southern cooking family style. The Olde Pink house is another popular restaurant in the heart of the historic downtown offering an antebellum feel with an authentic experience.

If you're looking to try something different, be sure to head over to Zunzi's, a tiny hole-in-the-wall takeout spot with a South African influence. Famous for their sandwiches, be sure to order the Conquistador, a juicy chicken sandwich combined with two secret sauces on a crunchy French bread. They're only open during lunch hours, but it's worth stopping by for a quick bite.

For reimagined Southern dishes, book a table at Local 11ten, where you can enjoy a cocktail from their inventive menu while noshing on food that focuses on Southern-influenced cuisine. A.lure is another great option with a contemporary approach to classic Southern and seafood dishes.

Getting there

Fly direct to Savannah, Georgia, from multiple U.S. cities. Flights are two hours from Chicago and two-and-a-half hours from New York City. The airport is just a 25-minute drive from Savannah's historic district. Visit united.com or use the United app to book your flight.

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United Zoom backgrounds for AvGeeks

By The Hub team , April 02, 2020

Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Here's a fun way to take your next video call….from a United Polaris seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude. We're introducing United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom, a video conferencing tool that many people are using to stay connected.

So for your next meeting or catch up with friends and family, download the app to either your computer or mobile device to get started. If you've already downloaded Zoom you can skip ahead to updating your background image (see instructions below).

  1. Start here by downloading your favorite United image to your computer or mobile device. Just click "download" in the bottom left corner of the image.
  2. Next go to your Zoom app (you'll need to download the app to access backgrounds) and click on the arrow to the right of your video camera icon in the bottom of the screen.
  3. From here select, "choose virtual background" to upload your uniquely United photo.







Working to bring people home – repatriation flights underway

By The Hub team , April 02, 2020

When and where possible, we are working to repatriate travelers who are stranded abroad in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Our teams are working closely with government officials here in the U.S. as well as in other countries where flying has been restricted to gain the necessary approvals to operate service. In regions where government actions have barred international flying, we have coordinated with the the U.S. State Department and local government officials to re-instate some flights. Additionally, we have been operating several extra flights to countries in Central America and South America as we continue to play a role in connecting people and uniting the world.

We have operated more than 56 repatriation flights from Panama City, Guatemala City, Quito, Lima, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and Roatan, bringing nearly 8,000 people home. We will continue working with government officials to operate extra flights to Houston from Quito, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and from Lima to Washington Dulles and beginning April 5, we will begin operating multiple charter flights between Delhi and San Francisco. We continue to review more opportunities for flights between the United States and other countries to bring citizens home.

Video provided by the U.S. Embassy Ecuador of Americans returning home on United.

Additionally, our Customer Solutions and Recovery team is working with customers in the following markets to rebook them on flights back to the United States as capacity allows, either on our aircraft or on one of our airline partners' planes:

  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Managua, Nicaragua
  • Roatan, Honduras
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • Amsterdam
  • Brussels
  • Munich
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo-Haneda
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Melbourne, Australia

We also recently reinstated several international flights back into our schedule to support customers and essential businesses which depend on these routes. As a result, we will be the only airline to offer service between Newark/New York and London, San Francisco and Sydney, as well as Houston and São Paulo, Brazil.

We fly crucial medical equipment for COVID-19 testing

By The Hub team , March 31, 2020

In the midst of mobilizing our cargo operations, our teams at New York/Newark (EWR) and Jacksonville (JAX) stepped in to assist Roche Diagnostics with transporting a vital component for an instrument being used for COVID-19 testing.

The component was stuck at EWR en route to the Mayo Clinic in Florida after another airline's flights were cancelled. A Roche employee contacted us asking for help and, within a few hours, our teams had the piece loaded onto a Jacksonville-bound aircraft, with arrangements in place to deliver it to the Mayo Clinic.

The item we shipped will allow the Mayo Clinic in Florida to process hundreds of COVID-19 tests per day. Mayo Clinic Laboratories has been on the front lines of increasing testing capacity to expedite caring for patients at this critical time and working to ease the burden being felt at test processing laboratories in a growing number of areas.

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