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.

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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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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