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One fine day: Denver

By The Hub team

Story by Ellen Carpenter | Rhapsody, October 2016

You're in town for business, but you have the day off. Go.

9 a.m. Start off the morning with a bacon sticky bun and a coffee flight (you'll need all three cups for the day you've got planned) at Mercantile Dining & Provision, a bright and sleek restaurant and market in Union Station. Once caffeinated, explore “Denver's living room," the 102-year-old train station that was meticulously transformed in 2014 to become one of the country's most beautiful public spaces, packed with shops, restaurants, and even shuffleboard tables.

The wood-fired oven at Cart-DriverThe wood-fired oven at Cart-Driver

10:30 a.m. For a bit of culture, head over to the Clyfford Still Museum, which just might be the best single-artist-dedicated museum in the U.S. Unless you're an expert on the Abstract Expressionist visionary, join a tour to gain major insight into Still's life and process. With thousands of paintings to choose from—Still was beyond prolific and kept nearly all his works—the museum is regularly changing exhibitions; go again in three months, and you'll see entirely new work.

12:30 p.m. Hop on a B-cycle, Denver's bike-share program, and ride over to the up-and-coming RiNo (River North) neighborhood for lunch … in a shipping container. The digs may be bare-bones, but Cart-Driver serves up the city's best pizzas, blistered to perfection in a wood-fired oven (go for the mushroom with tarentaise cheese and ash vinaigrette), along with plump oysters, decadent tuna mousse, and prosecco on tap. The staff recommends you top your slices with one of their housemade hot sauces, like the sweet and kicky red chili and pineapple. Listen to them.

The ART hotelThe ART hotel

2 p.m. You're too full to bike. Uber over to Larimer Square, a beautiful historic district right by Coors Field, for some shopping. Former saloons from the 1860s now house boutiques like Blush, which offers a carefully curated collection of women's fashion (Elizabeth and James, Vince), and Gusterman's Silversmiths, where you can get anything from a simple money clip to a custom-made engagement ring

4 p.m. Time to recharge. Head back to your stylish and roomy suite at the ART hotel for a bath in the glorious soaking tub (if only all hotels had them). Don't feel too bad about skipping the Denver Art Museum next door; the hotel boasts pieces by Deborah Butterfield, Tracey Emin, Sol LeWitt, Ed Ruscha, and more. Grab a Warhol Sour (Knob Creek, chili liqueur, cinnamon, lemon) at the Fire Lounge downstairs and explore the hotel like it's a gallery, which it kind of is.

A wall of vintage radios at Ophelia's Electric SoapboxA wall of vintage radios at Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

7 p.m. Ask the ART's house driver to whisk you to Acorn, at the Source, an artisan food market in RiNo, for dinner. Must-orders from the shared-plates menu? Chicken-liver pâté with Colorado apricots and hazelnuts, fried pickles with green-goddess aioli, hamachi crudo, and every dessert on the menu. Deciding between cocktails or beers (both menus are extensive) might be the toughest decision you make all day.

9:30 p.m. Close out your day at Ophelia's Electric Soapbox, a former brothel turned nightclub and restaurant that pulls in a good-looking crowd for live music, DJs, and burlesque. The space is almost as exciting as the shows: The downstairs bar is constructed from hundreds of mini Jägermeister bottles, stacks of vintage radios serve as the backdrop to the stage, and bar tops are made of pinball-machine backboards. Order a Ratio Beerworks Repeater Pale Ale and toast to the Mile High City.

Photographs by Ted Stedman (Clyfford Still Museum); Courtesy of the ART (hotel exterior); Adam Larkey (Ophelia's Electric Soapbox)

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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