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One fine day: Nashville

By The Hub team, May 16, 2017

Story by Justin Goldman | Rhapsody April 2017

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

8 a.m. “Mind your own biscuits, and life will be gravy," sang Kacey Musgraves, and you can't start a day in the South better than with those two ingredients. There's always a line at Biscuit Love, in the trendy Gulch neighborhood, but the wait is worth it for the Southern Benny, a flaky biscuit topped with eggs, smoky ham, and gooey sausage gravy.

9:30 a.m. “Nashville Skyline" was the title of Bob Dylan's 1969 country album, and the best place to take in that cityscape is through the panoramic window of your suite at the Thompson Nashville. The hotel, which opened across the street from Biscuit Love in October, is a 12-story swoosh of glass with an industrial-by-way-of-Deco feel and an über-hip rooftop bar.

Whiskey bottles from Corsair Distillery

11 a.m.“I got them ol' South Nashville blues again," Steve Earle sang about his vagrant days—except now the Gulch and the adjacent 12 South neighborhood are more SoHo than Skid Row. Buy LPs cut on-site at Third Man Records, the store and studio Jack White opened in 2009, and then dig through the racks of clothes and knickknacks at Savant Vintage. (Pass on those snakeskin boots and you'll regret it.)

12:30 p.m. “I'm an Indian outlaw," sang Tim McGraw, and although he wasn't talking about the subcontinent, Maneet Chauhan can probably relate. The Food Network star and chef/co-owner of Chauhan Ale & Masala House, tucked among warehouses and train tracks just across Broadway from the Gulch, turns the classic Southern meat-and-three lunch on its ear with a thali platter featuring an Indian-style meat and three sides, such as raita, daal, and chutney.

2 p.m. “No letter in the mail today," sang Bill Monroe. There actually is still a small branch office in the old Art Deco post office building on Broadway, but the draw here is the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The former sorting rooms are now gallery spaces that host rotating shows—recent exhibitions have included works by Harmony Korine, Irving Penn, and Michelangelo.

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

5 p.m. “You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey," sang George Jones, and for the smoothest of the Volunteer State's brown ambrosia, take a tour of the Corsair Distillery, which opened in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood in 2008 and has since won a barrel full of awards for its creations, including a quinoa whiskey and a pumpkin spice moonshine. Be careful during your tasting—the tour guides are generous with their pours.

7 p.m. “There'll be guitars and fiddles and banjo pickin' too … At the Grand Ole Opry ev'ry Saturday night," sang Jimmy Martin. Even if you're not in town on Opry night, catch a show at the concert series' traditional home, the Ryman Auditorium. The church-pew-seated venue, which celebrates its 125th birthday this year, has hosted everyone from the Carter Family to Ke$ha.

9:30 p.m. “Those Carolina stars are shining bright," sang Tony Rice, and you'll surely agree if you eat at Husk. James Beard Award winner Sean Brock expanded here from Charleston in 2013, and his locally driven cooking—the menu changes daily based on available ingredients—is still the talk of the town. It's impossible to go wrong here, but you really can't go wrong with grilled White Stone oysters, Cheerwine-glazed pork sliders, and blackened catfish with rock shrimp étouffée.

11 p.m. “Drink a round to Nashville before they tear it down," sang Gillian Welch, and you should do so at Patterson House. The cocktail lounge is in an old Craftsman house, but with its tin ceiling, dim lights, and inventive drinks it feels like a place you'd find behind an unmarked door on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Tilt back a barrel-aged Whiskey Smash and toast to Music City.

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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