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Weekend inspiration: Denver

By Kelsey + Courtney Montague

Booming with new residents, restaurants, bars, outdoor activities and even the sports scene, Denver is definitely worth a visit.

As fourth generation native Coloradans, we are proud of our state and the rate it continues to grow. Whenever our friends come into town for the weekend, here's our snapshot of the best this city has to offer.

Friday evening

If you're looking for a great boutique hotel experience, check out the new Born hotel in the LoDo neighborhood. It's central to everything you'll need to see in Denver, and the rooms are modern with luxurious bathtubs. If you need a lift around town, they have a state-of-the-art Tesla car with a driver to get you wherever you need to go.

If you're looking for a turn-of-the-century charmer, check out The Oxford Hotel. This stunner of a building is the oldest hotel in Denver and is rumored to be haunted. Their restaurant, Urban Farmer, has arguably the best steaks in Denver, and their bar, the Cruise Room, makes you feel like you've stepped back into the 1920s.

After you get settled, head to the Union Station area and grab dinner at Kimbal Musk's (yep — Elon's brother) restaurant, The Kitchen. The food is farm-to-table, the seafood is sustainable and the location can't be beat.

After you've eaten, head over to the Cruise Room in The Oxford Hotel for a prohibition style cocktail — the best in town, in our opinion. Or, if you want to go somewhere fancier, make a reservation and go to the slightly hidden bar on the second floor of Union Station's main hall, Cooper Lounge.

Snooze restaurant

Saturday morning

The next morning, we recommend waking up early and grabbing breakfast at Colorado's favorite brunch spot, Snooze. Started by two brothers many years ago, we remember when it was just a little spot on Colfax. It's now a multi-restaurant, multi-state empire but has kept that chill Colorado vibe.

There is almost always a line, so put your name in and play a game of cornhole with other guests waiting to eat. When you sit down, check out their pancakes and their breakfast tacos. Honestly, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

Saturday afternoon

If you're looking for a little outside adventure, we recommend a hike. Download the All Trails app that lets you find a great hike based on the difficulty, terrain and area you are looking for. If you're looking for a challenge in the summer or fall, Herman's Gulch up I-70 is a great hike and ends above the tree line at stunning Herman's Lake.

On your way down, stop in Idaho Springs for a soak at Indian Springs hot springs — or splurge for a roll in their mud bath — and be sure to get a pizza slice at Beau Joe's. The altitude is sure to leave you ravenous!

Saturday evening

That evening for dinner, check out Linger – an "eatuary." This place has become a Denver institution with a stunning rooftop bar and divine cuisine categorized by the area of the world it represents. Why is it called an "eatuary"? Probably because the Linger building used to be one of Denver's biggest mortuaries … a little creepy, but mostly cool.

Little Man ice cream cone
Little Man ice cream flavors


After dinner, head downstairs and grab an ice cream at Little Man and put your name in for the speakeasy Williams and Graham up the street. The folks at the front door will take your name and, when it's time, lead you behind a hidden door in a bookcase into a stunning bar with even better drinks.

Sunday morning

The next morning, head to RiNo (River North) — Denver's art district. Stop by the hipster Central Market for an espresso and baked goods at what we believe is the best bakery in town — Izzio. The chocolate layered croissant is delicious. Enjoy your coffee while you walk the streets and experience some truly awesome street art. Every year, artists are invited from all over the world to create new work in the RiNo area at Denver's Crush event. Shepard Fairey just finished a huge art piece on the side of the Central Market.

Sunday afternoon

You can't go to Denver without attending at least one sporting event. We Coloradans bleed orange, so if you can get a ticket to a Broncos game, go and make sure you are wearing orange! Otherwise, the Rockies (baseball), the Avalanche (Hockey) and the Nuggets (basketball) are all worth seeing. Before a game, stop by Wynkoop Brewery in LoDo, our governor's first business, to try one of their many flavors of brewed goodness.

Kelsey's mermaid mural

Sunday evening

If you're hungry after the game, head over to El Camino in the West Highland neighborhood. This place is a local favorite with great deals and even better margaritas. Then, stop by Kelsey Montague's ever-changing local winged mural at Meade and 32nd. Take a snap, post it with our hashtag #WhatLiftsYou and let everyone know what your favorite part of Denver was.

Pro tip: If you have time, Comedy Works is an awesome comedy club in The Landmark, a place in Denver's Tech Center. Kelsey Montague also has three murals in the area, including her famous mermaid tail and three-story giraffe. Check out her murals before a show.

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Why we fly

By The Hub team, November 27, 2020

In October 2019, we launched a first-of-its-kind airline miles donation platform, Miles on a Mission. In the inaugural year, MileagePlus members donated over 70 million miles, with United matching over 20 million miles, to 51 organizations. These miles have allowed for these organizations to do important, life-changing, life-saving work in the communities we serve around the globe.

United cargo connects products to people all over the world this holiday season

By The Hub team, November 23, 2020

Critical medical shipments – Check.

High-tech electronics – Check.

2.7 million pounds of lobster? Check.


While this year's holiday gatherings will look a little different, millions of people around the world will still carry on the tradition of celebrating the holidays with a meal.

As the appetite for different types of food from all over the world increases, so does the need for safe and reliable transport. Fish caught in the United Kingdom can depart at breakfast and arrive in Washington D.C. in time for dinner. Thanks to United Cargo's expansive network, we are longer constrained by global distance or the seasonality of a product,

United Cargo plays a big role in transporting shipments with a limited shelf life around the world. Packed in between the latest electronics from Asia and the hottest fashion items from Europe, our aircraft carry a variety of perishable shipments like flowers, fruit, meat and vegetables, where speed and careful handling keeps them fresh. Whether it's cherries from Washington State or vegetables from Peru, our temperature-controlled shipping processes and vast global network helps move these commodities all over the world.

While the holidays are an exceptionally busy time of year for shipping perishable items, United Cargo transports these critical goods for people all over the world year-round. Earlier this year, United Cargo moved nearly 190,000 pounds of fresh produce to Guam for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program to support communities impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, with the holiday season here, we anticipate the cargo holds of our aircraft to be full of grocery store replenishments, including staples like turkey and ham, hitting shelves across the globe.

We take pride in our role to make sure perishables and produce arrive on time and at the peak of freshness. These products sustain, feed and nurture the world, and consumers around the globe depend on them every single day.

Since March 19, United has operated nearly 8,000 cargo-only flights, moving over 272 million pounds of cargo on those flights alone. United Cargo is proud of the role we play maintaining the global food supply chain and helping people access commodities from all over the globe.

Bon appetit!

10 travel tips for the holiday season

By The Hub team, November 19, 2020

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your holiday travels, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, payments 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 and touch-free onboard payments.

2. Read and sign the Ready-to-Fly checklist

Before completing check-in, all United travelers will need to read our Ready-to-Fly checklist and confirm that they understand and agree to our policies. These include:

  • Acknowledging that you haven't had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Agreeing that you will not fly if you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 21 days
  • Confirming that you will follow all policies regarding face coverings, social distancing and other health and safety measures we've adopted

3. Get familiar with CleanPlus

United CleanPlus℠ is our commitment to delivering industry-leading* cleanliness, plus putting health and safety at the forefront of your experience, in partnership with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic. We've implemented CleanPlus in a number of ways that you'll notice throughout your trip, as well as with some behind-the-scenes enhancements like:

  • Disinfecting high-touch areas on board and in the terminal
  • Using electrostatic spraying, Ultraviolet C lighting wands and more advanced measures to clean aircraft cabins before boarding
  • Redesigning our mobile app to allow for touchless check-in and contactless payment, along with enhanced travel assistance features

Studies show COVID-19 exposure risk is minimal when air filtration systems and masks are in use, so you can rest assured that the steps we've taken to keep you safe truly make a difference.

4. Don't forget essential documents

We've made a list of travel requirements and restrictions for every destination that you can check twice, or as often as you need before your trip. Just visit united.com/travelrequirements to get the details on COVID-19 testing, health documents and other things you may need before you fly.

5. Wear your mask

You may not notice our smile behind our face covering, but you can be sure that we're appreciative of all our travelers who arrive to the airport with their mask on, and continue to wear it over their nose and mouth at all times in the airport and on board. Make sure you review our requirements for face coverings, including what an acceptable face covering looks like. Bonus points if your mask infuses some holiday cheer!

6. A better boarding process for your safety

If you haven't flown with us in a while, you might want to get familiar with our new boarding process. To make boarding even safer, we now have travelers board their aircraft from back to front. At the gate, just listen for your row number to be called – we'll ask a few rows at a time to board, starting with the last row of the plane. This helps everyone maintain a safe distance from each other during boarding without slowing things down. As you step onto the plane, flight attendants will hand each passenger a sanitizing towelette, which you can use to wipe down your seat to ensure it's extra clean.

7. Pack smart

Before packing your bags, check to see what exactly you can carry on and what you should plan to check. You can also copy your confirmation number into our Baggage Calculator tool to learn about the bag allowance included with your reservation, as well as the cost of checking any additional bags.

8. Check your flight status, important notices and weather

Check the United app regularly for the latest updates, weather conditions, flight status, gate and seat assignments. You can also visit our Important Notices page to find essential information and updates about travel waivers, international travel, TSA and security, airports and United Club locations.

9. Arrive early; avoid the stress

Airports can be busy, especially during the holidays. The TSA advises arriving at the airport two hours before your flight for domestic travel and three hours for international travel in anticipation of long security lines. This can help ease the stress when navigating busy check-in areas, security lines and crowded boarding gates.

10. Relax and enjoy your flight

Once you're on board, it's time to sit back and enjoy your flight. Our flight attendants will be happy to help you with anything else you need.

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