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Weekend inspiration: Ellijay, Georgia

By Kelsey + Courtney Montague

Only a few hours from Atlanta we found a calm and sweet retreat at the start of the Appalachian Trail. Most folks know about the mountain escapes in Blue Ridge, but not many know about the nearby town of Ellijay.

We recommend renting a cabin for a weekend getaway. Blue Sky Cabin Rentals have some stunning cabins on lakes and in the mountains with wilderness views galore.

Here are our favorite things to do while in Ellijay for the weekend.

Friday

Pizza at Ellijay Wood Fired Pizzas

When you arrive on Friday evening, stop by Ellijay Wood Fired Pizza for some delicious thin crust pizza with creative toppings. Afterward, head around the corner for build your own frozen yogurt at Abby's Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt.

Saturday

On Saturday morning, stop by the cozy Ellijay Coffeehouse for a cup of coffee and their egg and apricot panini. Everything is homemade and high-quality.

After a hearty breakfast, check out one of the stunning hikes around the area. This town marks the beginning of the Appalachian Trail, so if you'd like to experience some of it, drive to the beginning of the Long Creek Falls Trail. This gorgeous walk will take you through the Three Folks Valley and to the Falls, giving you a taste of the Appalachian Trail.

After hiking, pack a picnic lunch and head to one of the wonderful wineries in the area. We recommend starting at Fainting Goat and then heading to Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery, Ott Farms and Vineyards, Engelman Vineyards and Cartecay Vineyards. If you only have time for a single stop, our favorite was the stunningly beautiful Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard.

Pro tip: Each year, in the month of March, the Winegrowers Association of Georgia organizes a winery tour passport that you can purchase for $50 to experience a tasting at all of the vineyards in the area.

Once you've enjoyed a few tastings, we recommend ending your evening at Chester Brunnenmeyer's Bar & Grill in Blue Ridge for dinner. Their steak is creatively plated and delicious.

Sunday

After all the hiking and wine tasting festivities from the day before, there's nothing better than a lazy Sunday morning. If you're looking for a good traditional Southern breakfast, look no further than the CornerStone Café. Their biscuits are everything a Southern biscuit should be — slightly salty, very fluffy and infinitely satisfying.

After breakfast, grab your tennis shoes and wander through the incredible antique malls that are scattered throughout this charming Georgia town. We found shabby chic treasures, fine Victorian dishware and antique hutches galore.

Antique shop

Stop by the Cantaberry Café for traditional American staples, like their fantastic egg and chicken salad sandwiches. Then, see if Cartacay Winery is open across the street in case you missed getting a bottle of wine there the day before. We grabbed a few bottles of their chardonnay for our Mom.

After lunch, devote some serious time to exploring Ellijay's home décor shop, Artful Ellijay. The outside features a large balloon mural by Kelsey (commissioned by Artful Ellijay) and the inside features an impressive assortment of sophisticated, silly and carefree items your house probably needs. We were obsessed with Kim Daniel's whimsical and joyful paintings of farm animals, the wood trolls hidden in crevices around the shop and their impressive display of children's gifts.

Once you're done shopping, head across the street to River Street Tavern for dinner. The Reubens are worth the calories.

Making our app more accessible for people with disabilities

By The Hub team, October 28, 2020

We're proud to launch a redesigned version of our United app to make it easier for customers with visual disabilities to manage all aspects of day-of travel, including check-in, viewing reservation details and flight status, bag tracking and more.

This latest version of our app is now available to both Android and iOS users, and it offers increased color contrast and more space between graphics. Furthermore, we have reorganized how information is displayed and announced to better integrate with screen reader technologies like VoiceOver and TalkBack, which are built into most handheld devices. By restructuring the way the information is organized on the app, screen readers are better able to convert text to audio in the proper, logical sequence, allowing customers to better understand and navigate the app.

United Zoom backgrounds for AvGeeks

By The Hub team, October 27, 2020

Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Take your next video call from a United Polaris® seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude with United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Newly added to our collection is a background encouraging our employees and customers to vote. Our mission is to connect people and unite the world — and one of the most important ways to do that is to engage in the democratic process. No matter which party you support, we know our democracy will be stronger if you make your voice heard and vote.

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.

Looking back at a landmark year with Special Olympics

By Ryan Wilks, October 19, 2020

Earlier this summer, we shone a light on our flagship partnership with Special Olympics and our commitment to the Inclusion Revolution. In that same story, we introduced you to our four Special Olympics Service Ambassadors, Daniel, Kyle, Lauren and Zinyra (Z), who, this month, celebrate one year working at Chicago O'Hare International Airport as part of the United family.

This groundbreaking, inclusive employment program took off as a part of our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics, a community relationship that employees across the company hold close to heart. The original 'UA4' (as they call themselves) have become an integral part of the United team serving customers at O'Hare Airport. Even from behind their masks, their wide smiles and effervescent spirit exude and bring life to the service culture of excellence we strive towards every day.

"The UA4 are more than just customer service ambassadors. They are shining examples of how inclusion, accessibility and equity can have monumental impacts on the culture and service of a business and community," said Customer Service Managing Director Jonna McGrath. "They have forever changed who we are as a company. While they often talk about how United and this opportunity has changed their lives, they have changed ours in more ways than we can count."

In the two years of partnership with Special Olympics, United employees have volunteered over 10,500 hours of service at events around the world and donated over $1.2 million worth of travel to the organization.

"This inclusive employment program is what community partnerships, like ours with Special Olympics, are all about: collaborating to identify areas where the needs of the community intersect with the cultural and business opportunity, then creating the infrastructure and programming to bring the two together," said Global Community Engagement Managing Director Suzi Cabo. "Through this program, our goal is to show other companies that when you put a committed effort and focus towards inclusion and breaking down barriers, you transform lives. I challenge other business around the world to follow our lead in joining the Inclusion Revolution."

Check out the video below to hear from our Special Olympics Service Ambassadors firsthand.

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