Weekend Inspiration: Minneapolis - United Hub

Weekend inspiration: Minneapolis

By Kelsey + Courtney Montague

Minneapolis is always one of our favorite cities to visit. It has a growing street art scene and so many great restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from.

During this visit we got to focus our adventuring on the North Loop area, a neighborhood enveloped with some of the best spots in town!

Friday evening

Hewing Hotel Bar
Hewing Hotel Lobby

Our favorite hotel in the North Loop is the stylish Hewing Hotel, a refurbished warehouse with up-scale rooms and an immaculate bar. As the Twin Cities continue to grow in popularity, we recommend booking a room early for your next trip.

After checking in, walk down the street to the well-known Bar La Grassa for classic Italian fare. If you don't have a reservation, be sure to be in line right when they open — it's a popular place.

James Beard Award Winner Chef Issac Baker delivers bold flavors and adventurous pasta at this excellent hot-spot. The filled pastas will change your life and the flattened and grilled chicken is excellent.

If you're looking for something sweet post-dinner, walk down the street to Edwards Dessert Kitchen for a scrumptious fig and grape tart that tastes even better when paired with a craft cocktail.

Saturday morning and afternoon

Wake up early and head down for a classic breakfast at Tullibee, the hotel's restaurant.

If you're in the mood to do something a bit more active, and want to visit some of Minneapolis' famous lakes, Uber over to the Lake of the Isles Park. This park features ice skating in the winter, canoeing in the summer and has a stunning two mile walk/bike trail around the lake. If you're feeling really adventurous continue to walk around the larger Bde Maka Ska Lake.

After all of the activities, you've probably worked up an appetite, so when you're back in the North Loop walk over to Black Sheep - Coal Fired Pizza for one of their simple, yet excellent pies.

Saturday evening

Depending on your evening plans, we recommend getting an early reservation at our favorite restaurant in Minneapolis, Bachelor Farmer. Everything at this restaurant is excellent, but you can't leave without ordering a toast board and complementing whatever meal you get with their crazy-good popovers.

If you plan to attend a show, the Orpheum is a stunning, refurbished theater that attracts talent from all over the globe. We were lucky to catch Hamilton while we were there.

Sunday morning and afternoon

Stop by Freehouse for breakfast and be sure to get the breakfast bowl. After breakfast stop by the Walker Sculpture Garden to see some iconic Minneapolis pieces. The iconic cherry on the spoon is not to be missed.

After a stroll through the sculptures, stop by Keirans Irish Pub for their famous fish and chips and an IPA.

If you're still looking for an art experience, we suggest taking an Uber over to the installation at the Rosedale Center. Inside the center you will find three huge, beautiful sets of wings that make for the perfect photo opportunity .

Sunday evening

Spoon and Stable is another Minneapolis staple that's smart and classy with beautiful cocktails. Focused on Midwest cuisine with an edge, another James Beard Award Winning chef Gavin Kaysen delivers exceptional food. May we humbly suggest the orecchiette and the swordfish?

Afterwards top off your trip with a delectable cocktail from the speakeasy Marvel Bar. It's unmarked, so keep an eye out for a long hallway (under Bachelor Farmer) that ends with a purple door.

Enjoy your time in this Midwest marvel that's full of great food and kind people.

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United's regional presidents join respective Governor's COVID-19 task force

By Ryan Wilks, May 21, 2020

As a member in the tourism, travel and transportation industries, United offers a unique perspective into the economic and operational effects rippling across the U.S. To advocate United's efforts, and in anticipation of a bright future, New York/New Jersey President Jill Kaplan and California President Janet Lamkin have both been named to their states' respective governor's COVID-19 response task force committees.

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment throughout your travel experience.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
  • 3
    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
  • 5
    Introducing touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
  • 3
    Temporarily removing onboard items like pillows, blankets and inflight magazines
  • 4
    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
  • 5
    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
  • 6
    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Applying social distancing to seating procedures when possible, including:
    • Limiting middle seat selection
    • Moving customers seated closely together
    • De-planing in groups of five rows at a time to reduce crowding
  • 8
    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft, to be completed on all flights by mid-June
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove up to 99.7% of airborne particles

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

A message from Scott Kirby, United’s new CEO

By The Hub team, May 20, 2020

Hello. I'm Scott Kirby, the new CEO of United Airlines. I'm a proud Air Force Academy graduate and have spent my entire career in and around aviation, including the last four years as President of United.

While I had planned for my first communication with you to be about the meaningful investments we were making to the travel experience and our continued growth across the U.S. and expansion to exciting new destinations around the world, today, the situation rendered to us by the COVID-19 pandemic leads me to a different type of message.

First, I graciously and humbly thank you for your business. Now, more than ever, our customers' loyalty is so deeply appreciated by every member of the United family.

As essential workers, the men and women of our airline have been hard at work over the past two months to transport vital medical supplies and critical goods to places that need them most, to provide free travel to healthcare professionals and to help thousands of individuals repatriate to their home countries.

Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it's our singular customer focus. We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of your mind when making travel decisions. We're not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to protect our customers and employees.

We are installing plexiglass in lobby and gate areas, we're using the same equipment used to clean hospitals to disinfect the interiors of our aircraft, all crew and customers on board are required to wear face mask coverings and we're taking the temperature of our employees before they start work.

But at United, we're not stopping there. We're teaming up with experts from Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic to set a new standard for cleanliness and healthy flying that we are calling United CleanPlus℠.

Clorox is working closely with us to improve how we disinfect common surfaces and provide our customers with amenities that support a healthy and safe environment.

Physicians and scientists at the Cleveland Clinic, will advise us on new technologies and approaches, assist in training development and create a rigorous quality assurance program. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help us use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep our customers safe.

While we may not know when this pandemic will subside, what we do know is that travel is so deeply woven into the fabric of our global culture. We all desire to visit family, dance at a friend's wedding, hug parents…and see the wonders of this beautiful world. No matter how sharp the picture quality – or how strong the WiFi signal – there's simply no substitute for being there – in person – to collaborate, celebrate, explore. We are confident that travel will return. And when it does, United Airlines will be ready to serve you again in the friendly skies.

Thank you. Be well. And I look forward to seeing you on board.

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