Great Getaways for Wine Lovers - United Hub

Great getaways for wine lovers

By The Hub team, August 02, 2016

No matter where you stand on the spectrum of wine lovers, the second best place to sit down is a winery's tasting room. The very best place to take a seat? In an airplane, being whisked away to the vineyards and cellars where grapes are transformed into wines that tempt and tease your palate. Whether you're an aficionado of after-work drinks, an aspiring connoisseur or a bona fide oenophile, revel in a day trip or linger longer with one of these wine-country getaways.

Monterey County, California

Monterey, California: Grapes kissed by Pacific breezes

The jewel of California's central coastline, Monterey County is known for spectacular scenery, celebrities, cozy inns and its wealth of wineries. A short nonstop flight from San Francisco or Los Angeles lands you in the heart of three distinctive grape-growing regions. If you have just a day to sip and play, head to Carmel-by-the-Sea, where more than a dozen local wineries host tasting rooms in a very walkable four-block section of the quaint downtown. If you can stay longer, meander up the River Road Wine Trail, where chardonnay and pinot noir grapes thrive in the Santa Lucia Highlands soil. For an extra thrill, book an all-terrain vehicle tour of the estate vineyards at Hahn Family Wines just outside the little town of Soledad.

Columbia River Gorge wine country, Oregon and Washington

Columbia Gorge: Oregon and Washington varietals

You might get sidetracked by the stunning scenery on the hour-long drive from Portland International Airport to the Columbia River Gorge wine country. But the evergreen forests, rocky cliffs, waterfalls and rugged hills give you a glimpse at the diverse geology, making the next 40 miles a new mecca for varietal wine lovers. The winery offerings are widely diverse too. Take a tasting tour with cellar-master guides at Cathedral Ridge Winery or time your visit to coincide with a summer concert at the award-winning Maryhill Winery, where artists from Counting Crows to Willie Nelson draw thousands to its outdoor amphitheater.

Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay

Michigan: Old Mission Peninsula

When you yearn for fresh air and expansive views along with Old World-style wines and hospitality, take a tour of the eight wineries perched along Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. From Traverse City, drop into each of the wineries' tasting rooms as you head north up the center of the peninsula to the historic Mission Point Lighthouse. It sits directly on the 45th Parallel — a latitude known for a wine-friendly climate shared with the likes of Burgundy, Bordeaux and Oregon's famed Willamette Valley vineyards. Summer is perfect for sipping samples on the Chateau Grand Traverse winery's patio.

Piney Woods Wine Trail near Tyler, Texas

East Texas: Piney Woods Wine Trail

Get far away from big city hustle and bustle along the Piney Woods Wine Trail, which passes through the laid-back countryside surrounding Tyler, Texas. Travel a little further — about halfway between Dallas/Fort Worth and the Louisiana border — to a string of family-owned vineyards that produce comforting and complex artisan wines. Stop by Kiepersol Estates Vineyards and Wineries for a traditional tasting room experience. Then enjoy fine dining in the estate's restaurant, or stay longer at the RV park or bed-and-breakfast accommodations. In nearby Lindale, visit country music star Miranda Lambert's Pink Pistol shop featuring music merchandise and her signature Red 55 Winery wines.

Piedmont Wine Trail in Maryland

Maryland: Grapes of the Piedmont Plateau

Baltimore-Washington International Airport is your gateway to the vibrant North Maryland wine region. Just a half-hour drive from the airport is the renowned Boordy Vineyards nestled in the peaceful farmland of the state's Piedmont Plateau. Drive a few minutes farther to DeJon Vineyard, a family operation with a tasting room described as country-chic. Both are on the Piedmont Wine Trail. So is the Fiore Winery, a vineyard with Italian roots and a place on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. Stay in a local country inn or charming bed-and-breakfast for full relaxation, or trek the short distance back to Baltimore if you enjoy the big city vibe.

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United Airlines Plans to Begin Flights Between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria in November

United to operate the first ever nonstop flight between Washington, D.C. and Lagos and offer more flights between D.C. and Africa than any other carrier
By United Newsroom, September 17, 2021

CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today that new service between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria will begin November 29 (subject to government approval). The airline will operate three weekly flights connecting the U.S. capital to Nigeria's largest city, which is also the top Western African destination for U.S-based travelers. Tickets will be available for sale on and the United app this weekend.

"This new flight to Lagos has been highly anticipated by our customers and offers the first ever nonstop service between Washington, D.C. and Nigeria, as well as convenient, one-stop connections to over 80 destinations throughout the Americas including Houston and Chicago," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of international network and alliances. "On behalf of all of United we'd like to offer our sincere thanks to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and U.S. Department of Transportation for supporting our plans to provide this service."

"We are honored to work with our partners at United Airlines to welcome their second nonstop connection from Dulles International to the African continent," said Carl Schultz, acting vice president of airline business development at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "Lagos joins nearly 50 other nonstop international destinations currently served by the National Capital Region's gateway to the world."

United will operate this route with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 28 United Polaris® business class lie-flat seats, 21 United Premium Plus® premium economy seats, 36 Economy Plus® seats and 158 standard economy seats. This flight is the only service between the U.S. and Nigeria to offer premium economy product. Flights will depart Washington, D.C. on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and return from Lagos on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

This new flight builds on United's expansion into Africa and solidifies United's leadership position to Africa from the D.C. metro area, with more flights to the continent than any other airline. Just this year, United launched new service between New York/Newark and Johannesburg, South Africa and between Washington, D.C. and Accra, Ghana. And this December and January, United will increase its service to Accra from three weekly flights to daily* as customers travel home for the winter holidays. United is also returning its popular service between New York/Newark and Cape Town, South Africa on December 1.

United's new flights comply with each country's COVID-19 protocols and customers should check destination requirements before traveling.

Making International Travel Easier

United is the only U.S. airline to offer its own one-stop-shop where customers can conveniently get "travel-ready" by finding a location to schedule a COVID-19 test as well as upload and store their test results and vaccination records directly through the airline's website and award-winning mobile app with the Travel-Ready Center. The airline's easy-to-use travel tool available on United's mobile app enables customers to reduce stress and save valuable time at the airport right from the palm of their hand. United also announced a collaboration with Abbott and became the first U.S. carrier to set up an easy way for international travelers to bring a CDC-approved test with them, self-administer while abroad, and return home.

United Next

United is more focused than ever on its commitment to customers and employees. In addition to today's announcement, United has recently:

  • Launched an ambitious plan to transform the United customer experience by adding and upgrading hundreds of aircraft as well as investing in features like larger overhead bins, seatback entertainment in every seat and the industry's fastest available Wi-Fi.
  • Announced a goal to create 25,000 unionized jobs by 2026 that includes careers as pilots, flight attendants, agents, technicians, and dispatchers.
  • Announced that United will train at least 5,000 pilots by 2030 through the United Aviate Academy, with the plan of at least half being women and people of color.
  • Required all U.S. employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Became the first airline to offer customers the ability to check their destination's travel requirements, schedule COVID-19 tests and more on its mobile app and website. 
  • Invested in emerging technologies that are designed to decarbonize air travel, like an agreement to work with urban air mobility company Archer, an investment in aircraft startup Heart Aerospace and a purchase agreement with Boom Supersonic.
  • Committed to going 100% green by 2050 by reducing 100% of our greenhouse gas emissions without relying on traditional carbon offsets, including a recent agreement to  purchase one and a half times the amount of all of the rest of the world's airlines' publicly announced Sustainable Aviation Fuel commitments combined.
  • Eliminated change fees for all economy and premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S.

About United

United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." In 2019, United and United Express® carriers operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 162 million customers. United has the most comprehensive route network among North American carriers, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.  For more about how to join the United team, please visit and more information about the company is at United Airlines Holdings, Inc. is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

*daily flights to Accra this winter are subject to government approval


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United, Honeywell Invest in New Clean Tech Venture from Alder Fuels, Powering Biggest Sustainable Fuel Agreement in Aviation History

United agrees to purchase 1.5 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over 20 years - which is one and a half times the size of the rest of the world's airlines' publicly announced SAF commitments combined
By United Newsroom, September 09, 2021

CHICAGO and DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United and Honeywell today announced a joint multimillion-dollar investment in Alder Fuels – a cleantech company that is pioneering first-of-its-kind technologies for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale by converting abundant biomass, such as forest and crop waste, into sustainable low-carbon, drop-in replacement crude oil that can be used to produce aviation fuel. When used together across the fuel lifecycle, the Alder technologies, coupled with Honeywell's Ecofining™ process, could have the ability to produce a carbon-negative fuel at spec with today's jet fuel. The goal of the technologies is to produce fuel that is a 100% drop-in replacement for petroleum jet fuel.

United Airlines to Present at the 14th Annual Cowen Global Transportation & Sustainable Mobility Conference

By United Newsroom, September 01, 2021

CHICAGO, Sept. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United (NASDAQ:UAL) will present at the 14th Annual Cowen Global Transportation & Sustainable Mobility Conference on Thursday, September 9. The presentation will begin at 10:30 a.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. ET.

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