Member Connection Blog

The Member Connection Blog is here to provide advice, tips, off-the-beaten path ideas, savings, and to gab about travel and attractions that Western and Central New Yorkers love.
Shop and save at your local AAA Delsey Helium Sky Luggage A member favorite, this luggage is durable, lightweight and comes with a 10-year limited warranty. Features a 2-inch expander, four spinner wheels and several zippered compartments to keep you organized. Available in black...
My extended family of 13 went to Universal Orlando Resort last month to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but we found so much more! Our group ranged in age from 6 to 70+, and at Universal we found attractions and rides that we all could enjoy together. The Wizarding World of...
AAA announces enhancements to the Approved Auto Repair program. Better Benefits New in 2014, when you bring your car in for service at one of the local AAA Approved Auto Repair locations, you’ll find new benefits and discounts available only to members. NEW! 10% discount on...
We all remember the tough weather we experienced last winter - and some areas have already seen a repeat performance from Old Man Winter. Is your home ready for cold temperatures and snow? “This time of the year, it’s a good idea to take care of a few simple projects around your home,...
These tips from AAA can help you avoid the inconvenience of a battery breakdown: Check the lights. Make sure that everything electronic is turned off when you park the car. Check the headlights and dome lights, and if you’re unloading shopping bags from the trunk, make sure it’s...
Gifts & Services Banana Republic Factory Store Save 20% off purchases of $100 or more Now through Dec. 31 Gap Factory Save 15% on purchases of $75 or more Now through Dec. 24 New York...
By Tony Spada Our goal for 2014 was to add more value to AAA membership than ever before. Looking back at the past 12 months – I am proud to say we have done just that. New automotive benefits The biggest addition to our Club this year has been the expansion of our roster of...
The winter storm in Western New York is an unprecedented storm with a significant and sudden snowfall in a very centralized area, unlike any storm our area has experienced in many years. Calls for service that have not been cleared yet are delayed in large part due to police-enforced and...
As the region prepares for another snowy winter, here are 6 tips to keep you safe on the road this season: DO: Switch to snow tires. A snowplow can't clear the cold! All-season tire rubber will begin to stiffen as the weather gets colder, but the latest generations of winter tires...
By Cyndy Gruber Well, it’s our last day. Ahhhh…it has been so very wonderful thus far. At Borgo Scopeto Relais we awoke to a view from our window of a breathtaking sunrise above the Chianti hills on a crisp clear morning. We could see Siena in the background. Down a flight of...
By Cathy Buda Yesterday we stopped in Monteriggioni, on the road that took pilgrims to Jerusalem, the Via Francigena. Monteriggioni was a small town of only a few hundred residents. There we did some souvenir shopping. I bought a plate with the famous black rooster of the Chianti...
By Lori Antecki I woke up this morning at the Ville sull Arno, a resort directly on the Arno River in Florence, after an amazing dinner last night consisting of purple potato gnocchi. Who wouldn't want to be me???? The Villa is a short walk along the Arno to the Santa Croce...
By Maureen Capanyola Our overnight in Florence was at the elegant Grand Hotel Villa Medici located in the heart of Florence, an 18th century noble palace featuring a splendid garden with an outdoor swimming pool, a fully equipped fitness club and meeting rooms overlooking the domes of...
By Faye Placito Every time I got off the bus I said “Yikes! This is unbelievable!” Today I woke up early and went into the “family room” of the Villa Il Poggiale where I saw the beautiful view of the Tuscan Hills from the open window and heard the birds singing everywhere…wow...
By Jennine Lombardi Today we embark on a fantastic, gastronomic journey through Tuscany. This journey takes us to some of the more well-known Tuscany towns such as Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca but there are a number of lesser known stops that makes this very exciting. This trip is...

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