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.
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...
Most of us wouldn't turn down an opportunity to save a little money this time of year. As you begin your holiday shopping, keep in mind that AAA Members can save big bucks on everything from stocking stuffers to shipping costs. Here are some ways a AAA Membership can help you save money...
Given the summer we had, you might not even be thinking about fall yet - much less about winter. But now is really the time to start thinking about a winter getaway, and there are a lot of great opportunities close to home. Here are three upcoming AAA group trips to consider: NYC 3-...
Texting while driving is not a new problem in New York State—but as of November 1, the traffic violation has new and tougher penalties for young drivers. As part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014-2015 budget, the harsher penalties are part of the continued effort from New York State...
Homeowners insurance helps an insured pay for repairs for covered damage to their home and also helps pay for possessions lost due to fire and other covered perils. In the face of these disasters, though, is everything important to you truly covered? “In the aftermath of a fire or...
No one wants to see their auto insurance premium increase. AAA Western and Central New York advises drivers that there are some precautions they can take to help reduce potential impacts to their wallets. “Being educated about what factors may raise auto insurance rates can help...
Even with a rebounding economy, drivers want to make sure their dollars are taking them as far as possible. AAA Western and Central New York has some simple money-saving tips that insurance consumers can use to help keep some more cash in their wallets. “By making some simple auto...
Understanding your insurance coverage – and the discounts you may or may not be receiving – is critical to getting the best insurance deal, according to AAA. “Although insurance is often a complicated topic, people can save money on their home and auto insurance policies when they...

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