COVER FEATURE: Science meets fiction

LucasFilm’s X-wing fighter, R2D2 and BB-8 draw visitors of all generations, and at events throughout the year, to Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Courtesy of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum The science fiction of Star Wars inspires Colorado’s deep-space pioneers. See the connections this winter at the Denver Art… Read more »

From industry to art

Dining at Comida, one of the tenants at The Source—a public market in RiNo developed within an 1880s foundry. © Timothy Hursley Denver’s hottest neighborhood is following in the footsteps of destinations such as SoHo in New York—old places made new, attracting urban millennials and those of all ages who like to hang with them…. Read more »

Mile-deep pride

Members of the PCU (Pre-Commissioning Unit) Colorado crew, led by Executive Officer Lt. Commander Steven Col (right), toured Colorado throughout 2016, included a visit to Garden of the Gods in April. © Candice Green Of the storied U.S. Navy ships named USS Colorado, the newest will be the first to carry tokens of its namesake…. Read more »

Lone Star vistas

The famed Mexican restaurant Mi Tierra is “filled with art,” says St. Anthony Hotel general manager Kevin Thorstenson. Courtesy of Kevin Thorstenson San Antonio’s grand downtown hotel, The St. Anthony, which recently received a AAA Four Diamond rating, is ideally suited as a base camp for day trips around south-central Texas. By Tom Hess Originally… Read more »

Colorado First: Sweet dreams

Judah, left, and Lilikoi Fischer of Boulder have a hard time deciding which filled truffle to choose at Piece, Love & Chocolate, an artisan candy and cake shop west of Boulder’s Downtown Mall. © Kim Long Satisfy season’s cravings at only-in-Colorado candy makers and chocolate shops. By John Lehndorff Originally published: November/December 2016 Once upon… Read more »

Online Feature: Not your childhood chocolate

Guests of The Chocolate Therapist in Old Town Littleton happily sampled four wines paired with internationally sourced chocolates. © AAA Colorado/Tom Hess By Tom Hess Originally published: November/December 2016 The candy found in specialty shops around Colorado—destinations for vintage bars, stocking stuffers, Valentine chocolates—is for many people a comforting tradition. There’s a sense of well-being… Read more »

yourAAA: Member Benefits News

Originally published: November/December 2016 Discount ski lift tickets AAA members can save on single-day lift tickets at Copper Mountain Resort. Adult 1-Day tickets are $80, and Child 1-Day tickets are $58. Tickets are valid any day of the 2016–2017 ski season with no blackout dates. Purchase tickets at online Bigger and better So many people attended… Read more »

Road Review: Past v. present

Toyota 4Runner. Courtey of Toyota The Toyota 4Runner looks something like a tank, and the Nissan Pathfinder a boring people-mover. So who will get the reviewer’s love?  By Bryce Crawford Originally published: November/December 2016 There’s a certain level of brawny truck that gets me going. I’m not talking about the one with 42-inch Super Swampers… Read more »

My Colorado Photos

Originally published: November/December 2016 Editors’ note: The Editors chose winning photos from the dozens received by email through Photo submissions can now also be made at Winter solace Paul Smith of Denver photographed his wife, Toni, snowshoeing near the Tennessee Pass yurts. “We snowshoed in to the dining yurt for my wife’s birthday… Read more »

President’s Message: Not all heroes wear capes

Originally published: November/December 2016 I recently attended a retirement celebration for an employee that had been with AAA Colorado for more than 40 years. As I looked around the room, I noticed other employees that had been with AAA Colorado for many years. This got me thinking: What keeps an employee satisfied with his/her job… Read more »

Safe Roads: Steering clear of ‘gators’

By Tom Hess  Originally published: November/December 2016 Television networks in August reported on a growing concern for U.S. motorists: road debris that triggers crashes and causes fatalities. The reports followed the release of a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS), which found that debris caused more than 200,000 crashes on U.S. roadways… Read more »

Insurance FYI: Deer in the headlights

Originally published: November/December 2016 Tragically, animal v. vehicle crashes are far too common an occurrence in Colorado. Such collisions can put a serious dent in your vehicle, if not destroy it completely. Colorado led the nation in 2015 for highest average claims ($4,990) with AAA Insurance. While striking an animal of any size is a… Read more »

COVER FEATURE: Gold Rush 2016: Living color, living history

Colorado faithfully preserves its steam-driven trains to grant passengers access to world-class autumn scenery unavailable by car. By Tom Hess Originally published: September/October 2016 Editor’s note: Viewing aspen from the comfort of a car is by far the most popular means, to experience Colorado’s annual gold rush (see “Autumn road trips: Four base camps”). Yet… Read more »

Autumn road trips: Four base camps

Seen from Boreas Pass Road, thousands of golden aspen run down the hill into the valley below. © Debi Boucher These autumn drives take you to some of the best aspen views that Colorado offers.  Words and images by Debi Boucher Originally published: September/October 2016 Boreas Pass Boreas Pass is a self-guided Forest Service Historic… Read more »

That dreaded Check Engine Light

And the peace that comes with a trustworthy repair shop. By Courtney Messenbaugh Originally published: September/October 2016 Not long ago, I drove along U.S. 36 in Boulder County, the sun shining, my to-do list shrinking, and the kids at a sitter. I sang along with Pharrell Williams of The Voice fame, from his song “Happy”—“feeling… Read more »

Colorado First: Charming Old Towns, Part II

Lindsay Dillenbeck, along with her husband, Chris (not pictured), is fifth-generation owner of F.M. Light, a fabled Western wear destination in Steamboat Springs that has been open for more than a century. © Scott Franz Originally published: September/October 2016 Editor’s note: EnCompass published Part I of its Charming Old Towns series in the May–June 2015… Read more »

Online Feature: All in the family

Sisters Augusta and Adeline Van Buren (left) visited Seven Falls in 1916. One hundred years later, the sisters’ great-grandniece Sarah joined her father and Van Buren grandnephew, Bob, and mother, Rhonda (right), on a cross-country centennial tribute ride. © Allison Scott By Tom Hess Originally published: September/October 2016 One hundred years ago, the Van Buren… Read more »

yourAAA: Member Benefits News

West Metro Travel Agent, Stephanie Portugal, assists a member with planning his dream vacation. Originally published: September/October 2016 Retail Store Spotlight: West Metro, Denver AAA Colorado’s West Metro store, serving the West Denver communities of Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Arvada and Golden, is hosting an Open House and Car Care Event on Saturday, October 15, 2016,… Read more »

Road review: Best of both worlds

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Courtesy of Toyota Which hybrid is right, and reliable? EnCompass tested Toyota’s 2015 Prius and Camry to help you decide.  By Bryce Crawford Originally published: September/October 2016 Wherever gas prices currently sit, there’s no question Colorado, like the rest of the country, has been experiencing some of the lowest levels in… Read more »

My Colorado Photos

Editors’ note: The Editors chose winning photos from the dozens received by email through Originally published: September/October 2016 Day to remember Tom Beachman of Cedaredge photographed his wife, Sue, last October along the Little Robinson Trail, south of Coal Creek Road in the Kebler Pass drainage of the West Elk Wilderness. “The trail is… Read more »