COVER FEATURE: What’s new in cruising 2016

Artists’ rendition of Crystal Cruises luxury river yacht. Courtesy of Crystal Cruises EnCompass’ annual survey of all that’s exhilarating and enchanting at sea and downriver. By Tom Hess Originally published: March/April 2016 A year ago, EnCompass offered its first annual roundup of new and sensational experiences available on the world’s great oceans and mighty rivers. The… Read more »

COVER FEATURE: Riesling country

Sunset in the Moselle Valley, Germany, with a view of the town of Cochem and surrounding vineyards, from Reichsburg Castle. © Olena Mykhaylova/Shutterstock Between Paris and Prague on the “Cities of Light” river cruise by Viking Cruises is a steep valley with world-renown vineyards whose beauty caught the author by surprise.  By Clark Norton Originally… Read more »

Get off our boat!

Gary Murphy, vice president of sales for AmaWaterways, riding a rickshaw on vacation in Vietnam. Courtesy of AmaWaterways Originally published: March/April 2016 AAA Colorado recently spoke with Gary Murphy, vice president of sales for AmaWaterways, which offers river cruises. AAA: Gary, what’s the difference between a river cruise and an ocean cruise experience? AmaWaterways: Many guests… Read more »

Pick your beach

Sunset at Santa Monica Beach. Courtesy of Santa Monica Travel & Tourism By Jesse Wilson  Originally published: March/April 2016 Beaches in the Los Angeles area vary greatly in their appeal. Here’s a brief guide to help you and your family decide which to visit. Venice Beach People-watching  Venice Beach is best-known for its Ocean Front Walk,… Read more »

Colorado First: Dawn of the dough

LEFT: It’s worth standing in line at Amy’s Donuts just to gaze at the sheer number of fried and baked treats. Plus, you get your choice of fillings. © Kim Long RIGHT: Pastry chef Jennifer Noelani Akina prescribes artisan brioche creations bruleed with a torch at Denver’s hip Habit Doughnut Dispensary. © Kim Long Colorado’s… Read more »

Online Feature: Cultural warrior

From the Denver Art Museum’s Samarai Exhibit opening Mar. 6, 2016: Tachidō tōsei gusoku (armor), late Edo period. Bagai (horse armor), Momoyama to Edo period: 2nd half of 19th century. Bamen (horse mask), late 16th century. Bagu (horse tack), 17th century. Iron, wood, lacquer, leather, brocade, horsehair, gold. Photograph by Brad Flowers. © The Ann… Read more »

yourAAA: Member Benefits News

Originally published: March/April 2016 Retail Store Spotlight: Colorado Springs AAA Colorado’s Colorado Springs store, serving the El Paso County region, is hosting an Open House and special Battery Event on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., at 7330 N. Academy Blvd., on the west side of Academy, next to David’s Bridal and Panera Bread…. Read more »

My Colorado Photos

Editors’ note: The Editors chose winning photos from the dozens received by email through Originally published: March/April 2016 Blooming canyon Roxanna Butkus of Greeley photographed these flowers while hiking with her family along the trail to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon. “It was a beautiful day, and I remember how muddy the river was from… Read more »

Letter to AAA Colorado Members

Linda Cavanagh, AAA Colorado President and CEO. © Evan Semón Originally published: March/April 2016 I’d like to introduce you to Linda Cavanagh, the new President and CEO of AAA Colorado. Ms. Cavanagh was unanimously elected to this position by the AAA Colorado Board of Directors at the end of December, 2015. Ms. Cavanagh most recently served as… Read more »

SafeRoads: 27-second effect

New research reveals lingering distractions from hands-free car communications.  By Rob Bhatt Originally published: March/April 2016 If you’re like most people, you probably sometimes need a few moments to establish mental focus on your next task after you end a phone call or send a text message, even from a hands-free system. But what if your… Read more »

Auto Tech: Pretty pleasing

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Courtesy of the Denver Auto Show EnCompass’ preview of three exotics at the Denver Auto Show presented by AAA Insurance. By Bryce Crawford Originally published: March/April 2016 When considering the scope of something as massively awesome as the Denver Auto Show, it’s important not to get lost in the splendor. The five-day… Read more »

Insurance FYI: Maximizing insurance discounts

Originally published: March/April 2016 Everyone wants to save money where it makes sense. One place you may be able to find helpful discounts is on your home and auto insurance. “Insurance policies should be reviewed each year to make sure you’re taking full advantage of available discounts and meeting any changing insurance needs,” said Jim Rookard,… Read more »