FREE LIFT TICKETS AT N.C. RESORT: Skiers and snowboarders who stay three nights on Beech Mountain this February or March can earn two free lift tickets thanks to a special promotion.
The promotion, offered by the Town of Beech Mountain, allows snow sports enthusiasts to book a three-night stay in qualified lodging and receive two weekday lift tickets to Beech Mountain Resort. At 5,506 feet in elevation, Beech is the highest ski resort in Eastern America.
The offer is valid through March 31, excluding holiday weekends.
In addition to skiing, snowboarding and tubing, Beech Mountain offers a nice mix of fine dining, shopping, hiking and other recreational activities.
For information on this special, call (800) 468-5506, or visit: www.beechmtn.com.
FREE AQUARIUM TICKETS: Stay at The Chattanoogan - the AAA Four-Diamond hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn., and you can get free tickets to that city's Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX Theater.
It's through their two-night Aquarium Spring Break package, available March 11-April 10. The package starts at $139 per night and is based on a two-night stay. It includes unlimited use of the health and recreation facilities at the hotel.
Details: 877-756-1684; www.chattanooganhotel.com.
SEE PAPAL EXHIBIT AT VA. HOLOCAUST MUSEUM: The Virginia Holocaust Museum, in Richmond, is hosting a special touring exhibit, "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People," a multimedia, interactive experience that allows visitors to follow in John Paul II's footsteps from his childhood to his role as head of the world's largest church and his lifelong relationship with the Jewish community.
Blessed by the pope in 2005, "A Blessing to One Another" highlights the importance of interreligious dialogue and the benefits of respect among communities of differing faiths and cultures.
The 2,000 square foot exhibit is a historical depiction, divided among four sections that reflect key periods in the pope's life from his childhood in Poland to his more than 25 years leading the Roman Catholic Church. Named after the pope's 1993 commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, "A Blessing to One Another" examines how a friendship with Jews, as well as experiences of hatred and intolerance, shaped the Pontiff's worldview of mutual respect.
Admission into the Virginia Holocaust Museum, along with the "A Blessing to One Another" exhibit is free and open to the public, seven days a week. Details: www.va-holocaust.com.