Find a golden Easter egg, win a luxe trip to The Joule

If you live in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Washington DC or Dallas, your Tuesday just turned awesome.

Tomorrow, Today, March 30, in the selected cities above, Dallas’ The Joule, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel in a fabulous 1920s neo-gothic building, is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt! To play, follow @thejoule, watch for #JouleHunt hashtags and join the hotel’s Facebook page to get tips and hints about where your town’s egg might be. The lucky local in each city who finds the egg will be given a two night stay in a 465 square foot Joule Suite, as well as dinner for two at Charlie Palmer (at The Joule), two free cocktails at the PM Nightlife Lounge, breakfast in bed, valet parking and a $200 American Express giftcard to be used toward airfare.

The Dallas winner gets to stay in The Joule’s extravagant Penthouse, a 2,500 square foot suite favored by celebs like Britney Spears. Here are the amenities: “exquisite décor throughout two bedrooms, two and half baths, a living room, dining room, full kitchen and stocked bar, library, pool table and two balconies overlooking downtown.” Whoa. The Dallas winner also gets dinner for four at Charlie Palmer.

In addition to the big hunt tomorrow, one lucky guest on Easter, April 4, 2010, will receive a golden egg upon checkin at The Joule, good for a future stay in the aforementioned suite.

Belief in the Easter Bunny optional.

Shenandoah National Park announces activities for 2010

Shenandoah National Park has announced that it will play host to a wide variety of activities for the 2010 season, which is set to begin soon. Those activities include events for the whole family, ranging from fun filled games for the kids, as well as culinary events and special festivals for the big kids too. All the events will be held at Big Meadows Wayside, Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge, which open for the season on March 19, April 1 and May 20 respectively.

Things get underway with an Easter Egg Hunt scheduled to take place on April 4 at Skyland Resort. Children ages three to ten years of age are invited to explore the historic lower-level of Skyland Resort, where dozens of colorfully painted Easter Eggs will be waiting to be discovered. Hunting Easter eggs is just the start for the kids however, as the park will have plenty of other activities to keep them occupied throughout the year, including games, crafts, storytelling, and ice cream socials.

Those Easter egg hunting skills will come in handy later in the year as well. Starting on May 3rd at Skyland Resort and on May 24th at Big Meadows Lodge, visitors to Shenandoah can compete in scavenger hunts from 9 AM to 11 AM on every Monday and Wednesday. The hunts will take place along one of the many trails in the park, and visitors will search for hidden natural and historic treasures to earn certificates of achievement.

Those looking to experience fine dining while visiting Shenandoah National Park should consider the Vintner Dinners, which feature gourmet four-course meals paired with fine wine from one of the wonderful Virginia wineries. Or better yet, consider joining the park’s Executive Chef, or one of the visiting guest chefs, as they lead culinary workshops exploring the tastes of fine foods and wines as well. Both options cost $295, and include overnight stays, as well as the fine dining experience. For a much less expensive culinary option, the Rainy Day Cooking Demos are a mere $10, and offer diversion when the weather turns sour, and the trails are too wet to hike.

These are just a taste of the many activities and events that Shenandoah will host this year, but there are many more to discover as well. For instance, on May 15, Skyland Resort will welcome the arrival of spring flowers with music and food, as part of their Wildflower Spring Celebration.For even more events, check out the complete list of activities and book reservations at