There’s no better place to celebrate Valentine's Day than by spending it with your loved ones in Lake Tahoe, where the glimmering blue water, snow-capped mountains, and sunny skies make any Tahoe experience unforgettable. Therefore, if you are close to Incline Village/Crystal Bay and looking for ideas about where to go, what to do, and how to impress that special someone, then here are some suggestions for dates, dinner, drinks (and even where to find diamonds):
For a Daytime Date:
Get a Coffee at Tunnel Creek and Stroll Down the East Shore Trail
If you’re looking for a nice inexpensive date while still impressing your sweetie with incredible views of the lake, head over to the Tunnel Creek Café and get a beverage and a snack then head down the East Shore Trail. This wide 4-mile paved path leads to Sand Harbor State Park; it hugs the shoreline and is most accessible when it isn’t covered in snow (which shouldn’t be a problem this year). However, keep in mind that Tunnel Creek Café is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so if you are going to take your date out on Valentine’s Day, consider getting a coffee at Drink Coffee Do Stuff before heading out on your walk.
Go Snowmobiling at Zephyr Cove Resort
Now that we have a great snow base in Tahoe thanks to those Christmas storms, Lake Tahoe Adventures has reopened its snowmobile operations for the 2021-22 winter season. With a fleet of 100 Ski-Doo’s and an extensive trail system that stretches 45 miles, Lake Tahoe Adventures provides couples and families with a 2-hour snowmobiling experience they’ll never forget. While exploring the Spooner backcountry, experienced guides stop at viewpoints 9,000 feet above sea level so that you can take pictures with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, and sometimes you can even get up to 30mph depending on the ability level of the rest of your group.
Ski or Ride at Diamond Peak Ski Resort
If you’re an avid skier or snowboarder and have matched with another avid skier or snowboarder, then it only makes sense to meet up at Diamond Peak to see if you’re compatible on and off the slopes. When you get off the Lakeview lift, take Freeway over to Crystal Express to access more intermediate and advanced runs from the top. Be sure to snap a pic on the popular and scenic Crystal Ridge run and when you’re ready to take a break, go back to Lakeview and have a cocktail at Snowflake Lodge overlooking Lake Tahoe.
Take Your Sweetie on a Sleigh Ride at Sand Harbor State Park
Founded in 1969, the Borges family is still giving its majestic blond Belgian horses plenty of exercise by offering wintertime sleigh rides on the weekends out of the Heavenly Village and Sand Harbor State Park. The horses take you and your loved one(s) on a 1-hour ride through towering pines and stop along the way to take rest breaks and allow you to take in the scenery. Visit www.sleighride.com for current hours of operation, information and how to book your trip.
For a Decadent Dinner:
There is no shortage of fancy places in Incline Village/Crystal Bay to impress your sweetheart, you just need to know where to look.
Down at the south end of Country Club Drive, La Fondue is a fun place to take the family or a date. Dip fruit, bread, and other edible bites into cheese or chocolate and/or enjoy an entrée fondue, some made up of fresh vegetable, jumbo prawns and surf & turf. Or just go all out and get the Grand Fondue Experience for Two that’s a multi-course meal accompanied with champagne and chocolate fondue.
Within that same shopping center, Le Bistro offers a high-end intimate dining experience serving contemporary French fusion cuisine. A stone’s throw away, Fumo is within walking distance and is a great place to get some oysters in a half shell paired with a craft cocktail.
Where Country Club Drive meets the lake, Lone Eagle Grille offers a special Valentine’s Day Dinner menu available featuring pan-seared foie gras, osso bucco, lobster risotto, and chocolate pavlova for dessert.
Over on Highway 28 in the middle of Incline Village in the strip mall next to 7-11, find Fredrick’s Fusion Bistro and Bite Restaurant & Bar. Fredrick’s serves sushi, roast duck, filet mignon, and is known for their lobster dogs while Bite offers affordable sliders, tapas, and small plates in a cozy, casual atmosphere.
Go a few miles west to Crystal Bay and mix some gaming in with a nice dinner. You’re bound to find something good at the Crystal Bay Steak & Lobster House. Or head across the border (and across the street from the Tahoe Biltmore) to find organic, natural comfort food in the way of noodle bowls, smoked venison sausage salad, and filet mignon at Soule Domain.
If you’re having too much fun and don’t want the night to end, consider cozying up at Glasses Wine Bar where you can pour your own varietal out of 14-plus bottle dispensers and you don’t have to interrupt your conversation. Glasses is closed on Mondays, but it does offer a Happy Hour during the week and celebrates Ladies Nights on Thursdays.
If you would rather watch sports, drink beer, and maybe play a little video poker, then check out Crosby’s Tavern in the Christmas Tree Village. Along with its entertainment options, Crosby’s serves a full menu of all-day brunch, lunch, and dinner. The Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay is also a decent place to go for a nightcap and to do a little gaming, and they usually have unbelievable drink deals in its Breeze Bar.
If you just got into town with your sweetheart and want to get them a special something that lasts forever, there are a few jewelry stores in town that can help you find the perfect stone. The Potlatch in the Raley’s Shopping Center has unique turquoise, Native American, Lake Tahoe, gold, and quartz jewelry while Forever Rox Jewelry (also in the Raley’s Shopping Center) has expert craftspeople and designers who can help create the perfect custom gift.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Whatever you decide to do this Valentine’s Day, remember that the TART Connect free shuttle service is available if you need to stroll around town or between Incline Village and Crystal Bay safely. Download the app on your mobile device to book your trip.