It’s easy to plan a couples vacation at Lake Tahoe complete with boarding, skiing or snow hiking and nightlife. As one of the first cities to be settled on the shores of Lake Tahoe, this place has some soul, a real community of characters, and if you know where to go, it’s affordable too.
Planning a Day Date in Tahoe?
The obvious choice for what to do is score cheap lift tickets and hit the slopes. If you’re on a date, you can have a lot of fun racing or following the leader, but it doesn’t matter which resort you choose. Through Liftopia.com, you can buy lift tickets to Homewood and other ski resorts at a discount price like $50-$80. Homewood Resort is an awesome laid-back skiing and snowboarding area with great views and plenty of opportunity for cute couples moments. There’s only a few ski lifts, but you can find all kinds of terrain (groomers, trees, steeps, moguls, parks). The price is right and it’s the kind of place that still has Tahoe charm and doesn’t feel like Disneyland. You’re welcome!
Wait a minute. Plan wisely if both people can’t shred gnar. Snowboarding or skiing with a girlfriend or boyfriend could be a bad date choice because sometimes it sucks really bad to take a beginner out on the slopes. You might think it will be really awesome to be there for day one, but think this through: you’ll be standing still a lot of the time. You might want to go with snowshoeing, or if it’s 2014 you might have to go with a “pray for snow” dance at the top of Eagle Rock.
Where’s a Good Place for a Dinner Date?
Tahoe City is small, so you can plan an evening on foot, walking from a restaurant to a bar or live music venue like Fat Cat or Lakeside. Taking a stroll on North Lake Boulevard alongside Lake Tahoe is pretty romantic.
Make dinner reservations at Dockside 700 at Tahoe City Marina. The restaurant is in the same parking lot as the BoatWorks Mall, so the building is facing the lake. If you are looking for a fancy restaurant with a view of Lake Tahoe, this one fits the bill, but it is a little bit casual. On some nights, they will host open mic or offer bar specials. The service is friendly (owners are always there) while the food is healthy, smart and satisfying! Check out the website Dockside 700 or read their dining reviews on Yelp.
If you’re headed to Tahoe, I understand you might be inclined to stay in and snuggle up. You can also pick up gourmet take n’ bake- style entrees from the deli at Dockside Seven Hundo, throw them in the oven or microwave…. Plate the food and your date might even believe you spent hours cooking! I once went to a dinner party where the host served KFC and tried to make us believe it was home fried. What I’m suggesting is a much more tasteful way to pull off the same trick for a good laugh.
Bars on North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City
- Pete n’ Peters is the regular’s bar in Tahoe City. Go for pool tables, shuffleboard and cheaper drinks.
- Fat Cat has live music most weekends. Restaurant and bar, dance floor and lots of original art.
- For margaritas, head to Hacienda del Lago, preferred Mexican restaurant and bar.
- You like TV and pizza? Lakeside sports bar will have a DJ on Tuesdays. Pool tables, dance floor, pitchers.
- Bridge Tender is the burger joint at the Fanny Bridge intersection (the only intersection). Hard tea.
Lodging Deals for Lovers
The Cottage Inn has really cute themed rooms and Tahoe charm, making it worth the price at $160 per night. Sunnyside is likely to sell out for Valentine’s Day fast, but worth a try. Advertised prices there start at $135.
Tahoe City Inn is convenient and more affordable at $80, but it is not fancy. Realistically, $80 is a good deal in North Lake Tahoe and that is the price for most motels like Lake of the Sky and Pepper Tree Inn too.
If you’re not sold on Tahoe city, many places to stay around North Lake Tahoe are offering Valentine’s Day packages with perks, like Crystal Bay Casino, Squaw Valley Lodge, West Shore Cafe, and even Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge has a package with lift tickets. The best dog-friendly lodging is down the sleepy west shore of Lake Tahoe in Tahoma. (Read more…)