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Celebrating Valentine’s Day at Lake Tahoe

Zephyr Cove Resort's M.S. Dixie II will host a Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Some say it's the most romantic day of the year. Others see it as a reminder of their loneliness. Those of us non-sheeple, though, view Valentine's Day for what it really is: a meaningless ploy to spend money on crap that will either die, be digested, or worn once and otherwise forgotten.

Can you feel the love?

If, however, there is one thing even the most frugal foes of joy and outward endearment can get behind, it's a good meal. Who doesn't enjoy taking advantage of an excuse to hit the town for a fancy dinner?

Rather than flush your hard-earned dollars down the toilet on flowers, jewelry and other garbage, take your significant other out for a nice dinner:

Here are a few ideas:

On the water

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Sure you could have dinner in a restaurant, maybe even one with a good view. But you're not going to beat the view aboard the M.S. Dixie II.

Zephyr Cove Resorts is bringing back its Valentine's Day Dinner Dance Cruise aboard the iconic paddlewheeler, providing the ultimate Tahoe experience.

The three-hour cruise starts with appetizers and salads, followed by your choice of one of three entrées. The dinner ends with a shared dessert.

Tickets for the Valentine's Day cruise are $120 per adult and $50 for children ages 3-11 (recommendation: leave the kids at home). The trip runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Reservations are strongly recommended — call 800-238-2463, 775-589-4922 or visit http://www.LakeTahoeCruises.com.

North Shore

Lone Eagle Grille: Viewing a special holiday menu at this place should come with a disclaimer — may cause extreme hunger, cravings and drooling. The team at Lone Eagle is cooking up some delicious offerings for your romantic night out.

The Valentine's Day menu includes: butter poached Maine lobster tail; grilled prime Brandt Beef tenderloin; and chocolate and raspberries. Head to http://www.loneeaglegrille.com/valentines2019 for more details about the special menu. And if none of those choices sound appealing, Lone Eagle will have its full regular menu available.

The restaurant is located at 111 Country Club Drive in Incline Village, Nevada.

Jake's On the Lake: Get your Valentine's Day on with a view and a special menu at Jake's. They'll be serving up a four-course menu, as they say, designed to cover all the bases for a romantic dinner.

Start with the aphrodisiac Kumamoto oyster, before moving onto the succulent search scallop. For the main course enjoy the chef's decadent duck duo. And for dessert: life is chocolate — all the chocolate treats you could want.

The special menu will be available Feb. 14 and 15, so don't feel pressured to do dinner on Thursday. Cost is $60, which also includes a glass of bubbles.

Jake's also will have its regular menu available. Visit http://www.jakestahoe.com for information.

Jake's On the Lake is located at 780 N. Lake Blvd., in Tahoe City, California.

South Shore

Evans American Gourmet Cafe: Ambiance, impeccable service and exquisite food — look no further. You would be hard pressed to find a better restaurant anywhere around the lake for celebrating Valentine's Day than Evans.

For 30 years they've been doing it right, paying painstaking attention to detail. And for Valentine's Day they'll be serving up one helluva menu. And unlike some other restaurants, Evans gives you options — so many that we won't attempt to list them all here.

View the Valentine's Day menu at evanstahoe.com/valentines-day-menu/.

If you're unfamiliar, Evans is fine dining and it's a bit exclusive, in that there are only a handful of tables and only several seatings each day. Reservations are required.

Evans American Gourmet Cafe is located at 536 Emerald Bay Road in South Lake Tahoe, California.

The Loft: How does a five-course meal paired with champagne and sparkling wines sound? Pretty damn good, right?

The Loft is serving up one of its signatures meals for Valentine's Day and the menu is pretty amazing. The meal starts with prosciutto and fontina bruschetta, then moves on to shrimp and white truffle risotto.

Next is a crab and avocado tower, followed by you choice of filet mignon al forno or roasted salmon.

The meal ends with house-made mini raspberry cheesecakes.

And we didn't even talk about the wines.

Visit thelofttahoe.com to view the entire menu and purchase tickets. Cost is $89 plus tax and gratuity per couple.

The Loft is located at 1001 Heavenly Village Way in South Lake Tahoe, California.