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Celebrating Valentine’s Day at Lake Tahoe

Autumn Whitney
Zephyr Cove Resort's M.S. Dixie II will host a Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
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The most romantic day of the year is just around the corner, as Wednesday, Feb. 14, marks Valentine’s Day — and the opportunity to take your significant other out on a Tahoe-based date.

From special dinner offerings to alternative date ideas, here are our top picks for spending the holiday around the basin. (Keep in mind that there are plenty of other options, but due to space we cannot list them all.)

Romantic Dinners

Rombauer Winemaker Dinner at The Loft — The South Shore lounge, theater and restaurant is known for its Winemaker Dinner Series, and its next installment comes (fittingly) on Valentine’s Day. The five-course meal — which includes items such as herb and goat cheese soufflé, oven-roasted lamb chop and charred pineapple zabaglione — is paired with wines from Rombauer Vineyards and is sure to be a great way to treat your significant other. The 21+ event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $125 (plus tax and gratuity), and are available online at http://www.thelofttahoe.com.

A Beacon Valentine’s Day at Camp Richardson — The fact that this restaurant is situated on the lake only adds to the ambiance of Valentine’s Day. The Beacon, located at Camp Richardson Historic Resort and Marina, will serve a holiday-themed four-course menu beginning at 5 p.m. The special offerings include seafood dip (served with crostini), pear-pomegranate salad, grouper and five-layer chocolate cake, among others. Tickets cost $48 per person. Learn more online at http://www.camprichardson.com/the-beacon.

Valentine’s Day Aboard M.S. Dixie II — Celebrate the romantic holiday on Lake Tahoe itself via Zephyr Cove Resort’s Valentine’s Day cruise. The three-hour adventure offers close-up views of the lake and a unique dinner menu that includes starters, salad, a choice of entrées (sea bass, beef medallions and more) and dessert, along with a glass of champagne. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m., and costs $110 for adults and $45 for children. Book a reservation and get additional details at http://www.zephyrcove.com.

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Zephyr Cove Restaurant — Zephyr Cove Resort will offer an additional holiday meal at its on-site restaurant: Featuring steamed oysters, grilled artichoke hearts, white asparagus bisque, halibut and many other dishes, the dinner costs $90 per couple and includes a glass of champagne for each person. Additional information can be found at http://www.zephyrcove.com.

Valentine’s Dinner at The Timbers Restaurant — Enjoy a uniquely crafted Valentine’s menu at The Timbers, located inside Lakeside Inn and Casino on Tahoe’s South Shore. The establishment’s three-course dinner costs $39.99 and is served with a glass of house wine. The menu includes a choice of soup or salad, choice of entrée (ribs, teriyaki steak or salmon) and a choice of dessert. Dinner begins at 4 p.m. View a full menu online at http://www.lakesideinn.com.

Valentine’s Day Dinner at West Shore Café — Like The Beacon, West Shore Café’s on-lake location bolsters its romantic feel. In addition to a special holiday menu, West Shore Café also will be serving its regular dinner menu. Reservations are recommended for this event — call 530-525-5200 or visit http://www.westshorecafe.com to secure your spot.

Other Options

Valentine’s Day Snowshoe Tour at Tahoe Donner — Opt for a Valentine’s celebration in true Tahoe fashion and spend the evening outdoors with your special someone. The two-hour tour begins at 5:30 p.m. (arrive half an hour early to borrow equipment, or show up at 5:15 p.m. and bring your own), and spots must be reserved at least 24 hours ahead of time. Be sure to dress warm and bring a headlamp and water to stay hydrated. Adult tickets cost $49 and children (12 and under) cost $30. Call 530-587-9484 for more information.

Single? Get a pizza delivered to your house and binge-watch Netflix’s selection of romantic comedies in order to prepare yourself for all the half-priced chocolate you’ll be able to purchase on Thursday, Feb. 15. Who needs love, anyway?

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