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Table for two

Lake Tahoe – the whole region – rates as one of the top romantic destinations in California, if not the nation. So with scenic locations and Valentine’s Day specials at area restaurants, couples probably can get by without any help from us. If not, some ideas:

¤ One article introduces dog sled rides the following way: “Remember those romantic dog sled scenes in ‘Dr. Zhivago’?” (which to us kind of sounds like “Remember that romantic boat ride in ‘Titanic’?”). Nevertheless, the Husky Express at Kirkwood offers the romance that only teams of sled dogs can muster. Call (775) 782-3047 for reservations. For a more traditional romantic ride, the Borges family of Stateline has offered horse-drawn sleigh rides for more than 30 years. More information is available by calling (775) 588-2953 or (800) 726-7433

¤ Take the plunge: Go ahead and get married already – there are no fewer than six and a half pages of advertisements for wedding chapels in the Lake Tahoe-Truckee Telephone Directory. They’re under “W.”



¤ Better yet, don’t take the plunge. Did you know that Lake Tahoe is home to one of the many places in U.S. geography known as Lover’s Leap? Wait ’til the snow melts (which should be around 2011 at this rate) and learn to rock climb.

… Or for one



According to the 2000 Census, there are 107 males for every 100 females in South Lake Tahoe; 107.4 males for every hundred females age 18 and older. That’s not bad for a ski town, but like any ski town, it means an excess of dudes. One mountain town axiom holds: “You don’t lose your girlfriend, you lose your turn.” (And you know what they say about us: “The odds are good, but the goods are odd.”) As such, Valentine’s Day might not be a no-brainer. Some ideas:

¤ A lot of mountain-town dwellers live with stiff odds (or odd goods), low pay and shoveling themselves out from under mountains of Sierra cement for the same reason: love for the mountains. So, if you’ve spent more time out in the cold snow than a warm embrace, go love the fresh snow.

¤ Not every town has casinos, and it just so happens that Valentine’s Day usually coincides with a payday. Go cash your paycheck at the Horizon and spin the wheel. Who knows: Maybe you’ll get lucky.

¤ Get in touch with your feminine side: Wait! We didn’t mean like that! We meant to go see “The Vagina Monologues” at Valhalla.

¤ Go to the VEX nightclubs and watch some go-go dancers. A boy can dream, can’t he?


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