4 Romantic Lake Tahoe Vacations
Ask several people for a definition of “romantic vacation” and you’ll get many different answers.
For some, spending time with their loved one while not being distracted by the daily grind fits the bill. Others might picture candlelit nights with soft background music and a glass of wine, while holding hands in the elements and admiring nature could be ideal for someone else.
Regardless of what one thinks of when they consider a romantic vacation, Lake Tahoe has it all and is guaranteed to please you and your loved one—no matter how picky you or they might be.
Here are some of Tahoe’s romantic vacations, which can be mixed and matched to one’s liking.
1. EXPLORE TAHOE’S BEAUTY
You and your loved one can take some leisurely time exploring Lake Tahoe’s beauty because there’s plenty to see. Observe from the land or from above.
Heavenly Mountain Resort’s gondola ride is open year around and is 2.4 miles (3.9 km) up the ski area’s mountain. Its observation deck allows guests to view the Carson Valley, Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe has about 72 miles (116 km) of shoreline and is approximately 2 million years old. It’s 22 miles (35.4 km) long, 12 miles (19.3 meters) wide and up to 1,645 feet (501 meters) deep. Gardnerville, Genoa, Minden and Topaz Lake encompass the Carson Valley on Tahoe’s Nevada side. West of Lake Tahoe is Desolation Wilderness, which consists of almost 64,000 acres (259 square km) of sub-alpine and alpine forest, granite peaks and glacially-formed valleys and lakes.
Another way to get panoramic views is to ski or snowboard Heavenly. It has 28 lifts, 97 trails and 4,800 skiable acres. Heavenly’s base elevation is 6,300 feet (1,920 meters) with a 10,067 foot (3,068 m) summit. Average annual snowfall is 360 inches (914 cm).
Those visiting during summer and prefer a challenge might consider Heavenly’s climbing wall, mountain coaster, zip line and rope course during warm months. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes. Also take note of height, weight and age requirements for each activity.
Also during summer, athletic purists could prefer full renting suspension trail bicycles from Heavenly Sports.
Heavenly Village and ski area is about 7 miles (11.3 km) from the fully-furnished Ridge Sierra resort in Stateline, which has rooftop hot tubs that couples can relax in after a long day of sightseeing and activity.
Dine on the balcony or just sit with your loved one and enjoy the outstanding panoramic views and watch for wildlife. During questionable weather, enjoy views from the window.
2. GO FOR A RIDE OR WALK
Lake Tahoe has carriage rides and snowmobile tours that couples are sure to enjoy.
Snowmobiles are designed to be driven on snow and ice and are generally operated on open terrain or designated trails.
Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours on the North Shore and Zephyr Cove Resort on the South Shore offer several types of 2-hour treks. Tours are led by staff who will work with inexperienced riders. Snowmobiles can fit one or two passengers, depending on type of machine and combined weight of both riders. Private tours are also an option. Plenty of photo opportunities are available along the way.
Hot spots to stay on the North Shore are Tahoe Chaparral and North Lake Lodges & Villas in Incline Village. Both are about 10 miles (16.1 km) from Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours. Stay at the Ridge Sierra on the South Shore, which is about 7 ½ miles (12 km) from Zephyr Cove.
Carriage rides through the snow are also an option. Borges Sleigh and Carriage Rides and Camp Richardson Corral and Pack Station on the South Shore both offer horse-drawn rides. Choose to ride with a large group if you’re on a budget or opt for a private or semi-private ride.
If you prefer to be alone with your loved one, snowshoeing in the winter or hiking in the summer are good options. One great option about staying at the The Ridge Sierra or Thunderbird Resort Club is the ability to create your own customized vacation package. See create your own package for more details
The M.S. Dixie II holds up to 500 passengers and departs out of Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina on the South Shore. This paddle wheeler is climate-controlled, making it suitable for all seasons. It offers daytime and dinner cruises and advanced reservations are recommended.
Bring along your binoculars or camera. A popular highlight on the M.S. Dixie is Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion with Scandinavian architecture built in 1929 in Emerald Bay State Park. If you’re really fascinated with Vikingsdolm, take time to visit it in person during the summer when it’s open to the public since the cruise doesn’t stop to let passengers off.
The Ridge Sierra resort in Stateline is about 9 miles (14.5 km) from Zephyr Cove Marina.
On the North Shore, Sierra Cloud Catamaran Tours operates between May and September, carrying up to 49 passengers on 2-hour scenic trips of the northern and eastern shores out of Incline Village. Sunset music cruises are also an option, as are private charters.
Guests at Tahoe Chaparral and Northlakes Lodges & Villas resorts are extremely close. Tahoe Chaparral is about 2 miles (3.2 km) from Sierra Cloud’s launch site and Northlake Lodges & Villas is about 1 mile (1.6 km) away.
The Tahoe Gal sails out of Tahoe City on the West Shore. It operates in the summer and cruises to the lake’s northern and western shores, including Emerald Bay. This 120-passenger paddle wheeler offers cruise options that include music and dinner, a magician, sunset, full moon, brunch and happy hour.
Other options include renting a boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard if weather and conditions allow.
One of the premier events on the North Shore is the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in July and August on the outdoor Edward Trepp Stage at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park at Sand Harbor.
The 2017 season features “Love’s Labor’s Lost” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Those planning to attend should buy tickets in advance. Options to pre-order food and beverages are available as well.
If visiting Lake Tahoe in the winter, consider going with your loved one to a show at a casino. Types of shows vary from local and internationally-known bands to comedy acts, acrobats and dance performances.
A romantic restaurant choice is Nepheles California Cuisine in South Lake Tahoe. Hot tubs can be rented there by the hour and showers and towels are provided, along with cocktail service. Another hot spot on the South Shore is Café Fiore, which serves Italian food and has only seven tables, so make sure you’ve got a reservation.
On the North Shore, Soule Domain in Kings Beach serves a variety of seafood, steak, poultry, pasta and salads in a rustic-style building on the Nevada-California border. Another option is Big Water Grille in Incline Village, which has lake views and a menu that ranges from steaks and seafood to organic pressed coffee and signature drinks. Reservations are recommended at both locations.
Regardless of what selection you choose, QM Resorts has the accommodations and package options to secure you the best romantic vacation options in Lake Tahoe, at the most attractive prices! Build your own package today!