Romantic Ideas for Your Lake Tahoe Winter Vacation

A man and woman embrace romantically above Lake Tahoe

Are you looking for things to do in Lake Tahoe for Valentine’s Day or other special occasions with your partner? We’ve got your list right here of fun things to keep you busy and enjoying time spent with loved ones. No matter what time of year, Lake Tahoe has romantic eateries, events, and attractions to bring you closer together. Here are some of our favorite local activities.

Visit Marcus Ashley Gallery

While you’re perusing the bustling Heavenly Village shopping district, stop in for a stroll around Marcus Ashley Gallery. Our art gallery has 4400 square feet filled with unique oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, limited-edition prints, bronze sculptures, glass and metal art, gift items, and books. You’ll find artworks from renowned artists like Dr. SeussFabio NapoleoniMichael ParkesSteve Barton, and so many more. Or, if you’d prefer to relax at home with your sweetie and a glass of wine, you can also view and shop for works of art online!

Meet Contemporary Artists at Our Gallery

Whether it’s Jack StormsAlexander Volkov, or Eric Christensen, we regularly host special events for our artists at the gallery. Artists discuss their visionary techniques, offer special giveaways, or paint in-person so our visitors can see masterpieces being created in real time. You’ll need to RSVP to attend most of our art events, as we offer light bites and beverages for our guests. Enjoy time together in the gallery before heading off for your romantic dinner!

Hit the Slopes

The middle of February is the perfect time of year for romantic winter things to do in Lake Tahoe for Valentine’s Day or your special occasion. Snuggling up to your partner on a ski lift as you ascend a mountain ski slope is a great way to spend the most active part of your day. Lake Tahoe rests under the Sierra Mountain range, and any ski resort you visit will offer spectacular views, slopes with varying difficulty levels, and plenty of fresh powder.

Snowboarders and ski enthusiasts across the country love the diverse terrain of Lake Tahoe ski resorts. If you and your partner get the chills, just take a break at the resort bar and cozy up with romantic Lake Tahoe cocktails. Whether you’re looking to ski gently through an old-growth forest, up your game black diamond trails, or simply enjoy some laid-back time with your kids in resort snow parks, Lake Tahoe ski resorts have something for everyone.

Three people ride a ski lift up a mountain in the Lake Tahoe area

Visit the Casinos

After a fun day of swishing down the slopes, you might want to heat up your romantic Lake Tahoe Valentine’s Day weekend with a trip to the casinos! Lake Tahoe has over a dozen casinos situated on the Nevada side of the lake. You’ll find more than your share of slot machines, card tables, and gambling under the dazzling lights. But if you’re a light gambler, there are plenty of other things to see and do at the casinos, too.

In the casinos, you can grab a quick bite to eat or experience fine dining. You can also order indulgent cocktails at the casino bars, browse the gift shops, get pampered at casino spas, and just soak up the hustle and bustle of the casino scene. You could also catch some nightly musical entertainment at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Romantic Date Nights at Local Eateries

After your days of sight-seeing, skiing, and art-viewing, if you’re looking for a romantic Lake Tahoe date night, then we’ve got some local eateries you need to try! There is a lovely ambiance and beautiful views all over the area.

Riva Grill

Make a reservation at one of the best destinations for a lakefront dining in South Lake Tahoe, ideal for a sunset dinner for you and your sweetheart. Enjoy your favorite beverage on the outdoor patio with sweeping views of the lake and Sierra Mountains. This is perfect for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or just because.

Edgewood Restaurant

Edgewood Tahoe Resort offers an elevated fine dining experience with contemporary flare and stunning architecture to match its exquisite view of the lake. With three options (bistro, bar, or restaurant) to choose from depending on your personal tastes, you may also end up calling Edgewood your home for the duration of your stay, as it also has premium guest lodging options, spa and beauty services, and other resort amenities that, combined with the food, you may never want to leave.

Big Water Grille

At this restaurant, views of the lake can be seen through tall pines. Menu items are moderately expensive, but the creative and fresh seafood plates are worth spending the extra pennies on, especially when it’s a date night.

Christy Hill 

Christy Hill offers beautiful views of the lake and a range of menu items, including vegetarian options, made from the freshest of ingredients. The dining room meal prices are moderate to expensive, but they also have a cafe that offers the same great quality for much cheaper prices.

Soule Domain

As soon as you walk into this log cabin restaurant in the woods, you’ll be warmed up with the sight of a cozy fireplace, low-light oil lamps, and a vintage setting. Prices are reasonable, specials change weekly, and many patrons say this is the best place for a romantic dinner in Lake Tahoe on Valentine’s Day. Make reservations well ahead of time!

We hope this list of romantic things to do in Lake Tahoe will help you make your trip something special to remember! Come back to visit Lake Tahoe again in the summer for all sorts of fun lake activities and new artist events at Marcus Ashley Gallery.