How to Celebrate Valentine's Day, Truckee Style


Valentine’s Day is almost here, but don’t start stressing out now. We’ve gathered four awesome date ideas that will keep you and your loved one on your toes all day long. Whether you two are adventurous or low-key, there is a perfect Valentine’s Day waiting for you in Truckee!

Photo by Esther Tseng via    Tahoe Ascent

Photo by Esther Tseng via Tahoe Ascent

For the Artistic Couple

Start the holiday off a day early with Atelier’s Brush Lettering Drop-In class to make your special someone a Valentine’s Day card worthy of your Instagram feed. In this drop-in workshop you'll get to test a popular calligraphy and brush lettering markers and pens and take home a set of four stunning love notes! On Valentine’s Day, head to Zuri Coffee for beautiful latte art and yummy crepes to fuel your day. Next, head to Northstar California for a romantic trip up the gondola and gorgeous views of Truckee, Martis Valley, and North Lake Tahoe. Afterwards, get creative together by creating candles at the Villager Candle Shop. Make each other heart-shaped candles scented with unique scents. Be sure to grab complimentary s’mores in the village at 4pm!

Photo from    Ritz-Carlton   .

Photo from Ritz-Carlton.


For the “Self-Care” Couple

Take it easy with your special someone this Valentine’s Day, after all couples that relax together, stay together! Start the day off by bonding together in heated Bhakti Flow class at Yoga Studio Tahoe. The yoga will be a sweet mix of mantra, poses, breath, and meditation that will allow the two of you to explore your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual capacity. Afterwards, head to the Ritz Carlton for massages and spa treatments. Get into a Cinnamon Maple Body Treatment or Warming Winter Scrub, Wrap, and Massage and feel the stresses of everyday life melt away. Don’t sweat the busy Downtown for dinner, instead cook together at home. Look through these romantic recipes that are sure to impress. Be sure to stop by Zander’s Spirits for expert advice on the best drinks to pair with your dinner!


Photo by Jenna Francisco via    Northstar California   .

Photo by Jenna Francisco via Northstar California.

For the Foodie Couple

Truckee is a paradise for foodies. There are so many tasty options for every meal of the day – and most come with breathtaking complementary views. While there are a lot of options for great food in Truckee, if you’re planning on hitting the town for dinner on Valentine’s Day, you need to make reservations NOW.

Start the day off with an upscale breakfast menu at Manzanita and enjoy the scenic mountain views from the floor to ceiling windows. Next, head up the mountain for a bit of skiing and Northstar California’s Platinum Tōst. At the Platinum tōst, the two of you can share a special experience at the mountain view bar with private seating, and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, and a charcuterie board, all while cozying up to the fire. For Apres, head to the Truckee River Winery for a special Valentines’s day pairing. The winery will be pairing their great local wine with chocolate. Wrap up the evening with a special dinner menu from Stella at Cedar House Sports Hotel. This elegant dinner will be an indulgent treat for the two of you. Reservations are very limited, so be sure to act quickly!



For the Active Couples

If you and your beau would love to spend Valentine’s Day on heart-pumping excursions, this is the date for you. Start the day by taking advantage of the great winter we’re having by trying a new sport together. Go fat biking at Northstar California or cross country skiing at the Royal Gorge. After a morning spent exploring the trails, explore the sky together. Go on a romantic helicopter ride above North Lake Tahoe for two from HeliTruckee. See the snowcapped mountains of Mt. Rose, the turquoise waters of Crystal Bay, and the beautiful Tahoe Alpenglow on an exciting 20-minute tour, taking off from the Truckee-Tahoe Airport . Finish the day with a Snowshoe Star Tour at Tahoe Donner. Bring your loved one to admire the beautiful night sky on a guided snowshoe hike under the stars on Tahoe Donner’s cross country ski trails. Stay for a drink after at Trailside Bar or a romantic meal at The Lodge.