Best of Tahoe Donner | Romantic RendezvousAlder Creek Adventure Center, Alder Creek Cafe, Association News, Cross Country Ski Area, Downhill Ski Area, The Lodge Restaurant & Pub
By Tiffany Connolly
Snowy landscapes, mountain vistas, innovative cuisine and endless adventure make Tahoe Donner the perfect place for romance. Whether you celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day or on any other day of the month, here are some ideas to stoke the fires in your relationship.
BEST FOR ROMANTIC RIVALRIES
A loving rivalry or rooting for the same team? Either way, catch the Super Bowl at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub or Alder Creek Cafe for a fun and lively date. Enjoy Happy Hour pricing throughout the game, including $7 cocktails and house wine and $5 draft beers and 25% off pub fare and appetizers. Alder Creek Cafe is offering $6 Truckee Sourdough pretzels, $10 wings and $12 poke while the game plays on the big screen.
BEST FOR ADVENTUROUS COUPLES
Partner up with your beau at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center and see how you fare at the Tahoe Donner Nordic Challenge. Better yet, invite another couple in on the fun for friendly competition. As a team of two, you’ll try and figure out the fastest route to multiple checkpoints sprinkled around the XC trails. Win spot prizes and then compare results over a drink at Trailside Bar.
When: February 9 | 9-11AM
Where: Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center
BEST FOR EXPLORERS
Embark on a Valentine’s Day Snowshoe Tour at Alder Creek Adventure Center with your loved one. Work up an appetite on the TD trails, head back to the lodge, and enjoy a beverage of your choice from Trailside Bar and a shared appetizer from Alder Creek Cafe. Round out the evening with a casual mountain dinner for two. Cost includes guided tour, rental gear (if needed), a drink and an appetizer to share. Register soon, space is limited (530) 587-9484.
When: February 14 | 5:30-7PM
Where: Alder Creek Adventure Center
Cost: Member $60 | Guest $75 | Children (12-18) $35
BEST FOR DAY TRIPPERS
For a romantic day date, grab a backpack and pack a picnic with your beverage of choice and a charcuterie of cheese, crackers, olives and cured meats. Head up to Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center, rent a pair of skate or classic skis and start your adventure. Climb up to the Drifter Hut and impress your date with epic views of Truckee, Donner Lake and the High Sierra.
BEST FOR NEWBIES
If you and your better half have been talking about getting better at alpine skiing or snowboarding, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort is the Best Place to Begin. Book a private lesson for the two of you or grab another couple and book a four-person private lesson with our friendly instructors. Don’t forget to aprés at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub where they have Happy Hour Sunday-Thursday from 5-6PM.
BEST FOR FOODIES
Ready to impress? Bring your date to the award-winning Lodge Restaurant & Pub for dinner, drinks, an extensive wine list and cocktail menu and a romantic, mountain ambiance. The latest menu features creative and innovative fare, including the must-try Lobster Corn Dog Lollies, the ever-popular Turkey and Shitake Meatloaf and a tender slow-baked Duck Cassoulet. End the evening with a night cap from the dessert drink menu, like the Chocolate Cherry Pie Martini.