Kiss & Hug: 10Best Romantic Things to Do in Tahoe

Lake Tahoe has repeatedly been voted one of the top places for a romantic getaway. It's also one of the best places to pop the question–with a view of the big, blue lake in the distance. Most of the activities on this 10Best list are located outside and some activities are seasonal, but you can choose between summer's parasailing over the North Shore or even wintertime tandem skydiving over Tahoe and the Carson Valley.

If you and your partner are hikers, visit the Emerald Bay area (one of the most picturesque places on the lake) and hike either down to Vikingsholm Castle or up into Desolation Wilderness. If you want to just sit on a beach and relax with a picnic and bottle of wine, check out Sand Harbor all times of the year. The beach is especially nice in the fall and winter when the summer crowds are gone and you can spend some time alone. For the ultimate in romance, check out the area's natural hot springs–including the clothing-optional Sierra Hot Springs.


The Gondola at Heavenly is open during the winter for skiers and non-skiers and open all year long for visitors to the lake who want a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe. The ticket to the top is a little pricey ($38), but you can stay at the top as long as you want. Each 8 passenger car leaves from Heavenly Village on the Southeast side of the lake and takes about 5-7 minutes to get to the top of the mountain. At the first stop you can get out and walk around on the platform. There are seats and some picnic tables as well. You can buy a ticket with a lunch voucher for the Tamarack Lodge at the top of the resort if you want to get something to eat or you can bring your own food to the first platform and just sit and enjoy the view. At the top of the mountain is a snow play area for children.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Even if you don't ski, the Heavenly Gondola is a wonderful way to view the South Shore.

Christina's expert tip: If the weather is nice, bring your own picnic to the first platform and eat at one of the outdoor tables.

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One of the most fantastic views of Lake Tahoe is from the seat of a parasail. North Shore Parasail is the original parasailing company on the lake, so you'll certainly be working with experts. North Shore Parasail takes off by boat from Kings Beach and your parasail trip will fly you over the North Shore of Lake Tahoe where you might even get dipped into the clear, blue water. You can choose from several different parasail heights as well as pickup and drop-off service from your hotel. There is also free parking at Tahoe Paddle & Oar. The cost is $50 per person for a 600'flight, $60 per person 900', flight $70 per person 1400'flight.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Most parasails can only fit two people which makes North Shore Parasail perfect for couples.

Christina's expert tip: Sometimes, North Shore can fit you in at the last minute, so check with them the day before or early in the morning.

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South Lake Tahoe

Get an amazing view of the lake from a balloon run by Lake Tahoe Balloons and launched from a 21 ton, two-deck catamaran aircraft carrier vessel. Tahoe Balloons launches their tours early in the morning near the Tahoe Keys Marina. A continental breakfast is served before launching and while the balloon is readied, passengers will have a chance to watch the crew inflate the balloon. The tour takes passengers about 8,000 to 10,000 feet in the air which will offer you views of Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake, Cascade Lake and Desolation Wilderness. Some clear days, you can see all the way to Yosemite. The flight takes about an hour, but about four hours should be reserved for the entire trip.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: What is more romantic than a balloon ride? Tahoe balloons offers champagne with their views.

Christina's expert tip: The launching platform is the only one of its kind and was designed specifically for Lake Tahoe.

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David Walley's 1862 hot springs resort is nestled in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in Genoa, NV. This year-round resort features a a fitness center, separate women's and men's steam rooms and dry saunas, and a heated freshwater outdoor pool. There are another five outdoor hot pools with various temperatures. The large pool is best for small children. The resort also has dozens of outdoor lounge chairs and wonderful views of the Carson Range, Job's Peak and the Carson Valley and the local wildlife protection area. Treatments at the Spa at David Walley's Resort include massages, salt glows, mud wraps, aromatherapy, deep massages and seaweed wraps.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Walley's has several hot pools and amazing views of the Sierras.

Christina's expert tip: Check the resort's daily temperature gauges before entering each pool.

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Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Every summer for over 30 years, Tahoe residents and visitors have been entranced by the timeless words of William Shakespeare, set against the dramatic backdrop of Lake Tahoe and a starry sky. Comedies, tragedies, and even a special performance featuring Shakespeare's complete condensed works delight patrons who settle into Adirondack chairs and munch on gourmet fare from the "food court" â€" actually, several booths set up by local restaurants inside the gates. Perfect for a first date or a family outing. Many visitors bring their own picnic baskets and wine to enjoy during the performance. The event offers several ticket prices and seating areas including VIP seating. Basic seating still gives you a great view of the stage and the water and you can stick your feet in the sand. Head to the event early during the day for good parking and maybe even come up in the morning and spend the day at the beach and in the water.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: You can bring your own picnic dinner and wine to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Christina's expert tip: Get to the beach early for good parking and spend the day at the lake before heading to the play.

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Skydive Lake Tahoe offers tandem skydives over Lake Tahoe with professionally trained tandem instructors. Flights take off from the small town of Minden near Carson City, Nev. and take passengers up over 12,000 feet above Lake Tahoe. Each passenger will free fall for over a minute before the parachute deploys at 5,500 feet and lands them safely back on the ground. A Tandem Skydive Certificate jump costs $210 per person. Pay an extra $70 for photos or videos or combine the two for only $120. Skydive Lake Tahoe is open all year long (weather permitting) but only on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7:00am-7:00pm.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Skydive Lake Tahoe offers marriage proposal tandem dives complete with "Will you marry me?" sign, and champagne.

Christina's expert tip: You can book your dive and photo session with Skydive Lake Tahoe from their website.

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Tahoe Sailing Charters not only offers two sailboats to choose from for your Tahoe cruises, but they also offer they beautiful boats for private charters. The company offers several cruises around Lake Tahoe on a 36' power yacht, the Tahoe Dreamer, or a 50' sailboat, the Tahoe Cruz. The Tahoe Dreamer is a catamaran that is available for 12 passengers and offers cruise to various parts of the lake. The Tahoe Cruz offers both afternoon and sunset charters for 30 passengers. The Tahoe Cruz offers cruises along the beautiful West Shore of the lake and the tour includes views of the estate used for the filming of "The Godfather."

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Tahoe Sailing Charters offers cruises on either a power catamaran or a 50 foot sailboat.

Christina's expert tip: Tahoe Sailing Charters is available from mid-May until mid-October.

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Sierra Hot Springs is located about 40 minutes north of Truckee in the Sierra Nevada mountains. This non-profit retreat and workshop center has several options for clothing optional bathing including a large warm swimming pool, a hot pool inside the Temple Dome and a few forest pools scattered among the pine and aspen forest. The center also offers spa services and a sauna. The main lodge is open for guests to relax during the day or as a hotel during the night. The lodge has a community kitchen where guests can cook meals and the Philosophy Cafe offers dinner on certain nights (please check with the hotel). The cozy lobby has a large wood stove, a library and large soft couches for lounging around after your soak in the hot water.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Sierra Hot Springs is a clothing optional hot spring. Now that's sexy.

Christina's expert tip: The dressing room is a co-ed room with private showers.

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South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Amore brings the romance of Venice to the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. Not only can you enjoy a private gondola ride on one of their authentic boats, but the company also has several tours to choose from. The trips take off from the Tahoe Keys Marina�which do resemble the canals of Venice. Each tour includes your own gondolier and extras like champagne or roses can be added. The classic Venetian Gondola Experience ($135) is a one hour cruise for two and additional people can be added for $20 each. The Lo Speciale de la Mattina ($105) cruise takes place in the morning and includes mimosas. The Starry Eyed Surprise ($145) is for those who love the starry skies. This cruise is a late-night cruise perfect for popping the question.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Tahoe Amore offers a unique, romantic way to see the blue waters of Lake Tahoe.

Christina's expert tip: Tahoe Amore also offers to film your romantic cruise with a GoPro.

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Zephyr Cove

Clearly Lake Tahoe is one of the best ways to see the deep, blue depths of this mountain lake. Clearly Tahoe rents out private, clear bottom kayaks where you can see dozens if not hundreds of feet into the water. Each kayak can fit 1-2 people and includes paddles, preservers, delivery and setup. A 2 hour tour costs about $75 for a single boat and $95 for a double boat. Kayaks can also be rented for 1/2 days and 6 hours. Clearly Tahoe offers group tours and events as well as guided tours of various parts of the lake.

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Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina