Valentine’s Day ideas for romantics on the North Shore
Breakfast in bedNow here’s a romantic way to kick off a day just for lovers don’t get out of bed. Whatever your valentine likes best to eat in the morning, it’ll taste much better in bed. Beat them out of the sack, whip up some delicious food that’s not too heavy, fruit, fresh squeezed juice, coffee and a bagel. Wait on them hand and foot and when they’re done eating, join them in bed and really start the day off right.SurpriseNothing says I love you like a mid-day surprise bouquet of perfectly arranged flowers. For folks on the North Shore, check out Wanda’s Flowers, right next to Pete N’ Peter’s across from the Fire Station in Tahoe City. Wanda and her friends will set you up with the perfect bouquet for your valentine. Have them sent to you’re loved one at work, home or wherever. Wanda’s can be reached at (530) 581-2180.UnwindCheck out Trilogy Spa in Squaw Valley. This place is just full of great options for a loved one. Not only do they offer countless relaxation, pampering and soothing treatments for your Valentine, but they also offer a “Soul Mates Massage.” This is a relaxing setting designed for two, dual full body massages while spending time together.Trilogy Spa is located in the Village at Squaw Valley right across from Granite Chief Sports, the spa can be reached at (530) 584-6125.Hit the slopesFind love on the mountain this Valentine’s Day with three heartfelt specials brought to you with love from Squaw Valley USA. There will be a $43 lift ticket available for Tuesday, Feb. 14 (pre-purchase online at http://www.squawshop.com) as well as the 4th annual “Where’s the Love?” Scavenger Hunt on the mountain. Squaw Valley is also offering a special Sweetheart’s Dinner & Ice Skate Package at High Camp on the nights of Sunday, Feb. 12, Monday, Feb. 13, and Tuesday, Feb. 14.The Sweetheart’s Dinner & Ice Skate Package at High Camp includes a scenic ride up the Cable Car to High Camp and a three-course meal at Alexander’s Café overlooking beautiful Lake Tahoe. The meal comes with a complimentary glass of champagne, a flower for the lady and chocolate covered strawberries. Following dinner, guests may take their companion for a romantic spin on the ice (ice skate rentals included) under the starry Sierra sky at High Camp’s Olympic Ice Pavilion. This one-of-a-kind evening is only $68 per couple and can be reserved by calling 530-581-7278. For more information about Valentine’s Day at Squaw Valley USA call 530-583-6985 or visit http://www.squaw.com.Take them outOld tricks are the best tricks, like a reservation at a romantic dinner spot. For the traditional Italian fare, served up hot and plentiful, check out Lanza’s in King’s Beach just west of Safeway. Mama Lanza’s recipe’s are straight from Sicily, and there isn’t one bad dish on the menu. Both the veil and eggplant are highly recommended.For something intimate and delicious, check out Wolfdale’s in Tahoe City. Long thought of as the top cuisine in the area, Wolfdale’s serves up a rotating menu of the finest California Cuisine around. Reservations are recommended and Wolfdale’s can be reached at 530-583-5700.Something new on the block is Sol y Lago, which has taken the Boatworks space previously occupied by Hacienda. Sol y Lago offers Sierra Latino food hailing from the mountainous regions of South America and Spain. The menu is truly one of a kind. In addition to a dimly lit and intimate atmosphere, the service is absolutely impeccable and the food divine. Sol y Lago’s comfortable ambiance and delicious cuisine is complimented by soft Latin music, unique and exotic drink options and an excellent selection of wines. Sol y Lago is located upstairs at Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City and can be reached at 530-583-0358.Dragonfly celebrates 5th anniversary & Valentine’s DayThis weekend, stop by Dragonfly Restaurant and help to celebrate its 5th anniversary with the food and drink that has kept the restaurant so popular over the past five years. Dragonfly will also continue its Valentine’s Day tradition by offering a special prix fix menu with a slate of options for each of four courses on Feb. 14.For Valentine’s Day, chef/owner Billy McCullough will offer couples a four-course meal, with three different items to choose from for each course and the option for oversized plates to be shared between couples. Menu highlights include: Hawaiian sashimi duet appetizer, lovebird quails, and Surf, Turf and Earth with a petit filet, seared unagi and Hedgehog mushrooms entrees, chocolate fantasy cake, a trio of crème brulee or a coconut tempura twinkie for dessert. All diners will also receive a glass of champagne and a sweet parting treat. The Valentine’s special is $120 per couple or $65 for individuals and will be available the evening of February 14 only. Dinner at Dragonfly is served from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Dragonfly is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Rd., right in the heart of downtown Truckee. For reservations, call Dragonfly at 530-587-0557. Pacific Crest Grill’s titillating Valentine’s dinnerThis Valentine’s Day, a special menu will be available at Pacific Crest Grill in Truckee on Tuesday, Feb. 14 to all who wish to begin their night satisfying the palate of their loved one. The first course of the special Valentine’s dinner is a blood orange salad with Stilton cheese, candied walnuts, Belgium endive and watercress. The second course provokes the senses with oysters, wild mushrooms and Camembert cheese baked in phyllo, nestled on a chardonnay shallot sauce. A third course of passion fruit sorbet cools things down only as a calm before the storm of the main entree. Among the selection of entrees there is a choice of succulent roast rack of lamb with a Pommery mustard garlic sauce; tender, grilled fillet of beef embraced with wild mushrooms and cognac; or a dish of baked salmon, sole and prawns entangled in a shellfish cream sauce. For the grand finale, a hot apple tart Tatin with homemade vanilla ice cream and butterscotch sauce.Flights from the stellar cellar at Pacific Crest Grill will also be offered to compliment the Valentine’s dinner and heat up the romance.Dinner at Pacific Crest Grill is served nightly from 5:30 p.m. to close, lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended for the Valentine’s dinner. Pacific Crest Grill/Bar of America is located at 10042 Donner Pass Road, in historic downtown Truckee. For reservations, call Pacific Crest Grill/Bar of America at 530-587-2626.
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