Couples, Cuddles and Cocktails: How to find romance this season

MS Dixie II

You can feel the cool fall season falling over Lake Tahoe and when it does nothing sounds better than a cozy, cuddly and desirable date night. There are so many dreamy options when choosing how to spend a night with your loved one: Wine by a fire, a walk along the shore or even just a drive together to enjoy the scenery. While there are a lot of activities and places to choose from, some local favorites really stand out as the best locations for an evening of love.

Who needs a night on the town when you can have a night on the water! Lake Tahoe’s M.S. Dixie II hosts the Sierra Sunset Dinner Cruise and checks all the boxes for the perfect evening. Traveling upon this beauty of a boat, you can enjoy views of Emerald Bay while taking in the picture-perfect sunset and sipping on delicious cocktails before entering the cabin for dinner. Although your date alone is the best company, guests will be happily surprised with live music while you enjoy your local and delicious meal.

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa

Being by the majestic Lake Tahoe is enough to set the mood on a night made for lovers. After a day in the sand or skiing down the glimmering mountains, nothing sounds more delicious than a warm meal with great company. My favorite restaurant is the Ciera Steak + Chophouse located in the MontBleu Resort, Casino and Spa. Begin your night with a classic cocktail in their beautiful bar area. Then snuggle up in a booth and enjoy meals that are shareable like the oysters rockefeller, pine nut-crusted sea bass or the carpaccio of bison tenderloin. There are plenty of dishes to have a la carte including the cowboy ribeye and roasted long duck.

This ambiance-filled dining experience is wonderful for a trip for two or for a great double date before a concert. The best part about the Montbleu dining experience are the many after dinner options including trying your luck at the poker tables, dancing the night away or retreating to your room for a nightcap.

When you drive through the Carson Valley you quickly learn that the best way to make steamy romance is to hop in at 1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort. This gorgeous location in Genoa has five natural hot springs, swimming pools and full-service spa. All the cheeky checklist items you need to make a weekend getaway extra special. After booking your room you can take it easy and dine in at the 1862 Restaurant and Saloon and take a sunset bike ride. This one stop location has everything you need to enjoy your down time and each other’s company.

Death & Taxes

These two words don’t usually make you think of love and romance but the eclectic Death and Taxes, Provisions and Spirits in Midtown Reno blooms candlelit desire with their cocktail classes. Cocktails 101, Bourbon 101, Agave 101 & Batching Cocktails — each event is perfect for a group date night or a one-on-one learning session. Cheers to cocktails and kisses!

With great music, views, sandy beaches and beautiful sunrises, the Reno/Tahoe area offers amorous locations to stir up some passion. No matter where you go this cool season, you’ll be warm with love.


By: Britton Griffith-Douglas