The calendar gods turned an ear to Cupid and tossed us a three-day weekend on the heels of Valentine's Day. And even if you're not a V-Day person, it's the perfect time for a weekend getaway.
If you're headed up to Tahoe this President's Day weekend—or really, anytime this winter—here's where to get cozy with your sweetheart.
Dinner: Bourbon Pub Northstar
If you're in search of an aprés after a day on the slopes and some bubbly to pop with your bae, Michael Mina's brand new Bourbon Pub at North Star is the place for sharing. Order up a a smattering of sumptuous small plates and fun twists on comfort food classics—think truffle potato chips and decadent mac and cheese. Or, if you're looking for something with a hint of fancy, make a Valentine's Day reservation for the three-course tasting menu ($59/person), including a salad, surf or turf, and dessert. // Bourbon Pub Northstar, 8001 Northstar Village Dr., Ste 8114, Truckee, michaelmina.net
Drinks: The Good Wolf
Sate your thirst for local charm and novel brews at Truckee's newest watering hole, The Good Wolf Brewing Company. The great outdoors come inside to create a cozy forest vibe that's perfect for lovers of nature, bluegrass, hops, and each other. Toast to your honey in a rustic tasting room trimmed with moss and stocked with board games—nothing like a bit of friendly competition to spark the mood. Taste the flagship Neon Rainbow (a juicy IPA) and the Forbidden Temple (a cherry pie sour) which will be redubbed the Bleeding Heart for Valentine's Day. Speaking of V-day, enjoy a pair of beers and a surprise treat for just $14.
// The Good Wolf, 10990 Industrial Way, Ste B103, Truckee, thegoodwolfbrewing.com
Indulge: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe
"Journey Through the Forest" together in this couple's experience that is so deeply relaxing, you'll want your partner there just to bear witness. The three-part treatment begins with a full-body exfoliation with native essential oils. Then, you'll enjoy a luxurious soak in a roomy copper tub, followed by a head-to-toe relaxation massage, all in the beauty of a private room with one-way windows to a wooded view. Add Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, but be forewarned: This spa has been the site of at least one marriage proposal. Arrive early to catch a heart-centered yoga class on Friday morning at 9am.
// Journey Through the Forest is $395/person; The Ritz-Carlton Spa, 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee, ritzcarlton.com
Ride Bikes: Tahoe East Shore Trail
Ride off into the sunset together across the Incline to Sand Harbor Bike Path, a three-mile stretch of beautiful bikeway that opened in 2019. This previously inaccessible leg of Tahoe's 72-mile trail provides unrivaled access to trails, coves, hidden beaches, and 17 designated view points along the lake's eastern shoreline. Take in an early sunset as you breeze across a magical 810-foot bridge. Not a cyclist? Slow it down with a leisurely walk on the pedestrian footpath.
// Tahoe East Shore Trailhead, 1222 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, Nevada, travelnevada.com
Get Naked, Be One`: Sierra Hot Springs
Become one with your partner and with nature in the healing steam and stillness of these natural hot springs, nestled in the pine and aspen forests of the Sierra Nevada. Shed your stress and your clothing (bathing suits are optional) as you ease into the tranquil meditation pool, or opt for an even more intimate experience in one of the private Phoenix baths. Pools are open 24-hours at day, giving you and your person plenty of opportunity to soak up the beauty and romance.
// Sierra Hot Springs, 521 Campbell Hot Springs Rd., Sierraville, sierrahotsprings.org