Love is in the Air – Creative Date Ideas

The weather may be cool but there is plenty of love warming up the air in Reno Tahoe as Valentine’s Day approaches. Forego the typical dinner date and plan a heart-warming surprise for that special someone with one of these unique date ideas.

Explore the Outdoors

Sometimes the most romantic activities involve being together in the outdoors, and in Reno Tahoe, we have year-round outdoor activities suitable for everyone. Stretch your legs as you and your partner enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the Truckee River or take advantage of the picturesque scenery as you play in the snow. Pack a picnic and enjoy wine and snacks during your romantic adventure. The best part? Outdoor activities are great for the whole family – whether that includes your kids or your four-legged fur baby.

Get Artsy

If art and creativity warm your heart, you are going to love the abundance of arts and culture experiences in Reno and Sparks. From art walks and galleries to production art spaces, the Reno Tahoe arts and culture scene is sure to make you and your honey’s hearts melt. Get hands-on and create a piece of artwork at The Wedge Ceramics Studio or take a stroll through the Riverwalk District and experience the beautiful public art and landscapes the city has to offer. Kick date night up a notch with Tahoe Elevated Picnics and plan a unique picnic experience to remember or connect through craft, process and wonder during Atelier in Reno‘s creative workshops. After all, the more picturesque the date, the better for a guaranteed dreamy Valentine photo (and of course share your experience using the hashtag #RenoTahoe!).

Take a Tour

Take the stress out of planning your night out and let Pineapple Pedicabs handle the romantic details. This local pedicab service (arguably one of the cutest and most unique ways to get around town!) is offering tours perfect for couples who love a more unique date night experience. Their Date Night Out Tour is an all-in-one, curated night out in downtown Reno, complete with cocktails (or mocktails!), fine dining experience, a show at Hush or Magique, romantic ride during sunset and a tour around Burning Man art and Reno’s Riverwalk District. These tours are available year-round with varying themes and experiences each month so you can keep the sparks flying long after Valentine’s Day passes.

Relax and Unwind

Relax and unwind at a Reno Tahoe spa. Book a spa treatment and explore an array of amenities, including the Aqua Spa Lounge, Brine Inhalation-Light Therapy Lounge and the Laconium Relaxation Lounge at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Tune out the stress and worries with your sweetheart at Spa Toscana inside the Peppermill Reno with massage treatments and relaxing therapies. Offering services inspired by the air, water, earth and fire elements of the region, Stillwater Spa & Salon, inside the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, is a tranquil and relaxing environment to enjoy this Valentine’s Day. Looking for even more relaxing spa options, including natural hot springs? Visit our spa page for a full list of offerings.

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

There is just something about love, romance, and Valentine’s Day that has us craving something sugary and sweet – besides our honey. Luckily in Reno Tahoe, there is no shortage of dessert spots. Start the day with a donut or perfectly baked croissant from one of Reno’s popular bakeries and then top off your day or night out with something sweet for you and your sweetheart. Browse our food and drink page to find something sweet for your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Bring the Night Out Home

Whether you’re staying home, booked a luxurious hotel suite or found a cozy vacation rental with your sweetie, bringing the dining experience to you is an excellent way to get some of that Reno Tahoe flavor while keeping your night low-key. Choose from a variety of meals like Korean fusion at Arario Midtown or some Fresh Mex from Mari Chuy’s. For a sweet night cap, get something for dessert from Black Rock Dessert or Dorinda’s Chocolates. And if toasting with a local libation is on the menu, grab a growler of your favorite beer from one of Reno Tahoe’s breweries, or be your own bartender with some of our locally-inspired cocktail recipes. We think this will be a date night you’ll always remember.

Looking for more inspiration? See how local adventure experts @lauralawsonvisconti and her hubby @nickvisconti spent their Valentine’s Day in Reno Tahoe.

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