5 Romantic & Memorable Proposal Ideas In Lake Tahoe This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is upon us which also happens to be ENGAGEMENT season! According to Wedding Wire, almost all of the most popular days to get engaged happen between December and February. That comes as no surprise with Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day all falling in that time frame. There’s just something magical about the holiday season that makes it the perfect time to pop the question.

If you think a ring is in your future, we’re here to help. Maybe you’ve been thinking you want to take your significant other on a romantic getaway. Well, Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful and romantic places to get engaged — and we’ve got some ideas to help make that proposal one that your special someone will remember forever.

1. Propose on the Heavenly Gondola

The scenic 2.4-mile Heavenly Gondola at Heavenly Mountain Resort offers spectacular panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, which makes it the perfect Lake Tahoe proposal spot. Be sure to stop at the Observation Deck to snap some memorable engagement photos you’ll treasure forever. Then, cozy up with your new fiancé/fiancée over a latte or hot chocolate at Cafe Blue.

2. Propose during a romantic sleigh ride

Nothing says holidays and storybook romance quite like dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh. The Borges family has been offering sleigh rides around Lake Tahoe for more than 50 years, so they can definitely help you out and make the moment truly special. There’s plenty of opportunities to soak up the towering pines and beautiful scenery; stop for photographs; and enjoy holiday stories, poems, and songs.

3. Propose while ice skating hand-in-hand

The music and lights at the outdoor ice skating rink at Heavenly Village are super romantic and festive, so it’s another great Lake Tahoe proposal spot. You can spend the day skating around hand-in-hand. Then, just when your true love least expects it, you can ask that question that will change your lives forever — with the peacefully falling snow, festive music, and twinkle lights as the perfect backdrop.

4. Plan an epic snow day adventure

The winter season in Lake Tahoe is so much fun. From skiing and snowboarding at one of our world-class ski resorts to exploring the beautiful scenery via snowshoes, cross-country skis, or snowmobiles, there’s no shortage of adventures that couples can have together while staying socially distanced and safe. You’re sure to find the perfect moment to get down on one knee while you’re exploring and having fun together. (Lake Tahoe has particularly beautiful sunrises and sunsets, so consider that a golden opportunity).

5. Create a custom, Tahoe-inspired engagement ring together

Surprise your future spouse with a trip to one of Tahoe’s amazing local jewelry stores and craft the perfect engagement ring together! There’s no place on earth that’s quite as beautiful as Lake Tahoe. Why not transfer that beauty into jewelry? Many of the local jewelers — like Bluestone Jewelry and Steve Schmier’s Jewelry — are inspired by the natural beauty and landscape of the Tahoe area. so they’ll help you create a stunning ring that will remind you of your special Tahoe adventure. A custom, Lake Tahoe-inspired engagement ring could also make a great surprise Christmas or Valentine’s Day gift.

Tips for Getting Engaged in Lake Tahoe

No matter how or when you plan to ask your sweetheart to marry you, here are a few tips to make the most of the special moment and your time in Lake Tahoe.

Photographs are a must

You’ll want to remember your engagement forever, so consider hiring one of our amazing Lake Tahoe wedding photographers to help you capture the romantic moment. (It’s a great chance to see how they might work as a photographer for the big day with a lot less pressure.) If you don’t want to hire a professional, do make sure your phone is charged so you can snap some Insta-worthy selfies and shots of the ring at the very least.

Be safe

We’re still in the middle of a pandemic, which means safety needs to be a consideration during your proposal. While it’s much easier to stay socially-distant while enjoying the mountains and fresh Tahoe air, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Wear a mask when you’re in public spaces and keep your distance from others.
  • Wash your hands frequently during your visit.
  • Keep your engagement celebrations small and opt for virtual gatherings with family and friends if you want them to be part of the big moment.
  • Contact Lake Tahoe businesses ahead of time to confirm hours, make reservations, and take care of any details you can without contact. This helps keep capacity, wait times, and person-to-person contact low.
  • Check out these tips for safe and responsible recreation in South Lake Tahoe.

Plan for after the proposal

The proposal actually goes by really quick — but it’s not over yet! Be sure you plan for some celebrating after he or she says yes.

We recommend toasting the moment with a great California wine. Truckee River Winery has some great options sold locally and for sale online. If you’re more of a beer person, savor the moment with a great beer from one of our local breweries. South Lake Tahoe Brewing has beer-to-go so you can celebrate wherever you please.

Another great option is a delicious post-engagement meal. There are so many great restaurants in South Lake Tahoe with dishes to satisfy every craving or personal preference. You can check out what’s available for in-person, carry-out, and delivery with this handy restaurant guide from Tahoe South.

Why not make a night of it with a special night in at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel? We’re right in the center of the action with cozy suite-style rooms and plenty of great amenities to help make the night memorable. It’s the perfect place to relax, enjoy each other’s company, and get away from it all before jumping into the hustle and bustle of wedding planning.

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Of course, whenever you’re ready to talk about wedding planning, our team is standing by! Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is one of the premier wedding venues in Lake Tahoe with great options for ceremonies, receptions, and wedding festivities of all sizes! Space books up fast, so contact us to get started planning your dream Lake Tahoe wedding today.