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4 Romantic Winter Getaway Ideas In Nevada County

Re-kindle the romance in your relationship with a memorable weekend or week-long romantic winter getaway. Whether you enjoy hiking, exploring the culinary scene or just snuggling up in a cozy cabin in a winter wonderland here's four ways to rejuvenate your relationship this winter.

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By Alex Silgalis

A romantic winter getaway is designed to remove you from the humdrum daily routine. It provides an opportunity to create a special memory and experience that you both can enjoy and cherish together. Nevada County offers the perfect setting amidst the majestic Sierra peaks, the iconic South Yuba River, and a celebration of nature. These elements set the stage for disconnecting from the world and reconnecting as a couple. Breathe in the fresh pine air, reignite passion, and indulge in one of these romantic winter getaways.

Cozy Up On Donner Summit

Looking north toward Castle Valley, Basin Peak and Castle Peak in winter. Photo by Bill Stevenson, courtesy Truckee Donner Land Trust

Seeking a break from the bustling crowds? Escape midweek to Donner Summit. Despite being just a few minutes’ drive from I-80 along the Lincoln Highway, it feels like a world apart. Atop the Sierra Nevada crest sits the Clair Tappaan Lodge, a rustic historic hostel crafted in the 1930s by the Sierra Club. Ideal for couples craving outdoor time, it serves as a perfect starting point for snowshoe adventures right from the lodge. Then cap off your day with a delightful, homemade-style pie reminiscent of grandma’s cooking at the Old 40 Bar & Grill in Donner Ski Ranch. Discover more winter activities at Donner Summit – Gateway to the backcountry This Winter.

A Foodie Foray In Grass Valley

For couples who relish wining and dining, Grass Valley is the ideal destination. Begin with a romantic tour along the Sierra Vintners Wine Trail, exploring award-winning local wineries and vineyards. Indulge in a Gold Rush tradition by savoring a pasty from Marshall’s or Grass Valley Pasty Company. These handheld pies, stuffed with savory meat and potatoes, encased in a crimped pastry crust, were beloved by Cornish miners in the late 19th century. And then finish your day with a candlelit, romantic dinner at one of the town’s charming restaurants like Sergio’s Cafe or The Holbrooke Hotel.

Cozy Cabin Getaway In Truckee

Photograph of a snowy historic Downtown Truckee, shot in the afternoon, after a big snow storm.

When you picture a romantic winter escape in the California High Sierra, Truckee quickly comes to mind. As snowflakes descend, the charming Historic Downtown transforms into a magical wonderland. Wander through a myriad of shops, enjoy snug eateries offering comforting soups, and discover inviting bars serving delightful hot toddies. Cozy coffee shops await for indulging in seasonal lattes. There’s plenty of wintry fun as well in Truckee. Go snowshoeing up Chickadee Ridge or enjoy a thrilling sled and tube rides at Tahoe Donner Snowplay.

Harmony In Nevada City

Nevada City remains a gateway to the outdoors, even in winter. Above town, explore the Harmony Ridge trail system on a mountain bike or embrace the serene vistas and sounds along the South Yuba River. Wander through the historic district to glimpse the town’s vibrant past. Nestled within impeccably preserved 19th and 20th century buildings are shops, restaurants, and inns offering endless exploration and entertainment. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Golden Era Cocktail Bar, housed in a historic building that’s been a saloon since the Gold Rush, for a meticulously crafted drink in a grand setting.


Alex Silgalis

Alex founded Local Freshies® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.

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