Valentine Date under the Stars

Dine by candlelight, walk by moonlight.
A cozy fire. A tasty meal.

Tired of the buzzing rhythm of daily life and seek a relaxing and intimate retreat with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? The Valentine’s Dinner and Candlelit Walk at Lowry Nature Center might provide just the romantic experience you need. The event, welcoming its 10th anniversary, will maintain its peaceful and rustic ambience. “People like it because it is not crazily busy,” says Allison Neaton, supervisor at the nature center.
A full-course meal will be provided by Classic Catering. Neaton says that, although the menu has not been finalized, they will most likely choose similar items from a year ago—appetizing dishes, including carved roast beef, stuffed chicken breast, baby Yukon golden potatoes, green beans with almonds, refreshing salads, a tempting dessert buffet and more.

The dinner will be accompanied by the gentle, acoustic folk music played by Kim and Quillan from the Roe Family Singers. “They have been coming to our event for five years,” Neaton says.

To add to the event’s natural themes, a barred owl and a red tailed hawk, residents of Lowry, will be present. “After dinner, one of our handlers will have the birds out at a different part of the building, and people can see them up close,” Neaton says.

Situated in a densely wooded area, the nature center will also feature an intimate, half-mile candlelit trail in the forest. Sweethearts can enjoy the serenity of the winter night amidst the tender rustlings of nature’s residents. “It is simply a beautiful time to look at the moon and reflect on the snow,” Neaton says.