This Valentine’s Day, Stark Caverns will be partnering with Shawnee Bluff Winery and Vineyard for a romantic underground experience: Valentine’s in the Cavern. Your journey on the evening of February 14th begins with a couple’s photograph, a memento of the evening, which will be printed and ready for you before your journey’s end. Next, you’ll wander through the cave at your own pace, exploring the beauty of our underground world while pausing to make a Valentine’s wish at our wishing well, or to ask one of our tour guides a question about the cave’s stunning formations or fascinating history. And as you wander you’ll stop at food and wine stations specially prepared by the chefs and sommeliers at Shawnee Bluff.
At your first tasting stop of the evening, you’ll pause near the colossal Onyx Falls, just below the Garden of the Gods, where you’ll enjoy Bruschetta served with a Sauvignon Blanc. At the Bear Dens of our Boulder Passage, you’ll partake of Hummus and Naan bites served with a Dey Chardonnay. In deeper parts of the cave you’ll come upon the deep blue light of the Reflection Pool where you’ll sample Chicken Tortellini Skewers and a Bluff Blush. Further on in the Onyx Circle, Charcuterie Skewers with Balsamic Glaze, served with a Que Syrah Syrah will tickle your taste buds. Don’t forget to explore the Circle, known for its giant stalagmites, the majestic Hanging Gardens, and the Wedding Chapel, a beautiful spot for a selfie picture which our guides will be happy to help you take.
Finally, you’ll return to the Ballroom, the vast space in which your adventure began, there to listen to live acoustic guitar, talk with friends, and enjoy Shawnee Bluff’s final offering of the night: Chocolate, which will be served with a Merlotto.
Stark Caverns is thrilled to be partnering with a Central Missouri Legend. Shawnee Bluff has a reputation for exceptional quality and exceptional taste. Food, wine, and our majestic caverns—the evening promises to be perhaps the most unique Valentine’s experience you’ve ever had.
Reservations are required and must be made by February 5th. The cost is $70 per couple. Call the Caverns at 573-369-3306 to book your spot today. Reservations may be made for 5:30 pm, 5:45 pm or 6:00 pm based on your preference, with 10 couples allowed for each slot. Additional slots will be opened as needed.