Tuesday, October 20: Oldenburg village of spires — Indiana

Oldenburg was founded in 1837 by a group of German settlers. Incorporated in 1881, Oldenburg is called the "Village of Spires" because of its churches and religious educational institutions. In 1851, Mother Theresa Hackelmeier (1827-1860) founded the Sisters of St. Francis of Oldenburg who would open numerous schools in the Midwest. The town proudly preserves its religious, cultural and architectural heritage. The old stone and brick structures, clapboard houses, tin facades and cornices, bilingual street signs and the combination of shops and residences attest to the Old World influence. We will also enjoy a visit to the Michaela Farm. A very interesting place that is making a difference by helping to offset carbon in the atmosphere with its hay fields, pastures and forested areas and by providing their Motherhouse and the local community hormone free, antibiotic free, genetically unaltered fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs. The farm also provides a place of spiritual nourishment in its walking trails, labyrinth and retreat house. www.oldenburgfranciscans.org/farm.asp

We end the trip by visiting the Chateau Pomije, which is nestled in the rolling hills of southeast Indiana. It boasts of the largest vineyards in the Ohio Valley Region. Its wines are estate bottled and produced from the finest grapes grown in Indiana. We will then enjoy lunch in the Chateau Pomije's Wine Room where the chef prepares meals using only the freshest and finest ingredients to create a fine dining experience, highlighted by the rustic charm of a two-storey stone fireplacewww.cpwinery.com