Columbian Center and Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux Tours (Lunch included)
Visit the Knights of Columbus retirement facility “Columbian Retirement Center” in Marysville, a small community 50 miles north of Sacramento. The Center is an independent living Center, a home away from home, owned and operated by the Knights of Columbus. A tour of the Center, then a tour of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church across the street will certainly build an appetite for our lunch provided by the Marysville Knights of Columbus in the Church Hall.
We leave Marysville and head to Vina for a tour of The Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux along with a tour of the unique winery and tasting room which will include five tastings. In 1955, this lovely Trappist-Cistercian Abbey was founded in the small peaceful town of Vina. Located on 600 acres of beautiful orchards and vineyards, the Abbey is farmed by the monks to provide their sustenance. The property is home to a completely restored 12th century “Chapter House” that was originally part of the Santa Maria de Ovila Cistercian Abbey in Spain. The Chapter House is the largest example of original Cistercian-Gothic architecture in the Western Hemisphere, and the oldest building in the United States west of the Mississippi.
Your coach will leave the DoubleTree Hotel at 9:00 am and arrive back around 5:00 pm in time for Thursday evening’s welcome party.