Getting on/off a motorcoach. The drive to the brewery is about 40 miles, approximately 1 hour. Bring light sweater, hat, and/or rain jacket for baseball game.
Begin your day with a morning stretch/yoga session outside (weather permitting). In the Lambuth Inn dining room, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, breads, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll be joined by a local expert who will discuss the history and development of baseball and the role of breweries in forming early leagues. We’ll learn how baseball became “America's Pastime” when Sunday games and beer sales were added to bring the working class to ballgames. We’ll also hear how local breweries financed local teams and follow the exploits of some of the early baseball heroes.
We’ll ride the motorcoach to 12 Bones, a popular BBQ restaurant for a plated supper with coffee, tea, water, included. The BBQ is slow-cooked over a variety of select hardwoods. Rather than a single region’s emblematic BBQ, there is an ever-changing menu and creative, small-batch, house-made sauces.
Next, we’ll board the motorcoach and ride to Mills River, North Carolina, for a field trip to the Sierra Nevada Brewery. We’ll walk through working spaces, follow the brewing process, explore the gardens, and be able to taste a brew. We’ll learn how the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and quality of the water drew one of the nation’s premier breweries to the Asheville area and how the company’s commitment to environmental quality is expressed throughout the facility and gardens.
Tonight's dinner is an all you can eat ballpark picnic in the pavilion at McCormick field. Grilled BBQ chicken, hamburgers & hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, chocolate chip & oatmeal raisin cookie for dessert. Coca-cola and ice water provided with a cash bar for other drink options.
We enjoy an evening game with the Asheville Tourists. McCormick Field, built in 1924, provides a classic baseball experience. It was featured in the movie “Bull Durham” with Kevin Costner. In real life, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Jackie Robinson all played here. The Tourists are a Class A farm team of the Colorado Rockies. The original home team from 1897 was called the Moonshiners!