North Carolina
Baseball, BBQ and Beer in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Sample North Carolina beer, BBQ and baseball as you study the relationship of these three institutions throughout history, all with the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop.
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Program No. 23035RJ
4 days
Starts at
4 days
3 nights
7 meals
3B 2L 2D
Baseball & Beer History, Brewery, Ballgame
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Baseball History, Asheville Brewery, Ballgame
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Waterrock Knob, Program Concludes
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
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At a Glance

When baseball parks around the country started selling beer at ballgames to attract the working class – that’s when the game truly became “America’s Pastime.” Travel back to the earliest years of baseball to learn about the role local breweries played in forming and financing early leagues and about baseball’s segregated leagues and integration struggles. Sample some of the best brews, BBQ and baseball of the region as you study the legacy of these great American traditions.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about McCormick Field with a park representative, and enjoy a minor-league game and on-site BBQ at the historic park.
  • Find out how the BBQ of a ball park represents regional flavors influenced by the immigrants of the area, and compare the different sauces of the south during feasts of BBQ slow-cooked over hardwood.
  • Take field trips to Sierra Nevada Brewery and New Belgium Brewery for tastings and lessons on the art and science of beer making.
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Lee Knight
Raised in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, Lee is a folk singer, story teller and outdoor leader, performing at concerts, workshops, festivals and schools. He shares his knowledge of the natural world leading hikes, canoe trips and guiding whitewater rafts. Lee has collected and shares Cherokee legends and plays the Cherokee flute and rattle, as well as the Native American drum. He also plays the five-string banjo, guitars and the Appalachian dulcimer.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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