Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.
Activity note: When you check in, you will register with the Road Scholar program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Afternoon: When you check in, you will register with the Road Scholar program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: In the dining room of the historic Lambuth Inn, the dinner buffet offers a bountiful salad bar, choices of entrée, vegetables, breads, and desserts plus iced teas, coffee (regular/decaf), water.
Evening: Orientation. We will gather in the classroom. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: 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.
Breakfast: In the Lambuth Inn dining room, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, breads, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: 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.
Lunch: 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.
Afternoon: 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.
Dinner: Dinner is on your own. Grab a bite at the Sierra Nevada Taproom or at McCormick field during the game.
Evening: From the brewery, we’ll head to historic McCormick Field and attend 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!
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. The drive to the smokehouse is about 5 miles approximately 15 minutes. The drive to Asheville is about 28 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking up to 1 mile at McCormick Field.
Breakfast: Lambuth Inn buffet.
Morning: We’ll continue our educational journey through baseball history, learning about the segregated leagues and integration struggles. The formation of minor league teams placed ballparks firmly in regions with differing food-ways such as BBQ customs. A ballpark’s BBQ will proudly display its regional preferences; best expressed though the three basic sauces of the South: tomato-based, mustard-based, and black pepper vinegar. We’ll also discuss how patterns of migration and immigration helped to develop these regional preferences.
Lunch: At a local smokehouse restaurant, we’ll have a plated lunch with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. The house-made sauces span a range of regional delights to experience the varied taste sensations we discussed this morning.
Afternoon: Board the motor coach for a short ride to downtown Waynesville for a beer tasting. We will taste 4 local brews and learn about the styles of each and a bit about the micro-breweries producing them. This tasting room specializes in local beers and unique offerings from across the US. Next, we’ll ride to Asheville's vibrant River Arts district for a field trip to explore another popular brewery. After the field trip, the remainder of the afternoon is free in Asheville, one of the most exciting towns in the South.
Dinner: 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 cookies for dessert. Coca-cola and ice water provided and there will be a cash bar for other beverage options.
Evening: We’ll re-group at an appointed time and place downtown and board the bus for McCormick Field. An Asheville Tourists team representative will walk us through the ball park and relate the history of the park, the team, and the city. We enjoy dinner at the pavilion and then take our box seats to enjoy another evening of minor league baseball in the premier city of the Blue Ridge.
Activity note: Getting on/off 15 passenger. The drive to Waterrock Knob is about 18 miles, approximately 1/2 hour.
Breakfast: Lambuth Inn buffet. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell breakfast.
Morning: For our final field trip, we’ll ride the Blue Ridge Parkway to Waterrock Knob, a high peak of the Appalachians with 360-degree views at over 6,000 feet above sea level. The vista is a fine example of the Blue Ridge Mountains’ beauty that drew explorers and visits to the region long before baseball or BBQ. Returning to the hotel, this concludes our program. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!