Napa Valley beckons you with a quick plane ride and the promise of a spectacular and romantic get away weekend. Set your sights high with a balloon trip over the vineyards in this grape excursion, as you sample some of the best wines and cuisine in the world.
In Northern California, there are several reasons that the area’s grapes provide some of the best wines in the world. It’s the soil, it’s the cultivated vines that tender the grapes, and it’s the people. The generosity of spirit of Northern California planters has lent itself to a legendary reputation and remarkable set of towns in the Valley. The area hosts travelers every month of the year, from the fall harvest time to the cool summer days and nights. It’s beautiful country all year round.
To get an authentic perspective of the area, think big. Think high, too. In Napa, ballooning will not only lift your spirits, but also lift you into the clouds above the fruitful vineyards. If you’re afraid of heights, it’s obviously not for you. Yet, if you have a sense of adventure, and want to experience all your senses at once, go ahead, jump into the basket. Ballooning can be done all day, but I recommend you do the first ride of the day… to watch the sun rise. At six a.m., you prepare for lift off. And suddenly you’re about 5,000 feet up in the air. You’ll go around the valley in less than two hours. If you’re lucky, you’ll swoop down low in between the vineyard fields, close enough to actually reach out and touch the grapes in season. Afterward, you can enjoy a Mimosa and breakfast at one of the nearby eateries or enjoy a the spread your ballooning company has provided. From there, you’ll have worked up an appetite to go wine tasting.