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Napa Valley Balloons, Inc

301 Post Street
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In the Air Napa California United States
Above the wines Napa California United States
Hot Air Balloon Ride over Napa Valley Napa California United States
Such Great Heights Napa California United States
Ballooning Like a Parisian in Napa Napa California United States
In the Air Napa California United States
Above the wines Napa California United States
Hot Air Balloon Ride over Napa Valley Napa California United States
Such Great Heights Napa California United States
Ballooning Like a Parisian in Napa Napa California United States

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In the Air

If you really want to get a feel for the beauty of Napa, take to the air. We spent a glorious hour or so floating above the valley of the vines, after being picked up from our hotel, taken to the venue and given coffee and something to snack on before our journey. Bob, our pilot, was amazing - taking us down so close to the treetops and landing with precision on the exact spot he'd picked out from the air. Up above we saw it all, revealed as the early morning mist melted away. And when we landed we were picked up again and taken to a hearty champagne breakfast. Wow.

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over 4 years ago

Above the wines

The morning mist rolls away as we float above in a hot air baloon, revealing the patterns of Napa serenely below.
over 4 years ago

Hot Air Balloon Ride over Napa Valley

Part of my wife's birthday celebration in Napa was a surprise Hot Air balloon ride. Neither one of us had ever been on one and we didn't know what to expect. We started around 5am and were served a continental breakfast and then escorted off to the launch site so we could watch the balloons being brought to life by the burners. It was a perfect day and the views of the valley were amazing. After this great experience we were served breakfast at Domaine Chandon with sparkling wine. What a great way to start your day in Napa Valley.

(They do allow children, but they must be over 48 inches tall.)
over 4 years ago

Such Great Heights

Hot Air Ballooning across the Napa Valley is a pretty incredible experience if you are gifted with a clear, calm sky. It's also a great way to add some spice to your wine tasting trip- even though it requires a very early start, you are back on the ground in time for breakfast and mimosas, meaning all the wineries will be open and for tasting by the time you are!
I would recommend Balloons Above the Valley-the balloons were beautiful and our pilot was great.
over 1 year ago

Ballooning Like a Parisian in Napa

Napa Valley owes a lot to France. Following in the République’s grape-stomping steps, Napa rose to prominence as a world-class wine region on par with Bordeaux and Burgundy. A lesser known tie between the two, however, is hot-air ballooning, a Napa Valley must-do, which originated in Paris more than two centuries ago.

What started as an experimental paper-and-silk affair has evolved into the tranquil nylon-and-rattan pursuit we know today. The first riders, two of Marie Antoinette’s noblemen, only got a 22-minute jaunt above Paris, compared to the 100-minute float I recently enjoyed with Napa Valley Balloons over rolling vineyards.

More daunting for me than the 2,000-foot rise in a hand-made basket was the 5AM wake-up call. Riders need to clamber into the basket at or before dawn, when the northern California air is at its coolest and calmest.

Weather aside, the 12 of us we were in excellent hands with pilot Mike Eakins, a former Air Force pilot and sky diving champion. It was his deft hand on the thunderous propane gas burner, which kept the air inside of the balloon less dense than the air surrounding it (and, consequently, the dozen of us from splattering on the ground below).

Safely aloft, the wind led us over lush green vineyards, where we watched hares racing along the vines and a smattering of multicolored balloons dotting the horizon. The ride’s route is at the mercy of the wind and ours ended hilariously in a hardware store parking lot where shoppers gaped at the giant rainbow balloon deflating onto the asphalt.

Regardless of where you may land, Napa Valley Balloons returns you to the starting point, which is, fittingly, the grounds of the Domaine Chandon Winery in Yountville. Inside the visitors' center, we warmed up by a fire with a sparkling glass of Brut, in all of the French splendor that Napa Valley offers.