$299 for a Hot Air Balloon Flight for Two from Balloons Over Virginia, Inc. in Ashland ($500 Value)

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In a Nutshell

After surveying forests & countryside at treetop level, passengers touch down for photo session, champagne & snacks

The Fine Print

Expires Sep 26th, 2012. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required. 48hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Ages 6-12 must be accompanied by adult. Must sign waiver. Weight limits may apply. Not recommended for those who recently had surgeries or are pregnant. Subject to weather. Valid for Sunrise or Sunset flights Mon.-Fri. only. Not valid on holidays. Office closed from 5/30-6/8; reservations cannot be scheduled during this time. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

While pilots can use balloons to carry passengers, clowns can only use them to make balloon animals and grow balloon vegetables. Show up a clown with this Groupon.

$299 for a Hot Air Balloon Flight for Two ($500 Value)

  • Up to one-hour nonprivate flight launches at sunrise or two hours before sunset
  • First-flight certificate for each passenger
  • Digital photograph of passengers in the basket
  • Champagne or nonalcoholic drink and light snacks for each passenger at a postflight celebration

As balloon baskets are standing room only and fly at low altitudes, participants should wear flat shoes and dress for the current ground temperature.

Balloons Over Virginia, Inc.

The burner roars to life and inflates a nine-story-tall balloon, hoisting a basket aloft into air currents just above the treetops. Cradled in the basket alongside a Federal Aviation Administration–licensed commercial pilot, passengers look out upon panoramic views of forests and rolling open countryside. They drift along, breathing in the perfume of flowers below and catching glimpses of deer foraging for leaves, eagles rising on thermals, and foxes prowling the woods. The pilot eventually lands the balloon on firm ground and passengers are transported to the balloon port, where they pause for photo opportunities, disembark, and celebrate with a postflight complimentary champagne toast.

Whether leading visitors on regular tours of the countryside like these or undertaking large-scope marketing projects to espouse Virginia’s charms, Balloons Over Virginia, Inc. maintains a strong sense of pride for their state. For example, for several years its staff piloted the crimson-and-white "Virginia is for Lovers" balloon on low flights throughout North America. Staffers extend their aerial-navigation skills to outdoor events as well, where they slowly fly attendees up to 100 feet in the air on rope-tethered aerostats. They also head to classrooms to teach balloon-related math, science, and aviation history before taking students on a brief balloon voyage.

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