Nostalgia Ballooning puts heads in the clouds, accompanied by licensed pilots soaring giant, kaleidoscopically colored hot air balloons. Packages include private and group voyages over mountainous landscapes and include memorable touches such as champagne toasts. For those left enthralled with the skies, Nostalgia Ballooning also offers introductory piloting lessons, prepping the airborne for a life amid the birds.
Whether casting a line or navigating the churning rapids, the staff at Toads Guide Shop curate experiences that give visitors an unobstructed glimpse of Western Colorado's stunning scenery. Float through the Black Canyon of Gunnison Gorge during float and fish trips, during which guides lead groups toward lively fishing holes to reel in catches, and provide tents, meals, and equipment for those who opt to stay in the woods overnight. To stay closer to land, adventurers can angle for trout during fly-fishing sessions in the Pacochupuk Tailwater, or venture inland to hunt deer and elk. Daytime rafting expeditions of the Uncompaghre River take place over the course of up to three action-packed hours of splashing through rapids, maneuvering around obstacles, and shouting for momma.
The small South African town of Prince Albert may seem like an unlikely member of the culinary vanguard, but its arid farmland—known as the Great Karoo—supports an unusually vast array of plant species that flavor the local fare. The owners of Bergwater Vineyards, the region's only winery, prepare palates with a vino tasting before a gourmet picnic lunch. Visits to the Weltevrede Fig Farm and Prince Albert Olives teach tasters how to make jam, press oil, and create authentic crop circles. Between jaunts, the African Relish houses sojourners in luxurious quarters amid a fully functional cooking school, where aspiring cooks learn to spin regional specialties such as Karoo lamb and venison dishes.