What You'll Get
While land travel comes naturally for most humans, it often fails to include panoramic views, ideal spit trajectories, or opportunities to wear aviator goggles. Today's Groupon lets you partake of the best way to race dastardly 19th-century villains around the world: for $154, you get one passenger spot on a hot air balloon ride at either sunrise or sunset, plus a postflight champagne toast from Bella Balloons. Today's deal is for a three-hour experience, which includes a preflight orientation, a one-hour flight, and a postflight champagne toast.
To maintain its 100% safety record, Bella Balloons employs an arsenal of FAA commercial pilots. After a preflight briefing, during which you'll meet your pilot and flight crew and learn the necessary facts about hot air balloonistry, the propane burners are fired up and your inflatable vessel is inflated with motorized fans. You'll then slip away the surly bonds of earth for an awe-inspiring hour of panoramic sightseeing from the comfy confines of an oversize picnic basket. The airborne adventure will skim over treetops and stampeding herds of wild office workers, soar among flocks of birds, and rise up to 1,500 feet using only the wind as your propeller. The sunrise and sunset flights allow balloonists to enjoy glorious lighting conditions for photographs, marriage proposals, and marriage retractions.
Once you gently alight after your romantic rendezvous with the clouds, you'll be greeted with a take-home Bella champagne flute filled with local bubbly or a nonalcoholic beverage from Valley Vineyards. Additionally, you'll be inducted into the super-secret ballooning society in a legendary ceremony that awards you the Certificate d'Ascension En Machine Aerostatique, which can be used as currency in most floating-island nations. Visit Bella Balloon's FAQ page for more information on flight times and locations.
Though Bella Balloons sometimes offers a discounted rate for groups, this Groupon offers the best deal available for single passengers.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 15, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability and weather conditions. Must be 8 or older. Must be 21 or older for champagne. Not valid for Saturday sunset flights. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.