When our highways and subterranean luge routes are overrun by traffic, we will turn to the skies to meet our transportation needs. For $98, today's Groupon gets you a preview of the future of transportation with a one-hour, single-flight hot-air-balloon ride with a floating champagne picnic for one through Sunrise Balloons in Temecula (a $175 value). Secede from your stale relationship with the ground for a picturesque flight above wine country that's packed with wining, dining, and professional photography to remind you what well-groomed clouds look like.
Pilot Dan Glick hasn't put his feet on the ground once in the last 35 years, constantly ushering sightseers through the aerial beauty above Temecula and wine country. You'll meet at the Monte De Oro Winery for a pre-flight reception, calming floating fever with morning coffee before a champagne picnic breakfast treats your appetite while in flight. Sunrise will capture your launch on HD video and will snap more than 100 professional photographs throughout the journey so you can always cherish and treasure the moment you returned to the condor-people. For special occasions, Sunrise can hang banners proclaiming birthdays, anniversaries, or congratulations on legally adopting an adult man dressed like a panda. Your flight concludes with a round of champagne, cider, and cake and additional proof of your venture with a souvenir flight certificate. You also get wine tasting coupons.
Spending time suspended in the air gives you ample time to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and contemplate all that gets pushed aside. With Sunrise's gorgeous aerial tour, you'll have the mental break necessary for brainstorming better ways to pickle eggs and how many chick peas are too many chick peas.
Reviewers love the personalized touches and dedicated staff at Sunrise Balloons. Three Google Mappers give it a perfect five-star average, and Yelpers give an average of 3.5 stars. Four Citysearchers give an average of four, and TripAdvisors give it 4.5 owl eyes, making it the third most popular Temecula attraction on the site:
- The attention of the staff and the experience of the hot air balloon ride was a very memorable birthday for my partner. The staff really made it a special day…We were very pleased with both Megan and our pilot Dan Glick. He filled our request to travel a little higher altitude and we did, it was an awesome experience! He is very knowledgable [sic], professional and freindly. [sic] – A Google User who posted on 12/07/09
- I have been on several hot air balloon rides over the years and this was hands down THE VERY BEST. Megan met us all in the morning with coffee…We were a diverse crowd, but everyone became fast friends. As we went up over the valley, it was magical. The weather was perfect, we could see everywhere… – GracieGracieGrace, TripAdvisor
Since 1975, FAA-certified balloon pilot Dan Glick has whisked sightseers on picturesque sunrise flights over Temecula Valley wine country, packed with wining, dining, and professional photography. Each excursion feels like an occasion, with groups starting off at the Monte De Oro Winery for a preflight reception to sip and snack on coffee and mimosas before ascending through the troposphere. As the dirigible hangs over rolling vineyards, professional photographer Megan Franks captures the adventure and the debates between intellectual birds on camera, leaving floating tourists with an HD video of the launch and more than 100 photographs of the flight experience. The sky-high journeys conclude on the ground with a round of champagne and cake to celebrate the endeavor. For special occasions, Sunrise Balloons can play celebratory launch music or adorn the carriage with banners proclaiming birthdays, anniversaries, or weddings.
Sunrise Balloons also hosts tours of the vineyards they frequently fly over. As luxurious as their airborne counterparts, tours forgo the balloon for a limo party coach that escorts passengers from one stop to the next.