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“A Wonderful Way to See Your World” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Up & Away Ballooning

Up & Away Ballooning
Sonoma County Airport, 2200 Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95492
707-836-0171
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The most personalized, professional ballooning experience in the Sonoma County Wine Country. Gourmet brunch served in the gardens of Kendall-Jackson Winery after the flight. Best safety record.***Now wheelchair accessible***
Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
“A Wonderful Way to See Your World”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2010

Our Hot Air Balloon Ride, outside Santa Rosa CA was fascinating and fun. The ride was peaceful and the view spectacular. Having to help pack up the balloon and basket at the end took away some of the specialness of the adventure. The champagne brunch after helped to bring it back. Be sure to bring a lightweight jacket-in case of early morning coolness. Binoculars handy but optional. Ballooning takes place in the early part of a day (3-5 hours) and maybe more than one day, if "chasing" good wind conditions, and you do not get up on the first day.

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Los Angeles de San Rafael, Spain
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“a natural high”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2010

my wife took me for my b-day and it was heavenly. you feel that you are in good hands with mike and his guys b/c they've been doing this for a decade and they love what they do. they are also very good natured fellows which lends a bouyancy to the trip.

there was a surprisingly secure feeling being inside the basket and everything is great when you look toward the horizon or up into the ballon. when you look straight down, however, it can be challenging to those who are a bit squeamish with heights. i would count myself as in the bit squeamish demographic but it is totally worthwhile because you start to get used to looking down and challending yourself to look down.

i especially liked the tree canopy part of the trip where mike came down to a forested area and you were real close to the tree tops. it was like being in the movie "Avatar".

my camera jammed and so mike let me borrow his and then he emailed the photos to me. brunch at kendall jackson was a nice touch.

cant wait to go back there with other friends to do it again!

ps - we did it on april 26 and the temp was managable but make sure to bring mittens and layers of clothing (tennish shoes with thick socks, jeans, sweatshirt with hood over t-shirt and then jacket.)

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2010

I would highly recommend Up & Away Ballooning for a once in a lifetime experience. Mike and the staff are extremely entertaining and fun.

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Riverbank, California
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“Air Ballooning over Santa Rosa Valley was great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2010

Air Ballooning with the Up and Away Ballooning company over the Santa Rosa valley was great. It is well worth the cost for the unique experience of hot air ballooning. The pilots and ground crew work well together as a team setting up the balloons, piloting then and then packing the balloons once landed. This is all part of the experience.
The Flight lasts about 2 hours and travels about 9 miles from start to finish. The view is spectacular hovering 500 to 1000 feet above the valley floor. It is a total photo op. The balloon floats low enough so that you can talk to people on the ground and high enough so that you can see for miles in all directions.
Once landed your experience is not over. There is the traditional Quish, fruit and champagn brunch for all air ballon adventures. Patty makes a delicious brunch and the fellowship is most enjoyable.
So if you are seeking fun and adventure and a unique experience the Up and Away Balloning company is highly recommended.

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“It was worth getting up early!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2010

Right from the start this company is a class act. Reservations are flawless. Confirmation, directions, and instructions/advice are immediate. The night before the flight I got a call exactly at 5:30 as promised telling us if weather conditions were right for the next day's flight. The flight itself was spectacular. The entire crew was friendly and solicitous. The yummy champagne brunch at a winery picnic area was prepared by the owner's wife. The brunch provided an opportunity for all of us fellow balloonists to share tall (literally) stories.
One bit of inside info: This company has different sized balloons. The smaller ones are more maneuverable and can go down to skim vineyards, ponds, costco parking lot (just kidding).The large balloons offer the same spectacular views, but are more sedate and might be the best choice if anyone in your party is nervous about the flight. You need to specify your preference when you make your reservation. You are not told about the different sized balloons ahead of time.

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