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“DO THIS, BUT DO IT W/RUSTY!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of A Grape Escape Balloon Adventure

A Grape Escape Balloon Adventure
33475 La Serena Way, Temecula, CA 92591
(951) 699-9987
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Ranked #4 of 89 Activities in Temecula
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Owner description: A Grape Escape Balloon Adventure offers surnise hot air balloon rides daily over the Temecula Valley wine country in Southern California. One hour scenic flights include champagne, orange juice, continental breakfast, souvenir certificare and two for one wine tasting.
Mission Viejo, California
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“DO THIS, BUT DO IT W/RUSTY!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

there are other companies, but this is the most organised and proffetional and Jeff is an incredible pilot. Rusty runs a great ship and you even share a chmpgn toast when you're done!

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“A sky high enjoyment on our 21st Anniversary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

We were picked up at the beautiful Europa Village vinyard and jettisoned to a nearby open field. The balloon was quickly inflated (I helped!!!), and before we knew it, Our captian, Tim has us sailing over some of the most beautiful vinyards and landscape Temecula has to offer. Our captian was knowledgealbe, witty, and open to answer all questions we could throw at him. We sailed at a altitude of 1,500 - 1,800 feet and Tim expertly navigated the landing directly on the back of the trailer. We packed up the balloon (again I helped), and headed back to Europa Village where we were greeted by Mimosas, and a surpise anniversary cake. I highly recommed the Grape Escape Balloon Adventure for it's excitement, and education of the temecula area. Also kudos to our captain Tim and his most attentive staff.

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Los Angeles, California
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“Outstanding - from check-in to mimosas!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

My wife and I took the sunrise flight in late July and had a wonderful experience! First of all, check-in occurred at 5:30AM at a very easy-to-find location. The pilots & staff did a great job of explaining how they test the various wind currents and select a take-off location.During the flight, our pilot (Bill) was constantly talking to us about the surroundings - breathtaking views!!! - and how he was navigating the winds and controlling the balloon. The ride itself was so smooth and enjoyable. After an hour in the air, reaching heights of about 4,000 ft., we landed. (The landing was soft and perfect - in fact, Bill landed the balloon/basket right on the back of the Grape Escape's trailer, an area barely wider than the basket itself!)

After the flight, we were treated to mimosas, a breakfast basket (fruit, muffins, etc.) and a little certificate congratulating us on our fantastic voyages. This was such a nice touch and really put a bow on the whole experience.

Some practical stuff:
- I'm 6'4" and stood near the center of the basket (i.e. near the flame). There were a few times when I could really feel the heat on my head/neck. But, the company does suggest that tall passengers bring a hat to help shield from the heat. For 95% of the flight I was fine without a hat...for the other 5% I just ducked :)
- In late July (when we went) the temperature was perfect in the air. We didn't need a sweater or any other layers.

Overall - one of the most memorable experiences I've ever had. I would 100% recommend this to anyone!

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Boise, Idaho
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“Fantastic Flight!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

This was the most amazing morning flight. Weather conditions were perfect and the views were stunning. Our pilot Bill did an excellent job at pointing out the scenery and knowing the history of the valley to share as well. Ricky and Chuck on the ground crew were also fantastic! This company is so great, we landed the balloon back on the trailor to make it an even easier transition back to a champagne toast and breakfast.

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Yuma
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“Amazing experience!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

This balloon trip was one of our adventures for our 25th wedding anniversary. The weather was perfect, the views incredible. Bill was our pilot and had a great sense of humor and was informative. At the end of the trip we received a champagne toast and pictures we could order on website for a nominal cost was an added bonus!

Visited June 2012
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