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Balloons Over Asheville

Asheville, NC, USA
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Christian H wrote a review Jul 2020
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My wife and I went on a hot air balloon ride with Addison for our anniversary and had a lot of fun! Addison was a fabulous pilot who really took care of us in the air. The views were spectacular over western Asheville and the ride was gentle. We both had a great time, both with Addison and the other passengers. I would absolutely recommend Balloons Over Asheville if you're in the area or interested. Thanks Addison!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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LeslieinTN wrote a review Jul 2020
Johnson City, Tennessee703 contributions184 helpful votes
About three years ago we had tried doing a hot air balloon ride in the Asheville area with a different company. We live a little more than an hour away so we stayed the night the first time but found out the following morning that it was no-go. We drove the next time only to find out after arriving about 30-45 minutes later, it was another bad day for flying. When booking again, I "accidentally" picked this company because they had good reviews online. I really am glad I did. They let you know the night before by email whether the weather looks good or not. Yes, we could still pay for a hotel and/or make the drive to find out, the weather changed, but it is so much nicer to get the email. The spring and fall are the times that the weather is the most unstable so they are more likely to be cancelled (fog, wind, rain/storm, etc). The summer is the best time. However, we still made the trip and had some issues with wind where we had even got in the basket of the balloon and the surface winds were crazy, so our pilot (Addison - who has been flying balloons for several decades and is a great pilot) decided to cancel. We agreed. We would rather have a safe ride than die....duh! ;) We ended up going back the following weekend, and it was a GO! Finally! I thought maybe it wasn't in the stars for me to ever ride in a hot air balloon. Ha! It wasn't "thrilling" like I thought it might be, but still was so serene (not scary at all!) and delightful and of course the views were amazing. We live in beautiful country! The landing was very gentle even though he had prepared us for a possible bounce. Everything was wonderful. I don't have a "bucket list" per se but there are some things in life I want to do. This was one of them. It was wonderful and while yes, it is expensive, we came to understand it takes several people to set up the balloon, take it down, and then there's the transport of the balloon and people, oh, and the $$$$$$$ cost of the balloon itself. It was worth it to my family. We wholeheartedly recommend Balloons Over Asheville, and I really liked our pilot, Addison! Balloon baskets can hold anywhere from around 4 people to 20 so grab some friends and experience it. Or go alone - there were a few people on their own who had just always wanted to do it. The ride itself is a little over an hour to about an hour and a half.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Patricia H wrote a review Oct 2019
Morganton, North Carolina4 contributions5 helpful votes
What a forever memory! This was our third attempt to go up and the weather this morning was incredible. We had a large group but never felt crowded and the experience was so peaceful. When you have 14 people and no one is saying a word - something spiritual is happening. Addition was certainly an amazing pilot and his ground crew did such a great job. Thank you BOA for helping us celebrate our “On Top of the World” 40th Anniversary. The Halls.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Allen wrote a review Sep 2019
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What a magical experience! It was a great opportunity. The driver did a great job guiding us through the landing process and the views were just amazing. Worth it.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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cynhardyFL wrote a review Nov 2018
Hollywood, Florida6 contributions4 helpful votes
What could be better than a quiet balloon flight over the autumn foliage of North Carolina? That was our dream. Of course, such a thing is quite weather dependent and, luckily, BOA is very safety conscious. Regrettably, they had to cancel our flight, due to poor flying conditions. The great news: BOA is very safety conscious,they keep in close touch with you and, if you can't fly due to weather, they issue you an immediate refund. No worries with this plan and, believe me, we are going back to experience the real thing!!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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