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“Lovely Ride”

Up & Away Ballooning
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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***
Reviewed May 2, 2011

We had a great time on our balloon ride. Dave, our pilot, was fabulous and the views were beautiful. Four balloons went up at once, so there were great photo ops of the other balloons. The ride was gentle and mellow -- even the burners being turned on was not bothersome. The brunch was delicious, and in a beautiful setting at Kendall-Jackson winery. We even got a pass for a free wine-tasting, to be used on our next trip.

Thank Molly620
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Reviewed April 30, 2011

Your stories are fine, but I would have liked more stories about the development of hot air balloons and their use through history.

Bob & Terri
thanks for the photo!

Thank uboat1
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Reviewed April 27, 2011

This was a wonderful experience from start to end. From making the reservations with Mike, to our day of travel everything was carefully planned and the guys didn't overlook any details. First off, we were not charged until the day of the flight, this assures you, if there are any cancellations, you will not "loose" your money or will be forced to reschedule. This is critical for people visiting california that may not have a second chance for this trip. On the day of our flight, we were kindly welcomed by our pilot Danny and his crew, Mike and Dan. When we were cleared for the flight, some of the people in the group were asked to help inflate the balloon. It was really cool to be part of the preparations. The flight itself was wonderful, quiet and felt very private, there were only 8 of us in the basket, two groups of 4. Going over the vineyards and the orchards was a tranquil and peaceful experience. When we were done (after ~1h) the landing was smooth. We were then kindly asked to help pack the balloon, it was again very cool and funny, to be part of the whole thing. Afterwards, we were lead by Danny to Kendall Jackson vineyards where Mike, the owner of the company greeted us with a terrific breakfast prepared by himself (he told us he was studying to become a Chef). The Quiche was delicious and served in hand decorated plates!! During breakfast, we also received our flight certificate and a cloissone pin of our balloon. Is the little details like these that make the experience INCREDIBLE. Kudos for an outstanding service. We will fly with you many times again!! Thank you Guys!

Thank CaroA22
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Reviewed April 26, 2011

Mike took me and 8 other best friends up in his balloon.... it was the most amazing experience ever. Mike and the crew were wonderful people and the most fun is they allowed us to be a part of the entire experience.... explaining everything to us. They ended it with a wonderful brunch at a winery with buttons and awards. I will remember this trip forever!!!!!!

Thank sarahmadsencox
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Reviewed April 18, 2011

We had a wonderful time on Mike's balloon, it was a lot of fun. A bit chilly though, but worth it. Now we need to take a ride on the other three balloons!

Thank AmyB167
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