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“An unbelievable experience”

Above Reality Inc. Hot Air Balloon Rides
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Essex
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Owner description: Come float with us on a whimsical journey above the world below. One of our experienced and FAA licensed pilots will whisk you into the skies above Vermont, where you can take in all of the beauty that the Green Mountains have to offer. After about an hour you'll touch down and conclude the flight with a toast of champagne or sparkling cider, Cabot cheddar cheese, and Vermont fudge. Flights depart at sunrise and sunset daily, weather depending.
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Our original evening flight didn't happen due to the weather, but Jeff gave us the opportunity to go up the next morning and never has getting up at 4:45am been so rewarded.
The take off was surreal and the effortless grace of the flight was just incredible. The views of Lake Champlain, the mountains of Vermont and New York state are wonderful and we were so lucky that the weather was clear enough to see all the way to Montreal some 90 miles away. Jeff is a great pilot and has a way of putting you at ease so you can relax and enjoy the experience, he also has a great sense of humour which adds to the overall sense of fun and excitement.
Jeff is well supported with his ground crew team who also help to make this such a great experience.
If you are in this part of Vermont the Above Reality experience is an absolute must.

1  Thank Leintwardine
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"afraid of heights"
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is an amazing adventure. Jeff and team are really nice, providing for a safe and fun experience. Wear a hat, else it may feel a bit too hot due to the gas burners up in the middle. Lift off and decent are one of the exciting parts. Its a whole lot of fun, and you're given good instructions so pay attention (the little that you have to).
The outline is:
-Fly for about an hour, unless you otherwise arrange for a specific duration
-Touch down
-Pack up the balloon with the chase team
-Return back to the starting place

Thanks, gang!

Thank travelizity
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Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

You have to do this experience once in your life! The team is great and specially Jeff who is in total control and so funny.

Thank Alexbegin
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

This was our first Hot Air Balloon ride, and it was wonderful! Jeff and his crew were professional, punctual, humorous and made the trip one to remember! The views of the Champlain Valley were stunning and Jeff's expertise in ballooning and the surrounding area made it not just a fun balloon ride but an experience to remember!
Thanks Jeff! Our kids loved it also and still talk about how much fun they had!!

Darrin and Stacie Forehand

Thank Darrin F F
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

I was given a balloon trip as a retirement gift. It was on my 'bucket list' and it certainly was the trip of a lifetime.
Jeff and his crew were highly professional. They oozed confidence and safety was their prime consideration.
The flight took us South from Mallets Bay, over Burlington, the University and hospital and on to Dorset Street where we landed in the front garden of a very friendly, yet amazed, family. The scenery was as beautiful as you'd expect in Vermont, with views to Mt Mansfield, Camel's Hump, the mountains of NY and, of course, Lake Champlain.
I would not hesitate to repeat the exercise MANY times because, depending on the winds, different routes could be taken; different glorious scenes to see.
[I have dozens of stunning pix which I'd love to share, but can't figure out how to attach them here! Some have been sent to Jeff, the pilot, in my letter of thanks to him.]

Thank Marka C
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