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A Grape Escape Balloon Adventure
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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.
Reviewed 31 May 2013

The team was organized, friendly, knowledgeable (about ballooning and the area you're flying over). The flight was amazing. We were lucky for a clear morning after weeks of clouds and fog. And lucky us: the winds were a little crazy, so we ended up with an extended flight as our pilot tried to find a place to land. I never knew how much work it was to balloon - for both the pilot and the ground crew - and these guys sure know what they're doing! I can get a little fearful when driving along cliffs and at other heights (not in airplanes), but was not even the tiniest bit afraid in the balloon and happily leaned over the edge of the basket to watch the vineyards drift by. Only recommendation I can give....if you think you're going to have breakfast, it's an individually wrapped packaged pastry and some apples & oranges. Don't know if we could've had more than one glass of post-flight champagne, but we were hungry and ready for real food. Plan a nice breakfast for afterwards to relive the amazing experience.

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Reviewed 28 May 2013

We did this, my husband and I, for our anniversary and it was our first time!

From the moment you get there, the staff is just TOO friendly and makes you feel more than welcome!

You start this adventure at a beautiful winery and then they take you to the perfect spot to fly.

Jeff and the crew were amazing and they make you enjoy the ride to the maximum!

Great view, great staff, great place = AWESOME EXPERIENCE!

Everything ends with a champagne/mimosa toast to honor a successful flight.

I WILL DEFFINITELY DO IT AGAIN! And it is so romantic that we are even considering renewing our vows up in the air in that fabulous and colorful balloon!

I really recommend it!

1  Thank AdrieMDS
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Reviewed 21 April 2013 via mobile

Jeff and his crew are Amazing! They knew everything to do to make our trip fun, special, and memorable. This was our first trip ballooning so I was a little nervous but it was really replacing and beautiful! They took us right over the orange groves to smell the blossoms and also toon our pic with a happy anniversary sign hung on the balloon. At the end they had more than enough champagne for before 9am AND they surprised us with a mini cake for our anniversary which was delish and so nice of them. Love these guys and can't wait to go again!!

1  Thank Jessgriffith22
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

We were 7 ladies in Temecula in honor of a 60th birthday. Six of us rode in the balloon and one rode with the Chasers following the balloon. The ride was PERFECTION!!! We left from a beautiful winery = Europa Village, and we were brought back there. The ride was fabulous - Rusty Manning is a great pilot!! He's only been doing it 30 years so we were a little nervous!!! :) We would recommend it to anyone. Our friend who was with the Chaser Van also enjoyed her time very much - the guys were really nice to her and very knowledgeable!!! Don't miss this opportunity!!!

1  Thank nannyonthego
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

This was a most excellent adventure! Our balloon ride was absolutely beautiful with views of vineyards and the surrounding scenery. The pilot and crew were friendly and attentive. It is a must for those who like to see the world from a different point of view!

1  Thank Pzamanis
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