When our highways and subterranean luge routes are overrun by traffic, we will turn to the skies to meet our transportation needs. Today's Groupon gets you a preview of the future of transportation: for $98, you get a one-hour, single-flight hot air balloon ride with a floating champagne picnic from Sunrise Balloons in Temecula (a $175 value). Secede from your stale relationship with the ground for a picturesque flight above wine country that is packed with wining, dining, and professional photography to remind you what well-groomed clouds look like.
Pilot Dan Glick hasn't put his feet on the ground once in the last 36 years, constantly ushering sightseers through the aerial beauty above Temecula and wine country. You'll meet at the Monte De Oro Winery for a preflight reception, calming floating fever with morning coffee and pastries before a champagne picnic treats your appetite while in flight. Sunrise will capture your launch on HD video and will snap more than 100 professional photographs throughout the journey so you can always cherish and treasure the moment you returned to the condor-people. For special occasions, Sunrise can hang banners proclaiming birthdays, anniversaries, or congratulations on legally adopting an adult man dressed like a panda. Your flight concludes with a round of champagne and cider (and a cake on special occasions). You also get wine tasting coupons.
Spending time suspended in the air gives you ample time to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and contemplate all that gets pushed aside. With Sunrise's gorgeous aerial tour, you'll have the mental break necessary for brainstorming better ways to pickle and package eggs.
Be sure to make your reservation in advance. There may be blackout dates on holidays or festivals. You may use the value to upgrade to a private flight or a holiday/festival flight.
Reviewers love the personalized touches and dedicated staff at Sunrise Balloons. Three Google Mappers give it a perfect five-star average and 25 Yelpers give an average of 3.5 stars. Four Citysearchers give it an average of four stars and TripAdvisors give it 4.5 owl eyes, making it the fourth most popular Temecula attraction on the site:
-   - The attention of the staff and the experience of the hot air balloon ride was a very memorable birthday for my partner. The staff really made it a special dayWe were very pleased with both Megan and our pilot Dan Glick. He filled our request to travel a little higher altitude and we did, it was an awesome experience! He is very knowledgable [sic], professional and freindly. [sic] Google User who posted on 12/07/2009
-   - I have been on several hot air balloon rides over the years and this was hands down THE VERY BEST. Megan met us all in the morning with coffeeWe were a diverse crowd, but everyone became fast friends. As we went up over the valley, it was magical. The weather was perfect, we could see everywhere GracieGracieGrace, TripAdvisor
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