Sonoma Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

Healdsburg, CA

From: $239
Item #: AIR-SFR-0025
Soar over the beautiful countryside of Sonoma Valley and take in magnificent views of vineyards and wineries on this serene hot air balloon ride in northern California.
  • Fly with a FAA Certified Pilot with years of experience
  • Float over the treetops and beyond and revel in the beauty of the winding Russian River and vineyards of Sonoma Valley
  • Capture the lasting memory with a complementary in-flight photo
  • Upon landing enjoy a delicious farm-to-table gourmet breakfast at the renowned Healdsburg Shed Cafe

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Summary
Soar over the beautiful countryside of Sonoma Valley and take in magnificent views of vineyards and wineries on this serene hot air balloon ride in northern California.
  • Fly with a FAA Certified Pilot with years of experience
  • Float over the treetops and beyond and revel in the beauty of the winding Russian River and vineyards of Sonoma Valley
  • Capture the lasting memory with a complementary in-flight photo
  • Upon landing enjoy a delicious farm-to-table gourmet breakfast at the renowned Healdsburg Shed Cafe
Location
Sonoma Valley, CA
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Year-Round:
Daily - Sunrise

Booking Information
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 2 weeks in advance.

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    Your experience will begin with coffee and pastries at the award winning Healdsburg Shed Cafe in Sonoma Valley. After a brief pilot orientation you'll be taken to the day's best launch site for your hot air balloon ride!

    As you arrive at the launch site, you'll be greeted by a bustle of activity - the hum of inflator fans, the lively colors of state-of-the-art balloons, and the roar of the burners. Once the balloon is standing upright it's time to climb in and take-off!

    Gently, the balloon will float into the early morning breeze and usher you up and away. Before you realize it you'll be air born delighting in the majestic countryside below. You'll take in views of the beautiful vineyards and the winding Russian River. If the weather is just right you may even see the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco 60 miles away!

    Above it all, your experienced and knowledgeable pilot will share stories about ballooning and it's history as well as point out areas of interest from the local region.

    Once you're back on the ground, your flight will be celebrated with a champagne toast and farm-to-table gourmet breakfast at the renowned Healdsburg Shed Cafe.

    The memories from this experience will last a lifetime!

    Essential Information
    • Participants must be at least 8 years of age and be at least 48 inches tall
    • Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian
    • There is a weight limit of 275 pounds per individual
    • Because the basket is designed for a limited number of passengers, individuals weighing more than 250 pounds must contact Cloud 9 Living for specific details; additional charges may apply
    • Expecting mothers are not permitted to fly
    • In-flight photo is included
    Duration
    This experience will be about 4-5 hours total with approximately 1 hour of flight time.
    Experience Provider Info
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    Maximum Participants
    The balloon baskets are certified to carry 6, 12 or 16 passengers.
    Spectators
    Spectators are allowed but arrangements must be made with your experience provider prior to your flight.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
    What To Wear
    Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions and shoes you can wear in a field or vineyard. We also recommend dressing in layers and bringing sunglasses and/or a brimmed hat, and don't forget your camera!
    Booking Information
    For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 2 weeks in advance.
    Cancellation Policy
    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, you may cancel or reschedule with your experience provider a minimum of 72 hours prior to your scheduled flight. In the event your flight is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will have the option of rescheduling your flight or exchanging for another experience through Cloud 9 Living.
    Why do you fly so early in the morning?
    Balloons fly best in cool, calm, stable air which in Sonoma is usually just after sunrise.
    What are hot air balloons made of?
    The envelope is typically constructed with fire-treated nylon or dacron that meet specific manufacturer requirements.  This material is lightweight but very strong.  The baskets are made of rattan, each one individually woven by hand onto a rigid frame.
    How high do balloons fly?
    Most balloonists enjoy low-level flight.  The typical balloon flight would be anywhere from tree level to approximately 2,000 ft.
    How is the balloon steered?
    The balloon is not "steered" in the conventional sense.  The balloon moves with the direction of the wind.  However, winds tend to stratify in differing directions and altitudes.  A balloonist uses these varying currents to guide the balloon to an appropriate landing site.
    Does it get cold in the balloon? What should I wear?
    The coldest part of your morning will be on the ground! Come dressed in comfortable layered clothing.  Walking shoes and a hat are also recommended and of course don't forget your camera.
    Is ballooning safe?
    Yes, statistically flight is the safest form of transportation and ballooning is statistically the safest form of flight.  Our experience provider has skilled and experienced pilots with impeccable safety records so you are in good hands.
    Do passengers ever get sick?
    No, becuase the balloon moves at the same speed and direction as the wind, passengers experience no sense of motion.
    Is breakfast served?
    Upon arrival at check-in, enjoy coffee and pastries. Then, upon landing, enjoy a traditional champagne toast and gourmet breakfast at Healdsburg Shed Cafe.
    This experience has a customer rating of 3
    based on 1 reviews.
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    Overall it was a fun experience but for some reason our pilot never really took us up high in the sky. As a matter fact, we bearly rose above the tree tops which left most of us disappointed. I had a feeling that the pilot wasn’t interested in taking us very far so as to make it easier for his crew on the ground to arrange pick-up. Brunch was really well done.
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Good Afternoon Nicholas!  I hope you have had a wonderful week so far and thank you for taking the time to write in. I did call our pilots as this is not a normal review we receive for this flight and I wanted to address the points you had brought up. Our pilots explained that their normal height during these flights ranges from 500 ft to 2,000 ft and it depends completely on wind patterns on the day of. It looks like on this date the winds were higher than expected and due to safety reasons they stayed underneath that wind pattern. They also do have a specific landing spot that they try to stay consistent with which if they did go higher on this particular day they would have missed that location. I do hope this sheds some light on the situation and we appreciate you addressing it with us.  I am happy to hear that although it was not as high as you had hoped you did enjoy the feel of floating along the tree tops and that the brunch was a delicious treat.  All the best, Chelsea

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