Foliage from On High: Hot Air Balloons Take You There

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 | Updated: Apr 16, 2018

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Historic Long Branch. Photo by

Historic Long Branch. Photo by

“It’s like watercolors and a paintbrush,” commented Teri Fabian on the Virginia is for Lovers Facebook page. We agree, Teri! After trekking on foot to waterfall destinations, the next great way to experience Virginia’s amazing autumn hues is from the basket of a hot air balloon.

What an adventure ballooning promises to be. Blue Ridge Hot Air Balloons in Front Royal reminds us, “you always know where you will take off, but you never know where you’ll land.” Float just out of reach of the stunning waves of gold and orange. It’s nearly the peak of the foliage peeping season, you know!

Forest Winds, Inc.

Forest Winds, Inc.

Glide away with Forest Winds, Inc. out of Forest. It should be a no-brainer, but they’ve caused my light bulb to blink on. “No two flights are ever the same, so you will enjoy an experience unique only to you.” And isn’t that what we all want? To see or do something in a way that no one else has? To discover? Yes! I do!

Hard as I try, I’m not sure that I could say it better than Balloons Over Virginia, Inc. of Ashland: “Gradually the grass sinks silently away and the earth kaleidoscopes into a masterful mosaic of color and texture … You have been launched on a magical voyage.” Compelling, no? I’m ready to float away.

If you’re ready to hop aboard the basket ride of a lifetime, book a travel package.

Mayhurst Inn Adventure Vacation Package *  Orange, VA  * $915-$958
Two nights’ lodging, breakfast, snacks and wine tray, horseback riding, and either hot air ballooning or a biplane ride. Give 10 days’ notice on reservation. 888.672.5597

The Boar’s Head Bed, Breakfast & Balloon Package *  Charlottesville, VA  * From $360/guest
One night’s lodging, breakfast, one-hour hot air balloon ride, and champagne celebration. 800.476.1988

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