Imagine floating high above the rolling green pastures of Pennsylvania Dutch country in a hot air balloon, touching down for a round of golf or a gourmet farm-to-table lunch. For those who think travel is about the journey more than the destination, we’ve got a treat in store.
Rather than just a one-off on your itinerary, Balloon Rides Across America makes hot-air ballooning your primary mode of transportation as you float between the region’s quaint farming towns and historic villages for a three or five day tour. Touch down for champagne toasts (an important ballooning ritual) in vineyards and Amish farms, explore historic Valley Forge and American realist painter Andrew Wyeth’s works at the Brandywine River Museum, and lift off again to view the sweeping greenery of the region from heights of about 3,000 feet. From afar, you’ll even be able to glimpse the Chesapeake Bay and Philadelphia skyline. By night, you’ll rest your head in quaint, historic accommodations such as the Inn at St. Peter’s and the Inn at New Berlin, a Select Registry member whose restaurant, Gabriel’s, won the Wine Spectator Award of Excelllence.
Flight times are typically at the crack of dawn and sunrise, but those once-in-a-lifetime views will have you quickly forget you’re not a morning person.