When you're working girls like us looking for a quick getaway in the land of grape vineyards and unlimited wine, then visit Temecula! It's like the little sister of Napa Valley, but located in Southern California and has tons of beautiful wineries. We've visited Temecula before, but this trip was extra special because we finally got to live our "UP" disney dreams and for the first time rode in a hot air balloon. That hour-long ride overlooking the vineyards was truly a great escape from reality or dare we say it.... A Grape Escape.
We woke up early for this excursion to see the sunrise, and you little night owls probably think we're crazy, but boy was it worth it! There really is no better way to watch the sun rise than going hundreds of feet in the air. We met up at Europa Village winery at around 5:30am to check-in, and 10 minutes after we were already on our way to the launch site. The set up of the hot air ballon was surprisingly fast, it only took 15 minutes to inflate a balloon the size of a 12-story building. That's right! It was LITERALLY as tall as a 12-story building. Don't believe us? BAM! Here is a photo... and we are 5'5 if that helps.
UP UP AND AWAY!!
A Grape Escape tells you to dress in layers, and by layers one would think it's going to be super cold because you're high in the air, it's probably windy, yada yada yada... But no no no, they mean dress in layers so that you can easily take things off because it gets hot. Fiery hot. Because there is literally fire above you. Anyways, I missed that little memo but all was good because the view made up for it.
Who knew that a hot air balloon would be so.... hot.
We were up there for about an hour, and our pilot Bill was awesome. He told us a bunch of fun facts, had great jokes, offered to take our photos, and most importantly got us up & down safely. We felt very secure with our lives in the hands of a flying basket. After we got down, we drove back to Europa Village where we were greeted with complimentary breakfast pastries and celebratory champagne cheers. It was definitely a great start to the day! And obviously the best excuse to drink at 8AM without any judgements.
- WEAR CLOTHES THAT YOU CAN EASILY UN-LAYER. IT CAN GET HOT UP THERE
- BRING CASH TO TIP YOUR TOUR GUIDE
Special thanks to A Grape Escape for sponsoring us! We highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to try it out. A Grape Escape also does special things for people's anniversaries, proposals, birthdays, etc.
Tiff & Trish