Rise and Shine with a Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride

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It takes 90 minutes to reach California Dreamin’, Gail and David Bradley’s mom-and-pop hot-air balloon operation, which has carried visitors 2,500 feet over Temecula in seven-story dirigibles for 39 years. Set your alarm to make the 6 a.m. Sunrise Flight ($168 per person weekdays, $178 on weekends), which offers groups of four to 14 vistas of vast vineyards, horse ranches, and citrus groves.

Don’t worry about scarfing down toast ahead of time: The ride concludes with a breakfast of Cinnamon Burst bread, Brie, fresh fruit, and mimosas at the Bradleys’ Vindemia Winery.

What’s that? You wanted a balloon for two? That guac is extra, but it’s possible—cozy up on the same early-morning trip ($790 on weekdays, $948 on weekends).


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