Have you ever experienced the Napa Valley in early spring? If not, you’re missing out on one of the area’s most beautiful seasons. Even with the occasional spring shower, March to May in Napa has plenty of sunshine that lights up the fields of brilliant yellow mustard flowers in one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular displays. If you get close to the dormant vines, you’ll see new shoots break out – they often grow as fast as 1.5 inches per day!
If you can, plan to visit during the week when Napa is decidedly quieter and tasting room staff more relaxed than on the busier weekends. And no matter what activities you plan for your Napa spring fling, be sure to include a hot air balloon ride for a one-of-a-kind experience.
History of Hot Air Balloons
The hot air balloon industry in Napa began in the 1970s, but the first manned flight was carried on in Paris in 1783. Early versions of the aircraft were quickly redesigned and fitted with engines. These dirigibles were used to transport passengers and cargo and were also commissioned as war airships. After World War II, hot air balloons were no longer needed as a major means of transportation, and today they’re enjoyed as adventure, pleasure, or sport vehicles.
Hot Air Balloon Rides in Napa Valley
A getaway to Napa Valley is romantic all on its own. A hot air balloon ride over the area’s lush vineyards adds another level of romance that should be on everyone’s bucket list. The favorable weather conditions make Napa Valley hot air balloon rides a year-round possibility and springtime offers some unique flying opportunities.
Often paired with winery tours, receptions, and food tastings, people also include flights as a part of celebratory events like weddings, graduations, and anniversary parties. Napa Valley offers a range of iconic experiences for springtime visitors, including wine release parties, annual events, and concerts. Here’s are just some of the offerings.
- From November through April and in celebration of Cabernet Season, The Napa Valley Welcome Center has its “Friday Featured Vintner Tastings.” The complimentary tastings are held along the riverfront in downtown Napa and offer the opportunity to meet the wine educators from each winery and learn about the latest winemaking techniques.
- If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, the BottleRock music festival takes place the last weekend in May. This popular music, food, wine, and brew extravaganza attracts over 100,000 visitors and features dozens of musical performers. Up to 40 local wineries present at the event which takes place over 2 square miles of Napa’s riverfront.
- The annual Napa Valley Arts in April event showcases more than 40 arts and cultural events throughout the valley. The month-long campaign is designed to promote local talent and bring the community together through art, theatre, storytelling, and the culinary arts.
Come Fly with Us
Balloons Above the Valley has built a solid reputation as one of the preeminent hot air balloon aviation companies in the Napa Valley and the U.S. We offer unmatched hospitality and safety standards to all our guest.
Whether you choose a flight and champagne brunch package or add a balloon flight to your own itinerary, you’ll experience an utterly unforgettable soaring experience that offers stunning views of the valley below. It’s guaranteed to take your breath away! Get in touch with us today to learn more or make a reservation.