|Apeaceful dawn or dusk balloon ride reveals sweeping vistas of the Southern California coast, wine country, rambling estates, and golf courses.
For a champagne-fueled glimpse of the county at sunrise or sunset, followed by an hors d'oeuvres party, contact Skysurfer Balloon Company (tel. 800/660-6809 or 858/481-6800; www.sandiegohotairballoons.com).
The rate for a 40- to 60-minute flight is $120 per person weekdays, $130 weekends; sunrise flights leave from Temecula (70 min. north of downtown) and sunset flights are from Del Mar (25 min. from downtown).
Or call California Dreamin' (tel. 800/373-3359 or 951/699-0601; www.californiadreamin.com). They charge $128 per person for a 1-hour sunrise breakfast flight in Temecula ($148 on Sat), or $168 for sunset flights in Del Mar that last up to 1 hour ($188 on Sat); both include champagne and a personalized flight photo. California Dreamin' also offers a biplane adventure over Temecula's wine country starting at $248 for two people.
You may also be interested in the Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival held in early June; call tel. 909/676-4713 or visit www.tvbwf.com for information.