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If you are planning a trip to California this summer, be sure to attend the Sonoma Hot Air Balloon Classic! This two-day extravaganza fills the sky with beautiful balloon designs from June 10 – 11, 2017. You’ll see everything from well-known television characters to stunning patterns! We encourage everyone to revel in this unparalleled experience during your stay at Honor Mansion this summer. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the balloons in flight!
While you are planning your next vacation, request a free copy of our Vacation Guide to Sonoma Wine Country! You’ll find our recommendations for extraordinary annual festivals like the Sonoma Hot Air Balloon Classic, as well as nearby vineyards, eateries, and entertainment venues. Our guide also provides detailed descriptions of the accommodations and fine amenities at Honor Mansion!
If you want to experience the true culture of Sonoma wine country, consider attending our region’s annual events and festivals. Our guests particularly enjoy the Sonoma Hot Air Balloon Classic because it’s just a 10-minute drive from Honor Mansion to Keiser Park in Windsor, CA. This stunning outdoor space is the official venue for this year’s classic.
The summertime Sonoma Hot Air Balloon Classic is ideal for early risers. We encourage everyone to arrive at Keizer Park around 5:00 a.m., before the Dawn Patrol balloons launch into the sky. All of the beautiful floats fill the sky at 6:30 a.m. just minutes before sunrise. You’ll watch in wonder as the sky lights up with 29 other balloons in the air.
If you are planning a romantic weekend with your partner, this annual festival is the perfect way to start the day. While you are waiting to board your ride, you can stand in line at your favorite balloon and wait for another ride. It’s romantic and perfect for couples! With incredible views from the hot air balloon, you’ll soar over the stunning vineyards, rolling hills, and lush countryside in Northern California. Additionally, we suggest pre-ordering your tickets today and reserving your spot in line for the first flight.
After the main launch at 6:30 a.m., there will be tethered hot air balloon rides for guests. You’ll safely ascend for a small fee with an expert hot air balloon operator. This one-of-a-kind opportunity lasts until 10:30 a.m. or until it’s too hot or breezy to carry passengers. When you have completed your ride, bring a towel or a chair to watch the other balloons rise into the sky!
In addition to the beautiful hot air balloons, there are plenty of activities for guests to enjoy. When hunger strikes at the Sonoma Hot Air Balloon Classic, order scrumptious sandwich from one of the local booths. You can also browse craft booths filled with compelling creations and interesting pieces. We suggest staying the entire morning to experience this amazing event.
At the Sonoma Hot Air Balloon Classic, you’ll find a booth dedicated to the annual Bookmark Contest. This creative competition is open to all children in grades two through four. The winning design will be printed into a bookmark available for purchase at the festival. When you buy one, you’ll be supporting Sonoma County Libraries and helping children reach their full potential through reading and learning.
Before and after you attend the
2017, relax in your comfortable room at Honor Mansion. We invite you to browse our stunning guest rooms and hand select the perfect one for your next getaway. While you are searching, you’ll find each of our accommodations is furnished with the finest antiques and exudes a luxurious atmosphere.
As an added bonus, our breathtaking bed & breakfast is set on a lush 3-acre property complete with a PGA putting green, croquet court, and a quarter acre of Zinfandel grapevines. If you want to enhance your vacation, book a massage or an invigorating facial at our spa. We can’t wait to host you this summer at Honor Mansion!