Take in the Views at the Sonoma Hot Air Balloon Classic!

things to do in HealdsburgIf 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 during a select weekend in June. 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. 

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. 

The Sonoma Hot Air Balloon Classic Experience

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!

The Schedule

The summertime Sonoma Hot Air Balloon Classic is ideal for early risers. We encourage everyone to arrive 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. It’s romantic and perfect for couples! If you choose to book a hot air balloon ride during the festival, 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!

Other Activities

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 local craft booths filled with compelling creations and interesting pieces. 

Reflect on Your Day at Honor Mansion

Before and after you attend the festival, 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. 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 at our spa. We can’t wait to host you this summer at Honor Mansion!