July 10, 2011

Thank you for making our hot air balloon ride an unforgettable, truly enjoyable experience. Every aspect of your operation was punctual, professional and very customer friendly, and our pilot, David, was not only extremely experienced (his ability to maneuver the balloon was amazing), but knowledgable and funny, adding a welcomed human element to the beauty of the ride itself.

We will not only be back again but will recommend your company to everyone we know who wants an exciting, memorable and truly enjoyable experience.


Matt & Jean Giorgi

Brea, CA


November 25, 2010

I wanted to take a minute to tell you how absolutely wonderful we thought the whole balloon experience was! What a great way to celebrate our 4-year anniversary! From the initial call to make a reservation to the toasting of Mimosas, we had a fabulous time. When we arrived in the early morning, the lit-up tent and propane heaters (awesome!) were so welcoming. We were greeted by friendly, smiling folks who kept us informed about everything that was going on. Once it was time to head out, the van was already warmed up and ready for us! After a few quick stops to check the winds, were were at our launching point. It was amazing to watch how quickly the pilot and crew worked to get the basket and balloon all set-up for our trip. And when they finished getting most of the work done, they went around and took group pictures for everyone in front of the balloon!

The weather was beautiful and the pilot, Ferrel, was hilarious! He kept us entertained while teaching us about how he flies balloons. We stayed airborne for over an hour and saw the beautiful wine country of Temecula.

And when we landed, we were quickly whisked away to a beautiful and delicious breakfast. The food was great and we were given a lovely bottle of cider to celebrate our anniversary.

For anyone looking for a great, local, and fun activity, California Dreamin' puts on a wonderful trip! We had a great time and will never forget this anniversary! Thank you to everyone who made this day so great!


Sean and Jessica Mulder


September 22, 2009

My wife and I flew with Jeff and his crew last week. This was truly a memorable experience. My wife usually has difficulty with heights, but had absolutely no difficulty with our ride. I think Jeff had a lot to do with that. Jeff’s skill and knowledge is so obvious in such a quite way. We will do this again, and maybe bring the family.


September 22, 2009

Just wanted to write you a note to say thank you for the wonderful ballooning experience my mom and I had last week, Thursday September 17.

It was truly a dream come thru. Your staff did an excellent job.

Thanks again.

Ilse J. Bekker - Houston, TX

August 13, 2009

My husband and I were celebrating life, love and the gift of marriage

at the South Coast Winery when we heard about their balloon package.

Our pilot JEFF, this morning for the Sunrise California Dreamin'

Balloon excursion was amazing, professional, informative and totally

fun to be with for the most awesome ride in the sky we have ever


We were so impressed by Jeff that we wanted to take this opportunity

to say what a pleasure it was to feel SAFE throughout the entire

adventure we had with Jeff this morning...especially since my husband

is from , the island of Samoa and the highest height he had ever

experienced is a climb to the highest coconut tree - no joke! We owe

that feeling of 'total security' and safety to Jeff, an exemplary

pilot with a great sense of humor and graciousness.

Kudos to your owners and management team for hiring such a worthy and

loyal businessman/pilot. Because of Jeff, my husband and I will not

only be marketing advocates for California Dreamin' in the Long Beach

area, we plan to travel with you again...when Jeff is on duty! Don't

get me wrong, the ground crew worked hard, had great teamwork and are

also worth of recognition, but JEFF is worth everything you award him

and MORE! Thank you Jeff for the most memorable sunrise we've ever


Have a blessed and safe day.

Sanele and Veronica Ah-Mann

To Whom It May Concern,

I was on a Balloon ride today (Friday August 14th, 2009) with my sister for the sunrise flight and I had to write to
your company to tell you of our excellent experience with the staff in the hopes that this reaches Management.

From the moment I booked the reservation (with a woman, sorry can't remember the name) until we left there saying
good bye to Jason, Phily and Kevin, I felt the professionalism, friendliness and courteous attitude from all staff members.

Our first time ballooning and my sisters birthday present, the banner and cake made her day! Kevin then told us the
story of the "champagne" for the flight and him and Jason sat and talked to us. All three guys went way out of their
way to make our entire experience friendly, humorous and exciting! Nothing was a problem for any of them, and the
fact that they truly seemed to enjoy doing what they did showed when interacting with us, the customers!

I have already told many friends of my experience today and will continue to recommend your company. I worked
in the hospitality industry for many years, but very rarely came across an experience like this that runs so smoothly as
today did!! Your staff is fabulous and I hope you thank them for us, because this will go down as one of our most
favorite adventures ever because of their customer service!

Thank you!

Corinne M. Granich

I am back home again outside of Toronto, Canada and just wanted to tell you how much my sister, Dianne, and I enjoyed our balloon ride and then the scrumptious breakfast after, on July 28th 2009. It was a real experience for both of us and one we will never forget. We appreciated the birthday cake that you so kindly had for us. Dianne’s 60th birthday was this past February and I will be 65 in September and we decided to have a birthday week together, with South Coast Winery Resort & Spa & California Dreamin as the highlight of our week.

Thank you again for a wonderful trip.


November 23, 2008

We did the sunrise balloon trip yesterday and we could not stop talking about how great you guys are. We were so happy to have had you guys as our tour guides. We could not find one thing wrong with you guys. You were friendly,informative, and accomidating. We just wanted to thank you soooo much for your great service and for the complimentary bottle of cider for our anniversary. We will be coming back for the sunset trip soon, and you can bet we are going to recommend you guys to everyone. Thank you so much for your wonderful service and hospitality. Take care.

-Leo Gomez & Mayra Castaneda

November 11, 2008

Hi Gail, David and crew~

We're hoping this email finds you enjoying your day!

What a fun adventure we were able to share together. Each of us wants to let you know how each of you helped shape that day to perfection. Sure, we were disappointed the winds cancelled out our ride on Sunday morning, but completely understood the safety issues. Fortunately Monday morning afforded us the opportunity to get our second chance~ and California Dreamin' found the best spot that day for launching!

It was educational to be allowed to experience so much of what goes into getting us safely up and away, and we all enjoyed the information and hints about where to look and what we were viewing from above. Breakfast in the private Rose Garden was a delight while sharing our experiences and continuing conversations with new friends.

Thank you for all the personal touches and attention to helping make our hot air balloon ride experience so memorable.

We've attached a few of our photos from our day together!

California Dreamin' rocks, but their balloon ride is smooth!


Leslie, Sharon, Pam, Vicky and Val

Sisterhood of the Traveling LaughsNovember 10, 2008

thank you so much for a wonderful experience last Wednesday (delayed from
Tuesday) I purchased the balloon trip as a surprise birthday gift for my mother and
she was totally blown away by the experience and can't stop talking about it.
the staff were fantastic and the balloon ride was just awesome. Please could you let me have details of your t-shirts as my mother would really like a souvenir of her balloon ride.

many thanks

Alison Green

November 10, 2008

I wanted to send a brief note to extend my Sincere Thanks for a wonderful time when we visited Temecula this past month.

For my brother Bill and my wife's friend Patty, it was their first balloon experience.
It was "Perfect".

It was great to see your vineyard and look forward to your continued success in the future.
Please keep us informed as you get into full swing production.
We would gladly return for a tour and tasting.

Please also let Jason know how much it meant to me when he drove all the way back to South Coast, just to deliver a birthday shirt. Again...Perfect !

Thanks for making my 50th Birthday an Extra Special Event.
We look forward to seeing you again !

Best Regards.

Greg Karales

Babylon, NY

Hello All:

Just wanted to sincerely thank you for a very special memorable evening!!
The experience was unbelievable and the pilot was absolutely the best!!
Thank you for waiting for us since we ended up being 15 minutes late (we're
so sorry!!) I have already recommended this company to several of my friends
and family members. I'm sure we will be back for another ride very soon!

Thanks again!

Roxann Solis

August 08, 2008

August 08, 2008
Just wanted to say thanks. Our pilot Jeff and his entire crew were great. My grandson had an experience he will always remember. I had a fantastic time myself. congrats on having such a great team.

Now I am spoiled. If I should want to go again, how do I ensure Jeff as our pilot??


Linda Dochterman

California Dreamin’

I wish to thank your entire staff and crew for making it possible for me to have a flight on June 20, 2008...after “the other company” kept promising but never delivered.

You guys are so great!!! I have been overwhelmed with news stories and photos for our weekly newspaper. As a result I had very little space for my story and photos that I ran in the Wednesday, July 9, issue. I plan to send you more photos. I just wanted to show you this first.

Again, thank you so very much,

Gerald Black
News Editor
Pleasanton Express
Pleasanton, Texas

June 10, 2008

I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for such a memorable experience. My wife Cindy and I took part in the hot air balloon adventure in Temecula on Monday, June 9, 2008. Words simply fail me. Adjectives like exhilarating, exciting, awesome, unforgettable, thrilling, and breathtaking cannot do justice to what we felt that morning! From the courtesy and professionalism of your staff, to the extra special touches. Everything was way beyond our expectations. We could tell that you not only love ballooning, but the Temecula area. We will be talking about this for years to come!

I know it sounds cliché but word of mouth is the best forms of advertising, and we will be telling everyone we know about our fantastic experience at California Dreamin’


Thomas MacDougall

I just wanted to thank you/your company for a great Mother's Day. It was a great way to spend time with my mom and husband. We loved the brunch afterwards.


I just wanted to say that had a great time on our balloon ride the other day (Sunday3/23/08). I snapped this picture of the guys when they were about to load everyone up. I do quite a bit of photography with this sort of stylized look to it. I thought you might like it.

We're ridden 3 times now with you guys and it's always a blast! Whenever we have guests that come to stay and want to go for a balloon ride, we'll give you a call again. :-)


Steve Skinner

David and Gail:
Thank you for everything. The pick up was on time, to the minute. The ride was WONDERFUL and I'm telling all my friends what a wonderful experience we had. David, you were a great pilot - - full of answers to all my questions. Please thank all the crew for ALL the help getting the "cork" out of the basket at the end. I needed them and they were extremely polite. You made our anniversary. Thanks for the sign. I saw it when I got out. Thank you also for the bottle of wine. We are saving it for a special time.
Wilson's from Boulevard

riders on 3/20/08


My name is Mary Grinyer and I just wanted to let you know how pleased my Mom, sisters and I were with our balloon ride on 3-8-08. Your crew worked together so well and the day was wonderful. From signing up on the computer to the breakfast everything went perfectly. We had no trouble locating it and everyone was so nice and very efficient. You helped us get the pictures we wanted, the pilot was very competient and informative, we all felt safe and the mimosas were a great idea and a surprise.

Thank you for a wonderfull birthday present for my Mother's 85th.

May Grinyer

Hi all,

Yesterday the conditions were just right for our rescheduled hot air balloon
ride - Madelyn's birthday gift. It was a memorable occasion and we all had
a blast. If you ever get the opportunity, do it. It's an amazing
experience - from watching the balloon inflation process, to serenely
drifting under, through and over the clouds (champagne in hand), the
breathtaking views, to the exciting landing. It only took three times to
find just the right landing spot, after we touched down through the reeds a
couple of times. It was almost worthy of an "E" ticket ride at Disneyland!
Our pilot and crew had it down to an art though, and we felt very safe and
secure the entire time. After we landed, the passengers sang Happy Birthday
to Madelyn and one other birthday girl, as the crew served us all birthday
cake and more champagne.

I highly recommend our balloon company, California Dreamin' . . . Hope you
enjoy the pictures, and I hope you get to "fly" someday too.


Debbie and George

International Visitors to California Dreamin'

Last Friday we had the opportunity to be on your "Sunrise Flight" over Temecula. We would like to let you know that we had a wonderful time and appreciated your hospitality and friendliness. You make the whole experience more a family affair than a business.
Thank you very much; we will recommend you to everyone.

Wolf & Jill
Montreal, Canada

Hello Nice People!

Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed our ride on July 16th. It was our first experience, and we were most certainly not disappointed. The pilot, Pete, was very experienced, and he gave us a most enjoyable ride, from skimming the tips of the citrus trees to 1/2 mile in the air, rotating the balloon so we all would have varied views, and the in-flight sparkling cider was a surprise treat. The landing was so great that we got right out of the basket and right into the van - the boys had to do all the huffing & puffing to push the basket up the hill - by that time it was getting warm, so we were really glad they were doing all the work. Then back at the meeting point the refreshments were great - we particularly enjoyed the berry concoctions! The polaroid photo in the souvenir folder was a nice touch also. We enjoyed being able to see the balloon inflated, and deflated and packed - a first-hand look at the way things are handled in connection with a ride. I (Mrs. Jones) in particular liked the Bible verse on the balloon - looked it up when we got home - very appropos. All in all we would rate our whole experience a 10+ and would highly recommend you to others. Thank you again for a first-class, memorable experience.

Mr. & Mrs. Hayden Jones, Anaheim, CA

Mom has a wonderful flight!

My Mom (Kitty Cornell) went for a ride last Saturday and she had a BLAST! The whole crew took really great care of her before, during, and after. Especially theguy who seemed to be in charge (long blonde hair) that looked like he adopted her. I want to thank you for the amazing time that she and even I am still talking about. Here are some pictures I took for you to enjoy. Hope you like 'um as much as my family and friends have.Thank you again on behalf of my sister and myself who bought the gift of this ride for our Mom.

Tim McIlhenney, May 2005

Toyota Motor Sales, USA writes...

Thank you for a wonderful time! Our Kaizen Conference attendees will talk about their balloon ride for a long time to come! I appreciate all of your assistance with our pre-planning and the follow-through with every detail.

All of the balloon pilots were great! They fit right in with the group and were alot of fun. This is definitely a group activity I will recommend whenever I get the opportunity! And of course, California Dreamin' will be the recommended company!

We have many nice pictures and terrific memories thanks to everyone at California Dreamin'!

- - -Best regards, Lori L. Perez, Meetings Coordinator Toyota Motor Sales, USA

"The balloon and biplane rides were the perfect combination of Romance and Adventure! Both my date and myself were amazed with the wonderful experience that the staff and crew created for us. We can't wait to do it again!"
- - -Thank you so much, Gerry Cody

I sent a Hallmark ecard to say thank you; I hope it reached you! If not, please let me say again that Tony and I had a wonderful time. Thank you so much for all the personal touches that made our experience with you unforgettable, and helped make my birthday such a wonderful day! We will recommend you to all our family and friends, and come back to see you! Have a great day, and keep up the wonderful work.

- - -Your friends, Angie McIntosh and Tony Garman :-) :-)

Creative Irrigation Solutions, Inc. writes...Attention: Pilot Pete Brunner

Just wanted to follow up to say how much fun I had last Saturday with our Hunter group...we were the group that sang Happy Birthday to Jessica.

I have to admit that the balloon ride was my highlight for the week (first time in a balloon) and I'm sure glad I did not choose to golf...when I got back to the hotel I looked up John 3:8 - - nice touch.
- - - May the Winds Be With You, Gregory Snaith, Creative Irrigation Solutions, Inc.

Calvin Klein Cosmetics Canada writes...

Our entire group had a wonderful time on our California Dreamin' balloon flight. Your pilots and crew were great people...Thanks again for helping make our last night in the San Diego area such an enjoyable one.
- - - Regards, Patrick Carroll, General Manage, Calvin Klein Cosmetics Canada

...thank you for all your help with our Hot Air Balloon events for Calvin Klein cosmetics and Ebasco Services, Inc.

These very important clients were thrilled with their flights and commented on how nice the pilots were.

In all aspects, from beginning to end, your help and follow through was professional and very much appreciated. I look forward to working with you again; it's a pleasure.

- - - Regards, Ann Richards, Senior Operations Manager, Enjoy California Enterprises

"Being in the hot air balloon was like becoming the wind...it is amazing how gentle and lovely it all was."
- - -Thanks California Dreamin', Cynthia Fenimore

The Temecula Valley Master Chorale thanks California Dreamin'...

Thank you so very much for your support at our Annual Auction this past June...we exceeded our financial goal...made possible because of people like you. We will be listing your company as one of our donors in thanks for your contribution.

This money will be used in support of our mission as we continue to nurture appreciation of the life-enhancing qualities of the choral arts, through performances and educational outreach, made possible because of people like you.
- - -Sincerely, Robert Dudley, President, TVMC

I just wanted to thank you for such a memorable 37th birthday (4/30/06). Honestly, when my husband first surprised me with the Hot Air Balloon Ride (adventure) I was not thrilled... But what an amazing experience. It was absolutely the most awesome thing I have ever done. Your staff was so wonderful and their knowledge and skills made us feel so at ease. Our pilot Dan was great. From the ride to the breakfast afterwards, you were all such gracious hosts. I have been telling everyone what a great time we had and I can't wait to do it again!!

Thanks so Much,
Tonia and Carmine Virgilio
San Jacinto, CA

Dear David,
I just want to thank you again for making my Mom's 60th Birthday on Sunday (04/30/06) so special. She truly had a wonderful time as we all did. You really went out of your way to make us feel at home and special. We had such a great day altogether down in Temecula thanks to you. The Hot Air Balloon ride was the winner but we had a blast at some of the wineries as well that you mentioned. We look forward to coming back again. Have a great rest of your week and please thank your wonderful staff again as well for us.

My best,
Tiffani Smith
Los Angeles, California

To: Dawn
Great Ride – Pete and Crew took my wife Mary and I up on Monday May 15th. It was great and was her 46th Anniversary Present. As I told Pete if it had not been for your great confidence building in who we were dealing with we would not have come 2500 miles to ride with people we did not know. But you supplied all mailing requested and handled our telephone business in a very pleasant and professional way. Everything you told me happened just that way. Use me for a recommendation any time you wish.
Thanks again,
Rufus Sherard from South Carolina
Hi Dawn,
I took the hot air balloon ride on Monday, July 3rdand had a wonderful time. I wanted to thank you and the whole staff for making this such a fun adventure and definitely worth the price. I know the other people who were in the same basket enjoyed it as well and several had especially nice things to say about you as a company representative and the whole experience. Your ground crew worked very hard and the pilot (Pierre) was excellent. I felt completely safe the whole time. I was so impressed that the company went to the lengths it did with the cake, refreshments, and photos/flight certificates. I’ll tell everyone who’s interested in future to try California Dreamin’.

Thanks again,
Liz Nichols
We went for a ride last Tuesday with a couple old friends and had an absolutely lovely time. It was breezy, but both take off and landing came off without a hitch. The pilot(s) were professional and I was awed by the way they are able to read the air and currents. I fly R/C model gliders and if I could read the currents that well, I'd win every contest I entered! My wife managed a strong fear of flying and the guys helped her rather than made her more stressed. All it all it was a delightful evening. Thanks again for a lovely first flight.
Best regards,
Bill and Flo Eckles
Del Mar CA

I recently took a ride on one of your Balloons -on the evening of Sept 3rd- and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. The Crew was great and provided unexpected Champagne, birthday cake along with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The ride was smooth, the landing even smoother; being a person used to small planes I was impressed. I have been telling all my friends about you and I plan to come again for a joy ride with your Team as well as a close look at the homes of the rich that we never see from the road. It was great, Gail.

Josy Martin
Hello David! October 2006
I just wanted to again say THANK YOU for a wonderful experience on Sunday at the Final Mass Ascension during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta! I hope you had a safe journey back to California!

You were our pilot for myself and my brother, Christopher Frechette and his wife Margaret Lopez (of Albuquerque), and a family of 3 from Texas.

I am admittingly afraid of heights, and was very apprehensive before our flight. But, seeing as though it was a fun thing my brother and sister-in-law planned for us to do, I sucked it up and remained cautiously optimistic.... The 3 of us were all first timers, but Chris & Margaret are way more adventurous at heart than me.

As soon as we met you, and began the early morning events of setting up for our adventure, there was something about you that immediately set me at ease. I can't explain it, but I felt comfortable having you as "our" pilot and we weren't even off the ground yet. Not to mention, I had no knowledge of your extensive history and experience in the field until later that morning!

We had the adventure of our lives up there David, from beginning to end. It was so much fun we wish we could have floated above Albuquerque the rest of the day!

Thank you again for a wonderful and amazing experience... keep up the EXCELLENT work, and keep up your enthusiasm and dedication to this "craft"... because your love of it and experience shows!!

Catherine Healey
North Attleboro, MA
I just wanted to let you know that my husband Jeff and I thoroughly enjoyed our balloon ride with your company on Nov. 2. Bill is quite the knowledgable pilot and made the experience wonderful for us. The weather was great, not too cold and not too windy and the morning haze burned off just in time for our ride. Thanks again and perhaps the next vacation will be for a sundown balloon ride!

Carol & Jeff Griffin
Rhode Island
February 2007
Thanks again for all your help in organizing our balloon adventure last Thursday. It was a fabulous experience and everyone enjoyed it immensely! On a personal note, please pass along my thanks to my balloon pilot, Pete Brunner. His technical expertise and congenial personality made my first balloon experience absolutely stress-free and a very memorable event! Let me know if he ever comes to Minnesota for a ballooning event … I’d love to fly with him again!

Kind regards,
Suzanne Henke
Carlson Travel Franchise Group
March 26, 2007

WOW! What can I say? Yesterday was incredible!! Our pilot (Matt) was great, and the ground crew terrific, too – All very accommodating, friendly and helpful. We would highly recommend your company to anyone interested in this once-in-a-lifetime experience (although we intend to repeat it SEVERAL times!!). In fact, I’ve just emailed your web site to a friend looking to celebrate her husband’s birthday next weekend!Thanks again. You made my husband’s 60th birthday really special!

Debbie Dudley
City of Industry, CA
Dear California Dreamin Staff,
I want to thank all of you for the wonderful experience my 82 year old mom and I had on our ballon adventure on May 8th 2007. Your staff was so attentive to my mom's needs and so very helpful. We had so much fun and I was so impressed with how nice you all were. I would definitley come back and take another balloon adventure with your company.
Thanks again!
Sandy Huetter and Alice Curtis
Sacramento, California


I just wanted to thank you for such an amazing experience. We just flew on Sunday with Jeff, and I am so glad my husband and I finally did it after all these years of admiring the balloons from afar!

Please let Jeff know that we appreciate the great flight and also the history and stories he told us. The entire staff was just as wonderful, and we hope to do the sunrise someday.


Suzy and Peter Najarian

January 03, 2008

Thanks so much - the kids had a fantastic time! Thanks also for all the extras you did to make Ryans' birthday special!!!


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