Balloons Above the Valley. Few experiences in the world are more exhilarating—and yet marvelously serene—than an early-morning balloon ride above the vineyards. This company's personable and professional pilots make its outings among the valley's best. Flights depart from the Napa Valley Marriott, in the city of Napa. Napa, CA. 707/253–2222 or 800/464–6824. www.balloonrides.com. $209.