Enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean, the mountains, and the coastline south to Mexico and north to San Clemente from a hot-air balloon at sunrise or sunset; most excursions include beverages and snacks, too. The conditions are perfect: wide-open spaces and just enough wind to breeze you through them.
California Dreamin'. Head here for hot-air balloon rides, specializing in Temecula wine country flights and Del Mar sunset coastal excursions. 33133 Vista del Monte Rd., Temecula, CA, 92591. 800/373–3359. www.californiadreamin.com.
Skysurfer Balloon Company. Lift off for a one-hour champagne and sunset flight in Del Mar ($210 per person). Ask if they're running any special rates for couples. 3755 Townsgate Dr., Del Mar, CA, 92014. 858/481–6800 or. www.sandiegohotairballoons.com.