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$599 for a balloon ride in Nova Scotia

vicky vacay deal of the dayTravel Deal for July 8, 2013 

Here’s a Nova Scotia package certain to lift you way up into the clouds!

The Old Orchard Inn has partnered with East Coast Balloon Adventures to offer you the thrilling opportunity for a hot air balloon ride over the Annapolis Valley. Old Orchard Inn is located minutes from Wolfville in the scenic Annapolis Valley, 92 kilometres northwest of Halifax.

A shuttle brings you to your pilot, who takes you on a 2.5-hour flight before sunset. You will drift silently over the region that runs along the picturesque Bay of Fundy. From the sky, you will gaze out on the landscape, catching sight of wildlife and falling for the breathtaking views of forests, lakes, and vineyards.

After drifting for approximately 45 minutes to an hour you’ll be safely back on the ground, where you will enjoy a Champagne toast with the pilot and other guests.

This opportunity costs $599 per couple (based on double occupancy) and is available until October 27, 2013 for Saturday and Sunday evenings, and until July 26, 2013 for Friday evenings. You must book at least four days prior to your flight and rebooking may be necessary if weather is unfavourble. Hails Nova Scotia Wines

Could wines from this Maritime province be placed in the same company as those produced in some of the best regions in the world? contributor Chris Makin says yes in his article “Why Nova Scotia wines stand up to Europe.”

Makin: “As a sommelier and wine educator, I have been reluctant to anoint Nova Scotia wines to such lofty status. But a funny thing has happened on the way to the wine store. While I still have a fondness for Italian wines — they are so very food-friendly — I find myself looking more and more to our local heroes when thinking white.”

Read more about Nova Scotia’s award-winning white wines

To book the hot air balloon tour with The Old Orchard Inn: Click here, or call 1-800-561-8090, or email or

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