The balloons fly twice a day from Vermont's Village Green near Quechee's Simon Pierce Glass Works.
In the morning the balloons float off towards the Ottauquechee River and the chasm called the Quechee Gorge.
The pilots follow changing winds as they ascend and descend through the valley. Moving silently, the balloon settles down on the river's surface and hovers
The balloon then lifts from the water and takes you soaring over the treetops to settle down again into the Quechee Gorge.
You lift again and soar high above the farms of Woodstock and then into a field rimmed by sugar maples to meet the chase team as it arrives for the traditional Champaign toast.
Fall brings the changing of the leaves to Woodstock.
- Foliage Balloon Flights October
From the Village Green beside the river, balloons fly passengers all season down the river and into the Quechee Gorge. Morning flights usually follow the river southeast then fly up over route 4 and descend into the mile-long water-cut canyon billed locally as Vermont's Grand Canyon. Morning flights fly above the Gorge giving passengers a great view. Afternoon flights will follow the river through farm country and over the ski mountain to the northwest.
Beside Ballooning the area offers the Billings Farm Museum built in 1878 still operates as a dairy while celebrating the farm life once so integral to Vermont life.
The Raptor Center of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science rescues and rehabilitates birds, particularly hawks and eagles. They have two Bald Eagles, two Golden Eagles and many hawks and owls that came to them too damaged for release to the wild.
In Quechee Gorge Village an old diner is one of only three of its type left in the country and shares space with the Vermont Toy and Train Museum displaying toys, dolls, and lunch boxes dating from the 40s
The Simon Pierce Glassworks gives you a close-up look at the skills of glass artisans and potters creating artworks for sale in the showrooms. The building was once a water-powered mill with an electric generator within a sluice channel which architects saved for viewing when they remodeled the old building in the 70s. While dining at the Glassworks you overlook a waterfall and a covered bridge and might just see a balloon lift off from the green and glide by as it follows the river.
The rolling hills and cleared fields make for such great hot air balloon country that Woodstock hosts the annual Quechee Balloon Festival in mid June bringing live music to the green, craft shows and a host of micro-brews strutting their wares. Vermont farm country presents few wires, no tall buildings, and lots of room to land. Morning flights are the best but during the summer the riders will have to be ready by 6 am.
Although the changing of the leaves is as fickle as the winds that push balloons through the valley, usually the foliage season ends by the fourth week in October. Balloons fly year-round but the rush of visitors tapers in November as Vermont settles in for a long snowy winter.
Vermont offers hot air balloon ride in Woodstock Vermont.
Soar 200 feet above the changing leaves as you glide in a wicker basket hung from a multi-colored envelope of heated air.
Bring excitement to an old theme as you sail over Woodstock's crimson hills and covered bridges to make autumn in Vermont something special.
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Pilot Darrek Daoust secures the balloon after a flight
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Woodstock Vermont: with Balloon rides, covered bridges, and working farm museums, Woodstock has many attractions to keep a vacationer busy.
Getting to Woodstock: Travelling by air, the nearest international airport is Boston's Logan Airport (BOS) where you can rent a car for the trip north. Follow Route 93 North as it goes through the city of Boston towards Manchester, NH. North of Manchester pick up Route 89 north to Lebanon NH and White River Junction Vermont. Then take Rout 4 to Woodstock, VT
Take a Vermont hot air balloon ride in Woodstock Vermont.
Quechee Vermont offers balloon rides, Quechee,B&Bs and museums