In brief: Balloon business

Virginia-based Excitations, a gift company, is promoting hot-air balloon rides across Pennsylvania’s Dutch country.

Virginia-based Excitations, a gift company, is promoting hot-air balloon rides across Pennsylvania’s Dutch country.

The balloon trip includes three days and two nights of hot-air balloon travel, visits to local attractions, food and accommodations at area bed and breakfasts. Launch sites include Strasburg, Lancaster County, and Elverson, Chester County. Balloon rides take place in the morning and the evening, with about one hour of flight each day.

Packages, which include flights, accommodations, most meals and snacks, start at $2,295 for one person. The United States Hot Air Balloon Team provides the balloon rides. The 22-year-old company is based in Chester County and also has operations Strasburg, said Stan Hess, tour host for the company.

Excitations helps gift buyers give memorable life experiences, from fly fishing or a private falcon hunt to whitewater rafting or an iron chef competition. The company offers more than 1,000 experiences. For more information, visit www.excit

ations.com.

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