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January 2013


Daryl, Jackie, and Crew:


Thank you so much for such a great experience and I’m so glad I was a part of the first 2013 flight.  It was one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done and I can’t wait to do it again.  The sunrise flight was absolutely beautiful and I have some great pictures to share with family and friends.


I would like to give a special “shout out” to Jackie because she made it happen so quickly.  On Friday, January 4, I sent Jackie an email stating that my friend and I were interested in a hot air balloon ride.  Within 15 minutes of sending this email, Jackie was calling me and asking if we could be there by 7:15 the next morning.  Fortunately, everything worked out and we were able to be there and be part of the first flight of 2013.


Everyone should experience a hot air balloon ride at least once in their life…and that experience should be with Balloons Over Georgia.


Still smiling…


Ashburn, GA




Thanks so much for a relaxing & wonderful flight!  It was a great experience and I highly recommend that anyone fly with Balloons over Georgia.  Put it on your bucket list!

The Vrans
Cumming, GA
Flew Jan., 20, 2013



Just want to say that, Jacalyn Smith, has been so patient with me, on booking my flight,for over 2 months, I am In Afghanistan and always wanted to go hot air ballooning, she had added 5 other people also for this trip and i am ecstatic… she has been such a great help to me.. Thanks Jacalyn

Shebra Butterfield


Oct  2012

Jackie, just wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful addition to my Bucket List—the balloon ride.  It was one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done.  You and Daryl were a hoot to be with and I enjoyed the morning so much.

Chattanooga, TN



Oct  2012


Thanks for such a wonderful experience……priceless!!!  A few pictures I thought yall might enjoy.  Posted them on Facebook!  Told everyone to look yall up….darn, cut your phone number off! 
Becky  and James




Oct 2012


Hello Jackie!!! I just wanted to say thanks to you and Mr. Daryl/Chase team for an amazing adventure that my husband and I will remember for a lifetime. Mostly, thank you for treating us like human beings. In our quest trying to find someone to fly us, we came across a few people that automatically said “NO” or over charging us due to our weight. I do understand that it is a major concern for the safety of all parties involved, but you all never mentioned it or made a big deal about it and for that I am truly grateful. I will spread the word about this wonderful professional team. You were definitely a blessing to us, and we will never forget it!!

Happy Customers

Ursula and Brett from Louisiana



Sep  2012


Thank you, Daryl, our flight captain, and the entire Balloons Over Georgia Crew for a great flight and for providing a wonderful, and memorable experience for the us.  You and everyone on the crew were professional, assured our safety, and added special touches to make our flight a very memorable time indeed.  

I want to thank you personally for enduring my many email and phone call questions, as we moved through the planning and execution of our flight.  It went off without a hitch, and we loved the special prayer.  I will miss your friendly responses.  




Phyll and I are back In Jacksonville tonight safely! Just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed the flight. Jackie  and Daryl did everything they could and promised to make it a great adventure. After flying US Navy airplanes from 1949 to 1977 but never in a balloon, I can say this flight was pure joy for an old aviator. I actually think I could do it with a small ground school orientation, but at 85 I don’t expect to try. Just wish the wind was a little stronger and blowing south.

Again, Thanks and our best wishes.

Chuck Jacksonville, FL





Daryl  and Jackie

We just wanted to take  this time  to thank y’all for a wonderful time.   We apperciated  the couresty and friendliness you both showed  us.  thanks again


Ed and Debra  Byron Ga




My grandson, Hayden, and I were totally thrilled with our resent sunrise balloon ride. Three cheers for Balloons Over Georgia and their accomplished, friendly, and “safety first” crew. My main objective was to do something fun, unusual, and a bit daring (for this gramma anyway) and the whole experience exceeded my wishes and expectations. BOG even let my husband ride in the “chase car”! He got great video of the adventure …from preparation of the balloon for takeoff (what a fascinating procedure) to “touch down” and repacking the balloon (once again, fascinating to watch).
Hayden and I got neat pictures of the colorful sunrise from the air, Buford Damn, the most expensive home in Georgia, the reflection of our colorful balloon in the lake, cloud formations below and above us, etc., etc. However, the most precious pictures taken show the smile on grandson’s face as he soared high, gently, and safely…like a bird, over the earth, in excitement, wonder, and peacefulness.
Thank you BOG for making a very special memory that my grandson and I will remember forever! You made him feel so important by letting him help in small ways. I’m recommending you to all my friends! Everyone should experience a hot air balloon ride at least once in a lifetime!

Keep soaring and thanks again,

Canton, Ga


Thank you so much for giving me such a GREAT first-time balloon experience.  I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!  I’ve been wanting to do this for the past 40 years (or so) and I’m so happy that I finally got to.  I’m going to be recommending you to everyone!  (in fact… I already have recommended to a few friends on Facebook)  If you are on Facebook and would like to view my pics, friend me and you can see them all.


Again… thanks so much!



I wanted to thank you and Daryl for providing an unforgetable birthday gift for my daughter.

She was absolutely thrilled with the experience and had such a wonderful time, she was just

so happy. She was complimentary of how organized and pleasant your crew was and so thankful
for the memory.

Please accept my gratitude for all you efforts.  I was very nervous about selecting just the

right people to make the experience great for her, and I am happy to say I was successful.

Again, My thanks to you and your team.


Durham, NC






Thank you again for the balloon ride yesterday. I will definitely recommend your company to our friends. We were impressed by the professionalism, high sense of attention to safety, very integrated crew, and excellent client interaction.

My wife has already recuperated from the ride! 😉






Hi Jackie!

This is Trish! Just wanted to say “Thank you” to both you and especially Daryl for everything you both did to make our wedding happen and such a special day for us.






Thanks Jackie–we had SOOOO much fun.  You all are great to work with
and balloon with.  We will recommend you to everyone : )




Hi Daryl,
Just a quick note to thank you for the great time we (my mother, my sister, my nephew, and me) had yesterday morning, Saturday, May 19, on our sunrise balloon ride. My mother has wanted a balloon ride literally her entire life, and you and Jackie and all of your team could not have been nicer in making that happen – what a pleasant, good group of people you are. We had a great time. I would not be surprised if we decide to do it again, and of course it would be with you.
In the meantime, all the best to you and your team.


Thanks again for all your help in making Kelli’s Birthday Flight so
Great this morning!  We had a Great time and will be back with the
kids.  I am now hooked on taking some lessons and getting my Balloon

Thanks again for making it a Great Morning.

Pass along a word of thanks to Gary for me.

Best Regards,



April 2012

We are regular visitors from the UK to our Cabin in Helen, Georgia, we had heard about the balloon festival but unfortunately we have not been able to come over at the right time of year. This year I thought we would treat ourselves to our own balloon flight. I contacted Daryl and asked if he could facilitate a flight from Helen, as I particularly wanted take some photographs of the area. Daryl and the crew met us on time at 7am at the back of the Helendorf Inn, within about 20 minutes we were gently rising into the sky. It was a magnificent sunrise with low level mist in the valleys and views of the distant mountains. We drifted south from Helen over Nacoochee Village, Nora Mill, the Winery and the Indian mound, we then drifted towards Sautee, passing over the village and the Amish farm. We set some deer running ahead of us as well as looking down on a flight of Canada Geese. The views and the silence was utterly breathtaking.  After about 90 minutes it was time for Daryl to land, he put us down gently beside a road about 8 miles from our starting point.  It was a trip of a lifetime so far, we will definitely be back flying with Daryl in the future, I think a sunset flight in the fall would be our next trip.  Many thanks Daryl and crew for a wonderful experience.

Brian Karen Emma & Amy Clarke

Manchester England

Will definitely fly with you again some day, probably do a sunset trip next time

Kind regards



February 2011

As long as I can remember I have been a mother, a worker, a daughter, a teacher. This time I was myself, doing something for myself. This hot air balloon ride was incredible. I sailed, floated, and was totally blown away by my ride. Daryl and his crew are exceptional. I called one day and was able to ride the next. It was Nov 7, 2010 and the leaves were spectacular and even at one point, as we floated and the different colored array of leaves was our back drop, the balloon was in the shape of a heart. It was all captured on film. I recommend to all my family and friends and will be flying again. Sunset next time. Afterwards a celebration of life and living was provided for all guests.

Subdivision: The Hamptons
City: LaGrange

October 2010

The balloon ride was on my sister’s “bucket list”, not mine, but I am so glad I went along for the ride. Our nephew decided that his mother needed to check that off her list so he secretly invited us to come to Georgia from Ohio and my other sister and her husband to come from Florida. What a surprise and wonderful weekend we had with the Balloons Over Georgia flight the absolute highlight. We will talk about that for as long as we live.

Everything was handled very professionally and the view/scenery was spectacular. Coming from a rural, agricultural part of northwest Ohio I expected to lift off from a field somewhere, fly over open country and touch down in another field. WRONG! We flew over freeways, housing subdivisions and landed in the front yard of someone’s house. (“Watch that mailbox!!” Cleared it.) A perfect, easy landing. And what excitement in that neighborhood. You’d think we’d all known each other for years.

I’d do it again in a heartbeat. And what a climax for a wonderful weekend with family! Thanks, Daryl!

Subdivision: North Pointe
City: Archbold, Ohio

September 2010

To celebrate our 20th anniversary we wanted to do something adventurous. I emailed Balloons over GA and the owner Daryl replied promptly with all the details that I needed to know. The day of the flight we had a GPS issue and we got delay for the ride. We called Daryl and he was very adjustable and waiting for us patiently.

The captain Daryl and his crew are very friendly. They are very professional and knowledgeable about flying. The ride was fantastic! It was very smooth and we got to see beautiful scenery. My two teenage kids enjoyed waving at people down and excited to see a deer running at landing. I recommend Balloons over Ga to anyone who wants to add some excitement for his or her life that you will never forget.

Subdivision: Killian Woods
City: Lilburn

August 2010

Simply amazing! We had a wonderful flight with Balloons Over Georgia and Capt Daryl Tatum was a true pro. These folks run a great business – great communication and expectation setting. The only surprise was how much I LOVED IT!

I am afraid of heights but this left me awestruck – Ok, sure I was afraid a few times but Daryl prepared us well, talked us through everything. So if you are like me (afraid) don’t let it stop you from this great adventure.

So lets move on from the fear of heights and talk about the flight. The sights were amazing. There was a heavy mist at day break as we saw Lake Lanier shimmer and shine, Sawnee Mountain was only a peak above the mist, and the Chattahoochee looking like a misty snake weaving in and out of the trees. We flew silently over neighborhoods, sometimes unnoticed by folks just below us and other times met by families still in their PJs waving at us with delight. It was as if we were a lovely bird gliding effortlessly. The flight was a amazing pairing of exhilaration and serenity and out landing was soft was a pillow. After packing up the balloon we enjoyed bit of chit chat over champagne and goodies. What a morning – I can’t wait to go again!

Subdivision: Sweetwater
City: Cumming

August 2010

This was one of the highlights of my life! I purchased a balloon ride with Balloons Over Georgia for my husband for his 30th birthday. We did the sunrise balloon ride and words cannot express how beautiful it was!

Daryl and his crew seemed more like friends. They were friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming.

I would highly recommend Balloons Over Georgia. Daryl answered all of our questions thoroughly and has a warm, personable demeanor. He offered to take photos and made our experience relaxing and enjoyable.

This was amazing and something that my husband and I will be talking about for years to come!

Subdivision: Carriage Hills
City: Wilmington

June 2010

I cannot express how pleased I am with Balloons Over Georgia! This company is definitely the best! From the time I contacted the owner, Daryl Tatum, until the end of the flight I was very happy with the way he communicated back to me so quickly and always with the utmost respect and understanding. My daughters gave my husband a balloon ride for Father’s Day. It was such a wonderful surprise and amazing experience that it will be a great memory for all of us for years to come. Daryl is extremely knowledgeable, as well a true professional. It’s obvious he enjoys his work. He has a wonderful sense of humor and really makes each and every client truly feel special. His crew is also incredible! Such teamwork amongst them all.

I can’t begin to say enough about this company. I will definitely use Balloons Over Georgia for the next balloon flight and will highly recommend them to all of my friends. Thanks, Daryl!!

Subdivision: Lake Laurel
City: Alpharetta

November 2009

Daryl does a great and safe job! Answered all my messages when I had questions. We had a great time and the ride was beautiful! I highly recommend Balloons over GA!

Subdivision: Rivermont
City: Johns Creek

November 2009

Words can not express the experience Daymon and I had with Balloons over Georgia and with Daryl (owner) and Jacky (chaser) Daryl took us up for our 20 year wedding anniversary for the sunset trip. The flight was awsome!!! The whole experience from set up to the landing is one that I will never forget. We cruised up 400 and over Lake Lanier (at full pool) Daryl could answer any questions we had about what we were looking at and even added some personal info about where he met his wife! I highly recommend if a ride in a hot air balloon is on your bucket list….Please allow Daryl to mark that one off your list as a successful adventure.

Balloons Over Georgia..YOU ROCK!

Daymon and Joni
Subdivision: Buford
City: Buford

September 2009

Flying in a hot air balloon in the Atlanta area was a lot of fun. My wife and I were on a morning launch with 8 other people. The pilot/owner, Daryl Tatum, was very knowledgeable and made us feel very safe. He explained the parts of the balloon, safety protocols, the flight, and what to expect on landing. We were able to help the balloon crew with the balloon and saw wonderful sights during our trip. It was great fun and I highly recommend this adventure to everyone.

Subdivision: Arbour Trace
City: Suwanee