Hot Air Balloon Festival a First For Collier County

If you missed the inaugural Balloons Over Paradise Festival this weekend, you missed a spectacular sight!

Of course, getting up before dawn on a Saturday to drive out to the Immokalee Regional Airport was no picnic, but it was so worth it once I saw the colorful balloons. Unfortunately, the winds were just elevated enough to keep the balloons grounded (and I think the same held true for Sunday, too).

Tons of Naples Florida residents and visitors turned out for the event, which continued throughout the weekend with music, food and activities. I’m already looking forward to next year!

 Photos by Alysia Shivers, Naples FL Realtor