Château Élan

Wine and relaxation in North Georgia
A short drive from Atlanta sits a resort that feels worlds away — Château Élan, a sprawling luxury retreat that's best known in the area as a destination for weddings (it hosts more than 200 a year), conferences, and its namesake winery.

The main hotel features a striking, large glass atrium decorated with vignettes of France and in the property’s 275 guest rooms, the French estate theme continues with stately mahogany furnishings and marble bathrooms. Beyond the comfortable guest rooms, there is a spacious outdoor pool with 120 chaises for lounging and a fireplace bar. For those who prefer to stay indoors, L’Auberge Lounge hosts live jazz on the weekends with a selection of cocktails and wines.

Right behind the hotel sits The Spa at Château Élan with its recently renovated 14 spa suites. The property also boasts three golf courses and a winery: There’s really something for every visitor.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Château Élan is located in the small town of Braselton, less than an hour away from Atlanta, you’ll feel as if you left the States. Arriving at the elegant French castle on a hill transports you to another place in time.

• The design style of Château Élan resembles that of a Paris chateau. It’s reminiscent of a French wine country with its rolling hills and the castle-like resort.

• The tree-lined streets of the property open into more than 30 acres of surrounding vineyards; you’ll truly feel like you’ve entered a French paradise.

• Inside, you will notice the French estate décor with everything from classic furnishings, such as a chandelier, a fireplace, comfortable couches and armchairs in the lobby, to the French-inspired wall murals found in the atrium and throughout the spa and winery.
Things to Know
• More than half-a-million visitors stop by the resort each year, especially in the fall when the vines are changing into crisp hues such as yellow and red.

• Arrange for an exclusive wine tour with Italian winemaker Simone Bergese, or just stop in to try the winery’s fruity pink Muscadry and to pick up a bottle of Château Élan’s habanero chunk pickles.

• Guests can take a cooking class in the luxury hotel’s 1,600-square-foot Culinary Studio and learn to cook fine French fare.

• Château Élan has two public 18-hole golf courses (The Château and The Woodlands) along with a nine-hole (The Par 3) and private 18-hole (The Legends) course.
The Rooms
• Many of the 275 rooms at Château Élan are primarily standard kings that measure 408 square feet, and they were designed with a French estate theme in mind.

• You will see mahogany accouterments, creams, light blues and accent pieces, such as paintings, plush armchairs with accompanying footstools and comfy couches.

• The bathroom comes with a glass-encased shower, marble countertops, an eco-friendly Hansgrohe showerhead, a bathtub and more.

• Although there is no mini-bar in the room, other amenities include a 32-inch flat-screen television, robes, an iron plus ironing board, a mini-refrigerator, a coffee maker, high-speed wireless or wired Internet access, and an iPod docking radio and alarm clock.
The Restaurants
• The hotel’s main restaurant, Versailles, which is located in the glass atrium and is the go-to for a breakfast (omelet station) and lunch buffet (with entrées such as seared snapper with chardonnay sauce).

• Also in the atrium is L’Auberge Lounge, where you can grab light fare like the Braselton house salad (mixed greens with candied pecans, local cheddar and peach-lemon vinaigrette) and pair it with the Chalet at the Chateau, which is Godiva, espresso vodka and crème de cocoa blend.

• At The Spa at Château Élan, Fleur-de-Lis is open for breakfast (Georgia shrimp frittata, anyone?) and lunch (a favorite item on the calorie-counted menu is the seared crab cakes).

• The Atlanta hotel also is home to the popular Paddy’s Irish Pub. Folks go there for its fish and chips, live music and to see the authentic furnishings imported directly from Ireland.

• In the winery, you have two dining options — the French-inspired Café Élan and Le Clos, which seats 28 and features fresh menu items from the local harvest.
Getting There
100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, Georgia 30517
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