What We Love
- The grandeur of the inn, modeled after a French chateau
- A choice of spacious guest rooms, suites, or freestanding villas
- Seven restaurants, with cuisine ranging from haute French to spa
- The golf club offers four championship courses
- The onsite winery, offering tours and tastings
What To Know
- WiFi costs $9.95 per day
- Pets are allowed in the villas but not the inn
- There are dress codes for some restaurants and the golf club
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
If your dream is touring French wine country without crossing the Atlantic, this grand chateau north of Atlanta has you covered. Everything is big here, from the imposing inn itself–rising from the vineyards like a stateside version of Versailles. The resort also boasts a staggering number of diversions, ranging from cooking lessons to winery tours, along with golf, tennis and spa treatments galore. The 14 spa suites are in a separate mansion overlooking a lake and forest. More interested in carb-loading? Try the Irish pub, the sports bar, or the classic French restaurant.
In the Area
Given that the nearest town, Braselton, considers Chateau Élan its greatest attraction (the resort attracts half a million visitors a year), there’s every reason to explore the sprawling estate. Hit the links at the Golf Club (the resort offers golf lessons, as well as a short course of four holes called The Loop), then embark on a winery tour and tasting at the Winery, which now includes cheeses from local Georgia dairy, Sweet Grass, along with an olive oil tasting bar. Indulge in a seasonally-driven spa treatment in the spa mansion, which might include an autumnal pumpkin latte ritual or a summer solstice treatment. If you must venture outside the estate, seek out some authentic southern barbecue: locals rave about Stonewall’s BBQ, a family-run joint serving up home-style staples like ribs, coleslaw, and smoked brisket.
How to Get There
If it weren't for a large billboard on the interstate, we would have missed this beautiful place. What a great find. We were traveling through the area and thankfully had a few hours to kill. We enjoyed a upgraded, premium flight tasting ($40) and cheese/meat plate ($20). All staff members we encountered were very hospitable and eager to please. Next time we plan on staying overnight to explore the Chateau and surrounding area.
For my very first experience, I’d have to say all expectations were exceeded! I was especially appreciative of Johanne’s customer service! She was immensely knowledgeable and professional with a warm sense of generosity. She made me and everyone accompanied enjoy a night to remember! Thank you Chateau Elan for an amazing Saturday event!
Chateau Elan is a short drive from Atlanta - but it is in some ways like visiting a foreign country.
Once you exit Rt. 85 you are in another world surrounded by vineyards and a beautiful Château.
The people are friendly, the scenery is beautiful, and the wine is pretty good - not up to CA or WA’s best - but for the southeast pretty nice.
This is a great day trip.