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Staycation Destination: Chateau Elan Winery & Resort

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort

There’s nothing better than getting away to some exotic destination, but sometimes the schedule (and your wallet) doesn’t allow for a lavish vacation away from home. Although it might sound like a bummer, it gets much better when you realize that staycations are just as fabulous and way more convenient!

I was recently treated to a gush-worthy getaway at one of my favorite places, the uber-charming Château Élan Winery & Resort, and I am so happy to report that I love it even more than before… As if that was possible! Located in Braselton, Georgia, Chateau Elan is perfect for Atlantans because it’s only 40 minutes north from the city–just far enough to get away from home but not too far that you’ll dread the drive back. With it’s French roots, a visit to Chateau Elan is like heading into the French countryside right down the road from your ATL digs. Have I got you intrigued? Here’s how our romantic rendezvous at The Chateau unfolded…

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Wishing for More… Wine!

Upon entering the gates of the Resort, I was immediately captivated by the picturesque views. The rolling hills of the vineyards, the gorgeous greenscapes all around, the lovely architecture… It was sooo beautiful! And that was just the drive up. 🙂 After entering the Inn, where we would be staycation-ing, it was obvious the attention to detail didn’t end outside. You can’t help but be mesmerized by the posh surroundings at every turn. Gor-ge-ous! Not only is Chateau Elan a lovely venue and hotel, but it’s also a buzz-worthy winery. Award-winning, to be exact! So you know I didn’t need to think twice when I heard there was a wine tasting on the itinerary. We first got to learn some history about the winery, and then we got some interesting info on the wine-making process and the different wine variations. Then, it was time to taste… 😀

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We each sampled 8 wines from the house collection, and I opted for some sweeter sips since we got to choose what to try. I enjoyed all of my choices, but my standout favorites were the Duncan Creek Red, Spring Blossom, and the Autumn Blush. If you’ve ever wanted to be a sommelier (or pretended to be one on account of how much wine you drink!), you’ll love the tips we learned during our tasting. Here’s how to properly “taste” a wine:

See It

Stir It

Smell It

Sip It

Swish It

Slur It

Yep, I definitely have the sipping part down, but I loved getting to do the full process. And with these tasting tips I’ll be a true sommelier in no time. 😉  Hey, tasting wine is hard work, you know! With that being said, it was time to head to our wonderfully appointed room at the Chateau Elan Inn. But, to call it a mere “room” would be an understatement, because this space was absolutely lovely!

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As soon as we entered the room, I was taken back by how chic it was. I just wanted to snuggle up in the fluffy bed covers, but I was actually too afraid to ruffle them up because they looked so pretty! But hey–that bed was calling my name. Needless to say, the decor was sooo fabulous, and I took a peek at the spa-like bathroom, making note that I’d need to take full advantage when we returned from our dinner date that evening. Speaking of dinner…

Romance with a View

We worked up quite the appetite whetting our whistles with tasty wines, so we were thrilled to sit down for a sampling of some gourmet grub. The day thus far had been sooo romantic–Chateau Elan is the ideal romantic getaway with its charming atmosphere and French undertones. For dinner, we headed to Cafe Elan, which is one of seven restaurants at the resort. The view from the restaurant overlooks the vineyard which made things even more enchanting.

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To start off our foodie fest, we had two appetizers: the Little Gem Salad and the Lump Crab Topped Fried Green Tomato. The salad featured Asher blue cheese, beet crisp, salt roasted pecans, and preserved lemons, topped with a tangy citrus vinaigrette. As for the green tomato dish, it had pepperdew chow chow with spiced rémoulade, fresh dill, and green onion, making for a very tasty app. We loved both, but the Lump Crab Topped Green Tomato was our favorite!

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Oh, and did I mention my dinner drink of choice? I spent the evening sipping on the Vineyard Punch. I may or may not have had three of them, but who’s counting? 😛  But enough about that. On to the main course. Hubby opted for the 1855 Angus Denver Steak, which had beer-braised mustard greens, pickled cippolini, sunchoke puree, confit mushrooms, and yummy demi sauce. Judging by the sudden silence (and jaw drop) once hubby’s entree’s arrived, I’d say that he quite impressed. 🙂 My choice was the Sea Scallops. This dish included a celery root puree, braised baby fennel, confit tomato, smoked pearl onion, bouillabaisse reduction, and rouille. It was sooo delish!

Of course, as you all know, no fabulous meal is complete without a sweet night cap. We shared the Blueberry Compote with Graham Cracker Crust, which was topped with a sultry scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s OK if you’re licking your lips as you read this! To say this dessert was heavenly would be an understatement. 🙂

Voguing in the Vineyards

After a lavish evening of divine dinner, decadent dessert and yummy libations, we woke the next morning ready to see what other delightful surprises the Chateau had in store. Today, it was all about the vineyards and the resort. We got to take tours of the vineyards and the resort grounds, and the views were absolutely breathtaking! Of course you know that no great view goes un-photographed, so I could not pass up the opportunity to snap a few pics (or 10).

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After voguing in the the vineyards, it was time for a little bon appetit at the Fleur de Lis. This restaurant is located inside the spa and overlooks the lake. Chateau Elan definitely does not skimp on the stunning views!

First up from the menu, we started with a semi-light appetizer, the Hydro Bibb Lettuce which featured — portions of goat cheese and prosciutto in addition to sliced pears, almonds and a drizzle of white balsamic vinaigrette. It was the perfect balance of sweet and savory to start things off.

For the entrees, we enjoyed the Salmon Paillard (with crispy capers, confit lemon aioli, and wilted spinach) and the Grilled Chicken Panini (with tomatoes, fresh basil, buffalo mozzarella, onion marmalade, and veggie chips). The flavors came together so fabulously and both lunch entrees were absolutely uh-mazing! Everything we experienced at Chateau Elan was all about the romance. From the wine tour and tasting, to the tranquil surroundings, stunning views, amazing accommodations, and decadent dining, it’s easy to fall in love with this place; oh, and rekindle a flame while you’re there too of course. 😉

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Your Turn!

It’s no secret that I enjoyed every sip during my staycation at the fabulous Chateau Elan… Now it’s your turn! What are you waiting for? Start planning your “daycation” at Chateau Elan right this moment! 😀

Nikka Shae The Undercover Socialite

Château Élan Winery and Resort  is located at 100 Rue Charlemagne in Braselton, Georgia.

Disclosure: Thank you to Chateau Elan Winery & Resort for hosting us. All opinions herein are my own.

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  1. Such a great informative post! And the pictures! OMG. Loved it! Next year I’ll be looking at ways to save money for vacations and decided that I’ll be doing staycations as well. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Seven restaurants! I have read about Chateau Elan before and would love to visit. I understand it’s a marvelous location for a romantic get away! Your pics are beautiful.

    1. I entered to win! I’d love to win because I live in middle Georgia and would love a nice romantic giveaway at such a gorgeous location in my own state.

  3. Oh my goodness what an absolutely amazing looking resort – not only do you get wine, but you get delicious looking food as well! x

  4. How pretty! I don’t like wine, but I’d certainly chow down on that delicious food.

  5. It sounds like you had a wonderful time at the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort. I would love to visit here some day with the gorgeous views and amazing rooms. It seems they have plenty to do there as well. We sometimes don’t realize there are places close to home we would never think to visit but that turn out to be the best places. Thanks for sharing your amazing experiences.

  6. What a beautiful setting and looks like you had so much fun with your pics! Such a shame i’m in the UK – we hardly have anything like that around here. Unless you count the red wine aisle at the store haha!

  7. What a fab staycation. My husband would love all of that wine!

  8. Ok, I am in North Georgia and didn’t realize this was in our state! I need to plan a visit here soon. It’s beautiful!

  9. Now, this is a staycation that I can sink my teeth in to and enjoy! I love visiting places near my home and enjoying the beauty they have to offer. I never heard of Chateau Elan, but I am going to have to put it on my list of places to visit.

  10. Looks like fun – hubby and I have been talking about a staycation because there is just sooo much in our city that we’ve never experienced.

  11. Those scallops look amazing! All the food looks so delicious.

  12. What an incredible place! Your experience there sounded lovely! I’d be excited to sample some of their wines.

  13. Looks like my kind of place! I would enjoy that experience so much!

  14. Sounds wonderful!

  15. Wow what a great place to have a staycation … I love it. Great food, great decor! Lovely.

  16. I’ve never learned how to do a wine sipping/tasting before. This looks AND sounds like so much fun!

  17. Ahhh! Wine! One of my favorite things! Looks like a fabulous place!

  18. If there’s something I love, it’s wineries! This one isn’t the exception, it looks like an amazing place and I loved the pics

  19. This looks amazing! I loved all your pictures!

  20. wow, that wine-land looks so cool.. makes me wanna go to Napa Valley for the weekend!

    — DT | Here I Scribble

  21. This looks like fun, I have never done a wine tasting but would love to!

  22. These photos are awesome. I love me a winery but I’ve never had a chance to stay at one. That looks great!

  23. Wow, that looks amazing! I would love to be there right now trying out all that yummy wine.

  24. Looks like an awesome place to stay! I love wine… thanks for hosting a giveaway

  25. I would happily enjoy a staycation if there was lots of wine involved 🙂

  26. This looks like the perfect spot for a girls weekend away. The food, the luxurious hotel and the wine! Thanks for sharing a perfect destination.

  27. This really looks like a great place to have a staycation. I would love to stay in a winery resort like this as it’s something I have never experienced! Loving all of your photos, pure happiness!

  28. I love a good staycation, now I need to seek one out. I’m sad to say I’ve never been to a winery before. I’m so lame for that. Your experience sounds incredible and that food though. Yummy!

  29. I love that red dress on you. This looks like the perfect staycation for me. I would love to visit a winery.