Get away to Chateau Elan for a weekend of wine tasting, championship golf, European-style spa services and delicious food. This vacation resort is one of our picks for best weekend getaways in the U.S.
Located on 3,500 acres in the north Georgia foothills, Chateau Elan is reminiscent of a 16th century French chateau. The resort, surrounded by 200 acres of lush vineyards, features an equestrian show center, a tennis club and a choice of luxury accommodations.
Rooms, Suites and Golf Villas
The Inn at Chateau Elan offers 277 deluxe guest rooms and suites, furnished with pastel colors, window shutters and country French furnishings. A visit to the Chateau Elan Spa is a must on your weekend getaway.
Golfers can book one of the Chateau Golf Villas, two and three bedroom villas located on the 15th fairway of The Chateau Course.
Two Great Golf Courses
Chateau Elan has two 18-hole championship golf courses, Chateau and Woodlands golf courses. The Golf Academy at Chateau Elan offers private lessons and group instruction. If you are a beginner, ease into golf on the Par 3, 9-hole walking course adjacent to the inn.
Free Wine Tours
Chateau Elan offers complimentary daily winery tours and tastings, a great weekend getaway idea. The 45-minute wine tours begin with a video presentation, tour of the wine making facility, cask room and bottling area, and conclude with wine tasting. While all hotel guests can take the tour, wine tasting is restricted to those older than 21.
Great Weekend Food
The resort has eight restaurants which serve international and regional American dishes. For a classic French meal, visit Le Clos; or try the Carriage House Restaurant, set in a restored 1886 Victorian house; casual bistro style foods are served at Cafe Elan; Versailles serves buffet and a la carte fare.
Chateau Elan is located 40 minutes north of Atlanta, which makes a great weekend getaway from the city.
Doubles start at $172 per night. For reservations, call the resort at 800-233-WINE, or book online.