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Our Family Friendly Vacation at The Chateau Elan Winery & Resort

Wondering where to go in Georgia for a perfect family staycation? If you're looking for an easy getaway from Atlanta and you love castles, you'll love reading about our family friend stay at The Chateau Elan Winery & Resort!

The Chateau Elan in North Georgia

Looming over the foothills of North Georgia, The Château Élan Winery & Resort can be thought of as a luxury destination with a massive 3,500 acres of lush vineyards, 16th century-styled chateau with a full-service winery and tasting bar, AAA Four-Diamond Inn, European Spa and more.

The entrance to The Chateau Elan

A New Portrait

With a $25 million renovation in December 2019, the Chateau is a pretty vast and stunning place to explore. That being said, the transformation metamorphosed into a fresh, modernized design yet honoring the existing estate’s 16th century-style charm.

A castle in Georgia

The entire wine tasting room has been updated with beautiful furniture and booths to sit and sip your favorite wine. That’s not the only thing that was renovated either. The entire wine list has been refreshed and revamped so if you haven’t been in awhile be prepared for some new wines. The beautiful camel colored booths have a very modern yet industrial vibe like Restoration Hardwear.

A perfect Atlanta staycation for wine lovers

The hotel was also renovated and it reminds me of a modern Grand Central Station. It has an open concept with nods to the Georgia foothills in the lighting and decor. The light is perfection. There are tons of seating areas, a restaurant, and a beautiful open space to roam to the pool and fitness center. They also sourced a lot of the materials for the renovation from Georgia. I love when big resorts locally source materials. You can definitely tell it was very thoughtfully done.

A perfect Atlanta staycation for wine lovers


The Château Élan Winery & Resort seems to have just about everything to satisfy your gastronomic cravings. Not only have they increased the number of restaurants, they range from the southern-inspired bar and chophouse — Marc Bar & Restaurant, gourmet American Cuisine buffet at Versailles, Paddy’s Irish Pub, Sarazen’s Bar & Grille, Fleur-de-Lis, and Chateau Elan Culinary Studio where guests can take on cooking classes and culinary events. Versailles does an afternoon tea service that is a must! Paddy’s Irish Pub was actually built in Ireland and shipped here.

Chateau Elan Culinary Studio

Bars and Cafes

Pique your interest with incredible music along with cocktails, wine, and beer in Louis House of Bourbon, Le Petit Cafe, Atrium Bar, Marc Bar, and Le Soleil Pool Bar.

Wine at Chateau Elan

Grape to Glass

Start off nice and slow touring the iconic winery on the east coast. Thankfully, wine stewards guide you through the entire winemaking process. What makes it even better is that after the tour, guests are given the privilege to enjoy a guided tasting of five winemaker-selected wines.

Château Élan Winery produces over 350,000 bottles of wine a year. They are the most awarded winery on the east coast. They do a limited edition wine monthly and can even create custom labels for big events or just one special bottle since it’s done in-house.

An Immersive Experience

Château Élan Winery & Resort offers an amazing array of immersive experiences, like their European-style spa (it’s the only spa destination experience for both men and women in Atlanta), culinary classes where you can learn from their professional chef, a beautiful golf court backdropped by the rolling hills of the Woodlands and the lakes of the resort.

Wine at Chateau Elan

Enchanting Events

Nestled within the panoramic view of the north Georgia foothills and lush vineyards scattering in the 3,500-acre luxury destination, Château Élan Winery & Resort is the perfect backdrop for magical moments and has the most impeccable taste to suit every style and vision.

For Kids

Just because it’s a winery doesn’t mean you can’t bring the family. During the wine tasting, kids will get grape juice and crackers as well. They have a kids hot chocolate bar at the cafe plus lots of holiday activities like breakfast with Santa! There are kids tennis and golf lessons available, bikes, mommy and me cooking classes, kids trivia and bingo, corn hole, and lots of outdoor areas for kids to run and play.

Rooms at Chateau Elan

Our Stay

We stayed at the golf villas which can accommodate a family of 6. It’s also pet-friendly which I love. It allowed us to spread out and let Colt baby have his own room They brought us a crib so it worked out perfectly. It’s right on the golf course also so Mike was a huge fan! There is a full kitchen, living, and dining room as well. Each bedroom has a large en suite bathroom as well plus laundry in the villa. To go to the winery or the Inn for dinner you can drive or take the complimentary shuttle. If you want to get away with the entire family, the golf villas definitely allow you to spread out. If you’d rather stay in one of their beautiful hotel rooms that’s on the property and within walking distance to the winery and restaurants, the Inn is the place for you! Don’t worry, room service is still available in the golf villas.

Photos From Our Visit

The best wine cellar in Georgia

The best wine cellar in Georgia

The best wine cellar in Georgia

Wine tasting

Interior decor at the castle

Interior design inspired by Grand Central Station

Interior design inspired by Grand Central Station

A perfect Georgia staycation

Chateau Elan in Georgia

A family friendly staycation at Chateau Elan in Georgia

A family friendly staycation at Chateau Elan in Georgia

Taking a walk around the property

The Chateau Elan

The Chateau Elan

Colton enjoying the castle

Colton enjoying the castle

What I Wore

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Ever dreamed of staying at a castle? If you think castle hotels are only in Europe, think twice! There's a real life fairytale castle in Georgia, USA that makes for the perfect Atlanta getaway!