One of the many beautiful resorts across Georgia, Château Élan Winery & Resort, is the perfect getaway with lots to explore. Thanks to our wonderful host, Emily Truax, marketing and social media manager for Château Élan, who arranged a fun filled over night visit for me.

My husband was able to join me on my visit to explore the property and all its amenities. He has been there several times to play golf but never explored the rest of the property.

Our visit started with a delicious (and healthy!) lunch at the spa restaurant, Fleur-de-Lis, one of several restaurants on the property offering guests a wide range of dining options. We went with our server’s recommendation of Georgia peanut hummus served with vegetable crudités and pita chips as a starter, followed by the grilled chicken panini and the salmon filet with a confit lemon aioli for our entrees.

We were not disappointed with any of the dishes we tried, and only wished we had time to explore more items on the menu.

While we were very tempted to stay at the spa for the rest of the day, we had plans for the next day to explore the property and its amenities even further.

Château Élan’s spa has over 35 treatment rooms along with saunas, lounging rooms and other areas. They offer a variety of services, and many clients enjoy spending their entire visit within the spa, changing into spa robes upon arrival and going from service to service.

After lunch we ventured over to the winery for the tour and a tasting of Château Élan’s many varieties of wine. We chose the Old World a fight that included included seven pre-selected tastings and an optional eighth tasting including reserve and premium wines. The Rose Reserve:, made from Predominantly from Zinfandel grapes seemed to be one of our favorites.

On our way to dinner we stopped in for a quick drink at Paddy’s Irish Pub. The original founders of Château Élan, Dr. Donald and Nancy Panoz, had the pub designed as a reminder of their fond experiences while living in Ireland for many years. It was true to Irish form -- fish and chips, beers and whiskey, and more!

Our next stop was dinner at the newly-renovated Marc restaurant inside the winery. Our server Johanna and the restaurant manager, Clement Nouzies, were very attentive and the food and service was excellent. We started off with the warm winter squash soup and yellow curry mussels, followed by Ridgefield Farm bistro filet and Gen. Tso brussels sprouts. The Château Élan Pinot Noir Reserve paired well with everything.

The next morning we made our way over to the spa for our appointments. The Spa Director Michelle was quick to make us feel welcome and made sure we were well taken care of. My husband was a little out of his element, but seemed to settle in once his pampering began. As for me, I could have stayed there all day, being attended to from head to toe, but, unfortunately, real life beckoned and we had to head home.

Before departing, we stopped for a late breakfast in Versailles. The restaurant is located in the sunny glass-topped atrium, and offers an extensive breakfast buffet featuring an omelet station, waffles prepared to order, fresh fruits, yogurts, cereals and many, many other options.

Château Élan is within an hour’s drive from Alpharetta, but seems like miles away from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta. The attentive service and gorgeous setting make it a perfect getaway for any occasion, whether it’s time with friends or family, or a romantic couple’s weekend.

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