Its been a while since my last post, but I hope it finds you still happily together and enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Speaking of simple pleasures, boy have I got one for you! This little excursion is located in the town of Braselton, Georgia, just a few hours outside of Atlanta. My husband and I didn't feel much like traveling far away to celebrate his birthday, this year, not to mention the extra expense, so we settled on and overnight trip to none other than Chateau Elan. Its the closest you will get to sleeping in a castle on this side of the Mississippi.
You enter the grounds, which are lush green, covering with grape vineyards. Theses grapes are used in the making of their wine, which they are famous for. (a free bottle will be waiting in your room).
Right in the middle of the vineyard there is an Equestrian Center for horse competitions.
Then you get to the main entrance and beautiful flowers are everywhere.
Comfy park benches are strategically placed just in case you decide to sit and take in the ambiance.
Once you enter this grand, castle like building, you are greeted by high ceilings, a fire place surrounded by a cozy seating area and of course, beautiful flower arrangements. The reservation desk sits far to the side so you can just take in the grandness of it all; The marble tile floors to the brass ceilings that catch the sunlight ever so gently, casting a warm shadow to the hallways which lead to the hotel's grand cafeteria.
The place is like a feast for the eyes. On every corner there seems to be something unexpected like the baby grand under the staircase or a water fountain in the middle of a passage way.
You can lay out by the pool or exercise at the gym, go for a hike around the grounds, feast on the buffet meals in the dining room are just lounge in your room with a great book and watch the beautiful flower trees blossom right from your window.
I should mention, that the rooms are very lovely, clean and bright. There are naturals soap and lotions on the vanity, though I usually trust no ones natural soaps and lotions but from this online place called SHAE NATURALS
(on a side note, you gotta try their peppermint soap!! Ohhh my goodness, divine!). Link is: http://shaelala.com
The hotel also provided two robes an slippers and the pillows are heaven.
Ok, now for the negatives. If I can say any negatives at all, I would say DO NOT go in the Summer. Too hot! Even the early mornings in Georgia are 85 degrees. I suggest September, right when the kids go back to school and not quite Fall. The prices do go up in the Fall. Also, if you like a tasty breakfast do plan to find a local restaurant to have breakfast. It wasn't horrible but I've had better, then again it did come with the room. We decided to venture out to some of the local restaurants, which are very limited as this place is probably the largest business in the town. We are not wine drinkers so i was disappointed that they did not offer a non-alcoholic wine there. The staff seemed friendly but not at the level you would expect for such a majestic place. Perhaps on the weekend when the tips are larger and the weddings are a dime a dozed, they may pull out all the stops.
I do suggest going on a weekday if you are on a budget. The weekends are a lot more expensive. In fact, even if you're going doing the week, I would suggest only for a special occasion because it was more than we would normally spend for just a a quick overnight trip. We went on a Wednesday-Thursday night. Room cost around 200.00
, (breakfast came with package), check in is not till 3:00PM. Extra food and gas was about 50.00. If you visit their website you may be able to find a coupon or special, depending on the season.
We are also very lite eaters so do take that into consideration when budgeting for this excursion.
Well that's about it for this trip. I hope you enjoyed the post. Let me know what you thought of the photos. I tried to include as much as possible for your enjoyment.
Continued blessings my friends and Safe Travels!