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The Peach Drop gives Atlanta its own nationally known New Year’s Eve tradition, and there’s no more luxurious and well-appointed place to stay for it than Chateau Elan Winery & Resort!

New Year’s Eve in Atlanta

Official details on this year’s Peach Drop haven’t yet been released, but likely will be soon. And the main event is almost self-explanatory: the descent of a massive fiberglass and foam peach—Georgia’s the Peach State, remember?—to mark the stroke of midnight and usher in a freshly minted 2019.


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Atlanta’s largest music festival and one of its signature end-of-summer bashes is coming up, and now’s prime time for securing tickets—and securing your luxury accommodations not far away at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort.

The concert extravaganza we’re referring to is, of course, Music Midtown, which will once again draw thousands to Piedmont Park when its 17th edition takes place Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th. Some very big names are taking the stage this year, and we invite you to enjoy our lavish resort while you enjoy the show!


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What’s better than a day on the world-class golf courses at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort? Staying at the course and partaking of as many rounds as you’d like.

That’s the joy of our overnight golf packages, which provide you (depending on the specific arrangement) with luxury accommodations at the Villas right along the 15th fairway of the Chateau Course (or in our historic Inn) as well as unlimited play across our 63 championship holes. If you’re a golfer—whatever your level of experience and whatever your handicap—you’ll definitely want to avail yourself of these amazing offers!


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BRASELTON, Ga. – June 29, 2018 – Château Élan Winery & Resort, the enchanting 16th century-styled château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills, proudly announces the addition of esteemed tennis veteran Tim Dutton to its activities team as head tennis professional. In this role, Dutton will be responsible for elevating the property’s tennis center, The Racquet Club, both physically and operationally, introducing a full-service Tennis Pro Shop and offering both guests and the community enhanced lessons and programming.

“As we continue to upgrade our tennis facilities and offerings, we are thrilled to welcome Tim Dutton to the Château Élan team,” said Glenn Tuckman, general manager of Château Élan Winery & Resort. “Between our recent investments in The Racquet Club and Dutton’s passion, expertise and vision for the program, we’re eager to deliver the superior tennis experience and service our guests and community desire.”

Prior to joining the Château Élan team, Dutton refined his craft as head tennis professional at Medlock Bridge Tennis Center in Alpharetta, Ga. for four years. He has also held head tennis professional roles at Hamilton Mill Golf Club in Braselton, Ga., White Columns Country Club in Milton, Ga. and was director of tennis at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, Ga. Dutton’s experience on the court is accentuated by his accolades and certifications. In addition to being certified with the United States Professional Tennis Registry and serving as a member of the Georgia Professional Tennis Association (GPTA), Dutton has been recognized by the GPTA as Head Professional of the Year in 2006 and for Program of the Year in 2007.

Château Élan’s newly renovated Racquet Club will celebrate its refreshed design, by renowned tennis professional Stan Smith, on July 21, 2018 at a grand opening event. The celebration will feature pro exhibitions in tennis and pickleball, giveaways, new products from Head Racket Sports, open registration for fall programs and free gifts with day of membership signup.

The Raquet Club boasts three hard courts, two clay courts and four pickleball courts. The new full-service Tennis Pro Shop also offers a range of services including assistance with new gear selection, re-stringing and demo racket rentals, with on-staff tennis professionals available for private lessons. The Club is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with hours subject to availability.

Guests also have the option to choose an exclusive overnight tennis package for two including their choice of accommodations in a villa or at the inn also complete with two hours of court time, two hours of group workshop with the Château Élan Tennis Pro, a wine tasting (eight total wines) at the Cellar Door Tasting Bar and breakfast at Versailles. Tennis packages start at $479.

Located within the bustling Atlanta metro of Braselton, Château Élan offers guests traveling for business or leisure a unique destination experience marked by its unmatched luxury, distinguished offerings and amenities. Home to the most awarded winery in the Southeast, seven delectable

restaurants, 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a destination spa and 45 holes of championship golf managed by Troon Golf, Château Élan invites guests of all preferences to explore and enjoy the property’s picturesque land and architecture.

To learn more about Château Élan Winery & Resort, to book an upcoming visit or to join The Racquet Club, please visit chateauelan.com or call 678-425-0900.

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Château Élan Winery & Resort

As North Georgia’s premier meeting, event and vacation destination, Château Élan Winery & Resort is located just 40 minutes north of Atlanta. On the estate sits a 16th century-styled French château with a full-service winery and tasting bar, a AAA Four Diamond Inn and conference center, a 35,000 sq. ft. European spa, 45 holes of championship golf, tennis center, seven delectable restaurants and more. The winery and resort is owned by an affiliate of Wheelock Street Capital and managed by HEI Hotels & Resorts, while Troon manages the golf experience. For more information, call 678-425-0900 or visit chateauelan.com.

Wheelock Street Capital Wheelock Street Capital (www.wheelockst.com) was formed in 2008 by Rick Kleeman and Jonathan Paul, two veteran real estate private equity investors, each with over 25 years of broad real estate transaction experience across all major asset classes. Wheelock has since raised over $2 billion in capital commitments and is currently investing its fifth fund comprising $725 million of commitments from leading pension funds, endowments and foundations. Wheelock will invest in a broad range of real estate assets throughout the United States. The fund may invest directly or with high quality joint venture partners through a variety of capital structures and transaction types, including acquisitions, restructurings, and recapitalizations.

HEI Hotels & Resorts

HEI Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., is a leading hospitality company that acquires, develops, owns and operates full-service, upper upscale and luxury hotels and resorts, as well as, premium select-service hotels throughout the United States under such well-known brand families as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. HEI takes a holistic approach to creating value for its investors and employees by setting the highest standards across all aspects of hotel management and operation and focusing on the central principles of excellence and continuous improvement. HEI prides itself on some of the highest employee satisfaction scores in the hospitality industry, fuels local economic prosperity by investing in communities and is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. For more information about HEI, visit www.heihotels.com.


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If you’re the sort who loves prowling antique shops, auctions, yard sales, and the like for hidden treasures, you’ll definitely want to come stay with us here at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort this June.

Why? Because the town of Braselton, Georgia will be hosting the 15th run-through of the sort of street fair just about made for people like you. It’s the Braselton Antique & Artisan Festival, taking place June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th in Braselton Park—mere minutes from our pastoral and palatial spread here at Chateau Elan.


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Mother’s Day is not the sort of holiday you take lightly: This is one extremely important person we’re talking about, after all.

If you’re fretting about what to do for the occasion, fret no more: Treating the lady in question to a luxurious resort retreat near Atlanta at Chateau Elan will deliver on each and every count.


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Warm weather has us dreaming of Summer so this week’s wedding wednesday blog features a dreamy winery lawn wedding.  Nicholas and Wen’s special day was exquisitely captured by Paris Mountain Photography.

Wen looked like perfection in her elegant lace detailed wedding gown. From her lace accented veil to her diamond earrings, and pastel pink rose bouquet–we could barely pick our favorite detail. Her reception was held in our candlelit Caskroom.

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Photography: Paris Mountain Photography

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Start planning your dream wedding at Chateau Elan today.