2. Braselton, Georgia
In the foothills of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Braselton offers visitors year-round activities—from concerts to antiques festivals to a world-class winery and resort. Though only a 40-minute drive north of Atlanta, arriving at Château Élan Winery & Resort feels like stumbling into the French countryside of a bygone era, where rows of grape-laden vines stand sentinel on the front lawn of a stately villa. The property blends Continental style and modern indulgences, like a winery, several golf courses, a multitude of dining options, and a spa. Each of the 251 guest rooms and 24 suites is furnished to reflect the surrounding landscape while honoring the parcel’s old-world charm.
Guests are encouraged to wander the stunning atrium, vintage-style library, and flourishing vineyard—at their leisure or with a knowledgeable guide—before tasting a selection of Château Élan’s 30-plus wines. International influences abound as you walk, bike, or ride the complimentary shuttle from venue to venue, such as Paddy’s Irish Pub and the Parisian-inspired Le Petit Café + Boutique in the hotel’s main lobby.