Balcony overlooking Versailles Restaurant & Bar | Photo by Jessie Hodges, Elegant Jayde Photography
#1 | Discover the Elan Escape.
Let the romance begin! Chateau Elan Winery and Resort is an enchanting, French chateau-style resort surrounded by 3,500 acres of verdant forests and rolling hillsides draped in vineyards. This destination will transport you to the French countryside for a weekend of l'amour. Indulge and unwind with the Elan Escape package that includes breakfast and dinner for two, and a bottle of wine to enjoy during your stay. Or immerse yourselves in the Chateau Experience, a deluxe package that also includes a romantic couples massage.
The winery and vineyard at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort
#2 | Enjoy a love affair with wine.
One of the largest and most awarded wineries on the East Coast, Chateau Elan Winery offers a selection of more than 30 wines from locally made muscadine wine to the premium Fingerprint Collection. The Chateau Tour & Tasting grants you a behind-the-scenes look at the winery vat, production rooms, and bottling line where a senior wine steward guides you through the entire winemaking process, from grape-to-glass. After the tour concludes, enjoy a guided tasting of five, winemaker-selected vintages. The tour is offered on weekdays at 2:30 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday hourly from 1 to 4 p.m.
#3 | Wine & dine on dry-aged steaks.
Cotton Calf Kitchen is the perfect setting for romance and an intimate dinner with your honey. This classic American steakhouse features a menu with heirloom vegetables served family-style, tapas-style appetizers and an extensive drink list. Start with the Blue Point Oysters, a cold bar treat, and then choose from a variety of prime, dry-aged or Certified Angus Beef steaks. There is also a delicious selection of seafood including whole baked lobster.
Couple celebrating on the Braselton Trolley | Photo by Jessie Hodges, Elegant Jayde Photography
#4 | Focus on each other, and we'll drive.
Hop aboard the Braselton Trolley. The Friday and Saturday evening trolley is fare-free and runs a fixed route, but local pickups and dropoffs are easily added to the route. Check in, and ask the hotel concierge to arrange for a trolley pick up, then hop aboard a vintage-style trolley.
The 25-passenger trolleys are enclosed and climate-controlled for your comfort. Large windows provide clear views to enjoy the area points of interest including historical homes and brick buildings, and winery and resort attractions.
Treasure hunting at House of Boykin
#5 | Go on a treasure hunt.
What could be more romantic than discovering hidden gems together? Adventurous couples will discover that there is a little something for everyone in historic downtown Braselton. Antique shopping and festivals have long been a major draw to this quaint community, and locally-owned boutiques and shops offer unique selections, artisanal goods and regional small-batch products. Hobbyists will find records, comics, games, and golf and motorsports accessories. Reconnect as you stroll hand-in-hand down tree-lined sidewalks while you follow the ExploreBraselton shopping itinerary, a digital treasure map to discover riches at area shops, boutiques and antique stores.
Now that the holidays are finished, it's time to return your focus to each other; and Valentine's is the perfect time to plan a romantic weekend getaway close to home. Less than an hour from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, Braselton is a world away. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, world-class dining options, and a quaint historic downtown—all right at your doorstep—when you choose from one of Braselton’s seven in-town hotels, all convenient to area attractions and events.