Château Élan Resorts owns and operates a unique luxury hotel and resort. The upscale resort is located in Braselton, Georgia (30 minutes north of Atlanta), but is designed to resemble a 16th-century French-style château ("Élan" means "spirit" in French). The grounds are home to luxury accommodations at the Château Élan Inn, as well as a spa, four golf courses, eight restaurants, a tennis center, and a 3,500-acre winery. The company was founded in 1981 by businessman Donald Panoz and his wife Nancy. Panoz first made millions pioneering a nicotine patch through his Elan Pharmaceuticals.