Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in a TRULY Irish pub at Chateau Elan!

Celebrate authentically at Chateau Elan’s Paddy’s Pub! Paddy’s isn’t just modeled after a genuine Irish pub, it actually IS one. Having lived in Ireland for 20 years, Chateau Elan founders, Don and Nancy Panoz commissioned the Dublin architectural firm, Cantrell & Crowley to build the pub. Not willing to risk any attention to detail, the Panoz’s also insisted all furnishing and fixtures within Paddy’s be completely authentic. In 1997, the pub was deconstructed and shipped with all the furnishings and accents to Chateau Elan. Once reassembled, Paddy’s opened for business and has been an area staple since.

This Friday, Paddy’s will feature their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration with an outdoor festival and buffet! While the signature à la carte menu will also be offered from Paddy’s Irish Pub during the event, the buffet will feature traditional delicious dishes like Corned Beef with Cabbage, Traditional Bangers and Mash, Cottage Pie, Fish & Chips, and Bread Pudding with Irish Whiskey Sauce.

For the celebration, Paddy’s expands their footprint and opens their glass-encased banquet area, pitches tents in the parking lot, and all things Irish command the spotlight for the day! The Inn offers overnight packages for out-of-town guests.


Don’t be Blue

Though the original color of this centuries-old holiday was actually blue, don’t forget the wearin’ o the green! Irish lore would tell you that Leprechauns and fairies were responsible for the pinching we’ve all adopted over the years. St. Patrick himself would have to endure pinching as he’d be dressing in St. Patrick’s blue, a lovely shade that matches a cloudless sky.  The St. Patrick’s Day color was shifted to green after the holiday became associated with the Irish independence movement in the late 18th Century.

No Greenbacks

St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, banks are closed.

Green … milk instead?

Until 1970, St. Patrick’s Day was strictly a religious holiday and all the pubs were closed for business.

Metaphorical Snakes

St. Patrick is depicted as having driven all of the snakes out of Ireland. The story goes that he was attacked by snakes during his observation of Lent. He wasn’t having that, so he ran them into the sea.  Turns out, the “snakes” may have been metaphors for detractors of the Christian faith that St. Patrick IS responsible for helping to root in Ireland. He was also said to use the popular shamrock to explain the holy trinity.

Corn Salt, wait what?

So, there’s no corn in corned beef. Large grains of salt used to cure meats were called “corns”. Hence, corned beef.


The costumes exist, but nary an Irish folktale features a female leprechaun. They’re all men.  And … that elusive pot of gold? Legend says though Leprechauns may hide the gold cleverly, they earned it all by mending shoes.

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade happened in America, not Ireland.

That’s right! The first parade took place in New York City in 1762. An Increase in Irish immigrants coming into the United States made St. Patrick’s Day quickly become a widespread holiday.Today, more than 200 countries celebrate it.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day from your friends at Sun Realty Group!


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