Allegretto Vineyard Resort, located in the serene Paso Robles wine country, is a perfect place for a romantic getaway.
It’s a 4-hour drive from either San Francisco or Los Angeles to the Tuscan-inspired resort, where guests can settle into one of 171 spacious rooms and suites. Nestled among 20 acres of vineyards, olives and fruit trees, the resort houses a 12,000 square foot courtyard, pool, spa, French chapel, ballroom, serenity maze, Mediterranean gardens, restaurant and chef’s garden, wine bar and tasting room and includes unique art and artifacts throughout the property.
Rooms include balconies and patios overlooking lush gardens, sloping vineyards and an elegant courtyard. Our guestroom was spacious and cozy, with high ceilings, wooden headboards, pillowtop mattresses, a fridge and coffeemaker and a roomy shower. The grand staircase and huge fireplace in the lobby reminded us of an Italian villa and we enjoyed strolling the grounds to discover two antique bells, marble sculptures, a Romeo and Juliet tunnel and the Hall of Wisdom corridor featuring unique artifacts.
Head to the tasting room to sample a few glasses from the Allegretto Winery.
Cello Ristorante & Bar, the resort’s signature eatery, features Mediterranean inspired dishes utilizing locally farmed and foraged ingredients. Guests can choose from dining inside at cozy tables and booths with live music or al fresco around circular firepits on the heated patio.
Menu highlights include a huge charcuterie platter, an Australian rack of lamb, risotto with daily changing fresh ingredients and Angus filet mignon and ribeye steaks. Specialty cocktails include the Campfire with Whistlepig rye, Averna, vanilla and chai tincture and smoke; Winter Around the World with pisco, brandy, yuzu, limoncello and egg white and Mr. Tom Pear with gin, lemon, Earl Grey tea, sugar and pear.
Although you might never want to leave this beautiful Italian resort, guests can easily get to quaint downtown Paso Robles and explore the over 400 wineries located in the surrounding Adelaida District.
Allegretto Vineyard Resort is located at 2700 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles. Reservations and more information can be found at their website at www.allegrettovineyardresort.com.