Allegretto Vineyard Resort, the passion project of Ayres Hotels Vice President Doug Ayres, is an Italianate villa-style retreat located within 20 Paso Robles vineyard acres and is the wine tasting region’s luxe choice for discerning travelers.
Executive groups love the variety of art-filled meeting spaces, 40,000 square feet in all: The Veneto Ballroom seats 290, with standing room for 400. The twinkle-lit Piazza Magica courtyard accommodates 610 seated guests and 800 if standing. Two sumptuously designed board rooms – Dylan and Murano – are the perfect dining or meeting spots for up to 24. And on-site Cello Restaurant, whose herb and floral beds can be found just outside its breezy patio, seats 62 indoors and 46 outdoors. Additional gathering spots include the intimate and charming Abbaye de Lerins (a non-denominational, French countryside-style chapel), olive tree-lined gardens with fire pits and a bocce ball court, and the on-site wine tasting room where a selection of varietals from the resort’s own Allegretto Vineyards can be sampled. An inviting cabana-lined pool lies at the foot of the vineyard hill and is yet another possible event venue.
The 171 sumptuously appointed guest rooms are each poised for optimal views of the valley or the vines. Some feature patios or balconies, and in each, ceilings are high, marble bathrooms are spacious, linens are luxurious, and requisite cushy robes hang in the closets.
But what truly makes the resort unique is Ayres’ artistic passion. The world traveler has collected artifacts and objects d’art during his global journeys and he has filled the resort’s every nook and cranny. The Russian impressionistic art hanging on the walls, the antique Thai pediments adorning doorways, and the artfully displayed geodes and crystals that line the vestibules might seem a mixed bag, but there is method to the madness. Every artful item is intended to promote goodwill, well-being, and tranquility. And if the larger-than-life hallway Buddha fails to promote its intended calm, head to the sumptuous spa, where guests are invited to lounge pre and post treatment in the sun dappled portico with a glass of bubbly, which should do the trick.