August 23, 2019

Paso Robles: Allegretto Vineyard Resort; hotel review + restaurant review


101 South

Allegretto Vineyard Resort  2700 Buena Vista Dr./east side of Hwy. 101, (805) 369-2500.  171 rooms.  Restaurant.  Pool; hot tub; fitness room; full-service spa.  Complimentary valet and self parking.  Pets ok.

blooming garden at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
blooming garden at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


Spending the night here was like taking a weekend escape to rural Europe!  Situated on 20 acres featuring vineyards and olive groves and fruit trees, this Tuscan villa-style resort is the first full-service luxury property to open in Paso Robles.  The drama begins when you drive up the long entry.  And the atmosphere gets serious when you enter the two-story lobby and look up to see the dramatic two-sided curved staircase, and then look down to see the limestone floors imported from Bordeaux, France.  Feng sui has been considered throughout.

two-sided curved lobby staircase at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
two-sided curved lobby staircase at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


Facilities include a swimming pool with a bank of cabanas (fee) available for extra privacy and a bocce ball court.  More amenities include a couch swing, a ping-pong table, and bright-yellow tandem bikes for loan.  Warming fire pits are found in several areas.

swimming pool and cabanas at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
swimming pool and cabanas at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


bocce ball court at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
bocce ball court at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


fitness room at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
fitness room at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


Additionally, some of the resort owner’s extensive art collection is displayed, including paintings, artifacts, and ancient sculptures, as well as a giant crosscut of a 2,000-plus-year-old Sequoia tree.  A free guided tour is available most days.

ancient Indian figure at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
ancient Indian figure at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


repurposed ancient doorway by elevators at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
repurposed ancient doorway by elevators at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


crosscut of ancient Sequoia tree at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
crosscut of ancient Sequoia tree at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


The resort also features a French-inspired abbey, two labyrinths (one is the world’s only labyrinth with sound), and a re-creation of Romeo and Juliet’s tunnel.  Olive oil-tasting and live music are among the special events that are often scheduled.

interior of abbey at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
interior of abbey at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


carved wood statue of Virgin Mary in abbey at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
carved wood statue of Virgin Mary in abbey at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


labyrinth at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
labyrinth at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


Additionally, a wine-tasting room that is also open to non-guests provides a congenial setting, with comfortable chairs to relax in while sampling the 100% varietal house-label Allegretto wines.  My favorite was the 2016 Viognier, described as having “aromas of jasmine, pineapple, and peach brightened by subtle notes of lemongrass, honeysuckle, and Asian pear.”  It was so divine that I ordered it to accompany my dinner in Cello--the resort’s restaurant.  The Viognier grape and the more unusual Tannat grape are both grown on site.  (The red Tannat is a thick-skinned grape that is prized for being tolerant of drought and heat.)  You’ll want to taste these two for sure.  Note that there is a tasting fee.

wine-tasting room at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
wine-tasting room at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


Guest rooms and resort event spaces surround a central courtyard square featuring colorful plantings, chairs fashioned from wine barrel staves, and a fountain known as the “Womb of Creation” that displays a large river-formed stone from China.  Most guest rooms have a balcony or patio allowing you to enjoy the usually good weather, and all have white Carrera-marble bathrooms  plus a unique amenity--a disinfected “microbe-free” TV remote control.

guest room at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
guest room at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


view from guest room balcony at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
view from guest room balcony at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


Cello restaurant’s chef features a Mediterranean-inspired menu and makes use of mostly organic produce, much of which is grown on property.  I was thrilled with the tiny red, red tomatoes that accented my delicious wedge salad, made unusual by the use of delicate butter lettuce instead of iceberg.  I selected a salmon main course prepared from a catch that came in that same morning from nearby Morro Bay, while my dining companion enjoyed an outstanding full-flavored risotto.  Oak pit-grilled Angus beef is among more options.

dining porch at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
dining porch at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


wedge salad at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
wedge salad at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


fresh catch salmon held up by sous chef Ben Lugo at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
fresh catch salmon held up by sous chef Ben Lugo at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


salmon dinner at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
salmon dinner at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


risotto at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
risotto at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


desserts at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
desserts at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


At breakfast, the beautiful French toast topped with fresh berries that my husband ordered is hard to beat, though I was quite pleased with my basic American eggs over easy and their delicious side of spectacular, crispy potatoes--all enhanced by super-tasty Applewood bacon.  Dogs are welcome at this resort, and when I dined outside on the sheltered patio for dinner, I saw three or four well-behaved small dogs enjoying it all with their relaxing owners.  Pleasantly, should a guest desire to stroll out to a nearby fire pit for dessert, they need only alert the waiter.

American breakfast at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
American breakfast at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


French toast at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California
French toast at Cello restaurant at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, California


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images ©2019 Carole Terwilliger Meyers; except image of salmon by Rich Verruni


6 comments:

  1. What a great idea for a peaceful respite! Thanks for suggesting . . .

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  2. Your revealing of Paso Robles Allegretto Vineyard Resort looks so intriguing. It looks like an amazing place to explore. That cross-section of the sequoia tree is unbelievable.

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  3. The Paso Robles Allegretto Vineyard Resort is about 3,000 miles from my home base in Philadelphia, but your detailed description and photos certain elevate it to a worthy destination should we find ourselves a little closer.

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  4. Paso Robles Allegretto Vineyard Resort does look like a place you would find in Europe! Your photos really illustrate its beauty and the food looks amazing!

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  5. OMG! Sign me up. . .if I ever get to that area again, this would be my choice of places to stay!

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