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World's Most Expensive
The Allegretto Vineyard Resort Opens in Paso Robles, CA
October 7, 2015
The first of its kind in Paso Robles Wine Country and a world unto itself, the Allegretto is nestled on 20 acres that include wine-grapes, olives and fruit trees, 171 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant with chef’s garden, wine bar, 12,000-square-foot courtyard, pool and cabanas, spa, Abbey (a multi-use French-inspired chapel), ballroom, indoor and outdoor event space, walking paths, manicured Mediterranean gardens, specially crafted vignettes, and arts and artifacts that invoke the luxury, warmth, and beauty of la dolce vita.
Allegretto is a musical term describing a moderate tempo, 112-120 beats per minute, neither too fast nor too slow, it’s light, graceful and comfortable. The Allegretto Vineyard Resort was aptly named for the sense of joy, comfort and harmony guests feel upon arrival. “Our mission is to inspire and create joy in every aspect of our guests’ stays,” said General Manager, Anna Olson. “‘Allegretto’ is our ‘Aloha’."
The Allegretto Vineyard Resort is devoted to culinary excellence. Cello Ristorante & Bar is an upscale yet casual Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that enchants locals and visitors alike. A culinary getaway, Cello bring guests’ senses deeply into the Allegretto culture of discovery with creative dishes made from regionally foraged ingredients, warm hospitality, an extensive wine list, local artisanal beers and craft cocktails. Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director, Eric Olson, brings a world of experience and a global culinary education to Cello, where his talent for eclectic menu-crafting and formal training combine to accentuate Allegretto’s warmth and authenticity. The restaurant opens to a patio with iron fire bowls and bocce ball that take advantage of Paso’s beautiful warm evenings and sunsets. Whether for an energizing breakfast, productive lunch, romantic dinner or night on the town, Cello is Paso Robles’ destination restaurant with the highest standards, service, and commitment to delighting guests. “Our promise to quality will be available whether guests are dining pool side, in-room or at events on- or off-property,” said Chef Olson.
The Spa at Allegretto is ready to welcome guests and locals to relax and rejuvenate in their zero-gravity chairs, infrared detox sauna, or with a massage, facial, and body treatments. Additionally, the spa offers a Wellness Program featuring Chära (a dynamic alternative to yoga) exclusively at Allegretto, as well as Barre & Balance, HIIT, and Glow Dance Fitness classes. Find more information about the Spa at Allegretto by visiting
The Allegretto Vineyard Resort offers the area’s finest, most sought-after array of wedding and event spaces, catering and event coordination. The unprecedented variety of event venues on its property include the: Dylan Board Room (capacity: 24); Murano Private Dining (capacity: 30); Veneto Ballroom (capacity: 300 and divisible by three); Abbey (capacity: 40 for private functions), as well as a 12,000 square-foot courtyard and 40,000 square feet of outdoor space nestled within the gardens.
The 171 European-inspired guestrooms and suites, with optional balconies or patios, open to lush gardens, creating a sanctuary with a harmonious blend of comfort and revitalization. The 14’ European-height ceilings, Allegretto Dream Sleeper pillow-top mattresses and custom linens, plush robes and slippers, and Allegretto-crafted amenities create a memorable in-room experience.
Drawing inspiration from the beauty of the Paso Robles wine country that enchanted him decades ago, as well as his own extensive travels, Douglas Ayres designed and built the Allegretto in the style of an Italian vineyard estate on Paso Robles’ pastoral east side, filling the corridors and spaces with art and artifacts from his travels. With origins in multiple centuries, cultures, faiths and wisdom traditions, the art and artifacts that populate the Allegretto Vineyard Resort serve as windows into the human experience and highlight its inclusivity. Many accommodations offer guests a sense of physical and mental relaxation, but at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort, emotional and spiritual rest are given equal attention.
“It is exceptionally gratifying to see a vision and dream become a reality. We look forward to hosting our Central Coast neighbors and guests from afar, making the Allegretto a place of joy and inspiration,” said visionary, Douglas Ayres.
They legacy of developing high-quality properties dates back to Douglas Ayres’ great-grandfather, Frank H. Ayres, who traveled to Southern California from Ohio and in 1905 established Frank H. Ayres & Son, a land development company in L.A. County. Frank’s son, Don Ayres, Sr., joined the family business during the roaring ‘20s, and together they laid the foundation for entire communities in the Los Angeles area. Third generation Don Ayres, Jr., joined the family business after WWII, just as the housing boom began, and within the decade became recognized for creating distinctive homes throughout Southern California. It is Doug’s farther, Don Ayres, Jr., who developed the concept of European boutique hotels after his travels abroad, which were rebranded as the Ayres Hotels in 2001. Today, the Ayres brand is still very much a family-owned and operated business with 21 Ayres Hotels throughout Southern California, now adding to its impressive portfolio the first-full service resort, Allegretto Vineyard Resort.
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