Central Coast California WeddingsWords by Carolyn Steere
Photos courtesy of Allegretto Vineyard Resort
The Central Coast of California, The Perfect Blend of Wine and Fun
If you picture yourselves exchanging vows under a beautiful flower arbor in wine country, then consider the Central Coast of California. Rolling hills lined with row after row of grapevines, blue skies and magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean take you in as you venture along Highway 1. The sights, smells and tastes you discover along the way are quite intoxicating (be careful – there are over 300 wineries!) as are the diverse settings for a truly unique destination wedding.
Cradled within 20 acres of orchards, gardens and vineyards in Paso Robles is Allegretto Vineyard Resort, a Mediterranean-inspired resort with every amenity you can imagine for you and your guests. A luxury spa, farm-to-table cuisine, private label wine tasting, well-appointed guest suites and central location provide a good start, and then add in some unique venue settings. A favorite for us was their French-inspired Abbey de Lerines for an intimate ceremony or seated rehearsal dinner. Larger celebrations are also possible in the Veneto Ballroom or numerous outdoor courtyard or garden settings.
William Randolf Hearst once said, “I would rather spend a month here than any place in the world.” He was referring to the amazing Hearst Castle, that he dreamed of and then constructed in San Simeon, on the California coast. He entertained the rich and famous in the 1920s era and it is still where you can entertain your family and friends for an over-the-top wedding.
If your style is a bit more understated, the SummerWood Winery and Inn offers some amazing wines (we didn’t taste one we didn’t like) and a picturesque setting for a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception. We made another totally unique discovery at the Sextant Winery, which includes the authentic historic town of Edna, complete with a restored blacksmith shop, now converted into a quaint location for a wedding party reception or rehearsal dinner. Your photographer’s creative juices will go into high gear in this fun setting.
Here’s our recipe for a perfect day: start with a morning stroll on the beach, then on to a bit of wine tasting, followed by pampering at the spa at Sycamore Mineral Springs in Avila Beach and top it off with a tasty dinner at a seaside restaurant.
Highway 1 Discovery Route on California's Central Coast has the perfect blend of wine and fun.
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