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22 DAYSPA | SEPTEMBER 2016 The fact that Sycamore is located in wine country seems mostly a happy coincidence, but the Wellness Center does emphasize vinotherapy in its services. "We add wine therapy oil to our massage and body treatment products," says spa director Barbie Maddox. "It's not only relaxing and invigorating, but the grape seed extract provides long-lasting repair from the rav- ages of environmental damage." In stark contrast to Sycamore Springs is the luxury European-style property, Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres (allegrettovineyardresort.com). Opened in the summer of 2015 and occupying 20 acres in the hills overlooking Paso Robles, Allegretto is clearly de- signed for out-of-towners. The majestic structure is located 43 miles from the popular tourist attraction of Hearst Castle, and lies just a few miles from numerous museums, parks and wineries. According to Linda Parker Sanpei, whose compa- ny manages and helped developed the idea for the property, the family-owned Ayres company fell in love with the Paso Robles region in the mid-1980s and wanted to build a resort in the area. Back then, how- ever, the demand wasn't there. "People mostly came here midweek, for business," she explains, "so there were no true destinations for people visiting the area." Then Wine Enthusiast magazine chose Paso Robles as Wine Region of the Year in 2013, and tourism increased, signaling the time to build. Allegretto's Italian theme presents itself everywhere, from its romantic piazza and fountain, and the Romeo and Juliet tun- nel—a perfect entryway for brides and grooms who have chosen to wed at the resort—to its interi or design emphasiz- ing archways and grand staircases. Another case in point: the fi ne-dining restaurant, Cello, whose Mediterranean-inspired menu incorporates the property's own vineyard, and olive and fruit trees. The chef, Eric Olsen, taps the rich resources in the area to create unique fusion dishes that honor Italian cuisine—with a strong nod to California. Spa at Allegretto was still gaining its footing when I visited, but that didn't stop the accommodating staff from treating me to its impressive Triple Crown Facial (80 min./$185), which included a back facial; facial with microcurrent; and a neck, shoulder, scalp, hand and foot massage. For location-appropriate vinotherapy, the spa opts for the Caudalie Paris skincare line, which includes grape extracts in many of its formulas. SPA HOPPING PHOTOS COURTESY: TOP RIGHT: SYCAMORE MINERAL SPRINGS RESORT & SPA; BOTTOM: ALLEGRETTO VINEYARD RESORT BY AYRES Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

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