Copperopolis California Photos Calaveras County Gold


Copperopolis California is located in the gently sloped foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range of Central California. Named for the copper that was discovered during the 1840's-50's, the gold rush town has transformed into a modern day luxury resort that embraces its reminders and of the past.


Copperopolis in Calaveras County (home to the Jumping Frog Jubilee,) offers scenic beauty with hills that turn lush green in the spring, then fade to pale, wheat shades in the autumn as days become cool. Fall is an ideal time to visit this region, and Copperopolis offers the perfect home base for exploration. 


In addition to the leaves turning brilliant colors during the fall foliage season, the number of days of rain is fairly low and the daytime temperatures are a pleasant 70 something, perfect shirt sleeve weather. You can feel the change in the air as the nights become crisp and cool, so be sure to pack a jacket for evening strolls, or even concerts, as the temps can reach the 30's.


A new attraction, Copperopolis Town Square, is the centerpiece of this community, offering classic car shows, summer concerts and holiday tree lightings with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus officiating and taking lists of wishes from the good little girls and boys.


I selected a visit and stay at Copperopolis for one reason--Saddle Creek Resort. Writing about California is my business, so I take my hotel stays and time away from my high speed FIOS Internet connection seriously. I can spend hours or days examining hotels on the Internet before departing for my journey, and I have simple thoughts about choosing what to visit and where to stay. California gold country in which Copperopolis is located has more than its share of budget chain hotels, but that's not my thing. I personally prefer luxury whenever I can find it, so having lucked upon this offering, I added an additional day's visit to a travel writer conference in Murphys, another Calaveras County city less than an hour by car from Copperopolis. It was all meant to be. A wedding at Saddle Creek had the place fully booked, except for one suite that I heard a guest say she was unable to fill with a reservation for the wedding group she was with. How lucky was that for me?


Saddle Creek Resort offers a club atmosphere and a casual, comfortable appeal in the vein of Carmel Valley Ranch on the Monterey coast. It's like apples and oranges to compare them, because each residential golf resort perfectly fits its location.  Awaking in your condo at Saddle Creek Resort, you can see the steam rise from the golf course as golfers tee off in the morning mist from greens near your personal condo. Drinking fresh brewed coffee from a pot available in your kitchen, go check the front doormat where you'll find the San Francisco Chronicle awaiting. After a comfortable night's sleep on luxury bedding with down comforters, what can be better than a shower and fresh bathrobe?  For me it was the Bulgari soaps, lotions and shampoos in a little basket in the bathroom that really made my day. I had not worn my Bulgari parfum for months, but just before I left for my trip, I found the lime green bottle and sprayed a bit on for enjoyment. It was a precursor to my arrival at Saddle Creek, and yet another sign that it was meant to be.


I tried the cobb salad offered on the luncheon menu at the Copper Grille Restaurant, and found it was perfect, all the way down to the bleu cheese dressing. More than enough grilled chicken on my plate, I simply couldn't finish it. Stunning golf course views make dining in the golf resort restaurant a must. The food is good, the views are outstanding, and everyone who works there is top notch. I was sorry I had to leave before checking out the weight room and swimming pool.


But off I went to Murphys Suites and Ironstone Vineyards, home base for the conference. Nothing in the region could compare with Saddle Creek as far as I was concerned. There was only one problem I had during my stay--the wi-fi signal to my suite was "very low" and I couldn't check my email. That makes any trip a challenge. For some reason, my back-up system of dial-up on a toll free number also wouldn't connect. Nevertheless, I'd love to go back and stay longer at the resort.  My overnighter was one of many highlights to a drive tour filled with views of the world's biggest trees, alpine lakes, mountain ski resorts, balancing rocks and bristle pines. If you live in L.A. or the San Francisco Bay area, a trip like this is what you need from time to time.


Saddle Creek Resort

Location: 1001 Saddle Creek Drive, Copperopolis, CA

Cost: Varies but minimum is above $100, call for details or check web site.

Call toll free: (800) 611-7722





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