Saddle Creek Resort Copperopolis, CA

Saddle Creek Resort is a golf resort developed by Castle & Cooke. While the primary goal is to build and sell residential properties, a portion of the property offers rentals the public can book. Initially set up to promote property sales, they have become popular for vacationers, weddings and small events. When we stayed at Saddle Creek, a wedding had reserved all but a few units, so we were lucky to rent a suite with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom overlooking the golf course.

The decor was pleasant, comfortable and the views of the golf course were wonderful. Everything inside the bungalow, a one-room unit with separate bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room with fireplace, was in working order and fairly new. The weather was sunny and fairly warm (80s-90s) and the surrounding Sierra Nevada foothills were a burnished gold-brown color, while the golf course views were brilliant green. We made ample use of air conditioning and ceiling fans--both were in working order and really great. The bathroom surprisingly was stocked with fine soaps and shampoo samples, which were a brand I used and loved.

I used the kitchen to make coffee, but there was no grocery store on-site, so we ate our meals at the restaurant, which is really nice--and the food is great. It's not overly expensive as resorts go.

An on-site there's full use and access to a mini-Olympic lap pool and gym, as well as the golf course.

Set in the heart of California Gold Country, nearby places to see include Angels Camp, Angels Camp Museum, Murphys with Ironstone Vineyard and Museum, and Calaveras Big Trees State Park, to name just a few.

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