Saddle 1My husband and I needed a break from the kids and the daily grind and recently we found the perfect golf escape. In the heart of the California Gold Rush country where once bustling copper mines made post gold rush history, vacationing families and couples alike are making their own discoveries and creating their own legacy at Saddle Creek Resort in Copperopolis, California.

This beautiful golf and tennis resort lies just a few short miles from some of the best outdoor recreation and wine country the nation has to offer in both Calaveras and Amador Counties.

saddle 2With a lovely golf course and beautiful club house and country club, Saddle Creek is the perfect getaway for families or couples looking for an uncrowded diversion richly steeped in abundant wildlife, spectacular sunsets, gorgeous vistas, and plenty to do.

It’s no wonder that Golf Week Magazine ranked Saddle Creek’s course at an impressive #8 in Best Public Access Courses in California.

Comfortable and richly appointed one- and two-bedroom vacation bungalows are just a step or two from the second hole. A perfect place to lay your head during a golf getaway, these bungalows are spacious yet cozy and boast all the amenities of a resort hotel. Comfortable patios and porches allow guests to enjoy peaceful views of the course, surrounding mountains and wildlife. A few steps from the Copper Grill, Saddle Creek Resort’s own signature dining establishment, convenience is the pinnacle.

The Copper Grille offers three meals and excellent floor to ceiling window views of the golf course and ninth green from a lodge style restaurant decorated with large timbers, historical photographs, and a rustic yet elegant lodgey charm.

saddle 3With an impressive wine storage facility yielding wines from more than 28 local wineries, a pleasant dining experience is guaranteed.

The Chef and his team make the specialties from fresh local ingredients and locally farmed raised products whenever possible. Portions are hearty and the cuisine is both tasty and aesthetically pleasing.

If dining and golfing are not enough, then meticulously maintained tennis courses, bocce courts, a fitness center and pool will entice you further during your stay at Saddle Creek Resort.

The Copperopolis Town Square with shops, boutiques, spa and restaurants is only five minutes away, allowing even more opportunities for nearby exploration. A dozen charming Gold Rush communities lie within an hour for more activities from wine tasting, to shopping and even cave exploration.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the large cities yet close enough to world renowned locations to make travel a breeze, Saddle Creek Resort is convenient, comfortable, and peaceful while offering lots to do or nothing at all, at your pace, and with endless additional options nearby.

Carmel L. Mooney is the editor of Roadtripsforcouples.com, an online travel magazine. Carmel ‘s been on local talk radio for 17 years. Her family travel column can be read in California Kids Magazine at: www.valcomnews.comYou can follow her on Twitter: @CarmelLeeMooneyor Facebook. Carmel is also the Executive Director of Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions, a non-profit that trains and places Autism Service Dogs. You can read her service dog blog at: www.pawsitivesolutions.org.