Update: It’s been quite a long time since I have visited Cooperopolis in Calaveras County. Unfortunately, some of my recommendations are no longer current. While the town square gazebo is still there, the restaurant I recommended is closed, Lake Tulloch Resort is now a rehab center and Copper Valley Trail Rides has closed, as has another horseback riding outfitter in nearby Murphys. Please drop me an e-mail if you have recommendations for me to check out in Calaveras County.
The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to The Copperopolis Town Square.
To escape work I go golfing at Saddle Creek Resort.
For complete quiet, I can hide away at Lake Tulloch.
If you come to Copperopolis, get your picture taken at the Town Square’s Gazebo or the Historic Plaza in Old Town Copper.
If you have to order one thing off the menu at The Copper Grille, get the fillet.
Copperopolis is my one stop shop for olive oil – the entire town square used to be olive orchards.
When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to Roasters Coffee Corner.
For a huge splurge, I go to The Copper Grille at Saddle Creek.
Photo ops in Copperopolis include Lake Tulloch, Town Square and Historic Old Town.
The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Table Mountain.
The most random thing about Copperopolis is the Frog Jump and the Annual Parade.
In Copperopolis an active day outdoors involves walking, hiking, boating, jet skiing horseback riding and golfing.
My favorite walking route is the Quail Trail at Saddle Creek.
Copperopolis’ best museum is The Tower Museum in Old Town.
Don’t look for late night dining in Copperopolis, things close down early.
To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read the Union Democrat or the Calaveras Enterprise.
In the spring you should attend the Frog Jump.
In January you should attend the Chili Cook Off and Car Show at the Town Square.
In the fall you should visit Yosemite.
In the winter you should go to Bear Valley for snow skiing.
For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to Snaps in the Town Square.
Just outside of Copperopolis, you can visit Yosemite. Have lunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel.
The best way to see Copperopolis is to drive and park then walk or bike.
If you have kids, you won’t want to miss: Gold Panning at the Town Square, Jet Skiing on Lake Tulloch, nearby Caves and Caverns and there is always Colombia State Park.
What are your favorite things to see and do in Copperopolis or anywhere in Calaveras county?
Copper Valley Trail Rides (since closed)