Latest Addition to Team Taylor-Made!

 

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Now Team Taylor-Made! Karen Myers, Karen Doerr, Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Bob Holcomb

Recently Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales was proud to announce that Betsy Spiker Holcomb is now a co-owner of our Real Estate Company. The excitement continued when we got to announce that Betsy also brought her Real Estate Team with her which consists of Bob Holcomb, Karen Myers, and Karen Doer. Each member has worked with Betsy for many years and together the team brings a true sense of unity as well as their vast knowledge of Deep Creek Lake and Real Estate experience.

Bob Holcomb has over 23 years of experience in golf course construction including the impressive Lodestone Golf Course on top of Wisp Mountain. He quickly fell in love with Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County. As a Buyer Specialist, he uses his extensive knowledge and wisdom of the area, to assess his client’s needs and is a true asset to the Real Estate Team. Asking Bob how he felt about joining the Taylor-Made team he quoted, “I couldn’t be more excited to have this opportunity with such an amazing group of people. Taylor-Made is a family-based business that treats their employees and clients with integrity and respect.  You can feel the positive and professional aura when you walk through the door.  With the combination of a strong support staff and the use of cutting-edge technology, I think we can represent a significant portion of the real estate market share at Deep Creek Lake.”

Well-known throughout the area, Karen Myers is a true real estate consultant and brings a wealth of Garrett County Real Estate knowledge and experience to both buyers and sellers. Her list of accomplishments is immense as she as taught the real estate pre-licensing course or trained nearly 40% of Garrett County Realtors, assisted in the development of 50 subdivision communities, guided a Planned Residential Development and dealt with governmental regulation at all levels- local, state and federal. It’s easy to see how her keen insight into Deep Creek Lake real estate will benefit area buyers and sellers as well as our team.

Karen Doerr is a licensed Assistant, Transaction Coordinator and Marketing Specialist to Betsy and her team.  She has handled the marketing of hundreds of properties over the last 12 years and is the very best at what she does. Clearly her experience and background will be greatly appreciated by both the Taylor-Made Team and to the clients that she interacts with on a daily basis.

If you’re interested in more information from our real estate team, call 1-866-351-1119, Ext. 3 or browse area listings now.

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Stunning Photo of Wisp’s Ski Slopes @ Night!

As the Taylor-Made Family continues to grow in both the Real Estate field and Vacation Rentals, our goal of “Creating Memories & Exceeding Expectations” is still and always will be a #1 priority. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 

Visiting our Winter Wonderland!

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You are invited to a Snow Play Date!

Garrett County and most of the East Coast got a large dose of snow last weekend. This, of course, was awesome for Wisp Resort and for the skiing fanatics. Currently they have 28 trails open and fresh snow is coming down as I type this. Basically it’s a perfect time to plan an impromptu ski trip with your friends and family. We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales are feeling very generous this week and are offering some amazing last minute discounts on some of our vacation rentals. One of our most popular homes, American Pride, is now offering over $150 off this weekend’s stay. Located in the prestigious community of Blakeslee, this home offers all of the comforts of home and more! The Great Room is extremely inviting with plush leather sofas, a large flat screen TV, and a cozy gas fireplace. For those that have a passion for cooking, the gourmet kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, gorgeous granite countertops and is fully stocked with everything you need whether you are creating a large feast or just a simple lunch. Downstairs in the Family Room, you and your guests can engage in a fun game of pool or just watch movies on the flat screen TV. Of course if you are spending the day at Wisp skiing or snow tubing, you have the luxury of knowing that the outdoor bubbling hot tub is waiting when you get home. Another great perk to this home is that guests have use of the community indoor swimming pool. It’s quite large and is a perfect way for the family to spend a lazy afternoon. American Pride is definitely one of Deep Creek’s premiere vacation homes and one that many of our guests return to time and time again. Again this weekend we are offering a huge discount so I highly recommend that you take advantage of this amazing deal!

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Stunning Winter Sunset over Deep Creek Lake!

On another note and just a reminder that the annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk is on February 20th and it’s easily one of our most popular festivals! Not only is it for a wonderful cause (it benefits Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities, as they enjoy the life-changing benefits of participating with Special Olympics Maryland) but it’s become a winter time tradition for many. That and it’s a lot of fun. Even for those choose not to dunk, it’s highly amusing seeing some of the extremely elaborate costumes that people come with and the facial expressions of those when they hit the water is priceless! If you haven’t made plans to attend, give us a call (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and we will happily help you find the perfect vacation home for you and your guests. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 

An Exciting Announcement from Taylor-Made!

New Owners of Taylor-Made Real Estate
Standing: Jay Ferguson, Joe Refosco, Chad Taylor Seated: Jodi Taylor Refosco, Betsy Spiker Holcomb

There has been a whirlwind of enthusiasm swirling around the Taylor-Made offices these days! The obvious being the snowfall we received this week and that Wisp is now ready to handle the many skiing enthusiasts that are joining us in the mountains this weekend! Not only does Wisp have a bevy of fun filled activities going on, it’s also the perfect time to go hiking in the numerous State Parks in our area! We are looking forward to greeting our guests and helping them plan an adventurous weekend!

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is also very excited and pleased to welcome Betsy Spiker Holcomb as the co-owner of our Real Estate Division. Betsy, who was born and raised in Garrett County, brings a vast knowledge of Garrett County and an extensive background of Real Estate experience with her.

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations hit a milestone in 2014 with the expansion of a new Real Estate Division to the company. Acknowledging that a large portion of vacation rental homes were on the real estate market, it seemed only sensible to create a “one stop shop” for both buyers and sellers to handle all of their real estate and property management needs. Proudly welcoming well known Real Estate Agent & Sales Broker Jay Ferguson as co-owner, this vision quickly came to fruition. The company has continued to thrive and the Real Estate Team was proud to say that by the end of 2015, over 55 homes were sold with $16 million in volume.                                                                                                             Office with Wisp in Winter

Recently, Betsy made the choice to become co-owner of the Taylor Made Real Estate Company. Jay stated, “I am thrilled to add Betsy to our Taylor-Made family. It’s incredibly rare to add an agent with such an established brand and with such vast experience, let alone her production in our market. Perhaps the most impressive to me is her hands-on involvement in our community and her commitment to excellence.” Betsy, we warmly welcome you to the Taylor-Made Family!

The Arrival of Snow & The Dare to Dunk!

Wisp1.11.15-7After much anticipation the snow has officially arrived and Wisp Resort is getting ready to operate on full gear very soon! Wisp Mountain now looks like Wisp Mountain and the Snow Enthusiasts are pleased! Currently there are 8 trails open including the snow tubing park, mountain coaster and ice skating rink so now is the ideal time to visit Deep Creek Lake. For those that like to try something a little different, snow shoeing is also another adventurous activity to try while you are in the area. All Earth Eco Tours (www.allearthecotours.com) does some amazing tours throughout the Swallow Falls State Park area and is the perfect activity for the whole family (As one who is well known to be Adventure Challenged, i.e. clumsy, even I can say that I can accomplish this and I loved it!) There are also various places to go cross country skiing around the area so don’t forget to ask about some of our favorite places to go when you call in! It’s always so surprising that we still get asked “What things are there to do at Deep Creek?” when we always answer “Everything!” Offering lots of terrific last minute specials on our Deep Creek Lake rentals, our Reservationists are ready to help you find the perfect home for your winter getaway! Give our office a call today (1-866-351-1119 or online at www.deepcreekvacations.com)

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If you haven’t made plans yet, don’t forget that the 18th Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk is coming up on February 20th. What has truly become a true Deep Creek Lake tradition for many, it is also a wonderful opportunity to help adults and children with special disabilities so that they may experience the joy of participating in the Maryland Special Olympics! Granted taking on the frigid waters of Deep Creek is no easy task but great fun is had by all and the costumes and outfits that you get to see is so worth it! Kiss, Pee Wee Herman, and Teen Wolf are just some of the many creative people you get see run in the water! Again, all for a great cause. Do you dare to dunk?  DSC_0104

Again, you must call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and let us help you find the home that fits your needs! The Snow is here! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #skiwisp #daretodunk

Good Deeds & Santa Claus!

Well, it’s official. We are not going to have a white Holiday this year. Since this is clearly not something that anyone can control, I think that we should just embrace it and take advantage of how comfortable it is outside. No need to dress in multiple layers and put on a snow suit just to go to the store. On the serious side though, it is nice that we can still go to the state parks and hike around. People are still jogging down Deep Creek Drive and there are several activities going on at Wisp right now (mountain coaster, canopy tours, Segway tours, and the ice skating rink). Besides if you are a last minute procrastinator and still having shopping to do, it’s much easier to lug your shopping bags from store to car when it’s not 10°. It will snow soon and balance will once again be restored to our mountain life. Nursing Home Donation
Taylor-Made employees once went above and beyond for our Holiday donation this year! Each year we choose a different organization or family in need to shop for! Every department pulls together to get the items on their assigned list. This year we choose to donate to Dennett Road Nursing Home, a local nursing home here in our area. We gathered boxes and bags of everything from crosswords puzzles, body wash, socks, blankets, calendars, CDs, and list goes on. It says a lot about our employees and why we are so proud of them. They give often and always in abundance. The satisfaction for everyone is knowing that we helped give to someone in need at this time of year. So, this is a big Thank You & Shout Out to our Taylor-Made Family!
untitled-4   Speaking of Taylor-Made, our annual tradition of Santa Claus stopping by the office will be happening on December 24
th from 10 am – Noon. Bring your wish list and stop by! We will having cookies, hot cocoa, Holiday stories and you can even get your picture taken with Santa! Fun times!   Wisp-44
You still have time to plan a last minute trip to Deep Creek for the Christmas Holiday! Can you image the sheer delight from the family to learn that Mom & Dad planned a last minute getaway! We are offering some fantastic last minute discounts so give us a call (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find that perfect vacation home for your special stay! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 

Did someone say “Holiday Sale”?

 

While we have been teased with some snow dusting, we have not yet experienced a true Garrett County winter storm yet. We are being patient however, and still enjoy being outside in the warmer than normal temperatures.

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If you are in the area this weekend, we recommend that you head over to Bear Creek Traders Christmas Open House running from Thursday the 10th through Sunday the 13th daily. For these 4 days, they are offering everything in the store @ a 20% discount! What a great deal! Trust me, you will definitely find something for everyone on your list at Bear Creek! NFL goodies, Deep Creek apparel, home décor, kid’s gifts, pet items, the list is truly endless (including what appears like an old fashioned candy bin filled with lots of sweet tooth goodies!). They also have a wonderful supply of winter wear; hats and clothes for kids of all ages and even stylish scarves and coats for women! Jewelry! Did I mention that they have jewelry? Earrings, rings, necklaces, watches, so many pretty things. The first thing that will catch your eye though is the big Santa Claus statue that greets you walk in the door. He already posed and camera ready! For those friends of yours that love to add to their holiday décor, they offer a great selection of everything from snowmen figurines, candles, Christmas tree decorations and much more! They will also be running some of their special December bargains and giving out a complimentary gift with each purchase (Who doesn’t love free gifts?). Definitely worth stopping by!

Bear Creek mugs Now is the perfect time to plan your winter weekend getaway! Give Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deeepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find the perfect vacation home for you and your friends! We are always running some fantastic last minute specials so please make a point of visiting our Specials Page if you are looking for a last minute escape! Wisp1.11.15-7

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well for the most up to date Deep Creek news (plus we like to post a lot of awe-inspiring photos of Deep Creek Lake! Give us a call today, we can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #weekendgetaway

 

Thankful & Waiting!

Wisp SnowDecember 1st! Wow. We were so happy to have so many of our guests and homeowners join us over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Of course this is why we are in this industry but we just love the idea of multiple families coming together to stay in our homes. Creating meals together, gathering around the fireplace in the Great Room, challenging each other to a game of pool. Lots of laughter and knowing that you are creating memories to last a life time. Mushy. I know but the holidays can easily hit your sappy, sentimental side. Again, it was nice to see so many familiar faces.

Although the warmer weather has been nice (perfect for hitting the state parks for some mountain hiking and biking), I think that we are all getting a little anxious for some snow! We are now offering a terrific discount for the January 8th weekend! Reserve any participating home for that weekend and we will give you a 15% discount off your stay. Just give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find your vacation home!  Talk about the perfect holiday to give your family and friends this year!

Wisp-44 Just a reminder that if you are in the area the weekend of December 4th & 5th, The 31st Annual Christmas In the Village will be going on at the Spruce Forest Artisan Village located in Grantsville (an easy 20 minute drive from the lake). If you have never attended, I highly recommend that you take the family and check it out! Fire warmed studios are kept festive by the candle luminaries that entwine throughout the village. You can enjoy live music and choral programs in the Village Church and have a chance to meet and speak to the local artisans who will be on hand peddling their ware. There will also be various kid’s activities, again making this the ideal family event! For more information, check out their website. http://spruceforest.org/

Happy Turkey Day!

Thanksgiving 2015 blogTurkey Day is almost upon us and you can start to feel the excitement in the Taylor-Made offices! We are so proud to once again announce that our work family had pulled together to donate for the Thanksgiving Holiday to local families in need! All together our employees donated enough food to feed multiple families. Corn, green beans, rolls, potatoes, pies, juice, fruit, the pile was Huge! Of course, we can’t forget all of the huge turkeys that rolled out of our office today! We are so proud that our employees always go above and beyond to donate and give!
Just a reminder for those that are visiting this weekend, the Festival of Trees begins on Friday @ 9 am and continues until Saturday. Basically it’s walking through a true winter wonderland where you get the opportunity to start your holiday shopping early by perusing the vendors’ tables. For the kids, they can have dinner with Santa, make crafts, pose with Frosty, and much more! Lots of fun for the whole family. Team Taylor-Made has been hard at work to create the perfect tree that they will donate for the live auction held on Saturday. I don’t want to give away the big surprise but all I can say is that it looks like a very colorful puff of cotton candy!
Wishing all of our friends, family, guests, and homeowners a Very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 

Fine Dining & Snow?

 

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There has been whispers and rumors floating around that the S word is about to make an appearance. For our winter enthusiasts, this is greeted with smiles and lots of “Bring it on!” For those that are little less of a fan, they hate to see this warmer fall weather take absence! Regardless if it’s this weekend or later, snow will definitely be making an appearance. Now is the perfect time to enjoy a nice weekend getaway. Weather is still nice enough (snow or not) to take advantage of our many hiking trails throughout our state parks! Swallow Falls State Park will always impress but Deep Creek State Park also offers some amazing walking and mountain biking trails! Definitely worth checking out! We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (www.deepcreekvacations.com or 1-866-351-1119) are still offering some phenomenal discounts including Stay 3 Nights for the Price of 2 now through December 20th. Plan a couple’s retreat or make it a family getaway, we are ready to help you find the perfect home for you!

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If you happen to be visiting our area and looking for a special and unique dining experience, I would recommend checking out Cornish Manor Restaurant in Oakland. Standing immense it’s Victorian glory, it definitely makes a pretty first impression. Belated birthday celebrations took my teenage son and me there last week for lunch. Offering multiple dining areas, they were just busy enough to be comfortable but you still had your choice seating wise (if you are planning on dining during the weekend and/ or for dinner, I think that they may require reservations). Wraparound windows give you the opportunity to enjoy the outside sunlight or you can choose by the wall for more intimate conversations. They offer a large variety of choices for the lunch menu alone; choose seafood pasta, the quiche of the day, or their infamous warm chicken salad served in a bread bowl! Incredible! While the prices are slightly larger than your average Value Meal, the portions are huge and the flavor is divine! The 1860’s Victorian is elegantly decorated throughout and you can truly feel the homes captivating charm and history. Located in our county seat of Oakland, it’s a mere 15-20 minute ride from McHenry and the heart of Deep Creek Lake! Again, if you are looking for a new dining establishment while visiting, Cornish Manor is definitely worth the trip!  To Snow or Not Snow? That is the question. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

A Pat on the Back & Snow?

Exciting things have been going on at the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales office lately. The first is a shout out and giving props to ourselves! Recently voted #3 in Best New Websites for 2015 by VRM Intel Magazine, we are rather proud of our newest accomplishment. If you haven’t had the chance to check out our new website, please do www.deepcreekvacations.com . Not only is it very User Friendly but the guests are able to basically access any information about the house they are interested in reserving. Bright, bold pictures help you get the complete visual and the list of amenities lets you know what to expect the home to provide. This can be very useful throughout the year but one prime example of this is if the home has Air Conditioning or not. Because our temperatures tend to run lower than most of our surrounding cities, some of the homes do not have AC and simply rely on open windows and ceiling fans. An important fact to check on if this is an essential amenity for you and your guests. Have a really picky and somewhat fussy multi-family that you will be hosting? Go on the interactive floor plan so that you can maneuver your way around the home. This is great when you are trying to figure out sleeping arrangements or just to see the general layout. We’ve also added lots of great local information, your rental information and some fantastic photos as well. Well worth checking out.

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The Thanksgiving holiday is quickly approaching and we highly encourage those visiting us during that time to stop over at the Garrett County fairgrounds for the Festival of Trees on the 27th and 28th. Featuring all kinds of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, crafts and more, it is truly like walking through a winter wonderland. The kids will love getting their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as getting to sit in Frosty’s sled. A very fun, family friendly way to start off this festive time of year!

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Speaking of getting ready for festivities, if you are one of those guests that love to take advantage of Black Friday Specials, then don’t forget to keep an eye out for our mass e-mail, website, and Facebook for some incredible deals on your next Taylor-Made vacation (1-866-351-1119 if you would like to speak to one of our Reservationist!) The weatherman has been whispering the “S” word over the last few days so there is a chance we may see some of the fluffy stuff this weekend. A perfect time to come to the mountains, give us a call. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!