SavageMan Triathlon Quick Guide

In its 10th year, the 2016 SavageMan Triathlon Festival is September 17-18.  It’s a race that’s known for its beautiful scenery and intense challenges.  Competitors swim, bike, and run to prove they have what it takes to tackle the most “savage” triathlon in the world!SavageMan Triathlon

The SavageMan Triathlon consists of three separate races and is exciting for spectators and competitors alike.  Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your weekend: Continue reading SavageMan Triathlon Quick Guide

5 Favorite Dog Friendly Deep Creek Lake Activities for Summer

Dog Friendly Deep Creek Lake Activities

Dog friendly Deep Creek Lake activities and restaurants make our area a favorite destination for travelers with pets. It’s not a true family vacation unless you can bring your four-legged friend with you!


This list could be a lot longer, but here are a few of the highlights that you and your pooch don’t want to miss:

Explore the Lake in a Kayak
Paddling around the lake on quiet summer mornings is even more fun when your dog can join you!  Rent a double kayak from Wisp Resort or High Mountain Sports, and they’ll deliver it right to your Deep Creek Lake vacation rental home.


Sunsets, Flatbreads, & Microbrews at Mountain State Brewing Company
Kick-back by the fire pit on the patio and watch one of the famous Mountain Maryland sunsets with your best friend by your side. Continue reading 5 Favorite Dog Friendly Deep Creek Lake Activities for Summer

Quick Guide: Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival

Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine FestivalEveryone’s favorite late summer event, the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, is September 9-10, 2016!  In its 12th year, this weekend-long celebration brings hundreds of visitors to the area.  Benefitting HART for Animals and the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, it is a great time that supports great causes.

Here’s a quick guide to what you need to know to make the most of your getaway during Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival weekend:

Buy your tickets in advance, and you’ll save $5! Adult tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate.  That gets you entrance to the festival, a commemorative wine glass, and wine tastings.


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15 Things to do at Deep Creek Lake with Kids


Planning a Deep Creek Lake summer vacation?  Our list of 15 Things to do at Deep Creek Lake with Kids includes destinations you don’t want to miss.

The Deep Creek Lake area is unique in that there are more than 90,000 acres of public land that make up 7 state forests and parks.  That means there are virtually limitless options for keeping your crew entertained and making memories with your favorite people.


Watch a family movie on a big outdoor screen at the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales office.  Every Tuesday (except Aug.2) during the summer, bring chairs or a blanket and catch a FREE family movie under the stars.  Click here to see the movie line-up.


Paddleboarding at Deep Creek Lake State Park is a fun activity for everyone.  You can rent a paddleboard for as little as $14 for half an hour or $24 for an hour from Wisp’s Beach Hut.  Pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon at the sandy beach and swimming area. Kayak and canoe rentals are available as too.


Hiking to a waterfall (or 3!). At Swallow Falls State Park you can hike trails leading to three different waterfalls.  Make it a fun family adventure to see them all – Swallow Falls, Muddy Creek Falls, and Tolliver Falls.  If there are smaller kids in your group or family members with limited mobility, a handicap accessible ramp leads to a platform that offers beautiful views.



Go Fishing.  Fishing opportunities are around every corner.  Get your Maryland fishing license and cast your line from the dock at your Deep Creek Lake vacation rental or head to a state park: New Germany, Deep Creek Lake, and Herrington Manor.  If you need tips on the best bait or secret spots, stop by Bill’s Outdoor Center on Rt. 219.

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Deep Creek Lake Community Spotlight: Villages of Wisp


Villages of Wisp is a Deep Creek Lake community of townhomes that is well-known as a great place to stay during the winter months.  The ski-in/ski-out location makes it a convenient spot for skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes.   With the lodge at Wisp Resort within a five-minute drive (or less), other winter activities like ice skating, snow tubing, and cross country skiing are easily enjoyed too.

Deep Creek Lake Community Villages of Wisp

When the snow melts, the central location makes this an ideal spot to experience the best of Deep Creek Lake activities, restaurants and events. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Community Spotlight: Villages of Wisp

What’s New at Deep Creek Lake – Summer 2016 Edition

Discover what’s new at Deep Creek Lake for summer 2016! Recent additions to the area include dining, amusement and shopping options to experience along with your old favorites.  The next time you are in town, stop by one of these fine establishments:

new at deep creek lake


Deep Creek Seafood – 200 Quarry Road, Oakland, MD – 240.488.1042
This family owned restaurant was established by former Deep Creek Lake vacationers when they decided to make this area their home.  They offer an extensive seafood menu with everything from Chesapeake Bay style crab cakes to seared Ahi tuna.  I personally suggest trying their Continue reading What’s New at Deep Creek Lake – Summer 2016 Edition

State Park Spotlight: Deep Creek Lake State Park


A favorite summer destination, Deep Creek Lake State Park is home to endless outdoor adventures on water and on land.  It’s a popular spot throughout all four seasons, but it truly shines in the summertime.

If you are at Deep Creek this summer, grab your floats and flip-flops and head to the sandy beach at Deep Creek Lake State Park.  It’s a great place to spend a sunny afternoon swimming, picnicking, and enjoying the view.  Tables, grills, restrooms, and a bathhouse are all available for you to use.  If you’re vacationing with a larger group, you may want to consider reserving one of the pavilions in advance.  Lifeguards are on duty at the designated swimming area from 10AM-6PM Memorial Day through Labor Day. deep_creek_lake_state_park

Wisp Resort operates the concession stand at the state park where you can get ice cream, cold drinks, and snacks.  You can also rent a kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board from them.  Continue reading State Park Spotlight: Deep Creek Lake State Park

Deep Creek Lake Fireworks & More July 4th Fun

Deep Creek Lake Fireworks

From fireworks over the water to small town parades loaded with charm, the Deep Creek Lake area is a favorite place to celebrate Independence Day!  I put together a guide to some “can’t miss” events that you have to check out if you are here for the holiday.  They include some tips to finding the best spot to watch Deep Creek Lake fireworks. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Fireworks & More July 4th Fun

Spring Weddings at Deep Creek Lake Vacation Homes


Spring wedding season is upon us at Deep Creek Lake.  Excited brides and grooms are finalizing their plans and our event coordinator is busy taking care of the last minute details.

Deep Creek Lake destination weddings have become increasingly popular over the years.  Scenic mountain vistas and beautiful lake views provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor spring weddings and throughout the rest of the year too.

We offer a wide variety of wedding friendly homes that are ideal to host your big day.  From intimate affairs at a classic mountain lodge to larger gatherings at a luxury chalet, there’s something to meet the taste of every couple.deep creek lake spring weddings

Depending on the size of your group, the ceremony and reception can be held by the water’s edge or on a deck overlooking the lake and mountains. Our event coordinator can guide you through the process of contacting vendors for tent rentals, catering, flowers, and more.  We’ll help you with all of the small details that go into making your day truly memorable.

If you’re looking for Deep Creek Lake vacation rentals to house your group but would like to hold your ceremony elsewhere, we can help with that too.  We assist you with choosing homes that are close together and in the area that you prefer.  Additionally, we can provide you with a list of local churches or other unique venue options like Swallow Falls State Park.

Spring weddings in the mountains of Western Maryland gives you the chance to combine a great getaway with the most important day of your life.  Imagine enjoying Deep Creek Lake activities like boating, hiking, and kayaking with your favorite people as you look forward to the big event.  It’s an opportunity to share time with people that you may not see often enough throughout the year.

Request more information about Deep Creek Lake spring weddings (and other seasons too!), and we’ll help you get started.  In the meantime, browse our wedding friendly homes to explore all of the options that are available.

Taylor-Made Top 5: Garrett County Fair Edition

Garrett County Fair 2016

2016 Garrett County Fair Dates: July 30-August 6

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Garrett County Fair and to mark that milestone, I put together a Top 5 list of things you absolutely have to do.  As a native of the Deep Creek Lake area and longtime fair attendee, I feel I’m more than qualified to point out some of the best things about this favorite summer event. Continue reading Taylor-Made Top 5: Garrett County Fair Edition