Let the games begin….



Last Spring some of the creative people at Taylor-Made began to brainstorm some ideas of something new and fun to offer our guests. Light bulbs were going off like crazy but finally an plan emerged. Summer Scavenger Hunt 2011! The plan was to encourage our renters to really get out and enjoy some of our favorite places and establishments around Deep Creek Lake. During check in, we give our renters a welcome bag (our thank you for their patronage). The idea was to figure out the given clue and have a party member(s) take a picture with the welcome bag at the location. The grand prize was a Free 3 night stay in one of our rental homes! Wow! What a great turnout! For all of those that participated and sent in your pictures, we would like to say Thank You! We loved seeing everyone’s photos and hearing your positive thoughts on the hunt. Finally, a winner had to be announced!
Michael and Robin Crawford from Hanover, PA was the grand prize winner. They enjoyed a 7 night stay in On Eagle’s Wings in July and will be visiting us again in April for their free trip. Congratulations Michael and Robin!
The fun doesn’t stop there! We got such great feedback that we decided to continue the Scavenger Hunt for awhile longer! And so it has began, Fall & Winter Scavenger Hunt 2011! (Okay, so we could have tried to come up with another, more unique name….this title just seems to say it all!) Good Luck to all our future participants. In the meantime, as skiers and snowboarders get giddy with anticipation, see you at the lake!

Sometimes you just have to step outside the box….



Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, in general, offer a bevy of activities throughout the year. However, sometimes its just nice to step outside the box and check out some new places in the surrounding areas. A year or so ago, the hubby, kids, and I were taking a drive to Uniontown, PA (located approximately 50 minutes west from McHenry) when we spotted Wildside. Housed in the same development as Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, this huge building was originally constructed to be a Cabelas type store (camouflage, guns, sporting stuff, etc. all decked out in a very woodsy type of theme). Unfortunately that plan didn’t pan out so they chose to turn it into arcade/ game emporium and I must say it is awesome! It houses everything needed for a fun packed family night out! Besides having over 65+ arcade games, they also have a bowling alley, pool tables, dart boards, sports bar, and climbing wall. Playing on the Wildside theme, they kept most of the stuffed animals, the exotic bird habitat, a large aquarium, and a creepy snake display (my boy’s favorites). We always go hungry so we can pig out on their pizza and wings ( some of the best we have had!!) So, here it is folks, my latest recommendation for something new to try if you are in the area. From McHenry, it’s a smooth, easy 35 minutes away. It’s a terrific place to take the kids, chill out, play some fun games, eat delicious (I said delicious, not nutritious!) food, and just have a great time with your family and friends! Until next week, when we get to dress silly and beg for candy, see you at the lake!

Orlando Never Stood A Chance!!


Some of Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations staff members just returned from a whirl wind trip to Orlando where they attended the annual VRMA conference (Vacation Rental Management Association). What an enlightening experience! Most days and evenings were spent attending seminars, checking out the showcases, and networking with other vacation rental companies. It was a very rewarding and educational opportunity to pass ideas around with associations who are in the biz! Of course, all work and no play makes for a grumpy group. Taylor-Made got in the spirit of things by dressing as crazed WVU fans for the tailgating party that VRMA hosted. I must say, they can throw down one heck of a party. An awesome band, game stations (foosball, darts, air hockey, etc.), beverages, and food galore! Mix in a fireworks display and you can’t go wrong! Sadly, our group did not win the grand prize. In all honesty, I’m not quite sure what the winning category even was (Best dressed??? Best costume???) I do know that if the category was ‘loudest’, ‘most spirited’, ‘most verbally harsh on the ear drums’, we would have been a shoe in! We finished our trip with an amazing, fun trip to the Island’s of Adventure! Roller coasters, water rides, shops, slushies, basically all things good! Chad was like a kid in a candy store when he entered Harry Potter’s village! Too funny! All in all, the trip was an awesome experience. I learned a lot of useful information and met some extremely interesting people, many of whom I plan to stay in touch with. We arrived home just in time for a gusty, yet sunny and fabulous Autumn Glory Parade (and to the clown who, oh so kindly, dumped a bucket of candy at the feet of my 8 year old son, “thanks!”)! Until next time when I pass on more of my Deep Creek knowledge, see you at the lake!

Orlando never stood a chance!

Some of Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations staff members just returned from a whirl wind trip to Orlando where they attended the annual VRMA conference (Vacation Rental Management Association). What an enlightening experience! Most days and evenings were spent attending seminars, checking out the showcases, and networking with other vacation rental companies. It was a very rewarding and educational opportunity to pass ideas around with associations who are in the biz! Of course, all work and no play makes for a grumpy group. Taylor-Made got in the spirit of things by dressing as crazed WVU fans for the tailgating party that VRMA hosted. I must say, they can throw down one heck of a party. An awesome band, game stations (foosball, darts, air hockey, etc.), beverages, and food galore! Mix in a fireworks display and you can’t go wrong! Sadly, our group did not win the grand prize. In all honesty, I’m not quite sure what the winning category even was (Best dressed??? Best costume???) I do know that if the category was ‘loudest’, ‘most spirited’, ‘most verbally harsh on the ear drums’, we would have been a shoe in! We finished our trip with an amazing, fun trip to the Islands’ of Adventure! Roller coasters, water rides, shops, slushies, basically all things good! Chad was like a kid in a candy store when he entered Harry Potter’s village! Too funny! All in all, the trip was an awesome experience. I learned a lot of useful information and met some extremely interesting people, many of whom I plan to stay in touch with. We arrived home just in time for a gusty, yet sunny and fabulous Autumn Glory Parade (and to the clown who, oh so kindly, dumped a bucket of candy at the feet of my 8 year old son, “thanks! That was meant as sarcastic btw!”)! Until next time when I pass on more of my Deep Creek knowledge, see you at the lake!

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles


The forecast called for “Nice with an abundance of sunshine”, and it really was. I decided to hit downtown Oakland to boost the economy with some shopping! After an extremely delish lunch @ Dottie’s Grill, I decided to check out the brand spankin’ new Oakland Transportation Museum! “Ummm, the what???”, you may ask?, as did I! Yes, that’s right folks, Oakland is yet again digging deep into its historical roots and has now brought to town an actual museum filled with a bevy of old time transportation that is a part of Garrett County History. Yes, there is your usual old time horse and buggy, classic Cadillac, super groovy Jeepster, old school fire engine, and so forth. Seems rather mundane, right? Wrong! Locals and visitors will certainly enjoy learning about some of the amazing history of our county seat and surrounding area! Walk upstairs and take a huge step back into Deep Creek Lake history. Very interesting and very cool! As a local, I remember a time when the old 219 bridge stood, the lake was way less ‘recreational’, and you had to drive at least an hour away for a Big Mac or Wal-Mart. Of course, our area has advanced a great deal since then but it becomes apparent that the true serene yet fun atmosphere of the lake is still what brings visitors to our area time and time again. Be sure to check out the model of the first snowmobile that graced the area and the first Flying Scot Sailboat that flowed on the waters of Deep Creek Lake. I highly recommend that you take a day to hit downtown Oakland. Have lunch at one of the many local dining establishments, shop for antiques at one of the many shops downtown and take time to check out the Transportation Museum. It really is worth the trip! Until next week when we drink some ale at Octoberfest, eat tons of food and celebrate the day at the Autumn Glory Parade, we’ll see you at the lake!

Has the Fall Festive Fever!!



This weekend marks the annual celebration of days of yore with the Springs FolK Festival located in Springs, Pennsylvania.
A mere 22 minute drive from Deep Creek Lake, the Springs Folk Festival is a celebration of arts, crafts, food, and labor that was once the lifestyle of our forefathers. Here you get to witness women weaving baskets and baking bread, the men threshing and sawing logs, while the children enjoy the simplicities of life with homemade toys, petting zoo, and a hayride. There is something magical about walking the grounds as you take in the pleasant aroma of maple sugar candy, listen to the chimes of bluegrass and gospel music, and witness the demonstrations that not only awe and inspire but clearly make you thankful for the advancement of today’s technology.
Definitely come hungry and ready to enjoy a bevy of culinary treats. For those with a sweet tooth, you must try the homemade ice cream, funnel cakes, and lollipops. Meals are also served that consist of Pennsylvania Dutch sausage meals, pancakes, bean soup, and fresh baked bread. If that’s not enough, come and enjoy the variety of shopping available. Homemade quilts, baskets, carved wooden furniture, and jewelry is just some of the goods that the over 140 artisans will be showcasing.
There is also plenty of entertainment throughout the festival with a variety of musical performances. Throw in a pageant of local talent, a maple sugar camp, and fall foliage that will surely amaze and this seems like a no brainer to me! Head to Deep Creek for the weekend and make a day of checking out the Springs Folk Festival for some good old fashioned fun! Until next week when festival fever hits again with the Autumn Glory Festival, see you at the lake!