Gary, Gary….He’s Our Man!!

Mountain life is treating us well here in Garrett County these days. Leaves are beginning to change just in time for the much anticipated Autumn Glory Festival that is being held the 2nd weekend of October. It’s a wonderful festival that includes craft & car shows, a German “Oom Pah” festival, a Grand Feature Parade, band playoffs, the list is endless. A definite “must check out” event. Don’t forget to call us @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119) or look us up online @ www.deepcreekvacations.com to get some great deals on last minute reservations!
We have decided to try something a little different on our blog this month. Each month we will introduce you to a featured employee. Many of our renters have been staying with us for many years and we here at the Reservationist Department have the pleasure of getting to know them and see them when they visit. We thought it would be nice for our renters to get know the rest of our Taylor-Made Family, those that play an intricate part of our company but work more “behind the scene” so to speak.

This month, we would like to introduce you to Gary Paugh, one of our hardworking Maintenance Technicians. Gary has been with our company for the past two and half years and resides in nearby Terra Alta, West Virginia. Garywas recently named our “Hungry Games” winner (Grand Prize was 32 inch flat screen tv!! Lucky!!) . This game was designed to acknowledge employees for their stellar customer service skills whether this is a compliment from a guest or for work awarded for going above and beyond. We frequently hear from our renters that “Gary, came right out to help us. He was very polite and very helpful”. It’s no surprise to us that Gary came through as victor! We are also pleased to say that Gary is an Army Veteran having served our country for 23 years! In his spare time (which we sometimes allow him to have…) he likes to spend time hunting, fishing, and playing basketball (he also rocks at Corn Hole!!) This past year he took classes in Atlantic City and became a certified hot tub technician as well. He plans to stay with Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations for many years to come! So, this month, we give a big shout out to Gary!! You have a great sense of humor, you are always a pleasure to work with, and you do a phenomenal job. If you happen to see Gary while you are out and about, be sure to say Hello!

Mountain memories are waiting to be made! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

The fun starts now….

Funland. Even the name is fun to say. Funland, a family fun center located in McHenry, has been around for as long as I can remember. Open during the warmer months, it is the perfect place for the family to enjoy of bevy of activities. We usually pack the kids in the car and enjoy a full day of fun. I tend to get a little competitive so we generally start with a game of mini-putt putt on their 18 hole miniature golf course. Obstacles include everything from swinging windmills, bridges, and even a rock waterfall. After I have successfully won, we usually head into the arcade. While my boys are fans of the racing car/ motorcycle games, I am more of an old school skee ball girl myself. Other fun activities include the large climbing wall, go karts, bumper cars, and the carousel. You can take a break somewhere in between and go to Deep Creek Pizza located next door. They have awesome pizza, wedgies, and don’t forget the Hershey’s hand dipped ice cream! Can you say “Yum”? It’s definitely a cool place for kids and adults alike! Stop by and check them out the next time you are in the area.

The feeling of Fall is definitely upon us as the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are already beginning to change. We are still running some fabulous specials so now is the time to call the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations office (www.deepcreekvacations.com) and speak to one of our reservationist about our “Stay 3 nights for the price of 2” deal! (1-866-351-1119) Now that the lake has calmed down, it would the perfect time to rent a boat from one of our local marinas. Take a relaxing ride around the lake and check out the exquisite scenery our area offers. If you don’t want to rent a boat, High Mountain Sports (www.highmountainsports.com) and Wisp Resort (www.wispresort.com) offer guided boat tours. Also, don’t forget that next month is our annual Autumn Glory festival, which features Octoberfest, the German festival known as “Oom Pah” and a grand feature parade that was named by MSN as one of the top fall festival’s in the world. A definite “must go” event. Call today to reserve your vacation home and mark your calendar for this exciting event. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

So Long Summer… Welcome, Fall!

Some of our gang!
Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations’ owners and employees wrapped up the summer season with their annual “End of Summer Party/ BBQ & Side Dish Cook Off”! What a fun evening! I must say that we do have some very creative culinary artists amongst us! Employees brought everything from casseroles, salads, chicken wings, ribs, and more! And then, the judging commenced. (I knew I was doomed when I didn’t even want to taste my own dish. Guess it is back to bringing soda pop & chips for me). Grand prize for the BBQ cook off went toSean, our housekeeping coordinator, for his amazing wings. Dawn, from laundry, following up with runner up for her meatballs (her dishes always win so this was not surprising!) Alicia, one of owner reps, took the Grand prize for her corn casserole; Tiffany followed as runner up for her cheesy hash brown potatoes! All in all, everyone brought some truly amazing dishes. Lots of games were played by adults & kids alike (I think that we could form one heck of a Taylor-Made Corn hole Team.. maybe even go national!) Joe, Jodi, and Chad once again showed great appreciation to their employees with lots of cool prizes and giveaways. Finally, Joe announced the winner of our company game, The Hungry Games, where employees vied for the coveted spot as being named top dog in customer service.  Gary, one of our hardworking maintenance guys, definitely had the odds ever in his favor. He took home the Grand prize, a 32 inch flat screen TV! Congrats, Gary, you definitely deserve it! Anyway, it was a wonderful gathering and a perfect way to end the summer season.
Crazy Zachary!
The feeling of fall is definitely in the air as the nights are becoming slightly brisk but the day temps have been in the mid-70s; perfect in my opinion. If you are in town this weekend, don’t forget to check out the SavageMan Triathlon, named the #1 World’s Hardest! This event, which brings athletes from all over, benefits the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation http://www.melanomaresource.org/. This wonderful charity works to help educate, prevent, detect, care, and cure melanoma.

Now, is the perfect time to get away for a relaxing and peaceful getaway.  If you are coming with your significant other, don’t forget to ask one of the reservationists @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations for information on our “Romance Package”. For a mere $30, you can purchase the package which consists of a $25 gift certificated to a local restaurant, a special Deep Creek memento, a $25 gift certificate to Bello’s Portraits, a gift certificate to a local beverage spot, and a free late check out if available. A wonderful deal and an excellent way to surprise your loved one! In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

For Today’s History Lesson…

Life at the lake is beginning to calm down now that the Labor Day holiday has passed but it’s still a great time to get away for some little R & R. While there is still an abundance of activities going on in the area, now is the time to just visit and enjoy the area and scenery. Hints of leaves changing and the night time air begins to cool, perfect for gathering around an outdoor fire pit. For those, who have a love of history, Garrett County is an interesting study. As you enter our area, you will have the pleasure of driving through the small town of Accident. This is Town USA exemplified. While it is wonderfully decorated with some great shops, it is also the sight of the historical, Drane House. 

Tucked away on a quiet country lane, just off of Rt. 219 in Accident, is the site of the historical Drane House.  The Drane House is a key landmark in the early history of Western Maryland and a vital part of its heritage.  In fact, it is believed to be the oldest standing structure in Garrett County today.
The Drane house was built in 1798 by William Lamar and was given to his sister and her husband, Priscilla and James Drane in about 1800.  The Dranes and their eight children migrated to Western Maryland from the tobacco farming area of Prince George’s County.  James envisioned himself a country gentlemen, raising a large acreage of tobacco with the aid of slave labor.  Frontier life required long hours of arduous work to provide the basic necessities of life.  Their family was one of several who attempted tobacco culture in Garrett County’s early days.  These early settlers from Southern Maryland and the Piedmont Plateau never achieved the prosperity from tobacco farming that they anticipated.  Expecting rapid development, they did not realize the difficulties of farming mountainous terrain. Their efforts were ultimately thwarted by the combination of severe winters, poorly constructed dirt roads and the great distance to market.  While many were driven back to their former homes by the loneliness and isolation of mountain life, the Dranes changed their methods to general faming and occupied the home until their deaths. 

Over the years, the Drane House had a variety of owners and occupants.  In 1952, it became vacant and fell into a state of overall disrepair.  It was officially into the National Register of Historical Places in 1985, and shortly thereafter a group of concerned citizens formed the Accident Cultural and Historical Society in order to explore options for the deteriorating home.  The town purchased the property and was able to begin restoration through a series of grants.  Architectural and archeological experts were called upon to reconstruct and preserve the landmark home.  The Drane House is additionally significant because of its architecture, representing a highly unusual combination of the log and frame construction techniques.  They carefully dismantled the building one log a time, then reassembled it with old and new logs.  Taking years to complete, the massive restoration project was finished in 1994. 

Today, the site is open daily to be viewed from the exterior and open for tours of the interior by appointment.  The inside is furnished with period furniture, some of which actually belonged to the Drane family.  Significant for its architecture and its association with the early settlement of Garrett County, the Drane House is a window into pioneer life on the mountaintop.  For more information or to schedule a tour please call the Accident Town Hall (301) 746-6346. 

It is definitely worth the visit. Afterwards, stop and visit some of our local friends. Firefly Farms has a wonderful variety of cheeses and wines. Mountain Flour Baking Co. can cure any sweet tooth and Annie’s Country Kitchen offers amazing “comfort food”. 

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations are still taking last minute reservations for this weekend for the Annual Art & Wine festival held here in McHenry. Call today for more details and let us help you find your perfect vacation home.  In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!