A whitewater rafting excursion!

Tackling the rapids
One of the perks of being a Taylor-Made employee is, that on occasion, we get the opportunity to enjoy some of the fun filled adventure that is offered in our area. Today we would like to extend a huge “Thank You” and shout out to ASCI (Adventure Sports Center International) for taking some of our crew on a whitewater rafting excursion! ASCI rests on top of Wisp Mountain and is the world’s only mountaintop whitewater rafting course! It is also the official venue of the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships which is a very exciting event for our area!
We arrived at ASCI in the late morning and went through a short demonstration on properly gearing up and some valuable safety instruction! With 3 boats and 3 guides, the group circled the 1/3 of a mile loop and even played around a bit. (Watching Shannon and Mandi shoot down one of the rapids was hilarious but they had such a great time!) It takes a lot of concentration but is a terrific teamwork builder so for those guests that are coming to Deep Creek for a work retreat, this is something you may want to consider. Anyone, thank you again, ASCI! We had a wonderful time and now we can’t wait to tell our guests about it! Also a thank you and shout out to Shawn C, one of our photographers, who sometimes guides there. He helped set everything up and even guided one of the rafts. Thanks Shawn!
My view on the way to work!

It’s hard to believe that the Autumn Glory Festival is in two weeks! If you haven’t made plans to attend, call today to check out some fantastic last minute deals we are offering! (Call us @Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations 1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) It’s a full weekend filled with the big parade, craft, car, and antiques shows plus so much more. It really is a wonderful family event that is worth checking out!
In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you @ the lake!

Festival Fun!

Autumn Glory Parade
Springs Folk Festival!
If you are joining us here at Deep Creek Lake sometime in the next week or two, I would suggest that you bring a sweater as the temperatures at night are beginning to cool down. Perfect bonfire weather if you ask me! There are some exciting events happening around the lake in the next month so now is the perfect time to plan a fall retreat.
The weekend of October 3rd is the annual Springs Folk Festival held in Springs, Pa, which is just a mere 30 minutes from Deep Creek Lake. This festival is a celebration of the arts, skills, and labors of their forefathers. Guests will be able to wander around the grounds and observe the women weaving and baking bread while the men replicate the days of threshing grain and hewing logs. Continuing performances of blue grass and gospel music can also be enjoyed throughout the weekend. Visitors will also have the chance to view the wares of over 140 artisans who will be showcasing paintings, baskets, wood carved furniture, quilts and more. Find you inner-kid again and enjoy the fresh made lollipops, kettle corn, and homemade ice cream. Authentic Dutch style food can also be tasted with sausage meals, pancakes, bean soup and fresh baked bread. If you are looking for something unique but fun and family-oriented, make the short drive to check it out!

The beauty of Deep Creek in the fall!
Speaking of festivals, it’s hard to believe but our Autumn Glory Festival is just around the corner coming up from October 10-13. Aside from the big Autumn Glory Parade, there is also the Fireman’s Parade, the Band & Color Guard competition, car shows and craft and antiques shows just to name a few. It’s one of the best times to visit Garrett County. If that doesn’t convince you, then simply come and enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage that takes over our area at that time of year! Call us at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and let us help you find the perfect home for your Deep Creek stay (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). Can’t make it that weekend? Let us know your dates and not only will we help you find the perfect home but we will give you lots of ideas of activities to do while you are visiting us! The air is crisp, the sun is shining and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

So Long to Summer!

The Gang!
Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations’ owners and employees recently celebrated another successful summer season with their annual “End of Summer & BBQ Cook-Off Party!” As a typical Taylor-Made affair, there was an abundance of food, fun, games and prizes. A great time was had by all. An overflowing buffet of food proved once again that there are many talented chefs amongst us (excluding myself as I am officially the “Bring Soda” gal; something I have come to terms with). Justin, from our Hot Tub Department, took home the coveted “Main Dish Grand Prize” for his scrumptious Hawaiian pork and Housekeeper Billi Jean won the “Main Side Dish Grand Prize” for her white potato salad. Both dishes were awesome and deserved to win! (For a full list of the BBQ cook-off winners, see our album on our facebook page.) A big thanks to everyone who put their culinary talents to use and contributed to our table. Joe, Jodi, & Chad continued showering us with goods as multiple other prizes were given out. Tying for 1st place in our “Above & Beyond “contest was Kim G from our Maintenance Department and Chris R from Reservations. They proved that they not only believe in giving the best customer service possible but they are more than willing to go above and beyond to help our guests, vendors, and coworkers! Heather & Jason from Housekeeping took 2nd place as their dedication was shown many times throughout the summer as they were always willing to go the extra mile and step in if need be! Way to go guys!

Taylor-Made would also like to give a heartfelt “Welcome” to all of the Savageman triathletes that are in the area this week. Savageman is an event known as the “voice of melanoma prevention, detection, care and cure.” Stop out and support these athletes at the finish line (Deep Creek State Park). The Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation and Garrett County Health Department will be offering complimentary skin cancer screenings on both Saturday and Sunday from 9:30-2:30. Best of luck to all participants! http://www.winthefight.org/savageman/index.htm In the meantime, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations is offering some spectacular Fall saving so call today (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) to plan your future Deep Creek stay. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Fall, Food, & Fun!

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Today is one of those “Wow” kind of Deep Creek days!  Clear blue skies and comfortable 70’s kind of weather. The lake is sparkling and the trees are still full, lush and bright green. September is one of my all-time favorite months! The air starts getting crisp in the evening, perfect for bonfires! Kids settle back into school, everything and everyone starts slowing down just a bit and let’s not forget football season! It’s the best time to gather with friends and family for an extended weekend getting away. “But what is there to do now?” What isn’t there to do? Give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and we will help you out. (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com)  If you’re lucky enough to be in the area this weekend, stop by the Garrett County Fair Grounds and check out the Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival that is being held there this weekend. A simple fee of $25 gets you into the festival where you get to enjoy wine samplings, live entertainment, various vendors selling various forms of their art, and kid’s activities. Beat the line and stop by our office and purchase your tickets there!

Deep Creek Discovery Center is beginning their “First Late Summer” Canoe tours this Saturday. Take a leisurely paddle through mountain cove with one of their naturalist! A superb way to celebrate your Saturday. Call soon as space is limited! 301-387-7067

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations would also like to give a huge shout out and heartfelt thank you to Fred and Christine from The Historic Stone House Restaurant & Country Inn for providing us with a scrumptious catered lunch today! Located in Farmington, PA, The Historic Stone House is a mere 30 minutes from Deep Creek Lake and they offer a full lunch and dinner menu that has something to offer everyone! If nothing else, stop by and check out their bar menu which features over 20 different beers on tap; the perfect place for catching all of the NFL action (or in this case Steeler Football!) I would have loved to add a picture of all of the delicious food they brought but this hungry crew dug in before I was given a chance! Smoked brisket, chicken and pulled pork went perfectly on the fresh made rolls. Fresh made coleslaw, potato salad and everyone’s favorite homemade creamy mac-n-cheese were also part of the menu. Absolutely wonderful food! Again, thank you so much, we loved it! http://www.stonehouseinn.com/dining  In the meantime, the mountains are calling and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!