Staying on top of our game!

TMDCVS Airport Selfie!

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations& Sales has been overly busy lately both in the office and out. Company employees and owners recently returned from two national conferences both of which are known to be the biggest and most influential in the vacation rental industry.
The first conference the company attended was the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) Annual Conference held Oct. 26 through the 29th in San Diego, California­.

     “The VRMA Annual Conference is the largest gathering for the professionally managed vacation rental industry,” co-owner Jodi Refosco said. “Our participation at the Annual Conference proves our dedication to growing along with the industry, finding the very best way to serve our guests and owners, and always staying on or above the cutting-edge of industry trends.” 
     More than 1000 leading vacation rental industry professionals attended this year’s Annual Conference, which provides an unparalleled avenue for the vacation rental industry’s top influencers to exchange information and ideas through four days of educational sessions, networking opportunities and a tradeshow. This year’s VRMA Annual Conference was the largest event in the professionally managed vacation rental industry history.

     Jodi went on to say, “This year we took our largest group yet with over 10 employees and owners attending. With such a large array of classes and seminars being offered we wanted to make sure that we had someone from every department present.” Several of those from Taylor-Made also had the honor of presenting a session while there and Jodi was once again reelected to serve on the VRMA Board of Directors.

U.S. Midway

   Of course, all work and no play makes for a boring trip so the group was able to fit in some play time. We took an amazing tour of U.S. Midway a Navy Aircraft Carrier. (Not a good thing for those that are claustrophobic! or tall for that matter; Poor Joe!) We also got to spend a fun filled night with all VRMA attendees at The Wave House, which basically is just what it sounds like. One side of the park has the professional wave pool for those that know what they are doing and the other half is the training park for those that don’t. There were some causalities, I’m not going to lie but fortunately for me, I have video of it! (haha!) We also got to eat at some fantastic restaurants and basically just socialize with new and old acquaintances and friends.  

The gorgeous marina outside our hotel
We ate A LOT of food!

     TMDCVS employees and owners then left for Charleston, South Carolina for the Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals National Conference held November 10th-12th. Joe Refosco, President of the Board of VRHP, stated, “We were very pleased with this year’s outcome. Our membership grew to over 500 members. At the conference we were able to provide 8-9 informative sessions and several roundtables. We believe in creating the best housekeeping team we can and trading ideas with our peers is the way to do it.”
     All in all, it has been a busy month. The team is now gearing up for the holidays. It’s not to late to book your last minute Thanksgiving family holiday trip to Deep Creek Lake. Give us a call here at 1-866-351-1119 or online at www.deepcreekvacations.comto find the perfect vacation home for you and your family. We are now offering 3 nights for 2 for this weekend and how can you resist that kind of deal? Imagine how excited the family would be if you suddenly announced that you were heading to Deep Creek Lake to spend the holidays in the mountains? Outdoor hiking, horseback riding or maybe just relaxing in your bubbling outdoor hot tub? Snow! Yes, there is the possibility of snow as well! Call now! You know you want to! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
 

I suspect someone did a snow dance…..

Snow has officially fallen and stuck to the ground. Prepare for Winter! No one prepares for winter quite like we do here in Garrett County Maryland. Averaging more annual snowfall than Fairbanks Alaska, we are more than prepared to tackle several feet of snow at a time! Bring out the big state trucks, the salt & cinders, plus the numerous “Little Guys” that all have plows attached to the front and we pretty much keep things well covered. The first snowfall always brings a certain amount of excitement whether it’s kids that look forward to playing in it to those that are hopeful for a school “snow day” to the winter enthusiasts that are ready to break out their skis and snowboards! Snow excitement is in the air!
 
Speaking of enjoying winter fun, now is the perfect time to start planning your winter getaway. Holidays are popular times to be at Deep Creek Lake so smooch up to your boss for your future days off and then call us! Ski in/ Ski out homes are very popular so if you want the best choice of which one will accommodate your group then I highly suggest that you start looking now before it’s last minute. Because we are the only ski resort in the state of Maryland and only 3 hours from Washington/ DC area, we are a quick and easy winter escape. Not big on skiing? Snow tubing is a lot of fun and requires very little skill only than to hold on! (Perfect for someone like me who can’t even stand up on skis, let alone try to glide on them…)
 
Maybe you don’t even need to be outdoors. Cuddle up in front of a crackling fireplace with a favorite book as you take in the breathtaking snowy mountains through the wall of windows in your mountain chalet. Awww, yes! Visions of hot chocolate, snow angels, kids learning to ski, ice skating and more are drifting through your head. The mountains are calling and you must come and play! Call us today to plan your winter playtime 1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Honoring those who have served!

While the temperatures here at Deep Creek Lake have been a little fickle as of late, sometimes plunging into “Whoa! Wake Up!” kind of chilly, the past 2 days have been close to perfection. Bright blue skies, lots of sunshine, and the lake has taken on that dark cerulean blue which adds a certain beauty to the atmosphere despite the fallen leaves. I love this time of year at Deep Creek!
Today is Veteran’s Day and we would like to take the time to honor all of those that have, are, and will serve our country and protect our freedoms! Our gratitude is profound and great!
 With that we extend a true thank you and shout out to our very own, Gary Paugh! Gary is our Maintenance Superintendent who proudly served our country in the U.S. Army for 23 years! He is also possibly one of the nicest, hardest working, most genuine kind of guys that you may ever have the pleasure to encounter. To us at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or www.deepcreekvacations.com), he is our “Go To, Find the Problem; Fix the Problem” maintenance guy that basically helps keep our maintenance department running so smoothly! Need a special part ordered? Gary’s already on it. Guests call in and can’t figure out how to adjust the heat, Gary will stop by and show them! His work ethic is superior so he is definitely a humungous asset to our company but his awesome attitude and friendly personality make him our friend and favorite coworker! Point~ Every Christmas Gary happily puts on our Santa Claus outfit and poses in front of the fireplace and Christmas tree for pictures of all of the little kids that come to visit. (Yes, even the coworkers joined in because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to tell Santa want they really, really want for Christmas!) Christmas parties, end of summer parties, corn hole or whiffle ball tournaments, soup cook offs, or whatever we here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales want to celebrate, Gary is there ready to have a good time (he also wins a lot of the tournaments and likes to eat a lot so that could also have something to do with it…) So, again, thank you Gary for serving and protecting us and for basically just being you!
Since I’ve already bragged about the awesome weather we are having and since you know that you could really, really use some relax and unwind time, give us a call! Grab the girls for a weekend getaway or just pack up the family and make the short drive (2 ½ hrs from Pittsburgh; a little over 3 from Washington/ DC area!)! Did I mention that we are offering all kinds of crazy specials such as Stay 3 Nights for the Price of 2 and offering discounted 2 night stays (now for Thanksgiving as well!) and we are still in the “off season” rate time period! Insanely awesome specials! Just a call away!  We can’t wait to see you at the lake!