Deep Creek Lake Vacation Specials & Employee Fun!

While Mother Nature hasn’t quite made up her mind lately on whether we should have spring or winter weather here in our mountainous region, we are still encouraging our guests to visit and take advantage of some of the awesome out of season discounts we are offering right now!Man Haus

Newly constructed and new to the vacation rental market, our home Man Haus is offering 15% off any stay from now through June 25th! This is truly a luxury log home that boasts all of the amenities one needs for a fabulous Deep Creek getaway. Gleaming hardwood floors, an impressive stone fireplace, a state of the art gourmet kitchen, and elegant furnishings are just some of the highlights this home offers. Add in the level lakefront with a private dock, Air Conditioning, steaming outdoor hot tub and more guarantees that you and your family will experience a relaxing stay.  Call 1-866-351-1119 to find out more about this special offer!

Browse all Deep Creek Lake vacation specials for spring!


In other Taylor-Made news, we recently held our annual Soup Cook Off. Going on our 6th year, this is a fun activity where we invite all of our employees to test their culinary skills by creating a favorite soup to be shared by all. We then have our “Celebrity Judges” choose their top three winners with the Grand Prize winner receiving a Telli’s Deli gift basket filled with goodies! Winners of this year’s contest were the following~ 1st Place Jason Nuce, 2nd Place Chris Rodeheaver, 3rd Place Laurra McClean, and People’s Choice Joe Refosco. A great time was had by all and we thank all of our employees that participated and the judges who took time to stop by and help out. It’s time to plan your Deep Creek stay, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Spring is in the Air: Deep Creek Lake Weekend Getaways

Warmer temperatures up here on the mountain this past week have been a pleasant surprise and are starting to entice the longing for true spring to arrive! Hard to believe that we are quickly approaching St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Breaks, and of course the “Springing Ahead” with the time this weekendBlue-2BSky.

We are so excited that our kids and many of the kids in the surrounding cities and up and down the East Coast will get to enjoy a few extra days off for either Easter, Spring Break, or both this year. Although Jonas heaped a pile of snow on us, we had less snowfall this year than normal, hence less makeup snow days. If you haven’t made your family plans, you should definitely consider a Deep Creek Lake weekend getaways.

Are you wondering what there is do at Deep Creek Lake in the spring? First, it’s the perfect time to get back outside, embrace Mother Nature, and explore our many state parks. Swallow Falls State Park is always a favorite choice and the #1 recommended “Must See” spots in Garrett County as it houses numerous waterfalls and nice walking trails. However, Deep Creek State Park and Herrington Manor also have nice hiking and mountain biking trails.


Wisp Resort is still offering some skiing options as well as the snow tubing park, ice skating rink, and the mountain coaster! All of which are enjoyable for kids of all ages as well as adults. Smiley’s Fun Zone has an awesome indoor arcade which includes laser tag, bowling, and a variety of arcade type games. They also offer Smiley’s Fun Value Cards which gives you bonus cash which can be used to save on food and the arcade.

Of course, there is also the many different shopping and dining establishments that we encourage you to patronage but we also do our best to find you the perfect vacation home so you have plenty to do whether you choose to head out and seek adventure or spend a casual afternoon at home bonding with friends and family.

We are currently offering some fantastic last minute specials and have even put together a “Family Fun Spring Package”! For only $85, this package includes a free night’s stay (3 day minimum), a free Early Check In or Late Check Out (a $35 value), 4 movie tickets, 4 CARC passes to our local Aquatic Center, and a $25 Cash card to Smiley’s with $25 Bonus cash added on! A fantastic deal that gives you and your family plenty of options of fun activities to do while visiting us here at Deep Creek Lake! Our location in Western Maryland makes us an easy destination for weekend getaways near Pittsburgh or the Baltimore/Washington, DC area.

Big Changes for Our Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Team!


Now Team Taylor-Made! Karen Myers, Karen Doerr, Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Bob Holcomb

Recently, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales proudly announced that Betsy Spiker Holcomb is now a co-owner of our Real Estate Company. The excitement continued when we got to announce that Betsy also brought her Real Estate Team with her which consists of Bob Holcomb, Karen Myers, and Karen Doerr. Each member has worked with Betsy for many years and together the team brings a true sense of unity as well as their vast knowledge of Deep Creek Lake and Real Estate experience.

Bob Holcomb has over 23 years of experience in golf course construction including the impressive Lodestone Golf Course on top of Wisp Mountain. He quickly fell in love with Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County. As a Buyer Specialist, he uses his extensive knowledge and wisdom of the area, to assess his client’s needs and is a true asset to the Real Estate Team. Asking Bob how he felt about joining the Taylor-Made team he quoted, “I couldn’t be more excited to have this opportunity with such an amazing group of people. Taylor-Made is a family-based business that treats their employees and clients with integrity and respect.  You can feel the positive and professional aura when you walk through the door.  With the combination of a strong support staff and the use of cutting-edge technology, I think we can represent a significant portion of the real estate market share at Deep Creek Lake.”

Well-known throughout the area, Karen Myers is a true real estate consultant and brings a wealth of Garrett County Real Estate knowledge and experience to both buyers and sellers. Her list of accomplishments is immense as she as taught the real estate pre-licensing course or trained nearly 40% of Garrett County Realtors, assisted in the development of 50 subdivision communities, guided a Planned Residential Development and dealt with governmental regulation at all levels- local, state and federal. It’s easy to see how her keen insight into Deep Creek Lake real estate will benefit area buyers and sellers as well as our team.

Karen Doerr is a licensed Assistant, Transaction Coordinator and Marketing Specialist to Betsy and her team.  She has handled the marketing of hundreds of properties over the last 12 years and is the very best at what she does. Clearly her experience and background will be greatly appreciated by both the Taylor-Made Team and to the clients that she interacts with on a daily basis.

If you’re interested in more information on Deep Creek Lake real estate, call 1-866-351-1119, Ext. 3 or browse area listings now.

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Stunning Photo of Wisp’s Ski Slopes @ Night!

As the Taylor-Made Family continues to grow in both the Real Estate field and Vacation Rentals, our goal of “Creating Memories & Exceeding Expectations” is still and always will be a #1 priority. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Snowfall Update & the 2016 Deep Creek Dunk!

You are invited to a Snow Play Date!

Garrett County and most of the East Coast got a large dose of snow last weekend thanks to winter storm Jonas. This, of course, was awesome for Wisp Resort and for the skiing fanatics. Currently they have 28 trails open and fresh snow is coming down as I type this. Basically it’s a perfect time to plan an impromptu ski trip with your friends and family. We’re offering some amazing last minute discounts on some of our vacation rentals.

One of our most popular homes, American Pride, is now offering over $150 off this weekend’s stay. Located in the prestigious community of Blakeslee, this home offers all of the comforts of home and more! The Great Room is extremely inviting with plush leather sofas, a large flat screen TV, and a cozy gas fireplace. For those that have a passion for cooking, the gourmet kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, gorgeous granite countertops and is fully stocked with everything you need whether you are creating a large feast or just a simple lunch. Downstairs in the Family Room, you and your guests can engage in a fun game of pool or just watch movies on the flat screen TV. Of course if you are spending the day at Wisp skiing or snow tubing, you have the luxury of knowing that the outdoor bubbling hot tub is waiting when you get home. Another great perk to this home is that guests have use of the community indoor swimming pool. It’s quite large and is a perfect way for the family to spend a lazy afternoon. American Pride is definitely one of Deep Creek’s premiere vacation homes and one that many of our guests return to time and time again. Again this weekend we are offering a huge discount so I highly recommend that you take advantage of this amazing deal!

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Stunning Winter Sunset over Deep Creek Lake!

On another note and just a reminder that the annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk is on February 20th and it’s easily one of our most popular festivals! Not only is it for a wonderful cause (it benefits Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities, as they enjoy the life-changing benefits of participating with Special Olympics Maryland) but it’s become a winter time tradition for many. That and it’s a lot of fun. Even for those choose not to dunk, it’s highly amusing seeing some of the extremely elaborate costumes that people come with and the facial expressions of those when they hit the water is priceless! If you haven’t made plans to attend, give us a call (1-866-351-1119 or online and we will happily help you find the perfect vacation home for you and your guests. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


An Exciting Announcement from Our Deep Creek Real Estate Team!

New Owners of Taylor-Made Real Estate
Standing: Jay Ferguson, Joe Refosco, Chad Taylor Seated: Jodi Taylor Refosco, Betsy Spiker Holcomb

There has been a whirlwind of enthusiasm swirling around the Taylor-Made offices these days! The obvious being the snowfall we received this week and that Wisp is now ready to handle the many skiing enthusiasts that are joining us in the mountains this weekend! Not only does Wisp have a bevy of fun filled activities going on, it’s also the perfect time to go hiking in the numerous State Parks in our area! We are looking forward to greeting our guests and helping them plan an adventurous weekend!

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is also very excited and pleased to welcome Betsy Spiker Holcomb as the co-owner of our Deep Creek Real Estate Division. Betsy, who was born and raised in Garrett County, brings a vast knowledge of Garrett County and an extensive background of Real Estate experience with her.

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations hit a milestone in 2014 with the expansion of a new Real Estate Division to the company. Acknowledging that a large portion of vacation rental homes were on the real estate market, it seemed only sensible to create a “one stop shop” for both buyers and sellers to handle all of their real estate and property management needs. Proudly welcoming well known Real Estate Agent & Sales Broker Jay Ferguson as co-owner, this vision quickly came to fruition. The company has continued to thrive and the Real Estate Team was proud to say that by the end of 2015, over 55 homes were sold with $16 million in volume.                                                                                                             Office with Wisp in Winter

Recently, Betsy made the choice to become co-owner of the Taylor Made Real Estate Company. Jay stated, “I am thrilled to add Betsy to our Taylor-Made family. It’s incredibly rare to add an agent with such an established brand and with such vast experience, let alone her production in our market. Perhaps the most impressive to me is her hands-on involvement in our community and her commitment to excellence.” Betsy, we warmly welcome you to the Taylor-Made Family!

Deep Creek Lake Winter Update

Wisp1.11.15-7After much anticipation, Deep Creek Lake winter weather has arrived! Wisp Resort is getting ready to operate on full gear very soon.

Currently there are 8 trails open including the snow tubing park, mountain coaster and ice skating rink so now is the ideal time to visit Deep Creek Lake.

For those that like to try something a little different, snow shoeing is also another adventurous activity to try while you are in the area. All Earth Eco Tours does some amazing tours throughout the Swallow Falls State Park area and is the perfect activity for the whole family (As one who is well known to be Adventure Challenged, i.e. clumsy, even I can say that I can accomplish this and I loved it!)

There are also various places to go cross country skiing around the area so don’t forget to ask about some of our favorite places to go when you call in! It’s always so surprising that we still get asked “What things are there to do at Deep Creek?” when we always answer “Everything!” Offering lots of terrific last minute specials on our Deep Creek Lake rentals, our Reservationists are ready to help you find the perfect home for your winter getaway! Give our office a call today (1-866-351-1119 or online at


If you haven’t made plans yet, don’t forget that the 18th Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk is coming up on February 20th. What has truly become a true Deep Creek Lake tradition for many, it is also a wonderful opportunity to help adults and children with special disabilities so that they may experience the joy of participating in the Maryland Special Olympics! Granted taking on the frigid waters of Deep Creek is no easy task but great fun is had by all and the costumes and outfits that you get to see is so worth it! Kiss, Pee Wee Herman, and Teen Wolf are just some of the many creative people you get see run in the water! Again, all for a great cause. Do you dare to dunk?  DSC_0104

Again, you must call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and let us help you find the home that fits your needs! The Snow is here! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #skiwisp #daretodunk

Good Deeds & Santa Claus!

Well, it’s official. We are not going to have a white Holiday this year. Since this is clearly not something that anyone can control, I think that we should just embrace it and take advantage of how comfortable it is outside. No need to dress in multiple layers and put on a snow suit just to go to the store. On the serious side though, it is nice that we can still go to the state parks and hike around. People are still jogging down Deep Creek Drive and there are several activities going on at Wisp right now (mountain coaster, canopy tours, Segway tours, and the ice skating rink). Besides if you are a last minute procrastinator and still having shopping to do, it’s much easier to lug your shopping bags from store to car when it’s not 10°. It will snow soon and balance will once again be restored to our mountain life. Nursing Home Donation
Taylor-Made employees once went above and beyond for our Holiday donation this year! Each year we choose a different organization or family in need to shop for! Every department pulls together to get the items on their assigned list. This year we choose to donate to Dennett Road Nursing Home, a local nursing home here in our area. We gathered boxes and bags of everything from crosswords puzzles, body wash, socks, blankets, calendars, CDs, and list goes on. It says a lot about our employees and why we are so proud of them. They give often and always in abundance. The satisfaction for everyone is knowing that we helped give to someone in need at this time of year. So, this is a big Thank You & Shout Out to our Taylor-Made Family!
untitled-4   Speaking of Taylor-Made, our annual tradition of Santa Claus stopping by the office will be happening on December 24
th from 10 am – Noon. Bring your wish list and stop by! We will having cookies, hot cocoa, Holiday stories and you can even get your picture taken with Santa! Fun times!   Wisp-44
You still have time to plan a last minute trip to Deep Creek for the Christmas Holiday! Can you image the sheer delight from the family to learn that Mom & Dad planned a last minute getaway! We are offering some fantastic last minute discounts so give us a call (1-866-351-1119 or online and let us help you find that perfect vacation home for your special stay! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Did someone say “Holiday Sale”?


While we have been teased with some snow dusting, we have not yet experienced a true Garrett County winter storm yet. We are being patient however, and still enjoy being outside in the warmer than normal temperatures.


If you are in the area this weekend, we recommend that you head over to Bear Creek Traders Christmas Open House running from Thursday the 10th through Sunday the 13th daily. For these 4 days, they are offering everything in the store @ a 20% discount! What a great deal! Trust me, you will definitely find something for everyone on your list at Bear Creek! NFL goodies, Deep Creek apparel, home décor, kid’s gifts, pet items, the list is truly endless (including what appears like an old fashioned candy bin filled with lots of sweet tooth goodies!). They also have a wonderful supply of winter wear; hats and clothes for kids of all ages and even stylish scarves and coats for women! Jewelry! Did I mention that they have jewelry? Earrings, rings, necklaces, watches, so many pretty things. The first thing that will catch your eye though is the big Santa Claus statue that greets you walk in the door. He already posed and camera ready! For those friends of yours that love to add to their holiday décor, they offer a great selection of everything from snowmen figurines, candles, Christmas tree decorations and much more! They will also be running some of their special December bargains and giving out a complimentary gift with each purchase (Who doesn’t love free gifts?). Definitely worth stopping by!

Bear Creek mugs Now is the perfect time to plan your winter weekend getaway! Give Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online and let us help you find the perfect vacation home for you and your friends! We are always running some fantastic last minute specials so please make a point of visiting our Specials Page if you are looking for a last minute escape! Wisp1.11.15-7

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well for the most up to date Deep Creek news (plus we like to post a lot of awe-inspiring photos of Deep Creek Lake! Give us a call today, we can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #weekendgetaway


Thankful & Waiting!

Wisp SnowDecember 1st! Wow. We were so happy to have so many of our guests and homeowners join us over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Of course this is why we are in this industry but we just love the idea of multiple families coming together to stay in our homes. Creating meals together, gathering around the fireplace in the Great Room, challenging each other to a game of pool. Lots of laughter and knowing that you are creating memories to last a life time. Mushy. I know but the holidays can easily hit your sappy, sentimental side. Again, it was nice to see so many familiar faces.

Although the warmer weather has been nice (perfect for hitting the state parks for some mountain hiking and biking), I think that we are all getting a little anxious for some snow! We are now offering a terrific discount for the January 8th weekend! Reserve any participating home for that weekend and we will give you a 15% discount off your stay. Just give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online and let us help you find your vacation home!  Talk about the perfect holiday to give your family and friends this year!

Wisp-44 Just a reminder that if you are in the area the weekend of December 4th & 5th, The 31st Annual Christmas In the Village will be going on at the Spruce Forest Artisan Village located in Grantsville (an easy 20 minute drive from the lake). If you have never attended, I highly recommend that you take the family and check it out! Fire warmed studios are kept festive by the candle luminaries that entwine throughout the village. You can enjoy live music and choral programs in the Village Church and have a chance to meet and speak to the local artisans who will be on hand peddling their ware. There will also be various kid’s activities, again making this the ideal family event! For more information, check out their website.

Happy Turkey Day!

Thanksgiving 2015 blogTurkey Day is almost upon us and you can start to feel the excitement in the Taylor-Made offices! We are so proud to once again announce that our work family had pulled together to donate for the Thanksgiving Holiday to local families in need! All together our employees donated enough food to feed multiple families. Corn, green beans, rolls, potatoes, pies, juice, fruit, the pile was Huge! Of course, we can’t forget all of the huge turkeys that rolled out of our office today! We are so proud that our employees always go above and beyond to donate and give!
Just a reminder for those that are visiting this weekend, the Festival of Trees begins on Friday @ 9 am and continues until Saturday. Basically it’s walking through a true winter wonderland where you get the opportunity to start your holiday shopping early by perusing the vendors’ tables. For the kids, they can have dinner with Santa, make crafts, pose with Frosty, and much more! Lots of fun for the whole family. Team Taylor-Made has been hard at work to create the perfect tree that they will donate for the live auction held on Saturday. I don’t want to give away the big surprise but all I can say is that it looks like a very colorful puff of cotton candy!
Wishing all of our friends, family, guests, and homeowners a Very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!