Favorite Deep Creek Dunk Photos

Crazy costumes, the festive atmosphere and lots of happy faces are some of our favorite things about our Deep Creek Dunk photos. Benefitting Special Olympics of Maryland, we salute the brave dunkers who take an icy dip for a great cause.

Check our specials and make plans to be here on February 25 for the 2017 Dunk!

Deep Creek Dunk Photos

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5 Favorite Oakland Winter Fest Activities

Oakland Winter Fest Ice Carving

Oakland Winter Fest is normally held the Saturday and Sunday of President’s Day weekend each year.  Due to warm temperatures, the 2017 Winter Fest celebration was rescheduled for February 25 & 26. It is a great way to celebrate the season with friends and family. You can stroll through the historic downtown as you enjoy delicious food and fun activities.

I picked out 5 of my favorite Oakland Winter Fest activities that you absolutely don’t want to miss!

Oakland Winter Fest

Watch Master Ice Carver Bill Sandusky create beautiful sculptures. Each year, Bill travels from Erie, PA to create more than 30 unique ice carvings that decorate the sidewalks. You can watch his demonstrations or check out one of the interactive sculptures like the ice bowling alley that is a big hit with the kids! Continue reading 5 Favorite Oakland Winter Fest Activities

5 Tips for the Best Deep Creek Lake Summer Vacation

Deep Creek Lake Summer VacationIf you are planning a Deep Creek Lake summer vacation for your family, chances are you can’t wait until it is time to pack up the car and head to the mountains. Getting away with family is an opportunity to enjoy uninterrupted time with your favorite people as you make memories that will last a lifetime. It is one of the best ways to bond and build relationships.

Here are our tips for making the most of your Deep Creek Lake summer vacation:

Let the kids help plan the trip. Give them a chance to pick out an activity they want to do or a place they want to eat. They will love having a chance to contribute. Kids love visiting the aviary at the Discovery Center, riding the mountain coaster at Wisp Resort and kayaking at DCL State Park. Mountain State Brewing Co. has board games to keep you busy while you wait for your flatbread, the 26 inch “Abondanza” at Brenda’s Pizzeria is always a crowd pleaser, and be sure to check out The Greene Turtle’s Mac & Cheese.

Herrington Manor SunsetTake lots of pictures. Beautiful sunsets happen every night and are best viewed from homes facing the lake’s western shores. Herrington Manor State Park is also a great spot to watch the sunset. The water is often very still with great reflection that makes for a lovely photo. Dramatic selfie backdrops are around every corner at Deep Creek Lake – from towering waterfalls and a man-made whitewater course to pristine forests and soaring lake views. Continue reading 5 Tips for the Best Deep Creek Lake Summer Vacation

6 Reasons to Rent a Deep Creek Vacation Home

Deep Creek Vacation Rental

Vacation rentals are more popular than ever! According to a 2015 Phocuswright study, 1 in 3 travelers chose “private accommodations” over staying in a hotel.

That being said, there are still a lot of folks out there that haven’t experienced the perks of staying in this type of Deep Creek lodging option. I put together 6 reasons to rent a Deep Creek vacation home instead of staying in a hotel.

1.Vacation homes are budget-friendly. When you divide the cost of the rental home with family and friends, it is a surprisingly affordable option. You can often get a prime location and extra amenities when you combine resources. Continue reading 6 Reasons to Rent a Deep Creek Vacation Home

Deep Creek Dunk: A Complete Guide to Weekend Events

Deep Creek DunkThe Deep Creek Dunk is a favorite winter event that draws big crowds to that area each year. The 2017 Deep Creek dunk is February 25 at Uno Chicago Grill/the Honi-Honi bar. Taylor-Made is a proud sponsor of the festivities that benefit Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD).

If you’re not familiar, the Deep Creek Dunk was started in 1998 with the support of the Maryland State Police and Natural Resources Police. Individuals and teams commit to “dunking” in the icy lake water and raise funds for SOMD during the months prior. The day of the event takes on a festive atmosphere with music and a costume contest keeping everyone entertained.

Here’s the complete schedule for Deep Creek Dunk weekend:

Friday, February 24
Goosebumps & Grapes – Head to the Honi-Honi from 6-10PM for an evening of fire and wine. The $20 admission goes to Special Olympics. You can get toasty around the bonfire as you taste a variety of wine from Republic National Distributing Company. Continue reading Deep Creek Dunk: A Complete Guide to Weekend Events

Quick Guide: Deep Creek Lake New Year’s Getaways

Deep Creek New Year's GetawaysDeep Creek Lake New Year’s getaways are a favorite way to celebrate with family and friends. There are lots of fun activities, festive events, and the mountain scenery makes your trip all the more memorable. It is a truly special way to usher in the New Year.

Our quick guide includes reservation tips as well as events. I’ll keep it updated as area happenings are announced, so be sure to check back often.

Reserve your home early! I can’t stress that enough. Our homes typically sell out well in advance of the holiday. If you wait until December 1 to make plans, availability will very limited.

-If you are hosting a gathering at one of our homes, take the stress out of the festivities by having it catered or by picking up takeout. Visit our concierge page to see Deep Creek restaurants.

MoonShadow, in Accident, MD, is hosting a NYE party that features entertainment by Optimus Riff. A $20 ticket covers music, appetizer, dessert, and a champagne toast. Call 301.750.5094 for more info. Continue reading Quick Guide: Deep Creek Lake New Year’s Getaways

Upcoming Deep Creek Lake Holiday Events

Deep Creek Lake Holiday EventsDeep Creek Lake holiday events keep things festive in the mountain of Western Maryland throughout late November and early December. If you love unique, local art or are looking for fun kids’ activities, you won’t be disappointed.

It is easy to catch the spirit of the season when you experience fun activities with friends and family. The best way to start is to choose your perfect mountain home – maybe one with a cozy fireplace or bubbling outdoor hot tub – and then plan your trip around one of these favorite Deep Creek Lake holiday events.

FESTIVAL OF TREES GARRETT COUNTY
November 25-26 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds, 10AM-6PM
Benefitting the Dove Center, there are lots of family activities to enjoy. Breakfast with Santa, crafts, face painting, and more will keep the kids entertained. Plus, you can shop for holiday gifts from local artisans and vendors. Beautifully decorated trees are found throughout the exhibit hall, and they are auctioned off at 6PM on Saturday as the grand finale. MORE INFO Continue reading Upcoming Deep Creek Lake Holiday Events

Jodi Taylor Refosco Re-Elected to Vacation Rental Managers Association Board of Directors

Jodi Refosco Vacation Rental Managers AssociationWe are proud to announce that one of our owners, Jodi Taylor Refosco, has been re-elected to the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) board of directors. She will continue in her role as secretary.

Jodi, her husband Joe, and brother Chad Taylor founded Taylor-Made in 2008, but she has been part of the the vacation rental industry for 15+ years and a VRMA member since 2001. She is excited to continue serving as secretary. VRMA is an exceptional organization where members have an opportunity to learn from their peers as well as other industry experts. Jodi is passionate about making VRMA a leader in education, advocacy, and awareness for vacation rental managers.

Jodi is also active in the local Deep Creek community having served on the committee for the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, as well as the board of directors of the Garrett County Dove Center. She is a past recipient of the Young Entrepreneur Award from the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.

Peace of Mind for Deep Creek Winter Getaways

Deep Creek Winter GetawaysIt’s time to start thinking about Deep Creek winter getaways with family and friends. Last winter got off to a slow start with Wisp Resort opening after the December holidays. Skiers and snowboarders will be happy to hear that Wisp opened December 16th, and the 2016/2017 Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a cold and snowy winter for the Mid-Atlantic.

To give you peace of mind when you make reservations for Deep Creek winter getaways, we offer Red Sky Travel Insurance. It provides coverage when you purchase it more than 21 days prior to your departure date and 50% of the slopes at Wisp Resort are closed due to lack of snow. (December 15-March 30) Continue reading Peace of Mind for Deep Creek Winter Getaways

Virtual Reality: See Deep Creek Lake Homes in a New Way

We recently took our first step into the world of virtual reality to give you a new way to see Deep Creek Lake homes that are vacation rentals or real estate listings.

You can already get a good look at the inside of our homes using Matterport 3D tours. When those are paired with a virtual reality headset, you are completely immersed in a 360° experience of the property. Walk from room-to-room and see every detail just like you are there in person.

VR headsets are available in both of our offices and are an ideal way to see Deep Creek Lake homes when they are occupied. Many properties in this area are vacation rentals which sometimes makes it challenging for prospective buyers or renters to access the home. That’s where virtual reality comes in. This is a great tool for both our real estate and vacation rental teams. Continue reading Virtual Reality: See Deep Creek Lake Homes in a New Way