Something to Smile About!

Gotcha!
My boys & I were feeling a little playful the other day & since Smiley’s Fun Zone is one of Deep Creek’s most popular “play grounds”, we decided to head there! What an arrangement of fun activities for kids of all ages (and clearly, adults too!) Speed along the outdoor go kart course or try to soak your competition in the Smiley’s Bumper Boats! For those who like a slower pace, grab your clubs and try a round of mini-golf. The best thing about Smiley’s is that there are so many activities to choose from that you can literally make a whole day of it. We then enjoyed a delicious light lunch out on the deck. They have a large menu that includes pizza, wraps, salads, and more (not to mention their large variety of wings!) The kid’s menu has a nice selection to choose from and for those that need to keep entertained while waiting for the meal (Me!) they offer crayons to color the menu! To me, it’s just a nice place to eat while you enjoy the beautiful scenery of McHenry Cove. Afterwards, we spent some time inside playing arcade games and the boys finished with a rousing game of laser tag! All in all, it was a very successful day of family fun! I highly recommend that you bring out the inner kid in you and take the family!



Beautiful foggy morning on Deep Creek Lake!
It’s so hard to believe that the Worlds Canoe/Slalom is going to be here @ Deep Creek in just 2 days with the opening ceremony starting Wednesday night! The celebration begins at the CARC with live entertainment such as XPogo (featured on American’s Got Talent), a renowned steel drum group and a performance by our very own local Award Winning Boundless Energy from Brenda’s Body Shop! It continues to flow over to the Wisp with musical entertainment, cash & concessions, and a fireworks display! We have many different teams staying with us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales so it is exciting to invite them here to enjoy Deep Creek and the surrounding area. If you haven’t made plans to attend this, call now!! (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) Seriously, this is an Epic event that you really do not want to miss! We are running some spectacular last minute discounts so call today! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Wines & Worlds

Our Fall foliage is breathtaking!
September has taken off with a blast and it’s hard to believe we are already rolling into the 2nd week already. If you were visiting our area last weekend then you may have been lucky enough to attend our annual Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival. What an awesome turnout! There was a large variety of not just wine samples but a lot of awesome artisans and vendors. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales was there and we loved seeing so many of our homeowners and guests enjoying themselves. (Sandwiched between Deep Creek Sweets and Firefly Farms was a little rough. The smell of delicious fudge, smooth goat cheese and every wine imaginable was beyond tempting; we did some shopping on our own!) The Bounce House was a great hit with the kids and everyone enjoyed dancing and singing along to the various bands that were playing. Such a fun event! If you missed this year, please mark your calendars now and plan to attend!
 
Casey & Devin in prep mode!
The countdown to the Worlds Canon/Slalom Championships being held here in McHenry is on with the official World Championship Kick Off beginning Wednesday September 17th and ending on Sunday the 21st. As I type this, there are many different nations staying here at Deep Creek and practicing at ASCI in preparation for this historical event (There eventually will be over 35 nations here during the event itself! Wow!  Four full days of the world’s best canoers and kayakers competing for the title of #1. Definitely an exciting time to visit us here at Deep Creek. If you haven’t made your plans yet for this amazing event, call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find the perfect home for you and your guests. We are also currently running a special where if you reserve 3 nights, we will give the 4thnight free! Also, the first 10 Reservations that mention this special at the time of booking will receive 4 free event tickets! Definitely can’t beat that deal!
Tackling the course!
Give us a call today because we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

The Countdown is On!

Casey living his dream!
When news spread that ASCI (The Adventure Sports Center International located in McHenry, MD) was the venue for the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Champions, Deep Creek Lake was quickly engulfed with excitement and intrigue. It was embraced not only as a distinguished and honored event coming to our area but a chance for us to welcome a variety of guests to our area including those from abroad. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales wanted to become involved and knew the best way to do so would be to sponsor an athlete. Casey Eichfeld, a two time Olympian, seemed like the perfect choice as he was familiar with Deep Creek and had previously worked at ASCI as a raft guide and kayak instructor. Whitewater rafting was 2ndnature to Casey who began paddling with his dad at the age of eighteen months. He began slalom racing at the age of 5 and by 8 years of age, Casey was the youngest solo competitor at a U.S. Whitewater Slalom National! Casey continued to pursue his goal and in 2006 he and his friend Ricky Powell teamed up together for a 2 person canoe and became members of the National Senior Team. In 2008, Casey made the Olympic Team and placed 11th in the World. To date, Casey Eichfeld is currently ranked as the top C-1 paddler in the United States! Humble by nature but living out his dream, Casey quoted, “My proudest accomplishment up to this point is having participated in two Olympics. Granted I have not met my goal of a medal yet. Sharing that Olympic experience with so many other athletes who have trained and sacrificed just as I have is incredible. That feeling really engulfs you when you walk into the Opening Ceremonies and people don’t just see your flag, but they see you as athletes who worked hard to achieve your goals.” To learn more about or to support Casey in his dream, please go to his website. http://www.caseyeichfeld.us/

Our shadowbox display!
Here we are now just 23 days shy of this epic event and the excitement in Deep Creek is definitely evident. The fact that we get to share our beloved region with so many guests from all around the world is quite a privilege. We are excited to encourage Casey and his fellow Team USA members as they all strive to do their best and to accomplish their goals. If you haven’t made plans to attend this history making event being held from September 17th– 24th, call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find the perfect home for you and guests. If you are in the area, stop by our office and check out the amazing shadow box that are very talented coworker, Chris Sevigny, made for us. It contains one of Casey’s Olympian paddles that he donated to us to use for display for a while, a photo of Team USA and a copy of our brochure with their autographs. We love it! Don’t miss out on this memorable event! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Go Team USA!

My job has many perks and today was a perfect example of that! When I was told that I was going to interview the Olympic C-1 Slalom paddler that Taylor-Made is sponsoring for the Deep Creek 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, I was excited! How often do we have someone from Team USA walk through our front door? Casey Eichfeld is a 23 year old young man who has been canoeing for as long as he can remember and actually began slalom racing at the age of 5. He is currently ranked as the top C1 paddler in the United States. He hails originally from Pennsylvania, has impeccable manners, and you can tell that he generally loves what he does for a living. When he isn’t spending time training for events, he uses his time to teach and coach group and private clients around Charlotte, NC where he currently resides.
He is a world traveler visiting many different cities and actually just came back from Prague where he came away as National Champion of the C-1 Slalom race! He is a 2 time Olympian and we @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations are proud and excited to be sponsoring him and helping me to obtain his dream!
Interesting facts about Casey (I give credit to the off the wall ones to Chad who thought my questions were to “ordinary”):

·        Casey trains on average 20 hours a week which includes time in the water and in the gym.

·        In Sports Illustrated for Kids September 2000 edition, Casey was listed as a future “Olympic Hotshot”

·        Once in Beijing, Casey had the chance to eat a scorpion on a stick. He declined.

·        Casey paddled whitewater from the time he was 2 years old

·        Casey took dance lessons for 7 years to help with balance and flexibility for his back

Best of luck to you Casey! You truly are a remarkable person and we look forward to watching you thrive!
Some fantastic last minute deals to be had by Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations. Take advantage and visit us next weekend for our annual Autumn Glory Festival. Call today @ 1-866-351-1119 or go online www.deepcreekvacations.com. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!