Deep Creek Lake’s 90th Birthday Bash!

The Dam was completed in 1925.

This year Deep Creek Lake is celebrating its 90thBirthday! How wonderful is that! In the early 1920s, the Youghiogheny Hydroelectric Company purchased land in Garrett County for the purpose of power generation. The tract that was chosen was where a large stream called Deep Creek flowed into the Youghiogheny River. A large earth and rock wall dam was built and completed. The 12 mile long reservoir filled with water and formed Deep Creek Lake, the largest inland body of water in the state of Maryland. Over the years, Deep Creek has grown in popularity as many continue to discover the scenic beauty of our area and of course the many recreational activities that one can do on the lake! We were recently named by TripAdvisor as one of the “Rising Vacation Rental Destinations of 2015” and it’s easy to see why. Summer days are spent swimming and playing on the lake. Cruise the lake by boat, take the kids for a ride on the water tubes or rent a jet ski for a morning of adventure. Canoes, kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, water trampolines, the list of toys is long and plenty! For those that are looking for something a little more tranquil, bring your fishing boat for a quiet morning out on the lake! Even in the winter months, people take advantage of the frozen lake for ice fishing and snowmobiling. All of these awesome activities because man decided to create a lake and this year marks 90 years that people have been enjoying that choice!
Water skiing in the 70s!
In celebration of this historic event, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is hosting a FREE outdoor family movie night tomorrow evening here at our office (Saturday June 13th). We will be showing ‘Night of the Museum 3’! Bring your lawn chairs, enjoy fresh popcorn and a fun night watching the movie under the stars!
Water Skiing Today!

Still haven’t finalized your plans for summer? All of our vacation rental homes are now allowing for partial week stays (3 night minimum) for the next two weeks of June so it’s the perfect time to visit for a few days! With the warmer temperatures, take advantage of that lake that we are celebrating and spend a few days on it!
Give us a call (1-866-351-1119 or online and let us help you find that perfect vacation rental home. We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #lakelife #livingthedream #closetoDC

Plan your “Spring Fling”!

If you are at all familiar with Deep Creek Lake and our mountainous region, then you may know that our seasons tend to run a little different than most areas. While most regions get to experience Spring in March and April, our Spring starts closer to May. Once it finally comes to bloom, it is nothing short of spectacular. It’s the simple acting of waiting. Now the wait is over and it’s time to call to book your family’s spring getaway at the lake! Docks are in the water and most marinas are now open and ready to start the boating rental season. Rent a pontoon to take the whole family out and experience Deep Creek from the “inside perspective”! Truly a delight! The trees have buds, wildlife is scampering about, and the mountains are turning a beautiful lush green! Don’t think that there is anything to do? Hiking at one of the many state parks, golfing at our top notch golf courses, boat rides, horseback riding, and our list of activities is long and full of all kinds of family fun!
 We are running some amazing specials now as well. If you haven’t made plans for the Memorial Day weekend, you can now reserve 3 nights for the price of 2! Give us a call and let us help you find your dream vacation home (1-866-351-1119 or online Speaking of “Dream Home”, don’t forget that we also now sell real estate. Imagine not only getting to visit your favorite vacation area but you get to live there too!
Spring is finally upon us! Come experience the true beauty that Mother Nature offers us here at Deep Creek Lake! Call today, we can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #taylormadevacationrentals #springfling #marylandmountains

It’s Only Fair to Let You Know….

Everyone loves the Ferris Wheel!

If you are arriving in Deep Creek this weekend, then you can consider yourself extra fortunate, for this week is the Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair held here in McHenry! That means a lots of live entertainment, fair rides, exhibition booths, farm & tractor demos, and of course, food!! So many yummy options to choose from.  What’s your preference? Candy apples? Funnel Cakes? Personally, I am a cotton candy kind of gal myself. Without a doubt if you do attend, you must stop by the local Rotary Booth to try some of their fresh cut Rotary French Fries. A true Garrett County staple loved by so many! (Did I mention that calories consumed while at the fair have no substance? I’m not sure why but I truly believe in this. I think riding the rides has something to do with it!)

For a mere price of $10 per person, you not only get into the fair but you get all access to all of this including the rides! The rides usually run throughout the day with a small break for an hour or so in the early evening and then back and running until 11pm. Throughout each day, you can usually find some entertainment in the stage booth, derbies and demos each evening and of course, you can stroll through the barns at any time to see all of the wonderful crafts and goodies that people have submitted in the hopes of winning the coveted “Blue Ribbon”. It’s also neat to walk through the animal barns to see all of the animals that are local youth so lovingly took care of and raised and are now proudly displaying for show or sale. The fair opens tomorrow night for the rides and then all other activities running through the week until the following Saturday, August 2nd!  For complete details check out their website. .  It is definitely a fun time for the whole family.

We saved you a seat!!
If you haven’t booked your Deep Creek summer stay yet then I suggest you hurry up. August will soon be on us but there is still plenty of time to make plans! Water tubing on the lake, hiking at Swallow Falls State Park, kayaking tours with All Earth Eco Tours (, white water rafting at ASCI or with one of the local rafting companies! There is so much to do! Give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales and let us help you find that perfect vacation home. Don’t forget that we now do sales as well and Jay and is here and more than happy to help you find that amazing home for you and your family. Give us a call @ 1-866-351-1119 or online! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

A Taylor-Made Shout Out!!

Gary chilling with his dog Theo!
As we here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales prepare for another exciting summer season, we sometimes need to step back and acknowledge all of the hard work and dedication that our employees give in order to make that happen. Today we give a big heads up and shout out to Gary Paugh who was recently promoted to Maintenance Supervisor. Gary is a retired Army Veteran who proudly served our country for 23 years! He came to the Taylor-Made family on April 12, 2010 and has continued to “WOW!” since then. Under this new title and responsibility, Gary will oversee the other maintenance technicians. One of his top priority duties will be seeing to the completion of what we call “Service Orders”. What does this mean? A good example would be that our inspectors are out preparing their homes for a guest’s arrival and they notice that the outdoor porch light is out but a ladder is required. They call this in and it is entered in as a “Service Order” to be completed before the arrival. Gary helps to follow up with the assigned technician to make sure this is completed. Is there something in the house that requires a special order or part? Gary is our “Go To” on finding the long term solution or repair. His helpful demeanor and pleasant attitude makes him easily approachable for help or just to work with in general. Gary has won many “Customer Service” games and awards that Taylor-Made has had over the past several years including being named the winner of our summer “Hunger Games” challenge 2012 in which he won the grand prize of a 32 inch flat screen TV! Gary’s goals with Taylor-Made are long term as he believes he will eventually retire from here. When asked what his favorite thing is about working at Taylor-Made, Gary will tell you that he enjoys working for a family oriented company and that he gets along very well with all of his co-workers. His job changes day to day and he is able to keep busy which makes coming to work every day a new adventure. So, a big Thank You to Gary for all that you do for us! We are so lucky to have you and Congrats on your new position as Maintenance Supervisor!
Beautiful Day @ The Lake!
Gorgeous weather here at Deep Creek Lake over the past few weekends makes now the perfect time to get in that last minute trip before summer officially kicks off. Go online or call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales ( or 1-866-351-1119!) and let us help you find that perfect Deep Creek home! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

More than a mere toy….


We have been busy here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales getting ready for another exciting and busy summer season. Our house inspectors have been spending extra time in the homes making sure that deep cleans are being done, lawns are manicured, grills are ready, basically ensuring that the home is in tip top shape for our summer guests. All of our docks are in so if you are able to sneak away for a quick trip, now is the perfect time to do so! Don’t forget that we are the experts when it comes to helping you find that perfect Deep Creek or Vacation home! Give us a call at 1-866-351-1119 or go online at
Taylor-Made recently obtained a new “toy” that is causing a great deal of excitement! When I first heard that we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new Phantom 2 Vision, I was less than impressed. It sounded like some geeky tech toy that didn’t pertain to me. However, when it did show up, my thoughts changed quickly. This “Drone” is essentially a jazzy remote control airplane but much more technically advanced. Did I mention that it also looks really cool (It has lights that blink around the bottom!)? With 4 propellers it can quickly take flight. This is when you take advantage of the new built in HD video camera! Here you are able to take some amazing videos or still shots. You have found the perfect Deep Creek home but are curious about how close your neighbors are or what kind of distance you have to reach your lake access dock slip? Now we can provide you with that video option. When you stop in to see Jay about helping you buy your Deep Creek home he can give all of this additional information! (Just a reminder, Jay Ferguson is our Taylor-Made Deep Vacations & Sales realtor and your “go to” when it comes to buying or selling property in Garrett County!) We recently were able to take the drone up to ASCI (The Adventure Sports Center International and the venue for the ICF Canoe/ Slalom World Championships!) to video Team USA practicing on the course. I have included some photos that were recently taken by our Phantom 2 Vision and the results are pretty amazing! Now, I understand the excitement!

Gorgeous Spring Day!
Tall Castle!

Don’t forget that next weekend is the McHenry Highland Festival of Mountain Maryland! Come took base with Scottish Roots for this family friendly festival held on Saturday the 7th at the Fairgrounds! A great time to experience the lake and one of our annual festivals! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Ceud mille failte! (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!)


      Guests that were fortunate enough to visit Deep Creek Lake over the Memorial Day weekend were blessed with some amazing weather. Bright blue skies and lots of sunshine made for playing on the lake ideal. Last week was an exciting week here in McHenry as we welcomed Team USA back to ASCI as they spent the week training! It was fun to watch these superb athletes use their sheer skills and dedication to tackle the man-made white water rafting course which will also be the venue for the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships that are being held here September 17th-21st (Look for more blogs to come on this super exciting event! As always, it was nice to see our sponsored athlete, Casey Eichfeld, who took a few minutes to stop by and say Hello! He along with the rest of team are now over in London getting ready to compete in the World Cup Circuit for the United States! Of course, we wish him the best of luck and a safe trip!


So, Memorial Day is over and you didn’t get a chance to escape to the mountains? This weekend (June 6th) is the perfect time to plan that Mountain getaway. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is waiting to help you find that premiere Deep Creek home! (1-866-351-1119 or online This weekend you also get the added bonus of enjoying one of Deep Creek’s annual festivals, The McHenry Highland Festival of Mountain Maryland! Held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds here in McHenry, you can let yourself be transformed back in time where the traditions of Highland music, games, and dance come alive! Visit the Clan tents and Celtic vendors. Kiss the highland cattle, watch the collies herd sheep, or pat an Irish Wolfhound. This family fun Celtic celebration is perfect for the young and young at heart! This all day event begins at 10 am Saturday where you’ll hear the skirl of the pipes and Celtic music, see traditional athletic games, and watch Irish line and Scottish country dancing. Vendors will be selling such items as handcrafted Celtic jewelry, pottery, artifacts, stained glass, handmade wool rugs and clothes, art prints, and wrought iron. Learn more about your clan history at The Glen. Check out the Celtic dogsborder collies herding sheet, and Highland livestock. Enjoy a variety of food, including Scottish deli items, shortbread, and, of course, sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and fries. For more information on this festival, go to their website Definitely worth checking out!
Summertime at Deep Creek is definitely the place to be! Have you planned your stay? We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Exciting New Things Are Happening @ Deep Creek!

The view from my window today is telling me that this is the kind of Deep Creek day that really makes you want to play hooky. Bright blue skies, lots of sunshine and the temps are running into the mid 70’s, basically a perfect spring day! Things have been busy here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales as we are gearing up for another busy yet successful summer season.

S’mores anyone?
 Have you finalized your Memorial Day plans yet? Call now to take advantage of our “Reserve 3 nights for the price of 2” special that we are offering (1-866-351-1119 or online Boating around the lake, bonfires at night, golfing @ Lodestone or Wisp, hiking at one of the many state parks; I can think of no better way to kick off the summer season with any of these choices. Throw in a free night and this seems that a brilliant plan! Pick up the phone, it’s that easy.

Jay, Chad, Jodi, & Joe
TMDCV made a big splash earlier this month when they announced that they were starting a Real Estate company! Yes, it’s true. We are now officially Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation Rentals & Sales; Jay Ferguson, a local real estate agent has partnered up with Taylor-Made for this new and exciting endeavor. Jay grew up in Garrett County which gives him a vast knowledge of not only Deep Creek but the entire region as well. Jay started his career at Long & Foster Real Estate in 2000 and won the “Rookie of the Year” award. Jay’s dedication and determination was evident when he became a member of the coveted Gold Team (annual sales of 5+ million dollars) and continued this every year thereafter. In his last year at Long & Foster, he earned the Hall of Fame designation. In 2010, he moved to Railey Sales where he continued to provide outstanding service to those looking to buy or sell their homes. Recently, he earned the title of the #1 sales agent in Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake area for the first quarter of 2014. By bringing these two companies together, our Taylor-Made team is able to provide our clients with a one stop shop for all their property service needs. Your home is on the market and a potential buyer comes into the area at the last minute. The lawn needs maintained or the interior needs a housekeeping face lift. No need to call frantically around looking for an outside vendor who is available right away. Our property service are available 7 days a week if needed. Providing the best customer service and quality that goes above and beyond is important to Jay and all of the Taylor-Made team. Jay currently resides in Oakland with his wife Jessica, daughter Kayleah, and son Noah. So, if you are considering buying or selling a home or property in our area contact Jay by calling him at 301-501-0420. Welcome aboard, Jay! We are excited to have you as part of the team!  Meanwhile, as always, we are here eagerly waiting to help you plan that perfect Deep Creek vacation. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!