What’s New at Deep Creek Lake – Summer 2016 Edition

Discover what’s new at Deep Creek Lake for summer 2016! Recent additions to the area include dining, amusement and shopping options to experience along with your old favorites.  The next time you are in town, stop by one of these fine establishments:

new at deep creek lake

Splash Island at Will O’ the Wisp – 20160 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD – 301.928.4507
Check out the first (and only) inflatable water park at Deep Creek Lake! Fun and thrills await for the entire family.

Deep Creek Seafood – 200 Quarry Road, Oakland, MD – 240.488.1042
This family owned restaurant was established by former Deep Creek Lake vacationers when they decided to make this area their home.  They offer an extensive seafood menu with everything from Chesapeake Bay style crab cakes to seared Ahi tuna.  I personally suggest trying their Continue reading What’s New at Deep Creek Lake – Summer 2016 Edition

Springtime and Fine Dining!

We are heading into the weekend with promises of sunshine and temps into the 70s. For those that will be visiting our area, it’s the perfect time to get out to one of our state parks and enjoy a nice hike. Although we are always eager to get our guests to see Swallow Falls State Park as it is one of “must see” spotlights (housing the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland), we also highly recommend Deep Creek State Park as well. You can stop in their office, located across from the Deep Creek Discovery Center, http://www.discoverycenterdcl.com/home_-_about_usand pick up a trail guide but they have trails for those that are just looking for an easy walk to those looking for something more challenging! Regardless of where you choose to go, outside seems like an awesome idea after such a long winter!
Dutch’s Dining Room

Today we want to give a shout out to one of our favorite local restaurants, Dutch’s at Silver Tree. Offering lakefront dining and gourmet style food, it’s definitely the kind of place that you want to go if you are celebrating something special with family and friends. Beautifully decorated throughout, the restaurant definitely has a warm and cozy feel. The main dining area showcases a massive stone fireplace while the vibrant hues of colors in the bar area create a lively atmosphere. I met with Stephanie, one of the main gals that helps run the show, and she was kind enough to give me the grand tour. This included heading to the banquet dining area located in the lower level. It would make a wonderful place for a wedding reception or family gathering of some sort. While the lakefront dining is certainly an appealing concept, the food is definitely another. The crab cakes are often a recommended selection by locals and visitors alike while the sandwiches on the lunch menu are widely known “huge” and overly filling. Next time that you are in the area, I highly recommend that you stop in and give Dutch’s at Silver Tree a try.
Dutch’s Bar Area

Need a relaxing weekend away? Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you plan your next mountain getaway. We are now offering fantastic Spring & Summer discounts so call now to take advantage. We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #taylormadedeepcreekvacations #springtime

Welcome Aboard Archie’s BBQ!

A True Winter Wonderland!
 We here @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales are busy gearing up for another exciting holiday weekend. Hard to believe that we are half way through February and President’s Day weekend is already upon us. The following weekend (February 20th) is the 17th Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk where people donate money to watch their friends jump into the frigid waters of Deep Creek Lake in the winter! It’s such a fun event and the money that is raised by the Maryland State Police and Natural Resources Police goes toward the Maryland Special Olympics! It’s held at The Honi-Honi Bar/ Uno’s Pizzeria and starting at 2 pm, all the dunkers start being lead in to the water in waves! People come from Maryland and surrounding states and they usually “Dress to Impress” meaning there are some extremely creative costumes to witness! If you haven’t made plans to attend this event then give us a call (1-866-351-1119 or online at www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find that perfect vacation home for you and your friends.
“I Got This!”
Archie Fans!

Many of our past guests may already be aware of this but when renting with us here at Taylor-Made, we offer those staying in our homes a “Local Vendor Discount Card” which is a card that they can take around to some of our area’s participating establishments and receive a certain discount or specialty item. The list of the participating businesses is listed in the home’s “House Book” and explains what each one offers. We are proud to add this expanding list and this week we are adding Archie’s Barbeque (http://www.archiesbbq.com/index.php) which is a dining restaurant here in McHenry. This is your go-to if you are craving some authentic smoked barbeque food. Ribs, wings, chicken, turkey, brisket; the list is long, the servings are insanely huge, and the food is awesome. Locally owned and operated since 2007 and proud to announce that they were “Awarded the “Best of the Best” across America for our Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket and Baby Back Ribs by the National Barbeque News Magazine!”, the Archer Family is committed to providing exceptional service to their guests whether they are now just stopping by for a meal or if they are considering having an event catered. They are also now using a really neat new system where you can earn points for every dollar you spend. Your points can then earn you free food or merchandise. Definitely a win-win for the customer! (We would suggest checking out their website or asking about this the next time you visit for full details!) So, Welcome Aboard Archie’s BBQ! We love your food & can’t wait to tell our guests to stop by for a great meal!
In the meantime, the snow is falling and we can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #winterwonderland #yummybbq #deepcreekdining #MarylandMountains

Not Just Your Ordinary Deli!

It’s always exciting when a new business or restaurant comes to your area! Don’t get me wrong, we have a wonderful selection of places to eat here at Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding area. You can choose some piping hot Brenda’s Pizzeria or maybe a steak and the famous creamy crab soup from Pine Lodge Steakhouse. The point is that we are certainly not lacking for some fine cuisine but adding another option certainly can’t hurt. When word began to spread last spring that there was going to be a new deli opening in McHenry, we were thrilled. Throw in the fact that it was owned and operated by a friend of the Taylor-Made family and we were even more excited! Owner Lora Lohr, originally from New York, said that opening Telli’s Deli just felt right. Having always been involved with food in some way, she felt that when this opportunity arrived, she knew it was too good to pass up! (Lora’s maiden name is Portelli, hence the Telli part). She wanted, “To be able to offer a different variety of foods that I like”. We apparently like the foods that she likes as well because if you haven’t had a chance to eat there yet, it’s a must! Our Taylor-Made crew has been the lucky recipient of a few catered affairs as well as ordering some of her morning bagels or sandwiches for lunch! When asked what made her food and business different from most, she stated, “Our freshness of product and quality of product are the best. Everything from our meats, cheeses, and produce are of the freshest.” They offer both breakfast and lunch and run specials daily. Fresh New York bagel breakfasts are very popular and the new egg sandwiches seem to be a favorite among locals! $8 lunch specials can’t be beat and are offered Monday through Friday.
Lora and her team now offer an array of different options whether you want to come grab lunch and dine inside the cozy shop or have them cater your next function whether it’s a holiday party or just an office gathering. They also make some incredibly wonderful gift baskets. This has become a favorite give-away of us here at Taylor-Made whether it’s for the lucky winner of one of our many contests or a gift basket we send to a homeowner, they are always very well received. Finally Lora summed up by adding that one of the keys to the success of Teli’s Deli at this time is her wonderful supportive staff. “I am very fortunate to work with some wonderful women. We all work well together, love the food industry, and just enjoy what we do. We are all mothers so we pull together to work and be flexible and accommodating with our schedules. I have a great work family!” If you are in the area, please do yourself a favor and stop and grab a bite to eat at Teli’s Deli. You will be so happy you did!
Wisp has been blowing snow lately preparing for opening day. We are still running our “Reserve 2 nights, get the 3rd night free” for another week so it’s a great time to take advantage. Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online @ www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find that dream home! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!  

A Cherry On Top!

Spectacular Great Room!
Your family is planning their first family reunion to Deep Creek Lake and it’s of the upmost importance that you find the ultimate vacation home that can please everyone in your group. Seems intimidating doesn’t it? It doesn’t have to be! When you call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com), we do our best to find you the home that will happily host your get together. A new home on our vacation rental market, Cherrie’s Jubilee, is a premiere Deep Creek home that definately has something to offer everyone in the family. Pulling up the driveway, you will immediately notice the beautifully manicured lawn and outdoor space (Yes, 4WD is required in the winter season!) but the real delight is when you step inside and bask in the sheer beauty of the expansive Great Room. Highlighting vaulted cathedral ceilings, an impressive stone fireplace, luxurious furnishings, and oversized pictures windows, you will instantly know that this is going to be a favorite gathering space for you and your loved ones.
The chef in the family will fall in love with this superb, overly stocked kitchen which features all stainless steel appliances, 2 ovens, and gorgeous granite countertops! Everyone will love pitching in to help at meal time! Share mealtime around the dining room table or take the meal outdoors and picnic on the large wraparound deck as you enjoy spectacular lake and mountain views. The kids will love hanging out in the lower level Family Room whether they are playing pool, ping pong, board games or watching a favorite movie, you will never hear the words “I’m Bored!” If that’s not enough, send them out to the garage for a fun game of indoor basketball. For those that want to relax and unwind, take a dip in the bubby outdoor hot tub or grab a favorite book and cuddle up in front of the wood fireplace! This home is also perfectly located just minutes from Wisp Resort for those that seek wintertime adventure and is also just a short drive from state parks, Smiley’s Fun Zone, Funland, area marinas, shopping and dining. Don’t let the stress of planning your next family gathering get the best of you! We do have the perfect home for you. Don’t need something quite so large? That’s not a problem either as we offer everything from a charming one bedroom cottage to an 8 bedroom lakefront home with a private indoor pool!
Fall @ Deep Creek Lake!
State of the Art Kitchen

As we continue to head further into fall, now is the ideal time to get away for a last minute weekend trip to Deep Creek! Take advantage of our many weekend specials or don’t forget that we are now offering a 3 night stay for the price of 2! Call us and let us help you plan your family reunion at Cherrie’s Jubilee or another one of our amazing homes. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Sunshine & Lattes!

Caramel Latte!
See yourself here!
I believe that there has been a collective sigh of relief heard throughout much of Garrett County this past week as the last snow storm basically missed us. We here in the mountains scoff at anything under 6 inches so the last snowfall had very little impact but did add fresh powder to Wisp’s ski slopes. Today the sun is a bright surreal blue and with the temperatures climbing into the 30’s, it feels like a wonderful heat wave. If you are looking for a last minute getaway, now is the best time to call as we are running some fabulous discounts here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations. Give us a call and we happily assist you in finding a home for you and your guests (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com).

       When the temperatures drop, it’s always good to have a backup plan of ways to stay warm. Mine now has formed into an addiction of caramel lattes from Trader’s Coffee House located here at the lake. Although I’m not actually recommending that caffeine be your fix, I do highly suggest that you stop by and see Brenda and her crew. A very warm and comfy vibe is felt from the minute you step inside and the smell of fresh baked goods is mouthwatering! They have a toasty fireplace which would the perfect place for reading your morning paper while you sip your coffee. They also offer free wireless internet so for those that need to stay connected, they can do so while stuffing their face full of one her yummy muffins or scones. She also serves a variety of other breakfast and lunch items that are definitely worth trying. Don’t know the difference between a latte or a frappe or undecided on which to choose? Ask Brenda’s staff. They are definitely top notch when it comes to customer service and go above and beyond to help.
The view from my window is shouting “sunshine & fresh mountain air” and there is a caramel latte waiting. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake.

An Open Invite

The exterior of Cherry Cove Cottage
Excitement is in the air around the Taylor-Made offices these days as everyone is anxiously preparing for the holidays. Thanksgiving is a busy time as we prepare all of our homes for the many families and friends that will be visiting Deep Creek in the next week or so. We do still have some availability so take advantage of some of the huge last minute discounts we are offering and give us a call! (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). A newer home to our rental market and one that I fell in love with, Cherry Cove Cottage, is now available for the holiday. It’s a newly remodeled log cabin tucked away on a quiet road but just minutes from the state parks, Smiley’s Fun Zone, and other area shopping and activities. The Great Room has a wonderfully warm feel, complete with wooden beamed ceilings, a massive stone fireplace, and amazing lake views from the open, deck access. Beautifully decorated, this home offers plush leather sofas and a large flat screen TV. With a queen sized bed in each bedroom, this cabin is the perfect choice for two couples that want to get away or for a small family that wants to escape. It also offers a bubbling outdoor hot tub, ideal for relaxing after stuffing yourself full of all of the fixings earlier in the day. If this seems to fit your needs, please call and find out more information about this charming log home. It really is a “love at first sight” home.
Get your sugar fix @ Bear Creek Traders!

While you are in the area, I strongly urge you to shop locally in our area. Here in McHenry, Bear Creek Trader’s offers a large variety items; garden accessories, home décor, artwork, picture frames, toys, candy, basically something for everyone on your list. I would also suggest heading to Oakland to check out some of the small shops there. Many of them will be offering some great discounts on Black Friday so get some great deals while avoiding the crazy rushes. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake.

Are you hooked?

Spring weather has finally arrived, better late than never, here in the mountains. We have been graced with some awesome weather and temps in the comfortable 70’s. It’s a great time to get outside and get active. Swallow Falls State Park showcases Mother Nature at her finest and the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland but also offers fantastic hiking and mountain biking trails. Check it out on your next Deep Creek getaway!
Last month Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations was the humble recipient of a hosted lunch by Jearbryo’s Hookers Seafood & Grill. Yum! They served a variety of fresh made wraps and their famous crab dip served with fresh breadsticks! Such a wonderful treat and so greatly appreciated! If you haven’t been up by there in a while, I strongly recommend that you check it out as they offer a wide variety of seafood dishes and choices! Celebrating their 1 year Anniversary this week, they are ready for their guests to come and check out the newly added outside patio, ideal for dining out on a warm spring evening or a nice summer day! (Anyone else picturing fresh crabs and cold beer?) Check out their website (www.jearbryos.com)  for a complete menu listing and to see some of their great offers  (very reasonably priced lunch specials, discount for Seniors on Monday evenings, Double Dinner Deals, and more!) I also got a chance to speak to Bryon, the owner, who is also very busy these days branching out into the catering world. You may have also seen him and his crew out connecting with the community at numerous local events and festivals (Autumn Glory, Art & Wine Festival, Friendsville Days, Little Yough Music Festival, and the list goes on and on!) They usually set up their little booth/ wagon and offer some of their most requested items such as their amazing crab cakes! So, if you are looking for a fabulous meal (especially if you are a lover of seafood like my family) then head to Jearbryo’s for a relaxing dinner out.
Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations is currently running some phenomenal discounts and deals (For an extended weekend getaway, ask about our “Stay 3 nights for the price of 2” special running through the 2nd week of May!).  Now is also a good time to book your summer vacation. Homes are going quickly so in order to get the perfect home for you and your family, call and speak to one of our Reservationist on what you are looking for in a vacation home. See you at the lake!

A Lunch Date and Birthday Wishes!

It’s hard to believe that we are already heading into the month of November. It’s sad to see October leave as it is by far my favorite month. How can you not love a month that brings brilliant hues of orange, red, and yellow covering the mountaintop? A month that brings Fall Festivals, Apple Butter, Football, and ends with Halloween and lots and lots of candy? It’s also a fabulous birthday month as well. Now, granted, my opinion is a little skewed and biased due to the fact that we share the same DNA, but October is the month of my firstborn son, Devin’s birthday. This year, we decided to enjoy lunch out together with lakeside dining at Uno’s Chicago Grill. Due to the slightly chilly air, we choose to eat inside but were still awarded with a table by the window that offers fantastic lake views. We decided to split some appetizers so we went with the ultimate nachos and pizza skins. I hate to think of the calories consumed but it was so well worth it. Since the damage was apparently already done, we also split the Reese Cup sundae for dessert. Heavenly! Afterwards, we walked down by the water for some photos. We really had an enjoyable afternoon together. I also like to recommend Uno’s for our guests that are visiting in summer because of the convenience of coming by boat but they also offer a lot of specials throughout the other seasons which they combine to work with The Honi Honi bar located next door. They will once again be kicking off the holiday season with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony held on November 24th @ 7 pm. Bring the kids for pictures with Santa, live entertainment, Christmas carols and free hot chocolate! If you haven’t booked your vacation home for the Thanksgiving holiday, now is definitely the time to call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) to make sure that you get the home that best suits you and your guests.
As I mentioned earlier, October is an awesome birthday month so we would like to give a Birthday shout out to some of our staff this month! Birthday wishes go out to Linda Winters, one of our beloved hardworking ladies from Housekeeping! From our Reservation’s Department, we give a birthday hooray shout to both Lisa Yommer and Stefany Glotfelty. We are so lucky to have you ladies as part of our team here @ Taylor-Made and we send you heartfelt wishes for a superb birthday!  Ski season is just around the corner so start making your Deep Creek vacation plans right away. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Let the Summer Fun Commence!

     Our summer season is officially here and we couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. Actually locals and visitors alike have been rather spoiled lately with plenty of bright blue skies and ideal temperatures running around the 70’s. It’s the perfect time to head outdoors for some hiking @ Swallow Falls State Park or head over to Wisp and check out one of their many adventurous activities going on! (For those that are a little less adventurous, like myself, don’t forget they offer scenic chair lift rides. Take your camera for some amazing photo ops of the McHenry Cove!)       I would like to give a big shout out to all of the fathers out there. (Fathers,  Grandfathers, Father-in-laws,  Stepfathers, Soon-to-be Fathers,  and Father Figures, in general). May tomorrow find you surrounded by your loved ones. There are many wonderful restaurants in our area in which to celebrate your special day. Four Seasons Dining Room offers fabulous gourmet food and lake front dining. Smiley’s Pizzeria and Pine Lodge Steak House are offering food specials and entertainment throughout the weekend.  Both Ledo’s Pizza and Mountain State Breweryhave recently expanded their menus and would be a great place to take dad to dinner.
      Starting this week on Monday June 18th, we begin the summer “Welcome Party Mondays!” Be sure to visit us from 3-5 pm every Monday on the lawn @ Uno Chicago Grill. This is great opportunity to meet many of the local vendors and to take advantage of their free giveaways and promotions. The admission is free along with free complimentary finger foods and refreshments. Stick around afterwards to listen to a live band which will be playing at the Honi Honi Bar from 5-8 pm. There are also games and prizes for the kids. If you really want to get a jump start on planning your stay with us here at Deep Creek, I highly recommend that you check this out!
     Summer homes are filling up quickly so now’s the time to call to reserve your stay in one of our homes. Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today (111—866-351-1119) or look us up online (www.deepcreekvacations.com). Our reservationist can help assess your needs to locate your dream vacation home. Not sure what to do in our area? We can help you plan activities to do throughout your stay, as well. We can’t wait to see you on the lake!