State Park Spotlight: Deep Creek Lake State Park


A favorite summer destination, Deep Creek Lake State Park is home to endless outdoor adventures on water and on land.  It’s a popular spot throughout all four seasons, but it truly shines in the summertime.

If you are at Deep Creek this summer, grab your floats and flip-flops and head to the sandy beach at Deep Creek Lake State Park.  It’s a great place to spend a sunny afternoon swimming, picnicking, and enjoying the view.  Tables, grills, restrooms, and a bathhouse are all available for you to use.  If you’re vacationing with a larger group, you may want to consider reserving one of the pavilions in advance.  Lifeguards are on duty at the designated swimming area from 10AM-6PM Memorial Day through Labor Day. deep_creek_lake_state_park

Wisp Resort operates the concession stand at the state park where you can get ice cream, cold drinks, and snacks.  You can also rent a kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board from them.  Continue reading State Park Spotlight: Deep Creek Lake State Park

Top 8 Deep Creek Lake Winter Activities for Non-Skiers

It’s a common conundrum – what’s a non-skier to do when friends and family are hitting the slopes at Wisp Resort?  Deep Creek Lake winter activities offers lots of options that can keep every member of your crew entertained.  It’s a great way to enjoy a weekend getaway near Pittsburgh, Baltimore, or Washington, DC.

Here are just a few of our favorite activities for the non-skiers staying at a Deep Creek Lake vacation rental:

Activities for Non-Skiers

Hiking at Swallow Falls State Park
Crisp white snow makes this beautiful place even more spectacular, and it’s definitely a must see throughout all four seasons.  If you’re up for some serious hiking, explore trails to all three of the waterfalls – Swallow Falls, Muddy Creek Falls, and Tolliver Falls.  There is also a handicap accessible trail and view platform at Muddy Creek Falls for those that need an easier route or just want to take a short stroll.   Be sure to bring your camera and wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots.  Trails can be slippery during the winter months.  Get more info.

Guided Snowshoe Tours
Weather permitting, All Earth Eco Tours offers another great way to experience Swallow Falls State Park.   Their snowshoe tours are a “no experience required” way to cruise through the woods and take in the scenery.  For those seeking high adventure, ask about their trips to Big Savage Mountain and Lost Lands.
Sleigh Rides at Deep Creek Lake

Sleigh Rides
Take a ride back in time as you swish through open fields and over hills listening to the sound of muffled hoof beats in the snow.  Sleigh rides at Pleasant Valley Dream Rides are an ideal way to enjoy the outdoors no matter what your age.

Sled Riding at Blackwater Falls State Park
Within one hour of the Deep Creek Lake area, you’ll find the ultimate sledding hill!  Head to Blackwater Falls State Park to ride up on a conveyor, sled to the bottom, and repeat!  Bring your own sled or rent one on-site.

Cross Country Skiing
With minimal instruction, you can kick and glide on cross country ski trails at Wisp Resort, Herrington Manor State Park, and New Germany State Park.  Rental equipment is available at each location, and Wisp offers intro lessons as well.

Shops & Antiques
Avoid the cold temperatures when you visit area shops and antique stores.  Schoolhouse Earth, Bear Creek Traders, and High Mountain Sports are a few of our favorites at the lake.  Take a short drive to Oakland to browse antiques at Englander’s or Cabin Fever.

Museum Tours
While you’re in downtown Oakland, history buffs should stop at the two museums operated by the Garrett County Historical Society.  Return to the past as you explore area treasures, learn about early settlers, and check out Model T Fords.

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Fun for kids of all ages, the Discovery Center is a one-of-a-kind environmental center with hands-on exhibits that showcase the natural resources of Western Maryland.  Children can enjoy special programs each weekend like pine cone bird feeder making or feeding some of the resident critters.

What you can Discover @ Deep Creek!

Exhibit of Brant Coal Mine
While most of the East coast is suffering in a July hot spell this week, life up here in the mountains is looking & feeling close to perfect. With temperatures in the comfortable mid-70’s, we have also escaped the high humidity that everyone is experiencing! Just another perk to living in the mountains and on a lake! I had the pleasure of stopping by the Deep Creek Discovery Center yesterday and if you haven’t been there before or it’s been awhile, I highly recommend that you check it out. Located right beside the Deep Creek State Park, it is a great place to take the kids for a chance to learn a little bit about Deep Creek Lake and some of the wildlife and history of our area. When you first enter, there is a neat little room to the left that showcases the Brant Coal Mine which was located within Meadow Mountain and was formed in the early 20’s by two local Garrett County men who were looking to make the fortune in the coal mining industry. Very interesting story and facts and the room is visually interesting as well. Walking further into the Discovery Center, you will see various types of aquatic life on exhibit. There is an aquarium which features some of the different types of fish that can be found in Deep Creek Lake, as well as a few turtles. There is also examples of some of the wildlife such as a stuffed bear, fox, and even a rattlesnake skin and an actual big black garden snake! (At least that is what I think it said. Cage or not, I like to keep a considerable distance from anything slithery!) The lower level has an exhibit room and an area where the kids can go around and try some educational games like trying to identify certain paw prints from the charts that are given. Definitely a unique and fun way for the kids to learn while enjoying themselves on vacation.
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A Typical Day @ Deep Creek Lake
From here, I strolled outside where you can walk down to the provided docks! This is very convenient for those that are traveling by boat but still want to stop by. I also checked out their outdoor aviary which was located in a quiet wooden area at the end of the parking lot. While the eagle station was down for the day due to maintenance, I did enjoy checking out the Red Tailed Hawk and Peregrine Falcon, both quite beautiful and magnificent to see. These birds are generally here because they have a handicap of some sort and it is safer for them to be cared for in captivity, then to be in the wild (for those that may feel guilty to see them in a confined space). In hindsight though, they both seemed very comfortable and were kind of showing off a bit, in my opinion! My suggestion would be to pack a nice picnic lunch, gather the family and head to the Discovery Center for something new to do. Afterwards, head over to the beach area for lunch and day of playing at the beach and swimming! A complete afternoon of family fun and worth checking out! Have you made your summer plans to visit us here at Deep Creek Lake yet? It is postcard picture perfect outside today and it looks like the weekend is just going to continue to give us nothing but blue skies and sunshine. Call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online and let us help you find that perfect vacation home rental! Offering everything from 1 -8 bedroom cabins, chalets, townhomes and more, we have something to suit everyone. Make Summer 2015 one to remember! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #DCLlakelife #vacationrentals  

3 Cheers For Spring!

Checking out a snake!
Ahhh, the sporadic spring season we always seem to have in these beloved Maryland Mountains. I think that this is Mother Nature’s way of always keeping us on our toes. A little bit of snow today and 50° and bright sunshine the following day. Our guests certainly can’t complain as the Wisp Ski Resort is still open and there is still plenty of snow on the mountain. If you have the chance to escape this weekend, I recommend that you do!
The Taylor-Made crew just finished up an exciting week by hosting what is the start of several The Big 8 Seminar~ Tomorrow’s Ideas Today. Bringing together eight various companies involved in the vacation rental industry for 2 days of Boot Camp seminars that cover everything from customer service, housekeeping, maintenance, and more. We here at Taylor-Made are firm believers that the best thing we can do for our guests is to stay as educated and current on all things related to our industry. Having the opportunity to network and share ideas with some of the brightest and best in the business is a wonderful chance to do just that. That and it was a lot of fun.
If you really want to get into the feel of spring than April is a perfect month to take the family to The Deep Creek Discovery Center. Not only is there various events held there this month but anytime is a good time to go and learn about the natural wonders of our region. This interpretive environmental center allows children to see various types of birds of our region in The Aviary or view various wildlife such as snakes, reptiles, frogs, toads, and more. Hands on exhibits include touching old fossils and looking under a microscope to check out Deep Creek’s under water ecology. If you are visiting over Easter, take the kids there to see the Easter Bunny. Bring along six hardboiled eggs and let the kids learn how to dye the eggs using all natural ingredients. This event is held on April 19th from 10 am- 1 pm. It’s a great family event so if you’re in the area, check it out!

If you’re in need of a little R & R, now is a great time to visit Deep Creek. The lake is quickly thawing and before you know it you will be spotting the early morning fisherman enjoying the serenity of a Deep Creek morning. Spring is a great time to come and enjoy mountain hiking and biking as well since you get to witness the mountains reawakening. If that doesn’t convince you, it’s also a great time to take advantage of our out of season rates on your vacation home. As always, give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online @ and let us know what you are looking for in the perfect home and we will do our best to match your needs.

Another reason to visit Deep Creek…

Anxiously Awaiting!
If you have had the pleasure of being in our area as of late, then you must have noticed the obvious signs of lake life reawakening. Docks are being put in, fishermen are taking advantage of early morning glassy waters and flowers and trees are blooming. This the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy the fresh mountain air. With a bevy of locations to go hiking, mountain biking or even horseback riding, it is another reason to visit Deep Creek in the off season. One of my all-time favorite outdoor activities is to take the family out on a geo-caching adventure. A “what kind of adventure?”, you may be asking. Geo-caching! (Pronounced G-O Cashing) Geo-caching is a real world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called caches, by using a GPS-enabled advice. It’s like a newer version of scavenger hunting, only more technically advanced. Players go online where they enter the zip code for the area that they are going to be hunting. They enter the coordinates into the GPS, decipher clues if available, and set out on an adventure. These hunts vary in difficulty but it is an easy and fun game to learn. Another neat fact about geo-caching is that most containers contain a book that you can view and sign. How amazing to see how far people have come. (My family has a cache that we created and hid. We were so excited to see one group was from Canada!) In most containers, there are trinkets left from previous cachers. The rule is, if you take something out, you must put something back in. (I claimed a most awesome Winnie the Pooh Pez dispenser!) The Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) located on top of Wisp Mountain offers some terrific Cache Tours which will give you the gist of the game, if you are reluctant to try it solo. There are so many great caches to be found here in our area. So, if you are looking for something a little new, a little different, a little unique, then try out geo-caching!
Digging for Ramps!

Another unique event to check out that that characterizes life here in the mountains is the Wild Foods and Ramp Cook Off that is being held Saturday, April 27th at the Deep Creek Discovery Center. Ramps or Leeks (Spring Onion) are grown throughout the area and are often picked in late March and April.  With a strong poignant taste and pungent odor, it is often seen as a delicacy and can be used in many food dishes. At the ramp cook off, guests are invited to enter their own tasty dish or just sample some of the many wonderful dishes that are offered (Be forewarned! Ramps will not make you popular as they are also known for leaving those that enjoy them with a strong case of halitosis!) For more information on the event, check out the Discovery Center online. Now is the time to call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations for the best deals on your next Deep Creek stay! In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Because Anything Can Happen…

     Mother Nature continues to astound us up here in the mountains as the snow still falls. Although a yearning for Spring and spring-like things is in the air, we do what we do best; we use it to our advantage! Looking for a fun-filled family activity? Pack up the kids and head over to Wisp’s snow tubing park for a day of excitement and adventure! Cross Country skiing? Snowmobiling? Snowshoeing? Just some of the many options of things to do in the area! Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations is offering some fantastic deals right now! Call now and ask about our “Stay 3 nights for the price of 2!” deal pertaining to most of our homes! I don’t know about you but a nice relaxing weekend away seems like the perfect solution for brushing off the winter blahs!
      Taylor-Made employees recently had the pleasure of meeting with Kurt, their representative from Red Sky Travel Insurance. Red Sky Travel Insurance  is an optional traveler’s insurance that we offer to each guest that reserves a vacation home with us. Very often, most people assume that the travelers insurance is just an added cost and will not pertain to them so they choose to decline it. However, as we all know, life is not predictable. Although some could say “Better safe than sorry”, we look at it like, “Isn’t it just better to be prepared?” Anything can happen. Yes, the optional travelers insurance protects you and your family if you have to cancel your vacation due to an unseen medical emergency, but do you know that it also protects you if you have to interrupt your vacation and depart early? What if Little Johnny ignores your pleas and decides that he is, in fact, quite ready to take on the bigger ski slope? An ambulance ride and a cast later, and you are very grateful that you opted to accept the travelers insurance! We proudly offer this to our guests, so please take a moment and ask your Reservationist to explain the policy to you when you are reserving your vacation home.

Easter Bunny!!
     Don’t forget that if you are in the area this weekend, The Deep Creek Discovery Center is once again hosting an egg dying session using all natural dyes. You just need to bring your own boiled eggs and they will help you with the rest. The Easter Bunny will also be there with treats and to take pictures with the kids! Definitely fun for the whole family!
     No matter what season you choose to visit us here at Deep Creek Lake, there is always something fun, new, and exciting to do! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Fall into Action…

Our Autumn Glory Festival is in full swing this weekend. For those that are in the area, Mother Nature has decided to be kind and bestow lots of sunshine on the area today. Craft and Antique shows are going on all weekend along with a vintage car show in downtown tomorrow. If you were unable to come, fret not! There are still a lot of fun Fall festivities going on throughout the rest of the month.
Deep Creek Discovery Center located at Deep Creek State Park is offering Scavenger Hunts for children throughout the day on Friday (both on October 20th& October 26th). There is a scheduled Nature Hike for Children to check out the magnificent fall colors and to make a craft on Sunday the 21st. It’s definitely a neat family activity for the whole family to enjoy. You can also pick up a state park guide trail while you were there in case you were interested in some mountain hiking and or biking while you are visiting.
Wisp Resort is once again inviting the public to come visit their Spooky Haunted Mountain Coaster and Haunted Shack. If you are able to survive your tour of the haunted shack, where you encounter lots of thrilling props, scenes, and characters, then you are awarded with a spine chilling ride down the haunted mountain coaster. For those that are “Wimpy” (like myself!) the light scare begins at dusk each evening with a full nightmare beginning one hour after dusk. Contact Wisp Resort ( or call 1-301-387-4000) for complete details. It will definitely get you in the Halloween mood!
The leaves are still peaking so now is a great time to come and visit. Scenic and historic Route 40 located close by is an awesome road to take if you are in the mood to “leaf peep” As always, a visit into McHenry will offer you phenomenal lake views accompanied with our spectacular fall foliage. Quiet serene mornings and evenings offer the perfect opportunity to rent a kayak or canoe and head out on the lake. Ask your Reservationist @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations ( or call 1-866-351-119) for a list of vendors and businesses in the area that can offer these services to you and your guests. We are still offering some fantastic deals right now where you can call book 3 nights for the price of 2! As the weather continues to get colder, now is also the time to begin planning your next ski getaway. Deep Creek Lake is definitely the place to be! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Eggs-Actly the Perfect Time To Visit!

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations happily welcomed back a large number of our staff and owners from their recent networking/ training seminar that they attended at the the Outer Banks in South Carolina. Thank you to Doug Brindley and staff from Brindley Beach for graciously hosting our group for their stay. Although I had to stay behind and maintain the fort, I was informed that team building skills were a big focu and successfully implemented, breathtaking sunsets ere photographed and witnessed, good food and drink were enjoyed by many, and a great deal of fun was had by all! All in all, a very successful trip!
Garrett County weather continues to amaze and thrill both locals and visitors! Perfect mountain weather! We are offering some great last minute deals for the Easter weekend. Besides that, there is a bevy of fun activities going on in the area this weekend. CARC (Garrett Community College Aquatic & Recreation Complex) is hosting its first Easter egg hunt and community swim on April 7th. The egg hunt is open to children ages 2-12 and will be @ 12 Noon, rain or shine! The pool will then stay open to the public from 12-2:30 for a mere $5 for non-members. Also held on Saturday April 7th, is the natural egg dying that is held annually at the Deep Creek Discovery Center. Kids bring their own eggs and learn how to use dye made of beets, onions, anc chlorophyll. I also have the inside skinny on the possibility of the Easter Bunny stopping by so you definitely don’t want to miss out! Wisp Resort will once again be hosting a sunrise service held on top of the mountain on Sunday April8th. Chairlift #1 will begin to transport to the mountaintop @ 6 am. A continental breakfast will be held in Wisp Resort’s main lodge following
the service. Stick around with the kids for an Easter egg hunt @ 11 am followed by a scavenger hunt @ 12 noon. Location will be announced closer to the event. Lots of fun and games going on up here in the mountains! We are starting to see a trickle of activity on the lake these days as well. Fisherman are out bright and early taking advantage of the calm waters, boat docks are beginning to be put in, and kayak and canoes are brightly adorning the water in bright hues of red and yellow. Aww! Spring! Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today @ 1-866-351-119 or look us up on the web to begin planning your next relaxing Deep Creek Lake getaway. Our Reservation Team is available 9-9 daily to not only help you find your dream vacation rental but to help you create a memorable, fun experience as well. Until later this week when we explore the world of the stinky onion, Aka The Ramp, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!