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.

Still Snowing!



Husky Power Dogsledding!



Driving by our office here on Rt.219, our flashing sign suggests that you should “Think Snow!” Apparently, many people did, as we continue to have the wonderful fluffy stuff falling down. Wisp is still going strong as are other winter activities in our area. As I mentioned previously, snow- shoeing tours are an excellent family activity. Crede Calhoun from All Earth Eco Tours does these as well as cross country skiing. Definitely worth checking out. (www.allearthecotours.com or call them 1-800-446-7554) Another fun activity to check out is Husky Power dogsledding! (http://www.huskypowerdogsledding.com/  or call them 1-301-746-7200) Here you get the thrilling opportunity to be pulled by a team of Siberian huskies! You will get to visit the kennels and pet and play with the pups! Demonstrations are given on how the sleds work, how the huskies play, live, train and more. Best of all is the excitement of whisking through the trails while being led by the dog team. A Deep Creek must do!



Ice Fishing @ Deep Creek Lake!



Speaking of snow and winter, here are some fun facts about Garrett County:
v Did you know that we receive nearly double the snowfall of Fairbanks, Alaska?
v The average ice cover of the lake in mid-winter is 18 inches thick? (Ice fishing is also a very popular winter activity!)
v Speaking of fishing, did you know that there are 26 different fish species in Deep Creek Lake?
v The average winter temperature here is 29° F? (After a day of playing outside, it’s nice to come in and warm up in front of a crackling fireplace!
Heading into March, it’s still the perfect time to come and visit us here in the mountains. Call in and speak to any one of our Reservationist here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (www.deepcreekvacations.com or call 1-866-351-1119 and we will happily assist you in finding the perfect home to accommodate you and your family and friends. Now is also the time to start thinking “Summer”! Imagine enjoying hot summer days swimming and playing from your lakefront home! Have special needs or amenities that you desire with your home? No problem as all of our Reservationists are very familiar with each home and the location so we can help answer any questions that you may have. If by chance, we don’t know, we will find out for you! The snow continues to fall, the air is wonderfully crisp and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Things Worth Celebrating!

Mother Nature has been very generous to the outdoor enthusiasts in our area as of late, providing us with lots of the fluffy white stuff. We still have some openings for the Deep Creek Dunk weekend (2/22-2/24) and are running a lot of great specials so call soon to talk to one of our Reservationist to find the perfect home for you (1-866-351-1119 or go online www.deepcreekvacations.com)
JOE!!!

Lots of exciting happenings going on at Taylor-Made these days.  Joe, of the owners of the company, recently returned from a Regional Seminar in the Outer Banks. Last Fall, Joewas elected to be on the board of Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals (www.vrhp.org) It is a National Non-Profit organization that focuses on maintenance and housekeeping issues. This can range anywhere from the best supplies and chemicals to use, to inspections, to ideas that will help our staff work in the most productive and effective way. Joe is a conference committee co-chair which is responsible for putting together the location of seminars and gives input into topics that are covered at these functions. Although he learned some very helpful information to help our staff continue to strive to bring the best service to our guests, we are happy to have him back. So, welcome home Joe!



Celebrations At The Lake!

On another exciting note, we are very pleased to add another 8 bedroom lakefront home to our rental market. Celebrations at the Lake is an exquisite home that is perfect for the multi-family getaway. This home has it all! Pool table, foosball table, hot tub, dock slip and a private indoor heated pool. (You have to check out the pictures as this pool room is so bright and cheerful!). It also boasts an elegant Great Room with a massive stone fireplace and an expansive kitchen with multiple appliances. So, if you are planning a family get together or a couple’s retreat, call for more details on this premiere vacation home. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

It’s Time to Break the Ice!

Mother Nature was certainly kind to us last week by blanketing the area in lots of pretty white fluff. Wisp has almost all of their slopes open, not to mention the tubing park and ice skating rink. It is definitely a great weekend to be coming into the area. If you want to experience a true ‘Mountain Winter Escape’, then I suggest that you head to Oakland Winterfest! This is one event that I always look forward to! Held in downtown Oakland, visitors will find a true winter wonderland. Going on its 5th year, the event is sponsored by various Oakland businesses and will be held from February 17th to the 19th. What might one find at this Winterfest? The highlight of the event are the amazing and unique ice sculptures that can be viewed throughout the town. Master carver, Bill Sandusky, from Frozen Assets Ice Carving Company will be returning for his 5th year to showcase his astounding talent. Local businesses are given the opportunity to purchase a sculpture that Bill will carve, generally, in an image pertaining to the business. He will do five live carvings on Saturday and “The Tribute to Oakland” on Sunday. The displays are well lit at night and on display until they melt. For the little ones, there is a ice sculpted bowling lane, an actual slide made out of ice, and in ice throne for them to perch on. They will also be able to take home a free personalized block of ice with their name in it. Other activities that will be going on are the snowman building competition, the crowning of “SnowFlake Toddler and Princess”, various craft vendors, and horse drawn sleigh rides by Pleasant Valley Dream Rides. Various dining establishments will be offering hot soup specials throughout the weekend as well. Still unsure? Think hot chocolate! Warm beverages and snacks can also be purchased at several locations throughout the town. If you are looking for some real old fashioned family fun then I highly recommend that you head to downtown Oakland this weekend to check out this excellent event. In the meantime, snow is on the ground, perfect for snow shoeing or cross country skiing. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations is running some great specials for next weekend, so now is the perfect time to call to reserve your dream vacation home. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake! http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/

Snow Shoeing with All Earth Eco Tours

The quiet blanket of snow hushes the forest and creates a peaceful silence only broken by the gentle laughter of Snowshoers and the occasional call of the chickadee. The forest canopy drops a sprinkle of diamond sparkled snowflakes and areas long hidden by brush and undergrowth now become new discoveries as we move over the soft blanket of white peace. The frozen waterfalls and immense old growth forest create a winter wonderland that truly is one of the most places in the world.

All Earth Eco Tours is again offering Snowshoeing Tours (our tenth year) on Saturdays and Sundays at 10AM and 1PM, at Swallow Falls State Park. We provide state-of-the-art snowshoes, a fun loving and expert local guide and hot coco along the trail. These amazing affordable tours are designed for just about all ages and we go at a suitable pace for the ability and physical condition of the group. Tour participants will learn about safe winter travel in the woods, local flora and fauna as well as have easy access to great picture taking opportunities. Conditions have arrived early this year and tours begin this weekend December 11th-12th. Advance reservations are required by calling toll free 1-800-446-7554. Our expert adventure consultants are ready to answer any questions your guests may have to guarantee that they are properly prepared. In addition we are offering custom high adventure snowshoeing tours to athleltic groups.