Spring is in the Air: Deep Creek Lake Weekend Getaways

Warmer temperatures up here on the mountain this past week have been a pleasant surprise and are starting to entice the longing for true spring to arrive! Hard to believe that we are quickly approaching St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Breaks, and of course the “Springing Ahead” with the time this weekendBlue-2BSky.

We are so excited that our kids and many of the kids in the surrounding cities and up and down the East Coast will get to enjoy a few extra days off for either Easter, Spring Break, or both this year. Although Jonas heaped a pile of snow on us, we had less snowfall this year than normal, hence less makeup snow days. If you haven’t made your family plans, you should definitely consider a Deep Creek Lake weekend getaways.

Are you wondering what there is do at Deep Creek Lake in the spring? First, it’s the perfect time to get back outside, embrace Mother Nature, and explore our many state parks. Swallow Falls State Park is always a favorite choice and the #1 recommended “Must See” spots in Garrett County as it houses numerous waterfalls and nice walking trails. However, Deep Creek State Park and Herrington Manor also have nice hiking and mountain biking trails.


Wisp Resort is still offering some skiing options as well as the snow tubing park, ice skating rink, and the mountain coaster! All of which are enjoyable for kids of all ages as well as adults. Smiley’s Fun Zone has an awesome indoor arcade which includes laser tag, bowling, and a variety of arcade type games. They also offer Smiley’s Fun Value Cards which gives you bonus cash which can be used to save on food and the arcade.

Of course, there is also the many different shopping and dining establishments that we encourage you to patronage but we also do our best to find you the perfect vacation home so you have plenty to do whether you choose to head out and seek adventure or spend a casual afternoon at home bonding with friends and family.

We are currently offering some fantastic last minute specials and have even put together a “Family Fun Spring Package”! For only $85, this package includes a free night’s stay (3 day minimum), a free Early Check In or Late Check Out (a $35 value), 4 movie tickets, 4 CARC passes to our local Aquatic Center, and a $25 Cash card to Smiley’s with $25 Bonus cash added on! A fantastic deal that gives you and your family plenty of options of fun activities to do while visiting us here at Deep Creek Lake! Our location in Western Maryland makes us an easy destination for weekend getaways near Pittsburgh or the Baltimore/Washington, DC area.

Saying So Long to Summer! Make the last days count!


The local kids in our area recently returned to school this week along with many other counties here in Western Maryland. Seems too early for school but at least we have another weekend to squeeze in some summer fun before Labor Day arrives. If you are visiting our area for the week, don’t forget to stop by the Farmer’s Market in downtown Oakland on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am – 1pm. So many great choices of fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and more. Because every vendor doesn’t come every week (although most do), you always get a variety of different tables. There was a vendor from Pennsylvania there on Wednesday that was pedaling some stunning pottery pieces. Candles, handmade carved wooden crafts, quilts, and list goes on. It’s also a great chance to check out some of the neat shops in Oakland like the Book Market & Antique Mezzanine which offers everything from the latest best sellers to a large selection of kid’s books and toys. The back of the store showcases some amazing antiques for sell. Definitely a neat store and worth the stop! It’s a perfect time to capture some of the charm of our small town flair.

If you haven’t made your plans for Labor Day yet, I suggest that you call now as our availability is starting to become limited. It’s one last chance to make unforgettable summer memories and I can think of no place better to do this than here at Deep Creek Lake. Imagine you and your family spending the weekend boating and water tubing on the water. Rent a jet ski for an early morning romp around the McHenry cove or maybe a relaxing kayak trip is just what you need. FJetSkior the outdoor adventurers, hiking and mountain biking are great options especially if you head to one of the many state parks in the area. Swallow Falls State Park showcases the largest free fall standing waterfall in the state of Maryland and is absolutely breathtaking to see. Wisp Resort offers a bevy of fun activities whether you choose to zip line down the mountain, ride the mountain coaster, play a friendly game of disc golf, and so much more. Only 3 ½ hours from the Washington D.C. / Baltimore area and 2 ½ from Pittsburgh, it’s a relatively short drive. Give us a call today (1-866-351-1119 or go online www.deepcreekvacations.com ) and let us help you find the perfect vacation home for your next Deep Creek stay. Lakefront homes are going fast so make sure you call today! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Festive Times!

Ask about our Pet-friendly homes!
There is great excitement around the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales office lately as we have been busy getting into the festive spirit! We celebrated our annual Taylor-Made Holiday party last Tuesday which was a tremendous amount of fun! Our thanks go out to Angie Bosely and her crew for preparing some wonderful food and for making our office look so pretty and bright! We celebrating by once again allowing Chad, one of our company owners, to poke fun at us by sticking us his JibJab videos (always hilarious and fun!) and ended with our usual exciting game of Yankee Swap! Again, much fun was had by all and again a thanks and shout out to all that helped making it so successful!
Wisp in Preperation!

Wisp Ski Resort opened up last weekend much to the delight of our last minute renters and snow enthusiasts in general. Since then, they are still making every effort to keep the slopes snow covered and with snow showers in this week’s forecast, it looks like they will be successful. If you are looking for a fun filled weekend, give us a call as we are offering some fantastic last minute specials before the holiday season! (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) We are even offering some fabulous Christmas specials for those that would like to celebrate Christmas here at Deep Creek Lake (can you imagine how excited the kids would be to know that you had planned a surprise holiday trip to the mountains for Christmas?)!

If you are in the area over the Christmas holiday, make sure you stop by our Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales main office! Santa Claus will be here on Christmas Eve from 10am -12 pm. There will hot chocolate and cookies and story time for the kids! Come by and have your picture taken with Santa (also the perfect time for some of you to convince that you really do belong on the Nice list!
Give us a call, come and visit, because we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

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!  

Staying on top of our game!

TMDCVS Airport Selfie!

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations& Sales has been overly busy lately both in the office and out. Company employees and owners recently returned from two national conferences both of which are known to be the biggest and most influential in the vacation rental industry.
The first conference the company attended was the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) Annual Conference held Oct. 26 through the 29th in San Diego, California­.

     “The VRMA Annual Conference is the largest gathering for the professionally managed vacation rental industry,” co-owner Jodi Refosco said. “Our participation at the Annual Conference proves our dedication to growing along with the industry, finding the very best way to serve our guests and owners, and always staying on or above the cutting-edge of industry trends.” 
     More than 1000 leading vacation rental industry professionals attended this year’s Annual Conference, which provides an unparalleled avenue for the vacation rental industry’s top influencers to exchange information and ideas through four days of educational sessions, networking opportunities and a tradeshow. This year’s VRMA Annual Conference was the largest event in the professionally managed vacation rental industry history.

     Jodi went on to say, “This year we took our largest group yet with over 10 employees and owners attending. With such a large array of classes and seminars being offered we wanted to make sure that we had someone from every department present.” Several of those from Taylor-Made also had the honor of presenting a session while there and Jodi was once again reelected to serve on the VRMA Board of Directors.

U.S. Midway

   Of course, all work and no play makes for a boring trip so the group was able to fit in some play time. We took an amazing tour of U.S. Midway a Navy Aircraft Carrier. (Not a good thing for those that are claustrophobic! or tall for that matter; Poor Joe!) We also got to spend a fun filled night with all VRMA attendees at The Wave House, which basically is just what it sounds like. One side of the park has the professional wave pool for those that know what they are doing and the other half is the training park for those that don’t. There were some causalities, I’m not going to lie but fortunately for me, I have video of it! (haha!) We also got to eat at some fantastic restaurants and basically just socialize with new and old acquaintances and friends.  

The gorgeous marina outside our hotel
We ate A LOT of food!

     TMDCVS employees and owners then left for Charleston, South Carolina for the Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals National Conference held November 10th-12th. Joe Refosco, President of the Board of VRHP, stated, “We were very pleased with this year’s outcome. Our membership grew to over 500 members. At the conference we were able to provide 8-9 informative sessions and several roundtables. We believe in creating the best housekeeping team we can and trading ideas with our peers is the way to do it.”
     All in all, it has been a busy month. The team is now gearing up for the holidays. It’s not to late to book your last minute Thanksgiving family holiday trip to Deep Creek Lake. Give us a call here at 1-866-351-1119 or online at www.deepcreekvacations.comto find the perfect vacation home for you and your family. We are now offering 3 nights for 2 for this weekend and how can you resist that kind of deal? Imagine how excited the family would be if you suddenly announced that you were heading to Deep Creek Lake to spend the holidays in the mountains? Outdoor hiking, horseback riding or maybe just relaxing in your bubbling outdoor hot tub? Snow! Yes, there is the possibility of snow as well! Call now! You know you want to! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

I suspect someone did a snow dance…..

Snow has officially fallen and stuck to the ground. Prepare for Winter! No one prepares for winter quite like we do here in Garrett County Maryland. Averaging more annual snowfall than Fairbanks Alaska, we are more than prepared to tackle several feet of snow at a time! Bring out the big state trucks, the salt & cinders, plus the numerous “Little Guys” that all have plows attached to the front and we pretty much keep things well covered. The first snowfall always brings a certain amount of excitement whether it’s kids that look forward to playing in it to those that are hopeful for a school “snow day” to the winter enthusiasts that are ready to break out their skis and snowboards! Snow excitement is in the air!
Speaking of enjoying winter fun, now is the perfect time to start planning your winter getaway. Holidays are popular times to be at Deep Creek Lake so smooch up to your boss for your future days off and then call us! Ski in/ Ski out homes are very popular so if you want the best choice of which one will accommodate your group then I highly suggest that you start looking now before it’s last minute. Because we are the only ski resort in the state of Maryland and only 3 hours from Washington/ DC area, we are a quick and easy winter escape. Not big on skiing? Snow tubing is a lot of fun and requires very little skill only than to hold on! (Perfect for someone like me who can’t even stand up on skis, let alone try to glide on them…)
Maybe you don’t even need to be outdoors. Cuddle up in front of a crackling fireplace with a favorite book as you take in the breathtaking snowy mountains through the wall of windows in your mountain chalet. Awww, yes! Visions of hot chocolate, snow angels, kids learning to ski, ice skating and more are drifting through your head. The mountains are calling and you must come and play! Call us today to plan your winter playtime 1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Honoring those who have served!

While the temperatures here at Deep Creek Lake have been a little fickle as of late, sometimes plunging into “Whoa! Wake Up!” kind of chilly, the past 2 days have been close to perfection. Bright blue skies, lots of sunshine, and the lake has taken on that dark cerulean blue which adds a certain beauty to the atmosphere despite the fallen leaves. I love this time of year at Deep Creek!
Today is Veteran’s Day and we would like to take the time to honor all of those that have, are, and will serve our country and protect our freedoms! Our gratitude is profound and great!
 With that we extend a true thank you and shout out to our very own, Gary Paugh! Gary is our Maintenance Superintendent who proudly served our country in the U.S. Army for 23 years! He is also possibly one of the nicest, hardest working, most genuine kind of guys that you may ever have the pleasure to encounter. To us at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or www.deepcreekvacations.com), he is our “Go To, Find the Problem; Fix the Problem” maintenance guy that basically helps keep our maintenance department running so smoothly! Need a special part ordered? Gary’s already on it. Guests call in and can’t figure out how to adjust the heat, Gary will stop by and show them! His work ethic is superior so he is definitely a humungous asset to our company but his awesome attitude and friendly personality make him our friend and favorite coworker! Point~ Every Christmas Gary happily puts on our Santa Claus outfit and poses in front of the fireplace and Christmas tree for pictures of all of the little kids that come to visit. (Yes, even the coworkers joined in because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to tell Santa want they really, really want for Christmas!) Christmas parties, end of summer parties, corn hole or whiffle ball tournaments, soup cook offs, or whatever we here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales want to celebrate, Gary is there ready to have a good time (he also wins a lot of the tournaments and likes to eat a lot so that could also have something to do with it…) So, again, thank you Gary for serving and protecting us and for basically just being you!
Since I’ve already bragged about the awesome weather we are having and since you know that you could really, really use some relax and unwind time, give us a call! Grab the girls for a weekend getaway or just pack up the family and make the short drive (2 ½ hrs from Pittsburgh; a little over 3 from Washington/ DC area!)! Did I mention that we are offering all kinds of crazy specials such as Stay 3 Nights for the Price of 2 and offering discounted 2 night stays (now for Thanksgiving as well!) and we are still in the “off season” rate time period! Insanely awesome specials! Just a call away!  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!

Swallow Falls State Park~ A Must See!

Seeking all outdoor enthusiasts! One of the most popular activities to do in our area in the fall is hiking at one of the many state parks. By far my favorite and the one thing we highly recommend to all of our guests is to check out Swallow Falls State Park! Housing the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland, Muddy Creek Falls (a crashing 53 feet), its sheer beauty will blow you away. The Youghiogheny River flows through the parks borders creating rippling rapids all of which creates a phenomenal landscape. The 1 ¼ mile walking trails winds around the park allowing guests to see Swallow Falls as well. For those that have some limited walking ability, there is a wheelchair access in the park and a ramp that leads down to the top of Muddy Creek Falls. Pack and picnic lunch and enjoy it at one of the picnic tables at the park. Dogs are permitted in the park from Labor Day to Memorial Day which makes it the perfect place to exercise your furry best friendly (please be sure to obey the leash law though). It truly is an exquisite place to visit and see so check it out the next time you are in town!

Speaking of visiting Deep Creek Lake, 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 fall getaway. We are now offering some fantastic deals such as Stay 3 Nights for the price of 2 at participating properties! Now that are fall colors are officially in bloom, it’s amazing to see! It’s also perfect weather for gathering around an outdoor fire pit! (Many of our homes do have these so make sure you let your Reservation Specialist know if this an amenity that you want with your vacation home!) Lots to do and so much to see, give us a call. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!  

Lovin This Season!

Spectacular scenery @ Deep Creek this week!
The leaves have begun to really “pop” this past week covering our gorgeous mountains in brilliant hues of orange, red, and yellow! It seem to be naturally timing themselves to be at their prime for next weekend’s 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival that kicks off on Wednesday the 8th and ends on Sunday the 12th. So much fun! If you haven’t made plans yet to attend, please do! Call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales and tell us what you are looking for in a vacation home and as always, we will do our best to find the perfect home for you (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com).

Having fun @ last year’s VRMA!
Speaking of us here at Taylor-Made, several of us will be getting ready to attend VRMA’s (Vacation Rental Managers Association) conference in San Diego at the end of the month. This is always an excellent chance for those in the vacation rental industry to attend classes and seminars on all of the latest trends in our industry. Keynote speakers speak each day and it’s just an optimal time to network with colleagues to exchange ideas. As a company, it brings our coworkers closer together (face it, 6 full days and evenings will do that!) and we can return full of new plans and goals! For you, our guest, it gives us the chance to better ourselves in all areas from customer service, housekeeping, maintenance, marketing, and more. Very exciting happenings this month!
Love fall decorations!

Once again, try to come and celebrate the Autumn Glory Festival with us but if you can’t get away that weekend, there is still plenty of time to come and enjoy the fall foliage and still so much to do this time of the year (hiking at Swallow Falls State Park, horseback riding, pontoon boat tours, disc golf at Wisp, and the list goes on!) We can’t wait to see you at the lake!