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:

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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

Fine Dining & Snow?


Amazing sunset

There has been whispers and rumors floating around that the S word is about to make an appearance. For our winter enthusiasts, this is greeted with smiles and lots of “Bring it on!” For those that are little less of a fan, they hate to see this warmer fall weather take absence! Regardless if it’s this weekend or later, snow will definitely be making an appearance. Now is the perfect time to enjoy a nice weekend getaway. Weather is still nice enough (snow or not) to take advantage of our many hiking trails throughout our state parks! Swallow Falls State Park will always impress but Deep Creek State Park also offers some amazing walking and mountain biking trails! Definitely worth checking out! We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (www.deepcreekvacations.com or 1-866-351-1119) are still offering some phenomenal discounts including Stay 3 Nights for the Price of 2 now through December 20th. Plan a couple’s retreat or make it a family getaway, we are ready to help you find the perfect home for you!

Cornish Manor Better

If you happen to be visiting our area and looking for a special and unique dining experience, I would recommend checking out Cornish Manor Restaurant in Oakland. Standing immense it’s Victorian glory, it definitely makes a pretty first impression. Belated birthday celebrations took my teenage son and me there last week for lunch. Offering multiple dining areas, they were just busy enough to be comfortable but you still had your choice seating wise (if you are planning on dining during the weekend and/ or for dinner, I think that they may require reservations). Wraparound windows give you the opportunity to enjoy the outside sunlight or you can choose by the wall for more intimate conversations. They offer a large variety of choices for the lunch menu alone; choose seafood pasta, the quiche of the day, or their infamous warm chicken salad served in a bread bowl! Incredible! While the prices are slightly larger than your average Value Meal, the portions are huge and the flavor is divine! The 1860’s Victorian is elegantly decorated throughout and you can truly feel the homes captivating charm and history. Located in our county seat of Oakland, it’s a mere 15-20 minute ride from McHenry and the heart of Deep Creek Lake! Again, if you are looking for a new dining establishment while visiting, Cornish Manor is definitely worth the trip!  To Snow or Not Snow? That is the question. In the meantime, 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!  

Fall, Food, & Fun!

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Today is one of those “Wow” kind of Deep Creek days!  Clear blue skies and comfortable 70’s kind of weather. The lake is sparkling and the trees are still full, lush and bright green. September is one of my all-time favorite months! The air starts getting crisp in the evening, perfect for bonfires! Kids settle back into school, everything and everyone starts slowing down just a bit and let’s not forget football season! It’s the best time to gather with friends and family for an extended weekend getting away. “But what is there to do now?” What isn’t there to do? Give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and we will help you out. (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com)  If you’re lucky enough to be in the area this weekend, stop by the Garrett County Fair Grounds and check out the Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival that is being held there this weekend. A simple fee of $25 gets you into the festival where you get to enjoy wine samplings, live entertainment, various vendors selling various forms of their art, and kid’s activities. Beat the line and stop by our office and purchase your tickets there!

Deep Creek Discovery Center is beginning their “First Late Summer” Canoe tours this Saturday. Take a leisurely paddle through mountain cove with one of their naturalist! A superb way to celebrate your Saturday. Call soon as space is limited! 301-387-7067

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations would also like to give a huge shout out and heartfelt thank you to Fred and Christine from The Historic Stone House Restaurant & Country Inn for providing us with a scrumptious catered lunch today! Located in Farmington, PA, The Historic Stone House is a mere 30 minutes from Deep Creek Lake and they offer a full lunch and dinner menu that has something to offer everyone! If nothing else, stop by and check out their bar menu which features over 20 different beers on tap; the perfect place for catching all of the NFL action (or in this case Steeler Football!) I would have loved to add a picture of all of the delicious food they brought but this hungry crew dug in before I was given a chance! Smoked brisket, chicken and pulled pork went perfectly on the fresh made rolls. Fresh made coleslaw, potato salad and everyone’s favorite homemade creamy mac-n-cheese were also part of the menu. Absolutely wonderful food! Again, thank you so much, we loved it! http://www.stonehouseinn.com/dining  In the meantime, the mountains are calling and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Accident… a charming small town!

I had the pleasure of taking a trip through the town of Accident the other day. Accident is a small town located north of Deep Creek Lake and is usually seen by visitors as “the small town they pass through to get to the lake”. However, upon closer inspection, one can see the town offers a great deal to both visitors and locals.  Of course, the first statement that we always hear is about how the town has such a strange name. Was it ‘by accident’? As a matter of fact it was! Interesting history fact: A gentleman by the name of Mr.George Deakins was to receive 600 acres of land in Western Maryland as a debt from King George II of England. Mr. Deakins sent out 2 corps of engineers, each without knowledge of the other, to survey the best land in the area. Up return and to their great surprise, each one had marked the same property. Mr.Deakins named the land “The Accident Track”, hence now the town of Accident!
Our first stop and one I always make when traveling through the area is FireFly Farms Creamery and Market, where you can buy some of their award winning cheeses (made on site!). They also offer an abundance of wines, specialty jams, crackers, and spreads. They really do offer a huge selection and encourage you to try as many as the cheeses that you wish. We scored our goods and were on your way! I highly recommend that you check them out!
The history buffs in the group will enjoy visiting Drane House, significant for its unique architecture and seen as a window into early Pioneer Garrett County life. It is believed to be one of the oldest standing structures in Garrett County today. Visitors can call and schedule to take a tour of the home. If interested, contact the Accident Town Hall 301-746-6346.
Other visitors may enjoy visiting the town over the Fourth of Julywhere they hold an annual Fourth of July parade. Craft shows and various entertainment are located throughout the town on this day and it’s a superb way to spend a special family day celebrating our patronage.

Our last stop was Annie’s Kitchen Country Restaurant for some lunch! First timer for me and I am now hooked. I chose the 6 inch Italian Sub (thank goodness I didn’t go for the bigger sub as this was enormous!). I have to say it was possibly one of the best subs I have ever had! Made with all fresh ingredients, they use a lot of herbs in the seasoning which really gives it a boost in flavor! (I’m already plotting a return stop!) The restaurant itself is charmingly decorated with memorabilia from the family run establishment with lots of pictures and signs and such. It definitely has a warm and cozy ambience. With some subtle eavesdropping, I also found out that their breakfast (served all day) is amazing. Check it out the next time that you are coming to the lake or even on your way out of town! You will not regret it.

Not much longer!

As we prepare to “Spring Ahead” with our clocks this weekend, we are still very much in winter mode with lots of snow on the ground and the Wisp is still open and going strong. A perfect time to call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com ) to check out some fantastic last minute specials on that perfect vacation home for you and your family and friends! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Pizza + Ale = It’s All Good!

We frequently get asked by visitors to our area to recommend some dining options for them during their stay. If they have children, we may suggest Smiley’s Fun Zone or if they are looking for a romantic candlelight dinner, I always tell them that they can’t go wrong with The Four Seasons @ Will O’ the Wisp. However, if they are just looking for something casual but a little different, I like to suggest that they check out Mountain State Brewery, located just a few minutes past Wisp Resort. Wooden floors with high vaulted ceilings provide a warm and cozy atmosphere. Actually the whole vibe is very relaxed and casual. If you are bringing the kids, there are numerous board games there to keep them occupied. Now, I have to be honest, I haven’t tried many of their dishes, simply because the first time we went, we tried the Fire on the Mountain pizza, and we were smitten. Cooked in a wood burning fireplace and using all fresh ingredients, makes the food delectable. They have a large variety of pizzas, wraps, burritos, salads and snacks. Of course, it’s not called a Brewery for nothing! Boasting a variety of different hand crafted ales, they differ from light to dark. Not sure which to pick? Choose their ale sampler and get one of each. Not being a big ale fan myself, I chose the Hillbilly Punch! Wow! Very good but definitely packs a bit of a punch (pardon the pun). Sometimes they offer acoustic music on the weekends which is definitely an added treat. Relaxed, casual atmosphere mixed with awesome food and beverage, makes Mountain State Brewery a must! Check it out the next time you are in the area. There are still a lot of fun activities going on around Deep Creek Lake in the next few weeks, so be sure to call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119) http://deepcreekvacations.com/ today to take advantage of some great last minute discounts. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

A new reason to love Wednesdays!!

To most people, Wednesday’s simply mean hump day. The day that puts you further away from Monday and closer to the weekend. Here, at Deep Creek Lake, Wednesday’s actually signifies more than that. It signifies an evening of casual yet elegant ambience. A night to indulge with a large selection of delectable, gourmet cuisine . A night to create a feast to your specific desires without the painstaking work of actually preparing it. Yes, that’s right, folks. We are talking about Pasta Mania night at The Four Seasons Restaurant. If you have never dined at the Four Seasons, I strongly recommend that you check it out. The restaurant itself is fashioned in elegant décor with votive candles accenting the tables. Offering some of the finest lakefront dining in the area, guests can enjoy their meal while taking in the exquisite lake and mountain views. Their menu consists of everything from steak and seafood to yummy appetizers such as calamari and Thai scallops. On Pasta Mania night, they set up a large buffet style station where guests get to choose their own pasta meal. By choose, I mean they offer a variety of different noodles, sauces, and toppings (lots of fresh veggies included). Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations employees and employers ventured out for a night on the town last Wednesday to check out the selection and I must say, we have nothing but positive things to say. The food was absolutely divine; the customer service stellar, and a great time was had by all. In the meantime, slopes are open, the sun is shining, and it is a great time to call for some fabulous last minute deals on your perfect vacation home. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!