Quick Guide: Deep Creek Lake Fall Getaways

Deep Creek Lake Fall Getaways

Deep Creek Lake fall getaways are a favorite way to enjoy the best of this colorful season. Reserve your Deep Creek Lake vacation rental, pack your hiking boots and sweaters and get ready for an unforgettable experience.


-Take the scenic route for a fall foliage driving tour and leaf peep on scenic back roads

-Take a hike at Swallow Falls State Park (or one of the other 5 state parks in the area)

-Grab a seat by the fireplace and snack on a yummy pumpkin roll at Trader’s Coffee House Continue reading Quick Guide: Deep Creek Lake Fall Getaways

4 Favorite Fall Hikes at Deep Creek Lake

fall hikes at deep creek lakeOur four favorite fall hikes at Deep Creek Lake take you through some of the most beautiful terrain in the area. Leaf peepers will love the opportunity to immerse themselves in the brilliant colors of autumn as the trek along miles of scenic trails.

After Labor Day, these trails are all dog friendly! Check the state park websites for more details.

LOSTLAND RUN TRAIL – Potomac Garrett State Forest
One of Garrett County’s best kept secrets, this 3.5 mile trail is highlighted by Cascade Falls, towering hemlocks, and a short spur trail that leads to the Potomac Overlook with views of the river and mountains. Moderate in difficulty, it takes about two hours each way. Continue reading 4 Favorite Fall Hikes at Deep Creek Lake

A Conference & A Halloween Celebration!

Hard to believe we are already closing out the month of October. Next stage: Snow. At least more than likely we will start to see little flakes here and there. The temperatures are starting to dip at night which means it’s “let’s be lazy & lounge around the fireplace” time. Many of our vacation rental homes have either a wood fireplace or a gas fireplace, as it is a popular amenity that is often requested when a guest is trying to find the perfect home. If you have questions regarding what your home has, please feel free to call in and speak to your Reservationist or go online and check under the Amenities Section. (www.deepcreekvacations.com or 1-866-351-1119). VRMA 2015

The Taylor-Made Team recently returned from the Annual VRMA (Vacation Rental Managers Association) conference held in New Orleans this week. It’s always an incredible informative and fun conference which gives us the chance to network and share ideas with others in our industry. It’s also a huge eye-opener on how incredibly large and expansive the Vacation Rental Industry really is! The chance to take classes, boot camps, round tables and presentations by the best in the business is always exciting! The fact that this year is the 30th Anniversary of VRMA definitely added to the excitement.

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Our Taylor-Made Family also got in the Halloween spirit today by dressing up and having a pizza party. Major props are going out to our entire Owner Representative staff who embraced the fun and dressed as Cat in the Hat and Thing #1 through Thing #7! A huge thank you to the Taylor-Made bosses for once again treating us to lunch. (If you happen to still be in the area and are hungry, stop by! Someone left it up to me and I clearly over-ordered (normally those maintenance/ hot tub techs/ and lawn care crew devour it all!) Speaking of which, we would like to wish everyone a festive and fun Halloween and certainly hope that you get nothing but treats & no tricks. Don’t forget to change your clocks back an hour this Sunday as well (Spring Ahead; Fall Back!). Give us a call and let us help you plan your next Deep Creek adventure. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Who needs “Serenity Now”?

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Our fall colors are starting to show and they should be perfectly peaking in time for the Autumn Glory Festival held the weekend of October 9th! Such a fun time to come and visit! If you haven’t made plans to attend this year’s festival, you still have some time. Give us call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales and we will be more than happy to help you find the perfect vacation rental for you and your group. (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com)
We recently welcomed a new home onto our rental market and I can honestly say that it took my breath away. “Serenity Now” is an extraordinary 5 bedroom lakefront home with an indoor swimming pool! One step inside and you know that you are going to experience a truly remarkable Deep Creek vacation. Luxurious décor flows throughout the home, also enhanced by the remarkable hardwood floors and massive stone fireplace in the Great Room. The open floor plan allows you and your family to create delicious meals in the fully stocked kitchen while still conversing with friends and family. Each bedroom is extremely spacious and offers elegant, top of the line bedding. A peaceful night’s sleep is a given.

Now, back to that swimming pool. Wow! Rainy days cannot possibly damper your stay when you and the kids have the whole private pool to yourselves. Comfortable and decorative patio furnishings adorn the room so that the parents can read a book or just enjoy watching the kids swim and splash. Due to the larger size of the pool, adults can jump in and splash and play as well. Outside, the big level yard promises fun lawn games and your dock slip is just an easy stroll away. The outdoor fire pit will provide evenings of roasting marshmallows and story sharing. Located in the Waterfront Greens Community, you and your guests have use of the 3 par golf course, mini putt putt course, catch and release pond and the sledding hill in the winter months. Definitely has something to offer everyone in your party. If you really want to experience a truly extraordinary Deep Creek vacation, I highly recommend that you check out the home Serenity Now. http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/booking/serenity-now/1314-105856

In the meantime, there is time left to experience our spectacular fall foliage. The Thanksgiving holiday is now beginning to book rather quickly so in order to make sure you reserve the best home to accommodate your group, call us today. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

A little savage, something new, and a festival!

Sunrise-2BWe are sailing into fall and are now starting to see the first changing of the leaves. This weekend is the big SavageMan Triathlon where athletes flock to our mountainous area to tackle our hills with their bikes, swim in Deep Creek and race down our roads! Definitely a competitive sport and one that is intense to watch! Of course we welcome these athletes and their families with open arms! We love that they can participate in such a great charitable event and experience the beauty of our area at the same time. We are also being gifted with dream like weather this week with bright blue skies and lots of sunshine. Temperatures have been ideal and in the mid-70s. This is also the perfect time for evening bonfires. Many of our vacation rentals have outdoor fire pits so if you are planning on visiting us, make sure you let your Reservationist know this so she can help you find one with this particular amenity. Call us at 1-866-351-1119 or go online www.deepcreekvacations.com and click this option when you are putting in your requirements for your search. Speaking of going online, have you checked our newly launched website. As before, it is very user friendly but also has a fresh new look. Not only is it easy to search for a home with your certain criteria but you also see our vacation packages, check out our photo gallery, read our policies and procedures and more. You can also easily navigate over to our Real Estate section for those that are thinking of buying or listing a home. As I continue to somewhat boast, there is also a very thorough and informative 3D virtual floor plan that we now offer for our homes (not all have one right now but they all will in the near future). This is a great tool to have when you trying to see if a house would work out for you and your family. You can go in and maneuver throughout the rooms and floors, perfect for trying to decide who may be sleeping where. I highly recommend you check out (plus it’s kind of fun!)
The Autumn Glory Festival will be here shortly. The entire festival kicks off on Wednesday October 7th and the big parade held in Oakland is Saturday the 10th. There are so many fun filled family activities to do that weekend! By tradition if you do join in the celebration, don’t forget to pick up your turkey dinner. There are numerous dining establishments in the area who join in with awesome local tradition and offer a full turkey dinner with all of the trimmings! Again, give us a call and let us help you find your Deep Creek home! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Art? Wine? Yes, Please!

Art and Wine   If you haven’t already made plans to attend the annual Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival this upcoming weekend (September 11-13th), it’s not to late! Gather the girlfriends or make it a couples retreat & come visit for a weekend full of fun activities.On Friday evening, many of our local dining establishments have planned special wine pairing menus so you can start enjoying the festivities when you arrive. The Wine Festival on Saturday begins at 12 noon and goes to 6 pm while the wine store will continue to stay open until 7 pm. Activities run throughout the day and feature everything from live entertainment, carriage rides, a photo booth and more. Of course there is the reason you came to the festival; the art & wine. Over 30 local artists will be present selling a variety of items like pottery, oil paintings, jewelry, wood carvings and more. Also there will be National Distributors and Maryland wineries there to offer samplings of over 200 different kinds of wine. Definitely something for everyone’s different tastes. The food fare is another great reason to attend. There will be many food artisans there so you can grab a bite while at the festival or choose to take some home with you like Firefly Farms amazing goat cheese or fresh produce and products from Deberry’s Farm. The very best part of the festival? The proceeds go to HART which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets in Garrett County. A huge win-win for everyone! We are now offering last minute discount on all available vacation rental homes so now is the perfect time to call us! A fun packed weekend enjoyed art and wine with your friends or another weekend of doing nothing! Make it Count! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

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!


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!

Something to Smile About!

My boys & I were feeling a little playful the other day & since Smiley’s Fun Zone is one of Deep Creek’s most popular “play grounds”, we decided to head there! What an arrangement of fun activities for kids of all ages (and clearly, adults too!) Speed along the outdoor go kart course or try to soak your competition in the Smiley’s Bumper Boats! For those who like a slower pace, grab your clubs and try a round of mini-golf. The best thing about Smiley’s is that there are so many activities to choose from that you can literally make a whole day of it. We then enjoyed a delicious light lunch out on the deck. They have a large menu that includes pizza, wraps, salads, and more (not to mention their large variety of wings!) The kid’s menu has a nice selection to choose from and for those that need to keep entertained while waiting for the meal (Me!) they offer crayons to color the menu! To me, it’s just a nice place to eat while you enjoy the beautiful scenery of McHenry Cove. Afterwards, we spent some time inside playing arcade games and the boys finished with a rousing game of laser tag! All in all, it was a very successful day of family fun! I highly recommend that you bring out the inner kid in you and take the family!

Beautiful foggy morning on Deep Creek Lake!
It’s so hard to believe that the Worlds Canoe/Slalom is going to be here @ Deep Creek in just 2 days with the opening ceremony starting Wednesday night! The celebration begins at the CARC with live entertainment such as XPogo (featured on American’s Got Talent), a renowned steel drum group and a performance by our very own local Award Winning Boundless Energy from Brenda’s Body Shop! It continues to flow over to the Wisp with musical entertainment, cash & concessions, and a fireworks display! We have many different teams staying with us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales so it is exciting to invite them here to enjoy Deep Creek and the surrounding area. If you haven’t made plans to attend this, call now!! (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) Seriously, this is an Epic event that you really do not want to miss! We are running some spectacular last minute discounts so call today! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Wines & Worlds

Our Fall foliage is breathtaking!
September has taken off with a blast and it’s hard to believe we are already rolling into the 2nd week already. If you were visiting our area last weekend then you may have been lucky enough to attend our annual Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival. What an awesome turnout! There was a large variety of not just wine samples but a lot of awesome artisans and vendors. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales was there and we loved seeing so many of our homeowners and guests enjoying themselves. (Sandwiched between Deep Creek Sweets and Firefly Farms was a little rough. The smell of delicious fudge, smooth goat cheese and every wine imaginable was beyond tempting; we did some shopping on our own!) The Bounce House was a great hit with the kids and everyone enjoyed dancing and singing along to the various bands that were playing. Such a fun event! If you missed this year, please mark your calendars now and plan to attend!
Casey & Devin in prep mode!
The countdown to the Worlds Canon/Slalom Championships being held here in McHenry is on with the official World Championship Kick Off beginning Wednesday September 17th and ending on Sunday the 21st. As I type this, there are many different nations staying here at Deep Creek and practicing at ASCI in preparation for this historical event (There eventually will be over 35 nations here during the event itself! Wow!  Four full days of the world’s best canoers and kayakers competing for the title of #1. Definitely an exciting time to visit us here at Deep Creek. If you haven’t made your plans yet for this amazing event, call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find the perfect home for you and your guests. We are also currently running a special where if you reserve 3 nights, we will give the 4thnight free! Also, the first 10 Reservations that mention this special at the time of booking will receive 4 free event tickets! Definitely can’t beat that deal!
Tackling the course!
Give us a call today because we can’t wait to see you at the lake!