15 Things to do at Deep Creek Lake with Kids


Planning a Deep Creek Lake summer vacation?  Our list of 15 Things to do at Deep Creek Lake with Kids includes destinations you don’t want to miss.

The Deep Creek Lake area is unique in that there are more than 90,000 acres of public land that make up 7 state forests and parks.  That means there are virtually limitless options for keeping your crew entertained and making memories with your favorite people.


Watch a family movie on a big outdoor screen at the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales office.  Every Tuesday (except Aug.2) during the summer, bring chairs or a blanket and catch a FREE family movie under the stars.  Click here to see the movie line-up.


Paddleboarding at Deep Creek Lake State Park is a fun activity for everyone.  You can rent a paddleboard for as little as $14 for half an hour or $24 for an hour from Wisp’s Beach Hut.  Pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon at the sandy beach and swimming area. Kayak and canoe rentals are available as too.


Hiking to a waterfall (or 3!). At Swallow Falls State Park you can hike trails leading to three different waterfalls.  Make it a fun family adventure to see them all – Swallow Falls, Muddy Creek Falls, and Tolliver Falls.  If there are smaller kids in your group or family members with limited mobility, a handicap accessible ramp leads to a platform that offers beautiful views.



Go Fishing.  Fishing opportunities are around every corner.  Get your Maryland fishing license and cast your line from the dock at your Deep Creek Lake vacation rental or head to a state park: New Germany, Deep Creek Lake, and Herrington Manor.  If you need tips on the best bait or secret spots, stop by Bill’s Outdoor Center on Rt. 219.

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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!


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!


Shop Till You Drop @ Schoolhouse Earth!

As the sun continued to dance through the clouds, my need to escape the office and enjoy it become a possibility today when I had to make a stop at Schoolhouse Earth to pick up some flyers for our office. Enjoy the sun and get to go to one of my all-time favorite shops in our area? I love the perks of my job! Even pulling into the parking area, you can see that there is a large array of lawn ornaments on display outside. I am a true sucker for outdoor décor including flags, wind chimes, you name it! (And yes, even garden gnomes!) Here you will a large variety to choose from. With 3 separate buildings, it feels like a bit of a magical village! I head to the first building and I am lost in shopping heaven! So many jewelry choices! Big loud bold necklaces or dainty little birthstone chains, rings, earrings, something for everyone’s taste! Walking in further and here you will find a variety of beautiful scarves and purses! Completing this circle I find a wall of candles to choose from! It’s like finding all of my favorite things in this one little spot! I basically just walked in a daze throughout all of the buildings simply in awe over how many things I saw that I suddenly desperately felt that I needed and must have immediately! The building to the right was another delight! Here you could find an expansive collection whether you were looking for some home décor such as curtains or specialty dishes for your kitchen collection. Speaking of which, for those Foodies out there, they have an amazing collection of specialty dips, mustards, crackers, etc. Also for the wine lovers, they have a fun and unique array of wall plaques, wine glasses, wine glass accessories (these apparently are quite popular), and more! For the kids section, they have a great collection of games, puzzles, books, and toys to choose from! I try to think of myself as a grown up but I saw A lot of kid’s items that I was ready to rip open and play with! So many cool things to choose from!
Your fun continues to flow outside when you walk to the back area of the shops to see the little petting/feeding area. While they do have a few alpacas and a donkey on site, they chose to stay back and just do their own thing. I did however, get to witness Spencer, the Rooster as he strutted about. Charlie Brown the goat also came by to say Hi! Both seemed more concerned with the fresh watermelon rine they had been given just a few minutes prior to be completely honest but it was nice that they were willing to swagger by.
Schoolhouse Earth is not just an average stop that you come across, it’s an entire shopping experience. It’s the kind of specialty shop that you go to and are able to find that one perfect gift that you know will make your best friend’s day. It’s a neat place where the cashiers are pleasant and helpful and you just know that they really like their job. If you are lucky enough to meet Stephen, the owner, he will happily guide you around and help you find exactly what you are looking for! We always believe it is important to support our local shops but we also recommend Schoolhouse Earth because it truly is one of our favorite shops around Deep Creek Lake and we want you to experience the best while you are here!

There is still time to find your dream vacation home rental for your summer stay here at Deep Creek Lake. Give us a call (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #vacationrentals #lakelife #shoptillyoudrop

Prepping for Deep Creek Lake Summer Vacations!


Everyday seems to be a new whirl of excitement around the Taylor-Made offices. We are enjoying some amazing spring weather lately with temperatures in the low to mid-70s. Bright blue skies and lots of sunshine, almost like something out of postcard. We are very lucky.
Each department has been gearing up and prepping for guests who will soon be arriving for their Deep Creek Lake summer vacations.
Reservation Specialists have been busy helping families plan their last minute summer vacations, from finding the perfect vacation home to planning activities to do while they are staying here at Deep Creek Lake. Luckily they are all very familiar with each home, the location, and the amenities each one has to offer. As we all like to “Play where we work”, they are also very knowledgeable about the various restaurants and activities to do in the area. Best place to get fresh produce in the area? Ask, we can tell you. Aunt Bessie likes quirky, off the wall shops? Yep, we know that one too! This is what makes our Reservationists so spectacular at their jobs!
Still speaking of busy, our lawn crews have been crazy doing spring clean ups! We love it when guests pull up to our vacation rental homes and say “Awww…it feels like home!” We want our homes to look manicured and inviting and that is why our lawn crew puts so much time and energy into each job. New mulch, cleaning up debris, fresh cut; just to name of few of the many tasks they take on daily! They are greatly appreciated for their hard work.

Our Owner Reps/ Inspectors may be taking on the toughest job of any right now as they are multi-tasking the many jobs that need to get done to prepare the home for summer rentals. Hours are spent pouring over kitchen items in order to make a full inventory of what is needed for the fully stocked kitchen! Carpet cleanings are being scheduled as well as window washing! Deep cleaning throughout the entire home including all comforters and other bedding. A lot of items to keep track of for each home! It’s because they know the homes inside and out that help them pull all of this together so efficiently.

As I mentioned, a whirl wind of activities going on here at our Taylor-Made home base these days. We kind of like this way. As always, we are offering some awesome last minute discounts for your spring getaway! Visit for 3 days and stay for the price of 2 for the remaining month of May. Give us a call (1-866-351-1119 or online
www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you plan your next “Deep Creek Excursion”! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #readyforsummer #familyfun


Plan your “Spring Fling”!

If you are at all familiar with Deep Creek Lake and our mountainous region, then you may know that our seasons tend to run a little different than most areas. While most regions get to experience Spring in March and April, our Spring starts closer to May. Once it finally comes to bloom, it is nothing short of spectacular. It’s the simple acting of waiting. Now the wait is over and it’s time to call to book your family’s spring getaway at the lake! Docks are in the water and most marinas are now open and ready to start the boating rental season. Rent a pontoon to take the whole family out and experience Deep Creek from the “inside perspective”! Truly a delight! The trees have buds, wildlife is scampering about, and the mountains are turning a beautiful lush green! Don’t think that there is anything to do? Hiking at one of the many state parks, golfing at our top notch golf courses, boat rides, horseback riding, and our list of activities is long and full of all kinds of family fun!
 We are running some amazing specials now as well. If you haven’t made plans for the Memorial Day weekend, you can now reserve 3 nights for the price of 2! Give us a call and let us help you find your dream vacation home (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) Speaking of “Dream Home”, don’t forget that we also now sell real estate. Imagine not only getting to visit your favorite vacation area but you get to live there too!
Spring is finally upon us! Come experience the true beauty that Mother Nature offers us here at Deep Creek Lake! Call today, we can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #taylormadevacationrentals #springfling #marylandmountains

Soups On! Who’s Hungry?

Taylor-Made 5th Annual Soup Cook Off
Yesterday was Earth Day. Mother Nature played a little surprise trick on us by decorating our mountain tops with some fresh fluffy snow. Just another part of the adventure of mountain living! Speaking of which, our spring generally comes a little later than most places but the reawakening has started and we are so excited. Buds are forming on trees, the grass is getting darker and brighter, and the wildlife is starting to come out and play! Now is the perfect time to get away for the weekend and come to Deep Creek to play. Our local golf courses are open and Wisp is still running the mountain coaster (a single ride coaster that winds down the mountain and you can control the speed. So much fun and a Must-Try!) Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is offering some fabulous last minute discounts! Give us a call and let us help you find that perfect vacation home for you and your family (1-800-851-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacatons.com).
Today marks an important day in the Taylor-Made world as we held our 5thAnnual Company Soup Cook Off! This is where we call on all Taylor-Made employees to show off their culinary skills by bringing in their favorite soup in an attempt to win the coveted title of Soup Cook Off Champ! Over the years, we have seen many different soups from Jambalayas, Seafood Bisques, Veggie, Chili, etc. Basically if it can be made in soup form, it was at some point entered into the contest. The one conclusion we come to each year is this: our employees have some mad cooking skills! Each year we pick our “Celebrity Deep Creek Judges” who are responsible for judging each soup and rating them accordingly. They must then get together and judge who the real winner is going to be. Not an easy task for any man, I can assure you of that. This year our grand prize when to Chris R in Reservations for her entry of Creamy Crab Soup. This was followed up with 2nd prize to Rita in Accounting for Potato Bacon & Tied for third, Jason and Heather from Housekeeping/ Laundry with their soup entries of Mexican Tortilla and White Chicken Chili!

It’s also just a fun way to take time away from the usual hustle and bustle of a daily schedule to mix and mingle with coworkers. We love it when all of our departments can take a short time out to get together and enjoy each other’s company. (Throw in yummy food and it’s a win-win for everyone!) A great deal of fun was had by all and a huge thank you to all who participated, both by entering and judging!)
Signs of Spring!
Have we mentioned that now is the ideal time to plan a short getaway? So close to Pittsburgh, Washington D.C. & the surrounding areas, why not just take advantage of some awesome deals, pack up the car, & in just a few short hours spend an amazing weekend resting and relaxing with your favorite people! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #taylormadevacatonrentals #springfling  

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!

Why are you not here?

We are officially in the fall season as the air tends to dip lower in the evenings and the trees are starting to take color. In a few weeks, our leaves will begin to peak just in time for our annual Autumn Glory Festival, which is by far, my favorite Garrett County tradition! Days of fun-filled activities and definitely something for everyone in your group. If you haven’t planned your fall getaway yet, this is the place to be! Days of craft shows, classic car shows, antiquing, Farmer’s Market are just to name a few! The festival is highlighted with a grand parade that winds down through the streets of Oakland, our county seat! Marching bands, clowns, elaborately festive floats, music and the list goes on! Balloons, souvenirs, delicious food vendors, and well…. I said that the list goes on! It’s just such a fun family friendly atmosphere that you must see to believe! If you can’t make it that weekend, please mark a weekend in October to come up and witness the breathtaking fall foliage that is Deep Creek Lake. It’s phenomenal and so peaceful here this time of year! Okay, now the thought is in your head…a weekend at Deep Creek Lake! Are you dialing yet ? (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) We can’t wait to see you at the lake!