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

Springtime and Fine Dining!

We are heading into the weekend with promises of sunshine and temps into the 70s. For those that will be visiting our area, it’s the perfect time to get out to one of our state parks and enjoy a nice hike. Although we are always eager to get our guests to see Swallow Falls State Park as it is one of “must see” spotlights (housing the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland), we also highly recommend Deep Creek State Park as well. You can stop in their office, located across from the Deep Creek Discovery Center, http://www.discoverycenterdcl.com/home_-_about_usand pick up a trail guide but they have trails for those that are just looking for an easy walk to those looking for something more challenging! Regardless of where you choose to go, outside seems like an awesome idea after such a long winter!
Dutch’s Dining Room

Today we want to give a shout out to one of our favorite local restaurants, Dutch’s at Silver Tree. Offering lakefront dining and gourmet style food, it’s definitely the kind of place that you want to go if you are celebrating something special with family and friends. Beautifully decorated throughout, the restaurant definitely has a warm and cozy feel. The main dining area showcases a massive stone fireplace while the vibrant hues of colors in the bar area create a lively atmosphere. I met with Stephanie, one of the main gals that helps run the show, and she was kind enough to give me the grand tour. This included heading to the banquet dining area located in the lower level. It would make a wonderful place for a wedding reception or family gathering of some sort. While the lakefront dining is certainly an appealing concept, the food is definitely another. The crab cakes are often a recommended selection by locals and visitors alike while the sandwiches on the lunch menu are widely known “huge” and overly filling. Next time that you are in the area, I highly recommend that you stop in and give Dutch’s at Silver Tree a try.
Dutch’s Bar Area

Need a relaxing weekend away? 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 next mountain getaway. We are now offering fantastic Spring & Summer discounts so call now to take advantage. We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #taylormadedeepcreekvacations #springtime

I Want Candy!!!

CANDY!
    We still officially have 1 day to go until spring but Mother Nature has been very kind in providing us with some sunshine & warmer temperatures.  Life in the mountains can be very unpredictable so we know that we are in no-way out of snows way but for now, it feels wonderful. We are even starting to get notifications from the local golf courses of possible opening days. There are so many fun activities to do here in the spring.
    Speaking of things to do, I recently took the afternoon off to check out some of our local shops. While I can go on and on about all of the great little shops here at Deep Creek Lake & the surrounding area, one my very favorite and one that I feel it is my duty to tell you about is Candyland/ Farmer’s Market in Oakland, our county seat. While many visitors coming to our area make a stop at our local Wal-Mart, many of them are unaware that just 2 minutes farther away is a store filled with hundreds of different kinds of candy which can be purchased already bagged or by the pound. A true plethora of sugary goodness! Starbursts, Swedish fish, Snickers, Laffy Taffy, chocolate covered everything! Allow yourself one day of totally indulge your sweet tooth! Who doesn’t love Candyland?
   
Fresh produce
Conveniently and as if they knew the guilt would hit you at some point, the other half of the store is the Farmer’s Market! Stocked full of fresh fruits and veggies, many of which are grown locally, a win-win all around! They also have specialty dips, jams, soups, and large bins filled with a variety of different nuts! You will also find a nice assortment of cheeses including a small selection of goat cheeses. A very uniquely divided store; gather as much candy and chocolate as possible on one side and stock up on your much needed fruits and veggies on the other side! You definitely want to stop here!
Have you planned your spring getaway yet? Spring in the mountains is a must! It’s just a nice and peaceful time to visit while still having a ton of choices for things to do whether you choose horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking, golf, fishing, or just simply want to get away!
Spring Time!
Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales and let us help you find that dream vacation home (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). Don’t forget that we also expanded to include Real Estate Sales for those of you who may have considered buying a home or property in our irresistible mountainous region! Our Real Estate team is in the office 7 days a week and also very quick to answer any and all phone calls or e-mails. Give us a call, you will be glad that you did. We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #lakelife #springtime

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!  

It’s Only Fair to Let You Know….

Everyone loves the Ferris Wheel!

If you are arriving in Deep Creek this weekend, then you can consider yourself extra fortunate, for this week is the Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair held here in McHenry! That means a lots of live entertainment, fair rides, exhibition booths, farm & tractor demos, and of course, food!! So many yummy options to choose from.  What’s your preference? Candy apples? Funnel Cakes? Personally, I am a cotton candy kind of gal myself. Without a doubt if you do attend, you must stop by the local Rotary Booth to try some of their fresh cut Rotary French Fries. A true Garrett County staple loved by so many! (Did I mention that calories consumed while at the fair have no substance? I’m not sure why but I truly believe in this. I think riding the rides has something to do with it!)

Yum!
For a mere price of $10 per person, you not only get into the fair but you get all access to all of this including the rides! The rides usually run throughout the day with a small break for an hour or so in the early evening and then back and running until 11pm. Throughout each day, you can usually find some entertainment in the stage booth, derbies and demos each evening and of course, you can stroll through the barns at any time to see all of the wonderful crafts and goodies that people have submitted in the hopes of winning the coveted “Blue Ribbon”. It’s also neat to walk through the animal barns to see all of the animals that are local youth so lovingly took care of and raised and are now proudly displaying for show or sale. The fair opens tomorrow night for the rides and then all other activities running through the week until the following Saturday, August 2nd!  For complete details check out their website. http://www.garrettcountyfair.org/ .  It is definitely a fun time for the whole family.



We saved you a seat!!
If you haven’t booked your Deep Creek summer stay yet then I suggest you hurry up. August will soon be on us but there is still plenty of time to make plans! Water tubing on the lake, hiking at Swallow Falls State Park, kayaking tours with All Earth Eco Tours (www.allearthecotours.com), white water rafting at ASCI or with one of the local rafting companies! There is so much to do! Give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales and let us help you find that perfect vacation home. Don’t forget that we now do sales as well and Jay and is here and more than happy to help you find that amazing home for you and your family. Give us a call @ 1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Are you hooked?

Spring weather has finally arrived, better late than never, here in the mountains. We have been graced with some awesome weather and temps in the comfortable 70’s. It’s a great time to get outside and get active. Swallow Falls State Park showcases Mother Nature at her finest and the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland but also offers fantastic hiking and mountain biking trails. Check it out on your next Deep Creek getaway!
Last month Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations was the humble recipient of a hosted lunch by Jearbryo’s Hookers Seafood & Grill. Yum! They served a variety of fresh made wraps and their famous crab dip served with fresh breadsticks! Such a wonderful treat and so greatly appreciated! If you haven’t been up by there in a while, I strongly recommend that you check it out as they offer a wide variety of seafood dishes and choices! Celebrating their 1 year Anniversary this week, they are ready for their guests to come and check out the newly added outside patio, ideal for dining out on a warm spring evening or a nice summer day! (Anyone else picturing fresh crabs and cold beer?) Check out their website (www.jearbryos.com)  for a complete menu listing and to see some of their great offers  (very reasonably priced lunch specials, discount for Seniors on Monday evenings, Double Dinner Deals, and more!) I also got a chance to speak to Bryon, the owner, who is also very busy these days branching out into the catering world. You may have also seen him and his crew out connecting with the community at numerous local events and festivals (Autumn Glory, Art & Wine Festival, Friendsville Days, Little Yough Music Festival, and the list goes on and on!) They usually set up their little booth/ wagon and offer some of their most requested items such as their amazing crab cakes! So, if you are looking for a fabulous meal (especially if you are a lover of seafood like my family) then head to Jearbryo’s for a relaxing dinner out.
Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations is currently running some phenomenal discounts and deals (For an extended weekend getaway, ask about our “Stay 3 nights for the price of 2” special running through the 2nd week of May!).  Now is also a good time to book your summer vacation. Homes are going quickly so in order to get the perfect home for you and your family, call and speak to one of our Reservationist on what you are looking for in a vacation home. See you at the lake!

A Snowy Adventure!!

Muddy Creek Falls in winter!
In general, when one is trying to encourage others to try a new activity, it is helpful that the describer has also tried the new activity. <Insert perk to working for Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations>!  One of our favorite vendors in our area is All Earth Eco Tours. Crede Calhoun and his crew have perfected the art of “appreciating the great outdoors” and often invite Taylor-Made owners and employees to join them on some of their exciting excursions! However, when they first invited us on asnowshoeing tour a few years ago, I must admit that I had some serious trepidation. It is widely known throughout my circle, that I have a serious coordination issue. The issue, being, that I lack it! However, I was feeling brave and didn’t want to be called a wimp by Chad, so I signed up. We met Crede at Swallow Falls State Park where he gave detailed instructions on how to maneuver around in our “duck feet” and then we were off.  Crede took us through areas of Swallow Falls State Park that I have never been too (which I thought was impossible since I have frequented Swallow Falls for as long as I can remember!) Within minutes, I was in love! This new adventure was so fun, exciting, and not difficult at all (yes, a little awkward at first but once I got into my groove, I was good to go!) So, there we were surrounded by this breathtaking, peaceful scenery, the snow was falling gently, and I was upright and not falling down! Not to mention that you are outside in the fresh mountain air and participating in an activity that is good for you and fun at the same time. I can’t wait to do it again and definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the area. Make sure you call for an appointment!  1-800-446-7554 or go online www.allearthecotours.com ) Crede and his crew also do cross country tours as well in the wintertime. Any other season, you will find them guiding you on “eagle watching” kayak tours or hiking tours. (We went on the kayak tour this past spring and it was amazing!! I am already planning on doing it again this year!) 
Look at us go!
 There are still a lot of fun winter activities going on over the next month or two so be sure to call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) to take advantage of some great last minute discounts. February 15thweekend is Winterfest in downtown Oakland. Bring the family and spend the day touring the town as you take in the awesome ice sculptures and enjoy hot chocolate and other treats. The following weekend (February 22nd) is our annual Deep Creek Dunk! Witness tons of people dunking themselves in the chilly water of Deep Creek Lake for the wonderful and important cause of raising awareness and money for Maryland Special Olympics! (Some of the costumes are amazing. Last year we had Elvis, the Teletubbies, Dorothy & the gang from Oz, just to name a few…) Homes are booking quickly so call today to find one that works best for you and your family. The snow if falling, the slopes are open, and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Taking a look back in time…

     I decided to take advantage of the spectacular Fall weather the other day by shopping and wandering through downtown Oakland. While there, I decided to pop into the Garrett County Museum since I had never been there before. What a treat! The outside of the back of the building is reconstructed to look like the old Deer Park Hotel, which was a widely popular hotel constructed in the late 1890’s. One can truly get a sense of how beautiful this hotel was back in its day.

     Walking through, you obviously get a real understanding of the history of our area but what I found most fascinating was that the majority of pictures and artifacts were actually donated by the citizens of Garrett County. In one room, you can look at a model of the old B & O Railroad along with some of the original uniforms, pictures, and plaques that were in placed in the station. Interesting fact; Garrett County was actually named in honor of Mr. John W. Garrett, President of the B & O Railroad.
     Other items of interest is the room that is reconstructed to look like an old Deep Creek Lake cottage and a room devoted to some of the military background of our area. As an resident of Mountain Lake Park, I was awed by the pictures of the old lake, which at the time was a popular place for those to vacation. Unfortunately it could not be salvaged and was torn down but many years ago, Mtn. Lake housed a 5000 seating Bashford Amphitheater, which William Howard Taft actually spoke at in August 1911. To see the pictures, one cannot help but be amazed at the enormity of the building and to imagine what huge crowds it must have drawn to it.
     I highly recommend that you take a day and visit the museum. Make a full day of it and also visit the Transportation Museum located just down the road. Don’t forget that Farmer’s Market is still going strong throughout the month of October so visit on Wednesday and Saturday and choose from a large variety of fresh fruit, veggies, and baked goods. Stop into Dottie’s Fountain and Grill for a delicious homemade milkshake. An eclectic atmosphere combined with awesome diner food! You can’t go wrong!
      The Autumn Glory Festival is quickly approaching so make sure you call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today (1-866-351-1119) or look us up online (www.deepcreekvacations.com) for some unbeatable last minute deals. For the large multi-family getaway call and get details on one of our latest homes, Unforgettable, a true Deep Creek premiere home. This phenomenal 8 bedroom home is located in the prestigious community of Waterfront Greens and boasts a private indoor heated pool, 2 hot tubs, and lots of new updated décor including newer flat screen TVs. Trust me, your family will thank you. In the meantime, as we continue to bask in the beauty of Autumn here in the mountains, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Gary, Gary….He’s Our Man!!

Mountain life is treating us well here in Garrett County these days. Leaves are beginning to change just in time for the much anticipated Autumn Glory Festival that is being held the 2nd weekend of October. It’s a wonderful festival that includes craft & car shows, a German “Oom Pah” festival, a Grand Feature Parade, band playoffs, the list is endless. A definite “must check out” event. Don’t forget to call us @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119) or look us up online @ www.deepcreekvacations.com to get some great deals on last minute reservations!
We have decided to try something a little different on our blog this month. Each month we will introduce you to a featured employee. Many of our renters have been staying with us for many years and we here at the Reservationist Department have the pleasure of getting to know them and see them when they visit. We thought it would be nice for our renters to get know the rest of our Taylor-Made Family, those that play an intricate part of our company but work more “behind the scene” so to speak.

This month, we would like to introduce you to Gary Paugh, one of our hardworking Maintenance Technicians. Gary has been with our company for the past two and half years and resides in nearby Terra Alta, West Virginia. Garywas recently named our “Hungry Games” winner (Grand Prize was 32 inch flat screen tv!! Lucky!!) . This game was designed to acknowledge employees for their stellar customer service skills whether this is a compliment from a guest or for work awarded for going above and beyond. We frequently hear from our renters that “Gary, came right out to help us. He was very polite and very helpful”. It’s no surprise to us that Gary came through as victor! We are also pleased to say that Gary is an Army Veteran having served our country for 23 years! In his spare time (which we sometimes allow him to have…) he likes to spend time hunting, fishing, and playing basketball (he also rocks at Corn Hole!!) This past year he took classes in Atlantic City and became a certified hot tub technician as well. He plans to stay with Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations for many years to come! So, this month, we give a big shout out to Gary!! You have a great sense of humor, you are always a pleasure to work with, and you do a phenomenal job. If you happen to see Gary while you are out and about, be sure to say Hello!

Mountain memories are waiting to be made! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Mother May I?

Here we are bursting into the month of May! Who doesn’t love the month of May? It’s that time of the year where the outdoors explode with life, the month that children eagerly start crossing off days on the calendar while anxiously waiting for the last day of school. The month where you can begin to daydream of hot summer days spent swimming in the lake, barbeques, and basically all things summer! Now is a great time to come visit our mountains as the leaves are turning lush and green, docks are going in and we are running some fabulous spring specials. Not sure what to do while you’re in the area? With several state parks to choose from, now is a spectacular time for hiking and mountain biking. Now, yes, I am a big fan of Swallow Falls State Park. It’s hard to go wrong with the sheer beauty of the falls and walking trails, so this time I decided to go a different route and so the family and I headed down to New Germany State Park, located outside of Grantsville, and approximately 30 minutes from McHenry. With over 10 miles of walking trails, you may find yourself wandering through a dense hemlock forest, colorful mixed hardwoods, rhododendron-filled stream valleys or towering pines and spruces. Hiking, trail-running and biking are the most popular activities throughout the year. Whether walking along the lake or wetland, or hiking the scenic trails, visitors are sure to have an opportunity to view birds and wildlife. Abundant bird species can be found throughout the area, such as pileated woodpeckers, black-capped chickadees, barred owls, great blue herons and an occasional osprey. In the late spring and summer, guests of the park can purchase snacks from the snack bar or rent a kayak or paddle boat to roam around the l3 acre lake. Swimming is also popular in the designated beach area. This Friday, May 4, there will be a “Live Jam” held at the Lake House. This is an awesome opportunity for musicians and spectators alike to join together to play and enjoy traditional folk, bluegrass, and any “old-time” Appalachian style music! Again this will be held in the Lake House from 6:30-9:30 and the admission is free! Check it out!  Mother’s Day is just around the corner so now is the perfect time to treat mom to a weekend getaway. Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today to begin finding your perfect vacation home.  We can’t wait to see you at the lake!