Did you really say “Winter”?

Wisp SnowThe month of October is sailing by and although the days have been gorgeous and sunny, the colder temperatures in the evening and morning are definite signs that ski season will be here before you know it! Please don’t be mistaken and think that it’s too soon to book your winter vacation. Holidays in particular tend to book up very quickly so it’s always best to call a few months in advance to secure that reservation. Parents should try to take advantage of any longer weekends that the kids may have off (those Teacher Planning days are awesome!) to come up for the weekend to ski or snow tube! Only 3 ½ hours from Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas and even less for those over near Pittsburgh, it’s a fairly easy drive. Think about how grateful the family would be to know that this winter they were going to take a weekend to tackle the ski slopes at Maryland’s only ski resort! (And think how awesome you look Mom and Dad for planning the whole thing). Not sure if skiing is your thing? There are so many more fun activities to do! Cross country skiing is an easy sport to learn, can be invigorating and relaxing at the same time, and it’s a great workout as well! Snow-shoeing is also highly recommended and trust me on this, if I (Super Klutz!) can figure this out and love it, then anyone can. Crede Calhoun from All Earth Eco Tours (www.allearthecotours.com) does some amazing tours at Swallow Falls State Park. If you’re familiar with Swallow Falls, then you know how beautiful it is there, however, one of the most unique aspects about Crede’s tours is that he chooses to take you to the areas of the park that we rarely venture to see. Once you get used to the show shoes, it’s easy to just plow along while taking in the dazzling winter wonderland before you! Again, highly recommend!

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Also depending on what kind of winter getaway you are planning, we have multiple options for you to choose from. Are you looking for the convenience of a ski in/ ski out home? Just want everyone to come and go on the slopes at their leisure and would rather not worry about driving? We have some wonderful homes up in the Kendall Camp community where the ski lift is literally right out your back door. We also have several townhomes located in Deep Creek Villages that offer an easy stroll across the road to Wisp’s ticket window. Not really planning on skiing to much but love the thought of being in a mountain chalet with exquisite mountain views? We have those too! So, there it’s been thrown out there, it’s time to start planning your winter escape! Don’t let the winter blues attack this year! Call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations @ 1-866-351-1119 & Sales (or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you start planning your winter trip! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 

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

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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!

 

It Wasn’t an Accident!

The Drane House
It has been a little easier these past few days to #thinkspring since we are finally beginning to see some warmer temperatures here in our Maryland Mountains. March definitely came roaring in like a lion as just last week we were hit with another big snowstorm. Today, however, is nothing but bright blue skies and a high of 40°+, it feels like a tropical paradise (okay, so that may be a slight exaggeration but compared to those negative temps, we will happily take it & enjoy!)
 I recently had an opportunity to make a few stops in Accident Maryland, a small town just a short 10 minute drive from Deep Creek Lake and one that many visiting us pass through on their way in or out of McHenry. If you haven’t been there ever or in a while, I recommend checking it out. For those history buffs, a must see stop at the historical Drane House which is thought to be the oldest standing structure in Garrett County and a key part of our Western Maryland heritage is needed. It holds significant importance due to its architectural significance that used a unique combination of log and frame structure techniques. It is suggested that you go onto their website to check time for tours of this wonderful old home. http://www.accidentmd.org/accidentmd/AroundTheTown/TheDraneHouse/tabid/62/Default.aspx. 
Goodies from Firefly Farms
 
 Your next stop is Firefly Farms off of Main Street. Here you can taste and buy their award winning goat cheeses most of which are made on-site. Artfully handcrafted and aged to precise perfection, many of Firefly’s cheeses have won numerous national and international cheese awards. The shop also features many types of wine and specialty items, basically everything you need to host a small gathering with friends or family. My personal recommendation is for the Black & Bleu goat cheese which offers a buttery and dense texture with a creamy robust flavor. Not sure which one to choose? They are very generous is allowing their patrons to taste the different varieties and then offer stellar advice on which pairs best with which wines and specialty food items. Trust me, you want to stop here.
Don’t feel like cooking but in the mood for a good old fashioned home cooked meal? Annie’s Kitchen Country Restaurant serves everything from enormous portions of subs and sandwiches to bakery items, breakfast served all day and so much more. A warm and cozy atmosphere, this relaxing little diner is well worth the stop and very friendly on the wallet. http://www.annieskitchenrestaurant.com/
Blue Skies & Sunshine
Next time you are heading to Deep Creek Lake, don’t forget to check out these true gems on your way in or while you are here. In the meantime, Wisp continues to keep the slopes open and the skiing conditions are awesome. We are running some fantastic last minute discounts or are always happy to help you plan your summer getaway. Don’t forget to give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (www.deepcreekvacations.comor 1-866-351-1119) and let us help you plan your next Deep Creek stay. We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #westernmaryland #springgetaway #lakelife

Let’s Spring Forward Already!

Swallow Falls State Park
As February crawls to a close, we are officially entering that time of year where the zeal for winter is just about over and need for spring is here. Record snowfalls have been hitting the East Coast for a while now. People are jumping out of windows into snow banks (those crazy Bostonians) and now that all the major winter festivals and holidays are over, it just seems like time to move on. What better way to ward off the winter woes than to plan a spring getaway. Somewhere fun. Somewhere fresh. Somewhere like Deep Creek Lake. If you have not experienced spring in the mountains then I highly recommend that you put this on your Must Do list! Whether you are witnessing the lake beginning to peak out of the ice or the deer & other wildlife venturing out, you will definitely appreciate the beauty of watching the mountains “spring” to life. “Doesn’t seem like there would be anything to do?” We hear this sometimes and can’t wait to tell our guests how wrong they are! J If you enjoy the outdoors, it is the perfect time to walk and hike through our state parks. Always #1 on that list, of course, is Swallow Falls State Park which houses the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53 feet, a breathtaking sight any time of the year. The main trail that winds down around the falls will also lead you to several smaller waterfalls and some insanely gorgeous photo ops! Many of our state parks also have some great mountain biking trails! Looking for something a little more soothing?
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Fore! Golf, anyone? We have several top notch golf courses here in our area and many of our vacation rental homes are within walking distance or just a short drive away adding to the convenience. Always a great escape for a guy’s weekend away! For the ladies, maybe they just want some time to gather and catch up, check out some our wonderful little shops, plan a massage? Many of our vacation homes are specifically designed with a nice open floor space making gathering with friends fun and easy!
 
Spring Sunrise!
Call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us know what type of spring getaway you are planning and we would be more than happy to help. Tell us about your group and we will find the perfect home to fit the needs of you and your guests! Don’t forget to ask us about any last minute or spring discounts that we may be running (3 nights for 2 now through the end of April!) In the meantime, for those of you that are visiting us this weekend or in the next several days, enjoy the sunshine! The slopes are freshly groomed and currently the weather is calling for warmer temps and lots of Vitamin D over the weekend. We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #springfling #weekendgetaway

It’s Almost Game Time….

It’s coming. All of the pre-signs are evident; the air is beginning to get a little chilly (not quite crispy yet but it is noticeable), a tree, here or there, is getting a little antsy and turning a few leaves orange and red, kids are stuffing their backpacks and of course, pre-season football is upon us! Yes, my friends, fall is right around the corner. As I have been telling you now for several falls, this is my all-time favorite season at Deep Creek Lake! The mountain side just lights up in a blaze of vibrant hues, the lake takes on a sparkly blue, and the festivals are many! We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales love any chance we can to celebrate, so what better way than offering huge fall savings on a September stay in our premiere Deep Creek home known as Celebrations at Deep Creek. This immaculate 8 bedroom lakefront home has everything you and your family could want for a true dream vacation. With 3 levels of living space, there is more than ample room for everyone to spread out and engage in their favorite activity. Let the adults gather in the beautiful Great Room which showcases cathedral ceilings, a massive stone fireplace and large floor to ceiling windows. The kids can choose either play foosball in the lower level Family Room or billiards in the loft. For those that just want to kick back, breathe, and take it easy, they may enjoy taking a soak in one of the jetted tub, relaxing in the sauna, easing sore muscles in the outdoor bubbling hot tub or just enjoying a cup of tea on the wraparound deck as you enjoy breathtaking lake views.
And let us not forget the Pièce de résistance, the private indoor swimming pool (one of the largest in a vacation home in Deep Creek Lake!) Colorful murals give this pool area extra character along with the brightly hues Adirondacks that line the room. Raining outside? Who Cares? Imagine spending endless hours of fun splashing and playing without leaving the home? Swimming in the lake is certainly still an option. Your community dock slip is just steps away. Bring a boat or rent one locally and keep it at the home so that you can come and go as you please! Okay, so now that we have sold you on the idea, how about throwing in an incredible, can’t pass up kind of deal? Rent any 2 nights now in September and get the 3rd night free plus a 20% discount off any available dates. Yes, we are serious and you did read correctly. 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 create that dream vacation for you!
 
 For those that are not yet ready to give up on summer, days are still beautiful and warm, and lake is calling. We are now offering 3 nights for the price of 2 for Labor Day weekend, so call now! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Fun For the Kid’s @ Deep Creek Lake!

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Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is excited to say that they are continuing to offer our Deep Creek Adventurer Package for children this summer! Ideal for children 12 and under, it is a package designed to show the kiddos in the family all of the fun activities Deep Creek has to offer. Designed to come in a small canvas lunch bag, inside the kid’s will find a treasure of goodies. A bucket/ pail is perfect for days spent on the sandy shores of Deep Creek Lake State Park! Here they will also find their “Pass Port” book along with a map of all of the participating vendors in the area. They simply go to the establishment (For example, Funland Arcade) take their pass port in and asked to have it stamped. Once they collect 4 stamps, they can return their pass port for a Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations Frisbee. If they collect 8 stamps and bring that it in, we will enter their name into a drawing for a free IPad Mini. This drawing is scheduled to be held on September 3rd, 2014.
Violet & Poe playing on our yard!
 The package also includes some great discounts and freebies such as a Free Kid’s Sundae with the purchase of a Kid’s Meal from Dutch’s at Silver Tree or 10% a kid’s toy at Bear Creek Trader’s. The kicker in this package is that it is only $5! Add it before your reservation and we will have it waiting at the home for you upon your arrival! Can you imagine how excited the kids would be to start their Deep Creek vacation with a Deep Creek Adventurer Pack? If you are new to the area, this will help you plan some activities to do while you are visiting (Of course, we will happily make suggestions of some of our favorite things to see and do around Deep Creek Lake at any time!) Forgot to add it before your arrival, stop in to our office and pick yours up. We will also be offering these at the Welcome Party Mondays held each summer on the lakefront of Uno’s &The Honi-Honi) It really is a fun and neat package for the kid’s and the cooler lunch bag makes a great souvenir as well.
Beautiful Spring Morning!

Have you finalized your plans for Memorial Day weekend yet? We are currently offering “3 Nights for the Price of 2!” for this weekend so it’s a perfect time to take advantage. The docks are in and the marinas are ready! Don’t you want to spend the day with family and friends buzzing around the lake? Grilling out on your deck which offers stunning lake views? Capturing phenomenal sunsets from your private dock? We thought so! Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find that perfect Deep Creek or Vacation Rental home! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Anglers Welcome!

Our mountain area is finally beginning to bloom! After being covered in white for the long winter season, the sight of buds on the trees and the grass growing green and plush is rather exciting. I even got giddy over watching some ducks playing in a quiet cove last week. Spring in Deep Creek is one of my favorite times as you almost feel like you just woke up from a nice, rested nap. Anglers are beginning to visit now that docks are going in the water and to take advantage of the quiet stillness of the lake during the Spring season. Fishing is a popular activity on the lake at this time and a good time to go, particularly if you are looking for large and small mouth bass and walleyes. Many mornings on the  commute to work, you will catch sight of those that enjoy the quiet solitude of mornings spent on the lake. If you are planning a fishing getaway, make sure to give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online @ www.deepcreekvacations.com). We can not only help you find the perfect house for you and your party, we will search extensively to find the one has a dock slip or is located on the part of the lake that is known to be a superior fishing spot. One of our smaller homes, Cross the River, is a gorgeous little two bedroom home that is located right on the shores of the Youghiogheny River, also known as a great river to fish, particularly if you’re fan of trout. Imagine spending your mornings and afternoons casting from your very own dock or from the lake’s shores. 
 For those that have no interest in fishing, now is still a wonderful time to visit for a relaxing weekend in the mountains. Choose to spend the weekend trying out one of our numerous golf courses, go horseback riding at a local stable or head to Wisp for a ride on their mountain coaster. What’s a mountain coaster, you may ask? Basically it is a one to two person (depending on size; think adult and smaller child) coaster that winds down Wisp Mountain. You even control the speed so if you are a big wimp, like me, you can slow it down. The daredevils can go a full 28 miles per hour). It’s extremely fun and a neat thing that you can brag to your friends about! Currently many of our homes are offering 3 nights for the price of 2 through the month of May so take advantage and give us a call. A weekend in the mountains can do wonders! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

We Are Here To Help!

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You have procrastinated long enough and now it is time to plan your family summer getaway. Every year you do the “Beach thing” but this year, you have decided to step outside your box and try something new and different. Fortunately you had a co-worker who was telling you about this fabulous getaway that they had to Deep Creek Lake and they rented through this very reliable, friendly and easy to use company, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). Once you find out that Deep Creek Lake is only a mere 3 hours away (yep, 3 hours from the Washington/ Baltimore area; 2.5 from Pittsburgh), you are hooked. What now?
Lake views from Little Chapel

Well, you call us and we begin the process of finding the best options that will work for you and your guests. Do you have your week narrowed down? Do you know the number of guests in your party and the # of bedrooms that you need? Tell us about yourself. Do you want to be right on the lake or up on the mountain enjoying panoramic views? Would it be easier if the grandparents stayed in a separate small house nearby? We have many options to choose from and the best part is that every one of our Reservation Specialist has been to our homes. We are extremely familiar with not only the layout and décor of the home but we know the area the home is located, the # of steps to the water or if you have to drive to the state park. Two of our newer homes, Moondance & Little Chapel in the Woods are the perfect example for the above scenario. Moondance is a 4 bedroom chalet that boasts a massive stone fireplace, large wraparound deck, and multiple game tables. Little Chapel in the Woods, located next door, is a small 2 bedroom stylish home. The close location allows the family to share meals together, walk down to their dock slips together for a day of lake fun but at the end of the evening, the grandparents can feel free to retire early while the rest of the kids play billiards and stay up late watching movies.
Lake fun!
Regardless of your circumstance, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations will do its very best to find the perfect home for you. Not sure where to rent a boat? What will you do on a rainy day? Where’s the nearest grocery store? We can help you with any questions that you may have and will go above and beyond to help you plan your fun-filled Deep Creek adventure. Summer will be upon us very soon. It’s easy, it’s fun and trust me, your family will thank you. Call us today at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation @ 1-866-351-1119 and let us help you plan your summer vacation. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Nothing but the best for our guests!

Harvey’s Leap~ an elite home!
So, it’s finally your turn. All of the responsibility is on your shoulders. You are in charge of planning this year’s family vacation. The destination was an easy one; Deep Creek Lake. Everyone in the family loves DCL but now comes the grueling task of finding that perfect vacation home. A home that will comfortably host several families including grandparents, children of varying ages, and let’s not forget your lovable but extremely picky sister-in-law. Nothing but the best will do! That’s where we can help. The Taylor-Made Elite Properties Program was designed to showcase our vacation homes that have the most updated décor along with specific amenities that meet the needs of today’s vacationer. These amenities include such luxuries as a hot tub, high speed & wireless internet, air conditioning, and more. All you need to do is give us a call @ 1-866-351-1119 go online www.deepcreekvacations.com). Let us know what you are looking for in a vacation home. Let us know about your family. Does Little Tommy like sleeping in a bunk bed? Will a pool table or foosball table help keep the cousins entertained? Does Grandma like to be right on the lake or does she prefer being on the mountain enjoying panoramic lake views. We try our best to find the home that matches your needs and the needs of your family. Your expectations for these homes should be high, as ours are. This is why they are “elite”.
Winter Wonderland!
This program also offers a variety of different sized homes to choose from. Don’t need a large home? No problem. Cedar Shores Villa # 8 is luxury townhome located in the heart of McHenry. This home boasts stunning décor, breathtaking views of Wisp’s illuminated ski slopes, and would be perfect for a couple’s getaway.
For the family that just wants to get away but still needs all of the comforts of home and more, Donovan’s Dacha is a smaller 3 bedroom elite log home that would be a perfect!
Donovan’s Dacha
Each of our elite homes offer elegant furnishings, state of the art kitchens, and the most requested amenities that guests want. Still wondering? Do you know that we inspect every one of our homes prior to your arrival? Our inspectors go through each home and check every detail from making sure all remotes work to turning up the heat on the colder days. Coming in after dark? We will have a light on for you. We go above and beyond to make sure the home is completely ready for your arrival. So, now you can stop worrying and let us do the work for you. Planning a vacation was never easier. Call us today because we can’t wait to see you at the lake!