Thankful & Waiting!

Wisp SnowDecember 1st! Wow. We were so happy to have so many of our guests and homeowners join us over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Of course this is why we are in this industry but we just love the idea of multiple families coming together to stay in our homes. Creating meals together, gathering around the fireplace in the Great Room, challenging each other to a game of pool. Lots of laughter and knowing that you are creating memories to last a life time. Mushy. I know but the holidays can easily hit your sappy, sentimental side. Again, it was nice to see so many familiar faces.

Although the warmer weather has been nice (perfect for hitting the state parks for some mountain hiking and biking), I think that we are all getting a little anxious for some snow! We are now offering a terrific discount for the January 8th weekend! Reserve any participating home for that weekend and we will give you a 15% discount off your stay. Just give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find your vacation home!  Talk about the perfect holiday to give your family and friends this year!

Wisp-44 Just a reminder that if you are in the area the weekend of December 4th & 5th, The 31st Annual Christmas In the Village will be going on at the Spruce Forest Artisan Village located in Grantsville (an easy 20 minute drive from the lake). If you have never attended, I highly recommend that you take the family and check it out! Fire warmed studios are kept festive by the candle luminaries that entwine throughout the village. You can enjoy live music and choral programs in the Village Church and have a chance to meet and speak to the local artisans who will be on hand peddling their ware. There will also be various kid’s activities, again making this the ideal family event! For more information, check out their website. http://spruceforest.org/

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!

 

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!

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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!

 

What you can Discover @ Deep Creek!

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While most of the East coast is suffering in a July hot spell this week, life up here in the mountains is looking & feeling close to perfect. With temperatures in the comfortable mid-70’s, we have also escaped the high humidity that everyone is experiencing! Just another perk to living in the mountains and on a lake! I had the pleasure of stopping by the Deep Creek Discovery Center yesterday and if you haven’t been there before or it’s been awhile, I highly recommend that you check it out. Located right beside the Deep Creek State Park, it is a great place to take the kids for a chance to learn a little bit about Deep Creek Lake and some of the wildlife and history of our area. When you first enter, there is a neat little room to the left that showcases the Brant Coal Mine which was located within Meadow Mountain and was formed in the early 20’s by two local Garrett County men who were looking to make the fortune in the coal mining industry. Very interesting story and facts and the room is visually interesting as well. Walking further into the Discovery Center, you will see various types of aquatic life on exhibit. There is an aquarium which features some of the different types of fish that can be found in Deep Creek Lake, as well as a few turtles. There is also examples of some of the wildlife such as a stuffed bear, fox, and even a rattlesnake skin and an actual big black garden snake! (At least that is what I think it said. Cage or not, I like to keep a considerable distance from anything slithery!) The lower level has an exhibit room and an area where the kids can go around and try some educational games like trying to identify certain paw prints from the charts that are given. Definitely a unique and fun way for the kids to learn while enjoying themselves on vacation.
 
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From here, I strolled outside where you can walk down to the provided docks! This is very convenient for those that are traveling by boat but still want to stop by. I also checked out their outdoor aviary which was located in a quiet wooden area at the end of the parking lot. While the eagle station was down for the day due to maintenance, I did enjoy checking out the Red Tailed Hawk and Peregrine Falcon, both quite beautiful and magnificent to see. These birds are generally here because they have a handicap of some sort and it is safer for them to be cared for in captivity, then to be in the wild (for those that may feel guilty to see them in a confined space). In hindsight though, they both seemed very comfortable and were kind of showing off a bit, in my opinion! My suggestion would be to pack a nice picnic lunch, gather the family and head to the Discovery Center for something new to do. Afterwards, head over to the beach area for lunch and day of playing at the beach and swimming! A complete afternoon of family fun and worth checking out! Have you made your summer plans to visit us here at Deep Creek Lake yet? It is postcard picture perfect outside today and it looks like the weekend is just going to continue to give us nothing but blue skies and sunshine. 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 that perfect vacation home rental! Offering everything from 1 -8 bedroom cabins, chalets, townhomes and more, we have something to suit everyone. Make Summer 2015 one to remember! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #DCLlakelife #vacationrentals  

We Welcome You!

The Lawn @ Uno’s & Site of Welcome Party Mondays!

We have been experiencing some unpredictable weather here at Deep Creek the past few weeks but this Friday is providing us with lots of sunshine, perfect for the Fourth of July weekend! To me, July is when summer really explodes around Deep Creek Lake and every day is a chance for a new, exciting adventure. Swimming, fishing, basically all lake activities, hiking, golfing, white water rafting, playing at Wisp, the list is endless. If you are visiting us for the week, I recommend that you stop by and see us at the Welcome Party Mondays, a fun event held on the lawn at Pizzeria Uno’s and The Honi-Honi Bar from 3-5pm. Hosted by Uno’s, they serve some finger foods & beverages and have live music that usually starts around 4 pm. Many local vendors show up to tell you about some of the services they offer to guests visiting our area. Crede Calhoun from All Earth Eco Tours http://www.allearthecotours.com/ is always there to tell guests about his amazing guided kayak/ canoe tours on the Savage River Reservoir. The Taylor-Made staff had the opportunity to do this a few years ago and it was definitely an experience that I will never forget. On that note, if I am able to manage a kayak without falling over than anyone can! It’s great for families and couples and the sheer beauty of the Reservoir is absolutely mind blowing! The CARC (Community Aquatic Recreation Center) has also been making an appearance each week. They open up “Community Swim Time” to non-members throughout the week so even if the home that you are staying in does not have access to a pool, this is an excellent alternative. Lakeside Creamery is there each week with free samples of popcorn. Of course, they also have the enticing promise of tasty, yummy ice cream if you stop by to see them at the Creamery during your stay. There is always free giveaways and the kids love to pose on the giant elephant or play on the little playground. Conveniently you can also arrive by boat if need be. Because they offer outdoor dining at the Honi, you can also bring your best furry friend as it is a pet-friendly environment.
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Trivia & Prizes
 At the Taylor-Made booth, we play Deep Creek trivia games and give you a chance to win free prizes! We will also be doing a drawing at the end of the summer for a free 2 night getaway in one of our vacation homes. If interested (any who isn’t interested in a free stay @ Deep Creek Lake?) stop by and fill out one of our cards to enter! It’s a fun afternoon of games, entertainment and prizes and gives you and your family a chance to find out about some of the fun and adventure our area has to offer!

We have now opened up all of our vacation homes for partial weeks during the month of July so if you are one of those unfortunate individuals that are unable to take a full week off of work, now is your chance to visit the lake for a shorter stay (3 night minimum requirement). Give us a call @ 1-866-351-1119 or go online (www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you plan your next Deep Creek adventure. 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

A Birthday Celebration! You’re Invited!

We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales are gearing up for an exciting Memorial Day weekend. We are fully booked and with a forecast calling for lots of sunshine, we are wishing are guests a wonderful weekend here at Deep Creek Lake. We are also extending an open invitation to the public to join us on Saturday June 13th to celebrate Deep Creek Lake’s 90th birthday! Yes, it was 90 years ago that the Deep Creek Station hydroelectric project was placed in service by a predecessor company of Pennsylvania Electric Company. It was then filled with water forming the largest man-made lake in Maryland. Obviously since then the lake has continued to bring visitors from all over! Now people come from all over to enjoy the lake and the many activities that can be enjoyed on it (swimming, fishing, tubing, jet skiing, and more!). The fact that we are also located in the mountains, have much less humidity than our surrounding cities and clean fresh mountain air, is also an added bonus! So in celebration of this important event, we are hosting a “Movie Night” to be held outside of our offices (35 Towne Centre Way McHenry). We will be showing Night at the Museum 3. This event is held outside and is free to the public (we will have some fresh popped popcorn as well!) We do ask that you bring your own lawn chairs though! We think that’s it is going to be a lot of fun and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

For those that still haven’t planned their summer stay here at the 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 find your dream vacation home! Many of our homes have now opened up and are allowing partial week stays during the month of June. This is perfect for those that want to get away but are unable to stay for a full week. As I mentioned above, there are so many fun activities to do here on the lake in the summer so boredom is not an option. Bright blue skies and lots of sunshine are in the forecast for this weekend. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 

 

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

Getting Real about our Real Estate Team!

Taylor-Made’s Real Estate Team!
The promise of summer is finally around the corner and as every year, we get so excited to start seeing docks appear in the water! Yes, that’s right, the ice has finally melted and docks are starting to be put in the water. Visions of children giggling uncontrollably as they are being pulled on a water tube and families taking a scenic pontoon boat ride around the lake are easy to see! In other exciting news, it’s hard to believe that we are quickly approaching the one year anniversary of when we officially added our Real Estate division and became Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales. When owners Joe, Jodi, & Chad got together with Real Estate agent Jay Ferguson, it just seemed like a natural move to start up a sales team. They had all known each other for many years, were already friends, and had a solid history of working together for 12+ years in overlapping industries. From the vacation rental side, this seemed a sensible way to help vacation rental homeowners make a smooth transition into the real estate market if they would choose to do so. For Jay, it was an opportunity to provide the best service to both buyers and sellers and to also become a co-worker of an established, successful business. Together, they are able to provide a true “Taylor-Made” experience for both buyers and sellers. This is everything from setting up showings and open houses for the agent to making a call to our Property Service Department to take care of the lawn. Perhaps there are potential buyers who want to come in at the last minute and the home could probably be “freshened” or cleaned up a bit? No problem, as our Housekeeping Department is on hand to take care of the job! By utilizing all resources and working together, you basically have a one stop shop for all of your needs.

Apparently something seems to be working as we have already branched out and expanded our Real Estate Department. What started with Jay as our agent and broker quickly expanded to include Chad (mentioned above; brother of Jodi & brother in-law to Joe). Next, Pete Stein and Sean Sober, joined the team. Pete raised in the northern area of Garrett County and Sean having lived here in McHenry for many years both bring extensive and valuable information regarding Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding areas. Finally, we are also happy to announce father and son real estate agents, Larry & Brad Nesline, have also joined our group. Having resided in the northern end of Garrett County for many years, they both are extremely knowledgeable about Garrett County and together contribute over 20 + years in the Real Estate Industry. So, needless to say, it has been a very busy and impressive year here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales. Keep checking back each month for a feature article on each of our agents (find out why they love Deep Creek Lake so much and how you too can also call it home!) We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #DCLishome #lakelife