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 ) 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!


And then there was Olive….



I recently made a big change in my life; I became a dog owner. Yes, this is a big step for many but for me, it was colossal! I am a cat person (we have 4 to be exact!) I was hesitant at first but long story short, here we are months later and Olive has firmly established herself as family. We were sitting around the other day and began discussing our yearly spring family vacation and suddenly it dawned on me; what are we going to do with Olive? With our cats, there was never an issue. They had a cat door, a bowl of food & water and neighbor that just checked on them and kept them refreshed every so often. Clearly, that was not going to work with Olive!
Then, I thought rationally and realized I didn’t have to worry about what to do with her; I would take her with us! Yes, many vacation rentals are pet-friendly, as we here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales are well aware. When finding a vacation home, close to half of our guests want to bring their pup! Now I completely understand why, they are part of your family! Why shouldn’t they get to experience fresh mountain air, hiking the many beautiful trails throughout our State Parks or swim and splash in the refreshing waters known as Deep Creek Lake? For an additional fee, many of our homes will allow you to bring 2 domestic, house broken dogs.   
Layla, our Taylor-Made mascot!
Did you know that Deep Creek Lake is very pet-friendly? Many of our state parks allow dogs on the walking trails although they do have to abide by a leash law. Pack a picnic lunch and head out for a day of hiking with the family and your furry pal! We also have several dining establishments that allow you and your pet to dine outside on the patio. Enjoy a fresh cold beer and Fire on the Mountain pizza from Mountain State Brewery while dining outside. If you’re lucky, they may have live entertainment that day as they often do. Telli’s Deli offers a delicious array of New York/ Italian style sandwiches, soups, bagels and more. There little tables outside are the perfect place for you and the pup to enjoy breakfast or lunch. These are just to name a few but most of the restaurants that offer outside dining are more than happy to allow you to bring your best friend. So, next time you are planning that family retreat, remember that you do not have to leave your “Olive” behind.
Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online and let us find you that perfect Deep Creek Lake pet-friendly rental home for your next Deep Creek adventure. Trust me, your best friendly will thank you! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


More than a mere toy….


We have been busy here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales getting ready for another exciting and busy summer season. Our house inspectors have been spending extra time in the homes making sure that deep cleans are being done, lawns are manicured, grills are ready, basically ensuring that the home is in tip top shape for our summer guests. All of our docks are in so if you are able to sneak away for a quick trip, now is the perfect time to do so! Don’t forget that we are the experts when it comes to helping you find that perfect Deep Creek or Vacation home! Give us a call at 1-866-351-1119 or go online at
Taylor-Made recently obtained a new “toy” that is causing a great deal of excitement! When I first heard that we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new Phantom 2 Vision, I was less than impressed. It sounded like some geeky tech toy that didn’t pertain to me. However, when it did show up, my thoughts changed quickly. This “Drone” is essentially a jazzy remote control airplane but much more technically advanced. Did I mention that it also looks really cool (It has lights that blink around the bottom!)? With 4 propellers it can quickly take flight. This is when you take advantage of the new built in HD video camera! Here you are able to take some amazing videos or still shots. You have found the perfect Deep Creek home but are curious about how close your neighbors are or what kind of distance you have to reach your lake access dock slip? Now we can provide you with that video option. When you stop in to see Jay about helping you buy your Deep Creek home he can give all of this additional information! (Just a reminder, Jay Ferguson is our Taylor-Made Deep Vacations & Sales realtor and your “go to” when it comes to buying or selling property in Garrett County!) We recently were able to take the drone up to ASCI (The Adventure Sports Center International and the venue for the ICF Canoe/ Slalom World Championships!) to video Team USA practicing on the course. I have included some photos that were recently taken by our Phantom 2 Vision and the results are pretty amazing! Now, I understand the excitement!

Gorgeous Spring Day!
Tall Castle!

Don’t forget that next weekend is the McHenry Highland Festival of Mountain Maryland! Come took base with Scottish Roots for this family friendly festival held on Saturday the 7th at the Fairgrounds! A great time to experience the lake and one of our annual festivals! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Deep Creek welcomes your Furry Friends!

Layla posing for a treat!

One of the most frequently requested amenities that our guests request is that their vacation home be pet-friendly. Face it, when you are leaving for vacation, you hate the notion that your poor little Fluffy (yes, in my family, we lacked originality when it came to naming our pets; we once had a Guinea Pig named “Pig” ) is stuck in some cage at the shelter. Besides, isn’t he or she part of the family? Don’t they deserve to breathe in fresh mountain air and swim in the lake? Of course! So yes, many of our homes do allow pets (for an additional fee). Deep Creek is actually a very “Pet Friendly” place to bring your furry friends. Many of our state parks allow pets (on a leash, of course) so you can spend the day hiking and enjoying nature. Does your pet friendly home have a dock? Hot summer days spent in the lake are a favorite activity to be enjoyed by all including the Fluffies of the world! There are also some dining establishments in the area that allow you to sit on the patio and dine with your pets.

Buddy love kayaking!
We have a large variety of pet-friendly homes to choose from as well. For the couple’s retreat, our one bedroom lakefront cottage, Skipping Stones, is a perfect choice. It has a nice big yard and a private dock, 2 things that we know for a fact, dogs love! Need a bigger home? American Pride, is an awesome 5 bedroom home located in the prestigious community of Blakeslee. Blakeslee is known for its wonderful walking trails that wind around the lake, an absolute haven for pets and pet owners.

Spring @ Deep Creek
Hate the thought of leaving your furry “Kids” at home? We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations completely understand (stop into our office on a given day and say “Hello” to one of our mascots, Layla or Poe). We will do our best to help you find the perfect vacation home for you and your pet. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, skiing is prime, and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!