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!

 

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

Welcome Aboard Archie’s BBQ!

A True Winter Wonderland!
 We here @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales are busy gearing up for another exciting holiday weekend. Hard to believe that we are half way through February and President’s Day weekend is already upon us. The following weekend (February 20th) is the 17th Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk where people donate money to watch their friends jump into the frigid waters of Deep Creek Lake in the winter! It’s such a fun event and the money that is raised by the Maryland State Police and Natural Resources Police goes toward the Maryland Special Olympics! It’s held at The Honi-Honi Bar/ Uno’s Pizzeria and starting at 2 pm, all the dunkers start being lead in to the water in waves! People come from Maryland and surrounding states and they usually “Dress to Impress” meaning there are some extremely creative costumes to witness! If you haven’t made plans to attend this event then give us a call (1-866-351-1119 or online at www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find that perfect vacation home for you and your friends.
“I Got This!”
Archie Fans!

Many of our past guests may already be aware of this but when renting with us here at Taylor-Made, we offer those staying in our homes a “Local Vendor Discount Card” which is a card that they can take around to some of our area’s participating establishments and receive a certain discount or specialty item. The list of the participating businesses is listed in the home’s “House Book” and explains what each one offers. We are proud to add this expanding list and this week we are adding Archie’s Barbeque (http://www.archiesbbq.com/index.php) which is a dining restaurant here in McHenry. This is your go-to if you are craving some authentic smoked barbeque food. Ribs, wings, chicken, turkey, brisket; the list is long, the servings are insanely huge, and the food is awesome. Locally owned and operated since 2007 and proud to announce that they were “Awarded the “Best of the Best” across America for our Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket and Baby Back Ribs by the National Barbeque News Magazine!”, the Archer Family is committed to providing exceptional service to their guests whether they are now just stopping by for a meal or if they are considering having an event catered. They are also now using a really neat new system where you can earn points for every dollar you spend. Your points can then earn you free food or merchandise. Definitely a win-win for the customer! (We would suggest checking out their website or asking about this the next time you visit for full details!) So, Welcome Aboard Archie’s BBQ! We love your food & can’t wait to tell our guests to stop by for a great meal!
In the meantime, the snow is falling and we can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #winterwonderland #yummybbq #deepcreekdining #MarylandMountains

Wisp Ski Resort~ A Little Look Back!

Today’s snow making equipment

As I sit here daydreaming & staring out my office window, I can’t help but watch the people zig-zag their way down the ski slopes. For the most part, they all seem to be floating gracefully although on occasion you will witness a bit of a crash and burn. As we here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales gear up for another busy weekend, we can’t help but feel proud that so many people have chosen Deep Creek Lake as their choice for a weekend winter getaway! Granted, our location is key since we are only a mere 3-4 hours away from Washington D.C and 2 ½ from Pittsburgh. However, most come to enjoy the outdoor adventures that our area has to offer. While hiking and snow shoeing are my preferred activity choices, most come to spend the weekend at Wisp Ski Resort which offers skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating and more!

Helmuth “Ace” Heise

It is with this thought that I can’t help but think of how this all came about because one man had a dream to make Deep Creek Lake a four season resort. Helmuth “Ace” Heise began vacationing with his parents and sister at Deep Creek Lake in the 1930s. He and his wife, Evelyn, later went on to buy property and construct a year round 10 unit motel. After noticing that there was very little money to be made in the winter months, Ace knew he needed to find a way to attract guests to this area for potential winter sports. He along with some other local business men formed Recreational Industries, Inc. and leased a farm pasture on Marsh Mountain. Winter skiing began the winter of 1955-1956 with one ski slope of which the skiers were pulled to the top of the mountain via a rope tow. The “Lodge” at the time was a one room hut warmed by a coal fired potbellied stove. The ski equipment was rented out of the bed of a pick-up truck. But, people came. Over the next decade, Mr. Heise went on to add additional slopes and lifts and even purchased state of the art snow making equipment (which at the time resembled lawn sprinklers that spat out pellets of frozen water). Wisp continued to grow and improve and as of today has over 34 slopes located on 172 acres. The lawn sprinklers have since been replaced by the world’s most energy efficient snowmaking equipment with computerized weather and pumping stations. Of course, over the years, they also added the snow tubing park, ice skating rink, and more! Again, this started because one man knew how to tun his dream into realty. Although Mr. Heise is no longer with us, we owe him a big thank you for helping make Deep Creek Lake a vacation destination all year long.


Vintage Wisp Lodge


With that being said, the sun is shining, the temperatures are warming up and Wisp is ready for the weekend! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #skiwisp #winterwonderland #deepcreeklake #dreamsintorealty #AceHeise

 

Someone Did the Snow Dance!

So, the whole family has decided that they want to get together over winter for a small family reunion and everyone has agreed that Deep Creek Lake is the place to go! Well, first, congratulations on picking such a great destination. Offering 4 seasons of year round adventure, Deep Creek definitely has something for everyone. Now, comes the planning. How are you going to find a house large enough to accommodate everyone & will it have all of the amenities that everyone wants? The cousins insist on a swimming pool while the older teens just want a hot tub and high speed & wireless internet? The men want a pool table and to be close to the ski slopes. The women prefer a fully stocked kitchen and a fireplace. Seems like an almost impossible task. Luckily, you have chosen to call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and we have several homes that will definitely please everyone in your party! Now discounted for this weekend are 2 of Deep Creek’s most premiere homes! Unforgettable, a phenomenal 8 bedroom lakefront home is located in the prestigious gated community known as Waterfront Greens. With 3 levels of living space, there is more than ample room for everyone! The kids will love spending their afternoons in the private indoor pool. Others may just want to cuddle up in front of one of the fireplaces with a good book and everyone can enjoy some competitive fun at the billiards table. Another stand out feature of this magnificent home is that there is not only one but two hot tubs! A large yard is perfect for that friendly snowball fight or have the kids bring their sleds and head to the community sledding hill. Wisp Ski Resort is located approximately 10 miles away. http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/deep-creek/lake-front/house/rentals/unforgettable/181/alpha

Located a little closer to the slopes is another amazing mountain home known as Celebrations at Deep Creek and the moment you step inside you will definitely have something to celebrate! Also offering 8 bedrooms & 3 levels of space, this spacious home has all of the comforts of home and much, much more! The fun & colorful private indoor swimming pool will be an instant hit with everyone in your group! The upper level loft houses your pool table or you can head to the lower level and challenge a family member to a game of foosball. Multiple flat screen TVs, blue rays, high speed & wireless internet, & an IPod dock are just some of the many amenities that will be used to keep teens and adults entertained. Tackle the slopes during the day and come home and unwind in the steamy outdoor hot tub or just enjoy spending time with your loved ones as you gather in the Great Room. http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/deep-creek/lake-front/house/rentals/celebration-at-deep-creek/205/alpha 
Call and reserve one of these incredible homes for the January 9th weekend and receive a 15% discount off of your stay! It’s snowing as I type this, the slopes are open and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Doing the Last Minute Scramble!

With Christmas only 3 days away, I imagine that there are many procrastinators out there scrambling around still trying to find the perfect last minute gift? I, unfortunately, speak from experience! My saving grace, however, is that I choose to shop local for the holidays so there is no need to try to rush to a mall for my last minute items. Luckily we have so many great little shops to choose from that my variety is plenty. One of my all-time favorite shops in our area is Schoolhouse Earth located just a few minutes from Deep Creek. With over 3 buildings full of items, there is definitely something for everyone in your group. They have a children’s section which consists of everything from toys to clothes to room décor. Another section of Deep Creek décor such as vintage maps, wall signs, and plaques. For those that have a “Foodie” or Wine lover to buy for, they have a wonderful variety to choose from whether you are looking for certain spices and dips or just a cute new wine glass or wine opener. Definitely worth the stop. The Christmas Chalet, located in the heart of the lake action, is the place to go if you are shopping for that person that just can’t get enough Christmas decorations or perhaps collects certain ornaments! They even have football themed trees (Are you a Ravens or a Steelers fan? They have both!) It’s definitely the store to go into if you haven’t yet found your Christmas spirit as it truly is a winter wonderland. Travel up to Oakland to the local Book Mark’et & Mezzanine. A new tradition could be buying your children your favorite childhood book for the holidays or pick up the latest novels for the bookworms that you know. They also have a wonderful collection on antiques and unique home décor. Your choices are endless.
 Back to the lake to shop at Bear Creek Traders who offer everything from cool cups and mugs to large pictures and displays. Completely stumped? Head to Trader’s Coffee House to get your java loving friends a new coffee mug complete with Trader’s gift coins! Every year I promise myself that I am not going to wait until the last minute to shop and yet, here I am. Very comforting to know that my choices of where to go are numerous! Support your local shops this holiday season and throughout the year!
Wisp is open and the winter activities are numerous! Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) today begin planning your next Deep Creek adventure! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Festive Times!

Ask about our Pet-friendly homes!
There is great excitement around the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales office lately as we have been busy getting into the festive spirit! We celebrated our annual Taylor-Made Holiday party last Tuesday which was a tremendous amount of fun! Our thanks go out to Angie Bosely and her crew for preparing some wonderful food and for making our office look so pretty and bright! We celebrating by once again allowing Chad, one of our company owners, to poke fun at us by sticking us his JibJab videos (always hilarious and fun!) and ended with our usual exciting game of Yankee Swap! Again, much fun was had by all and again a thanks and shout out to all that helped making it so successful!
Wisp in Preperation!

Wisp Ski Resort opened up last weekend much to the delight of our last minute renters and snow enthusiasts in general. Since then, they are still making every effort to keep the slopes snow covered and with snow showers in this week’s forecast, it looks like they will be successful. If you are looking for a fun filled weekend, give us a call as we are offering some fantastic last minute specials before the holiday season! (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) We are even offering some fabulous Christmas specials for those that would like to celebrate Christmas here at Deep Creek Lake (can you imagine how excited the kids would be to know that you had planned a surprise holiday trip to the mountains for Christmas?)!
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If you are in the area over the Christmas holiday, make sure you stop by our Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales main office! Santa Claus will be here on Christmas Eve from 10am -12 pm. There will hot chocolate and cookies and story time for the kids! Come by and have your picture taken with Santa (also the perfect time for some of you to convince that you really do belong on the Nice list!
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Give us a call, come and visit, because we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

I suspect someone did a snow dance…..

Snow has officially fallen and stuck to the ground. Prepare for Winter! No one prepares for winter quite like we do here in Garrett County Maryland. Averaging more annual snowfall than Fairbanks Alaska, we are more than prepared to tackle several feet of snow at a time! Bring out the big state trucks, the salt & cinders, plus the numerous “Little Guys” that all have plows attached to the front and we pretty much keep things well covered. The first snowfall always brings a certain amount of excitement whether it’s kids that look forward to playing in it to those that are hopeful for a school “snow day” to the winter enthusiasts that are ready to break out their skis and snowboards! Snow excitement is in the air!
 
Speaking of enjoying winter fun, now is the perfect time to start planning your winter getaway. Holidays are popular times to be at Deep Creek Lake so smooch up to your boss for your future days off and then call us! Ski in/ Ski out homes are very popular so if you want the best choice of which one will accommodate your group then I highly suggest that you start looking now before it’s last minute. Because we are the only ski resort in the state of Maryland and only 3 hours from Washington/ DC area, we are a quick and easy winter escape. Not big on skiing? Snow tubing is a lot of fun and requires very little skill only than to hold on! (Perfect for someone like me who can’t even stand up on skis, let alone try to glide on them…)
 
Maybe you don’t even need to be outdoors. Cuddle up in front of a crackling fireplace with a favorite book as you take in the breathtaking snowy mountains through the wall of windows in your mountain chalet. Awww, yes! Visions of hot chocolate, snow angels, kids learning to ski, ice skating and more are drifting through your head. The mountains are calling and you must come and play! Call us today to plan your winter playtime 1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

A Cherry On Top!

Spectacular Great Room!
Your family is planning their first family reunion to Deep Creek Lake and it’s of the upmost importance that you find the ultimate vacation home that can please everyone in your group. Seems intimidating doesn’t it? It doesn’t have to be! When you call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com), we do our best to find you the home that will happily host your get together. A new home on our vacation rental market, Cherrie’s Jubilee, is a premiere Deep Creek home that definately has something to offer everyone in the family. Pulling up the driveway, you will immediately notice the beautifully manicured lawn and outdoor space (Yes, 4WD is required in the winter season!) but the real delight is when you step inside and bask in the sheer beauty of the expansive Great Room. Highlighting vaulted cathedral ceilings, an impressive stone fireplace, luxurious furnishings, and oversized pictures windows, you will instantly know that this is going to be a favorite gathering space for you and your loved ones.
The chef in the family will fall in love with this superb, overly stocked kitchen which features all stainless steel appliances, 2 ovens, and gorgeous granite countertops! Everyone will love pitching in to help at meal time! Share mealtime around the dining room table or take the meal outdoors and picnic on the large wraparound deck as you enjoy spectacular lake and mountain views. The kids will love hanging out in the lower level Family Room whether they are playing pool, ping pong, board games or watching a favorite movie, you will never hear the words “I’m Bored!” If that’s not enough, send them out to the garage for a fun game of indoor basketball. For those that want to relax and unwind, take a dip in the bubby outdoor hot tub or grab a favorite book and cuddle up in front of the wood fireplace! This home is also perfectly located just minutes from Wisp Resort for those that seek wintertime adventure and is also just a short drive from state parks, Smiley’s Fun Zone, Funland, area marinas, shopping and dining. Don’t let the stress of planning your next family gathering get the best of you! We do have the perfect home for you. Don’t need something quite so large? That’s not a problem either as we offer everything from a charming one bedroom cottage to an 8 bedroom lakefront home with a private indoor pool!
Fall @ Deep Creek Lake!
State of the Art Kitchen

As we continue to head further into fall, now is the ideal time to get away for a last minute weekend trip to Deep Creek! Take advantage of our many weekend specials or don’t forget that we are now offering a 3 night stay for the price of 2! Call us and let us help you plan your family reunion at Cherrie’s Jubilee or another one of our amazing homes. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Smile and Say “Cheese”!


Yummy bread basket!
A few years ago, Jodi was telling me about this great new shop that opened in Accident (this is the darling little town that many of you pass through on your way to McHenry) where she bought some amazing goat cheese and wine. She suggested I check it out for a future blog. I have been hooked and a big fan ever since. The shop itself is quaint and charming with a wonderful mural spread across the back wall. Of course the first thing I noticed was the large showcase of cheeses. They have a little area set aside where they put various cheeses, crackers, and jams so that you have the chance to sample the different varieties. A large open window allows you to actually watch them make the cheese, a very interesting process to say the least.  They have a nice variety of everything you want with your cheese; wine, crackers, condiments, etc. My favorite by far is the “Black and Blue” which is a black encrusted cheese with a rich, buttery taste. (Tastes great on a spinach salad) The Merry Goat Round is also a must. It’s a beautiful, soft-ripened bloomy round with a nice creamy texture. As mentioned, they will slice samples for you so that you have the chance to pick the ones that would best fit your taste. Not sure on what kind of wine would pair up nicely with your choice? Ask. The customer service is very friendly and helpful. Due to the fact that Mother Nature has decided that we still need more snow, I imagine curling up in front a toasty fireplace enjoying a glass of wine and an assortment of crackers and cheese. So, if you are on your way in to the area this weekend and are passing through Accident, stop in and try some samples. You won’t regret it.
Coming Soon!

Speaking of snow, Wisp is still going strong to the end of the month. Lines are not long and we have been told that skiing is great. Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and we will do our best to find that perfect vacation home for you and your guests. (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) We can’t wait to see you at the lake!