Top 8 Deep Creek Lake Winter Activities for Non-Skiers

It’s a common conundrum – what’s a non-skier to do when friends and family are hitting the slopes at Wisp Resort?  Deep Creek Lake winter activities offers lots of options that can keep every member of your crew entertained.  It’s a great way to enjoy a weekend getaway near Pittsburgh, Baltimore, or Washington, DC.

Here are just a few of our favorite activities for the non-skiers staying at a Deep Creek Lake vacation rental:

Activities for Non-Skiers

Hiking at Swallow Falls State Park
Crisp white snow makes this beautiful place even more spectacular, and it’s definitely a must see throughout all four seasons.  If you’re up for some serious hiking, explore trails to all three of the waterfalls – Swallow Falls, Muddy Creek Falls, and Tolliver Falls.  There is also a handicap accessible trail and view platform at Muddy Creek Falls for those that need an easier route or just want to take a short stroll.   Be sure to bring your camera and wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots.  Trails can be slippery during the winter months.  Get more info.

Guided Snowshoe Tours
Weather permitting, All Earth Eco Tours offers another great way to experience Swallow Falls State Park.   Their snowshoe tours are a “no experience required” way to cruise through the woods and take in the scenery.  For those seeking high adventure, ask about their trips to Big Savage Mountain and Lost Lands.
Sleigh Rides at Deep Creek Lake

Sleigh Rides
Take a ride back in time as you swish through open fields and over hills listening to the sound of muffled hoof beats in the snow.  Sleigh rides at Pleasant Valley Dream Rides are an ideal way to enjoy the outdoors no matter what your age.

Sled Riding at Blackwater Falls State Park
Within one hour of the Deep Creek Lake area, you’ll find the ultimate sledding hill!  Head to Blackwater Falls State Park to ride up on a conveyor, sled to the bottom, and repeat!  Bring your own sled or rent one on-site.

Cross Country Skiing
With minimal instruction, you can kick and glide on cross country ski trails at Wisp Resort, Herrington Manor State Park, and New Germany State Park.  Rental equipment is available at each location, and Wisp offers intro lessons as well.

Shops & Antiques
Avoid the cold temperatures when you visit area shops and antique stores.  Schoolhouse Earth, Bear Creek Traders, and High Mountain Sports are a few of our favorites at the lake.  Take a short drive to Oakland to browse antiques at Englander’s or Cabin Fever.

Museum Tours
While you’re in downtown Oakland, history buffs should stop at the two museums operated by the Garrett County Historical Society.  Return to the past as you explore area treasures, learn about early settlers, and check out Model T Fords.

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Fun for kids of all ages, the Discovery Center is a one-of-a-kind environmental center with hands-on exhibits that showcase the natural resources of Western Maryland.  Children can enjoy special programs each weekend like pine cone bird feeder making or feeding some of the resident critters.

Staying on top of our game!

TMDCVS Airport Selfie!

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations& Sales has been overly busy lately both in the office and out. Company employees and owners recently returned from two national conferences both of which are known to be the biggest and most influential in the vacation rental industry.
The first conference the company attended was the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) Annual Conference held Oct. 26 through the 29th in San Diego, California­.

     “The VRMA Annual Conference is the largest gathering for the professionally managed vacation rental industry,” co-owner Jodi Refosco said. “Our participation at the Annual Conference proves our dedication to growing along with the industry, finding the very best way to serve our guests and owners, and always staying on or above the cutting-edge of industry trends.” 
     More than 1000 leading vacation rental industry professionals attended this year’s Annual Conference, which provides an unparalleled avenue for the vacation rental industry’s top influencers to exchange information and ideas through four days of educational sessions, networking opportunities and a tradeshow. This year’s VRMA Annual Conference was the largest event in the professionally managed vacation rental industry history.

     Jodi went on to say, “This year we took our largest group yet with over 10 employees and owners attending. With such a large array of classes and seminars being offered we wanted to make sure that we had someone from every department present.” Several of those from Taylor-Made also had the honor of presenting a session while there and Jodi was once again reelected to serve on the VRMA Board of Directors.

U.S. Midway

   Of course, all work and no play makes for a boring trip so the group was able to fit in some play time. We took an amazing tour of U.S. Midway a Navy Aircraft Carrier. (Not a good thing for those that are claustrophobic! or tall for that matter; Poor Joe!) We also got to spend a fun filled night with all VRMA attendees at The Wave House, which basically is just what it sounds like. One side of the park has the professional wave pool for those that know what they are doing and the other half is the training park for those that don’t. There were some causalities, I’m not going to lie but fortunately for me, I have video of it! (haha!) We also got to eat at some fantastic restaurants and basically just socialize with new and old acquaintances and friends.  

The gorgeous marina outside our hotel
We ate A LOT of food!

     TMDCVS employees and owners then left for Charleston, South Carolina for the Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals National Conference held November 10th-12th. Joe Refosco, President of the Board of VRHP, stated, “We were very pleased with this year’s outcome. Our membership grew to over 500 members. At the conference we were able to provide 8-9 informative sessions and several roundtables. We believe in creating the best housekeeping team we can and trading ideas with our peers is the way to do it.”
     All in all, it has been a busy month. The team is now gearing up for the holidays. It’s not to late to book your last minute Thanksgiving family holiday trip to Deep Creek Lake. Give us a call here at 1-866-351-1119 or online at www.deepcreekvacations.comto find the perfect vacation home for you and your family. We are now offering 3 nights for 2 for this weekend and how can you resist that kind of deal? Imagine how excited the family would be if you suddenly announced that you were heading to Deep Creek Lake to spend the holidays in the mountains? Outdoor hiking, horseback riding or maybe just relaxing in your bubbling outdoor hot tub? Snow! Yes, there is the possibility of snow as well! Call now! You know you want to! 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 little help in planning your Couple’s Retreat!

Lake Pointe Retreat’s Great Room
Blanketed in a layer of fluffy goodness, Deep Creek experienced a great deal of snow fall over the weekend bringing excitement for those that can’t wait to tackle the ski slopes. Wisp is currently operating with about 5 slopes open as well as the snow tubing park and ice skating rink. Now is the time to call us here @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) to take advantage of the rush before the holidays and some of the fabulous specials we are offering now.
Are you in charge of planning this year’s couple’s retreat for your friends? New to our rental market, Lake Pointe Retreat is a stunning 5 bedroom home which is perfect for you. Just a short stroll away from Wisp’s ticket window, you and your guests can come and go on the slopes as you please. This is ideal for those that have couple’s with different agendas. May be some in your party want to ski all day while some just want to enjoy the ice skating rink for a view hours. This extra convenience helps. Why else might you choose this particular home? The fabulous and rich décor cannot be overlooked. You will be in awe from the moment that you step inside the Great Room! Go into overload as you walk to the lower level and imagine the hours of fun that will be spent playing pool as you keep warm in front of a toasty fire. Offering all large king and queen sized beds also makes this an ideal choice for couple’s! I highly recommend that you check out this home as you plan your getaway.   http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/deep-creek/ski-in%252fski-out/house/rentals/lake-pointe-retreat/235/alpha,   The luxurious furnishings coupled with the extremely convenient location make this home an easy choice for many!
Who’s Ready?

As we continue to get closer to the holidays, stay tuned for more updates on area happenings and the best places to shop locally! In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Still Snowing!



Husky Power Dogsledding!



Driving by our office here on Rt.219, our flashing sign suggests that you should “Think Snow!” Apparently, many people did, as we continue to have the wonderful fluffy stuff falling down. Wisp is still going strong as are other winter activities in our area. As I mentioned previously, snow- shoeing tours are an excellent family activity. Crede Calhoun from All Earth Eco Tours does these as well as cross country skiing. Definitely worth checking out. (www.allearthecotours.com or call them 1-800-446-7554) Another fun activity to check out is Husky Power dogsledding! (http://www.huskypowerdogsledding.com/  or call them 1-301-746-7200) Here you get the thrilling opportunity to be pulled by a team of Siberian huskies! You will get to visit the kennels and pet and play with the pups! Demonstrations are given on how the sleds work, how the huskies play, live, train and more. Best of all is the excitement of whisking through the trails while being led by the dog team. A Deep Creek must do!



Ice Fishing @ Deep Creek Lake!



Speaking of snow and winter, here are some fun facts about Garrett County:
v Did you know that we receive nearly double the snowfall of Fairbanks, Alaska?
v The average ice cover of the lake in mid-winter is 18 inches thick? (Ice fishing is also a very popular winter activity!)
v Speaking of fishing, did you know that there are 26 different fish species in Deep Creek Lake?
v The average winter temperature here is 29° F? (After a day of playing outside, it’s nice to come in and warm up in front of a crackling fireplace!
Heading into March, it’s still the perfect time to come and visit us here in the mountains. Call in and speak to any one of our Reservationist here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (www.deepcreekvacations.com or call 1-866-351-1119 and we will happily assist you in finding the perfect home to accommodate you and your family and friends. Now is also the time to start thinking “Summer”! Imagine enjoying hot summer days swimming and playing from your lakefront home! Have special needs or amenities that you desire with your home? No problem as all of our Reservationists are very familiar with each home and the location so we can help answer any questions that you may have. If by chance, we don’t know, we will find out for you! The snow continues to fall, the air is wonderfully crisp and we can’t wait to 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!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland….

Our Gigantic Christmas Tree!

      It’s finally beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Mother Nature has been rather fickle for the majority of December often giving us warm days up into the 60s. This week, however, is more typical of Garrett County. We thought “Snow” and here it is fluttering to the ground as I type this. This month has been a busy one here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations. We started off the month with our annual charity drive. This year we chose to send care packages to soldiers that are stationed overseas. We chose 3 different soldiers and sent items according to what they specifically asked for. Popular requests were snack foods, baby wipes, chap stick, foot powder, hygiene products and more. All in all we gathered approximately $700 worth of goods that were shipped. So, this is big shout out and thank you to my coworkers who used stellar teamwork to get these out in time for the holidays. You guys are the best!

Who’s the lucky winner?

      We then continued the holiday cheer with our annual Holiday party! I must admit, no one knows how to celebrate quite like the crew at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations! Because we now have the space with are new, bigger office, we held the party here. Angie Bosley and her crew did a remarkable job of catering the party. They had our main Great Room elegantly decorated in gorgeous hues of red and gold and accented with lots of lights. The food was absolutely delicious (her meatballs are to die for!!) So, a big thank you to Angie and her help for the fabulous food and display. We continued our tradition with our “Yankee Swap” where everyone vied for various gift cards and crafts. I came away with a gift certificate to McHenry Beverage, which will come in handy with some bubbly for New Years. Another thank you also goes out to Joe, Jodi, and Chad for once again being so thoughtful to your employees and hosting a wonderful party.
      If you are going to be in the area this Monday, December 24th, please stop by our office. Santa Claus will be here from 10 am- 12 noon where he will be reading Christmas stories to the little kids. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served as well. Bring a camera, the family, and come visit us! It’s going to be a great time and we would love to see you!

Breathtaking!

      Wisp Resort is currently cranking out the snow so it’s a great time to call in and begin planning your winter getaway. As usual, we are offering some great specials and don’t forget about our “Ski Free Stay Free Package” where you stay and ski for 3 nights for the price of 2. Call and speak to one of our reservationist (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) about this and the other great packages we are offering.
      Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations would like to take this time to wish our friends, homeowners, and guests a truly wonderful and safe holiday season! We will see you at the lake!

Let The Shopping Commence!

     I am a Christmas shopping procrastinator. It’s not that I don’t love giving gifts because I do, I am just not a big fan of crowded malls and large stores. I have finally come to a no-brainer solution. Shop Local! We have so many great little shops here in Garrett County that it seems silly that I wouldn’t frequent them more often. By far, one of my very favorite shops is Four All Seasons Gift Shop located in the Dry Dock Plaza at Deep Creek Lake. Whether you are looking for a fun and funky new toy for the kids, a new amazing handbag for mom, or even football memorabilia, this shop definitely has something for everyone. Unfortunately, the shop will be closing its doors for good very soon but in the meantime, everything in the store is marked way down and with an extra 40% off everything, it’s a deal that can’t be beat. So, I headed there first. Considering the countdown had begun, the pressure to start marking names off my list was on. An hour later, I started to feel a little victorious at all of the awesome deals I had found.


40% off everything!

Arms laden with my many packages, I decided to check out The Christmas Chalet located across from Uno’s next. http://www.christmaschalet.com/ Ebenezer Scrooge could not walk in there and not immediately get in the spirit of the holiday. Tons of brightly colored Christmas trees and decorations beautifully illuminated as far as the eyes could see! There is an ornament for absolutely everyone on your list! Dog and cat lovers, dancers, teddy bears, s’mores, sports fanatics, whatever you are looking for its most likely in there. After carefully choosing some awesome Steeler Christmas tree bulbs, a yummy cinnamon/ apple candle and some other odds and ends, I left very content with my purchases. Exhausted from all of my mad spending, I made a quick dash into Trader’s Coffee House for a rejuvenating cappuccino. Yep, I have to say that local shopping is definitely the way to go!


WVU Mountaineer Fan? No problem!

     Now, is the perfect time to start planning that winter weekend getaway. Wisp has officially announced that it will be opening this weekend (December 15thand 16th) They will continue to make snow with the weather permitting. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations is offering some phenomenal last minute discounts for many of our homes so be sure to call today to see what we are offering. Planning a summer stay? Our new 2013 brochure is now out. Call and let us know that you would like a copy sent to you and we will mail it out the next day. Don’t forget that you can also view our e-brochure or just visit our website to find the perfect vacation home for you and your family (www.deepcreekvacations.com or call 1-866-351-1119). For those that happen to be in the area, stop by our office (located adjacent from Market Square in McHenry) and check out the sensational holiday decorations that are maintenance guys worked hard on putting up. Absolutely stunning and a terrific photo opportunity for the kids! Holiday spirits are high here in the mountains and we look forward to seeing you at the lake!