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 The lawn sprinklers have since been replaced by the world’s most energy efficient snowmaking equipment with computerized weather and pumping stations.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

 

Calling All Winter Enthusiasts! Snow Has Arrived!

Deep Creek Lake is officially a winter wonderland. Over 8 inches of fresh snow has blanketed the area over the past 72 hours and Wisp has been crazy busy making snow for the last 100 hours straight! Definitely the perfect time to give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales to take advantage of some of our unbelievable last minute discount (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). Even if you aren’t a fan of skiing or snowboarding, there is still many other enjoyable activities to do in our area during winter. Wisp also offers snow tubing which is essentially sled riding but lazier since you get pulled back up to the top. So much fun and kids of all ages love it! They also have the ice skating rink open. This is complete with twinkle lights that wrap around the ring and a large bonfire which adds to the charisma. For those that want to try something a little different, they may enjoy riding the mountain coaster that winds down the mountains (you control the speed so wimps like me can brake the whole way or the daredevils can let it go as fast as possible)! Another really exciting and fun winter activity is to call All Earth Eco Tours (www.allearthecotours.com) and schedule your snow shoeing tour. Crede, the owner will meet your group at Swallow Falls State Park (which houses the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland and is a breathtaking sight even in the winter). He then gives you detailed instructions on how to walk in your new snow shoes (I imagine it must be close to what a duck feels like) and how to handle your poles. He then shows you parts of the park that most people are unfamiliar with. It really is a lot of fun and a good workout as well. If you have qualms about whether you can do this than take it from one’s who a known klutz, if I can handle it and enjoy it, then anyone can!)
Even if you are not big on the outdoors, most of our homes are so well equipped that you could happily spend your stay hanging out with loved ones in your vacation home. Curl up in front of the crackling wood fireplace, unwind in your private steamy outdoor hot tub or enjoy a game of pool or maybe foosball. Call now!

Already tired of winter and now daydreaming of summer? Now is the time to call to get that perfect vacation home that you know your family will love. Our lakefront homes do book up quickly so you want to make sure you have your vacation plans under way.
Your winter vacation is simply a call away. Beat the winter woes by surprising your loved ones with a surprise trip to Deep Creek Lake! 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!

Think Snow?

Brody having a blast in the snow!
Apparently someone took that “Think Snow” sign very seriously because it continues to fall. It’s great for those that are visiting our area because ski conditions have been terrific. If you’re not, you should seriously consider it. I tell people that the first few weeks of March are a perfect time to visit. We are past the holidays so there is less people around but still so many options of things to do. Of course, for the skiers, they will love the smaller lines for lifts, rentals, and just around the lodge in general. For those that don’t ski, there are still so many options of things to do. If you haven’t tried snow shoeing, this is a Must! Crede from All Earth Eco Tours (www.allearthecotours.com) does an amazing tour at Swallow Falls State Park. Cross Country Skiing is also a popular sport. Herrington Manor State Park has some terrific trails for this. If you don’t have your own skis, Wisp Resort has a “Nordic Center” where you can rent the necessary equipment. Wisp also offers an ice skating rink and snow tubing park (think of sled riding but without the exhausting hike back up the mountain). Winter adventure not really your forte? Our vacation homes have so many desirable amenities that you will look forward to being “snowed in”. The kids can spend the day outside building a snowman or making snow angels while you sit inside in front of the crackling fireplace reading a good book and sipping a glass of your favorite wine. In the evenings, soothe your tensions away with a soak in the bubbling outdoor hot tub. Foosball or pool, anyone? Many of the homes have game tables, another great way to have fun with family and friends. Sounds inviting, doesn’t it?
Snowy Fun!
Right now, many of our homes are offering 3 nights for the price of 2, an awesome deal and one that should be taken advantage of! Call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and we will happily help you find that perfect home for you and your guests. I say the best way to beat the winter blahs is to embrace winter. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and come play in the snowy mountains. 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!

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!

Dare to Dunk!

Time to Dunk!
If you happen to be in the area this weekend and you notice a lot of very strangely clad folks running into Deep Creek Lake, you may question the sanity of those that are here. No worries! That is just all of the wonderful people that are participating in the 15th anniversary of the Deep Creek Dunk! Sponsored by the Maryland State Police, dunkers are asked to donate at least $50 in pledges to participate. Once they have made the pledge, Dunk participants take a quick dip in the lake behind Uno’s Bar and Grill.  This wonderful charity raises funds for Special Olympics Maryland, the state’s largest year round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The event is free to spectators, and Dunkers receive a commemorative sweatshirt, lunch courtesy of Uno Chicago Bar & Grill, group color photo, and the satisfaction of knowing that contributed to such a great cause. The last time I checked their website, the pledges were already over $110,000, which is absolutely amazing! Not to mention how fun the event is. You more than likely will see some “celebrities” such as Elvis, Spongebob, and  Kiss, the rock group! Entertainment also goes throughout the day and evening. If you are in the area, please stop by and support this awesome charity.
Summer Fun!

If you are planning on a summer vacation here at Deep Creek, now is the time to find your perfect vacation home. Lakefront homes tend to book quickly so if that is your preference, it is best to start your search sooner rather than later. Call our office (Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and speak to one of our Reservationist to get explicit details on the homes that you are interested in. Our Reservations team goes out and views every home so that we can effectively answer your questions to the best of our knowledge. Not sure to do while you are in the area? Ask us! We can tell you the best places to go for hiking and biking, horseback riding, where to rent a boat and what special events are going on in the area during the time that you will be visiting.

Mother Nature continues to blanket the area with snow so the ski slopes at Wisp are still open and ready for you to tackle! If you are vertically challenged on the slopes (such as myself!) then you may want to head to the snow tubing park or to the ice skating rink! Lots of fun activities for the whole family! In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Last Tuesday evening, the employees and employers of Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations celebrated their annual Holiday company party at Dutch’s at Silver Tree restaurant. A fabulous evening was had by all! This was my first time in the restaurant since it opened earlier this year although I had been hearing nothing but rave reviews from everyone. Our party was held downstairs in the lower level next to the bar. They had it cheerfully decorated for the holidays which added a wonderful ambience to the already festive atmosphere. We began our party with some sincere and heartfelt thanks from our employers. Chad, then in return, decided to be Chad and poke fun of the whole gang with his homemade videos. I have to give kudos where kudos are due. They were hilarious (check out some of them on our facebook page) but also very heartfelt. We had a buffet of food that was to die for. The prime rib was delish and everyone told me repeatedly that the twice baked potatoes were awesome (that’s what I get for trying to stay away from the carbs!). I also want to say what a fabulous job Dutch’s waiting staff did that evening. They were very on top of everything from refilling the water glasses, cleaning off dishes, or just getting you anything you needed. We concluded the holiday party with our annual Yankee Swap. It was a great deal of fun and it’s always interesting to see what you are going to take home with you. Perfect food, perfect setting, and perfect company made it a spectacular evening! Thanks once again to Dutch’s for your top notch service and to Joe, Jodi, and Chad for being the wonderful employers that you are! We are truly lucky to be part of such a wonderful team! In the meantime, as Wisp continues to crank out the fluffy goodness, we continue to fervently wish for snow (which seems to be working at the moment!), we look forward to seeing you at the lake!