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.

Winter has officially arrived… Now Embrace It!


Chase having fun!
 
I have a most splendid view of Wisp Resort from my office and as I look out now, I can see that they are very busy preparing the slopes for the skiers and snowboarders that will be visiting our area over the next few weeks. The natural snow fall and lower temperatures have come in handy. Combined with the snow guns, it looks to be some optimal skiing conditions! If you are not a fan of the slopes, there are still so many other activities to do in the area this time of year. One of my favorite winter activities is snow shoeing! I am, in no means, a coordinated person so I generally balk at any activity that seems to require this. When Crede Calhoun from All Earth Eco Tours invited our Taylor-Made group to come out and try a snow shoeing tour @ Swallow Falls State Park, I was not thrilled. For those that have never been to Swallow Falls, it must go on your “Must Do” list of places to visit as it houses the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland and is in general, a breathtaking place to see. This helped in my decision and luckily, I gave in. We met at the park and Crede began to give us a tutorial on how to properly strap on the shoes, handle your poles, and maneuver through the snow. As we started off, big beautiful fluffy snowflakes began to gently fall around us and for a moment, I expected to hear music swell in the background. I embellish, of course, but it truly was an amazing adventure. There is something so thrilling yet serene guiding through the forest. Crede took us to some of the back area of the forest so even if you have been there before, it’s neat to see some of the areas that most people don’t frequent. We stopped and enjoyed some yummy hot chocolate as Crede explained some facts about our natural surroundings. The best part? I didn’t fall! It truly is one of those “If I can do it, anyone can” activities! It’s so much fun and makes for a great group activity. Give them a call and make your reservation today! 1-800-446-7554  http://www.allearthecotours.com/
The Taylor-Made gang snow shoeing!

We are still running some fantastic last minute deals so call and speak to one of our Reservation Specialist today. (1-866-351-1119 or www.deepcreekvacations.com) They can help you find the perfect home for your friends or family. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Let the Summer Fun Commence!

     Our summer season is officially here and we couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. Actually locals and visitors alike have been rather spoiled lately with plenty of bright blue skies and ideal temperatures running around the 70’s. It’s the perfect time to head outdoors for some hiking @ Swallow Falls State Park or head over to Wisp and check out one of their many adventurous activities going on! (For those that are a little less adventurous, like myself, don’t forget they offer scenic chair lift rides. Take your camera for some amazing photo ops of the McHenry Cove!)       I would like to give a big shout out to all of the fathers out there. (Fathers,  Grandfathers, Father-in-laws,  Stepfathers, Soon-to-be Fathers,  and Father Figures, in general). May tomorrow find you surrounded by your loved ones. There are many wonderful restaurants in our area in which to celebrate your special day. Four Seasons Dining Room offers fabulous gourmet food and lake front dining. Smiley’s Pizzeria and Pine Lodge Steak House are offering food specials and entertainment throughout the weekend.  Both Ledo’s Pizza and Mountain State Breweryhave recently expanded their menus and would be a great place to take dad to dinner.
      Starting this week on Monday June 18th, we begin the summer “Welcome Party Mondays!” Be sure to visit us from 3-5 pm every Monday on the lawn @ Uno Chicago Grill. This is great opportunity to meet many of the local vendors and to take advantage of their free giveaways and promotions. The admission is free along with free complimentary finger foods and refreshments. Stick around afterwards to listen to a live band which will be playing at the Honi Honi Bar from 5-8 pm. There are also games and prizes for the kids. If you really want to get a jump start on planning your stay with us here at Deep Creek, I highly recommend that you check this out!
     Summer homes are filling up quickly so now’s the time to call to reserve your stay in one of our homes. Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today (111—866-351-1119) or look us up online (www.deepcreekvacations.com). Our reservationist can help assess your needs to locate your dream vacation home. Not sure what to do in our area? We can help you plan activities to do throughout your stay, as well. We can’t wait to see you on the lake!

Mother May I?

Here we are bursting into the month of May! Who doesn’t love the month of May? It’s that time of the year where the outdoors explode with life, the month that children eagerly start crossing off days on the calendar while anxiously waiting for the last day of school. The month where you can begin to daydream of hot summer days spent swimming in the lake, barbeques, and basically all things summer! Now is a great time to come visit our mountains as the leaves are turning lush and green, docks are going in and we are running some fabulous spring specials. Not sure what to do while you’re in the area? With several state parks to choose from, now is a spectacular time for hiking and mountain biking. Now, yes, I am a big fan of Swallow Falls State Park. It’s hard to go wrong with the sheer beauty of the falls and walking trails, so this time I decided to go a different route and so the family and I headed down to New Germany State Park, located outside of Grantsville, and approximately 30 minutes from McHenry. With over 10 miles of walking trails, you may find yourself wandering through a dense hemlock forest, colorful mixed hardwoods, rhododendron-filled stream valleys or towering pines and spruces. Hiking, trail-running and biking are the most popular activities throughout the year. Whether walking along the lake or wetland, or hiking the scenic trails, visitors are sure to have an opportunity to view birds and wildlife. Abundant bird species can be found throughout the area, such as pileated woodpeckers, black-capped chickadees, barred owls, great blue herons and an occasional osprey. In the late spring and summer, guests of the park can purchase snacks from the snack bar or rent a kayak or paddle boat to roam around the l3 acre lake. Swimming is also popular in the designated beach area. This Friday, May 4, there will be a “Live Jam” held at the Lake House. This is an awesome opportunity for musicians and spectators alike to join together to play and enjoy traditional folk, bluegrass, and any “old-time” Appalachian style music! Again this will be held in the Lake House from 6:30-9:30 and the admission is free! Check it out!  Mother’s Day is just around the corner so now is the perfect time to treat mom to a weekend getaway. Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today to begin finding your perfect vacation home.  We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Orlando never stood a chance!

Some of Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations staff members just returned from a whirl wind trip to Orlando where they attended the annual VRMA conference (Vacation Rental Management Association). What an enlightening experience! Most days and evenings were spent attending seminars, checking out the showcases, and networking with other vacation rental companies. It was a very rewarding and educational opportunity to pass ideas around with associations who are in the biz! Of course, all work and no play makes for a grumpy group. Taylor-Made got in the spirit of things by dressing as crazed WVU fans for the tailgating party that VRMA hosted. I must say, they can throw down one heck of a party. An awesome band, game stations (foosball, darts, air hockey, etc.), beverages, and food galore! Mix in a fireworks display and you can’t go wrong! Sadly, our group did not win the grand prize. In all honesty, I’m not quite sure what the winning category even was (Best dressed??? Best costume???) I do know that if the category was ‘loudest’, ‘most spirited’, ‘most verbally harsh on the ear drums’, we would have been a shoe in! We finished our trip with an amazing, fun trip to the Islands’ of Adventure! Roller coasters, water rides, shops, slushies, basically all things good! Chad was like a kid in a candy store when he entered Harry Potter’s village! Too funny! All in all, the trip was an awesome experience. I learned a lot of useful information and met some extremely interesting people, many of whom I plan to stay in touch with. We arrived home just in time for a gusty, yet sunny and fabulous Autumn Glory Parade (and to the clown who, oh so kindly, dumped a bucket of candy at the feet of my 8 year old son, “thanks! That was meant as sarcastic btw!”)! Until next time when I pass on more of my Deep Creek knowledge, see you at the lake!

An Exciting New Winter Adventure

I will be the first to admit that when Jodi first told me that Taylor-Made employees were invited to go on a snowshoeing tour with Crede Calhoun from All Earth Eco Tours, I volunteered with some serious trepidation. I tend to lack coordination and have been known in some small circles as umm, well…”Klutzy”. But the cabin fever has been building up, so I decided to give it a try. Wow! What an awesome adventure! We met up with Crede at Swallow Falls State Park, where he gave a brief tutorial on gearing up and how to maneuver our new “duck feet”, and then we were off! I was amazed at how easy it was, and everyone in our group, right down to 7 year old Chase, caught on quickly. Crede took us over the bridge that crosses Muddy Creek Falls and suddenly we were in a whole new winter wonderland. With the snow falling gently to the ground, there was a brief moment where I saw myself as Lucy, the little girl who walked through the closet, and stepped into the magical world of Narnia! As a born and raised “Garrett County Girl”, I have spent a great deal of time at Swallow Falls but Crede took us to some true off track trails that I have never been on. He gave us some interesting information on the trees and wildlife and we even saw a bear’s den! Joe swore that he could see the bear’s head ( which freaked poor Billie Jean out!). I simply took his word for it, chickened out, and shoed on! Much to everyone’s surprise, not only did I not fall and injure myself, but I easily made my way through the snowy maze. This just proves that if I can do it, anyone can! We took some great pics (see our facebook page) and in general, had an amazing time! This is a terrific activity for families and groups! Priced extremely cheap (only $22 per person for a 2 hour tour!), it is a Must Do if you are visiting us in Winter. Tours tend to fill up quickly, so call head to reserve your spot! Thanks again, Crede, for an amazing day! We had a blast!! (P.S. Your hot chocolate tastes “just like mom used to make”!! So yummy and seems cliche to say, but it really DID hit the spot!)
Author: Angie, Reservations & Snowshoeing Queen