Spring Weddings at Deep Creek Lake Vacation Homes

 

Spring wedding season is upon us at Deep Creek Lake.  Excited brides and grooms are finalizing their plans and our event coordinator is busy taking care of the last minute details.

Deep Creek Lake destination weddings have become increasingly popular over the years.  Scenic mountain vistas and beautiful lake views provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor spring weddings and throughout the rest of the year too.

We offer a wide variety of wedding friendly homes that are ideal to host your big day.  From intimate affairs at a classic mountain lodge to larger gatherings at a luxury chalet, there’s something to meet the taste of every couple.deep creek lake spring weddings

Depending on the size of your group, the ceremony and reception can be held by the water’s edge or on a deck overlooking the lake and mountains. Our event coordinator can guide you through the process of contacting vendors for tent rentals, catering, flowers, and more.  We’ll help you with all of the small details that go into making your day truly memorable.

If you’re looking for Deep Creek Lake vacation rentals to house your group but would like to hold your ceremony elsewhere, we can help with that too.  We assist you with choosing homes that are close together and in the area that you prefer.  Additionally, we can provide you with a list of local churches or other unique venue options like Swallow Falls State Park.

Spring weddings in the mountains of Western Maryland gives you the chance to combine a great getaway with the most important day of your life.  Imagine enjoying Deep Creek Lake activities like boating, hiking, and kayaking with your favorite people as you look forward to the big event.  It’s an opportunity to share time with people that you may not see often enough throughout the year.

Request more information about Deep Creek Lake spring weddings (and other seasons too!), and we’ll help you get started.  In the meantime, browse our wedding friendly homes to explore all of the options that are available.

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.

A Fair Deal!

Ferris Wheel!

Spoiled is essentially the best way to describe those that are visiting Deep Creek today and this weekend as the weather is near perfect with bright blue skies and lots of sunshine. I’m pretty sure that people think that I must be exaggerating this but it’s true. I think that since Mother Nature gives us such a long winter season, generally, that in order to balance it out, there must be postcard picture perfect ones in the warmer months! Tomorrow starts the 59thannual Garrett County Agricultural Fair held here at the fairgrounds in McHenry. If you are lucky enough to be visiting us this week then I highly suggest you put this on your list of things to do! If you have ever had the opportunity to visit an old fashioned agricultural fair then you know how much fun it can be for the whole family! Starting off with rides for the wee ones, there is usually a little toddler size roller coaster, Ferris wheel, spinning tee-cups, speed cars, and more! As they grow out of those, they move up to some of the larger rides such as the Scrambler,  a ride known for squishing those that are unlucky enough to pick the wrong side to ride on as it whips you around in a frenzy. The Swings, which swoop you out and about, overlooking the crowd below you!

Finally, you have graduated to the Big rides where you may meet The Zipper, a crazy looking contraption known for hurling you through the air at high rates of speed while turning you in a hundred circles until you feel completely nauseous! The Perks and sense of adventure of Fair Rides! Not for you? Then the food is as good of a reason to go as any! Fresh cut and made Rotary French Fries are a must if visiting our fair. With ketchup or vinegar, they absolutely delicious and well worth the calories! Candy apples, hamburgers, pizza, cotton candy, the list is long and worth trying one of each! Funnel Cakes! I almost forgot about the awesome Funnel Cake, varies in size and flavor, and sinfully good! Entertainment? Well, I always like to lose my money by trying to win some ridiculously large and often distorted stuffed animal by throwing a basketball in a teacup or squirting a water gun blaster into the mouth of an alligator.

Yummy…..
Gorgeous Sunflower Field in McHenry!

 Don’t forget The Derby! Highly popular, cars and drivers compete by smashing into each other until only one last car remains running. It seems rather silly but is actually quite exciting and a fun event to attend. There is also a great variety of entertainment, usually a musical act or a singing group that performs on a main stage. Don’t forget the barns full of livestock! Cattle, pigs, chickens, bunnies and then several barns full of people entries for their crafts, pictures, flowers, and much more! Take a day or evening and bring the family to the fair! Ride lots of rides, eat food that is not good for you (but worth every bite!) play silly games and just enjoy the atmosphere! It starts tomorrow August 1st and goes until the following Saturday so you have plenty of days to check it out.
Still haven’t made your plans to visit Deep Creek Lake this summer? I really don’t know what you are waiting for? Almost all homes are now offering partial week stays which is ideal for those that can’t get a full week off of work but still want to take a relaxing vacation, if at least for several days! For those that are trying to stay within a budget, townhomes and lake access homes generally rent for less but you may still have the lake just a short stroll or drive away. Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or go online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you plan your Deep Creek getaway.   

Hey Chipmunks! We Challenge You!

Today is one of those days at Deep Creek that look like it could come straight from a postcard. Bright blue skies and lake sparkle against the lush mountainside, truly a breathtaking sight. Watching so many people having such a fun time, whether they are speeding along on a speed boat, hitting the waves on a jet ski, or taking the family tour on a pontoon boats, the squeals of joy and laughter are ringing loudly across the lake! For those that may be wandering if there are any activities to do that are not on the lake and the answer is “Of Course”! One place I love to suggest to families is to head over to Wisp’s Adventure Park. Generally when we speak of Wisp, we think of the mountains heaped in snow as people take on the ski and snowboarding trails but in the warmer months, Wisp offers a large variety of activities for all ages. For the young kids, the Chipmunk Challenge Course is a must try! This canopy tour is designed to test your kid’s prowess and athletic abilities while having at a blast at the same time. Participants are suited up with a harness, helmet, and are given the needed safety instructions. They then begin to maneuver the course which consists of everything from a Spider Net that must be crossed to a Tarzan Vine Rope. Each task requires the participant to pay close attention to their surroundings while using precision in balancing. They finally finish with the final zipline which sends them plummeting down 200 feet of cable. While the kids may not take in as much of the scenery, they do get to witness some of the most breathtaking views of the McHenry Cove when perched on top of the course. A fun activity that the kids will talk about for months afterwards and parents get some fantastic photo and video ops as well! While there are many more things to do at Wisp (golfing, disc golf, mountain biking, etc) this particular activity is perfect for kids 4 years and up that weigh at least 40 pounds.
 
If you have not made your summer plans to come and visit us here at Deep Creek, now is the time to do so! We have opened all homes up for partial week stays in July, ideal for those that are not able to get a full week off of work but still deserve a relaxing getaway. Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com ) and let us help you find your families vacation dream home! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #DCLlakelife #DCLvacationrentals

Deep Creek Lake’s 90th Birthday Bash!

The Dam was completed in 1925.

This year Deep Creek Lake is celebrating its 90thBirthday! How wonderful is that! In the early 1920s, the Youghiogheny Hydroelectric Company purchased land in Garrett County for the purpose of power generation. The tract that was chosen was where a large stream called Deep Creek flowed into the Youghiogheny River. A large earth and rock wall dam was built and completed. The 12 mile long reservoir filled with water and formed Deep Creek Lake, the largest inland body of water in the state of Maryland. Over the years, Deep Creek has grown in popularity as many continue to discover the scenic beauty of our area and of course the many recreational activities that one can do on the lake! We were recently named by TripAdvisor as one of the “Rising Vacation Rental Destinations of 2015” and it’s easy to see why. Summer days are spent swimming and playing on the lake. Cruise the lake by boat, take the kids for a ride on the water tubes or rent a jet ski for a morning of adventure. Canoes, kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, water trampolines, the list of toys is long and plenty! For those that are looking for something a little more tranquil, bring your fishing boat for a quiet morning out on the lake! Even in the winter months, people take advantage of the frozen lake for ice fishing and snowmobiling. All of these awesome activities because man decided to create a lake and this year marks 90 years that people have been enjoying that choice!
 
Water skiing in the 70s!
In celebration of this historic event, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is hosting a FREE outdoor family movie night tomorrow evening here at our office (Saturday June 13th). We will be showing ‘Night of the Museum 3’! Bring your lawn chairs, enjoy fresh popcorn and a fun night watching the movie under the stars!
Water Skiing Today!

 
 
 
 
 
Still haven’t finalized your plans for summer? All of our vacation rental homes are now allowing for partial week stays (3 night minimum) for the next two weeks of June so it’s the perfect time to visit for a few days! With the warmer temperatures, take advantage of that lake that we are celebrating and spend a few days on it!
Give us a call (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find that perfect vacation rental home. We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #lakelife #livingthedream #closetoDC

A Birthday Celebration! You’re Invited!

We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales are gearing up for an exciting Memorial Day weekend. We are fully booked and with a forecast calling for lots of sunshine, we are wishing are guests a wonderful weekend here at Deep Creek Lake. We are also extending an open invitation to the public to join us on Saturday June 13th to celebrate Deep Creek Lake’s 90th birthday! Yes, it was 90 years ago that the Deep Creek Station hydroelectric project was placed in service by a predecessor company of Pennsylvania Electric Company. It was then filled with water forming the largest man-made lake in Maryland. Obviously since then the lake has continued to bring visitors from all over! Now people come from all over to enjoy the lake and the many activities that can be enjoyed on it (swimming, fishing, tubing, jet skiing, and more!). The fact that we are also located in the mountains, have much less humidity than our surrounding cities and clean fresh mountain air, is also an added bonus! So in celebration of this important event, we are hosting a “Movie Night” to be held outside of our offices (35 Towne Centre Way McHenry). We will be showing Night at the Museum 3. This event is held outside and is free to the public (we will have some fresh popped popcorn as well!) We do ask that you bring your own lawn chairs though! We think that’s it is going to be a lot of fun and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

For those that still haven’t planned their summer stay here at the lake, give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find your dream vacation home! Many of our homes have now opened up and are allowing partial week stays during the month of June. This is perfect for those that want to get away but are unable to stay for a full week. As I mentioned above, there are so many fun activities to do here on the lake in the summer so boredom is not an option. Bright blue skies and lots of sunshine are in the forecast for this weekend. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 

 

Springtime and Fine Dining!

We are heading into the weekend with promises of sunshine and temps into the 70s. For those that will be visiting our area, it’s the perfect time to get out to one of our state parks and enjoy a nice hike. Although we are always eager to get our guests to see Swallow Falls State Park as it is one of “must see” spotlights (housing the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland), we also highly recommend Deep Creek State Park as well. You can stop in their office, located across from the Deep Creek Discovery Center, http://www.discoverycenterdcl.com/home_-_about_usand pick up a trail guide but they have trails for those that are just looking for an easy walk to those looking for something more challenging! Regardless of where you choose to go, outside seems like an awesome idea after such a long winter!
Dutch’s Dining Room

Today we want to give a shout out to one of our favorite local restaurants, Dutch’s at Silver Tree. Offering lakefront dining and gourmet style food, it’s definitely the kind of place that you want to go if you are celebrating something special with family and friends. Beautifully decorated throughout, the restaurant definitely has a warm and cozy feel. The main dining area showcases a massive stone fireplace while the vibrant hues of colors in the bar area create a lively atmosphere. I met with Stephanie, one of the main gals that helps run the show, and she was kind enough to give me the grand tour. This included heading to the banquet dining area located in the lower level. It would make a wonderful place for a wedding reception or family gathering of some sort. While the lakefront dining is certainly an appealing concept, the food is definitely another. The crab cakes are often a recommended selection by locals and visitors alike while the sandwiches on the lunch menu are widely known “huge” and overly filling. Next time that you are in the area, I highly recommend that you stop in and give Dutch’s at Silver Tree a try.
Dutch’s Bar Area

Need a relaxing weekend away? Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you plan your next mountain getaway. We are now offering fantastic Spring & Summer discounts so call now to take advantage. We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #taylormadedeepcreekvacations #springtime

I Want Candy!!!

CANDY!
    We still officially have 1 day to go until spring but Mother Nature has been very kind in providing us with some sunshine & warmer temperatures.  Life in the mountains can be very unpredictable so we know that we are in no-way out of snows way but for now, it feels wonderful. We are even starting to get notifications from the local golf courses of possible opening days. There are so many fun activities to do here in the spring.
    Speaking of things to do, I recently took the afternoon off to check out some of our local shops. While I can go on and on about all of the great little shops here at Deep Creek Lake & the surrounding area, one my very favorite and one that I feel it is my duty to tell you about is Candyland/ Farmer’s Market in Oakland, our county seat. While many visitors coming to our area make a stop at our local Wal-Mart, many of them are unaware that just 2 minutes farther away is a store filled with hundreds of different kinds of candy which can be purchased already bagged or by the pound. A true plethora of sugary goodness! Starbursts, Swedish fish, Snickers, Laffy Taffy, chocolate covered everything! Allow yourself one day of totally indulge your sweet tooth! Who doesn’t love Candyland?
   
Fresh produce
Conveniently and as if they knew the guilt would hit you at some point, the other half of the store is the Farmer’s Market! Stocked full of fresh fruits and veggies, many of which are grown locally, a win-win all around! They also have specialty dips, jams, soups, and large bins filled with a variety of different nuts! You will also find a nice assortment of cheeses including a small selection of goat cheeses. A very uniquely divided store; gather as much candy and chocolate as possible on one side and stock up on your much needed fruits and veggies on the other side! You definitely want to stop here!
Have you planned your spring getaway yet? Spring in the mountains is a must! It’s just a nice and peaceful time to visit while still having a ton of choices for things to do whether you choose horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking, golf, fishing, or just simply want to get away!
Spring Time!
Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales and let us help you find that dream vacation home (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). Don’t forget that we also expanded to include Real Estate Sales for those of you who may have considered buying a home or property in our irresistible mountainous region! Our Real Estate team is in the office 7 days a week and also very quick to answer any and all phone calls or e-mails. Give us a call, you will be glad that you did. We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #lakelife #springtime

Nature Lovers Rejoice!

Tolliver Falls!
It’s hard to believe that we are already heading into the end of August. Labor is approaching very quickly and kids are getting ready to head back to school. Fall, my very favorite season, will be here before we know it. There is a lot of fun festivals going on in the area in the next few months so now is the perfect time to look into reserving a weekend getaway. Our Art & Wine Festival is coming up on the weekend of September 6thand Autumn Glory extends over the long weekend of October 10-13th. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations is more than ready to help you find the ideal home for you and your family. Give us a call (1-866-351-1115 or go online www.deepcreekvacations.com)!

Memories are made here!
Now, I realize that my opinion is completely biased but I think life in our mountains provides us with some of the most breathtaking scenery throughout the year. Aside from the natural beauty of Deep Creek and the surrounding lush mountains, we also have Swallow Falls State Park, which houses the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland. It’s highly recommended for nature lovers, especially those that enjoy mountain biking and hiking. Another phenomenal place that I like to recommend is one that is a little less known to the general public. Savage River Reservoir is a 360 acre reservoir that was formed by the Savage Dam which impounds the Savage River.  Located in a canyon, the reservoir is surrounded by a plush mountain landscape making it the perfect place for kayaking and canoeing. It is also well known as a sublime place for trout fishing. Add in the fact that you have soaring bald eagles flying high above you and you will be completely in awe. It is well worth to check it out. If you need our assistance, we can suggest an area vendor that does some amazing kayaking tours (www.allearthecotours.com). Labor Day is coming and homes are going quickly! Call today~ we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Deep Creek Lake: The place to be!!

The Top 10 Reasons to Choose Deep Creek Lake as Your Next Vacation Getaway!
1.     The Weather! Besides enjoying fresh mountain air, we are the place to come to beat the scorching heat! Our temperatures tend to run approximately 10° cooler than surrounding cities (and with much less humidity as well!)
2.    Swallow Falls State Park! Housing the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland, Swallow Falls State Park is a must see natural phenomenon for our area. With miles of mountain bike and hiking trails, it’s the perfect place to spend the day and enjoy Mother Nature!
3.    Wisp Resort! In the winter season, it serves as the only ski resort in the state of Maryland but throughout the remainder of the year, it offers an abundance of cool activities for every one of all ages. (The mountain coaster is a must! You can control the speed, which is perfect for the daredevils that crave speed or you can go slow for those of us that like our pace a little more “tame”.)



Zach @ Deep Creek State Park!



4.    We are kid friendly! Both Funland and Smiley’s Fun Zone are the perfect place to take the kids for the day. Both offer go-carts, miniature golf, arcade games and more! Hungry? Have lunch at Smiley’s or DC Pizza, which is attached to Funland.
5.    The Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI)! This man-made river channel is the only mountaintop white water rafting course in the world. It’s ideal for beginners, families and paddling enthusiasts. Not sure if it’s your “thing”, they also manage Fork Run Recreation Area that offers over 500 acres of forest where guests can rock climb, hike, mountain bike, or take geocaching tours.
6.    Festivities Galore!  The Art & Wine Festival, The Highland Festival, The Garrett County Agricultural Fair, Octoberfest and Autumn Glory are just to name a few of the events that take place throughout the year in our area.
7.    Fallingwater & Ohiopyle! Designed by America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, this home stretches over a 30’ waterfall and is a National Historic Landmark (so famous in fact that Brad and Angelina closed the place down a few years ago so they could take their own personal tour of the home!) Located approximately 35 minutes from Deep Creek, it’s a nice day drive for the family. While there check out the little town of Ohiopyle which offers white-water rafting and eclectic assortment of neat shops and restaurants.
8.    Cranesville Swamp! Located near bordering West Virginia, this swamp is 1,600 acre preserve that is known as one of the last boreal bogs in the southern United States. Visitors can walk along the guided trails and boardwalk. Bird watching and nature lover enthusiasts will quickly fall in love the beautiful surroundings offered here.



Farmer’s Market



9.    Small town charm! Oakland, our county seat, is located a mere 15 minutes from the lake. Here visitors can stroll through downtown where they visit charming shops, antique stores and dining establishments. In the summer, guests can head over to the town pavilion where a local Farmer’s Market is set up. Fresh produce, Amish baked goods plus an assortment of crafts and other goods are available for purchase.
10.  The Lake! Boating, fishing, jet-skiing, tubing, swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding are all fun and exciting activities to do here at Deep Creek! Rent or bring a boat and spend the day zipping around the lake. Many restaurants have dock side dining for easy convenience. Surrounded by plush mountains, you will quickly fall in love with all that is Deep Creek!
Call us today at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119) or go online at www.deepcreekvacations.com to begin planning your future stay at Deep Creek Lake!