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!

And Along Came Sandy….

While many children and parents were planning their Halloween costumes and stocking up on candy to dispense for Trick or Treating, Garrett Countians were digging out toboggans, mittens, and various winter gear. Candy was replaced instead with ice melt and snow shovels. Hurricane Sandy swept up the East coast earlier this week and blazed quite a trail through our majestic mountains. Over 3 feet of snow fell on the region leaving many with downed trees, electric lines, and without power. Crews from various states have swept in to help and although the clean-up is going to take a while, we feel optimistic that life will return to normal before we know it. A great big huge thank you to the many, many road crews, power workers, and anyone, in general that came and offered their services. Your long hours and tireless effort is greatly appreciated.

On a positive note, the snow enthusiasts are ecstatic over the thought of Wisp Resort opening soon and for the ski season to officially start. We haven’t officially gotten any updates on when they expect the opening day to be but we will definitely keep you posted. Also, remember that to call us at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) to begin planning your ski getaway. We are once again working with Wisp Resort to offer our guests our “Ski Free/ Stay Free” package. It’s an awesome deal where you can stay and ski 3 nights for the price of 2! We still have some homes available for the Thanksgiving holiday so gather the family and join us in the mountains for a little R & R! If you are in the area over Thanksgiving, I always like to remind our guests about the Festival of Trees, held at the exhibition hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds, on November 23rdand 24th. Guests can stroll through designer decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and more. Local artisans are on-site for your shopping pleasure. The kids will enjoy having breakfast with Santa, visiting Frosty’s Funland, or get some yummy baked goods from Santa’s Bakery. Adults will also enjoy the Silent Auction that is held on Saturday. It’s definitely a fun family event that is very much worth checking out. http://www.fotgc.com/  Pack up your winter wear, grab a sled, and come enjoy the snow with us. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

It’s Time to Break the Ice!

Mother Nature was certainly kind to us last week by blanketing the area in lots of pretty white fluff. Wisp has almost all of their slopes open, not to mention the tubing park and ice skating rink. It is definitely a great weekend to be coming into the area. If you want to experience a true ‘Mountain Winter Escape’, then I suggest that you head to Oakland Winterfest! This is one event that I always look forward to! Held in downtown Oakland, visitors will find a true winter wonderland. Going on its 5th year, the event is sponsored by various Oakland businesses and will be held from February 17th to the 19th. What might one find at this Winterfest? The highlight of the event are the amazing and unique ice sculptures that can be viewed throughout the town. Master carver, Bill Sandusky, from Frozen Assets Ice Carving Company will be returning for his 5th year to showcase his astounding talent. Local businesses are given the opportunity to purchase a sculpture that Bill will carve, generally, in an image pertaining to the business. He will do five live carvings on Saturday and “The Tribute to Oakland” on Sunday. The displays are well lit at night and on display until they melt. For the little ones, there is a ice sculpted bowling lane, an actual slide made out of ice, and in ice throne for them to perch on. They will also be able to take home a free personalized block of ice with their name in it. Other activities that will be going on are the snowman building competition, the crowning of “SnowFlake Toddler and Princess”, various craft vendors, and horse drawn sleigh rides by Pleasant Valley Dream Rides. Various dining establishments will be offering hot soup specials throughout the weekend as well. Still unsure? Think hot chocolate! Warm beverages and snacks can also be purchased at several locations throughout the town. If you are looking for some real old fashioned family fun then I highly recommend that you head to downtown Oakland this weekend to check out this excellent event. In the meantime, snow is on the ground, perfect for snow shoeing or cross country skiing. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations is running some great specials for next weekend, so now is the perfect time to call to reserve your dream vacation home. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake! http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/

A Partridge in a Pear Tree…..

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. You are stuffed, have had your fix of football, and now what? Well, if you are a bargain shopper and competitive by nature, than Black Friday shopping is always an option. However, if you are visiting Deep Creek Lake over the holiday and looking for something a little more “family friendly” and less sportsman-like, than I highly recommend you check out Garrett County’s annual Festival of Trees event. An event that benefits our local Dove Center (http://www.garrettdovecenter.org/), guests of the event get the unique opportunity to stroll through exquisitely decorated Holiday trees, wreaths, swags, table decor, and gingerbread houses! A magical walk through a true winter wonderland, if you will. Events held throughout the festival include breakfast with Santa Claus, unique arts & crafts, a live and silent auction, and Kris Kringle karaoke (sponsored, of course, by our very own local DJ talent Johny Rock (ttp://www.jonnyrock.com/) I also heard that Jennifer Christophel from Western Maryland Dance and Jessica’s Dance Creations will also be present. Hmm, still not sure? Did I mention that Lakeside Creamery would be there to help you create your own sundae(http://lakesidecreamery.com/)! and a sale of homemade bakery goods is also available?
This is truly a chance to shop for some unique, extremely cool, Deep Creek Lake mementos for family and friends. Again, mentioning that all proceeds benefit a very worthwhile and truly notable charity, The Garrett Dove Center! Please schedule a day of good old fashioned family fun and check out a new tradition with a visit to this festival! Please check out their website for a full listing of the event’s full agenda.

Winter Fest = Winter Fun

If you were lucky enough last week to visit our annual WinterFest, then surely you were as amazed as I was with all of the fun festivites. Despite the gushing wind, a good time was had by all. Unique ice sculptures lined the streets, each representing a local vendor. The time and effort that is put into each of these unique creations is incredible but the result is positively amazing to see! The kiddies always get a big kick out of the ice bowling and posing in the enormous Ice Throne. Add in an old fashioned bonfire and hot chocolate and you know you can’t go wrong. Ray from Pleasant Valley Dream Rides once again joined in and provided horse drawn sleigh rides around Oakland. For a moment there, I let my imagination roam free, and I pictured myself as Laura Ingalls Wilder riding along the roads of Walnut Grove. Sigh. There is something special about watching the large Clydesdale Horse prance around that really brings a feeling of good old fashioned lore. (For more information on Ray and Pleasant Valley Dream Rides, check out his website, or catch a glimpse of Chad’s creative spin on the sleigh rides on Taylor-Made’s facebook page). If you didn’t make it this year, mark your calendar for next year, it’s a guaranteed afternoon of family fun!