Bring on 2015!

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales had a wonderful year and we are once again so thankful for our many guests, friends, neighbors, and homeowners that we get to work with every day. As a company we saw many changes from adding new homes to our vacation rental market; (we officially made it past the 200 mark this year! So exciting!) to the big news of now offering a Real Estate Department to our company. Jay Ferguson brought his expertise in this field and has been growing a wonderful team of dedicated & proven professionals to our Sales Department. The fact that Jay also has a wonderful sense of humor and believes so highly in teamwork makes him a wonderful match for our Taylor-Made family.
 Our Taylor-Made team also got to attend some awesome and rewarding conferences and even hosted our first, The Big 8. (We invited 8 companies in the vacation rental industry to visit us in Deep Creek so that we could network and exchange new thoughts and ideas!) Each conference that was attended was another chance for our company to learn how to better serve our guests and homeowners. We covered a myriad of topics from Customer Service, the newest housekeeping and maintenance trends, to exploring new ideas in marketing and technology. (We are big advocates of keeping ourselves educated on all ideas involving the vacation rental industry!) Speaking of new technology and staying on top of things, this year we also were able to introduce the Phantom Vision Drone to Deep Creek Lake which allowed us to not only take spectacular aerial photos but some amazing videos of area activities as well. But we here at Taylor-Made always feel that all work and no play is just, well, boring. So, we played as well. We had our annual Soup Cook Off in the early spring (bragging rights go to yours truly!) Summer Kick Offs, End of Summer Party, Whiffle Ball tournaments, Corn hole tournaments, Thanksgiving Dinner, and a spectacular Christmas/ Holiday party (basically we just love to celebrate, no matter what the reason!)

Give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales and let us help you find that perfect dream home! We look forward to another exciting year! We wish you all a very happy & healthy New Year! Bring on 2015! 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!

Calling All Bookworms!!

Super Fun Kids Section!

     Although the air outside was a bit chilly, the sun was shining brightly
 when I decided to head out for the day into downtown Oakland. On the agenda, stopping in at the Oakland Bookmark’et and Antique Mezzanine. I am the first to admit that I am a bit of a “Book Nerd”. Even when I was little, I used to love to go inside book stores and wander aimlessly. The possibilities always seem endless. A good love story? A science fiction novel? Perhaps just a collection of random poems? I had finished my latest book about a week ago and was looking forward to something new and different. When I first walked into the shop, I was excited about the immediate warmth that enveloped me, followed by a bright and cheerful greeting from the cashier. Warm and cozy are definitely terms that come to mind inside the shop. A quick scan gave me the gist of the layout. The newest and most popular releases were prominently displayed in the front of the store. Cute little signs and plants added to the bright décor. Turning a little nook, I discovered the kids section and was in awe. Books, toys, learning displays, doll houses, and stuffed animals stretched from floor to ceiling and my inner child was thrilled! What a phenomenal place to bring the kids to let them choose a book to take home! I continued to wander around where I found the teenage section, the travel section, self-help and finally Viola! The cook book section! (Okay, just to let you in on a little secret of mine, I absolutely love cook books! The actual cooking part, I can certainly do without but I still love to read over recipes and daydream of creating fabulous feasts! )


Cook Books!!

I continued to happily wander about looking at the huge selection. Finally, I narrowed my selection down, paid for my purchases, and headed outside to embrace the fresh mountain air! An afternoon spent happily browsing and shopping in the picturesque town of Oakland. A must-do on your next visit to the area!

Slopes, anyone?

     Speaking of Oakland and fun things to do, don’t forget about the 7th Annual Winterfest held from February 15th– February 17th. Walk through the town and see some of the amazing ice sculptures, let the kids’ play ice bowling, check out the local vendors, and don’t skimp on the hot chocolate. This held on both Saturday and Sunday from 10-6 and is a wonderful event for the whole family to enjoy. Now is the perfect time to book that last minute ski trip with your friends and family. Be sure to call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations 1-866-351-1119 or visit us online (www.deepcreekvacations.com) to find out about the latest specials and deals we are running (don’t forget we offer discounted lift tickets as well!) We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Okay, altogether now…. Think Snow!

Aawww! December and the 25 day countdown begins! 25 days of Christmasmusic, Christmas movies, enticing shopping offers, Christmas goodies (and proof positive that I have very little will power when it comes to saying No to all things homemade and yummy!) and let us not forget the Christmas parties and activities! What a fun month to enjoy here at Deep Creek Lake!

A familiar humming sound has been heard echoing on the mountain top lately as Wisp is eagerly trying to crank out the snow so the official ski season can begin! (Fun fact: Did you know that back in 1956, the year after Wisp first opened, Recreational Industries attempted to make snow for the first time. The machines resembled lawn sprinklers which emitted frozen pellets of water.)  Of course, the snow blowers today are much more high tech.
They have a decent base of snow started and hopefully the temperatures will continue to drop in the evening allowing for the snow to be made.  Hard to believe that next weekend is Wisp’s 57th birthdaycelebration! They will be offering all kinds of amazing deals on discounted lift tickets, rentals, and lessons. There will also be entertainment, games, and more birthday fun (Come on Mother Nature, cooperated with us here!) Just to think, 57 years ago, one man by the name of Mr. Helmuth Heise had a vision. What many saw as just a cow pasture, Helmuth saw a makeshift ski lift. A one room hut with a potbellied stove served as the first lodge and the bed of a pickup truck operated as the first ski rental shop. Now all of these years later, the Wisp Resort is now considered  the premiere ski and golf destination in the state of Maryland. In the winter, guests flock to the area for the chance to challenge ski slopes, have a blast at the snow tubing park or enjoy some time at the newly designed ice skating rink. Throughout the rest of the year, Wisp still offers a bevy of activities from the mountain coaster that winds down the mountain, the exquisite golf course, mountain buggy tours, Disc golf, the Flying Squirrel Canopy Tour, and much, much more. (www.wispresort.com)
We are still offering some fantastic last minute discounts for most of our homes, so gather you friends and family and give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or go online www.deepcreekvacations.com). It’s a fun filled weekend that you definitely don’t want to miss.
Bringing the family? On Saturday December 9th, The Discovery Center will be hosting a Holiday Open House. From 10 am- 1 pm, stop by and enjoy steaming hot chocolate and homemade cookies. The kids will get a chance to make their own nature picture frame and have their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus! A wonderful family event that you don’t want to miss. For more information, go to the their website www.discoverycenterdcl.com
We are embracing the Holiday spirit here @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and we can’t wait to share it with you. Call today to begin planning your Deep Creek getaway. 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/

You can have your (free) cake and eat it too! Happy Birthday Wisp!

After some beguiling weather, Mother Nature finally succumbed and realized that December + Garrett County = Snow! Lots of the wet, fluffy stuff blanketed the region on Thursday and I must say, it’s definitely breathtaking! Of course, this came just in the nick of time, as the ski enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting a turn to tackle the mountain. Next week marks the 56th birthday celebration of Wisp Resort! Hard to believe that back in the year 1955, what others saw as a simple cow pasture, was another man’s vision of something else entirely. Helmuth Heise opened the first ski trail, The Face, that year. It was accessible through a rope tow and one little log cabin served as the main lodge. Today, Wisp has 32 trails and 7 chairlifts! The official opening day is Saturday the 17th. Wisp will celebrate their birthday with significantly discounted lift tickets, rentals, and lessons, entertainment, games and even complimentary cake (you can’t go wrong with free cake!!) If you are like me and lack the ability to even stand on skis, let alone actually ski, don’t forget the snow tubing park and ice skating rink. There is definitely something for everyone. If you haven’t booked your winter getaway with Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations, then now is the time do us. Make sure you check out our e-brochure, http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/ for a full listing of all of our homes. As always, we are offering some fantastic ski packages so make sure you call to get the details. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you on the slopes!