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!

Ice, Ice, Baby

So, as you are driving down Rt.219, traveling through Garrett County, you may catch a glimpse of some little tents sporadically spread across Deep Creek Lake. Garrett Countians, being the resourceful folk that they are, have found yet another way to turn Deep Creek Lake into recreational use. We call this ice fishing and it is a very popular wintertime activity here in the mountains. Why would one choose to sit out in the cold and fish? For the goods, that’s why. Largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, chain pickerel, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish can all be found, according to the State Park’s website. Because the ice generally does not get thicker than 8-10 inches, a hand held auger can be used to create your hole. Some local vendors in our area even rent out the necessary equipment needed. Many people find it a peaceful way to enjoy the fresh outside air and the tents, although not necessary, do help to block out the some of the wind. To learn more about this wintertime activity, click on the link below. Otherwise, we’ll see on the lake (literally…) . Please make sure you check with the local bait shops to see if and where it is safe to go out on the lake to ice fish.

Trader’s Coffee House

I have been meaning to tell you about my favorite Chai Tea location in Deep Creek Lake. A must stop is Trader’s Coffee House, right below Brenda’s Pizzeria and next door to High Mtn Sports. I go there at least 3 times a week to get my morning large Chai Tea with vanilla and skim milk – which I must say beats out the bigger franchises! They also have delicious home made muffins, pastries, and many other delightful treats. They have seasonal drinks as well (which I need to try if I can forgo my Chai Tea for one day!). They even serve lunches! They have cute knick knacks to shop for and FREE wi fi as well.

Check out this wonderful shop next time you are in Deep Creek Lake!