Art and Wine Festival

The weekend of September 9th will mark our annual Art & Wine Festival that is held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds near Deep Creek Lake. The festival kicks off the evening before where participants will be able to dine in local participating restaurants for wine pairing dinners. Saturday, however, is the big hoopla. The festival runs from noon until 6pm. For a mere $25 per person (21 years and older), you can purchase a ticket into the festival. This covers your entry fee, wine tastings, and access to activities and entertainment found throughout the festival. National distributors and Maryland wineries will be there with a variety of over 200 different kinds of wine for guests to sample. Many local artisans and craftsman will be on hand to sell their art, crafts, homemade jewelry, and other assorted goods. There will also several different food artisans present giving you the opportunity to purchase some locally made goods. (I heard a rumor that there will fudge from Gourmet to Go…can you say “Yum”?) Mix in a wine shop, silent auction, and musical entertainment throughout the day, and you have a guaranteed good time. For those that would like to attend the festival but do not want to participate in the wine tasting can enter the festival for a $5 fee. This includes the entrance fee, festivities, and musical entertainment. You can even bring the kiddies as they will enjoy face painting, balloon art, wine bottle decorating, a moon bounce and much more. Held this year in the newly built exhibition hall, there will more than ample room for everyone to spread out and enjoy themselves. Many local lodging partners are offering some fantastic package deals which include the ticket to the festival and a $25 certificate towards the wine pairing dinners held Friday evening. If you still haven’t had your fill, many area restaurants are also offering a Sunday brunch. For a complete list of these restaurants or more complete details of the festival, please check out the Art & Wine Festival webpage (see attached link). This festival is quickly becoming an annual tradition among locals and visitors alike. We welcome you to come out and enjoy the afternoon with us. (You may even recognize some of the guest pourers!) Otherwise, see you at the lake!

An Apple A Day….

August is quickly coming to a close but there is still enough time to get out and enjoy the fabulous weather we have seen as of late. Today finds us bright, sunny, and at a very comfortable 75°. If you are looking for a new twist to your vacation plans, I suggest a day trip to Oakland, our county seat. Located approximately 15 minutes from the lake you will find the necessary stores, such as Wal-Mart, CVS, and Walgreens. The uniqueness comes from the specialty shops and the Farmer’s Market that occurs every Wednesday and Saturday from 10-2. Personally I am not only a sucker for all of the fresh produce but the baked goods are a tempting sight as well. Local farmers, cooks, bakers, and artisans come out to peddle their goods. Table upon table is heaped with fresh ripe tomatoes, corn, eggplant, onions, herbs, and well, you get the gist. Many of the local Amish folks are there with fresh baked goods and some of their homemade crafts. Amazing talent to not only see but you have the opportunity to buy as well. Snap some photos by the bridge that runs over the Yough or stroll through downtown and check out some of the shops (antiques, crafts, and thrift…quite a variety) or the Garrett County Museum. The B & O train station is another attraction and coming soon will be the newly built Transportation Museum. Cap off your day with a stop at one of the local dining establishments (Dottie’s Fountain & Grill has amazing old fashioned milk shakes). It is definitely a great opportunity to experience some small town flair at its finest. Otherwise, call soon to book your home for the Labor Day holiday, an awesome chance to capture some adventurous lake life fun! See you at the lake!

Fair = Fun Times!

August is such an awesome month! To some it may indicate the end of summer but to me, it has always been the epitome of summer goodness. August signifies fresh garden veggies (sweet corn and tomatoes preferably), lots of swimming, planning last minute vacation getaways, and of course, the Garrett County Fair! The 55th annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair begins this Saturday the 13th and runs throughout the week. Locals and visitors alike love and look forward to the fair! Images of swirling rides, carnival games, demolition derbies, tractor pulls and musical entertainment are just some of the fun activities that one can enjoy at the fair. Throw in some fresh lemonade, famous rotary fries, pizza, cotton candy and caramel apples and I find it hard to believe that anyone could resist checking it out. Stroll through the animal barns to get a true sense of farm life as local farmers show off and peddle their ware. You can also walk through the display barns to see the wondrous creations that locals in the area have made or grown. (Everything from veggies, flowers, paintings, and pictures to clothing, and elaborate quilts.) It’s quite impressive to see the great talent that so many people in our area exhibit. If you truly want to experience a piece of tried and true Garrett County tradition than visit our area next week and join us at the fairgrounds. It’s truly a fun and exciting experience for the whole family! See you there!