Just Me and My Peeps…

When a relative texted me earlier this week and asked me if I wanted to have lunch at Cornish Manor, I quickly said yes! Not only because I immensely enjoy her company but, like most locals, I also love Cornish Manor! Built in 1868 and housed in what is a Victorian Style home, this restaurant has long rich history and is well known for his beautiful décor and phenomenal American and French cuisine. We arrived early for the lunch shift and were quickly seated at a window table. We were warmly greeted by our waitress who gave a listing of all of the specials that were being offered that day. While the chicken wrap that I ordered was extremely tasty, I
couldn’t help being slightly jealous of Bridgette’s choice which was Chef Fabrice’s warm chicken salad served in a bread bowl! It looked scrumptious. The dining room has a wonderfully comforting ambience and I imagine that dining on the screened porch in the summer seasons would be quite lovely. All in all, I had a wonderful meal, awesome service, and fabulous company. The restaurant is also a terrific place to dine for dinner if you are celebrating a special occasion. I highly recommend that you check them out.
If you are in the area this weekend, you may want to take the kids to New Germany State Park where they are having an old fashioned Easter egg hunt and a “Peeps Diorama Contest” which encourages kids to create a miniature world of marshmallow peeps, using natural and recyclable materials that are provided. You will need to bring your own peeps, however. Prizes will be awarded! The Discovery Center at Deep Creek State Park is also offering a presentation on “Our Feathered Friends” where a naturalist will be on hand to help observe and find some of our favorite wintertime birds. Kids get to make a pinecone bird feeder that the can take home. Wisp Resort is also now offering a bevy of fun such as the Flying Squirrel Canopy Tour, mountain coaster, scenic chairlift rides and more! The weather is absolutely beautiful as of late and it’s the perfect time to call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations @ 1-866-351-1119 or check us out online http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/ to find out about some the fabulous specials we are currently offering. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

One Sweet Deal…

Garrett County has been experiencing some amazing weather lately with perfect temperatures in the low 70’s. Spring Fever is definitely in the air so when Jodi gave me a “Get out of the office” Free Card, I didn’t think twice. I decided to head to Accident to check out the new bakery that opened a few months ago, called Mountain Flour Baking Co. Upon entering the little shop, located on Main Street, I was immediately overcome by the sweet smell of…well, sweets! I knew right then that my diet plan was definitely in jeopardy. I met with owner Christine Cornish Lewis, who was kind enough to show me around the shop. Not only does she specialize in every good imaginable (cookies, muffins, donuts, gobs, cheesecakes, etc) she also specializes in cupcakes, cakes in general, and wedding cakes. Not just your average cupcake/ cakes either, mind you. These cakes were Amazing! They almost looked too pretty to eat! Christine showed me the back room where future brides and grooms-to-be can go to sample some of the cakes. She had some on display and again, if you are looking for a specialty cake of some kind, you should definitely check out her handiwork. Of course, I knew it would be very rude of me to simply just leave afterwards, so I did the civil thing and bought an assortment of cookies to bring back to the office. (Nothing says “Favorite Employee” like she who delivers sugary goodness!) Needless to say, they were absolutely delicious.
Since, I was already out and about, I figured it would be rude of me not to stop in and say Hello to our friends at Firefly Farms ( see previous blog for more information). Of course, while I was there, I had to, once again do the civil thing, and buy some cheese and crackers to bring home. Their artisanal goat cheeses are out of this world!
Next time, you are coming to visit us here in Deep Creek, be sure to drive through Accident and stop by these shops on your way through. You will not be disappointed.
On another note, Rita, our accounting and fishing guru, has informed us that now is the perfect time for fishing on the lake for Perch, Walleye, and Bass. Grab your poles and come see us. Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today at 1-866-351-119 or visit us online http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/ to take advantage of some spectacular Spring specials. Our “Stay 3 nights for the price of 2” is still going on. Time to shake off winter and embrace spring with a refreshing visit to the mountains! We can’t wait to see you on the lake!

Beachin’ Weekend

As the weather begins to take a turn for the warmer, life in the mountains is beginning to look a lot like spring. There are still a lot of activities going on in the area so now is an awesome time to come up and stay at the Lake. Wisp Resort is hosting their annual Beachin’ Weekend party extravaganza this weekend with the main event featuring the Cardboard Box Derby that will be held on Saturday @ 3 pm. This exciting event raises funds to help sponsor the Maryland Special Olympics. Requirements insist that all “vessels” be made out of cardboard. It’s a lot of fun to see how creative each team can be in their design and creation. Of course, the next inevitable question is whether said vessel is able to successfully make it to the bottom of the mountain with or without their cargo. After being cooped up inside for the last several winter months, now is also a fantastic time to get some fresh air and enjoy a leisurely hike around Swallow Falls State Park. Housing the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland, this is true must see for anyone visiting our area! Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations would also like to welcome Dick Davis and his crew from Oak Island Accommodations this week. They are here to do cross training with our staff. It’s always a pleasure to meet with colleagues to brain storm and share ideas. It’s an added bonus when you get a spirited, fun group like OIA. So, welcome friends! The air is fresh and crisp, temperatures are warming up a much needed getaway is in your near future! Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today (1-866-351-1119) to check on some of the fabulous last minute deals we are offering, including our “Stay 3 Nights for the Price of 2” special that is running now until the end of April. Until next week, when we don our green wear, get jiggy with the green beer and celebrate the luck of the Irish, we look forward to seeing you at the lake!

Pizza + Ale = It’s All Good!

We frequently get asked by visitors to our area to recommend some dining options for them during their stay. If they have children, we may suggest Smiley’s Fun Zone or if they are looking for a romantic candlelight dinner, I always tell them that they can’t go wrong with The Four Seasons @ Will O’ the Wisp. However, if they are just looking for something casual but a little different, I like to suggest that they check out Mountain State Brewery, located just a few minutes past Wisp Resort. Wooden floors with high vaulted ceilings provide a warm and cozy atmosphere. Actually the whole vibe is very relaxed and casual. If you are bringing the kids, there are numerous board games there to keep them occupied. Now, I have to be honest, I haven’t tried many of their dishes, simply because the first time we went, we tried the Fire on the Mountain pizza, and we were smitten. Cooked in a wood burning fireplace and using all fresh ingredients, makes the food delectable. They have a large variety of pizzas, wraps, burritos, salads and snacks. Of course, it’s not called a Brewery for nothing! Boasting a variety of different hand crafted ales, they differ from light to dark. Not sure which to pick? Choose their ale sampler and get one of each. Not being a big ale fan myself, I chose the Hillbilly Punch! Wow! Very good but definitely packs a bit of a punch (pardon the pun). Sometimes they offer acoustic music on the weekends which is definitely an added treat. Relaxed, casual atmosphere mixed with awesome food and beverage, makes Mountain State Brewery a must! Check it out the next time you are in the area. There are still a lot of fun activities going on around Deep Creek Lake in the next few weeks, so be sure to call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119) http://deepcreekvacations.com/ today to take advantage of some great last minute discounts. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!