A Lunch Date and Birthday Wishes!

It’s hard to believe that we are already heading into the month of November. It’s sad to see October leave as it is by far my favorite month. How can you not love a month that brings brilliant hues of orange, red, and yellow covering the mountaintop? A month that brings Fall Festivals, Apple Butter, Football, and ends with Halloween and lots and lots of candy? It’s also a fabulous birthday month as well. Now, granted, my opinion is a little skewed and biased due to the fact that we share the same DNA, but October is the month of my firstborn son, Devin’s birthday. This year, we decided to enjoy lunch out together with lakeside dining at Uno’s Chicago Grill. Due to the slightly chilly air, we choose to eat inside but were still awarded with a table by the window that offers fantastic lake views. We decided to split some appetizers so we went with the ultimate nachos and pizza skins. I hate to think of the calories consumed but it was so well worth it. Since the damage was apparently already done, we also split the Reese Cup sundae for dessert. Heavenly! Afterwards, we walked down by the water for some photos. We really had an enjoyable afternoon together. I also like to recommend Uno’s for our guests that are visiting in summer because of the convenience of coming by boat but they also offer a lot of specials throughout the other seasons which they combine to work with The Honi Honi bar located next door. They will once again be kicking off the holiday season with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony held on November 24th @ 7 pm. Bring the kids for pictures with Santa, live entertainment, Christmas carols and free hot chocolate! If you haven’t booked your vacation home for the Thanksgiving holiday, now is definitely the time to call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) to make sure that you get the home that best suits you and your guests.
As I mentioned earlier, October is an awesome birthday month so we would like to give a Birthday shout out to some of our staff this month! Birthday wishes go out to Linda Winters, one of our beloved hardworking ladies from Housekeeping! From our Reservation’s Department, we give a birthday hooray shout to both Lisa Yommer and Stefany Glotfelty. We are so lucky to have you ladies as part of our team here @ Taylor-Made and we send you heartfelt wishes for a superb birthday!  Ski season is just around the corner so start making your Deep Creek vacation plans right away. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Fall into Action…

Our Autumn Glory Festival is in full swing this weekend. For those that are in the area, Mother Nature has decided to be kind and bestow lots of sunshine on the area today. Craft and Antique shows are going on all weekend along with a vintage car show in downtown tomorrow. If you were unable to come, fret not! There are still a lot of fun Fall festivities going on throughout the rest of the month.
Deep Creek Discovery Center located at Deep Creek State Park is offering Scavenger Hunts for children throughout the day on Friday (both on October 20th& October 26th). There is a scheduled Nature Hike for Children to check out the magnificent fall colors and to make a craft on Sunday the 21st. It’s definitely a neat family activity for the whole family to enjoy. You can also pick up a state park guide trail while you were there in case you were interested in some mountain hiking and or biking while you are visiting.
Wisp Resort is once again inviting the public to come visit their Spooky Haunted Mountain Coaster and Haunted Shack. If you are able to survive your tour of the haunted shack, where you encounter lots of thrilling props, scenes, and characters, then you are awarded with a spine chilling ride down the haunted mountain coaster. For those that are “Wimpy” (like myself!) the light scare begins at dusk each evening with a full nightmare beginning one hour after dusk. Contact Wisp Resort (www.wispresort.com or call 1-301-387-4000) for complete details. It will definitely get you in the Halloween mood!
The leaves are still peaking so now is a great time to come and visit. Scenic and historic Route 40 located close by is an awesome road to take if you are in the mood to “leaf peep” As always, a visit into McHenry will offer you phenomenal lake views accompanied with our spectacular fall foliage. Quiet serene mornings and evenings offer the perfect opportunity to rent a kayak or canoe and head out on the lake. Ask your Reservationist @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (www.deepcreekvacations.com or call 1-866-351-119) for a list of vendors and businesses in the area that can offer these services to you and your guests. We are still offering some fantastic deals right now where you can call book 3 nights for the price of 2! As the weather continues to get colder, now is also the time to begin planning your next ski getaway. Deep Creek Lake is definitely the place to be! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Taking a look back in time…

     I decided to take advantage of the spectacular Fall weather the other day by shopping and wandering through downtown Oakland. While there, I decided to pop into the Garrett County Museum since I had never been there before. What a treat! The outside of the back of the building is reconstructed to look like the old Deer Park Hotel, which was a widely popular hotel constructed in the late 1890’s. One can truly get a sense of how beautiful this hotel was back in its day.

     Walking through, you obviously get a real understanding of the history of our area but what I found most fascinating was that the majority of pictures and artifacts were actually donated by the citizens of Garrett County. In one room, you can look at a model of the old B & O Railroad along with some of the original uniforms, pictures, and plaques that were in placed in the station. Interesting fact; Garrett County was actually named in honor of Mr. John W. Garrett, President of the B & O Railroad.
     Other items of interest is the room that is reconstructed to look like an old Deep Creek Lake cottage and a room devoted to some of the military background of our area. As an resident of Mountain Lake Park, I was awed by the pictures of the old lake, which at the time was a popular place for those to vacation. Unfortunately it could not be salvaged and was torn down but many years ago, Mtn. Lake housed a 5000 seating Bashford Amphitheater, which William Howard Taft actually spoke at in August 1911. To see the pictures, one cannot help but be amazed at the enormity of the building and to imagine what huge crowds it must have drawn to it.
     I highly recommend that you take a day and visit the museum. Make a full day of it and also visit the Transportation Museum located just down the road. Don’t forget that Farmer’s Market is still going strong throughout the month of October so visit on Wednesday and Saturday and choose from a large variety of fresh fruit, veggies, and baked goods. Stop into Dottie’s Fountain and Grill for a delicious homemade milkshake. An eclectic atmosphere combined with awesome diner food! You can’t go wrong!
      The Autumn Glory Festival is quickly approaching so make sure you call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today (1-866-351-1119) or look us up online (www.deepcreekvacations.com) for some unbeatable last minute deals. For the large multi-family getaway call and get details on one of our latest homes, Unforgettable, a true Deep Creek premiere home. This phenomenal 8 bedroom home is located in the prestigious community of Waterfront Greens and boasts a private indoor heated pool, 2 hot tubs, and lots of new updated décor including newer flat screen TVs. Trust me, your family will thank you. In the meantime, as we continue to bask in the beauty of Autumn here in the mountains, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!