Quick Guide: Deep Creek Lake Fall Getaways



Deep Creek Lake fall getaways are a favorite way to enjoy the best of this colorful season. Reserve your Deep Creek Lake vacation rental, pack your hiking boots and sweaters and get ready for an unforgettable experience.

20 THINGS TO DO AT DEEP CREEK THIS FALL

-Take the scenic route for a fall foliage driving tour and leaf peep on scenic back roads

-Take a hike at Swallow Falls State Park (or one of the other 6 state parks in the area)

-Snack on a yummy pumpkin roll from Trader’s Coffee House

-Snuggle up by the fire with someone special at a Deep Creek cabin

-Enjoy the view from the ziplines at Monkey Business Adventure Park

-Check out foliage on the Barn Quilt Trail

Snap photos of fall colors at scenic spots like the Cove Overlook

-Do some early holiday shopping at Schoolhouse Earth

-Mountain bike on the trails at Deep Creek Lake State Park

-Order craft brews and flat breads and watch one of the famous sunsets on patio at Mountain State Brewing Company

-Wind your way through the Cove Run Farms Corn Maze

-Stop by Klotz Corn & Pumpkins to for brightly colored mums and perfect carving pumpkins

-Warm up with s’mores on a crisp fall night at your lakeside fire pit

-Experience the Autumn Glory Festival events and pick up a traditional turkey dinner at a local restaurant

-Ride the Mountain Coaster at Wisp Resort (weekends only)

-Visit Casselman Bridge State Park and grab a bite at Cornucopia Cafe

-Visit the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market for local maple syrup and fall harvest veggies

-Make a pile of leaves for the kids to play in

-Browse the shops in historic downtown Oakland – recently named among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage

-Take some time to slow down with Deep Creek Lake fall getaways and make  memories with your favorite people!

Deep Creek Lake Fall Getaways

Autumn Glory 2021: Festival & Event Update

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Autumn Glory 2021 will continue the tradition of celebrating the beauty of fall. In its 54th year, it is a weekend filled with fun events. It takes place October 13-17, 2021.

Autumn Glory has long been a favorite Deep Creek Lake area festival. It was named the number one fall festival in the world by MSN. Garrett County has also been listed as a top fall destination by Good Housekeeping, TripAdvisor, and U.S. News and World Reports.

Autumn Glory 2021 Weekend Events

The festival will be held October 13-17.

Below is a list of events and activities that are currently scheduled for Autumn Glory 2021:

 
Grand Feature Parade in Downtown Oakland, Saturday, October 16 at 1PM
– The Maryland State Banjo, Fiddle & Mandolin Championships will be held October 15th & 16th at Southern High School
Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in Downtown Oakland, Saturday, October 16 from 10AM until 1PM
Turkey Trail celebrates the event’s roots by promoting area turkey dinners served throughout Garrett County.
Fall Foliage Driving Tours highlight some of the area’s most scenic spots to view our stunning Autumn leaves. 

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Garrett County Fair Schedule Quick Guide for 2021



Check out the Garrett County Fair schedule! Make plans to enjoy this favorite Deep Creek Lake area summer event.

Fair week is a popular time for Deep Creek Lake vacations. Our homes usually fill up early. There is something for every age and interest. From fun rides and great food to exciting events and adorable animals, families can experience the best of Garrett County. Check out our top 5 favorite things to see and do at the fair.

The Garrett County Fair also gives visitors a glimpse into Garrett County’s agricultural community. It is a key part of the area’s heritage. Many local children are involved in 4-H and enter animals that they raise. This is a family tradition that goes back decades.

Keep in mind that this schedule is tentative and is subject to change. You can check the Garrett County Agriculture Fair Facebook page to get the latest information.

Garrett County Fair Schedule for 2021
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Victorian Chautauqua: History, Music, Artisans, & More

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The Victorian Chautauqua is July 10-11, 2021. It is a fun, family event that celebrates the rich history of Mountain Lake Park. The itinerary is filled with something for every age and interest.

History of the Victorian Chautauqua

In 1874, a Methodist resort was founded in Chautauqua, New York. That is where the term originated. The goal was to provide faith-based learning along with cultural exposure. Lectures and classes were offered to Victorian vacationers throughout the summer months. The natural setting led to the addition of outdoor recreation.

As the event grew in popularity, the second Chautauqua in the United States was founded as Mountain Lake Park in Garrett County. Its location along the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad made it ideal. A small group of ministers and businessmen started with 800 acres for the proposed resort. At its peak, it included an open-air theater, an assembly hall, clay tennis courts, and more than fifty summer cottages dating back to 1882. Vacationers flocked to the mountains to escape the summer heat. The location hosted many notable lecturers including, Mark Twain, William Jennings Bryan, and President Taft.

The 2021 Victorian Chautauqua

Taking place July 10th and 11th, the modern event will include many traditional Chautauqua events and activities. Between performances, there will be organized activities for kids. They include make ‘n’ take, face painting, and playtime with bubbles. Numerous artists will be on hand as well.

Victorian Chautauqua Schedule

Saturday, July 10

9:00AM-9:30AM

Opening Ceremonies | Welcome!

Chautauqua History, Invocation, Chautauqua Song

Martin Tent

9:30AM-10:30AM

Trekking the Pikes

Performed by: Rich Pawling

COLORFUL CHARACTERS DROVE CONESTOGA WAGONS WHEN ROADS WERE ROUGH AND SOMETIMES DEADLY

Martin Tent

9:30AM-10:30AM

Mark Twain

Portrayed by Richard Hill

ONE OF AMERICA’S GREATEST ORATORS IS REVIVED WITH HUMOR AND SENSIBILITY

Burlington Tent

10:45AM-11:45AM

B&O Railroad in Garrett County

Lecture by Neal Brooks

LEARN HOW THE RAILROAD WAS PIVOTAL TO GARRETT COUNTY’S EARLY PROSPERITY

Martin Tent

12:00AM-1:00PM

President Grover Cleveland

Portrayed by William Grant

FIND OUT WHY THE 22ND AND 24TH PRESIDENT WAS NO STRANGER TO GARRETT COUNTY

Martin Tent

12:00PM-1:00PM

Dan Baker

Jazz Guitarist

UNIQUE INSTRUMENTAL GUITAR ARRANGEMENTS OF SONGS RANGING FROM JOHN COLTRANE TO JOHN LENNON

Burlington Tent

1:15PM-2:15PM

Mark Twain

Portrayed by Richard Hill

ONE OF AMERICA’S GREATEST ORATORS IS REVIVED WITH HUMOR AND SENSIBILITY

Martin Tent

2:30PM-3:30PM

Community Hymn Sing

Led by: Sean & Debi Beachy

A CHAUTAUQUA TRADITION FROM 1882 LIVES ON AS ATTENDEES JOIN IN ON CLASSIC HYMNS

Burlington Tent

2:30PM-3:30PM

B&O Railroad in Garrett County

Lecture by: Neal Brooks

LEARN HOW THE RAILROAD WAS PIVOTAL TO GARRETT COUNTY’S EARLY PROSPERITY

Deaconess Tent

2:30PM-3:30PM

Trekking the Pikes

Performed by: Rich Pawling

COLORFUL CHARACTERS DROVE CONESTOGA WAGONS WHEN ROADS WERE ROUGH AND SOMETIMES DEADLY

Martin Tent

3:45PM-4:45PM

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Portrayed by JoAnn Peterson

SHE SURVIVED THE SINKING TITANIC AND WAS A SYMBOL OF STRENGTH FOR ALL WOMEN 

Burlington Tent

3:45PM-4:45PM

Dan Baker

Jazz Guitarist

5:30PM-6:30PM

Beard & Mustache Contest

Sunday, July 11

12:30PM-1:00PM

Welcome Back!

Mayor, Don Sincell

INTRODUCTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Martin Tent

1:00PM-2:00PM

MLP Tennis Club

Lecture by Kathie Smith

THE OLDEST LASTING INSTITUTION IN THE TOWN COMES TO LIFE THROUGH ITS HISTORY AND PERSONAL STORIES.

Burlington Tent

1:00PM-2:00PM

Hammered Dulcimer & Banjo

Betty & Tom Mattingly

MOTHER & SON ENSEMBLE WILL PERFORM SOOTHING HAMMERED DULCIMER AND BANJO MUSIC

Historic Ticket Office

1:00PM-2:00PM

Marsh Mountain Consort

Recorders and Viola da Gamba

CLASSICAL RENAISSANCE WORKS ON RECORDERS FROM SOPRANO TO CONTRABASS AND VIOLAS DA GAMBA

Assembly Hall Auditorium

1:00PM-2:00PM

Suffragist, Alice Paul – Young & Old

Portrayed by Joanna Guy & Liz Cannon

THE LASTING IMPACT OF A LEGENDARY SUFFRAGIST IS DEPICTED BY MOTHER & DAUGHTER DUO

Martin Tent

2:15PM-3:15PM

Community Hymn Sing

Led by Sean & Debi Beachy

A CHAUTAUQUA TRADITION FROM 1882 LIVES ON AS ATTENDEES JOIN IN ON CLASSIC HYMNS

Burlington Tent

2:15PM-3:15PM

Local Civil War

Lecture by Steven French

LEARN HOW GEN. BENJAMIN F. KELLEY STYMIED LIGHTNING RAIDS AT UNION OUTPOST GUARDING THE RAILS

Deaconess Tent

2:15PM-3:15PM

Margaret Brent & The Indians

Performed by Mary Ann Jung

MEET THE FIRST FEMALE LAWYER, LANDOWNER, AND WOMAN TO DEMAND THE VOTE IN 17TH CENTURY AMERICA 

Martin Tent

3:30PM-4:30PM

Unsinkable Molly Brown

Portrayed by JoAnn Peterson

SHE SURVIVED THE SINKING TITANIC AND WAS A SYMBOL OF STRENGTH FOR ALL WOMEN

Martin Tent

3:30PM-4:30PM

“Tay” In The Park

Presented by Mary Sincell McEwen

MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK RESIDENT AND ARTIST, TAY SINCELL WAS A FORCE DURING THE SUFFRAGIST MOVEMENT. HEAR ABOUT HER LEGACY AND DEVOTION TO HER COMMUNITY.

Burlington Tent

4:45PM-5:30PM

Local Civil War

Lecture by Steven French

LEARN HOW GEN. BENJAMIN F. KELLEY STYMIED LIGHTNING RAIDS AT UNION OUTPOST GUARDING THE RAILS

Burlington Tent

5:30PM-6:30PM

Buffalo Run

ENJOY HOME-GROWN MUSIC THAT BEAUTIFULLY DETAILS LIFE ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP

Martin Tent

Deep Creek Lake Fireworks & More July 4th Fun



Fireworks Deep Creek Lake

From fireworks over the water to small town parades loaded with charm, the Deep Creek Lake area is a favorite place to celebrate Independence Day!  I put together a guide to some “can’t miss” events that you have to check out if you are here for the holiday.  They include some tips to finding the best spot to watch Deep Creek Lake fireworks. Continue reading “Deep Creek Lake Fireworks & More July 4th Fun”

Quick Guide: Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival

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Everyone’s favorite late summer event, the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, is September 11, 2021!  This weekend-long celebration brings hundreds of visitors to the area.  Benefitting HART for Animals and the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, it is a great time that supports great causes.

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Here’s a quick guide to what you need to know to make the most of your getaway during Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival weekend:

Buy your tickets in advance, and you’ll save $5! Adult tickets are $30.50 in advance and $37 at the gate.  That gets you entrance to the festival, a commemorative wine glass, and wine tastings.

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2021 Garrett County Celtic Festival Schedule & More

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The Garrett County Celtic Festival is making a return for 2021! We are thrilled to have this longtime favorite back in action as we return to in-person events. It will be a bit different than years past but will still be a fun celebration with great Celtic music throughout the day.

About the 2021 Garrett County Celtic Festival

The festival is Saturday, June 5th from 10:30AM until 6PM. Friendsville Community Park will once again be the venue – rain or shine! Located along the Youghiogheny River, it is just a short drive from the Deep Creek Lake area. A fishing access is located on the far side of the parking circle near the baseball diamond. The river is shallow here and it’s a great spot to cool if it is hot!

Tickets must be purchased in advance this year. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Click here to purchase your ticket. The cost is $15 for adults, $5 for ages 11-18, and free for ages 10 and under.

This will be a socially distanced event. Bring your chairs or blankets to relax and enjoy the live entertainment. Leashed dogs are welcome too. Ruth Enlow Library will provide activities for kids to do with their families, and food vendors will be on hand too.

Highland games and indoor activities will not take place this year, but there is a fantastic line-up of music.

MAIN STAGE BAND SHELL

This schedule is subject to change.

If you haven’t already, book a getaway for the festival weekend! The Garrett County Celtic Festival is a fun, affordable event for the entire family.

Deep Creek Lake Summer Fun – Family Vacation Itinerary

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Deep Creek Lake summer vacations are a great way to reconnect with family and friends. There are tons of options for outdoor recreation and total relaxation. Plus, you can choose from more than 450 vacation rental homes. That means you can get the exact location you want, a layout that works for your group, and fun amenities to keep everyone entertained.

Whether it is your first trip or your fortieth, you can discover great ways to experience the area. With so many options, you might need some help putting together a plan. We put together some options to add to your list based on interests. You can cherry pick items that are well suited to your family to create a personalized itinerary.

Visit Deep Creek Times for the latest area news and local event updates toos.

Deep Creek Lake Summer Vacation Itinerary

Check off items that you plan to do or mark them “done” while you are here. There are plenty of options for fill up your week at Deep Creek Lake. If you are only staying a few days and can’t do it all, that gives you a great reason to come back!

Experience

☐ Make s’mores around the fire pit and share spooky stories

☐ Play board games until it is way past bedtime

☐ Take a little quiet time for yourself on the deck each morning

☐ Stargaze while you unwind in your outdoor hot tub

Disconnect from the electronics and reconnect with your favorite people

Wander

☐ Hike to all three waterfalls at Swallow Falls State Park

☐ Try flatwater kayaking with All Earth Eco Tours

☐ Rent a boat at Lake Life Boat Rentals and cruise the lake’s miles of shoreline

☐ Hit the mountain bike trails at Deep Creek Lake State Park

Visit Garrett Trails website to discover trails throughout Garrett County

☐ Take time to explore local small towns that offer unique options for dining and recreation

Eat & Drink

☐ Take advantage of your kitchen for big, homestyle breakfasts

☐ Challenge your crew to finish the 26” Abondanza at Brenda’s Pizzeria

☐ Share decadent desserts at Uno’s Chicago Grill

Dock and dine at lakefront restaurants like Dutch’s at Silver Tree, Ace’s Run, or Firewater Kitchen & Bar

☐ Grab craft brews at Short Story Brewing or Vagabond Taproom

☐ Share flatbreads on the patio at Mountain State Brewing Co. and catch one of the best sunsets in the area

☐ Sip locally made hard cider at Branch Bender Cidery

☐Taste locally made artisan cheeses at Firefly Farms in Accident

☐ Host an afternoon barbecue on your very own deck overlooking the lake

Play

☐ Take a thrilling ride the Mountain Coaster at Wisp Resort

☐ Test your skills at the Deep Creek Ninja Factory obstacle course

☐ Spend all day playing, swimming, and fishing at your private dock or community lake access

☐ Head to Deep Creek Fun Zone for go carts, arcade games, mini golf and more

☐ Swing from the zipline at Monkey Business Adventure Park

☐ Play two championship golf courses at Wisp Resort

Shop

☐ Find Deep Creek Lake souvenirs at Bear Creek Traders

☐ Stop by Schoolhouse Earth for unique jewelry, candles, gourmet food and more

☐ Check out antiques at Englander’s in downtown Oakland

☐ Get farm fresh veggies and more at the Mountain Fresh Farmer’s Market

☐ Stop by A Mountain Fix for lake themed decor, specialty pet items, and more

☐ Find all the gear you need for outdoor fun at High Mountain Sports

In Conclusion

This info should help you plan a truly memorable Deep Creek Lake summer vacation for your favorite people. If you have any questions, we are happy to help! You can call 301-387-5999 or email info@deepcreekvacations.com.

Deep Creek Lake Area Fishing – A Favorite Spring Activity



During the spring months, Deep Creek Lake area fishing opportunities abound!

Fishing is as much about the catch as it is about experiencing the outdoors. Garrett County’s miles of cold mountain rivers, lakes and streams have made it a favorite fishing destination. You can take a boat out on the lake, wade into a fast flowing stream or head to one of the area’s many state parks that offer fishing.

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With 3,900 acres to explore, Deep Creek Lake supports a wide variety of desirable game fish. It is best known for its large and smallmouth bass fishery. Other common species include: walleye, brown and rainbow trout, chain pickerel, northern pike and yellow perch.

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Easter Dinner at the Lake

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Easter dinner options make holiday meal planning easy! Whether you pick-up an entire feast with all the fixings or just some sweet treats, it is a great way to show your support for local restaurants.

Indoor dining is at 100% capacity in Maryland. If you prefer taking your meal to go, lots of area restaurants that are offering takeout. Keep in mind some places may close for the holiday on Sunday. Be sure to give them a call to verify their hours.

Easter Dinner Takeout

The Cornucopia Cafe/Little Crossings Pantry Order by April 2nd!
(301) 895-8142

Pre-order a dinner package for pick-up April 4th. Choose from a variety of entrees, sides, and desserts to build your own meal.

Trader’s Coffee House
(301) 387-9246

Trader’s offers lots of sweet treats for Easter Weekend. Please order 24 hours in advance.

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