Easter Dinner at the Lake

easter dinner

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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Dog Friendly Spring Getaways at Deep Creek Lake

dog friendly deep creek lake

Dog friendly spring getaways are the perfect way to enjoy R&R with your entire family. We have more than 100 dog friendly vacation homes, so there is no need to board your pup.

Spring is an ideal time to take a break and bring your dog to Deep Creek Lake. It is a quieter season when rates are lower and warmer temps are perfect for getting some fresh mountain air.

The Deep Creek Lake area is definitely dog friendly. Here are a few suggestions for enjoying a spring getaway with your pet.

State Parks

Garrett County has eight state parks with hundreds of miles of trails that you and your pet can roam for hours. We’ll highlight some of the most popular spots for families. Many have relaxed restrictions during springtime. Keep in mind that pets should be leashed and under control at all times.

Casselman River Bridge State Park also allows leashed pets year-round. This 4-acre area is popular for picnicking, fly fishing, and photography. Enjoy views of the 80-foot bridge that was built in 1813. At that time, it was the longest single-span stone arch bridge in the U.S. and was as an important link on the National Road from 1813 to 1933.  

Deep Creek Lake State Park is dog friendly with a few restrictions. It has lots of trails, plus there are picnic tables if you just want to enjoy the scenery and have a snack. There are several playgrounds for the kids too.

-Dogs are allowed on trails.
-Dogs are allowed in the Discovery Center parking area to access trails.
-Dogs are allowed on trails.
-Dogs are allowed in the Discovery Center parking area to access trails.
-Dogs can swim from shoreline in all areas except the swimming beach, docks, or fishing piers.
-Dogs are allowed in day-use area and lake (except for sandy portion of swimming beach area from Memorial Day weekend until after Labor Day)

Trails at DCLSP include:

Discovery Trail (1/5 mile) that offers lake views. (Easy)
Beckmans Trail (2 miles) This trail is moderate in difficulty and offers some local history at the Brant Coal Mine, which visitors can find by following the posted signs.
Cherry Creek Loop (3 miles) Also a moderate trail, it passes through multiple ecosystems from lake-level to near the top of Meadow Mountain. Travel through rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets and hop rock to rock.

Herrington Manor State Park has a total of twelve miles of trails. There are lots of picnic tables with lake views and it is a popular fishing spot. Dogs are allowed on all trails year-round and in the day use area with the exception of the sandy beach.

All four Herrington Manor trails are of easy to moderate difficulty. They are grassy and broad making them ideal for walking with your dog.

New Germany State Park allows dogs on trails throughout the year. In the spring, dogs are allowed in the day use area and the lake. A total of ten miles of multi-use trails range from easy to difficult. Keep an eye out for birds and wildlife. Bird species include pileated woodpeckers, black-capped chickadees, barred owls, and great blue herons.

Sang Run State Park is located along the Youghiougheny River. Dogs are allowed on leash in all areas. This quiet spot is good for picnicking, and a mile-long trail traverses the agricultural farm fields highlighting large old trees.

Swallow Falls State Park is a favorite place to visit with three stunning waterfalls.

-Pets are not permitted in the day use area or on the Canyon Trail between the Saturday before Memorial Day and Labor Day. Pets are permitted in the day use area after Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.

The 1.5 mile Canyon Loop Trail takes you past Muddy Creek Falls, highest in Maryland, Swallow Tails and scenic Swallow Falls along the Youghiogheny River.  Frequent rock outcroppings with wild rhododendron and mountain laurel are found along the trail. A side trip to Tolliver Falls offers a quieter side to the often crowded park trails.

Dog Parks

Garrett County has two fenced dog parks where you can let your pup get some off-leash exercise.

Bumblebee Road Park is located at 1249 Bumblebee Road, Accident, MD, 21520. It is just minutes from the northern end of the lake (McHenry). Open dawn to dusk, year-round, it has 40,000 square feet. It includes a double-door entry system, waste disposal, and separate fenced areas for small and large dogs. 

The Oakland Dog Park is located at 27 Oakland Rosedale Road, Oakland, MD, 21550. It has two fenced areas as well as an agility course and waste disposal.


Weather permitting, you can dine outdoors with your pup at Mountain State Brewing Co., Traders Coffee HouseArchie’s BarbequeHoni-Honi Bar, Canoe on the Run, The Greene TurtleBlack Bear Tavern, and Dutch’s at Silver Tree.

Final Thoughts

Choose a dog friendly home for your family this spring. It’s the perfect time to explore the outdoors. After a day of hiking and sightseeing, you can come home to a comfy house that has everything you need.

February 2021 Real Estate Rundown By Jay Ferguson

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” – Mark Twain

My name is Jay Ferguson and I am one of the owners of the real estate division of Taylor Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales. I am entering my 19th year in the real estate business here in Garrett County and at Deep Creek Lake. If you are interested, you can click here find out more about me personally and my background.

I will be writing a monthly blog post about our local real estate market, sharing & interpreting statistics and offering some insights into the market as a whole…as I see it. These are my personal thoughts and musings about the market in general and are not intended as anything more specific. And, to be clear, I am an optimistic, glass half-full kind of guy.  

Lastly, every stat I reference is based on the official stats published by Bright MLS on or around the 15th of each month. My plan is to give you straightforward stats coupled with my analysis from the front lines and let you interpret what you read in your own way. Contact me for a candid conversation about the real estate market and how it may apply to your situation.

Greetings from the snow covered paradise that is Deep Creek Lake! We have had an incredible winter, perhaps the best in 10 years. There is plenty of snow on the ground and I think the last time I saw grass in my yard was late December. The ski resort is thriving and seems to be running at max occupancy, certainly on the weekends. It’s common to see people looking for skiing & tubing tickets on Facebook, as the Wisp has sold out most weekend days. Our restaurants and most local businesses seem to be running strong, as well. State parks and trails are filled with people who want to enjoy the winter vibe and the fresh air. Locals are out in all their glory riding snowmobiles on the lake, sled riding and ice fishing. Parents are growing weary of the many trips to and from the ski area, dropping off and picking up our kids (and all of their friends) after virtual school lets out at 12pm each weekday. It’s a labor of love, so the burden is light! These are all incredible signs for the economy in our beloved Garrett County.

The real estate market is no different. The market remains hot in spite of the freezing temperatures. Inventory is the lowest I have seen in my 21 years of real estate sales. Sellers have a tremendous amount of leverage and often have 3 or 4 different offers to choose from. Often times, this flurry of activity occurs in the first few days of being on the market. It can be frustrating to miss out on homes, but our team at Taylor Made has been successful in many multiple offer situations and have excellent strategies that can be applied in almost every situation. If you want an outside of the box approach to successful offers, give me a call or drop me an email. Now on to the stats:


-There were 51 new listings in January 2021. Remarkably, this number was way up from December 2020 (70%). That’s also lot higher (24.4%) than in January 2020.

-Pending sales (homes that went under contract) were up 48.8% when compared to last month. Up 35.6% from last year.

-Closed sales (homes that actually sold) were up 14.7% when compared to last year and down 40% from Dec 2020. There is always a lull around the holidays and those transactions get pushed to the new year.

-The total number of active listings dropped each and every month through 2020. We normally have 300~ homes for sale in January/mid winter. We ended January 2021 with 84 active listings for sale. As I type this, its down to 80 homes for sale.

-The average sold to original listing price (OLP) ratio was 96.4%, this is up 5% from December and up nearly 6% from January 2020.

-The median sold price was up 1% versus December 2020 but is a whopping 59.5% higher than January 2020.

-The average days on market (DOM) dropped to 91 DOM versus 164 last year. This is down from 113 last month.

The bottom line – it’s a crazy time to buy right now. Everybody wants to be here in majestic mountain Maryland. There are so many buyers sitting on the sidelines right now, just waiting for the right property to pop up on their radar, there will continue to be bidding wars for the foreseeable future.

Buyers, if you are tired of missing out on these homes, give me a call. I would love to talk strategy with you and help you WIN when it matters most.

Conversely, if you are thinking of selling, there has never been a better time in terms of low inventory. Several of the past few homes I have listed went under contract at full or above asking price within days – sometimes hours! Reach out for more info and I can make your transaction smooth and successful!

Questions about the market? Whether you are buying or selling, I can put my experience to work for you! Contact me anytime for a free market analysis of any property you may be interested in purchasing or selling!

Jay Ferguson


Associate Broker

301-501-0420 – cell



Tips for Family Spring Break at Deep Creek Lake

family spring break

Family spring break at Deep Creek Lake is a great way to unplug from your everyday life and reconnect by making fun memories in the mountains.

This is a quieter season that offers a great value to vacationers. You can take advantage of some of the lowest rates of the year and enjoy activities at a leisurely pace.

Choose a Deep Creek Lake vacation rental, and you will have everything you need under one roof. Amenities like pool table and hot tubs will keep your crew entertained. Stay in a lake view home to enjoy beautiful scenery throughout your trip. If you need to work while you’re away, book one of our homes with a laptop friendly workspace.

Spring Break Activities

Keep in mind, restrictions are in place due to COVID-19, but you can still have a great Deep Creek Lake experience. Many activities are open on weekends only. Check social media or call ahead to confirm the availability of the activities listed below.

Here are a few activity options that you don’t want to miss:

All Earth Eco Tours
Guided hikes at state parks and along the Youghiogheny River.

The Alley
Enjoy bowling, arcade games and snacks in nearby Oakland.

Axe Throwing
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this is a fun activity for ages 8 and up.

Indoor arcade games, mini-golf and bumper cars (open unless it is raining).

Fun Unlimited
Vintage and modern arcade games, mini-golf, pizza and snacks.
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Book Direct: Get the Best Price for Your Deep Creek Vacation

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Book direct with Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales to be sure you get the best price! February 3rd, 2021 is “Book Direct Day”!

We want you to get the best possible value when it comes to your Deep Creek Lake vacation rentals. When you make your reservations on our website, you can be sure that you are getting the lowest possible rate and great customer service.

Here are just a few of the benefits when you #bookdirect:

Avoid Costly Fees Charged by 3rd Party sites

Websites like VRBO and Airbnb tack on service fees that can be hundreds of dollars. Why pay more for your Deep Creek vacation rental? Book direct with Taylor-Made to avoid those extra fees. That money can be better used to play mini golf, rent a boat or take the kids snow tubing. Continue reading “Book Direct: Get the Best Price for Your Deep Creek Vacation”

Vacation Rental Workspaces Keep Remote Work and School Comfortable

vacation rental workspaces

Vacation rental workspaces have become more important than ever. Our world has changed, and many people are able to work remotely. Also, many school districts have taken classes online. “Digital nomads” can easily combine work and play.

Deep Creek Lake Homes with Workspaces

Many of our home owners are creating comfortable vacation rental workspaces. These are laptop/tablet friendly tables or desks with a chair. You will find them in various spots in more than fifty Deep Creel Lake vacation homes. Click here to see them all. Check out the photos or floor plan online to see the exact location. Many desks are set up in a home’s loft, but some are in bedrooms, dens, or family rooms.

Our goal is to keep you completely comfortable while you vacation. Having a separate space can help you or the kids focus when you need to reconnect with the “real world”.

Here are a few examples of vacation rental workspaces in our Deep Creek Lake homes:

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January 2021 Real Estate Rundown By Jay Ferguson

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” – Mark Twain

My name is Jay Ferguson and I am one of the owners of the real estate division of Taylor Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales. I am entering my 19th year in the real estate business here in Garrett County and at Deep Creek Lake. If you are interested, you can click here find out more about me personally and my background.

I will be writing a monthly blog post about our local real estate market, sharing & interpreting statistics and offering some insights into the market as a whole…as I see it. These are my personal thoughts and musings about the market in general and are not intended as anything more specific. And, to be clear, I am an optimistic, glass half-full kind of guy.  

Lastly, every stat I reference is based on the official stats published by Bright MLS on or around the 15th of each month. My plan is to give you straightforward stats coupled with my analysis from the front lines and let you interpret what you read in your own way.

2020 was a crazy year for a lot of different reasons. The real estate market in Garrett County & at Deep Creek Lake was radically affected by the adverse conditions affecting us all. Our area grew substantially and our market quite literally transformed. We didn’t add any factories or huge commercial enterprises to fuel this growth and create jobs. Nothing really changed, in fact. People just wanted to be here and I believe the rural aspects of our area were more attractive alternatives. We’ll start with the year over year comparison, as you can see below (2020 versus 2019). There are lots of stats you can drill down in to, but I am focusing on 2 overwhelming numbers:

69% – The % change in sold dollar volume increase year over year.

26% – The % change in average sold price increase year over year.

The long and short of it is this – nearly 1/3 of a billion dollars transferred in 2020. Even homes that I previously thought were over-priced or had ‘issues’ sold. Demand was through the roof and still is. Prices, in turn, shot up dramatically. It is clearly a sellers market and inventory is low. As I type this, there are only 91 homes in the entire county available for sale. There are 8 lakefront homes/condos for sale. Pickings are slim, at the moment. Below, you can see the specifics on everything that sold. Below this chart, I will jump into the December 2020 month/month numbers.

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Lake Access Lots Listed to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

Lake access lots were recently listed with Taylor-Made by Garrett County Habitat for Humanity. They were generously donated to Habitat and proceeds of the sale benefit the organization minus tax and buyer agency coop commission. Our sales team has represented them several times over the years, and we are happy to donate our services to such a worthy organization. Taylor-Made will not take a commission. Our sister company, Lake Title, will also handle the settlement at cost. 

Jay Ferguson is a Habitat for Humanity board member as well as a sales agent and co-owner of Taylor-Made’s real estate division. He is overseeing the sale along with Bryan Chaney and Autumn McDaniel.

About the 5 Lake Access Lots

Located just off Glendale Road, the lots are located in the Meadow Mountain Run community. This neighborhood is a nature lover’s dream! It has seven acres of common area along with a community dock for non-motorized boats. The parklike setting has stunning natural features including ferns, boulders, trees, and streams. At the lake access area, you can canoe, kayak, fish, or simply enjoy the view. Plus, you are within less than 1.5 miles from Deep Creek Lake State Park.

Michelle Drive, Lot #10
3.62 Acres, Listed at $29,900
Lake Access Lots
Michelle Drive, Lot #12
1.51 Acres, Listed at $29,900
Lake Access Lots Deep Creek Lake
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Taylor-Made Gives Back: Recent Donations to Garrett County Organizations

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Taylor-Made donations recently supported a variety of local organizations. They faced significant challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis. Many area organizations were not able to hold major fundraisers in 2020. The ability to do so in 2021 remains uncertain.

Our company has a long tradition of community involvement. It is a key component of our culture. As a family owned and locally operated business, we are committed to supporting the organizations that make Garrett County a great place to live.

Recently, Taylor-Made donations were given to several organizations in our area.

Donation to Garrett Regional Medical Center

-$25,000 was donated to Garrett Regional Medical Center. Now more than ever, we are grateful for the hard working staff at our local hospital.

Donation to Southern and Northern High School Athletics

-$10,000 was donated to both Southern and Northern High School athletics

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Real Estate Market Predictions for 2021

Real estate market predictions

Real estate market conditions are affected by a wide variety of factors. Despite the difficulties presented by the pandemic, the market was strong nationally and in the Deep Creek Lake area.

While we don’t have a crystal ball that shows the future with certainty, we do have some real estate market predictions for 2021 courtesy of Realty Biz News.

2021 Real Estate Market Predictions from Realty Biz News

The U.S. economy will see recovery in 2021. The National Bureau of Economic Research defines a recession as “a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales.” After reviewing factors that indicate a recession, the data suggests that 2021 will generally see positive increases in the economy.

Buyer demand will continue to grow. With the return of economic stability and increases in personal incomes, the number of first-time home buyers will rise. This will create more competition for desirable homes and upward trends in home prices. 

Positive factors that fuel demand include continued population growth, rebounding personal income rates, and improving consumer confidence. President-Elect Joe Biden has proposed a $15,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers, which, if passed, will further spur buyer demand.

Mortgage interest rates will remain low. The National Association of Realtors expects that 30-year, fixed mortgage rates will remain stable or slightly increase in 2021 from the 50-year low of 2.71% in 2020.

Housing supply will lag. As sellers become more comfortable opening their homes to buyers, there will be a rise in available listings. However, new home construction is expected to be restrained due to “a shortage of lots, labor and building materials,” according to National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chairman Chuck Fowke. Affordability and the gap in the cost of living across the U.S. will continue to be a problem, especially in areas where housing is in high demand and fewer new homes are being built.

Home buyers will move to the suburbs. The long standing trend of moving from rural areas to the city is changing. More people are leaving cities due to high costs and aging infrastructure. Additionally, the pandemic provided the ability for many people to work from home. More people are retreating to suburbs and rural areas, something that will likely continue in 2021.

House size will continue to grow. The average single-family home size in America almost doubled in the last century to more than 2,430 square feet in 2020, even as the average number of people living in a house fell from 4.54 people to 2.58 people. On the other hand, the typical rental unit size in a metropolitan area shrank by 5%, though rents increased by 28%. These dynamics drive the appeal of suburban and rural residence for city dwellers. Another factor of the growth of house sizes is the possibility of making more profit on a home sale.

Technology access and use will be necessary home features. Advances in technology have changed the ways Americans work, play, learn, and communicate. Houses in neighborhoods or areas that lack access to high-speed internet are increasingly avoided by new home buyers. 

Buying and selling a home traditionally requires significant physical effort, time, and expense to locate potential candidates, negotiate transaction terms, and process closings. Today’s home buyers and sellers have access to extensive information about city and neighborhood demographic information, specific houses for sale, and market prices without leaving their homes. 

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