Quick Guide: Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival

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.

deep creek lake art, wine & beer festival

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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SavageMan Triathlon Quick Guide

The 2021 SavageMan Triathlon is September 17-19.  It’s a race that’s known for its beautiful scenery and intense challenges.  Competitors swim, bike, and run to prove they have what it takes to tackle the most “savage” triathlon in the world!SavageMan Triathlon

The SavageMan Triathlon consists of four separate races and is exciting for spectators and competitors alike.  Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your weekend: Continue reading “SavageMan Triathlon Quick Guide”

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.


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!


☐ 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


☐ 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


☐ 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


☐ 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.


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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Dog Friendly Spring Getaways at Deep Creek Lake

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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”