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!

Let the Summer Fun Commence!

     Our summer season is officially here and we couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. Actually locals and visitors alike have been rather spoiled lately with plenty of bright blue skies and ideal temperatures running around the 70’s. It’s the perfect time to head outdoors for some hiking @ Swallow Falls State Park or head over to Wisp and check out one of their many adventurous activities going on! (For those that are a little less adventurous, like myself, don’t forget they offer scenic chair lift rides. Take your camera for some amazing photo ops of the McHenry Cove!)       I would like to give a big shout out to all of the fathers out there. (Fathers,  Grandfathers, Father-in-laws,  Stepfathers, Soon-to-be Fathers,  and Father Figures, in general). May tomorrow find you surrounded by your loved ones. There are many wonderful restaurants in our area in which to celebrate your special day. Four Seasons Dining Room offers fabulous gourmet food and lake front dining. Smiley’s Pizzeria and Pine Lodge Steak House are offering food specials and entertainment throughout the weekend.  Both Ledo’s Pizza and Mountain State Breweryhave recently expanded their menus and would be a great place to take dad to dinner.
      Starting this week on Monday June 18th, we begin the summer “Welcome Party Mondays!” Be sure to visit us from 3-5 pm every Monday on the lawn @ Uno Chicago Grill. This is great opportunity to meet many of the local vendors and to take advantage of their free giveaways and promotions. The admission is free along with free complimentary finger foods and refreshments. Stick around afterwards to listen to a live band which will be playing at the Honi Honi Bar from 5-8 pm. There are also games and prizes for the kids. If you really want to get a jump start on planning your stay with us here at Deep Creek, I highly recommend that you check this out!
     Summer homes are filling up quickly so now’s the time to call to reserve your stay in one of our homes. Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today (111—866-351-1119) or look us up online (www.deepcreekvacations.com). Our reservationist can help assess your needs to locate your dream vacation home. Not sure what to do in our area? We can help you plan activities to do throughout your stay, as well. We can’t wait to see you on the lake!

Time to Espresso Yourself!

After a busy day at the office, I decided to go for a little pick me up with a refreshing beverage from Trader’s Coffee House. So many beverages to choose from! Knowing full well that my coworkers have little patience with me when I am java-ed up, I decided to try a strawberry fruit smoothie instead. Delish! Made with real strawberries and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles, it was the perfect jolt that I needed! It had been awhile since I had been in Trader’s which is surprising because I love the atmosphere there! It’s very casual but warm and inviting and their menu just continues to grow. They now serve a variety of breakfast foods such as waffles, scones, breakfast sandwiches, and more. For lunch you can choose salad, Paninis, quiche, and the list continues. All are made daily and with nothing but fresh ingredients. Not sure what to get? Ask. The employees are quick to offer suggestions and always offer exceptional customer service. Need to surf the web? No problem as the coffee house offers wireless internet. The coffee shop is also accessible by boat so stop by next time you are out cruising on the water. So, if you are looking for a comfortable place to hang out while enjoying a specialty drink and snack, then I highly recommend that you check out Brenda and her crew at Trader’s. You will be glad that you did!
Life in the mountains is flourishing as the trees are full, flowers are blooming, and the air is clean and crisp. It’s the perfect time to begin planning your summer vacation. Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations(1-866-351-1119) today to speak to one of our reservationist who will happily be able to help you locate the perfect home for you and your family. You can also browse through our homes on our website (www.deepcreekvacations.com) where you can see pictures of the home, take video tours, and read through a list of amenities that each home offers. There is still time to take advantage of our “Book 3 nights for the price of 2” for the Memorial Day weekend. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Eggs-Actly the Perfect Time To Visit!

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations happily welcomed back a large number of our staff and owners from their recent networking/ training seminar that they attended at the the Outer Banks in South Carolina. Thank you to Doug Brindley and staff from Brindley Beach for graciously hosting our group for their stay. Although I had to stay behind and maintain the fort, I was informed that team building skills were a big focu and successfully implemented, breathtaking sunsets ere photographed and witnessed, good food and drink were enjoyed by many, and a great deal of fun was had by all! All in all, a very successful trip!
Garrett County weather continues to amaze and thrill both locals and visitors! Perfect mountain weather! We are offering some great last minute deals for the Easter weekend. Besides that, there is a bevy of fun activities going on in the area this weekend. CARC (Garrett Community College Aquatic & Recreation Complex) is hosting its first Easter egg hunt and community swim on April 7th. The egg hunt is open to children ages 2-12 and will be @ 12 Noon, rain or shine! The pool will then stay open to the public from 12-2:30 for a mere $5 for non-members. Also held on Saturday April 7th, is the natural egg dying that is held annually at the Deep Creek Discovery Center. Kids bring their own eggs and learn how to use dye made of beets, onions, anc chlorophyll. I also have the inside skinny on the possibility of the Easter Bunny stopping by so you definitely don’t want to miss out! Wisp Resort will once again be hosting a sunrise service held on top of the mountain on Sunday April8th. Chairlift #1 will begin to transport to the mountaintop @ 6 am. A continental breakfast will be held in Wisp Resort’s main lodge following
the service. Stick around with the kids for an Easter egg hunt @ 11 am followed by a scavenger hunt @ 12 noon. Location will be announced closer to the event. Lots of fun and games going on up here in the mountains! We are starting to see a trickle of activity on the lake these days as well. Fisherman are out bright and early taking advantage of the calm waters, boat docks are beginning to be put in, and kayak and canoes are brightly adorning the water in bright hues of red and yellow. Aww! Spring! Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today @ 1-866-351-119 or look us up on the web http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/ to begin planning your next relaxing Deep Creek Lake getaway. Our Reservation Team is available 9-9 daily to not only help you find your dream vacation rental but to help you create a memorable, fun experience as well. Until later this week when we explore the world of the stinky onion, Aka The Ramp, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

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!

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!

It’s Time to Break the Ice!

Mother Nature was certainly kind to us last week by blanketing the area in lots of pretty white fluff. Wisp has almost all of their slopes open, not to mention the tubing park and ice skating rink. It is definitely a great weekend to be coming into the area. If you want to experience a true ‘Mountain Winter Escape’, then I suggest that you head to Oakland Winterfest! This is one event that I always look forward to! Held in downtown Oakland, visitors will find a true winter wonderland. Going on its 5th year, the event is sponsored by various Oakland businesses and will be held from February 17th to the 19th. What might one find at this Winterfest? The highlight of the event are the amazing and unique ice sculptures that can be viewed throughout the town. Master carver, Bill Sandusky, from Frozen Assets Ice Carving Company will be returning for his 5th year to showcase his astounding talent. Local businesses are given the opportunity to purchase a sculpture that Bill will carve, generally, in an image pertaining to the business. He will do five live carvings on Saturday and “The Tribute to Oakland” on Sunday. The displays are well lit at night and on display until they melt. For the little ones, there is a ice sculpted bowling lane, an actual slide made out of ice, and in ice throne for them to perch on. They will also be able to take home a free personalized block of ice with their name in it. Other activities that will be going on are the snowman building competition, the crowning of “SnowFlake Toddler and Princess”, various craft vendors, and horse drawn sleigh rides by Pleasant Valley Dream Rides. Various dining establishments will be offering hot soup specials throughout the weekend as well. Still unsure? Think hot chocolate! Warm beverages and snacks can also be purchased at several locations throughout the town. If you are looking for some real old fashioned family fun then I highly recommend that you head to downtown Oakland this weekend to check out this excellent event. In the meantime, snow is on the ground, perfect for snow shoeing or cross country skiing. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations is running some great specials for next weekend, so now is the perfect time to call to reserve your dream vacation home. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake! http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/

A new reason to love Wednesdays!!

To most people, Wednesday’s simply mean hump day. The day that puts you further away from Monday and closer to the weekend. Here, at Deep Creek Lake, Wednesday’s actually signifies more than that. It signifies an evening of casual yet elegant ambience. A night to indulge with a large selection of delectable, gourmet cuisine . A night to create a feast to your specific desires without the painstaking work of actually preparing it. Yes, that’s right, folks. We are talking about Pasta Mania night at The Four Seasons Restaurant. If you have never dined at the Four Seasons, I strongly recommend that you check it out. The restaurant itself is fashioned in elegant décor with votive candles accenting the tables. Offering some of the finest lakefront dining in the area, guests can enjoy their meal while taking in the exquisite lake and mountain views. Their menu consists of everything from steak and seafood to yummy appetizers such as calamari and Thai scallops. On Pasta Mania night, they set up a large buffet style station where guests get to choose their own pasta meal. By choose, I mean they offer a variety of different noodles, sauces, and toppings (lots of fresh veggies included). Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations employees and employers ventured out for a night on the town last Wednesday to check out the selection and I must say, we have nothing but positive things to say. The food was absolutely divine; the customer service stellar, and a great time was had by all. In the meantime, slopes are open, the sun is shining, and it is a great time to call for some fabulous last minute deals on your perfect vacation home. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Just shopping for the BEAR necessities!

Entering the month of January, finds life in the mountains to be all good. Temperatures are comfortable, the snow has finally arrived (with more to come this week) and life as we know has returned to normal. I decided to reward myself for surviving the holidays with a little shopping excursion. I decided to check out Bear Creek Trader’s located in Market Fresh Square in McHenry. When I walked into the shop, I was immediately in awe of the vast selection that was before it. If you need it, it is most likely here. The store boasts a spectacular arrangement of Deep Creek memorabilia, from key chains, jewelry, totes, towels, and the list goes on. It’s also an awesome place to shop for home décor with original and unique vases, wall clocks, signs, mirrors, and more. As most of us do when we go on vacation, we tend to forget to pack something. Need ski gloves for the slopes? Forget your beach towel or sunscreen? Maybe your visiting and plan to attend a baby shower but forgot the gift (hey, it could happen). Well, worry not, Bear Creek Traders offers all of this. They have wonderful kids’ displays throughout the shop as well. There is an area where the kids can pick out an arrangement of Deep Creek Rocks to take home as a souvenir or a row of really unique kid’s toys. If your glutton for punishment and really want to sugar them up then allow the kids to carouse the old fashioned candy counter. (Temptation is a weakness of mine and I gave in and got the huge pixie straw stick. I used to love these as a kid and believe it or not, the sugar rush is equally fun as an adult!) They also have a very impressive assortment of candles and candle décor. If you stop in soon, you can also take advantage of the After-Holidays special. I saw a lot of beautiful Christmas ornaments/ decorations that were marked 50% off. So, if you’re out and about and looking to shop local with a humungous variety of items, I suggest you check out Bear Creek Traders. Otherwise, don’t forget to contact Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations for your Martin Luther King holiday getaway. The snow if fresh, the air is crisp, and we can’t wait to see you here at the lake.

Trader’s Coffee House

I have been meaning to tell you about my favorite Chai Tea location in Deep Creek Lake. A must stop is Trader’s Coffee House, right below Brenda’s Pizzeria and next door to High Mtn Sports. I go there at least 3 times a week to get my morning large Chai Tea with vanilla and skim milk – which I must say beats out the bigger franchises! They also have delicious home made muffins, pastries, and many other delightful treats. They have seasonal drinks as well (which I need to try if I can forgo my Chai Tea for one day!). They even serve lunches! They have cute knick knacks to shop for and FREE wi fi as well.

Check out this wonderful shop next time you are in Deep Creek Lake!