Work Here, Play Here: Deep Creek Lake Fall Getaways

Deep Creek Lake fall getaways give you the change to keep up with “real world” responsibilities and treat your family to a change of scenery.

fall hikes at deep creek lake

Working remotely? Virtual school for the kids? Experience the joys of mountain life at Deep Creek Lake. You can stay connected as much – or as little – as you like. Plus, there are lessons around every corner for the kids that make learning a little more fun. We know that homeschooling can be a challenge, and a new environment can help keep you kids engaged.

There are lots of reasons that fall is a favorite season here. Below we highlight some “must-see” spots. Be sure to confirm hours of operation with any of the locations mentioned.

Leaf Peepers Paradise

The vibrant colors of fall that decorate our mountainsides and surround the lake are some of the best in the country. You can take a relaxing scenic drive on quiet backroads. The Barn Quilt Trail is a favorite tour that you can take by car. It celebrates our farms, barns, & quilting culture in our beautiful Appalachian mountains.

While you are out and about, you can throw in some fun facts for the kids explaining why leaves change color.

autumn glory

Eight State Parks

When you need to stretch your legs and have some fun, look no further than our eight state parks. You can explore the outdoors and cover lots of bases for learning.

Miles of hiking trails lead you through pristine forests. that put science lessons at your fingertips. Rivers and lakes are ideal for fishing and they are filled with a wide range of species. The kids can enjoy “hands on” learning about the local environment.

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25 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Deep Creek Lake

When you visit Deep Creek Lake, the scenic beauty and endless activities will draw you back year-after-year. Four seasons of activities make it the ideal place for families and friends to gather at a Deep Creek vacation rental to make “mountain memories”.

Here are a few of our favorite photos that we hope will inspire your first visit or a return trip to visit Deep Creek:

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Holiday Vacations at Deep Creek Lake

The best part of any vacation is spending quality time with family & friends. Deep Creek Lake holiday vacations are the perfect way to get away from it all & to reconnect with your favorite people.

Thanksgiving at Deep Creek

Thanksgiving traditionally centers around family making it ideal for a trip to the mountains. November’s crisp air creates the perfect fall vibe. Choose a Deep Creek vacation home with a fireplace, and spend cozy nights playing board games. During the day, the outdoorsy types can bundle up to explore hiking trails at area state parks.

Making a traditional Thanksgiving feast is easy. Place an order with Destination Grocers prior to arrival, and you can have all of your groceries delivered the day you check in. There are also options that take the stress out of preparing a big meal. Arrowhead Market offers homemade meals with all your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. You can also get a fully prepared dinner from Wisp Resort. Be sure to get your orders in early. If you want to dine out, many local restaurants will have holiday menus as well.

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Top 10 Things to do on a Rainy Day at Deep Creek

On a rainy day at Deep Creek, you might need some ideas to keep your crew entertained. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! You won’t hear “I’m bored” if you check out some of the options on our list.

Rainy Day at Deep Creek

Ideas for a Rainy Day at Deep Creek

Deep Creek Funzone – This spot is a “must do” no matter what the weather. Their indoor offerings include an arcade that is packed with favorite games. They also have an expanded lazer tag arena. You can also take advantage of “eat and play” combos to save on meals at the attached restaurant.

Escape Games at Wisp Resort – Use teamwork to solve puzzles with clues, hints and strategy to “escape” the room in a certain amount of time. The theme of the game changes seasonally, so there is always something new. Keep in mind, reservations are required.

Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park – Truly enjoyable for all ages, the Discovery Center is a one-of-a-kind educational venue. There are hands-on exhibits that focus on the natural resources of Western Maryland. Families can learn about the flora, fauna, wildlife, cultural and historical heritage of the area. Naturalists also lead a variety of indoor programs that often include crafts for the kids. Check their schedule to find out what’s happening during your stay.

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Mountain Coaster Fun at Wisp Resort

The Mountain Coaster at Wisp Resort offers year round fun! You have probably never experienced a roller coaster quite like this favorite Deep Creek Lake attraction.

mountain coaster

About the Mountain Coaster

The Mountain Coaster at Wisp Resort is a cross between an Alpine Slide and a roller coaster. It has 1,300 feet of uphill track that builds the suspense. Then, you twist, turn, dip and roll 3,500 feet down the eastern side of Wisp Mountain. Maximum speed is 28 mph. That might not be fast enough to scare coaster enthusiasts, but it is perfect for providing some thrills for everyone. You will ride in a “cart” that holds as many as two riders. Braking is up to you. Continue reading Mountain Coaster Fun at Wisp Resort

Deep Creek Donut Guide – Start Your Morning Right!

Deep Creek Donut Guide

Our Deep Creek Donut guide gives you the scoop on sweet breakfast treats at the lake! There are several spots where you can grab some goodies to take back to your Deep Creek Lake vacation rental home. These spots are loved by locals and visitors alike!

Deep Creek Donut Spots

Deep Creek Donuts
20294 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD 21550

Using a vanilla cake donut base, they have a lots of options on their menu. You can also choose from dozens of toppings to create your own. Located right next door to the popular Lakeside Creamery, you can eat fresh, hot donuts outside at the picnic tables that overlook the lake. They are open 7 days a week during the summer from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Glazed & Confuzed Donuts
24450 Garrett Highway, McHenry, Maryland

Glazed & Confuzed is a far out food truck serving donuts and hot coffee in Funland’s parking lot. Their extensive menu includes far out options like the “Wild Thang” (maple glaze with bacon) and the “Lake Monster” (vanilla glaze with crushed Oreos). Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. during the summer only. Continue reading Deep Creek Donut Guide – Start Your Morning Right!

Deep Creek Lake Summer Road Trip – Less Than 3 Hours from Baltimore & DC!

A Deep Creek Lake summer road trip is the perfect opportunity to escape to the mountains for a little R&R. It is a getaway that is less than 3 hours from Baltimore and Washington, DC and less than 2 hours from Pittsburgh. The convenient location, natural beauty and abundant recreation make it the ideal destination for a long weekend away.

Deep Creek Lake Summer Road Trip

Deep Creek Lake Summer Road Trip Savings

We are offering a FREE summer night when you plan a trip arriving now through August 23, 2019. You can use the money you save to treat your family to fun activities or great food at local restaurants.

The offer includes:

– Stay 3 nights, get the 4th night FREE*

– A $25 gift card for Smiley’s Pizzeria will be at the home when you arrive

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Tips for Your Deep Creek Lake Family Reunion

Planning your Deep Creek Lake family reunion can be a lot of work. We put together some tips to make the process easier for you. That way, you can put more focus on all of the fun you will have enjoying time with your favorite people.

Tips for Your Deep Creek Lake Family Reunion

Make plans early and pick a date

The earlier you plan your Deep Creek Lake family reunion, the easier it will be to find one large home for everyone or several homes close together. If possible, make your reservations a year in advance. Your chances of getting exactly what you want in term of location and amenities when you reserve well in advance of your arrival date. Summer and winter are our peak season and offer lots of fun opportunities for outdoor recreation. Spring and fall are quieter times of year when you can take advantage of great, low rates.

Some families create a “reunion committee” to help with decision making. You can delegate tasks and make sure all of the details are covered. Google docs can be beneficial for organizing your info.

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Tips for Family Spring Break at Deep Creek Lake

Family Spring Break at Deep Creek Lake

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 attractions and activities at a leisurely pace.

Stay March 12-May 7, 2020, and you can get 3 nights for the price of 2! Use the code FREESPRING20 and call 301-804-6897 to save. 

*Certain restrictions apply. This offer is not retroactive and cannot be combined with any other discount. It must be mentioned at the time of booking a participating property. Taxes and fees apply.

FAMILY SPRING BREAK AT DEEP CREEK LAKE  PACKAGE

Our complimentary Family Spring Break Package gives you big savings on dining and activities when you stay with us March 12-May 7, 2020.

This Free Package Includes:

-FREE late check-out or early check-in (based on availability)

-For Deep Creek Fun Zone, receive $5 game card and half off a cheese or pepperoni pizza (for dine in only) or free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal (kids combo not included, one child per adult purchase).

-1 FREE Deep Creek Adventure Package per child

-Exclusive savings at local businesses with the Deep Creek Discount Card

Call 301-387-5999 to make reserve your family’s getaway!

When you are here, there are lots of other activity options too. Here are a few that you don’t want to miss:

All Earth Eco Tours
Guided hikes at state parks and along the Youghiogheny River.
301-746-4083

The Alley
Enjoy bowling, arcade games and snacks in nearby Oakland.
301-334-3040

Axe Throwing
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this is a fun activity for ages 8 and up.
1-866-325-7627

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Tour the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park, see the birds in their aviary and check their schedule for special weekend programs.
301-387-7067

Deep Creek Ninja Factory
Test your agility at this indoor obstacle course. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
1-866-325-7627

Funland
Indoor arcade games, mini-golf and bumper cars (open unless it is raining).
301-387-6168

Fun Unlimited
Vintage and modern arcade games, mini-golf, pizza and snacks.
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