Snowshoeing at Deep Creek Lake

If you like to hike, you’ll love snowshoeing at Deep Creek Lake! When the newscasters are frantically reporting the latest “blizzard of the century,” that’s the perfect time to strap on some snowshoes and head outside.  Whether your goal is to get out for a leisurely walk in the snow or go for a more physically challenging adventure, you’ll find this traditional mode of travel easy to learn—and effective at getting you where you want to go.  With miles of hiking trails available to snowshoe enthusiasts in area state parks, Garrett County is home to endless opportunities for winter backcountry travel.

Snowshoeing at Deep Creek Lake

History of Snowshoeing

The origin and age of snowshoes are not precisely known. Historians believe they were invented from 4,000 to 6,000 years ago, probably starting in Central Asia. Before humans built snowshoes, nature provided examples. Several animals, most notably the snowshoe hare, had evolved over the years with oversized feet enabling them to move more quickly through deep snow. Continue reading Snowshoeing at Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Lake St. Patrick’s Day Rundown

Deep Creek Lake St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will keep you entertained all weekend. Pack up all of your green gear and take advantage of last minute specials. There are lots of fun activities for all ages!

Spring skiing and snow tubing conditions at Wisp Resort should be good too.

Deep Creek Lake St. Patrick's Day

Deep Creek Lake St. Patrick’s Day Events

St. Patrick’s Day Party & Dance at Alpine Lake Resorts
March 14, 2020
Enjoy live music plus food and drink specials! While you’re there, check out our listings in the area!

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at MoonShadow
March 13 – March 15, 2020
Enjoy live music: Friday with Conor and the Wild Hunt and Sunday Brunch with Tom Batchelor & Fiddle Mike.

Annual St. Paddy’s Day Party at Mountain State Brewing Co.
March 14, 2020, 1PM
Wear your green and head to Mountain State for corned beef and cabbage, Guinness on tap, drink specials and more shenanigans. Garrett Highlands Pipes & Drums LIVE at 5pm.

Pond Skim
March 14, 2020
A Wisp Resort favorite is back! Starting at 1PM, participants will fly across the icy stretch of water. Costume’s are encouraged! This event is fun for the whole family. Please check back as this date is tentative and may be moved forward or backward.

Yard Sale and Flea Market
March 14, 2020
From 8AM-3PM, you can shop til you drop at the Ag Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds.

St. Patrick’s Day Party with Time Flies
March 14, 2020, 8PM-12AM
Head to the Honi-Honi, and dance the night away to the sounds of Time Flies.

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Winter has officially arrived… Now Embrace It!

Chase having fun!
I have a most splendid view of Wisp Resort from my office and as I look out now, I can see that they are very busy preparing the slopes for the skiers and snowboarders that will be visiting our area over the next few weeks. The natural snow fall and lower temperatures have come in handy. Combined with the snow guns, it looks to be some optimal skiing conditions! If you are not a fan of the slopes, there are still so many other activities to do in the area this time of year. One of my favorite winter activities is snow shoeing! I am, in no means, a coordinated person so I generally balk at any activity that seems to require this. When Crede Calhoun from All Earth Eco Tours invited our Taylor-Made group to come out and try a snow shoeing tour @ Swallow Falls State Park, I was not thrilled. For those that have never been to Swallow Falls, it must go on your “Must Do” list of places to visit as it houses the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland and is in general, a breathtaking place to see. This helped in my decision and luckily, I gave in. We met at the park and Crede began to give us a tutorial on how to properly strap on the shoes, handle your poles, and maneuver through the snow. As we started off, big beautiful fluffy snowflakes began to gently fall around us and for a moment, I expected to hear music swell in the background. I embellish, of course, but it truly was an amazing adventure. There is something so thrilling yet serene guiding through the forest. Crede took us to some of the back area of the forest so even if you have been there before, it’s neat to see some of the areas that most people don’t frequent. We stopped and enjoyed some yummy hot chocolate as Crede explained some facts about our natural surroundings. The best part? I didn’t fall! It truly is one of those “If I can do it, anyone can” activities! It’s so much fun and makes for a great group activity. Give them a call and make your reservation today! 1-800-446-7554
The Taylor-Made gang snow shoeing!

We are still running some fantastic last minute deals so call and speak to one of our Reservation Specialist today. (1-866-351-1119 or They can help you find the perfect home for your friends or family. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Dare to Dunk!

Time to Dunk!
If you happen to be in the area this weekend and you notice a lot of very strangely clad folks running into Deep Creek Lake, you may question the sanity of those that are here. No worries! That is just all of the wonderful people that are participating in the 15th anniversary of the Deep Creek Dunk! Sponsored by the Maryland State Police, dunkers are asked to donate at least $50 in pledges to participate. Once they have made the pledge, Dunk participants take a quick dip in the lake behind Uno’s Bar and Grill.  This wonderful charity raises funds for Special Olympics Maryland, the state’s largest year round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The event is free to spectators, and Dunkers receive a commemorative sweatshirt, lunch courtesy of Uno Chicago Bar & Grill, group color photo, and the satisfaction of knowing that contributed to such a great cause. The last time I checked their website, the pledges were already over $110,000, which is absolutely amazing! Not to mention how fun the event is. You more than likely will see some “celebrities” such as Elvis, Spongebob, and  Kiss, the rock group! Entertainment also goes throughout the day and evening. If you are in the area, please stop by and support this awesome charity.
Summer Fun!

If you are planning on a summer vacation here at Deep Creek, now is the time to find your perfect vacation home. Lakefront homes tend to book quickly so if that is your preference, it is best to start your search sooner rather than later. Call our office (Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations or online and speak to one of our Reservationist to get explicit details on the homes that you are interested in. Our Reservations team goes out and views every home so that we can effectively answer your questions to the best of our knowledge. Not sure to do while you are in the area? Ask us! We can tell you the best places to go for hiking and biking, horseback riding, where to rent a boat and what special events are going on in the area during the time that you will be visiting.

Mother Nature continues to blanket the area with snow so the ski slopes at Wisp are still open and ready for you to tackle! If you are vertically challenged on the slopes (such as myself!) then you may want to head to the snow tubing park or to the ice skating rink! Lots of fun activities for the whole family! In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Giving a thumbs up to Lisa!

Life in the mountains continues to return to normal following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Again, we must say how very thankful we are to all of the workers, both local and those that came from out of state to help restore power, remove downed trees & power lines, and cleared roadways. You are true heroes and we appreciate all of your time and effort!

It is once again time to introduce you to one of our featured employees. This week we celebrate Lisa Yommer, our Assistant Customer Service Manager. Lisa was one of Taylor-MadeDeep Creek Vacations’ first employees, having started with the company in December 2008. Having worked in customer service previously, Lisa brought with her 5 years of experience to the Reservations Department. Once in Reservations, Lisa began to implement many important ideas into the department from developing a training program, working closely with all departments to make sure our homes are in top notch condition for our guests, resolving customer issues, and forming a fun incentive program for employees. We are very lucky to have her as part of our team and appreciate all of her hard work and dedication. On a more personal note, Lisa is a Garrett County native that currently resides in Oakland. Many of her evenings are spent at her second job where she is a manager @ Garrett 8 Cinemas! (You would think she would have some pull on getting us some free movie tickets but so far, no dice. Trust me, several of us have tried!) She is an avid Steeler Fan, often participating in heated discussions with Company owner, Chad, who is a tried and true Ravens fan. (All in good fun but definitely makes for some good teasing around the office!) She has a very social life, and enjoys shopping and dining out with her large group of friends. For company get-togethers, we can always count on Lisa to show up with smile and ready to have a good time (Sometimes, we can even talk her into bringing her extremely scrumptious and yummy Mexican Taco Dip!!) So, Hip Hip Hooray! for Lisa! You are a wonderful employee and a great friend to us all!
There is still time left for those that want to visit the area in Thanksgiving. We are running some fantastic specials (sorry not retro-active) where you can now book 3 nights for the price of 2! If you choose to book and stay in the month of November, you can now also take advantage of our tourism boost when we waive the 6% accommodation tax on all of our homes. Don’t forget that this is also our annual Festival of Trees event. Held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds, this is your chance to wander through a true winter wonderland of decorative trees, wreaths, and other festive decorations. A wonderful family festivity, bring the kids and let them enjoy breakfast and pictures with Santa Claus! Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today (1-866-351-1119) or visit us online @  to begin planning your next Deep Creekadventure. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


And Along Came Sandy….

While many children and parents were planning their Halloween costumes and stocking up on candy to dispense for Trick or Treating, Garrett Countians were digging out toboggans, mittens, and various winter gear. Candy was replaced instead with ice melt and snow shovels. Hurricane Sandy swept up the East coast earlier this week and blazed quite a trail through our majestic mountains. Over 3 feet of snow fell on the region leaving many with downed trees, electric lines, and without power. Crews from various states have swept in to help and although the clean-up is going to take a while, we feel optimistic that life will return to normal before we know it. A great big huge thank you to the many, many road crews, power workers, and anyone, in general that came and offered their services. Your long hours and tireless effort is greatly appreciated.

On a positive note, the snow enthusiasts are ecstatic over the thought of Wisp Resort opening soon and for the ski season to officially start. We haven’t officially gotten any updates on when they expect the opening day to be but we will definitely keep you posted. Also, remember that to call us at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online to begin planning your ski getaway. We are once again working with Wisp Resort to offer our guests our “Ski Free/ Stay Free” package. It’s an awesome deal where you can stay and ski 3 nights for the price of 2! We still have some homes available for the Thanksgiving holiday so gather the family and join us in the mountains for a little R & R! If you are in the area over Thanksgiving, I always like to remind our guests about the Festival of Trees, held at the exhibition hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds, on November 23rdand 24th. Guests can stroll through designer decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and more. Local artisans are on-site for your shopping pleasure. The kids will enjoy having breakfast with Santa, visiting Frosty’s Funland, or get some yummy baked goods from Santa’s Bakery. Adults will also enjoy the Silent Auction that is held on Saturday. It’s definitely a fun family event that is very much worth checking out.  Pack up your winter wear, grab a sled, and come enjoy the snow with us. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

An Exciting New Winter Adventure

I will be the first to admit that when Jodi first told me that Taylor-Made employees were invited to go on a snowshoeing tour with Crede Calhoun from All Earth Eco Tours, I volunteered with some serious trepidation. I tend to lack coordination and have been known in some small circles as umm, well…”Klutzy”. But the cabin fever has been building up, so I decided to give it a try. Wow! What an awesome adventure! We met up with Crede at Swallow Falls State Park, where he gave a brief tutorial on gearing up and how to maneuver our new “duck feet”, and then we were off! I was amazed at how easy it was, and everyone in our group, right down to 7 year old Chase, caught on quickly. Crede took us over the bridge that crosses Muddy Creek Falls and suddenly we were in a whole new winter wonderland. With the snow falling gently to the ground, there was a brief moment where I saw myself as Lucy, the little girl who walked through the closet, and stepped into the magical world of Narnia! As a born and raised “Garrett County Girl”, I have spent a great deal of time at Swallow Falls but Crede took us to some true off track trails that I have never been on. He gave us some interesting information on the trees and wildlife and we even saw a bear’s den! Joe swore that he could see the bear’s head ( which freaked poor Billie Jean out!). I simply took his word for it, chickened out, and shoed on! Much to everyone’s surprise, not only did I not fall and injure myself, but I easily made my way through the snowy maze. This just proves that if I can do it, anyone can! We took some great pics (see our facebook page) and in general, had an amazing time! This is a terrific activity for families and groups! Priced extremely cheap (only $22 per person for a 2 hour tour!), it is a Must Do if you are visiting us in Winter. Tours tend to fill up quickly, so call head to reserve your spot! Thanks again, Crede, for an amazing day! We had a blast!! (P.S. Your hot chocolate tastes “just like mom used to make”!! So yummy and seems cliche to say, but it really DID hit the spot!)
Author: Angie, Reservations & Snowshoeing Queen