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.
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 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!
Plus, there is snow in the forecast! Spring skiing and snow tubing conditions at Wisp Resort should be excellent.
Deep Creek Lake St. Patrick’s Day Events
Garrett County Fair Indoor Flea Market & Crafts
March 17, 8AM-3PM
Shop for treasures at the Ag Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. MORE INFO
Snowshoe & Hiking Tours
Saturdays through Mid-April, 10AM-Noon
All Earth Eco Tours will guide you through Swallow Falls State Park. You will learn about the environment and there are lots of great photo ops. MORE INFO
Sleepless in Garrett County
March 17, 11AM-Noon
This Discovery Center presentation teaches kids how native animals survive Deep Creek Lake’s harsh winters. MORE INFO
March 17, 1-2PM
Learn about Maryland’s snakes and meet a few at the Discovery Center. MORE INFO
St. Patrick’s Day Party at Mountain State Brewing Co.
March 17, 5-9PM
Mountain State is serving up corned beef and cabbage all day. In the evening, there will be drink specials and bagpipers start at 6PM. MORE INFO
Continue reading Deep Creek Lake St. Patrick’s Day Rundown
|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.
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 www.deepcreekvacations.com) 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!
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 @ www.deepcreekvacations.com to begin planning your next Deep Creekadventure. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
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