COVID-19 Responder Vacation Giveaway Winners

COVID-19 responders are the everyday heroes that have been on the front lines. From grocery store workers and truck drivers to doctors and nurses, these are the people that have held our country together during this time of crisis.

Their dedication in the face of adversity is an inspiration. Our team wanted to find a way to give back by treating them to a trip to the lake. We received more than three hundred nominations. The response was overwhelming and the stories of selflessness were truly touching. Through the generosity and kindness of our home owners, we were able to give away Deep Creek Lake vacations to some very special people.

We are beyond thankful for these everyday heroes and cannot wait for them to enjoy a well-deserved vacation.

Here are a few of their stories.

COVID-19 Responders

Leah K. – Labor and Delivery Nurse

“My name is Leah and I am a Labor and Delivery nurse. The pandemic has presented quite a challenge for the small rural hospital I work for. We care for COVID positive mothers until delivery and then follow them to the COVID unit, helping to staff this unit until mother and baby are discharged. We work diligently to keep the mothers and babies that are COVID negative upon admission remaining COVID negative. I am a shift leader on this unit and do my best to stay up to date in order to help protect our staff. My husband is a paramedic so is also on the front lines of care. We have two young daughters and do our best to work opposite shifts in an attempt to limit childcare needs and potentially exposing others. We are happy to be of service during this time.” 

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Leah K. and Her Co-Workers

Heidi A. – Nurse Pracitioner

“I live in Delaware with my husband of three years, Jonathan, and I am pregnant with our first child who is due to arrive in August!  I work for a hospital in Philadelphia as a neonatal nurse practitioner in their NICU. Most of the children in my care are either premature or have an issue that needs our specialized attention.  I absolutely love what I do, even though it is very challenging some days. My husband and I love Deep Creek Lake!  It is our hidden escape and we try to get out there at least once a year.” 

Heidi and Her Husband Jonathan

Rodney R. – Waste Management Employee

Rodney was nominated by his wife, Laura, who said: “Rodney is an essential worker with Waste Management who has been going above and beyond to ensure all residential trash collection gets picked up regularly. Many people are unfortunately home now doing home remodels and projects. He tirelessly makes sure trash isn’t getting behind. When garbage is piled up rodents and bears can wreak havoc and even pose more threats to human health. He works 10-12 hours daily and never complains.”

Rodney R. and His Family on a Past Deep Creek Vacation

Katie M. – Nurse

Katie was nominated by her husband. He said she deserved a vacation because she is a “Hard working nurse keeping our community safe while on the clock and mother of 3 kids when “off the clock”. Humble and hardworking!!”

Katie and Her Husband in their Deep Creek Lake Gear

Ken M. – Department of Corrections

Ken has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for more than twenty-five years. He was nominated by his wife, Amy. She pointed out that the Department of Corrections workers are an often overlooked first responder employee. When we contacted Ken, he said, “I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this fantastic prize, it came as quite a shock when I received the call that I had won. I also need to thank my wonderful wife for nominating me for this opportunity. Of all my years working, I have to say that the COVID-19 Era of 2020 has been the absolute most challenging time. This is a wonderful thing you are doing for first responders and front line workers.”

Ken and His Family at Disney
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Deep Creek Lake Zoom Backgrounds

Deep Creek Lake Zoom backgrounds for your next meeting! People are using video conferencing now more than ever. While you are stuck at home, keep your vacation dreams alive with a scenic virtual background from Deep Creek.

You probably won’t convince any of your friends or coworkers that you are actually at the lake right now, but it doesn’t hurt to dream … right?

Take advantage of this Zoom feature and bring Deep Creek Lake to your next meeting or happy hour! Click here for Zoom’s instructions to change your virtual background.

Here a few of our favorite local scenes:

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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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Deep Creek Lake Celebrates 95 Years in 2020!

Deep Creek Lake celebrates its 95th anniversary of existence in 2020!  Maryland’s largest freshwater lake is loved by many and has an interesting history.  Deep Creek Lake encompasses about 3900 acres with ~65 miles of shoreline.  This man-made lake got its start in 1925 as the result of an effort undertaken by the Youghiogheny Hydro Electric Corporation to harness the power of the Youghiogheny River.  A 1300-foot-long impoundment dam was constructed to stem the flow of water.  Thousands upon thousands of trees were removed from the area to be flooded and 15 miles of primary and secondary roads were relocated.  It was estimated that it would take close to 6 months to fill the new reservoir, but heavy rains and snowfall quickened the process to only a couple of months.

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10 Fun Facts About Deep Creek Lake

Lots of people are curious about Deep Creek Lake. As a lifelong resident and experienced sales agent, I put together some popular questions along with the answers. If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in the area, you can contact me, Betsy Spiker Holcomb, at betsy@deepcreekvacations.com or 301-616-5022.

How big is Deep Creek Lake?

The lake has 65 miles of shoreline and covers 3,900 acres. That makes it Maryland’s largest freshwater lake. The average depth is about 26 feet. The deepest point is 72 feet.

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What is the elevation of the mountains around Deep Creek?

The area’s average elevation is 2,300 feet above sea level. Backbone Mountain, Maryland’s Highest point, is located in Garrett County.  It reaches 3,360 feet above sea level. The lake itself is about 2,455 above sea level.

What are some Deep Creek Lake activities?

There are almost too many to list! Outdoor recreation includes: boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, skiing, snow tubing, sledding, cross country skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, white water rafting, golf, biking, wake boarding, ziplines and much more.

More leisurely options include: antique shops, a movie theater, museums, historic sites, restaurants, specialty stores, farmer’s markets and simply enjoying the view. Continue reading 10 Fun Facts About Deep Creek Lake

Wolf Den Run State Park is Deep Creek’s Newest Attraction

Wolf Den Run State Park opened in mid-July of 2019! It is Garrett County’s eighth state park. It is a great addition to our public lands. Totaling over 2,000 acres, it will give you lots more scenery to explore. When it was privately owned, it was used for off-road vehicles (ORVs). The existing trails are being improved when possible and new trails are being developed too. As a state park, it will be open for ORVs, hiking, hunting and fishing.

The park is named after a stream within the park boundaries named Wolf Den Run. It goes back to a 1901 Maryland Geological Survey Map of Garrett County dated. The stream flows through the northern section and into the Potomac River.

Huckleberry Rocks Area

This is the first section of Wolf Den Run State Park to open. Trail improvements have been made, and visitors are welcome with reservations. There are 12.5 miles of trails. Of that, 6.5 miles can be used for full-sized vehicles.

There is a limit of 50 machines per day. You can contact Herrington Manor State Park to reserve your spot. Keep in mind that you do need to have an ORV sticker to ride.

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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.

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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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The Perfect Deep Creek Lake Memorial Day Getaway

Plan the perfect Deep Creek Lake Memorial Day getaway for your crew! The holiday weekend is the ideal time to enjoy a little R&R at the lake. You can kick-off the unofficial start to summer making fun memories with family and friends.

Relaxation Starts at DCL

Treat yourself to some rest and relaxation with your feet up as you enjoy views of Deep Creek Lake. We have the best selection of homes with top-of-the-line amenities and convenient locations. It is easy to de-stress at one of our beautiful Deep Creek Lake vacation rentals.

Smaller groups might want to consider staying in a townhome community. Many of them have shared amenities like indoor pools, tennis courts and lake access areas.

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If you are looking for something on a larger scale, we have that too. Our homes range from 1-10 bedrooms. There are options that meet just about every need so that you are completely comfortable. Continue reading The Perfect Deep Creek Lake Memorial Day Getaway

Southern Garrett Boys Basketball Team Plays in State Championship

Southern Garrett Boys Basketball team finished second in the Maryland 1A state championship, but according to much of Garrett County, they will be forever #1.  Our community in Garrett County always bands together and it was very evident at the State playoffs in College Park, MD with the sea of red and white in the stands.  Also, the Southern Garrett Wrestling Squad won the State Championship again this year going undefeated!    Continue reading Southern Garrett Boys Basketball Team Plays in State Championship

Jodi Taylor Refosco Named President of the VRMA

We are thrilled to announce that Taylor-Made owner, Jodi Taylor Refosco, was named President of the Board of Directors for the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA). The gavel was officially passed at the International Conference that was held in Las Vegas.

About VRMA

The Vacation Rental Management Association is an organization of vacation rental professionals and vendors. Members have educational and networking opportunities that strengthen their businesses and the industry as a whole. VRMA is the voice for vacation rental managers with thousands of members around the world.

Jodi was first introduced to VRMA by her parents over twenty years ago. She has  held leadership roles that include serving as Secretary and Vice President of the board. Additionally, she was part of the conference planning and education committees.

Taylor-Made employees regularly attend VRMA events in order to connect with their peers and stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends. By taking advantage of these opportunities, both the company and the staff are elevated in their ability to assist travelers and home owners. It keeps them on top of the latest trends, products and processes.

About Jodi

Jodi started Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, in 2008 with her husband, Joe, and her brother, Chad Taylor. Their inventory numbers over 400 vacation rental homes along with property services for 150 non-renting homes. For over a decade, their employees have provided exceptional service to guests and owners. A growing real estate division caters to Deep Creek Lake area buyers and sellers as well.

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“I am honored to serve as President of this incredible organization that has been instrumental in the growth of our industry,” said Jodi Taylor Refosco. “I have great respect for those who have held this seat before me and look forward to upholding their legacy.”