Recently, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales proudly announced that Betsy Spiker Holcomb is now a co-owner of our Real Estate Company. The excitement continued when we got to announce that Betsy also brought her Real Estate Team with her which consists of Bob Holcomb, Karen Myers, and Karen Doerr. Each member has worked with Betsy for many years and together the team brings a true sense of unity as well as their vast knowledge of Deep Creek Lake and Real Estate experience.
Bob Holcomb has over 23 years of experience in golf course construction including the impressive Lodestone Golf Course on top of Wisp Mountain. He quickly fell in love with Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County. As a Buyer Specialist, he uses his extensive knowledge and wisdom of the area, to assess his client’s needs and is a true asset to the Real Estate Team. Asking Bob how he felt about joining the Taylor-Made team he quoted, “I couldn’t be more excited to have this opportunity with such an amazing group of people. Taylor-Made is a family-based business that treats their employees and clients with integrity and respect. You can feel the positive and professional aura when you walk through the door. With the combination of a strong support staff and the use of cutting-edge technology, I think we can represent a significant portion of the real estate market share at Deep Creek Lake.”
Well-known throughout the area, Karen Myers is a true real estate consultant and brings a wealth of Garrett County Real Estate knowledge and experience to both buyers and sellers. Her list of accomplishments is immense as she as taught the real estate pre-licensing course or trained nearly 40% of Garrett County Realtors, assisted in the development of 50 subdivision communities, guided a Planned Residential Development and dealt with governmental regulation at all levels- local, state and federal. It’s easy to see how her keen insight into Deep Creek Lake real estate will benefit area buyers and sellers as well as our team.
Karen Doerr is a licensed Assistant, Transaction Coordinator and Marketing Specialist to Betsy and her team. She has handled the marketing of hundreds of properties over the last 12 years and is the very best at what she does. Clearly her experience and background will be greatly appreciated by both the Taylor-Made Team and to the clients that she interacts with on a daily basis.
As the Taylor-Made Family continues to grow in both the Real Estate field and Vacation Rentals, our goal of “Creating Memories & Exceeding Expectations” is still and always will be a #1 priority. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
There has been whispers and rumors floating around that the S word is about to make an appearance. For our winter enthusiasts, this is greeted with smiles and lots of “Bring it on!” For those that are little less of a fan, they hate to see this warmer fall weather take absence! Regardless if it’s this weekend or later, snow will definitely be making an appearance. Now is the perfect time to enjoy a nice weekend getaway. Weather is still nice enough (snow or not) to take advantage of our many hiking trails throughout our state parks! Swallow Falls State Park will always impress but Deep Creek State Park also offers some amazing walking and mountain biking trails! Definitely worth checking out! We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (www.deepcreekvacations.com or 1-866-351-1119) are still offering some phenomenal discounts including Stay 3 Nights for the Price of 2 now through December 20th. Plan a couple’s retreat or make it a family getaway, we are ready to help you find the perfect home for you!
If you happen to be visiting our area and looking for a special and unique dining experience, I would recommend checking out Cornish Manor Restaurant in Oakland. Standing immense it’s Victorian glory, it definitely makes a pretty first impression. Belated birthday celebrations took my teenage son and me there last week for lunch. Offering multiple dining areas, they were just busy enough to be comfortable but you still had your choice seating wise (if you are planning on dining during the weekend and/ or for dinner, I think that they may require reservations). Wraparound windows give you the opportunity to enjoy the outside sunlight or you can choose by the wall for more intimate conversations. They offer a large variety of choices for the lunch menu alone; choose seafood pasta, the quiche of the day, or their infamous warm chicken salad served in a bread bowl! Incredible! While the prices are slightly larger than your average Value Meal, the portions are huge and the flavor is divine! The 1860’s Victorian is elegantly decorated throughout and you can truly feel the homes captivating charm and history. Located in our county seat of Oakland, it’s a mere 15-20 minute ride from McHenry and the heart of Deep Creek Lake! Again, if you are looking for a new dining establishment while visiting, Cornish Manor is definitely worth the trip! To Snow or Not Snow? That is the question. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!
Exciting things have been going on at the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales office lately. The first is a shout out and giving props to ourselves! Recently voted #3 in Best New Websites for 2015 by VRM Intel Magazine, we are rather proud of our newest accomplishment. If you haven’t had the chance to check out our new website, please do www.deepcreekvacations.com . Not only is it very User Friendly but the guests are able to basically access any information about the house they are interested in reserving. Bright, bold pictures help you get the complete visual and the list of amenities lets you know what to expect the home to provide. This can be very useful throughout the year but one prime example of this is if the home has Air Conditioning or not. Because our temperatures tend to run lower than most of our surrounding cities, some of the homes do not have AC and simply rely on open windows and ceiling fans. An important fact to check on if this is an essential amenity for you and your guests. Have a really picky and somewhat fussy multi-family that you will be hosting? Go on the interactive floor plan so that you can maneuver your way around the home. This is great when you are trying to figure out sleeping arrangements or just to see the general layout. We’ve also added lots of great local information, your rental information and some fantastic photos as well. Well worth checking out.
The Thanksgiving holiday is quickly approaching and we highly encourage those visiting us during that time to stop over at the Garrett County fairgrounds for the Festival of Trees on the 27th and 28th. Featuring all kinds of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, crafts and more, it is truly like walking through a winter wonderland. The kids will love getting their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as getting to sit in Frosty’s sled. A very fun, family friendly way to start off this festive time of year!
Speaking of getting ready for festivities, if you are one of those guests that love to take advantage of Black Friday Specials, then don’t forget to keep an eye out for our mass e-mail, website, and Facebook for some incredible deals on your next Taylor-Made vacation (1-866-351-1119 if you would like to speak to one of our Reservationist!) The weatherman has been whispering the “S” word over the last few days so there is a chance we may see some of the fluffy stuff this weekend. A perfect time to come to the mountains, give us a call. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
We are sailing into fall and are now starting to see the first changing of the leaves. This weekend is the big SavageMan Triathlon where athletes flock to our mountainous area to tackle our hills with their bikes, swim in Deep Creek and race down our roads! Definitely a competitive sport and one that is intense to watch! Of course we welcome these athletes and their families with open arms! We love that they can participate in such a great charitable event and experience the beauty of our area at the same time. We are also being gifted with dream like weather this week with bright blue skies and lots of sunshine. Temperatures have been ideal and in the mid-70s. This is also the perfect time for evening bonfires. Many of our vacation rentals have outdoor fire pits so if you are planning on visiting us, make sure you let your Reservationist know this so she can help you find one with this particular amenity. Call us at 1-866-351-1119 or go online www.deepcreekvacations.com and click this option when you are putting in your requirements for your search. Speaking of going online, have you checked our newly launched website. As before, it is very user friendly but also has a fresh new look. Not only is it easy to search for a home with your certain criteria but you also see our vacation packages, check out our photo gallery, read our policies and procedures and more. You can also easily navigate over to our Real Estate section for those that are thinking of buying or listing a home. As I continue to somewhat boast, there is also a very thorough and informative 3D virtual floor plan that we now offer for our homes (not all have one right now but they all will in the near future). This is a great tool to have when you trying to see if a house would work out for you and your family. You can go in and maneuver throughout the rooms and floors, perfect for trying to decide who may be sleeping where. I highly recommend you check out (plus it’s kind of fun!)
The Autumn Glory Festival will be here shortly. The entire festival kicks off on Wednesday October 7th and the big parade held in Oakland is Saturday the 10th. There are so many fun filled family activities to do that weekend! By tradition if you do join in the celebration, don’t forget to pick up your turkey dinner. There are numerous dining establishments in the area who join in with awesome local tradition and offer a full turkey dinner with all of the trimmings! Again, give us a call and let us help you find your Deep Creek home! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
If you haven’t already made plans to attend the annual Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival this upcoming weekend (September 11-13th), it’s not to late! Gather the girlfriends or make it a couples retreat & come visit for a weekend full of fun activities.On Friday evening, many of our local dining establishments have planned special wine pairing menus so you can start enjoying the festivities when you arrive. The Wine Festival on Saturday begins at 12 noon and goes to 6 pm while the wine store will continue to stay open until 7 pm. Activities run throughout the day and feature everything from live entertainment, carriage rides, a photo booth and more. Of course there is the reason you came to the festival; the art & wine. Over 30 local artists will be present selling a variety of items like pottery, oil paintings, jewelry, wood carvings and more. Also there will be National Distributors and Maryland wineries there to offer samplings of over 200 different kinds of wine. Definitely something for everyone’s different tastes. The food fare is another great reason to attend. There will be many food artisans there so you can grab a bite while at the festival or choose to take some home with you like Firefly Farms amazing goat cheese or fresh produce and products from Deberry’s Farm. The very best part of the festival? The proceeds go to HART which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets in Garrett County. A huge win-win for everyone! We are now offering last minute discount on all available vacation rental homes so now is the perfect time to call us! A fun packed weekend enjoyed art and wine with your friends or another weekend of doing nothing! Make it Count! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
Deep Creek Lake is officially a winter wonderland. Over 8 inches of fresh snow has blanketed the area over the past 72 hours and Wisp has been crazy busy making snow for the last 100 hours straight! Definitely the perfect time to give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales to take advantage of some of our unbelievable last minute discount (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). Even if you aren’t a fan of skiing or snowboarding, there is still many other enjoyable activities to do in our area during winter. Wisp also offers snow tubing which is essentially sled riding but lazier since you get pulled back up to the top. So much fun and kids of all ages love it! They also have the ice skating rink open. This is complete with twinkle lights that wrap around the ring and a large bonfire which adds to the charisma. For those that want to try something a little different, they may enjoy riding the mountain coaster that winds down the mountains (you control the speed so wimps like me can brake the whole way or the daredevils can let it go as fast as possible)! Another really exciting and fun winter activity is to call All Earth Eco Tours (www.allearthecotours.com) and schedule your snow shoeing tour. Crede, the owner will meet your group at Swallow Falls State Park (which houses the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland and is a breathtaking sight even in the winter). He then gives you detailed instructions on how to walk in your new snow shoes (I imagine it must be close to what a duck feels like) and how to handle your poles. He then shows you parts of the park that most people are unfamiliar with. It really is a lot of fun and a good workout as well. If you have qualms about whether you can do this than take it from one’s who a known klutz, if I can handle it and enjoy it, then anyone can!)
Even if you are not big on the outdoors, most of our homes are so well equipped that you could happily spend your stay hanging out with loved ones in your vacation home. Curl up in front of the crackling wood fireplace, unwind in your private steamy outdoor hot tub or enjoy a game of pool or maybe foosball. Call now!
Already tired of winter and now daydreaming of summer? Now is the time to call to get that perfect vacation home that you know your family will love. Our lakefront homes do book up quickly so you want to make sure you have your vacation plans under way. Your winter vacation is simply a call away. Beat the winter woes by surprising your loved ones with a surprise trip to Deep Creek Lake! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
Ahhh, the sporadic spring season we always seem to have in these beloved Maryland Mountains. I think that this is Mother Nature’s way of always keeping us on our toes. A little bit of snow today and 50° and bright sunshine the following day. Our guests certainly can’t complain as the Wisp Ski Resort is still open and there is still plenty of snow on the mountain. If you have the chance to escape this weekend, I recommend that you do! The Taylor-Made crew just finished up an exciting week by hosting what is the start of several The Big 8 Seminar~ Tomorrow’s Ideas Today. Bringing together eight various companies involved in the vacation rental industry for 2 days of Boot Camp seminars that cover everything from customer service, housekeeping, maintenance, and more. We here at Taylor-Made are firm believers that the best thing we can do for our guests is to stay as educated and current on all things related to our industry. Having the opportunity to network and share ideas with some of the brightest and best in the business is a wonderful chance to do just that. That and it was a lot of fun. If you really want to get into the feel of spring than April is a perfect month to take the family to The Deep Creek Discovery Center. Not only is there various events held there this month but anytime is a good time to go and learn about the natural wonders of our region. This interpretive environmental center allows children to see various types of birds of our region in The Aviary or view various wildlife such as snakes, reptiles, frogs, toads, and more. Hands on exhibits include touching old fossils and looking under a microscope to check out Deep Creek’s under water ecology. If you are visiting over Easter, take the kids there to see the Easter Bunny. Bring along six hardboiled eggs and let the kids learn how to dye the eggs using all natural ingredients. This event is held on April 19th from 10 am- 1 pm. It’s a great family event so if you’re in the area, check it out!
If you’re in need of a little R & R, now is a great time to visit Deep Creek. The lake is quickly thawing and before you know it you will be spotting the early morning fisherman enjoying the serenity of a Deep Creek morning. Spring is a great time to come and enjoy mountain hiking and biking as well since you get to witness the mountains reawakening. If that doesn’t convince you, it’s also a great time to take advantage of our out of season rates on your vacation home. As always, give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online @ www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us know what you are looking for in the perfect home and we will do our best to match your needs.
With some extra time off this past week, my family and I decided that we wanted to “take advantage of our natural resources” and experience a mini-vacation here at home (aka Deep Creek Lake). Our first evening, we decided to take it easy and just enjoy dinner and a movie. We chose to eat at Uno’s Chicago Grill as it is one of our favorite lakefront dining options (come by boat or car!). There is something relaxing about dining out of the deck as you watch everyone playing on the lawn and in the lake. After a fabulous meal, we headed over to Garrett 8 Cinemas. While I can’t say too much for the actual movie we watched, we did embrace the comfort of the AC. The next day, it was time for some adventure. The boys and I packed our lunch and headed to the lake to spend some fun time in the water! Cannonballs, competitive dining, floating lazily on our rafts, I didn’t think I could ever convince my crew to leave. We did have a wonderful afternoon though. The lake can be so refreshing! Our next stop was to swing by the Lakeside Creamery for some ice cream cones! Made on the premises with all fresh ingredients, it is clearly easy to see why this is favorite destination of visitors and locals! Yum! Exhausted but content we left and headed home. Our shenanigans continued throughout the next few days where we attempted to cram as much fun as possible into our time off. Look for Part II where you will find out who conquered mini-golf, who tried to cheat @ mini-golf, and how we took some breathtaking pictures of the McHenry Cove as we rode the scenic chairlift at Wisp Resort.
In the meantime, summer days are sailing by so now is the time to call and reserve your vacation rental home. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119; www.deepcreekvacations.com) has many homes to choose from and our staff is always more than willing to assist you in finding the perfect home to fit your family and friends. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!
Mother Nature has been very generous to the outdoor enthusiasts in our area as of late, providing us with lots of the fluffy white stuff. We still have some openings for the Deep Creek Dunk weekend (2/22-2/24) and are running a lot of great specials so call soon to talk to one of our Reservationist to find the perfect home for you (1-866-351-1119 or go online www.deepcreekvacations.com)
Lots of exciting happenings going on at Taylor-Made these days.Joe, of the owners of the company, recently returned from a Regional Seminar in the Outer Banks. Last Fall, Joewas elected to be on the board of Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals (www.vrhp.org) It is a National Non-Profit organization that focuses on maintenance and housekeeping issues. This can range anywhere from the best supplies and chemicals to use, to inspections, to ideas that will help our staff work in the most productive and effective way. Joe is a conference committee co-chair which is responsible for putting together the location of seminars and gives input into topics that are covered at these functions. Although he learned some very helpful information to help our staff continue to strive to bring the best service to our guests, we are happy to have him back. So, welcome home Joe!
Celebrations At The Lake!
On another exciting note, we are very pleased to add another 8 bedroom lakefront home to our rental market. Celebrations at the Lake is an exquisite home that is perfect for the multi-family getaway. This home has it all! Pool table, foosball table, hot tub, dock slip and a private indoor heated pool. (You have to check out the pictures as this pool room is so bright and cheerful!). It also boasts an elegant Great Room with a massive stone fireplace and an expansive kitchen with multiple appliances. So, if you are planning a family get together or a couple’s retreat, call for more details on this premiere vacation home. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!
Pride & dedication are 2 words that automatically come to mind when I think of our featured employee of the month for January, our very own Mrs. Dawn Kight! Now, one may think that my opinion is slightly askew as I happen to think that Dawn is possibly one of the sweetest and kindest ladies I know. This makes me proud to call her my friend. Her strong work ethic and her willingness to always step in and offer a helping hand makes me proud to call her my coworker. Dawn started working with Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacationstheir first winter in 2008.She began in housekeeping where she often received positive compliments on her stellar work and attention to detail. In July 2012, she made the move into our Laundry Department. So, essentially she is to thank for all of those crisp clean towels and linens that are provided for guests to use throughout their stay. Dawn resides in Mountain Lake Park with her husband. In her spare time (of which she says there is very little of) she enjoys crocheting and getting inked (she is a fan of the tattoos and wears them well). Due to our many various company cook offs, I also know that she is a very talented chef as well. Dawn also has a daughter, Amy, of whom she is immensely proud. Amy is following her mother’s footsteps and is following her dream to become a registered nurse. (Dawn was a nurse for many, many years and glows when she speaks of Amy pursing this passion). So, this month we give a big shout out to Dawn. We are so lucky to have you as part of our team!
Looking for last minute specials? Now is the perfect time to call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (I-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com )and speak to one of our reservationist about our “Ski Free Stay Free Package”.Also, for those that are staying with us over Valentine’s Day weekend, we can help you plan a special surprise for your loved one when you ask about adding our Romance package. The slopes are open, the air is crisp and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!