Elvis has not left the building…just yet!

As I mentioned last week, I am on a new quest to conquer my Holiday shopping procrastination. I decided to once again go local, with a side of different thrown in. This brought me to The Shawnee Trading Post, located towards Oakland and approximately 10 minutes from Deep Creek Lake. I love that place! It’s certainly easy to find as the outside is randomly decorated with some very large and unique statues and fountains. These large bronze beings range from children playing to a large assortment of animals (dogs, cats, dolphins, frogs, fish, bears, the list goes on…) If this hasn’t peaked your interest then you simply must just step inside. The most obvious thing that you will see upon entering is the large man-made pond inside the door. Decorated lavishly in “garden/pond” decor, you will be warmly greeted by a beautiful school of koi fish. And then let the ‘wow’ factor begin. The store is packed full of amazing fiberglass statues/people. Elvis is in the house, along with Marilyn, James Dean, The Duke, and I believe I even caught a glimpse of Jordan there. The walls are also lined with gorgeous vases and flower pots, which in my opinion, would make an awesome gift. They also specialize in taxidermy so as you approach the back wall you will quickly become enthralled with the display of the gigantic elephant head. Scan on and check out the lion, elk, and other various animals. Most of the items in the store fall into the category of “lawn/garden decorations” but they also have amazing lamps, trunks, and country home decor. Our shopping days are quickly come to a close, so if you are like me, and still have plenty of people to cross off your list, then I highly suggest you check this store out (especially if you are a fan of all things funky, quirky, and just plain unique, like I am). In the meantime, let the temperatures drop, “Think Snow!” and we look forward to seeing you at the lake!

Say Cheese!!!

Last week Jodi, Linda, and I took advantage of the warmer weather and headed out of the office for a field trip excursion. We found ourselves in Accident to check out Firefly Farms, a new establishment that recently opened. What a charming little shop! Specializing in artisanal goat cheeses (made mostly in house), here you can purchase delicacies such as cheese, crackers, jams, spreads, wine, and more. We met with owner, Andrea, who was kind enough to show us around and let us sample some of their fantastic cheeses (although they were all wonderful, I was particularly fond of the Allegheny Chevre).
The shop was designed so that visitors could observe the cheese making process through the large windows. They have plans in the near future for visitors to be able to actually take tours of the facility and to hear an in depth description of the cheese making process. Although you are now able to sample the cheeses and some jams, in the future they will also be doing some wine tasting at the shop as well. While in the shop, although you cannot miss it, please take time to check out the gorgeous mural on the wall that was painted and designed by renowned local artist, Mark Stutzman (most famous for his rendition of a young Elvis Presley on the US postage stamp.) It adds a wonderful serene ambience to the already quaint looking shop.
I highly recommend that the next time you are coming to the lake that you stop into the shop and check it out. Located on Main Street, it is impossible to miss. Say hello to Andrea, sample some cheese & crackers, and check out their assortment of other delicious appetizers. It is definitely worth the trip. Until next week, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Orlando never stood a chance!

Some of Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations staff members just returned from a whirl wind trip to Orlando where they attended the annual VRMA conference (Vacation Rental Management Association). What an enlightening experience! Most days and evenings were spent attending seminars, checking out the showcases, and networking with other vacation rental companies. It was a very rewarding and educational opportunity to pass ideas around with associations who are in the biz! Of course, all work and no play makes for a grumpy group. Taylor-Made got in the spirit of things by dressing as crazed WVU fans for the tailgating party that VRMA hosted. I must say, they can throw down one heck of a party. An awesome band, game stations (foosball, darts, air hockey, etc.), beverages, and food galore! Mix in a fireworks display and you can’t go wrong! Sadly, our group did not win the grand prize. In all honesty, I’m not quite sure what the winning category even was (Best dressed??? Best costume???) I do know that if the category was ‘loudest’, ‘most spirited’, ‘most verbally harsh on the ear drums’, we would have been a shoe in! We finished our trip with an amazing, fun trip to the Islands’ of Adventure! Roller coasters, water rides, shops, slushies, basically all things good! Chad was like a kid in a candy store when he entered Harry Potter’s village! Too funny! All in all, the trip was an awesome experience. I learned a lot of useful information and met some extremely interesting people, many of whom I plan to stay in touch with. We arrived home just in time for a gusty, yet sunny and fabulous Autumn Glory Parade (and to the clown who, oh so kindly, dumped a bucket of candy at the feet of my 8 year old son, “thanks! That was meant as sarcastic btw!”)! Until next time when I pass on more of my Deep Creek knowledge, see you at the lake!

Adventure Sport’s Center International

Deep Creek is abuzz with the news that the Adventure Sport’s Center International (ASCI) will host the2014 Canoe Slalom World Championships. Competing with entries from Vienna, Austria and Krakow, Poland, Deep Creek was chosen as the location by the International Canoe Federation in Paris.

This is especially close to our hearts because the 2014 event falls on the 25th anniversary of the 1989 World championships that were held at Garrett County’s Savage River. It also represents the return of world championship whitewater canoe and kayak racing to the United States for the first time since 1989.

If you haven’t been to ASCI’s mountaintop whitewater course (the only one in the world!) it’s a must see for any visit to Deep Creek. They kick off their 2011 season on May 14 with guided rafting tours, as well as rock climbing, rapelling, mountain biking and more.

Congratulations to everyone at ASCI!