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!
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!
As I sit here daydreaming & staring out my office window, I can’t help but watch the people zig-zag their way down the ski slopes. For the most part, they all seem to be floating gracefully although on occasion you will witness a bit of a crash and burn. As we here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales gear up for another busy weekend, we can’t help but feel proud that so many people have chosen Deep Creek Lake as their choice for a weekend winter getaway! Granted, our location is key since we are only a mere 3-4 hours away from Washington D.C and 2 ½ from Pittsburgh. However, most come to enjoy the outdoor adventures that our area has to offer. While hiking and snow shoeing are my preferred activity choices, most come to spend the weekend at Wisp Ski Resort which offers skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating and more!
Helmuth “Ace” Heise
It is with this thought that I can’t help but think of how this all came about because one man had a dream to make Deep Creek Lake a four season resort. Helmuth “Ace” Heise began vacationing with his parents and sister at Deep Creek Lake in the 1930s. He and his wife, Evelyn, later went on to buy property and construct a year round 10 unit motel. After noticing that there was very little money to be made in the winter months, Ace knew he needed to find a way to attract guests to this area for potential winter sports. He along with some other local business men formed Recreational Industries, Inc. and leased a farm pasture on Marsh Mountain. Winter skiing began the winter of 1955-1956 with one ski slope of which the skiers were pulled to the top of the mountain via a rope tow. The “Lodge” at the time was a one room hut warmed by a coal fired potbellied stove. The ski equipment was rented out of the bed of a pick-up truck. But, people came. Over the next decade, Mr. Heise went on to add additional slopes and lifts and even purchased state of the art snow making equipment (which at the time resembled lawn sprinklers that spat out pellets of frozen water). Wisp continued to grow and improve and as of today has over 34 slopes located on 172 acres. The lawn sprinklers have since been replaced by the world’s most energy efficient snowmaking equipment with computerized weather and pumping stations. Of course, over the years, they also added the snow tubing park, ice skating rink, and more! Again, this started because one man knew how to tun his dream into realty. Although Mr. Heise is no longer with us, we owe him a big thank you for helping make Deep Creek Lake a vacation destination all year long.
Vintage Wisp Lodge
With that being said, the sun is shining, the temperatures are warming up and Wisp is ready for the weekend! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #skiwisp #winterwonderland #deepcreeklake #dreamsintorealty #AceHeise
It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales had a wonderful year and we are once again so thankful for our many guests, friends, neighbors, and homeowners that we get to work with every day. As a company we saw many changes from adding new homes to our vacation rental market; (we officially made it past the 200 mark this year! So exciting!) to the big news of now offering a Real Estate Department to our company. Jay Ferguson brought his expertise in this field and has been growing a wonderful team of dedicated & proven professionals to our Sales Department. The fact that Jay also has a wonderful sense of humor and believes so highly in teamwork makes him a wonderful match for our Taylor-Made family.
Our Taylor-Made team also got to attend some awesome and rewarding conferences and even hosted our first, The Big 8. (We invited 8 companies in the vacation rental industry to visit us in Deep Creek so that we could network and exchange new thoughts and ideas!) Each conference that was attended was another chance for our company to learn how to better serve our guests and homeowners. We covered a myriad of topics from Customer Service, the newest housekeeping and maintenance trends, to exploring new ideas in marketing and technology. (We are big advocates of keeping ourselves educated on all ideas involving the vacation rental industry!) Speaking of new technology and staying on top of things, this year we also were able to introduce the Phantom Vision Drone to Deep Creek Lake which allowed us to not only take spectacular aerial photos but some amazing videos of area activities as well. But we here at Taylor-Made always feel that all work and no play is just, well, boring. So, we played as well. We had our annual Soup Cook Off in the early spring (bragging rights go to yours truly!) Summer Kick Offs, End of Summer Party, Whiffle Ball tournaments, Corn hole tournaments, Thanksgiving Dinner, and a spectacular Christmas/ Holiday party (basically we just love to celebrate, no matter what the reason!)
Give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales and let us help you find that perfect dream home! We look forward to another exciting year! We wish you all a very happy & healthy New Year! Bring on 2015! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
There is great excitement around the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales office lately as we have been busy getting into the festive spirit! We celebrated our annual Taylor-Made Holiday party last Tuesday which was a tremendous amount of fun! Our thanks go out to Angie Bosely and her crew for preparing some wonderful food and for making our office look so pretty and bright! We celebrating by once again allowing Chad, one of our company owners, to poke fun at us by sticking us his JibJab videos (always hilarious and fun!) and ended with our usual exciting game of Yankee Swap! Again, much fun was had by all and again a thanks and shout out to all that helped making it so successful!
Wisp in Preperation!
Wisp Ski Resort opened up last weekend much to the delight of our last minute renters and snow enthusiasts in general. Since then, they are still making every effort to keep the slopes snow covered and with snow showers in this week’s forecast, it looks like they will be successful. If you are looking for a fun filled weekend, give us a call as we are offering some fantastic last minute specials before the holiday season! (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) We are even offering some fabulous Christmas specials for those that would like to celebrate Christmas here at Deep Creek Lake (can you imagine how excited the kids would be to know that you had planned a surprise holiday trip to the mountains for Christmas?)!
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If you are in the area over the Christmas holiday, make sure you stop by our Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales main office! Santa Claus will be here on Christmas Eve from 10am -12 pm. There will hot chocolate and cookies and story time for the kids! Come by and have your picture taken with Santa (also the perfect time for some of you to convince that you really do belong on the Nice list! J) Give us a call, come and visit, because we can’t wait to see you at the lake!
You have procrastinated long enough and now it is time to plan your family summer getaway. Every year you do the “Beach thing” but this year, you have decided to step outside your box and try something new and different. Fortunately you had a co-worker who was telling you about this fabulous getaway that they had to Deep Creek Lake and they rented through this very reliable, friendly and easy to use company, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). Once you find out that Deep Creek Lake is only a mere 3 hours away (yep, 3 hours from the Washington/ Baltimore area; 2.5 from Pittsburgh), you are hooked. What now?
Lake views from Little Chapel
Well, you call us and we begin the process of finding the best options that will work for you and your guests. Do you have your week narrowed down? Do you know the number of guests in your party and the # of bedrooms that you need? Tell us about yourself. Do you want to be right on the lake or up on the mountain enjoying panoramic views? Would it be easier if the grandparents stayed in a separate small house nearby? We have many options to choose from and the best part is that every one of our Reservation Specialist has been to our homes. We are extremely familiar with not only the layout and décor of the home but we know the area the home is located, the # of steps to the water or if you have to drive to the state park. Two of our newer homes, Moondance & Little Chapel in the Woods are the perfect example for the above scenario. Moondance is a 4 bedroom chalet that boasts a massive stone fireplace, large wraparound deck, and multiple game tables. Little Chapel in the Woods, located next door, is a small 2 bedroom stylish home. The close location allows the family to share meals together, walk down to their dock slips together for a day of lake fun but at the end of the evening, the grandparents can feel free to retire early while the rest of the kids play billiards and stay up late watching movies.
Regardless of your circumstance, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations will do its very best to find the perfect home for you. Not sure where to rent a boat? What will you do on a rainy day? Where’s the nearest grocery store? We can help you with any questions that you may have and will go above and beyond to help you plan your fun-filled Deep Creek adventure. Summer will be upon us very soon. It’s easy, it’s fun and trust me, your family will thank you. Call us today at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation @ 1-866-351-1119 and let us help you plan your summer vacation. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!