I Want Candy!!!

CANDY!
    We still officially have 1 day to go until spring but Mother Nature has been very kind in providing us with some sunshine & warmer temperatures.  Life in the mountains can be very unpredictable so we know that we are in no-way out of snows way but for now, it feels wonderful. We are even starting to get notifications from the local golf courses of possible opening days. There are so many fun activities to do here in the spring.
    Speaking of things to do, I recently took the afternoon off to check out some of our local shops. While I can go on and on about all of the great little shops here at Deep Creek Lake & the surrounding area, one my very favorite and one that I feel it is my duty to tell you about is Candyland/ Farmer’s Market in Oakland, our county seat. While many visitors coming to our area make a stop at our local Wal-Mart, many of them are unaware that just 2 minutes farther away is a store filled with hundreds of different kinds of candy which can be purchased already bagged or by the pound. A true plethora of sugary goodness! Starbursts, Swedish fish, Snickers, Laffy Taffy, chocolate covered everything! Allow yourself one day of totally indulge your sweet tooth! Who doesn’t love Candyland?
   
Fresh produce
Conveniently and as if they knew the guilt would hit you at some point, the other half of the store is the Farmer’s Market! Stocked full of fresh fruits and veggies, many of which are grown locally, a win-win all around! They also have specialty dips, jams, soups, and large bins filled with a variety of different nuts! You will also find a nice assortment of cheeses including a small selection of goat cheeses. A very uniquely divided store; gather as much candy and chocolate as possible on one side and stock up on your much needed fruits and veggies on the other side! You definitely want to stop here!
Have you planned your spring getaway yet? Spring in the mountains is a must! It’s just a nice and peaceful time to visit while still having a ton of choices for things to do whether you choose horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking, golf, fishing, or just simply want to get away!
Spring Time!
Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales and let us help you find that dream vacation home (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). Don’t forget that we also expanded to include Real Estate Sales for those of you who may have considered buying a home or property in our irresistible mountainous region! Our Real Estate team is in the office 7 days a week and also very quick to answer any and all phone calls or e-mails. Give us a call, you will be glad that you did. We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #lakelife #springtime

Let’s Spring Forward Already!

Swallow Falls State Park
As February crawls to a close, we are officially entering that time of year where the zeal for winter is just about over and need for spring is here. Record snowfalls have been hitting the East Coast for a while now. People are jumping out of windows into snow banks (those crazy Bostonians) and now that all the major winter festivals and holidays are over, it just seems like time to move on. What better way to ward off the winter woes than to plan a spring getaway. Somewhere fun. Somewhere fresh. Somewhere like Deep Creek Lake. If you have not experienced spring in the mountains then I highly recommend that you put this on your Must Do list! Whether you are witnessing the lake beginning to peak out of the ice or the deer & other wildlife venturing out, you will definitely appreciate the beauty of watching the mountains “spring” to life. “Doesn’t seem like there would be anything to do?” We hear this sometimes and can’t wait to tell our guests how wrong they are! J If you enjoy the outdoors, it is the perfect time to walk and hike through our state parks. Always #1 on that list, of course, is Swallow Falls State Park which houses the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53 feet, a breathtaking sight any time of the year. The main trail that winds down around the falls will also lead you to several smaller waterfalls and some insanely gorgeous photo ops! Many of our state parks also have some great mountain biking trails! Looking for something a little more soothing?
Hole in One!
Fore! Golf, anyone? We have several top notch golf courses here in our area and many of our vacation rental homes are within walking distance or just a short drive away adding to the convenience. Always a great escape for a guy’s weekend away! For the ladies, maybe they just want some time to gather and catch up, check out some our wonderful little shops, plan a massage? Many of our vacation homes are specifically designed with a nice open floor space making gathering with friends fun and easy!
 
Spring Sunrise!
Call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us know what type of spring getaway you are planning and we would be more than happy to help. Tell us about your group and we will find the perfect home to fit the needs of you and your guests! Don’t forget to ask us about any last minute or spring discounts that we may be running (3 nights for 2 now through the end of April!) In the meantime, for those of you that are visiting us this weekend or in the next several days, enjoy the sunshine! The slopes are freshly groomed and currently the weather is calling for warmer temps and lots of Vitamin D over the weekend. We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #springfling #weekendgetaway

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

The view from the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales office states that someone clearly shook the snow globe. Our area has been covered in a few inches of fresh snow almost daily this week which makes for awesome outdoor play! I think it would be easy to say that now is the perfect time to visit our area since there is such a wide variety of activities to choose from. Do you just want gather some friends for a weekend away tackling the slopes skiing or snowboarding? Maybe you want to bring the kids and try out that cool mountain coaster or spend the afternoon snow tubing? Snowshoeing, hiking, cross country skiing, ice skating, or just a good old fashioned snowball fight! So many choices! However, now is also a great time to plan that romantic weekend getaway with your special loved one this Spring! Aaahh, spring! Flowers begin to bloom, the grass starts to peak out as the snow begins to melt, wildlife awakens, and love is in the air. (Insert Music Montage!) Actually, our Maryland Mountains are quite beautiful in the spring! Things are a little quieter around Deep Creek then so you can have that quiet, serene escape that is so needed after a long winter. Rates are also lower. True. It’s a good time to take advantage of lower rates and we tend to be more generous with last minute discounts. Imagine whisking your loved one away for a weekend escape (only 2 ½ hours from Pittsburgh; 3 from Washington DC) to the mountains. Spend your afternoons hiking in one of our many state parks (Swallow Falls State Park houses the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland and is absolutely breathtaking throughout the year!) Perhaps you want to spend some time strolling the streets of downtown Oakland which alludes friendly small town charm.  Have a quiet romantic dinner at one of our many great restaurants or prepare your own special meal at your vacation home in the fully stocked kitchen. Hmmm… starting to sound like a very nice way to ease into spring, don’t you agree?
 Want to vamp it up just a little more? Add our Honeymoon or Romance package to your reservation and we will have it as the home waiting to surprise your loved one when you arrive! The Romance Package (@ $35) gives you a $25 gift certificate to one of our local restaurants, a Specialty Item from Telli’s Deli, 2 Taylor-Made wine glasses, and a free early check in or late check out (If available & sorry, not applicable over the Summer season). The Honeymoon Package steps is up even further (@$55) and also adds 2 movie tickets, flowers, and chocolate truffles! Again, don’t forget that wonderful element of surprise that will definitely kick your weekend off to a wonderful start. Come play today for winter madness or surprise your loved one on Valentine’s Day with the promise of a romantic mountain getaway.
Call today and let us help you plan your next Deep Creek adventure (www.deepcreekvacations.com or 1-866-351-1119)! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
#lovedeepcreek #romanticgetaways #valentinesday #moutainmemories

Did Someone Say “Let’s Shop?”



The other day I discovered a new shop at Deep Creek Lake. I felt a bit silly since it has been in the area for over 12 years but for some odd reason, it never occurred to me to go and check it out. Sacred Ground is located on the top floor of a large building in the heart of McHenry in the same building as The Popcorn Factory. As I started to drift upstairs, I could hear soft music playing in the background (always a nice touch) and voila! I was in a woman’s paradise! Rows of jewelry lined the wall with everything from rings, necklaces, bracelets, and more! From the name “Sacred Ground”, you can get the gist that a large portion of the jewelry was from a Southwest origin but still a large variety (I saw at least 10 pieces of jewelry that I know I must own and own asap!) I was greeted by the owner’s daughter Tiffany who was extremely sweet and displayed awesome customer service. She was very helpful and didn’t seem irritated at all by my many, many questions. She explained how her family had moved into the building 12 years prior and were actually the first tenants in the building. Her family has always had a love for the Southwest region and actually travel to Arizona and New Mexico to pick some of their merchandise directly. These also work closely with a Navajo Artist who helps design a lot of their jewelry. Walking further into the store, I noticed that they carried a lot more than just jewelry but there were candles, paintings, vases, and even clothing. Such a large selection of different items to choose from!
 
Love these necklaces!
Then I spotted what looked to me like just a very pretty lamp, however, Tiffany explained to me that it was actually a Himalayan Salt Lamp made of mined and carved minerals and it actually carries medicinal properties that are helpful for people with asthma and allergies! Neat! Between the beautiful music that played, the many delightful items to check out and again, the superb customer service, I knew without a doubt that I had found a new shopping venue! (Did I also mention that it was right on the lake and boasted breathtaking lake and mountain views?) We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales we love to support our local shops and highly recommend to our friends and guests to stop in and check out Sacred Ground (grab some popcorn on your way out as well!)
Yes, Please!

Speaking of Taylor-Made, have you planned your winter getaway yet? Give us a call (I-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com ) and let us help you find that perfect vacation home for your next Deep Creek adventure. Not a fan of skiing? Have you tried snow tubing, ice skating, snow shoeing, cross country skiing? We have a plethora of fun and adventure waiting for you to try when you come visit our Maryland Mountains! We have fresh snow and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Doing the Last Minute Scramble!

With Christmas only 3 days away, I imagine that there are many procrastinators out there scrambling around still trying to find the perfect last minute gift? I, unfortunately, speak from experience! My saving grace, however, is that I choose to shop local for the holidays so there is no need to try to rush to a mall for my last minute items. Luckily we have so many great little shops to choose from that my variety is plenty. One of my all-time favorite shops in our area is Schoolhouse Earth located just a few minutes from Deep Creek. With over 3 buildings full of items, there is definitely something for everyone in your group. They have a children’s section which consists of everything from toys to clothes to room décor. Another section of Deep Creek décor such as vintage maps, wall signs, and plaques. For those that have a “Foodie” or Wine lover to buy for, they have a wonderful variety to choose from whether you are looking for certain spices and dips or just a cute new wine glass or wine opener. Definitely worth the stop. The Christmas Chalet, located in the heart of the lake action, is the place to go if you are shopping for that person that just can’t get enough Christmas decorations or perhaps collects certain ornaments! They even have football themed trees (Are you a Ravens or a Steelers fan? They have both!) It’s definitely the store to go into if you haven’t yet found your Christmas spirit as it truly is a winter wonderland. Travel up to Oakland to the local Book Mark’et & Mezzanine. A new tradition could be buying your children your favorite childhood book for the holidays or pick up the latest novels for the bookworms that you know. They also have a wonderful collection on antiques and unique home décor. Your choices are endless.
 Back to the lake to shop at Bear Creek Traders who offer everything from cool cups and mugs to large pictures and displays. Completely stumped? Head to Trader’s Coffee House to get your java loving friends a new coffee mug complete with Trader’s gift coins! Every year I promise myself that I am not going to wait until the last minute to shop and yet, here I am. Very comforting to know that my choices of where to go are numerous! Support your local shops this holiday season and throughout the year!
Wisp is open and the winter activities are numerous! Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) today begin planning your next Deep Creek adventure! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Honoring those who have served!

While the temperatures here at Deep Creek Lake have been a little fickle as of late, sometimes plunging into “Whoa! Wake Up!” kind of chilly, the past 2 days have been close to perfection. Bright blue skies, lots of sunshine, and the lake has taken on that dark cerulean blue which adds a certain beauty to the atmosphere despite the fallen leaves. I love this time of year at Deep Creek!
Today is Veteran’s Day and we would like to take the time to honor all of those that have, are, and will serve our country and protect our freedoms! Our gratitude is profound and great!
 With that we extend a true thank you and shout out to our very own, Gary Paugh! Gary is our Maintenance Superintendent who proudly served our country in the U.S. Army for 23 years! He is also possibly one of the nicest, hardest working, most genuine kind of guys that you may ever have the pleasure to encounter. To us at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or www.deepcreekvacations.com), he is our “Go To, Find the Problem; Fix the Problem” maintenance guy that basically helps keep our maintenance department running so smoothly! Need a special part ordered? Gary’s already on it. Guests call in and can’t figure out how to adjust the heat, Gary will stop by and show them! His work ethic is superior so he is definitely a humungous asset to our company but his awesome attitude and friendly personality make him our friend and favorite coworker! Point~ Every Christmas Gary happily puts on our Santa Claus outfit and poses in front of the fireplace and Christmas tree for pictures of all of the little kids that come to visit. (Yes, even the coworkers joined in because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to tell Santa want they really, really want for Christmas!) Christmas parties, end of summer parties, corn hole or whiffle ball tournaments, soup cook offs, or whatever we here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales want to celebrate, Gary is there ready to have a good time (he also wins a lot of the tournaments and likes to eat a lot so that could also have something to do with it…) So, again, thank you Gary for serving and protecting us and for basically just being you!
Since I’ve already bragged about the awesome weather we are having and since you know that you could really, really use some relax and unwind time, give us a call! Grab the girls for a weekend getaway or just pack up the family and make the short drive (2 ½ hrs from Pittsburgh; a little over 3 from Washington/ DC area!)! Did I mention that we are offering all kinds of crazy specials such as Stay 3 Nights for the Price of 2 and offering discounted 2 night stays (now for Thanksgiving as well!) and we are still in the “off season” rate time period! Insanely awesome specials! Just a call away!  We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Swallow Falls State Park~ A Must See!

Seeking all outdoor enthusiasts! One of the most popular activities to do in our area in the fall is hiking at one of the many state parks. By far my favorite and the one thing we highly recommend to all of our guests is to check out Swallow Falls State Park! Housing the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland, Muddy Creek Falls (a crashing 53 feet), its sheer beauty will blow you away. The Youghiogheny River flows through the parks borders creating rippling rapids all of which creates a phenomenal landscape. The 1 ¼ mile walking trails winds around the park allowing guests to see Swallow Falls as well. For those that have some limited walking ability, there is a wheelchair access in the park and a ramp that leads down to the top of Muddy Creek Falls. Pack and picnic lunch and enjoy it at one of the picnic tables at the park. Dogs are permitted in the park from Labor Day to Memorial Day which makes it the perfect place to exercise your furry best friendly (please be sure to obey the leash law though). It truly is an exquisite place to visit and see so check it out the next time you are in town!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speaking of visiting Deep Creek Lake, give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online @ www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you plan your fall getaway. We are now offering some fantastic deals such as Stay 3 Nights for the price of 2 at participating properties! Now that are fall colors are officially in bloom, it’s amazing to see! It’s also perfect weather for gathering around an outdoor fire pit! (Many of our homes do have these so make sure you let your Reservation Specialist know if this an amenity that you want with your vacation home!) Lots to do and so much to see, give us a call. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!  

Why are you not here?


We are officially in the fall season as the air tends to dip lower in the evenings and the trees are starting to take color. In a few weeks, our leaves will begin to peak just in time for our annual Autumn Glory Festival, which is by far, my favorite Garrett County tradition! Days of fun-filled activities and definitely something for everyone in your group. If you haven’t planned your fall getaway yet, this is the place to be! Days of craft shows, classic car shows, antiquing, Farmer’s Market are just to name a few! The festival is highlighted with a grand parade that winds down through the streets of Oakland, our county seat! Marching bands, clowns, elaborately festive floats, music and the list goes on! Balloons, souvenirs, delicious food vendors, and well…. I said that the list goes on! It’s just such a fun family friendly atmosphere that you must see to believe! If you can’t make it that weekend, please mark a weekend in October to come up and witness the breathtaking fall foliage that is Deep Creek Lake. It’s phenomenal and so peaceful here this time of year! Okay, now the thought is in your head…a weekend at Deep Creek Lake! Are you dialing yet ? (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Wines & Worlds

Our Fall foliage is breathtaking!
September has taken off with a blast and it’s hard to believe we are already rolling into the 2nd week already. If you were visiting our area last weekend then you may have been lucky enough to attend our annual Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival. What an awesome turnout! There was a large variety of not just wine samples but a lot of awesome artisans and vendors. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales was there and we loved seeing so many of our homeowners and guests enjoying themselves. (Sandwiched between Deep Creek Sweets and Firefly Farms was a little rough. The smell of delicious fudge, smooth goat cheese and every wine imaginable was beyond tempting; we did some shopping on our own!) The Bounce House was a great hit with the kids and everyone enjoyed dancing and singing along to the various bands that were playing. Such a fun event! If you missed this year, please mark your calendars now and plan to attend!
 
Casey & Devin in prep mode!
The countdown to the Worlds Canon/Slalom Championships being held here in McHenry is on with the official World Championship Kick Off beginning Wednesday September 17th and ending on Sunday the 21st. As I type this, there are many different nations staying here at Deep Creek and practicing at ASCI in preparation for this historical event (There eventually will be over 35 nations here during the event itself! Wow!  Four full days of the world’s best canoers and kayakers competing for the title of #1. Definitely an exciting time to visit us here at Deep Creek. If you haven’t made your plans yet for this amazing event, call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find the perfect home for you and your guests. We are also currently running a special where if you reserve 3 nights, we will give the 4thnight free! Also, the first 10 Reservations that mention this special at the time of booking will receive 4 free event tickets! Definitely can’t beat that deal!
Tackling the course!
Give us a call today because we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

The Countdown is On!

Casey living his dream!
When news spread that ASCI (The Adventure Sports Center International located in McHenry, MD) was the venue for the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Champions, Deep Creek Lake was quickly engulfed with excitement and intrigue. It was embraced not only as a distinguished and honored event coming to our area but a chance for us to welcome a variety of guests to our area including those from abroad. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales wanted to become involved and knew the best way to do so would be to sponsor an athlete. Casey Eichfeld, a two time Olympian, seemed like the perfect choice as he was familiar with Deep Creek and had previously worked at ASCI as a raft guide and kayak instructor. Whitewater rafting was 2ndnature to Casey who began paddling with his dad at the age of eighteen months. He began slalom racing at the age of 5 and by 8 years of age, Casey was the youngest solo competitor at a U.S. Whitewater Slalom National! Casey continued to pursue his goal and in 2006 he and his friend Ricky Powell teamed up together for a 2 person canoe and became members of the National Senior Team. In 2008, Casey made the Olympic Team and placed 11th in the World. To date, Casey Eichfeld is currently ranked as the top C-1 paddler in the United States! Humble by nature but living out his dream, Casey quoted, “My proudest accomplishment up to this point is having participated in two Olympics. Granted I have not met my goal of a medal yet. Sharing that Olympic experience with so many other athletes who have trained and sacrificed just as I have is incredible. That feeling really engulfs you when you walk into the Opening Ceremonies and people don’t just see your flag, but they see you as athletes who worked hard to achieve your goals.” To learn more about or to support Casey in his dream, please go to his website. http://www.caseyeichfeld.us/

Our shadowbox display!
Here we are now just 23 days shy of this epic event and the excitement in Deep Creek is definitely evident. The fact that we get to share our beloved region with so many guests from all around the world is quite a privilege. We are excited to encourage Casey and his fellow Team USA members as they all strive to do their best and to accomplish their goals. If you haven’t made plans to attend this history making event being held from September 17th– 24th, call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find the perfect home for you and guests. If you are in the area, stop by our office and check out the amazing shadow box that are very talented coworker, Chris Sevigny, made for us. It contains one of Casey’s Olympian paddles that he donated to us to use for display for a while, a photo of Team USA and a copy of our brochure with their autographs. We love it! Don’t miss out on this memorable event! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!