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!
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Staying on top of our game!

TMDCVS Airport Selfie!

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations& Sales has been overly busy lately both in the office and out. Company employees and owners recently returned from two national conferences both of which are known to be the biggest and most influential in the vacation rental industry.
The first conference the company attended was the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) Annual Conference held Oct. 26 through the 29th in San Diego, California­.

     “The VRMA Annual Conference is the largest gathering for the professionally managed vacation rental industry,” co-owner Jodi Refosco said. “Our participation at the Annual Conference proves our dedication to growing along with the industry, finding the very best way to serve our guests and owners, and always staying on or above the cutting-edge of industry trends.” 
     More than 1000 leading vacation rental industry professionals attended this year’s Annual Conference, which provides an unparalleled avenue for the vacation rental industry’s top influencers to exchange information and ideas through four days of educational sessions, networking opportunities and a tradeshow. This year’s VRMA Annual Conference was the largest event in the professionally managed vacation rental industry history.

     Jodi went on to say, “This year we took our largest group yet with over 10 employees and owners attending. With such a large array of classes and seminars being offered we wanted to make sure that we had someone from every department present.” Several of those from Taylor-Made also had the honor of presenting a session while there and Jodi was once again reelected to serve on the VRMA Board of Directors.

U.S. Midway

   Of course, all work and no play makes for a boring trip so the group was able to fit in some play time. We took an amazing tour of U.S. Midway a Navy Aircraft Carrier. (Not a good thing for those that are claustrophobic! or tall for that matter; Poor Joe!) We also got to spend a fun filled night with all VRMA attendees at The Wave House, which basically is just what it sounds like. One side of the park has the professional wave pool for those that know what they are doing and the other half is the training park for those that don’t. There were some causalities, I’m not going to lie but fortunately for me, I have video of it! (haha!) We also got to eat at some fantastic restaurants and basically just socialize with new and old acquaintances and friends.  

The gorgeous marina outside our hotel
We ate A LOT of food!

     TMDCVS employees and owners then left for Charleston, South Carolina for the Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals National Conference held November 10th-12th. Joe Refosco, President of the Board of VRHP, stated, “We were very pleased with this year’s outcome. Our membership grew to over 500 members. At the conference we were able to provide 8-9 informative sessions and several roundtables. We believe in creating the best housekeeping team we can and trading ideas with our peers is the way to do it.”
     All in all, it has been a busy month. The team is now gearing up for the holidays. It’s not to late to book your last minute Thanksgiving family holiday trip to Deep Creek Lake. Give us a call here at 1-866-351-1119 or online at www.deepcreekvacations.comto find the perfect vacation home for you and your family. We are now offering 3 nights for 2 for this weekend and how can you resist that kind of deal? Imagine how excited the family would be if you suddenly announced that you were heading to Deep Creek Lake to spend the holidays in the mountains? Outdoor hiking, horseback riding or maybe just relaxing in your bubbling outdoor hot tub? Snow! Yes, there is the possibility of snow as well! Call now! You know you want to! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
 

Shopping Fun!

School House Earth décor
April showers bring Snow Showers? This past week this was apparent but being the tough Mountaineers that we are, we didn’t even bat an eye. Here it is two days later and the temperatures are rising and it appears that we are going to have another gorgeous weekend here at Deep Creek Lake. If you have no plans, give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and we will do everything we can to find that perfect vacation home to suit you and your friends and family (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvactions.com).
We will be the first to admit that if you are wanting to go on a true shopping extravaganza (thinking malls and outlets) if you are visiting Deep Creek you may be slightly disappointed. However, if you are looking for truly unique gifts and shops, please stop by! I had the pleasure of visiting School House Earth (http://www.schoolhouseearth.com/) last week and once again reminded of what charming and captivating shop it truly is! With 3 buildings side by side, they are able to offer a tremendous variety of items. Looking for apparel, such as the latest scarves or handbags? They have it. Garden items? Kid’s toys and room decorations? Christmas décor? House signs? Specialty wine openers? Various food condiments? Yes, yes, and still yes. There is definitely something for everyone. Take the kids and let them check out the free petting zoo which houses llamas, goats, and a very friendly yellow lab pup that will kindly greet you! The staff is so warm and friendly and are more than willing to help you find that special gift you seek! I personally fell in love with the gardening section which had a wonderful selection of wreaths and wind chimes. If you are preparing for summer and thinking of sprucing up your garden area, stop here first. School House Earth is a wonderfully unique shop that is truly worth the short drive to check out. Again, don’t forget your camera, the pets are extremely photogenic (I’m pretty sure the goat was actually posing for me!)
Posing pretty

Still haven’t made plans for Memorial Day Weekend? Lake life really begins to come alive around that time. Imagine spending the weekend relaxing with friends and family while cruising around the lake on your rented boat? Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Give us a call, we can help! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

We Are Here To Help!

Moondance
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.
Lake fun!
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!

3 Cheers For Spring!

Checking out a snake!
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.

Deep Creek welcomes your Furry Friends!

Layla posing for a treat!

One of the most frequently requested amenities that our guests request is that their vacation home be pet-friendly. Face it, when you are leaving for vacation, you hate the notion that your poor little Fluffy (yes, in my family, we lacked originality when it came to naming our pets; we once had a Guinea Pig named “Pig” ) is stuck in some cage at the shelter. Besides, isn’t he or she part of the family? Don’t they deserve to breathe in fresh mountain air and swim in the lake? Of course! So yes, many of our homes do allow pets (for an additional fee). Deep Creek is actually a very “Pet Friendly” place to bring your furry friends. Many of our state parks allow pets (on a leash, of course) so you can spend the day hiking and enjoying nature. Does your pet friendly home have a dock? Hot summer days spent in the lake are a favorite activity to be enjoyed by all including the Fluffies of the world! There are also some dining establishments in the area that allow you to sit on the patio and dine with your pets.



Buddy love kayaking!
We have a large variety of pet-friendly homes to choose from as well. For the couple’s retreat, our one bedroom lakefront cottage, Skipping Stones, is a perfect choice. It has a nice big yard and a private dock, 2 things that we know for a fact, dogs love! Need a bigger home? American Pride, is an awesome 5 bedroom home located in the prestigious community of Blakeslee. Blakeslee is known for its wonderful walking trails that wind around the lake, an absolute haven for pets and pet owners.



Spring @ Deep Creek
Hate the thought of leaving your furry “Kids” at home? We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations completely understand (stop into our office on a given day and say “Hello” to one of our mascots, Layla or Poe). We will do our best to help you find the perfect vacation home for you and your pet. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, skiing is prime, and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Sunshine & Lattes!

Caramel Latte!
See yourself here!
I believe that there has been a collective sigh of relief heard throughout much of Garrett County this past week as the last snow storm basically missed us. We here in the mountains scoff at anything under 6 inches so the last snowfall had very little impact but did add fresh powder to Wisp’s ski slopes. Today the sun is a bright surreal blue and with the temperatures climbing into the 30’s, it feels like a wonderful heat wave. If you are looking for a last minute getaway, now is the best time to call as we are running some fabulous discounts here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations. Give us a call and we happily assist you in finding a home for you and your guests (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com).
Unforgettable!

       When the temperatures drop, it’s always good to have a backup plan of ways to stay warm. Mine now has formed into an addiction of caramel lattes from Trader’s Coffee House located here at the lake. Although I’m not actually recommending that caffeine be your fix, I do highly suggest that you stop by and see Brenda and her crew. A very warm and comfy vibe is felt from the minute you step inside and the smell of fresh baked goods is mouthwatering! They have a toasty fireplace which would the perfect place for reading your morning paper while you sip your coffee. They also offer free wireless internet so for those that need to stay connected, they can do so while stuffing their face full of one her yummy muffins or scones. She also serves a variety of other breakfast and lunch items that are definitely worth trying. Don’t know the difference between a latte or a frappe or undecided on which to choose? Ask Brenda’s staff. They are definitely top notch when it comes to customer service and go above and beyond to help.
The view from my window is shouting “sunshine & fresh mountain air” and there is a caramel latte waiting. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake.

Think Snow?

Brody having a blast in the snow!
Apparently someone took that “Think Snow” sign very seriously because it continues to fall. It’s great for those that are visiting our area because ski conditions have been terrific. If you’re not, you should seriously consider it. I tell people that the first few weeks of March are a perfect time to visit. We are past the holidays so there is less people around but still so many options of things to do. Of course, for the skiers, they will love the smaller lines for lifts, rentals, and just around the lodge in general. For those that don’t ski, there are still so many options of things to do. If you haven’t tried snow shoeing, this is a Must! Crede from All Earth Eco Tours (www.allearthecotours.com) does an amazing tour at Swallow Falls State Park. Cross Country Skiing is also a popular sport. Herrington Manor State Park has some terrific trails for this. If you don’t have your own skis, Wisp Resort has a “Nordic Center” where you can rent the necessary equipment. Wisp also offers an ice skating rink and snow tubing park (think of sled riding but without the exhausting hike back up the mountain). Winter adventure not really your forte? Our vacation homes have so many desirable amenities that you will look forward to being “snowed in”. The kids can spend the day outside building a snowman or making snow angels while you sit inside in front of the crackling fireplace reading a good book and sipping a glass of your favorite wine. In the evenings, soothe your tensions away with a soak in the bubbling outdoor hot tub. Foosball or pool, anyone? Many of the homes have game tables, another great way to have fun with family and friends. Sounds inviting, doesn’t it?
Snowy Fun!
Right now, many of our homes are offering 3 nights for the price of 2, an awesome deal and one that should be taken advantage of! Call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and we will happily help you find that perfect home for you and your guests. I say the best way to beat the winter blahs is to embrace winter. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and come play in the snowy mountains. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Deep Creek Dunk~ Do you dare?

Flip flop daydreams!
It appears that we may be getting some warmer temperatures here at Deep Creek Lake this weekend with a high in the 50° realm. A universal “Yay” is being shouted, I’m sure. Living in the mountains of Maryland, we are used to an abundance of snow and colder temps and we take it like champs. However, this is about the time that we all begin to have flip flop daydreams or at least some hope of seeing some color other than white. The timing is perfect since this weekend is the 16th Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk! This is such a wonderful cause to support as it helps the Special Olympics of Maryland! People gather donations and rally together to “Dunk” themselves into the icy and frigid waters of Deep Creek Lake! The proceeds of the event go towards helping individuals with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to participate in year round Olympic type sports. This allows them to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with other Special Olympic athletes and the community.
  
The Dunk activities actually start tomorrow (February 21st) with a kickoff celebration at The Honi-Honi Bar with “Goosebumps and Grapes; An Evening of Fire & Wine” From 6-9 pm, with a $20 donation (to the Special Olympics) you can gather around the large bonfire and taste a variety of wines. Sounds like it will be a lot of fun and again the proceeds go to a great cause. On Saturday, Dunkers and spectators will gather at Uno’s & The Honi-Honi for an afternoon of entertainment, fun, food, and prizes. Over 18 inches of ice was cut out of the water this year so it’s definitely going to be entertaining to watch the waves of dunkers go in and out. People usually get very creative and the costumes can be a hilarious sight to see! The evening concludes with a Post Dunk Bash held at Black Bear Tavern where there will be live entertainment. If you are unable to attend but would still like to donate, please go the website and do so. http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/ccp.asp?ievent=1082163&lis=1&kntae1082163=023CA77D85254206842D7DC272549DD3&ccp=650747

Brody ruling the slopes!
Otherwise, the skiing conditions continue to be awesome and there is still time to take advantage of our “Stay 3 nights for the price of 2!” discount we have going on for some of our participating properties. Give us a call and let us know what you are looking for in a vacation home and we will do our best to find something that works for you (www.deepcreekvacations.com or call 1-866-351-1119). In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake.

Nothing but the best for our guests!

Harvey’s Leap~ an elite home!
So, it’s finally your turn. All of the responsibility is on your shoulders. You are in charge of planning this year’s family vacation. The destination was an easy one; Deep Creek Lake. Everyone in the family loves DCL but now comes the grueling task of finding that perfect vacation home. A home that will comfortably host several families including grandparents, children of varying ages, and let’s not forget your lovable but extremely picky sister-in-law. Nothing but the best will do! That’s where we can help. The Taylor-Made Elite Properties Program was designed to showcase our vacation homes that have the most updated décor along with specific amenities that meet the needs of today’s vacationer. These amenities include such luxuries as a hot tub, high speed & wireless internet, air conditioning, and more. All you need to do is give us a call @ 1-866-351-1119 go online www.deepcreekvacations.com). Let us know what you are looking for in a vacation home. Let us know about your family. Does Little Tommy like sleeping in a bunk bed? Will a pool table or foosball table help keep the cousins entertained? Does Grandma like to be right on the lake or does she prefer being on the mountain enjoying panoramic lake views. We try our best to find the home that matches your needs and the needs of your family. Your expectations for these homes should be high, as ours are. This is why they are “elite”.
Winter Wonderland!
This program also offers a variety of different sized homes to choose from. Don’t need a large home? No problem. Cedar Shores Villa # 8 is luxury townhome located in the heart of McHenry. This home boasts stunning décor, breathtaking views of Wisp’s illuminated ski slopes, and would be perfect for a couple’s getaway.
For the family that just wants to get away but still needs all of the comforts of home and more, Donovan’s Dacha is a smaller 3 bedroom elite log home that would be a perfect!
Donovan’s Dacha
Each of our elite homes offer elegant furnishings, state of the art kitchens, and the most requested amenities that guests want. Still wondering? Do you know that we inspect every one of our homes prior to your arrival? Our inspectors go through each home and check every detail from making sure all remotes work to turning up the heat on the colder days. Coming in after dark? We will have a light on for you. We go above and beyond to make sure the home is completely ready for your arrival. So, now you can stop worrying and let us do the work for you. Planning a vacation was never easier. Call us today because we can’t wait to see you at the lake!