Plenty to do @ Deep Creek State Park!

Zach enjoying the beach!
We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales do our best to try to find the ideal vacation home for our guests. While most guests want lakefront homes, others prefer to be on top of the mountain admiring the breathtaking lake views. In this case, they may have to drive to their lake access. While there are many great area beaches throughout Garrett County that they can choose from, one of our favorites is the Deep Creek State Park. With over a mile of sandy shoreline, the park is equipped with picnic tables, grills, shelters (these are great to rent if you have a larger group), a bathhouse, and bathroom facilities making it a great place to spend with the family. This is also where the boat launch is if you bring your own boat to use during your stay. The beach area is very clean and never seems to get crowded so it’s nice for families with smaller children. I usually suggest planning a visit and staying the whole day. The Deep Creek Discovery Center is next door and a wonderful place to bring the children to learn about the natural and cultural resources of our area. Park Naturalists are there using interpretive and fun programs to show a wide range of activities. A list of programs for the month is posted on the bulletin board or you can go directly to the park’s website. http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/western/deepcreek.aspx.  They even do evening bonfires which are a lot of fun!
 
Wisp Resort is also there offering morning, afternoon, and sunset paddleboard tours! Paddleboarding is one of the newest crazes to hit Deep Creek. Many of our staff members have tried it and give it a big thumbs up! Wisp also offers kayak rentals as well. One of the best memories you will have of Deep Creek Lake is taking one day to enjoy it by kayaking in the early mornings. The tranquil setting of cutting across the glass like surface and embracing Mother Nature is not one you will soon forget! So, if you are visiting our area and looking for a place that you and the family can enjoy the lake, we highly recommend Deep Creek State Park!

 
 

It’s not too late to plan a last minute trip to Deep Creek so call today and we will do our best to help you find that perfect home. Many of our homes are now offering the partial week long stay so if you were concerned because you couldn’t get away for a full week, we have taken care if that problem for you. Give us a call 1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.comand let us help you plan that much deserved escape! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 

It’s Only Fair to Let You Know….

Everyone loves the Ferris Wheel!

If you are arriving in Deep Creek this weekend, then you can consider yourself extra fortunate, for this week is the Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair held here in McHenry! That means a lots of live entertainment, fair rides, exhibition booths, farm & tractor demos, and of course, food!! So many yummy options to choose from.  What’s your preference? Candy apples? Funnel Cakes? Personally, I am a cotton candy kind of gal myself. Without a doubt if you do attend, you must stop by the local Rotary Booth to try some of their fresh cut Rotary French Fries. A true Garrett County staple loved by so many! (Did I mention that calories consumed while at the fair have no substance? I’m not sure why but I truly believe in this. I think riding the rides has something to do with it!)

Yum!
For a mere price of $10 per person, you not only get into the fair but you get all access to all of this including the rides! The rides usually run throughout the day with a small break for an hour or so in the early evening and then back and running until 11pm. Throughout each day, you can usually find some entertainment in the stage booth, derbies and demos each evening and of course, you can stroll through the barns at any time to see all of the wonderful crafts and goodies that people have submitted in the hopes of winning the coveted “Blue Ribbon”. It’s also neat to walk through the animal barns to see all of the animals that are local youth so lovingly took care of and raised and are now proudly displaying for show or sale. The fair opens tomorrow night for the rides and then all other activities running through the week until the following Saturday, August 2nd!  For complete details check out their website. http://www.garrettcountyfair.org/ .  It is definitely a fun time for the whole family.



We saved you a seat!!
If you haven’t booked your Deep Creek summer stay yet then I suggest you hurry up. August will soon be on us but there is still plenty of time to make plans! Water tubing on the lake, hiking at Swallow Falls State Park, kayaking tours with All Earth Eco Tours (www.allearthecotours.com), white water rafting at ASCI or with one of the local rafting companies! There is so much to do! Give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales and let us help you find that perfect vacation home. Don’t forget that we now do sales as well and Jay and is here and more than happy to help you find that amazing home for you and your family. Give us a call @ 1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Crazy Summer Blowout!

Welcome Party Visitor!
Visitors to Deep Creek over the Fourth of July weekend were once again awed by another amazing Fire on the Mountain Fireworks display held over Wisp Mountain. Combine that with the incredible blue skies & sunshine and you couldn’t have asked for anything to be more perfect. Today is also one for the record book days with less humidity and a nice light breeze. Ideal weather for The Welcome Party Monday that Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales attends each week. Held on the lawn of Uno’s Pizzeria & The Honi Honi Bar, it’s free and a lot of fun for the whole family. Many of our area vendors set up booths and provide you with some ideas of things to do while you are visiting Deep Creek. Uno’s kindly provides some light refreshments & snacks and there are a lot of chances to win some cool prizes (Not trying to brag here but our gift bag is definitely worth showing up for). Stop by and say “Hi!” and give our wheel a spin to check out your Deep Creek trivia & enjoy a cold sno-cone! We will be waiting!
Definitely Unforgettable!

Hard to believe that we are already into the month of July! We are now offering a crazy, can’t pass up Unforgettable Summer Blowout! Reserve our 8 bedroom home Unforgettable for the week of August 16th and receive over $2000 off for the whole week. Sounds crazy, right? But it’s true (I double checked!!) This home has absolutely everything you need for a “Lifetime of Memories” kind of vacation! Well, the 8 bedrooms alone tell you that it can easily occupy your whole extended family! It has a wonderfully large level yard that leads down to your dock slip! The real fun is inside where you have use of the private indoor swimming pool, 2 hot tubs, large flat screen TVs, pool table & more! This really is a phenomenal deal so please call today for complete details! (This won’t last long!) Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales loves to help you and your family plan that special stay so give us a call today (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
Wow!! Love the View!

Monday Can Be A Fun Day!

Redneck Dayz Belly Flop!
Life has been busy around Deep Creek Lake lately with a lot of fun activities going on. Over the past few weekends, if you were lucky enough to be here, you had multiple festivals to choose from whether you were playing in the mud at the Oakland- Mt. Lake Park Lions Redneck Dayz or watching some talented folks prove just how talented they are by performing for Deep Creek’s Got Talent held at the Honi Honi Bar. We have been blessed with some extremely nice weather, perfect if you want to spend the day on the lake or hiking at one of our state parks. Not exactly sure what to do while you are visiting the lake? Every Monday from 3-5 pm, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales can be found on the lawn of Uno’s Pizzeria. We, along with many other vendors from the area, are there to participate in Welcome Party Mondays. It’s free to the public and for everyone in your family, you receive a ticket to possibly when a prize from one of the local vendors. If you stop by our booth, you can pick up our latest brochure and spin our trivia wheel to try to win some cool prizes! It’s a lot of fun, there is complimentary finger foods & refreshments and live music that begins around 4ish. It’s also a great way to plan out your week. Wisp Resort is there each week and they can tell you about the numerous activities to do there throughout your stay (Mountain Coaster, Chipmunk Challenge, Segway Tours and that’s only naming a few!) www.wispresort.com Crede Calhoun from All Earth Eco Tours (www.allearthecotours.com) is there and he can help you and your family to plan an amazing kayak tour on the Savage River Reservoir. He offered to take Taylor-Made employees a year or so ago and I personally thought it was amazing! (For the record, I am incredibly uncoordinated so if I can manage in a kayak then anyone can!) He even has kayaks for 2 people so the kids can paddle with the parents! There are many other vendors there that bring samples of what their shop or establishment has to offer. (Deep Creek 2014, the venue for the ICF Canoe/ Slalom World Championships being held this September, was even giving away a chance to win free tickets to the history making event! www.deepcreek2014.com.)
SUP? The latest lake craze!
So, if you are looking for a family fun event and a great way to start your Deep Creek vacation by getting the  inside scoop on what to do while you are here, please stop by the lawn at Uno’s on Monday. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

A Chance to Give Back!

Wine Down
Golden Retreat
I believe that people by nature try to be charitable and sometimes you hear about a certain cause or organization that sits close to the heart. When Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales were approached by Operation Second Chance, we knew we needed to try to do something special. This is an organization that’s primary focus is committed to serving our wounded, injured, and ill combat Veterans. They give support to these Veterans and their families generally while they are recovering in military hospitals. Many of these men and women were injured oversees and have to come home to cope with the repercussions of their injuries and trying to readapt to life. Operation Second Chance sets up “Retreats” among various other activities to give these vets and their families a chance to get away to rest, relax, and reconnect with each other. Unless you know of someone that has been in a similar situation, most of us don’t think about how difficult it must be to return to “normal life”. When Frank, our Operation Second Chance contact, called looking for 2 homes that would comfortably host 2 Vets & their spouses for a mid-week getaway to Deep Creek Lake, Jodi began to make some calls. Almost immediately, 2 of our homeowners called and graciously and kindly donated their homes. Golden Retreat, a beautiful 3 bedroom lakefront home with a private dock, will make an excellent choice for one of the couples who have the need for a service learning dog since it is pet friendly. Wine Down, located in the prestigious Mountainside Community, is an immaculate 3 bedroom home that rests on the end of quiet road, the ideal place for a peaceful stay. It is with our sincere thanks to both of these homeowners for their thoughtful gift. If you would like to find out more about Operation Second Chance, please go their website. http://www.operationsecondchance.org/

WOW! (Taken from our new drone!)
In other lake life news, our Mountains have exploded in vibrant shades of green! Trees have fully bloomed and the lake is the place to be! The weather has been very cooperative giving us lots of days filled with bright blue skies and perfect mid-70’s weather. If you are looking for that home away from home, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales can help. Not sure what to do during your vacation? Let us know about your family and we can help plan some age appropriate activities. Looking for that second getaway home but want to know more about the neighborhood you are interested in? Use Jay’s expertise to answer all of those questions and more! Give us a call at 1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.comand let us welcome you to Deep Creek. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

A Taylor-Made Shout Out!!

Gary chilling with his dog Theo!
As we here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales prepare for another exciting summer season, we sometimes need to step back and acknowledge all of the hard work and dedication that our employees give in order to make that happen. Today we give a big heads up and shout out to Gary Paugh who was recently promoted to Maintenance Supervisor. Gary is a retired Army Veteran who proudly served our country for 23 years! He came to the Taylor-Made family on April 12, 2010 and has continued to “WOW!” since then. Under this new title and responsibility, Gary will oversee the other maintenance technicians. One of his top priority duties will be seeing to the completion of what we call “Service Orders”. What does this mean? A good example would be that our inspectors are out preparing their homes for a guest’s arrival and they notice that the outdoor porch light is out but a ladder is required. They call this in and it is entered in as a “Service Order” to be completed before the arrival. Gary helps to follow up with the assigned technician to make sure this is completed. Is there something in the house that requires a special order or part? Gary is our “Go To” on finding the long term solution or repair. His helpful demeanor and pleasant attitude makes him easily approachable for help or just to work with in general. Gary has won many “Customer Service” games and awards that Taylor-Made has had over the past several years including being named the winner of our summer “Hunger Games” challenge 2012 in which he won the grand prize of a 32 inch flat screen TV! Gary’s goals with Taylor-Made are long term as he believes he will eventually retire from here. When asked what his favorite thing is about working at Taylor-Made, Gary will tell you that he enjoys working for a family oriented company and that he gets along very well with all of his co-workers. His job changes day to day and he is able to keep busy which makes coming to work every day a new adventure. So, a big Thank You to Gary for all that you do for us! We are so lucky to have you and Congrats on your new position as Maintenance Supervisor!
Beautiful Day @ The Lake!
Gorgeous weather here at Deep Creek Lake over the past few weekends makes now the perfect time to get in that last minute trip before summer officially kicks off. Go online or call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (www.deepcreekvacations.com or 1-866-351-1119!) and let us help you find that perfect Deep Creek home! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

More than a mere toy….

WOW!

We have been busy here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales getting ready for another exciting and busy summer season. Our house inspectors have been spending extra time in the homes making sure that deep cleans are being done, lawns are manicured, grills are ready, basically ensuring that the home is in tip top shape for our summer guests. All of our docks are in so if you are able to sneak away for a quick trip, now is the perfect time to do so! Don’t forget that we are the experts when it comes to helping you find that perfect Deep Creek or Vacation home! Give us a call at 1-866-351-1119 or go online at www.deepcreekvacations.com.
Taylor-Made recently obtained a new “toy” that is causing a great deal of excitement! When I first heard that we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new Phantom 2 Vision, I was less than impressed. It sounded like some geeky tech toy that didn’t pertain to me. However, when it did show up, my thoughts changed quickly. This “Drone” is essentially a jazzy remote control airplane but much more technically advanced. Did I mention that it also looks really cool (It has lights that blink around the bottom!)? With 4 propellers it can quickly take flight. This is when you take advantage of the new built in HD video camera! Here you are able to take some amazing videos or still shots. You have found the perfect Deep Creek home but are curious about how close your neighbors are or what kind of distance you have to reach your lake access dock slip? Now we can provide you with that video option. When you stop in to see Jay about helping you buy your Deep Creek home he can give all of this additional information! (Just a reminder, Jay Ferguson is our Taylor-Made Deep Vacations & Sales realtor and your “go to” when it comes to buying or selling property in Garrett County!) We recently were able to take the drone up to ASCI (The Adventure Sports Center International and the venue for the ICF Canoe/ Slalom World Championships!) to video Team USA practicing on the course. I have included some photos that were recently taken by our Phantom 2 Vision and the results are pretty amazing! Now, I understand the excitement!

Gorgeous Spring Day!
Tall Castle!

Don’t forget that next weekend is the McHenry Highland Festival of Mountain Maryland! Come took base with Scottish Roots for this family friendly festival held on Saturday the 7th at the Fairgrounds! A great time to experience the lake and one of our annual festivals! http://www.highlandfest.info/index.html. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Ceud mille failte! (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!)

Training!

      Guests that were fortunate enough to visit Deep Creek Lake over the Memorial Day weekend were blessed with some amazing weather. Bright blue skies and lots of sunshine made for playing on the lake ideal. Last week was an exciting week here in McHenry as we welcomed Team USA back to ASCI as they spent the week training! It was fun to watch these superb athletes use their sheer skills and dedication to tackle the man-made white water rafting course which will also be the venue for the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships that are being held here September 17th-21st (Look for more blogs to come on this super exciting event! www.deepcreek2014.com) As always, it was nice to see our sponsored athlete, Casey Eichfeld, who took a few minutes to stop by and say Hello! He along with the rest of team are now over in London getting ready to compete in the World Cup Circuit for the United States! Of course, we wish him the best of luck and a safe trip!
       

Ouch!

So, Memorial Day is over and you didn’t get a chance to escape to the mountains? This weekend (June 6th) is the perfect time to plan that Mountain getaway. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is waiting to help you find that premiere Deep Creek home! (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) This weekend you also get the added bonus of enjoying one of Deep Creek’s annual festivals, The McHenry Highland Festival of Mountain Maryland! Held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds here in McHenry, you can let yourself be transformed back in time where the traditions of Highland music, games, and dance come alive! Visit the Clan tents and Celtic vendors. Kiss the highland cattle, watch the collies herd sheep, or pat an Irish Wolfhound. This family fun Celtic celebration is perfect for the young and young at heart! This all day event begins at 10 am Saturday where you’ll hear the skirl of the pipes and Celtic music, see traditional athletic games, and watch Irish line and Scottish country dancing. Vendors will be selling such items as handcrafted Celtic jewelry, pottery, artifacts, stained glass, handmade wool rugs and clothes, art prints, and wrought iron. Learn more about your clan history at The Glen. Check out the Celtic dogsborder collies herding sheet, and Highland livestock. Enjoy a variety of food, including Scottish deli items, shortbread, and, of course, sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and fries. For more information on this festival, go to their website http://www.highlandfest.info/index.html. Definitely worth checking out!
Summertime at Deep Creek is definitely the place to be! Have you planned your stay? We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 

Exciting New Things Are Happening @ Deep Creek!

The view from my window today is telling me that this is the kind of Deep Creek day that really makes you want to play hooky. Bright blue skies, lots of sunshine and the temps are running into the mid 70’s, basically a perfect spring day! Things have been busy here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales as we are gearing up for another busy yet successful summer season.

S’mores anyone?
 Have you finalized your Memorial Day plans yet? Call now to take advantage of our “Reserve 3 nights for the price of 2” special that we are offering (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) Boating around the lake, bonfires at night, golfing @ Lodestone or Wisp, hiking at one of the many state parks; I can think of no better way to kick off the summer season with any of these choices. Throw in a free night and this seems that a brilliant plan! Pick up the phone, it’s that easy.

Jay, Chad, Jodi, & Joe
TMDCV made a big splash earlier this month when they announced that they were starting a Real Estate company! Yes, it’s true. We are now officially Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation Rentals & Sales; Jay Ferguson, a local real estate agent has partnered up with Taylor-Made for this new and exciting endeavor. Jay grew up in Garrett County which gives him a vast knowledge of not only Deep Creek but the entire region as well. Jay started his career at Long & Foster Real Estate in 2000 and won the “Rookie of the Year” award. Jay’s dedication and determination was evident when he became a member of the coveted Gold Team (annual sales of 5+ million dollars) and continued this every year thereafter. In his last year at Long & Foster, he earned the Hall of Fame designation. In 2010, he moved to Railey Sales where he continued to provide outstanding service to those looking to buy or sell their homes. Recently, he earned the title of the #1 sales agent in Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake area for the first quarter of 2014. By bringing these two companies together, our Taylor-Made team is able to provide our clients with a one stop shop for all their property service needs. Your home is on the market and a potential buyer comes into the area at the last minute. The lawn needs maintained or the interior needs a housekeeping face lift. No need to call frantically around looking for an outside vendor who is available right away. Our property service are available 7 days a week if needed. Providing the best customer service and quality that goes above and beyond is important to Jay and all of the Taylor-Made team. Jay currently resides in Oakland with his wife Jessica, daughter Kayleah, and son Noah. So, if you are considering buying or selling a home or property in our area contact Jay by calling him at 301-501-0420. Welcome aboard, Jay! We are excited to have you as part of the team!  Meanwhile, as always, we are here eagerly waiting to help you plan that perfect Deep Creek vacation. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 


 

 


 

Art & Wine? Yes, Please.

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations is pleased to announce that they are once again helping to sponsor the Deep Creek  Lake Art & Wine Festival. Benefitting HART for animals and the Garrett Lakes Art Festival, this annual event continues to grow in popularity. Held the weekend of September 6-8, the festival begins on Friday with various restaurants in the area offering special wine pairing menus for the evening. On Saturday, the festival, held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds will begin at 12 noon to 6 pm. Come out and visit with local artists that are displaying their ware (everything from pottery, handcrafted jewelry, oil paintings, wood furniture, and more!) National distributers and Maryland wineries will be on hand offering over 200 wine samples.  A wine shop will also be set up allowing guests to purchase the various wines available. Throw in live entertainment throughout the day & delicious food from local establishments and you have something to offer everyone. The kids? Of course, they didn’t forget them! Face painting, balloon art, air brush tattoos, a moon bounce, carriage rides and even a duck bob will keep them entertained throughout the day. Staying with Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations or book a vacation home with us and we can help you add the Art & Wine Package to your reservation. For a mere $45, this gives you a $25 gift certificate to one of the wine pairing restaurants on Friday, admission into the festival on Saturday, a commemorative wine glass, a discount on your vacation home and free early check in or late check out (depending on availability). Add the package before your arrival and we will have everything ready for you and waiting in the home when you check in.
Labor Day is beginning to book up quickly so call us today or check us out online in order to get the perfect vacation home for you and your family (1-866-351-1119 or online at www.deepcreekvacations.com) The sun is peeking out, the temperatures are perfect and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!