HART for Animals at Deep Creek Lake

HART for Animals is an important part of the Deep Creek Lake community. They use 85% of all revenues to support charitable programs, including adoptions, spay/neuters, rescue and transports and sheltering. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales has supported their work for years through donations, volunteering and event sponsorship. HART for Animals is tireless in their endeavor to improve the condition of animals in Western Maryland.

HART is more than adoption center. They are also home to Bredel Veterinary Clinic, Bed ‘N Bark Inn pet hotel and Muttworks grooming.

Fast & Furriest 5K Run/1K Walk

In 2017, we sponsored the very first Fast & Furriest 5K Run/1K walk in conjunction with HART for Animals. It was a big success, and we are continuing the sponsorship in 2018. On Saturday, June 30th, you can bring your pup join us in supporting HART.

HART for Animals

Registration for this dog friendly fun run/walk starts at 7:30AM at HART – 1265 Bumble Bee Rd., Accident, MD 21520. It is a fun outing for the entire family! Get more information and make plans to attend the 2018 Fast & Furriest 5K Run/1K Walk!

HART for Animals guest bartender challenge

Every spring, the Taylor-Made team looks forward to HART’s Guest Bartender Challenge. Local companies “compete” to raise the most money. Each one hosts a night where they bartend at an establishment. All tips and funds raised from silent auction items are donated to HART for Animals. Continue reading HART for Animals at Deep Creek Lake

10 Years of Deep Creek Vacations!

 

We are celebrating 10 years of Deep Creek vacations! There have been many changes in the past decade, but our commitment to our guests, home owners and the community remains steadfast.

 

Deep Creek Vacations

the beginning

Jodi Taylor Refosco, her husband, Joe Refosco, and her brother, Chad Taylor, started Taylor-Made in April of 2008. Each had many years of experience in the vacation rental and hospitality industries. Chad and Jodi were continuing a tradition that was started by their parents, Zachary and Linda Taylor, who previously owned a vacation rental firm.

With only one home and no employees, Jodi, Joe and Chad did everything themselves. From lawn care and maintenance to reservations and housekeeping, the trio built the company from the ground up.

They started with the mission statement “Creating Memories & Exceeding Expecations”.  Their goal was to help both guests and owners create lasting memories in a place that they love while providing exceptional customer service. That is still the philosophy of the company today. Continue reading 10 Years of Deep Creek Vacations!

Check Out Taylor-Made’s Jay Ferguson & Deep Creek Lake on HGTV!

 

See Deep Creek Lake on HGTV as Jay Ferguson, Broker & Co-Owner of the real estate division, helps buyers choose the perfect Deep Creek Lake home!

Deep Creek Lake on HGTV

Jay was chosen to be featured on HGTV’s brand new series “Lake House Hunters”. It is a spin-off of the wildly popular “House Hunters” series. If you haven’t seen the original show, a real estate agent takes buyers to three different properties that meet their criteria. It gives you an inside glimpse at the decisions and emotions that are part of the home buying process. The show ends with them choosing the right home to meets their needs.

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Premiering January 1, 2018 at 6PM EST (check local listings to confirm), the Deep Creek Lake episode follows Ferguson and the Du Plessis family as they search for a lakefront property at Deep Creek Lake. Continue reading Check Out Taylor-Made’s Jay Ferguson & Deep Creek Lake on HGTV!

VRMA has a New President Elect!

The Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) has a new President-Elect – our very own Jodi Taylor Refosco!

Jodi started Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales in 2008 with her husband, Joe, and her brother, Chad. Since then, we have added a real estate division and have become the largest vacation rental manager at Deep Creek Lake.

VRMA

With twenty years of experience, she knows the vacation rental industry inside and out. Currently, she supervises the reservations, owner relations and marketing departments along with bringing on new home owners. Continue reading VRMA has a New President Elect!

Top Tips for Deep Creek Vacation Rental Owners

Deep Creek Vacation Rentals

Many people who love vacationing at Deep Creek Lake dream of one day owning a home here. Putting your home on the vacation rental market can make the cost of a second home more affordable.

Deep Creek vacation rental owners want to be sure their home rents well. There are important things to know so that you can maximize your income. Things like location, amenities and size should play a key role in the decision making process.

Invest in the Right Amenities

Speaking of amenities, we have done the research for you so that you know exactly what vacationers are looking for. We analyzed searches performed on our website during a six month timeframe and determined that hot tubs, WiFi and air conditioning are the most popular among our guests.

Deep Creek Vacation Rental Owners

Hot Tubs are the #1 requested amenity. 15% of searches include this year round feature, and it is the reason many choose a particular property.

Wifi is a necessity for today’s traveler. It is looked at as a “utility” like electricity. Guests need to stay connected to work, social media and more.

Air Conditioning is also an expectation for many people. If you cannot get central AC, consider split systems or standing units for upper level bedrooms that tend to get hot.

Pool Tables give guests an option for indoor entertainment and are popular with both families and groups of couples staying together.

Private Pools are well worth the investment if you have the space to add one. Indoor pools have an especially good return on investment since they can be used no matter what the weather.

Outdoor firepits/places are a way to expand gathering space and have become sought after. You can go from basic to elaborate – basic will get the rental, elaborate will bring them back.

Community Pools are something to consider if you are buying a home. Communities like Blakeslee, Ski Harbor, Sunplace and DC Highlands are popular because of their pools. Continue reading Top Tips for Deep Creek Vacation Rental Owners

Top 13 Deep Creek Lake Winter Activities for Non-Skiers

It’s a common conundrum – what’s a non-skier to do when friends and family are hitting the slopes at Wisp Resort?  Deep Creek Lake winter activities offers lots of options that can keep every member of your crew entertained.  It’s a great way to enjoy a weekend getaway near Pittsburgh, Baltimore, or Washington, DC.

Here are just a few of our favorite Deep Creek Lake winter activities for the non-skiers staying at a Deep Creek Lake vacation rental:

Deep Creek Lake winter activities

Hiking at Swallow Falls State Park
Crisp white snow makes this beautiful place even more spectacular, and it’s definitely a must see throughout all four seasons.  If you’re up for some serious hiking, explore trails to all three of the waterfalls – Swallow Falls, Muddy Creek Falls, and Tolliver Falls.  There is also a handicap accessible trail and view platform at Muddy Creek Falls for those that need an easier route or just want to take a short stroll.   Be sure to bring your camera and wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots.  Trails can be slippery during the winter months.  Get more info.

Simon Pearce Tours
Watch master glassblowers at work, then shop for the beautiful items they make in the retail store.  You can also choose from a wide variety of second-quality glass. Located in Mountain Lake Park, it is just a short drive from most Deep Creek Lake vacation rentals. Find out more.

Guided Snowshoe Tours
Weather permitting, All Earth Eco Tours offers another great way to experience Swallow Falls State Park.   Their snowshoe tours are a “no experience required” way to cruise through the woods and take in the scenery.  For those seeking high adventure, ask about their trips to Big Savage Mountain and Lost Lands.

Sleigh Rides at Deep Creek Lake

Sleigh Rides
One of the classic Deep Creek Lake winter activities, you can t
ake a ride back in time as you swish through open fields and over hills listening to the sound of muffled hoof beats in the snow.  Sleigh rides at Pleasant Valley Dream Rides are an ideal way to enjoy the outdoors no matter what your age.

Cold Drinks By a Warm Fire
Get cozy by the fire place at local restaurants like Uno Chicago Grill or Dutch’s at Silver Tree, and warm-up with your favorite beverage.

Sled Riding at Blackwater Falls State Park
Within one hour of the Deep Creek Lake area, you’ll find the ultimate sledding hill!  Head to Blackwater Falls State Park to ride up on a conveyor, sled to the bottom, and repeat!  Bring your own sled or rent one on-site.

Sample Award Winning Cheeses
Stop by Firefly Farms in nearby Accident, to try their award winning goat cheese and browse their selection of gourmet foods. For an enhanced experience, you can also make pairing reservations.

Cross Country Skiing
With minimal instruction, you can kick and glide on cross country ski trails at Wisp Resort, Herrington Manor State Park, and New Germany State Park.  Rental equipment is available at each location, and Wisp offers intro lessons as well.

Shops & Antiques
Avoid the cold temperatures when you visit area shops and antique stores.  Schoolhouse Earth, Bear Creek Traders, and High Mountain Sports are a few of our favorites at the lake.  Take a short drive to Oakland to browse antiques at Englander’s or Cabin Fever.

Museum Tours
While you’re in downtown Oakland, history buffs should stop at the two museums operated by the Garrett County Historical Society.  Return to the past as you explore area treasures, learn about early settlers, and check out Model T Fords.

Snow Tubing, Ice Skating & Mountain Coaster Rides
Wisp Resort is well-known for skiing, but they also offer a variety of activities that anyone can enjoy. Reserve a snow tubing session, take a ride on the mountain coaster or glide around the skating rink.

Arcades
Everyone in your group will enjoy playing a wide variety of current and vintage arcade games and snacking on great food at Fun Unlimited.

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Fun for kids of all ages, the Discovery Center is a one-of-a-kind environmental center with hands-on exhibits that showcase the natural resources of Western Maryland.  Children can enjoy special programs each weekend like pine cone bird feeder making or feeding some of the resident critters.

Big Changes for Our Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Team!

 

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Now Team Taylor-Made! Karen Myers, Karen Doerr, Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Bob Holcomb

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.

If you’re interested in more information on Deep Creek Lake real estate, call 1-866-351-1119, Ext. 3 or browse area listings now.

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Stunning Photo of Wisp’s Ski Slopes @ Night!

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!

 

A little savage, something new, and a festival!

Sunrise-2BWe are sailing into fall and are now starting to see the first changing of the leaves. This weekend is the big SavageMan Triathlon where athletes flock to our mountainous area to tackle our hills with their bikes, swim in Deep Creek and race down our roads! Definitely a competitive sport and one that is intense to watch! Of course we welcome these athletes and their families with open arms! We love that they can participate in such a great charitable event and experience the beauty of our area at the same time. We are also being gifted with dream like weather this week with bright blue skies and lots of sunshine. Temperatures have been ideal and in the mid-70s. This is also the perfect time for evening bonfires. Many of our vacation rentals have outdoor fire pits so if you are planning on visiting us, make sure you let your Reservationist know this so she can help you find one with this particular amenity. Call us at 1-866-351-1119 or go online www.deepcreekvacations.com and click this option when you are putting in your requirements for your search. Speaking of going online, have you checked our newly launched website. As before, it is very user friendly but also has a fresh new look. Not only is it easy to search for a home with your certain criteria but you also see our vacation packages, check out our photo gallery, read our policies and procedures and more. You can also easily navigate over to our Real Estate section for those that are thinking of buying or listing a home. As I continue to somewhat boast, there is also a very thorough and informative 3D virtual floor plan that we now offer for our homes (not all have one right now but they all will in the near future). This is a great tool to have when you trying to see if a house would work out for you and your family. You can go in and maneuver throughout the rooms and floors, perfect for trying to decide who may be sleeping where. I highly recommend you check out (plus it’s kind of fun!)
The Autumn Glory Festival will be here shortly. The entire festival kicks off on Wednesday October 7th and the big parade held in Oakland is Saturday the 10th. There are so many fun filled family activities to do that weekend! By tradition if you do join in the celebration, don’t forget to pick up your turkey dinner. There are numerous dining establishments in the area who join in with awesome local tradition and offer a full turkey dinner with all of the trimmings! Again, give us a call and let us help you find your Deep Creek home! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 

Soups On! Who’s Hungry?



Taylor-Made 5th Annual Soup Cook Off
 
Yesterday was Earth Day. Mother Nature played a little surprise trick on us by decorating our mountain tops with some fresh fluffy snow. Just another part of the adventure of mountain living! Speaking of which, our spring generally comes a little later than most places but the reawakening has started and we are so excited. Buds are forming on trees, the grass is getting darker and brighter, and the wildlife is starting to come out and play! Now is the perfect time to get away for the weekend and come to Deep Creek to play. Our local golf courses are open and Wisp is still running the mountain coaster (a single ride coaster that winds down the mountain and you can control the speed. So much fun and a Must-Try!) Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is offering some fabulous last minute discounts! Give us a call and let us help you find that perfect vacation home for you and your family (1-800-851-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacatons.com).
Today marks an important day in the Taylor-Made world as we held our 5thAnnual Company Soup Cook Off! This is where we call on all Taylor-Made employees to show off their culinary skills by bringing in their favorite soup in an attempt to win the coveted title of Soup Cook Off Champ! Over the years, we have seen many different soups from Jambalayas, Seafood Bisques, Veggie, Chili, etc. Basically if it can be made in soup form, it was at some point entered into the contest. The one conclusion we come to each year is this: our employees have some mad cooking skills! Each year we pick our “Celebrity Deep Creek Judges” who are responsible for judging each soup and rating them accordingly. They must then get together and judge who the real winner is going to be. Not an easy task for any man, I can assure you of that. This year our grand prize when to Chris R in Reservations for her entry of Creamy Crab Soup. This was followed up with 2nd prize to Rita in Accounting for Potato Bacon & Tied for third, Jason and Heather from Housekeeping/ Laundry with their soup entries of Mexican Tortilla and White Chicken Chili!
Winners!

It’s also just a fun way to take time away from the usual hustle and bustle of a daily schedule to mix and mingle with coworkers. We love it when all of our departments can take a short time out to get together and enjoy each other’s company. (Throw in yummy food and it’s a win-win for everyone!) A great deal of fun was had by all and a huge thank you to all who participated, both by entering and judging!)
Signs of Spring!
Have we mentioned that now is the ideal time to plan a short getaway? So close to Pittsburgh, Washington D.C. & the surrounding areas, why not just take advantage of some awesome deals, pack up the car, & in just a few short hours spend an amazing weekend resting and relaxing with your favorite people! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #taylormadevacatonrentals #springfling  

Time to be “Rest Assured”!

It’s a TGIF kind of day here at Deep Creek Lake! I think the warmer weather has everyone going a little stir crazy lately. It’s that time of year where you see the lawn crews begin to come out, small little armies of men (and women!) packing rakes and backpack blowers! It may sound silly but I love it! Soon the grass will begin to get green & grow lusher, daffodils are slowing starting to peek out, and I love the sight of a freshly cleaned spring lawn! If you haven’t made plans yet for the Easter Holiday than you should consider bringing your family to the mountains. We are just over 3 hours from the Washington D.C. area & 2.5 from Pittsburgh. Easy drive. We are being overly generous with last minute discounts on our Deep Creek vacation homes so call us today (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com)
Rest Assured Dining/ Kitchen Area

Speaking of visiting Deep Creek Lake, I would like to give a shout out to one of our newest homes to join the Taylor-Made family. “Rest Assured” is a phenomenal 5 bedroom home that sits on some of Deep Creek’s most premiere lakefront locations! From the moment that you step inside this luxury home, you will be taken in by all of the very many special touches that the homeowners has put into the home. Personally, I fell in love with the many cute and funny signs throughout the kitchen while admiring the fact that it looks like something out of Pinterest. The Great Room offers elegant furnishings, gleaming hardwood floors, and an impressive stone fireplace. However the real eye catcher is when you walk further into the room and are suddenly drawn into a 180° degree view of Deep Creek and the surrounding mountains. It’s one of those views that never ceases to amaze. Each bedroom has been lovingly decorated. Offering 3 Master Suites and 2 bedrooms with singles/ bunk beds makes this home the perfect choice for the multi-family getaway! Easily enough room for everyone!
Great Room with amazing lake views!
That being in mind, imagine bringing your family here for a full week in the summer. The kids will be thrilled and boredom is never an option. Not to mention the numerous activities to do in our area, in the summer, you can just spend your days swimming, fishing, and lounging at your own private dock! It’s also located off a quiet little lane (this home is almost at the end) so the kids can bring their bicycles and the parents don’t need to worry about a lot of road traffic! Choose another season to visit and you will also fall in love with the close proximity to Wisp Ski Resort and area shopping and dining! We are so excited to welcome “Rest Assured” to our rental market! We know that this is going to be a home that so many families will call their “Home Away from Home” and will want to return time and time again. The summer weeks are going to fill up very fast for this vacation home so please call soon to book your stay! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #summertime #familyfun