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.
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!
When you’re searching for the perfect Deep Creek Lake vacation rental for your family, there are a variety of things you look at – Does it have the right number of bedrooms?Is it in the location that you love best?How many can it accommodate? Of course, the most important criteria is the price of the home and if it is within your budget.
Recently, HomeAway, VRBO, and VacationRentals implemented a “traveler fee” to reservations booked through their websites. It varies from 4%-10% of the total value of the booking (not to exceed $499). When booking through these sites, you can review the fee by looking at “view details” of the booking section.
Why pay more for your vacation when you don’t have to?
We list our homes on these sites in order to give our properties maximum visibility. In light of this recent change, we encourage you to make your reservations for Deep Creek Lake vacation homes directly through www.deepcreekvacations.com or call 1-866-351-1119.
We appreciate our guests and understand that vacations are an investment. We always want you to get the best value when you choose one of our homes.
December 1st! Wow. We were so happy to have so many of our guests and homeowners join us over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Of course this is why we are in this industry but we just love the idea of multiple families coming together to stay in our homes. Creating meals together, gathering around the fireplace in the Great Room, challenging each other to a game of pool. Lots of laughter and knowing that you are creating memories to last a life time. Mushy. I know but the holidays can easily hit your sappy, sentimental side. Again, it was nice to see so many familiar faces.
Although the warmer weather has been nice (perfect for hitting the state parks for some mountain hiking and biking), I think that we are all getting a little anxious for some snow! We are now offering a terrific discount for the January 8th weekend! Reserve any participating home for that weekend and we will give you a 15% discount off your stay. Just give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find your vacation home! Talk about the perfect holiday to give your family and friends this year!
Just a reminder that if you are in the area the weekend of December 4th & 5th, The 31st Annual Christmas In the Village will be going on at the Spruce Forest Artisan Village located in Grantsville (an easy 20 minute drive from the lake). If you have never attended, I highly recommend that you take the family and check it out! Fire warmed studios are kept festive by the candle luminaries that entwine throughout the village. You can enjoy live music and choral programs in the Village Church and have a chance to meet and speak to the local artisans who will be on hand peddling their ware. There will also be various kid’s activities, again making this the ideal family event! For more information, check out their website. http://spruceforest.org/
We 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!
Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is excited to say that they are continuing to offer our Deep Creek Adventurer Package for children this summer! Ideal for children 12 and under, it is a package designed to show the kiddos in the family all of the fun activities Deep Creek has to offer. Designed to come in a small canvas lunch bag, inside the kid’s will find a treasure of goodies. A bucket/ pail is perfect for days spent on the sandy shores of Deep Creek Lake State Park! Here they will also find their “Pass Port” book along with a map of all of the participating vendors in the area. They simply go to the establishment (For example, Funland Arcade) take their pass port in and asked to have it stamped. Once they collect 4 stamps, they can return their pass port for a Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations Frisbee. If they collect 8 stamps and bring that it in, we will enter their name into a drawing for a free IPad Mini. This drawing is scheduled to be held on September 3rd, 2014.
Violet & Poe playing on our yard!
The package also includes some great discounts and freebies such as a Free Kid’s Sundae with the purchase of a Kid’s Meal from Dutch’s at Silver Tree or 10% a kid’s toy at Bear Creek Trader’s. The kicker in this package is that it is only $5! Add it before your reservation and we will have it waiting at the home for you upon your arrival! Can you imagine how excited the kids would be to start their Deep Creek vacation with a Deep Creek Adventurer Pack? If you are new to the area, this will help you plan some activities to do while you are visiting (Of course, we will happily make suggestions of some of our favorite things to see and do around Deep Creek Lake at any time!) Forgot to add it before your arrival, stop in to our office and pick yours up. We will also be offering these at the Welcome Party Mondays held each summer on the lakefront of Uno’s &The Honi-Honi) It really is a fun and neat package for the kid’s and the cooler lunch bag makes a great souvenir as well.
Beautiful Spring Morning!
Have you finalized your plans for Memorial Day weekend yet? We are currently offering “3 Nights for the Price of 2!” for this weekend so it’s a perfect time to take advantage. The docks are in and the marinas are ready! Don’t you want to spend the day with family and friends buzzing around the lake? Grilling out on your deck which offers stunning lake views? Capturing phenomenal sunsets from your private dock? We thought so! Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find that perfect Deep Creek or Vacation Rental home! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
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.
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!
Our mountain area is finally beginning to bloom! After being covered in white for the long winter season, the sight of buds on the trees and the grass growing green and plush is rather exciting. I even got giddy over watching some ducks playing in a quiet cove last week. Spring in Deep Creek is one of my favorite times as you almost feel like you just woke up from a nice, rested nap. Anglers are beginning to visit now that docks are going in the water and to take advantage of the quiet stillness of the lake during the Spring season. Fishing is a popular activity on the lake at this time and a good time to go, particularly if you are looking for large and small mouth bass and walleyes. Many mornings on the commute to work, you will catch sight of those that enjoy the quiet solitude of mornings spent on the lake. If you are planning a fishing getaway, make sure to give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online @ www.deepcreekvacations.com). We can not only help you find the perfect house for you and your party, we will search extensively to find the one has a dock slip or is located on the part of the lake that is known to be a superior fishing spot. One of our smaller homes, Cross the River, is a gorgeous little two bedroom home that is located right on the shores of the Youghiogheny River, also known as a great river to fish, particularly if you’re fan of trout. Imagine spending your mornings and afternoons casting from your very own dock or from the lake’s shores.
For those that have no interest in fishing, now is still a wonderful time to visit for a relaxing weekend in the mountains. Choose to spend the weekend trying out one of our numerous golf courses, go horseback riding at a local stable or head to Wisp for a ride on their mountain coaster. What’s a mountain coaster, you may ask? Basically it is a one to two person (depending on size; think adult and smaller child) coaster that winds down Wisp Mountain. You even control the speed so if you are a big wimp, like me, you can slow it down. The daredevils can go a full 28 miles per hour). It’s extremely fun and a neat thing that you can brag to your friends about! Currently many of our homes are offering 3 nights for the price of 2 through the month of May so take advantage and give us a call. A weekend in the mountains can do wonders! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
Spring has arrived! We were blessed with gorgeous weather at Deep Creek Lake over the Easter holiday and the temperatures are still rising as I type this. The trees are beginning to bud and the grass is becoming more green and lush. I’ve always been a big fan of the smell of fresh cut grass but the first time you smell it in the spring brings a sense of relief that you can hopefully pack away the winter gear and bring out the flip flops! There are a lot of activities and things to do here at Deep Creek this season and the perfect time for a quick weekend getaway. If you really want to experience some of the unique qualities of our mountainous region, then you should most definitely check out one of the many local Ramp Dinners or Ramp Festivals. If you are unfamiliar with Ramps, they are essentially wild onions that are known for their “Stink”. Ahh, yes, these small round bulbous onions are quite pungent (to smell in general and particularly when ingested). They do however have a wonderful sweet taste. Many local chefs in our area will often creatively use them to create delectable dishes. This Saturday April 26th @ The Deep Creek Discovery Center, they will be holding their 13th Annual Ramp Cook Off where the public is invited to either submit a dish for judging or just be part of the public tasting. The event begins from 11- 1pm. A panel of judges will be judging the ramps on ramp flavor, presentation, and creativity. If you are looking for a fun family activity that also gives you a glimpse into some of our local folklore, you should definitely check it out.
Ramp Season is here!
Kayaking Savage River Reservoir!
Golf is another fun activity to do if you are visiting us this spring. With numerous golf courses in our area, you certainly have your choice of where to play. For those that are staying in our Waterfront Greens Community, you also get free play of the 3 par community golf course. Plan a couple’s getaway and while half the party spends the day on the greens, the other half can schedule one of our local massage therapists to come to the house and do on-site massage therapy. So whether you are coming for specific event or just to get away, there is definitely something for everyone. Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and we will be more than happy to help you plan your itinerary throughout your stay. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!
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!)
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!
You have procrastinated long enough and now it is time to plan your family summer getaway. Every year you do the “Beach thing” but this year, you have decided to step outside your box and try something new and different. Fortunately you had a co-worker who was telling you about this fabulous getaway that they had to Deep Creek Lake and they rented through this very reliable, friendly and easy to use company, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). Once you find out that Deep Creek Lake is only a mere 3 hours away (yep, 3 hours from the Washington/ Baltimore area; 2.5 from Pittsburgh), you are hooked. What now?
Lake views from Little Chapel
Well, you call us and we begin the process of finding the best options that will work for you and your guests. Do you have your week narrowed down? Do you know the number of guests in your party and the # of bedrooms that you need? Tell us about yourself. Do you want to be right on the lake or up on the mountain enjoying panoramic views? Would it be easier if the grandparents stayed in a separate small house nearby? We have many options to choose from and the best part is that every one of our Reservation Specialist has been to our homes. We are extremely familiar with not only the layout and décor of the home but we know the area the home is located, the # of steps to the water or if you have to drive to the state park. Two of our newer homes, Moondance & Little Chapel in the Woods are the perfect example for the above scenario. Moondance is a 4 bedroom chalet that boasts a massive stone fireplace, large wraparound deck, and multiple game tables. Little Chapel in the Woods, located next door, is a small 2 bedroom stylish home. The close location allows the family to share meals together, walk down to their dock slips together for a day of lake fun but at the end of the evening, the grandparents can feel free to retire early while the rest of the kids play billiards and stay up late watching movies.
Regardless of your circumstance, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations will do its very best to find the perfect home for you. Not sure where to rent a boat? What will you do on a rainy day? Where’s the nearest grocery store? We can help you with any questions that you may have and will go above and beyond to help you plan your fun-filled Deep Creek adventure. Summer will be upon us very soon. It’s easy, it’s fun and trust me, your family will thank you. Call us today at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation @ 1-866-351-1119 and let us help you plan your summer vacation. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!