Someone Did the Snow Dance!

So, the whole family has decided that they want to get together over winter for a small family reunion and everyone has agreed that Deep Creek Lake is the place to go! Well, first, congratulations on picking such a great destination. Offering 4 seasons of year round adventure, Deep Creek definitely has something for everyone. Now, comes the planning. How are you going to find a house large enough to accommodate everyone & will it have all of the amenities that everyone wants? The cousins insist on a swimming pool while the older teens just want a hot tub and high speed & wireless internet? The men want a pool table and to be close to the ski slopes. The women prefer a fully stocked kitchen and a fireplace. Seems like an almost impossible task. Luckily, you have chosen to call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and we have several homes that will definitely please everyone in your party! Now discounted for this weekend are 2 of Deep Creek’s most premiere homes! Unforgettable, a phenomenal 8 bedroom lakefront home is located in the prestigious gated community known as Waterfront Greens. With 3 levels of living space, there is more than ample room for everyone! The kids will love spending their afternoons in the private indoor pool. Others may just want to cuddle up in front of one of the fireplaces with a good book and everyone can enjoy some competitive fun at the billiards table. Another stand out feature of this magnificent home is that there is not only one but two hot tubs! A large yard is perfect for that friendly snowball fight or have the kids bring their sleds and head to the community sledding hill. Wisp Ski Resort is located approximately 10 miles away. http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/deep-creek/lake-front/house/rentals/unforgettable/181/alpha

Located a little closer to the slopes is another amazing mountain home known as Celebrations at Deep Creek and the moment you step inside you will definitely have something to celebrate! Also offering 8 bedrooms & 3 levels of space, this spacious home has all of the comforts of home and much, much more! The fun & colorful private indoor swimming pool will be an instant hit with everyone in your group! The upper level loft houses your pool table or you can head to the lower level and challenge a family member to a game of foosball. Multiple flat screen TVs, blue rays, high speed & wireless internet, & an IPod dock are just some of the many amenities that will be used to keep teens and adults entertained. Tackle the slopes during the day and come home and unwind in the steamy outdoor hot tub or just enjoy spending time with your loved ones as you gather in the Great Room. http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/deep-creek/lake-front/house/rentals/celebration-at-deep-creek/205/alpha 
Call and reserve one of these incredible homes for the January 9th weekend and receive a 15% discount off of your stay! It’s snowing as I type this, the slopes are open and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Doing the Last Minute Scramble!

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

Festive Times!

Ask about our Pet-friendly homes!
There is great excitement around the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales office lately as we have been busy getting into the festive spirit! We celebrated our annual Taylor-Made Holiday party last Tuesday which was a tremendous amount of fun! Our thanks go out to Angie Bosely and her crew for preparing some wonderful food and for making our office look so pretty and bright! We celebrating by once again allowing Chad, one of our company owners, to poke fun at us by sticking us his JibJab videos (always hilarious and fun!) and ended with our usual exciting game of Yankee Swap! Again, much fun was had by all and again a thanks and shout out to all that helped making it so successful!
Wisp in Preperation!

Wisp Ski Resort opened up last weekend much to the delight of our last minute renters and snow enthusiasts in general. Since then, they are still making every effort to keep the slopes snow covered and with snow showers in this week’s forecast, it looks like they will be successful. If you are looking for a fun filled weekend, give us a call as we are offering some fantastic last minute specials before the holiday season! (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) We are even offering some fabulous Christmas specials for those that would like to celebrate Christmas here at Deep Creek Lake (can you imagine how excited the kids would be to know that you had planned a surprise holiday trip to the mountains for Christmas?)!
HO! HO! HO!

If you are in the area over the Christmas holiday, make sure you stop by our Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales main office! Santa Claus will be here on Christmas Eve from 10am -12 pm. There will hot chocolate and cookies and story time for the kids! Come by and have your picture taken with Santa (also the perfect time for some of you to convince that you really do belong on the Nice list!
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Give us a call, come and visit, because we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

A Cherry On Top!

Spectacular Great Room!
Your family is planning their first family reunion to Deep Creek Lake and it’s of the upmost importance that you find the ultimate vacation home that can please everyone in your group. Seems intimidating doesn’t it? It doesn’t have to be! When you call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com), we do our best to find you the home that will happily host your get together. A new home on our vacation rental market, Cherrie’s Jubilee, is a premiere Deep Creek home that definately has something to offer everyone in the family. Pulling up the driveway, you will immediately notice the beautifully manicured lawn and outdoor space (Yes, 4WD is required in the winter season!) but the real delight is when you step inside and bask in the sheer beauty of the expansive Great Room. Highlighting vaulted cathedral ceilings, an impressive stone fireplace, luxurious furnishings, and oversized pictures windows, you will instantly know that this is going to be a favorite gathering space for you and your loved ones.
The chef in the family will fall in love with this superb, overly stocked kitchen which features all stainless steel appliances, 2 ovens, and gorgeous granite countertops! Everyone will love pitching in to help at meal time! Share mealtime around the dining room table or take the meal outdoors and picnic on the large wraparound deck as you enjoy spectacular lake and mountain views. The kids will love hanging out in the lower level Family Room whether they are playing pool, ping pong, board games or watching a favorite movie, you will never hear the words “I’m Bored!” If that’s not enough, send them out to the garage for a fun game of indoor basketball. For those that want to relax and unwind, take a dip in the bubby outdoor hot tub or grab a favorite book and cuddle up in front of the wood fireplace! This home is also perfectly located just minutes from Wisp Resort for those that seek wintertime adventure and is also just a short drive from state parks, Smiley’s Fun Zone, Funland, area marinas, shopping and dining. Don’t let the stress of planning your next family gathering get the best of you! We do have the perfect home for you. Don’t need something quite so large? That’s not a problem either as we offer everything from a charming one bedroom cottage to an 8 bedroom lakefront home with a private indoor pool!
Fall @ Deep Creek Lake!
State of the Art Kitchen

As we continue to head further into fall, now is the ideal time to get away for a last minute weekend trip to Deep Creek! Take advantage of our many weekend specials or don’t forget that we are now offering a 3 night stay for the price of 2! Call us and let us help you plan your family reunion at Cherrie’s Jubilee or another one of our amazing homes. 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!

A little help in planning your Couple’s Retreat!

Lake Pointe Retreat’s Great Room
Blanketed in a layer of fluffy goodness, Deep Creek experienced a great deal of snow fall over the weekend bringing excitement for those that can’t wait to tackle the ski slopes. Wisp is currently operating with about 5 slopes open as well as the snow tubing park and ice skating rink. Now is the time to call us here @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) to take advantage of the rush before the holidays and some of the fabulous specials we are offering now.
Are you in charge of planning this year’s couple’s retreat for your friends? New to our rental market, Lake Pointe Retreat is a stunning 5 bedroom home which is perfect for you. Just a short stroll away from Wisp’s ticket window, you and your guests can come and go on the slopes as you please. This is ideal for those that have couple’s with different agendas. May be some in your party want to ski all day while some just want to enjoy the ice skating rink for a view hours. This extra convenience helps. Why else might you choose this particular home? The fabulous and rich décor cannot be overlooked. You will be in awe from the moment that you step inside the Great Room! Go into overload as you walk to the lower level and imagine the hours of fun that will be spent playing pool as you keep warm in front of a toasty fire. Offering all large king and queen sized beds also makes this an ideal choice for couple’s! I highly recommend that you check out this home as you plan your getaway.   http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/deep-creek/ski-in%252fski-out/house/rentals/lake-pointe-retreat/235/alpha,   The luxurious furnishings coupled with the extremely convenient location make this home an easy choice for many!
Who’s Ready?

As we continue to get closer to the holidays, stay tuned for more updates on area happenings and the best places to shop locally! In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

A gem of a find!

Zack taking on the Chipmunk Challenge!

Summer has officially arrived here at Deep Creek Lake and so far, we are being rewarded with some truly amazing weather. Bright blue skies appear to dance around a background of lush green mountains. Add in the sparkling blue waters of the lake and you will quickly see why summer is such a popular time to visit the area. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from a potential guest is “What will we do to entertain the kids?” While there are numerous answers to this question, one of my favorite and most reliable answers is “Go to Wisp Resort”. Kids will love the Wisp Resort Adventure Park where there are an abundance of fun activities for kids of all ages.  For the smaller kids, 4 & up, they may want to check out the Chipmunk Challenge Course which tests their athletic prowess while creating a fun and educational environment. Various obstacle courses and zip lines create the perfect amount of challenge combined with excitement and fun. The newly added Squirrel’s Den is a cool new playground that showcases various slides, swings, and a swaying bridge. Afterwards let them wind down with some gem mining where they will sluice and sift through gems. They then take them to the assay station to learn about the gems they have mined. Older kids may enjoy riding around and taking a Segway tour or flying down the Wisp Mountain on the unique Mountain Coaster (you can control the speed so if you are a wimp like me, you can take full advantage of the brakes!) Add in laser games, mountain biking, and  disc golf and you and your guests will find that you simply don’t have enough time to do it all in one day! Now, you may ask, “What will the adults do?” While they too can enjoy most of these activities, they may enjoy spending the afternoon on the prestigious Wisp Golf Course or relax with a day at Sewickley Spa where they enjoy a day of complete indulgence.  I highly recommend that you check out Wisp online (www.wispresort.comor give them a call 301-387-4000) for more details on what wonderful activities they offer!

First day of Summer @ Deep Creek Lake!

Summer homes are going very quickly so call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today to reserve yours (www.deepcreekvacations.comor 1-866-351-1119). We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

What to do “Fore!” dad?

It appears that April showers do, in fact, bring May flowers. The mountain top is in full bloom right now and boasting a variety of brilliant greens, anticipating a much desired summer season. In the meantime, the temperature has been perfect and now is the ideal time to plan a nice weekend getaway. What would one do? Why, golf, of course! Although there are many various golf courses in Garrett County, 2 of the most easily accessible here at lake are Wisp Golf Course and Lodestone Golf Course.
The boys taking advantage of the weather to play @ Wisp!

Wisp Golf Course has been named by Golfstyles Magazine as one of “100 Must-Play Courses of the Mid-Atlantic.” Taking advantage of the base of the ski slopes, this course is designed using their natural contours. Mix in spectacular mountain views, this 72 par championship course will provide excitement and challenges for all players. http://www.wispresort.com/wisp/info/s.golf.aspx

Lodestone Golf Course, a new course to our area, is located on a mountain ridge on top of Wisp Mountain. This course is a Hale Irwin Signature design in collaboration with golf architect Todd Schoeder. What exactly does this mean? I was curious. It seems that Hale Irwin is an American professional golfer and one of the few in history to win 3 U.S. Opens. He later developed a career as a golf course architect, designing some of the most prestigious and challenging courses to date.
Morning fishing!

With Father’s Day quickly approaching next month, now is the perfect time to plan dad’s golfing weekend getaway! We have many amazing homes that are just minutes away from both courses. Call us here Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or go online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us know what you are looking for and we will do our best to find the perfect vacation home for you. Make it a couple’s getaway and we can recommend some fantastic massage and spa options for the women in the group. Summer is just around the corner so now is the time to begin planning that unforgettable family vacation. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Dare to Dunk!

Time to Dunk!
If you happen to be in the area this weekend and you notice a lot of very strangely clad folks running into Deep Creek Lake, you may question the sanity of those that are here. No worries! That is just all of the wonderful people that are participating in the 15th anniversary of the Deep Creek Dunk! Sponsored by the Maryland State Police, dunkers are asked to donate at least $50 in pledges to participate. Once they have made the pledge, Dunk participants take a quick dip in the lake behind Uno’s Bar and Grill.  This wonderful charity raises funds for Special Olympics Maryland, the state’s largest year round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The event is free to spectators, and Dunkers receive a commemorative sweatshirt, lunch courtesy of Uno Chicago Bar & Grill, group color photo, and the satisfaction of knowing that contributed to such a great cause. The last time I checked their website, the pledges were already over $110,000, which is absolutely amazing! Not to mention how fun the event is. You more than likely will see some “celebrities” such as Elvis, Spongebob, and  Kiss, the rock group! Entertainment also goes throughout the day and evening. If you are in the area, please stop by and support this awesome charity.
Summer Fun!

If you are planning on a summer vacation here at Deep Creek, now is the time to find your perfect vacation home. Lakefront homes tend to book quickly so if that is your preference, it is best to start your search sooner rather than later. Call our office (Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and speak to one of our Reservationist to get explicit details on the homes that you are interested in. Our Reservations team goes out and views every home so that we can effectively answer your questions to the best of our knowledge. Not sure to do while you are in the area? Ask us! We can tell you the best places to go for hiking and biking, horseback riding, where to rent a boat and what special events are going on in the area during the time that you will be visiting.

Mother Nature continues to blanket the area with snow so the ski slopes at Wisp are still open and ready for you to tackle! If you are vertically challenged on the slopes (such as myself!) then you may want to head to the snow tubing park or to the ice skating rink! Lots of fun activities for the whole family! In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!