Calling All Bookworms!!

Super Fun Kids Section!

     Although the air outside was a bit chilly, the sun was shining brightly
 when I decided to head out for the day into downtown Oakland. On the agenda, stopping in at the Oakland Bookmark’et and Antique Mezzanine. I am the first to admit that I am a bit of a “Book Nerd”. Even when I was little, I used to love to go inside book stores and wander aimlessly. The possibilities always seem endless. A good love story? A science fiction novel? Perhaps just a collection of random poems? I had finished my latest book about a week ago and was looking forward to something new and different. When I first walked into the shop, I was excited about the immediate warmth that enveloped me, followed by a bright and cheerful greeting from the cashier. Warm and cozy are definitely terms that come to mind inside the shop. A quick scan gave me the gist of the layout. The newest and most popular releases were prominently displayed in the front of the store. Cute little signs and plants added to the bright décor. Turning a little nook, I discovered the kids section and was in awe. Books, toys, learning displays, doll houses, and stuffed animals stretched from floor to ceiling and my inner child was thrilled! What a phenomenal place to bring the kids to let them choose a book to take home! I continued to wander around where I found the teenage section, the travel section, self-help and finally Viola! The cook book section! (Okay, just to let you in on a little secret of mine, I absolutely love cook books! The actual cooking part, I can certainly do without but I still love to read over recipes and daydream of creating fabulous feasts! )


Cook Books!!

I continued to happily wander about looking at the huge selection. Finally, I narrowed my selection down, paid for my purchases, and headed outside to embrace the fresh mountain air! An afternoon spent happily browsing and shopping in the picturesque town of Oakland. A must-do on your next visit to the area!

Slopes, anyone?

     Speaking of Oakland and fun things to do, don’t forget about the 7th Annual Winterfest held from February 15th– February 17th. Walk through the town and see some of the amazing ice sculptures, let the kids’ play ice bowling, check out the local vendors, and don’t skimp on the hot chocolate. This held on both Saturday and Sunday from 10-6 and is a wonderful event for the whole family to enjoy. Now is the perfect time to book that last minute ski trip with your friends and family. Be sure to call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations 1-866-351-1119 or visit us online (www.deepcreekvacations.com) to find out about the latest specials and deals we are running (don’t forget we offer discounted lift tickets as well!) We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Let The Shopping Commence!

     I am a Christmas shopping procrastinator. It’s not that I don’t love giving gifts because I do, I am just not a big fan of crowded malls and large stores. I have finally come to a no-brainer solution. Shop Local! We have so many great little shops here in Garrett County that it seems silly that I wouldn’t frequent them more often. By far, one of my very favorite shops is Four All Seasons Gift Shop located in the Dry Dock Plaza at Deep Creek Lake. Whether you are looking for a fun and funky new toy for the kids, a new amazing handbag for mom, or even football memorabilia, this shop definitely has something for everyone. Unfortunately, the shop will be closing its doors for good very soon but in the meantime, everything in the store is marked way down and with an extra 40% off everything, it’s a deal that can’t be beat. So, I headed there first. Considering the countdown had begun, the pressure to start marking names off my list was on. An hour later, I started to feel a little victorious at all of the awesome deals I had found.


40% off everything!

Arms laden with my many packages, I decided to check out The Christmas Chalet located across from Uno’s next. http://www.christmaschalet.com/ Ebenezer Scrooge could not walk in there and not immediately get in the spirit of the holiday. Tons of brightly colored Christmas trees and decorations beautifully illuminated as far as the eyes could see! There is an ornament for absolutely everyone on your list! Dog and cat lovers, dancers, teddy bears, s’mores, sports fanatics, whatever you are looking for its most likely in there. After carefully choosing some awesome Steeler Christmas tree bulbs, a yummy cinnamon/ apple candle and some other odds and ends, I left very content with my purchases. Exhausted from all of my mad spending, I made a quick dash into Trader’s Coffee House for a rejuvenating cappuccino. Yep, I have to say that local shopping is definitely the way to go!


WVU Mountaineer Fan? No problem!

     Now, is the perfect time to start planning that winter weekend getaway. Wisp has officially announced that it will be opening this weekend (December 15thand 16th) They will continue to make snow with the weather permitting. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations is offering some phenomenal last minute discounts for many of our homes so be sure to call today to see what we are offering. Planning a summer stay? Our new 2013 brochure is now out. Call and let us know that you would like a copy sent to you and we will mail it out the next day. Don’t forget that you can also view our e-brochure or just visit our website to find the perfect vacation home for you and your family (www.deepcreekvacations.com or call 1-866-351-1119). For those that happen to be in the area, stop by our office (located adjacent from Market Square in McHenry) and check out the sensational holiday decorations that are maintenance guys worked hard on putting up. Absolutely stunning and a terrific photo opportunity for the kids! Holiday spirits are high here in the mountains and we look forward to seeing you at the lake!

Okay, altogether now…. Think Snow!

 

Aawww! December and the 25 day countdown begins! 25 days of Christmasmusic, Christmas movies, enticing shopping offers, Christmas goodies (and proof positive that I have very little will power when it comes to saying No to all things homemade and yummy!) and let us not forget the Christmas parties and activities! What a fun month to enjoy here at Deep Creek Lake!

A familiar humming sound has been heard echoing on the mountain top lately as Wisp is eagerly trying to crank out the snow so the official ski season can begin! (Fun fact: Did you know that back in 1956, the year after Wisp first opened, Recreational Industries attempted to make snow for the first time. The machines resembled lawn sprinklers which emitted frozen pellets of water.)  Of course, the snow blowers today are much more high tech.
They have a decent base of snow started and hopefully the temperatures will continue to drop in the evening allowing for the snow to be made.  Hard to believe that next weekend is Wisp’s 57th birthdaycelebration! They will be offering all kinds of amazing deals on discounted lift tickets, rentals, and lessons. There will also be entertainment, games, and more birthday fun (Come on Mother Nature, cooperated with us here!) Just to think, 57 years ago, one man by the name of Mr. Helmuth Heise had a vision. What many saw as just a cow pasture, Helmuth saw a makeshift ski lift. A one room hut with a potbellied stove served as the first lodge and the bed of a pickup truck operated as the first ski rental shop. Now all of these years later, the Wisp Resort is now considered  the premiere ski and golf destination in the state of Maryland. In the winter, guests flock to the area for the chance to challenge ski slopes, have a blast at the snow tubing park or enjoy some time at the newly designed ice skating rink. Throughout the rest of the year, Wisp still offers a bevy of activities from the mountain coaster that winds down the mountain, the exquisite golf course, Disc golf, the Flying Squirrel Canopy Tour, and much, much more. (www.wispresort.com)
We are still offering some fantastic last minute discounts for most of our homes, so gather you friends and family and give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or go online www.deepcreekvacations.com). It’s a fun filled weekend that you definitely don’t want to miss.
Bringing the family? On Saturday December 9th, The Discovery Center will be hosting a Holiday Open House. From 10 am- 1 pm, stop by and enjoy steaming hot chocolate and homemade cookies. The kids will get a chance to make their own nature picture frame and have their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus! A wonderful family event that you don’t want to miss. For more information, go to the their website www.discoverycenterdcl.com
We are embracing the Holiday spirit here @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and we can’t wait to share it with you. Call today to begin planning your Deep Creek getaway. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 

Snowing in Garrett County!!

Black Friday, has turned out to be White Friday in Garrett County. The weatherman is predicting 3-6 inch accumulation by the middle of the night. We went over to Wisp and they are starting to blow snow, hoping to be open next weekend, so cross your fingers.

Also if you have not heard, Wisp is having a White Friday sale today, and today only, on ski & tubing tickets, as well as mountain coaster rides. Call them today at 301-387-4911.

We are also having huge Black Friday Specials throughout the week – call for details!

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you on the slopes this winter!

Jenna Bush Visited Deep Creek Lake

After attending the inauguration of our new President, Barack Obama, former first twin, Jenna Bush, spent the following three-day weekend at Deep Creek Lake, MD. Jenna and her husband stayed at one of the properties, Clubhouse Chalet, handled by Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations in McHenry with a few other couples. Her stay at Waterfront Greens was enhanced by cold weather and the perfect conditions for skiing at the Wisp Ski Resort.