Big news – Wisp Resort opening December 15, 2017, weather permitting!
Wisp Resort started some serious snowmaking efforts the evening of December 6th. The snow guns have been going strong ever since. Cold temperatures in the extended forecast. That gives them a good window to reach their goal of Wisp Resort opening Friday the 15th.
They are making snow at the Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park as well as on the slopes. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, they also have an ice skating rink this is open every weekend.
Continue reading Wisp Resort Opening Friday December 15, 2017!
A Great Small Town Christmas is underway now through December 16th in Oakland – just a short drive from the Deep Creek Lake area. You will find something for every member of the family!
The charming downtown will host horse drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa himself and lots of great deals at local shops.
Here’s the rundown for all of the fun events that are part of A Great Small Town Christmas:
The Joy of Christ: December 4 to December 8 at the Oakland Community Center (Oakland Armory), starting at 6:30PM. Food will be available for purchase. Free event.
Our Town Theatre’s Annual Christmas Market: Saturday, December 2 from 10-3 at Our Town Theatre. Browse gifts made by local artisans get some yummy treats at the bake sale!
ALL Saturday’s Nov 25 through Dec 16 – 11 am to 3 pm
-Soup and Santa (Non-profits serving soup throughout downtown)
-Carolers caroling throughout the downtown
-Pictures with Santa Claus by Smoke N Mirrors in the grass lot beside Englander’s
December 8th & 9th: Continue reading Complete Schedule for A Great Small Town Christmas
Christmas in the Village is a delightful holiday event held in nearby Grantsville, MD. The 2017 dates are December 1st from 4-8PM and December 2nd from noon-8PM. Somerset Trust Co. has sponsored FREE shuttle service for the entire event. You can park at the Grantsville Elementary School (120 Grant St, Grantsville, MD 21536).
ABOUT SPRUCE FOREST ARTISAN VILLAGE
If you haven’t visited the Spruce Forest Artisan Village, this is a great chance to explore this favorite local spot. It is located in an area known as Little Crossings adjacent to Casselman River Bridge State Park. It is a venue where skilled artisans can showcase and sell their work. Visitors have an opportunity to interact with them in their studios that are as unique as the items they create. Each studio is housed in one of thirteen restored cabins, including a one-room schoolhouse. This area also boasts an original inn dating back to 1818 – now known as Penn Alps Restaurant.
The Little Crossings area has experienced a recent revitalization. The Cornucopia Café and Grant’s Mercantile are recent additions to this riverside destination.
CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE
Christmas in the Village kicks-off on Friday evening with luminaries lighting the paths to the various artist studios. Decorated fresh greenery and twinkling lights, it will quickly get you in the mood for the holidays.
Continue reading Christmas in the Village: Check Out Our Holiday Event Quick Guide
Do some Deep Creek Lake shopping on Small Business Saturday – the day after Black Friday! It is a great opportunity to celebrate and support the small businesses. Deep Creek Lake shopping gives you a chance to get one-of-a-kind items from your favorite place. Pick up holiday gifts or something special for yourself!
I put together a guide to shopping small when you are on a Deep Creek Lake vacation. Supporting “mom and pop” businesses doesn’t have to be limited to Small Business Saturday. These are fun places to browse and buy throughout the year!
MCHENRY/DEEP CREEK LAKE
High Mountain Sports
21327 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD 21550
Bear Creek Traders
24586 Garrett Hwy, McHenry, MD 21541
Gourmet and More
1550 Deep Creek Drive Suite E, McHenry, MD 21541
1224 Friendsville Road, Friendsville MD 21531
The Tourist Trap
19895 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD 21550
20294 Garrett Hwy, Oakland, MD 21550
The Copper Kettle Popcorn Factory
20294 Garrett Hwy, Oakland, MD 21550
Outdoor Elements at Wisp Resort
296 Marsh Hill Road, McHenry, MD 21541 Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Shopping: Tips for Small Business Saturday
Deep Creek Vacation Rental Market Update
For Taylor-Made owners, the Deep Creek Lake vacation rental market is experiencing an excellent first quarter for the 2018 fiscal year. It has been exciting to see the growth in the variety of vacation rentals available to vacationers in recent years.
Summer is always a popular time to visit, and our occupancy levels were 39% more than in 2016. Fall travel to the area is also on the rise. By mid summer, our September 2017 reservations were already 9% ahead of last year, and we finished that month with an overall 14% increase in stays.
Aggressive marketing, that includes distribution of Taylor-Made homes on Booking.com and Air BNB, coupled with the post-Labor Day start for Maryland schools contributed to driving more reservations during this time.
Because of the later start for MD schools, we tested out extending prime summer season rates by one week. There was no negative impact, so we will continue with this to maximize owner revenue.
Over the years, we have shifted our focus to more online channels. They are more easily trackable. That gives us a better idea of where marketing dollars are best spent in order to benefit our home owners.
“We appreciate all of your efforts to market our property Ski Shore. 2017 has had the highest rental income we have had in 19 years.” ~ Ski Shore Owners
Continue reading Deep Creek Vacation Rental Market Update
Romantic Deep Creek Lake getaways just got better! We are excited to announce that we have partnered with local favorite Firefly Farms to offer their MountainTop Bleu cheese in our romance and honeymoon packages!
Founded in 2000, Firefly Farms has become Maryland’s most-awarded cheese maker. They produce artisan goat cheeses using sustainably-produced, locally‐sourced fresh goat’s milk and traditional methods of cheese making. Continue reading Romance Package Update: Firefly Farms Cheese Now Available!
Wondering where to get Thanksgiving dinner at Deep Creek?
If you are heading to the lake for the Thanksgiving holiday, you might want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the area with family and friends.
Here is a list of places to get Thanksgiving dinner at Deep Creek that will be updated as more local restaurants announce their menus:
Dinner Package for Pick-Up Starting at $179, Serves About 10 People
Includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes & gravy, green been casserole, dinner rolls, salad, cranberry sauce and 2 pumpkin pies.
Call 866-380-8751 to order by November 19. Continue reading Where to Get Thanksgiving Dinner at Deep Creek
The Festival of Trees Garrett County is held every Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. For 2017 the festival dates are November 24th and 25th. Friday hours are 9-5 and Saturday hours are 9-4 with the live auction of trees starting at 6PM. Tickets are available at the door for $5 and proceeds benefit the Dove Center.
Fun for all ages, you can see beautiful trees decorated with unique themes by local businesses and organizations. Each day, the fun kicks off with breakfast with Santa. The cost is $10 per person with seatings at 9 and 10AM. You will get a full breakfast plus priority in line for a professional photo with Santa in his sleigh. Continue reading Festival of Trees Garrett County
To mark the 50th anniversary of this favorite festival, we are sharing some of our favorite Autumn Glory photos from past years. If you love the Deep Creek Lake area or if you are a fan of beautiful foliage, it is an absolute must.
The five day festival includes concerts, band competitions, antique and craft shows, two parades and a lot more!
Continue reading Favorite Autumn Glory Photos
October 2017 Deep Creek Lake events are keeping folks entertained as they enjoy the beautiful display of fall colors. If you are thinking of visiting the area to meet with an sales agent, vacation rental specials make it easy to slip away for a weekend.
50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival
Countywide festivities celebrate the beauty of autumn. The Grand Feature Autumn Glory parade is Saturday at 1PM. Other activities include the Maryland State Fiddle & Banjo Championships, the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands, craft & antique shows and much more.
Fall Colors Hike
Meet at the Deep Creek Lake Discover Center at 10AM to take a guided hike along the scenic Meadow Mountain Trail. Continue reading October 2017 Deep Creek Lake Events