Dinner and Music at Wispers Bar

Every Wednesday night in January, Wispers Bar at Wisp Ski Resort is hosting live music by the Davisson Brothers Band. It is a FREE Show starting at 8pm.
Last week, I was able to get out and have dinner and enjoy some music. Wednesdays at Wisp you can also get great sushi and sit down and watch the band. Wispers was packed and the evening was fantastic. Good food, good company, and great music!
For more information you can contact Wisp Resort at 301-387-4911.

Dinner at Pine Lodge Steakhouse

During the holiday madness, my husband and I were able to make it out to Pine Lodge Steakhouse for dinner. Centrally located in McHenry, Pine Lodge Steakhouse is not a far drive from any lake home. It has two dining areas, the upstairs dining area and the saloon downstairs with wax stone floors, wooden pillars, and a large horseshoe style bar. We choose the saloon, with the smoking ban in all restaurants in Maryland we were able to bring our 9 month old son with us as well (he chose crackers for dinner). We started out our dinner with the appetizer special, the mussels, which ended up being a fabulous option. Then we split their biggest steak on the menu, The Lumberjack – it exceeded our expectations (it was so big, we needed to take some home for lunch the next day). We had a fantastic meal and top notch service for under $55 at a very popular restaurant in Deep Creek Lake. They have great lunch specials and dining options for every taste bud. You can even make reservations online at http://www.dclfun.com/! Look forward to seeing you out and about in Deep Creek Lake!

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Deep Creek Lake is packed full with activities for your New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Pine Lodge Steakhouse has prepared a special menu for New Year’s Eve. Click below for their menu:
Pine Lodge Steakhouse New Year’s Eve Menu

Wisp has activities for everyone.
From 6-midnight Wisp is hosting a Kid’s New Years Night Out
Ages 5-12, reservation required, $85 per child
Call 301-387-4911 to reserve, limited liability.

Four different buffets will feature cuisine from different countries around the world. Guests will be entertained from 8:15 pm – Midnight with live music by No Bad Ju Ju of Pittsburgh, PA. Enjoy a break from the festivities with a ride on Wisp’s year-round attraction; the Mountain Coaster. Watch the ball drop from our Times Square Big Screen, then top the evening off with slopeside fireworks at Midnight provided by Zambelli Fireworks of New Castle, PA.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Tickets include the buffets, music, fireworks, party favor and one ride on the Mountain Coaster. Alcoholic drinks not included however a cash bar will be available. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 301.387.4911 or visiting www.wispresort.com. Limited quantities available, reservations strongly recommended.

JG’s Pub will be featuring a prime rib dinner and karoke by Jimmy B.

The Fur Ball 08 is a benefit gala for HART at the Oakland’s National Guard Armory.
$125 per couple or $65 per person
The winter wonderful setting will be filled with fine food catered by Champion, a champagne toast, and a beautiful dessert table. Try your luck at the Casino or bid on the silent auction.

Happy New Year from Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations!

Sunday Alcohol Sales

Today marks the first day of sunday alcohol sales in Garrett County for some establishments. Many restaurants can now serve a drink with a meal on Sunday’s in Garrett County. The voters of several election districts recently approved Sunday alcoholic beverage sales at restaurants when dining. The rules basically allow restaurants to serve guests beer, wine or cocktails after the purchase of a meal between 1:00 PM and 10:00 PM every Sunday. Eight years ago the law passed for Savage River Lodge and the Avilton Inn. This time around Wisp, Cornish Manor, Pine Lodge Steakhouse, Will O Wisp, Uno’s, Smiley’s Pizzeria, The Hen House and Sante Fe and some other establishments join the ranks of those establishments allowed to serve guests beverages with their meal. Package alcoholic beverages are still not allowed to be purchased on Sundays. Taverns also remain unable to serve alcoholic beverages on Sundays.

Dinner with Santa Claus at Uno’s



Even though the bad weather made it hard to get out Tuesday night, we all still could not miss dinner with Santa Claus! We met up at Uno’s Pizzeria at 5:30 to see Santa Claus and have a great dinner at Uno’s. Chase, my nephew, came in running to tell Santa Claus about the spy gadgets he wants for Christmas. Adeyln was a little shy, but warmed up quick after seeing Brody (my son) get up there giggling when Santa Claus sat him on his lap. We were seated right next to the window where we can overlook the lighted tree outside! My neice and nephew were amazed to see Santa’s sleigh parked in the rafters of Uno’s ceiling. But of course, were wondering where exactly were his reindeer (eating grass outside by the tree)! Dinner was great, I split the triple mushroom cheeseburger with my mother and enjoyed some French onion soup (best in town)! Service was great and we even got a chance to speak with Bill Ingram (Uno’s general manager). LaDonna (Manager) stopped by our table to wish all of us a Happy Holiday! This will definitely be on our calendar for next year.

Wisp’s 53rd Birthday Celebration Bash!


Wisp Resort Celebrates 53 Years of Skiing!

Wisp Resort is celebrating its 53rd Birthday on December 14 & 15, 2008 with discounted lift tickets, lessons and rentals, plus birthday cake, games and entertainment.

On Sunday, December 14, 2008 and Monday, December 15, 2008, Wisp Resort is offering a $7 one-day lift ticket or a $14 2-day lift ticket, along with half price sport ski and snowboard rentals and half price group lessons. A Saturday-Sunday-Monday, extended day lift ticket valid December 13 – 15, 2008 is $46 per adult and $39 per junior.

In addition, Wisp Resort will feature entertainment with music provided by DJ E.J. from 11am – 5pm on Sunday and 9am – 2pm on Monday. DJ E.J. will also be entertaining with games and prizes from 1pm – 5pm on Sunday and 10am – 2pm on Monday. Wisp is offer complimentary Birthday Cake service on Sunday and Monday at 1pm in the Main Lodge, while supplies last.

Opened during the winter of 1955/56 under the direction of its founder, Helmuth Heise, Wisp has evolved from a rope tow and one room building with pot belly stove into one of the premier 4-season destination resorts in the Mid-Atlantic region. Since 2001, Wisp Resort has undergone more than $45 million dollars in renovations, additions and improvements including the addition of the Mountain Coaster and North Camp-the largest terrain expansion in Wisp’s history. Future plans include ski terrain expansion, a mountaintop village, retail shops, restaurants and more skier services.

Wisp Resort lies in the heart of Garrett County, Maryland’s westernmost county. Wisp Resort is less than a 2-hour drive from Pittsburgh, 3-hour drive from the Baltimore / DC Metropolitan area and less than a 45-minute drive from Morgantown, WV and Cumberland, MD.

Lori Epp, Wisp Resort

Snowshoeing

Here’s some informaton from Patty Mash of the Discovery Center at the Deep Creek Lake State Park:
Snowshoe History:
From Europe to North America to Asia, people began using snowshoes over 3,000 years ago out of basic need to find food and explore new territories in the wintertime. Snowshoeing flourished among the native people in North America. Before long, savvy European trappers, hunters, explorers and surveyors adopted snowshoes as their own.

How To Snowshoe:
Snowshoeing is as easy as walking; today’s compact, streamlined frames and asymmetric shapes enable snowshoers to have a normal stance and natural stride. In an ascent or an incline (in contemporary snowshoes) your toe hinges freely from the bindings which give you more friction and better grip. At the same time, the tail of the snowshoe drops parallel with ground to lessen leg fatigue. In a descent or decline, the proper technique to maintain balance is to lean back and “ride” the heel section of the snowshoe.

Where To Snowshoe:
State parks, national forests, community recreation areas, nature centers, alpine and Nordic resorts, private woodlots, even your own backyard all provide new winter experiences via snowshoes. Park rangers, chambers of commerce, college outdoor clubs, regional snowmobile associations, and winter resorts are excellent sources of information and areas to explore on snowshoes.

Appropriate Footwear:
Warm, dry feet are essential to having fun in any winter sport. Choose waterproof hiking boots with gaiters for good ankle sport if you’re planning an extended hike in variable, or steep terrain. For a more casual snowshoe outing, insulated pack-style boots, rubber boots, or hiking footwear will work. Wool socks, with a silk or comparable liner against the foot, will absorb moisture and prevent chilling.

Appropriate Clothing:
Layers are the proper dress for this aerobic activity. Be prepared to be quite warm when trekking and to cool off quickly when stopped. To dress for comfort, choose lightweight, breathable long underwear, with wind absorbent layer of insulation – sweater or fleece – topped with wind resistant outerwear. Remember, warm head gear will conserve body heat and prevent chill.

Rental Prices at Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center:

$7.00/ set per 2 hours
$11.00/ set per half day (4 hours)
$13.00/ set per full day (7 hours)

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center: (301) 387- 7067

National Gas Prices Take a Dip

With the snowflakes falling and the holiday season right around the corner, we are seeing an upside to the economy. Gas prices have dipped to a national average of $1.978 for a gallon of self-serve unleaded gasoline according to AAA. This is the first time since March of 2005 that we have seemed the gas prices drop below $2.00.

We are currently seeing our gas prices at $2.05 in the Deep Creek Lake area, which is not too bad for a resort area. Locals are enjoying the cheaper gas prices and lower fuel costs for their homes, while our guests to the area are enjoying a more affordable travel for their holiday season.

Wisp Resort is looking to open Friday, November 28th!

















Deep Creek Lake received their first big snowfall Monday and Tuesday of this week, accumulating about 6 inches. With more snow in the forecast, Wisp has been blowing snow all through the nights. Wisp has one of the world’s largest most energy-efficient snowmaking systems with computerized weather and pumping stations that are world-renowned for their efficiency! Locals, vacationers, and day trippers will be able to enjoy the 132 acre ski terrain over the Thanksgiving holiday. Not a skier or snowboarder? There are a number of activities for you to enjoy. Try horse drawn sleigh rides, snow mobile tours, mountain coaster rides, cross country skiing, dog sled tours, spas, shopping, and plenty of dining options to please anyone’s palette.