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!

Meeting at Dream Mountain Ranch

Last night the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations’ reservation staff toured Dream Mountain Ranch in Bruceton Mills, WV. It is about 20 minutes west of Deep Creek Lake. It is a 1100 acre gaming ranch and definitely wild and wonderful, with over 500 whitetail deer, 60 elk, and 20 buffalo. We even got to see some white bucks that were just brought to the ranch. There are 5 catch and release ponds and 52 miles of trails for hiking and ATV riding.

They have a 4 bedroom lodge and 3 one bedroom cabins all luxuriously decorated. The Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations group then had their meeting in the lodge with some good ole fashion sloppy joes!

Look for more information on the Ranch shortly!


We went to Ledo’s for a business lunch today, Chad, Joe, and myself. The atmosphere is fantastic (great for family dinners), the prices are reasonable, and the food was great! I suggest the chicken and artichoke bruschetta – big enough to split. They even have a bar area in the back – so perfect for gatherings and small parties.

Vacation Rental Managers Association in DC

We just got back from DC for our annual Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA). The conference was jammed packed with information on back to the basics with customer service, marketing, laundry services, and housekeeping. I gave a presentation on Dealing with Difficult Guests with a strong attendance last Monday and presented with Denny from Catalina Islands on the west coast.
The last night was a costume party, and I was able to get Chad and Joe to dress up!

Autumn Glory has come and Gone – Here Comes Winter!

Autumn Glory had perfect timing this year with the leaves in their peak of color. The weekend was a little overcast and chilly but still nice for the Autumn Glory Parade on Saturday in downtown Oakland. We saw our Senator, George Edwards, Delegate Wendel Beitzel, and the Golden Ambassador Art Rooney. This was my second Autumn Glory parade I had been to and I was so excited to take my 18 month old, Brody, to see the parade. However, after a long struggle he feel asleep for the entire parade! If you have never been to the parade, it is a blast. People come early in the morning to set up their food and chairs. Large gatherings can be seen up and down the streets of Oakland. There are balloon guys, my son adored his Diego balloon, bands from all over, Brenda’s Body Shop Thriller Dance, old tractors, and of course the Shriners on the crazy cars!
They changed next years date for the festival. So Autumn Glory 2010 will be October 6-10th.

We saw our first snowflakes this past weekend. Only a dusting, but it was still very cold! If you are coming up this weekend, we are going to have something like an Indian summer with highs on Thursday in the 60s.

Fireman’s Parade

Last night was the fireman’s parade in Oakland. The weather was not too bad, a little drizzle, but no snow flakes were seen! We got to see JT Collins in the Deer Park fire truck, and our own Chris Kelly, Lawn Services, in the Deep Creek Lake fire truck. The parade was great and our little guy really enjoyed all of the lights! Brenda’s Body Shop did a zombie dance to Thriller which was pretty neat.
Looking forward to the parade tomorrow in down town Oakland, the weather is supposed to be nice. Hope to see everyone there.

Fall Colors

Fall has arrived to Deep Creek Lake. Warm days,cool evenings and beautiful colors. Come and take in the breath taking views from a mountainside chalet or a lakefront cottage. Our Autumn Glory Festival (ranked #1 Fall Festival) is October 9th weekend. We are offering 3 nights for 2 on available properties. Come and enjoy fall parades, craft shows, glass blowing demonstrations, horse drawn carriage rides, and more!

Garrett County Fair

It has been a great week for the Garrett County Fair. There is something about BBQ chicken, home made lemonade, and funnel cake that makes you feel good inside. Last night Brody and I enjoyed an evening at the Garrett County Fair with family and friends. We started out on the Gator for Chase and Ady and then moved onto the games. After they suckered me out of more money than I wanted to spend, we moved on to the food. I picked up some BBQ Chicken from the Lions Club (awesome!!) and Brody loved the roll, Chad grabed a turkey leg from Archie’s (our favorite) and Laurel grabbed some french fries from the Rotrary. Chad, Chase, and I hit the Ferris wheel, what a view from the top! I hope everyone gets their fill of the fair, Saturday is the last day!

Helmuth Heise

We are sad to let our fans know that Helmuth (Ace) Heise, founder of Wisp Resort, has passed. He and his wife, Eveyln, bought Will O’ Wisp hotel and restaurant in 1952. Then in 1953, they built a 10 unit motel. In 1955 they established Marsh Mountain Ski Area, which changed its name to Wisp in 1957. In 2001, Heise sold his financial interested in the Wisp Resort.

We will honor his memory, and express our greatest sympathies towards the family.

Photo courtesy Wisp Resort

Employee Night Boat Night Out

Check out the sky!

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations celebrated mid summer on a pontoon ride from one tip to the other of Deep Creek Lake. All departments came along (though some could not make it), and we even had an employee from our web hosting company join as well! Everyone brought something to snack on and to share. I even put together a team building game for the evening. The winning team was Chad, Chris, Chris, and Billi Jean. Fun was had by all!!