Quick Guide: Deep Creek Lake Fall Getaways



Deep Creek Lake fall getaways are a favorite way to enjoy the best of this colorful season. Reserve your Deep Creek Lake vacation rental, pack your hiking boots and sweaters and get ready for an unforgettable experience.

20 THINGS TO DO AT DEEP CREEK THIS FALL

-Take the scenic route for a fall foliage driving tour and leaf peep on scenic back roads

-Take a hike at Swallow Falls State Park (or one of the other 6 state parks in the area)

-Snack on a yummy pumpkin roll from Trader’s Coffee House

-Snuggle up by the fire with someone special at a Deep Creek cabin

-Enjoy the view from the ziplines at Monkey Business Adventure Park

-Check out foliage on the Barn Quilt Trail

Snap photos of fall colors at scenic spots like the Cove Overlook

-Do some early holiday shopping at Schoolhouse Earth

-Mountain bike on the trails at Deep Creek Lake State Park

-Order craft brews and flat breads and watch one of the famous sunsets on patio at Mountain State Brewing Company

-Wind your way through the Cove Run Farms Corn Maze

-Stop by Klotz Corn & Pumpkins to for brightly colored mums and perfect carving pumpkins

-Warm up with s’mores on a crisp fall night at your lakeside fire pit

-Experience the Autumn Glory Festival events and pick up a traditional turkey dinner at a local restaurant

-Ride the Mountain Coaster at Wisp Resort (weekends only)

-Visit Casselman Bridge State Park and grab a bite at Cornucopia Cafe

-Visit the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market for local maple syrup and fall harvest veggies

-Make a pile of leaves for the kids to play in

-Browse the shops in historic downtown Oakland – recently named among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage

-Take some time to slow down with Deep Creek Lake fall getaways and make  memories with your favorite people!

Deep Creek Lake Fall Getaways

Deep Creek Lake Fireworks & More July 4th Fun



Fireworks Deep Creek Lake

From fireworks over the water to small town parades loaded with charm, the Deep Creek Lake area is a favorite place to celebrate Independence Day!  I put together a guide to some “can’t miss” events that you have to check out if you are here for the holiday.  They include some tips to finding the best spot to watch Deep Creek Lake fireworks. Continue reading “Deep Creek Lake Fireworks & More July 4th Fun”

Quick Guide: Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival

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Everyone’s favorite late summer event, the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, is September 11, 2021!  This weekend-long celebration brings hundreds of visitors to the area.  Benefitting HART for Animals and the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, it is a great time that supports great causes.

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Here’s a quick guide to what you need to know to make the most of your getaway during Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival weekend:

Buy your tickets in advance, and you’ll save $5! Adult tickets are $30.50 in advance and $37 at the gate.  That gets you entrance to the festival, a commemorative wine glass, and wine tastings.

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Deep Creek Lake Area Fishing – A Favorite Spring Activity



During the spring months, Deep Creek Lake area fishing opportunities abound!

Fishing is as much about the catch as it is about experiencing the outdoors. Garrett County’s miles of cold mountain rivers, lakes and streams have made it a favorite fishing destination. You can take a boat out on the lake, wade into a fast flowing stream or head to one of the area’s many state parks that offer fishing.

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With 3,900 acres to explore, Deep Creek Lake supports a wide variety of desirable game fish. It is best known for its large and smallmouth bass fishery. Other common species include: walleye, brown and rainbow trout, chain pickerel, northern pike and yellow perch.

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Taylor-Made Gives Back: Recent Donations to Garrett County Organizations

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Taylor-Made donations recently supported a variety of local organizations. They faced significant challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis. Many area organizations were not able to hold major fundraisers in 2020. The ability to do so in 2021 remains uncertain.

Our company has a long tradition of community involvement. It is a key component of our culture. As a family owned and locally operated business, we are committed to supporting the organizations that make Garrett County a great place to live.

Recently, Taylor-Made donations were given to several organizations in our area.

Donation to Garrett Regional Medical Center

-$25,000 was donated to Garrett Regional Medical Center. Now more than ever, we are grateful for the hard working staff at our local hospital.

Donation to Southern and Northern High School Athletics

-$10,000 was donated to both Southern and Northern High School athletics

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Where to Get Thanksgiving Dinner at Deep Creek

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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. Keep in mind, indoor dining is currently restricted to 50% capacity and masks are required.

Here is a list of places to get Thanksgiving dinner at Deep Creek. Continue reading “Where to Get Thanksgiving Dinner at Deep Creek”

Garrett County Winters Past

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Garrett County winters are well-known. Located in the Allegheny Mountain range of the Appalachians, its microclimate strongly contrasts with Maryland’s otherwise temperate conditions. Dead on the path of Lake Erie’s snow belt, the area is known for its cold winters and steady snow dumps. In terms of snow days per year, Garrett County has been one of the snowiest areas east of the Rockies and can surpass much of New England in overall snowfall.  Throughout the area’s history, the harsh winter weather has played a major role in the lives of visitors and residents alike. 

Garrett County Winters Past

In 1736, the first English settlers to ever visit present-day Garrett County arrived via the Potomac in early December.  The party of seventeen surveyors and assistants was sent by the king of England to determine the boundaries for the northwestern corner of the great Northern Neck land tract. 

They encountered every kind of weather – bitter cold, rain, sleet and, of course, snow.  The winter weather proved harsher than they expected.  As their supplies dwindled, they faced certain starvation.   In their desperation, members of the party decided it necessary to kill and eat one of their own surveyors.  John Savage was the unlucky candidate – deemed “the most worthless member of their party” due to his failing eyesight.  Fortunately, supplies arrived in the nick of time and saved his life.  The river near their campsite was named Savage in his honor.  It was the first geographic feature of the area to receive an Englishman’s name. 

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COVID-19 Responder Vacation Giveaway Winners



COVID-19 responders are the everyday heroes that have been on the front lines. From grocery store workers and truck drivers to doctors and nurses, these are the people that have held our country together during this time of crisis.

Their dedication in the face of adversity is an inspiration. Our team wanted to find a way to give back by treating them to a trip to the lake. We received more than three hundred nominations. The response was overwhelming and the stories of selflessness were truly touching. Through the generosity and kindness of our home owners, we were able to give away Deep Creek Lake vacations to some very special people.

We are beyond thankful for these everyday heroes and cannot wait for them to enjoy a well-deserved vacation.

Here are a few of their stories.

COVID-19 Responders

Leah K. – Labor and Delivery Nurse

“My name is Leah and I am a Labor and Delivery nurse. The pandemic has presented quite a challenge for the small rural hospital I work for. We care for COVID positive mothers until delivery and then follow them to the COVID unit, helping to staff this unit until mother and baby are discharged. We work diligently to keep the mothers and babies that are COVID negative upon admission remaining COVID negative. I am a shift leader on this unit and do my best to stay up to date in order to help protect our staff. My husband is a paramedic so is also on the front lines of care. We have two young daughters and do our best to work opposite shifts in an attempt to limit childcare needs and potentially exposing others. We are happy to be of service during this time.” 

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Leah K. and Her Co-Workers

Heidi A. – Nurse Pracitioner

“I live in Delaware with my husband of three years, Jonathan, and I am pregnant with our first child who is due to arrive in August!  I work for a hospital in Philadelphia as a neonatal nurse practitioner in their NICU. Most of the children in my care are either premature or have an issue that needs our specialized attention.  I absolutely love what I do, even though it is very challenging some days. My husband and I love Deep Creek Lake!  It is our hidden escape and we try to get out there at least once a year.” 

Heidi and Her Husband Jonathan

Rodney R. – Waste Management Employee

Rodney was nominated by his wife, Laura, who said: “Rodney is an essential worker with Waste Management who has been going above and beyond to ensure all residential trash collection gets picked up regularly. Many people are unfortunately home now doing home remodels and projects. He tirelessly makes sure trash isn’t getting behind. When garbage is piled up rodents and bears can wreak havoc and even pose more threats to human health. He works 10-12 hours daily and never complains.”

Rodney R. and His Family on a Past Deep Creek Vacation

Katie M. – Nurse

Katie was nominated by her husband. He said she deserved a vacation because she is a “Hard working nurse keeping our community safe while on the clock and mother of 3 kids when “off the clock”. Humble and hardworking!!”

Katie and Her Husband in their Deep Creek Lake Gear

Ken M. – Department of Corrections

Ken has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for more than twenty-five years. He was nominated by his wife, Amy. She pointed out that the Department of Corrections workers are an often overlooked first responder employee. When we contacted Ken, he said, “I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this fantastic prize, it came as quite a shock when I received the call that I had won. I also need to thank my wonderful wife for nominating me for this opportunity. Of all my years working, I have to say that the COVID-19 Era of 2020 has been the absolute most challenging time. This is a wonderful thing you are doing for first responders and front line workers.”

Ken and His Family at Disney
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25 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Deep Creek Lake

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When you visit Deep Creek Lake, the scenic beauty and endless activities will draw you back year-after-year. Four seasons of activities make it the ideal place for families and friends to gather at a Deep Creek vacation rental to make “mountain memories”.

Here are a few of our favorite photos that we hope will inspire your first visit or a return trip to visit Deep Creek:

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Shooters Bar & Grill – New at Deep Creek!



Shooters Bar & Grill is a recent addition to the Deep Creek food and drink scene. Located at 17869 Garrett Highway, it is convenient to both the lake area and Oakland.

As part of our “local love” video series, sales agent Dave Meyer sat down with owner Craig Knippenberg to chat about what brought him to the lake area along with their great food and beverage offerings.

How Shooters Bar & Grill Got Started

Following a complete remodel, the Shooters Deep Creek location opened in September 2019. However, Shooters Neighborhood Bar & Grill has been a favorite in Cumberland for years.

Owner Craig Knippenberg has been visiting the Deep Creek Lake area since his childhood. Always looking for new business opportunities, he jumped that the chance to bring Shooters to Garrett County. He is thrilled with the support they have received from the local community.

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