Jodi Taylor Refosco Named President of the VRMA

We are thrilled to announce that Taylor-Made owner, Jodi Taylor Refosco, was named President of the Board of Directors for the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA). The gavel was officially passed at the International Conference that was held in Las Vegas.

About VRMA

The Vacation Rental Management Association is an organization of vacation rental professionals and vendors. Members have educational and networking opportunities that strengthen their businesses and the industry as a whole. VRMA is the voice for vacation rental managers with thousands of members around the world.

Jodi was first introduced to VRMA by her parents over twenty years ago. She has  held leadership roles that include serving as Secretary and Vice President of the board. Additionally, she was part of the conference planning and education committees.

Taylor-Made employees regularly attend VRMA events in order to connect with their peers and stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends. By taking advantage of these opportunities, both the company and the staff are elevated in their ability to assist travelers and home owners. It keeps them on top of the latest trends, products and processes.

About Jodi

Jodi started Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, in 2008 with her husband, Joe, and her brother, Chad Taylor. Their inventory numbers over 400 vacation rental homes along with property services for 150 non-renting homes. For over a decade, their employees have provided exceptional service to guests and owners. A growing real estate division caters to Deep Creek Lake area buyers and sellers as well.

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“I am honored to serve as President of this incredible organization that has been instrumental in the growth of our industry,” said Jodi Taylor Refosco. “I have great respect for those who have held this seat before me and look forward to upholding their legacy.”

 

New: Deep Creek Travel Insurance Update

 

Our new Deep Creek travel insurance allows you to make reservations with confidence. From illness and injury to weather and school schedule changes, there are a variety of situations that might affect your travel plans.

 

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covered situations

We recently partnered with Rental Guardian. They offer Cancel for Any Reason coverage. If you cancel for a covered reason, they cover 100% of your reservation cost.

Covered reasons include (but are not limited to):
-Illness
-Injury
-A death in the family
-Required to work
-Extension of the school year

There are more than 30 covered reasons to cancel. Get more details on coverage.

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Cancellations for any reason not covered by the policy will receive 70% reimbursement. (excludes NY and WA travelers) This option gives you peace of mind. Should something that is not covered arise, your financial risk is minimal. Continue reading New: Deep Creek Travel Insurance Update

Book Direct: Get the Best Price for Your Deep Creek Vacation

Book direct with Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales to be sure you get the best price! February 7th is “Book Direct Day”!

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We want you to get the best possible value when it comes to your Deep Creek Lake vacation rentals. When you make your reservations on our website, you can be sure that you are getting the lowest possible rate and great customer service.

Here are just a few of the benefits when you #bookdirect:

Avoid Costly Fees Charged by 3rd Party sites

Websites like VRBO, HomeAway and Air BNB tack on service fees that can be hundreds of dollars. Why pay more for your Deep Creek vacation rental? Book direct with Taylor-Made to avoid those extra fees. That money can be better used to play mini golf, rent a boat or take the kids snow tubing. Continue reading Book Direct: Get the Best Price for Your Deep Creek Vacation

Deep Creek Vacations – As Seen on HGTV!

Everyone at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales was excited to see two of our homes on HGTV recently!

The popular network launched a new series called “Lake House Hunters“. In the very first episode, the Deep Creek Lake area was featured. One of our agents and a co-owner of our real estate company, Jay Ferguson, helped the DuPlessis Family find their dream home.

About the Show

If you’re not familiar with the House Hunters format, buyers tour three properties and choose the right one for their needs and budget. A real estate agent guides them through the process.

The DuPlessis Family was looking for lakefront homes with great outdoor space. They also wanted something that would work well for their growing, active family.

About the Homes

The first home they toured was Lake Escape. Amazing lake and ski slope views are a highlight of this property and make it a popular spot for Deep Creek vacations.Deep Creek Vacations

It offers 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The spacious interior gives families lots of room to spread out. Outside, you can grill on the expansive deck or lounge on the private dock. Check availability at Lake Escape. Continue reading Deep Creek Vacations – As Seen on HGTV!

VRMA has a New President Elect!

The Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) has a new President-Elect – our very own Jodi Taylor Refosco!

Jodi started Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales in 2008 with her husband, Joe, and her brother, Chad. Since then, we have added a real estate division and have become the largest vacation rental manager at Deep Creek Lake.

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With twenty years of experience, she knows the vacation rental industry inside and out. Currently, she supervises the reservations, owner relations and marketing departments along with bringing on new home owners. Continue reading VRMA has a New President Elect!

Top Tips for Deep Creek Vacation Rental Owners

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Many people who love vacationing at Deep Creek Lake dream of one day owning a home here. Putting your home on the vacation rental market can make the cost of a second home more affordable.

Deep Creek vacation rental owners want to be sure their home rents well. There are important things to know so that you can maximize your income. Things like location, amenities and size should play a key role in the decision making process.

Invest in the Right Amenities

Speaking of amenities, we have done the research for you so that you know exactly what vacationers are looking for. We analyzed searches performed on our website during a six month timeframe and determined that hot tubs, WiFi and air conditioning are the most popular among our guests.

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Hot Tubs are the #1 requested amenity. 15% of searches include this year round feature, and it is the reason many choose a particular property.

Wifi is a necessity for today’s traveler. It is looked at as a “utility” like electricity. Guests need to stay connected to work, social media and more.

Air Conditioning is also an expectation for many people. If you cannot get central AC, consider split systems or standing units for upper level bedrooms that tend to get hot.

Pool Tables give guests an option for indoor entertainment and are popular with both families and groups of couples staying together.

Private Pools are well worth the investment if you have the space to add one. Indoor pools have an especially good return on investment since they can be used no matter what the weather.

Outdoor firepits/places are a way to expand gathering space and have become sought after. You can go from basic to elaborate – basic will get the rental, elaborate will bring them back.

Community Pools are something to consider if you are buying a home. Communities like Blakeslee, Ski Harbor, Sunplace and DC Highlands are popular because of their pools. Continue reading Top Tips for Deep Creek Vacation Rental Owners

Deep Creek Lake Community Spotlight: Deep Creek Village

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Experience the best of every season when you stay at the Deep Creek Village townhome community.  Located at the northern end of the lake, it put a multitude of activities at your fingertips.

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Be sure to bring your tennis racquet and bathing suite to take advantage of community amenities. The tennis court is a popular spot during the cool early morning hours. A community dock gives you a place to beat the heat or to cast your fishing line. Dock slips are available for rent too, so ask about reserving one when you plan your stay. That gives you the opportunity to rent a boat or use your own and head out for on-the-water-adventures. With Wisp Resort within walking distance, this is the place to stay if you never want to hear “I’m bored” from the kids in your group.  Their zipline, mountaincoaster, Segway tours, and disc golf course will keep everyone entertained.  Having two courses nearby, Lodestone and Fantasy Valley, will keep golfers happy. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Community Spotlight: Deep Creek Village

Spring Weddings at Deep Creek Lake Vacation Homes

 

Spring wedding season is upon us at Deep Creek Lake.  Excited brides and grooms are finalizing their plans and our event coordinator is busy taking care of the last minute details.

Deep Creek Lake destination weddings have become increasingly popular over the years.  Scenic mountain vistas and beautiful lake views provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor spring weddings and throughout the rest of the year too.

We offer a wide variety of wedding friendly homes that are ideal to host your big day.  From intimate affairs at a classic mountain lodge to larger gatherings at a luxury chalet, there’s something to meet the taste of every couple.deep creek lake spring weddings

Depending on the size of your group, the ceremony and reception can be held by the water’s edge or on a deck overlooking the lake and mountains. Our event coordinator can guide you through the process of contacting vendors for tent rentals, catering, flowers, and more.  We’ll help you with all of the small details that go into making your day truly memorable.

If you’re looking for Deep Creek Lake vacation rentals to house your group but would like to hold your ceremony elsewhere, we can help with that too.  We assist you with choosing homes that are close together and in the area that you prefer.  Additionally, we can provide you with a list of local churches or other unique venue options like Swallow Falls State Park.

Spring weddings in the mountains of Western Maryland gives you the chance to combine a great getaway with the most important day of your life.  Imagine enjoying Deep Creek Lake activities like boating, hiking, and kayaking with your favorite people as you look forward to the big event.  It’s an opportunity to share time with people that you may not see often enough throughout the year.

Request more information about Deep Creek Lake spring weddings (and other seasons too!), and we’ll help you get started.  In the meantime, browse our wedding friendly homes to explore all of the options that are available.

Taylor-Made Top 5: Garrett County Fair Edition

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2018 Garrett County Fair Dates: July 28th – August 4th

This year is the 62nd anniversary of the Garrett County Fair and to mark that milestone, I put together a Top 5 list of things you absolutely have to do.  As a native of the Deep Creek Lake area and longtime fair attendee, I feel I’m more than qualified to point out some of the best things about this favorite summer event. Continue reading Taylor-Made Top 5: Garrett County Fair Edition

Deep Creek Lake Hot Tubs Sales & Service

We’re excited to announce that we are now part of the Sundance Spas® family! We recently launched a hot tub sales division to serve home owners at Deep Creek Lake as well as residents of the surrounding tri-state area.

As an authorized dealer of Sundance Spas®, we can easily help you determine which hot tub model best fits your needs and budget.  Our team is certified to provide service for Sundance Spas products too.
Deep Creek Lake Hot TubsRight now we’re offering exceptional introductory rates, so it’s the perfect time to buy to get the best price.

Working with Sundance Spas®, the world’s largest manufacturer and distributer of acrylic spas, was a natural choice for us. With a vast selection and superior product, we can serve Deep Creek Lake vacation rental home owners as well as those looking for a spa for their private residence.

HOT TUBS FOR DEEP CREEK LAKE VACATION RENTALS
Deep Creek Lake hot tubs are a popular amenity in vacation rental properties. They are often requested by guests and can help increase your rental income. Certain models are better suited for vacation rental homes than others. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Hot Tubs Sales & Service