Deep Creek Lake Community Spotlight: Kendall Camp

Kendall Camp

Kendall Camp is a mountaintop community that is an ideal spot for your next getaway no matter what the season.

Highlighted by big timber construction with stone accents, these towhomes give a true alpine vibe as soon as you pull through the gate. They offer 4-5 bedrooms, open floor plans, fireplaces and plenty of square footage for your family and friends.

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Within a short walk, whitewater thrills are waiting for you at the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI). The man-made recirculating course is the only one of its kind in the world. Guided rafting trips are available, and experienced paddlers with their own equipment can purchase passes to head out on their own. You can even try River Boarding – where, after a little instruction, you can swim in the rapids with a modified boogie board and fins.

Kendall Camp

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Favorite Deep Creek Dunk Photos

Crazy costumes, the festive atmosphere and lots of happy faces are some of our favorite things about our Deep Creek Dunk photos. Benefitting Special Olympics of Maryland, we salute the brave dunkers who take an icy dip for a great cause.

Check our specials and make plans to be here on February 25 for the 2017 Dunk!

Deep Creek Dunk Photos

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5 Favorite Oakland Winter Fest Activities

Oakland Winter Fest Ice Carving

Oakland Winter Fest is normally held the Saturday and Sunday of President’s Day weekend each year.  Due to warm temperatures, the 2017 Winter Fest celebration was rescheduled for February 25 & 26. It is a great way to celebrate the season with friends and family. You can stroll through the historic downtown as you enjoy delicious food and fun activities.

I picked out 5 of my favorite Oakland Winter Fest activities that you absolutely don’t want to miss!

Oakland Winter Fest

Watch Master Ice Carver Bill Sandusky create beautiful sculptures. Each year, Bill travels from Erie, PA to create more than 30 unique ice carvings that decorate the sidewalks. You can watch his demonstrations or check out one of the interactive sculptures like the ice bowling alley that is a big hit with the kids! Continue reading 5 Favorite Oakland Winter Fest Activities

Deep Creek Dunk: A Complete Guide to Weekend Events

Deep Creek DunkThe Deep Creek Dunk is a favorite winter event that draws big crowds to that area each year. The 2017 Deep Creek dunk is February 25 at Uno Chicago Grill/the Honi-Honi bar. Taylor-Made is a proud sponsor of the festivities that benefit Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD).

If you’re not familiar, the Deep Creek Dunk was started in 1998 with the support of the Maryland State Police and Natural Resources Police. Individuals and teams commit to “dunking” in the icy lake water and raise funds for SOMD during the months prior. The day of the event takes on a festive atmosphere with music and a costume contest keeping everyone entertained.

Here’s the complete schedule for Deep Creek Dunk weekend:

Friday, February 24
Goosebumps & Grapes – Head to the Honi-Honi from 6-10PM for an evening of fire and wine. The $20 admission goes to Special Olympics. You can get toasty around the bonfire as you taste a variety of wine from Republic National Distributing Company. Continue reading Deep Creek Dunk: A Complete Guide to Weekend Events

Quick Guide: Deep Creek Lake New Year’s Getaways

Deep Creek New Year's GetawaysDeep Creek Lake New Year’s getaways are a favorite way to celebrate with family and friends. There are lots of fun activities, festive events, and the mountain scenery makes your trip all the more memorable. It is a truly special way to usher in the New Year.

Our quick guide includes reservation tips as well as events. I’ll keep it updated as area happenings are announced, so be sure to check back often.

Reserve your home early! I can’t stress that enough. Our homes typically sell out well in advance of the holiday. If you wait until December 1 to make plans, availability will very limited.

-If you are hosting a gathering at one of our homes, take the stress out of the festivities by having it catered or by picking up takeout. Visit our concierge page to see Deep Creek restaurants.

MoonShadow, in Accident, MD, is hosting a NYE party that features entertainment by Optimus Riff. A $20 ticket covers music, appetizer, dessert, and a champagne toast. Call 301.750.5094 for more info. Continue reading Quick Guide: Deep Creek Lake New Year’s Getaways

Upcoming Deep Creek Lake Holiday Events

Deep Creek Lake Holiday EventsDeep Creek Lake holiday events keep things festive in the mountain of Western Maryland throughout late November and early December. If you love unique, local art or are looking for fun kids’ activities, you won’t be disappointed.

It is easy to catch the spirit of the season when you experience fun activities with friends and family. The best way to start is to choose your perfect mountain home – maybe one with a cozy fireplace or bubbling outdoor hot tub – and then plan your trip around one of these favorite Deep Creek Lake holiday events.

FESTIVAL OF TREES GARRETT COUNTY
November 25-26 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds, 10AM-6PM
Benefitting the Dove Center, there are lots of family activities to enjoy. Breakfast with Santa, crafts, face painting, and more will keep the kids entertained. Plus, you can shop for holiday gifts from local artisans and vendors. Beautifully decorated trees are found throughout the exhibit hall, and they are auctioned off at 6PM on Saturday as the grand finale. MORE INFO Continue reading Upcoming Deep Creek Lake Holiday Events

Peace of Mind for Deep Creek Winter Getaways

Deep Creek Winter GetawaysIt’s time to start thinking about Deep Creek winter getaways with family and friends. Last winter got off to a slow start with Wisp Resort opening after the December holidays. Skiers and snowboarders will be happy to hear that Wisp opened December 16th, and the 2016/2017 Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a cold and snowy winter for the Mid-Atlantic.

To give you peace of mind when you make reservations for Deep Creek winter getaways, we offer Red Sky Travel Insurance. It provides coverage when you purchase it more than 21 days prior to your departure date and 50% of the slopes at Wisp Resort are closed due to lack of snow. (December 15-March 30) Continue reading Peace of Mind for Deep Creek Winter Getaways

Top 8 Deep Creek Lake Winter Activities for Non-Skiers

It’s a common conundrum – what’s a non-skier to do when friends and family are hitting the slopes at Wisp Resort?  Deep Creek Lake winter activities offers lots of options that can keep every member of your crew entertained.  It’s a great way to enjoy a weekend getaway near Pittsburgh, Baltimore, or Washington, DC.

Here are just a few of our favorite activities for the non-skiers staying at a Deep Creek Lake vacation rental:

Activities for Non-Skiers

Hiking at Swallow Falls State Park
Crisp white snow makes this beautiful place even more spectacular, and it’s definitely a must see throughout all four seasons.  If you’re up for some serious hiking, explore trails to all three of the waterfalls – Swallow Falls, Muddy Creek Falls, and Tolliver Falls.  There is also a handicap accessible trail and view platform at Muddy Creek Falls for those that need an easier route or just want to take a short stroll.   Be sure to bring your camera and wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots.  Trails can be slippery during the winter months.  Get more info.

Guided Snowshoe Tours
Weather permitting, All Earth Eco Tours offers another great way to experience Swallow Falls State Park.   Their snowshoe tours are a “no experience required” way to cruise through the woods and take in the scenery.  For those seeking high adventure, ask about their trips to Big Savage Mountain and Lost Lands.
Sleigh Rides at Deep Creek Lake

Sleigh Rides
Take a ride back in time as you swish through open fields and over hills listening to the sound of muffled hoof beats in the snow.  Sleigh rides at Pleasant Valley Dream Rides are an ideal way to enjoy the outdoors no matter what your age.

Sled Riding at Blackwater Falls State Park
Within one hour of the Deep Creek Lake area, you’ll find the ultimate sledding hill!  Head to Blackwater Falls State Park to ride up on a conveyor, sled to the bottom, and repeat!  Bring your own sled or rent one on-site.

Cross Country Skiing
With minimal instruction, you can kick and glide on cross country ski trails at Wisp Resort, Herrington Manor State Park, and New Germany State Park.  Rental equipment is available at each location, and Wisp offers intro lessons as well.

Shops & Antiques
Avoid the cold temperatures when you visit area shops and antique stores.  Schoolhouse Earth, Bear Creek Traders, and High Mountain Sports are a few of our favorites at the lake.  Take a short drive to Oakland to browse antiques at Englander’s or Cabin Fever.

Museum Tours
While you’re in downtown Oakland, history buffs should stop at the two museums operated by the Garrett County Historical Society.  Return to the past as you explore area treasures, learn about early settlers, and check out Model T Fords.

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Fun for kids of all ages, the Discovery Center is a one-of-a-kind environmental center with hands-on exhibits that showcase the natural resources of Western Maryland.  Children can enjoy special programs each weekend like pine cone bird feeder making or feeding some of the resident critters.