Monday, September 15, 2014

Something to Smile About!


Gotcha!
My boys & I were feeling a little playful the other day & since Smiley’s Fun Zone is one of Deep Creek’s most popular “play grounds”, we decided to head there! What an arrangement of fun activities for kids of all ages (and clearly, adults too!) Speed along the outdoor go kart course or try to soak your competition in the Smiley’s Bumper Boats! For those who like a slower pace, grab your clubs and try a round of mini-golf. The best thing about Smiley’s is that there are so many activities to choose from that you can literally make a whole day of it. We then enjoyed a delicious light lunch out on the deck. They have a large menu that includes pizza, wraps, salads, and more (not to mention their large variety of wings!) The kid’s menu has a nice selection to choose from and for those that need to keep entertained while waiting for the meal (Me!) they offer crayons to color the menu! To me, it’s just a nice place to eat while you enjoy the beautiful scenery of McHenry Cove. Afterwards, we spent some time inside playing arcade games and the boys finished with a rousing game of laser tag! All in all, it was a very successful day of family fun! I highly recommend that you bring out the inner kid in you and take the family!


Beautiful foggy morning on Deep Creek Lake!
It’s so hard to believe that the Worlds Canoe/Slalom is going to be here @ Deep Creek in just 2 days with the opening ceremony starting Wednesday night! The celebration begins at the CARC with live entertainment such as XPogo (featured on American’s Got Talent), a renowned steel drum group and a performance by our very own local Award Winning Boundless Energy from Brenda’s Body Shop! It continues to flow over to the Wisp with musical entertainment, cash & concessions, and a fireworks display! We have many different teams staying with us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales so it is exciting to invite them here to enjoy Deep Creek and the surrounding area. If you haven’t made plans to attend this, call now!! (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) Seriously, this is an Epic event that you really do not want to miss! We are running some spectacular last minute discounts so call today! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wines & Worlds


Our Fall foliage is breathtaking!
September has taken off with a blast and it’s hard to believe we are already rolling into the 2nd week already. If you were visiting our area last weekend then you may have been lucky enough to attend our annual Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival. What an awesome turnout! There was a large variety of not just wine samples but a lot of awesome artisans and vendors. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales was there and we loved seeing so many of our homeowners and guests enjoying themselves. (Sandwiched between Deep Creek Sweets and Firefly Farms was a little rough. The smell of delicious fudge, smooth goat cheese and every wine imaginable was beyond tempting; we did some shopping on our own!) The Bounce House was a great hit with the kids and everyone enjoyed dancing and singing along to the various bands that were playing. Such a fun event! If you missed this year, please mark your calendars now and plan to attend!
 
Casey & Devin in prep mode!
The countdown to the Worlds Canon/Slalom Championships being held here in McHenry is on with the official World Championship Kick Off beginning Wednesday September 17th and ending on Sunday the 21st. As I type this, there are many different nations staying here at Deep Creek and practicing at ASCI in preparation for this historical event (There eventually will be over 35 nations here during the event itself! Wow!  Four full days of the world’s best canoers and kayakers competing for the title of #1. Definitely an exciting time to visit us here at Deep Creek. If you haven’t made your plans yet for this amazing event, call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find the perfect home for you and your guests. We are also currently running a special where if you reserve 3 nights, we will give the 4th night free! Also, the first 10 Reservations that mention this special at the time of booking will receive 4 free event tickets! Definitely can’t beat that deal!
Tackling the course!
Give us a call today because we can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Still Time to Come & Play!!


Fresh Peaches!
August is quickly coming to a close but there is still enough time to get out and enjoy the fabulous weather we have seen as of late. Today finds us bright, sunny, and at a very comfortable 75°. If you are looking for a new twist to your vacation plans, I suggest a day trip to Oakland, our county seat. Located approximately 15 minutes from the lake you will find the necessary stores, such as Wal-Mart, CVS, and Walgreens. The uniqueness comes from the specialty shops and the Farmer’s Market that occurs every Wednesday and Saturday from 10-2. Personally I am not only a sucker for all of the fresh produce but the baked goods are a tempting sight as well. Local farmers, cooks, bakers, and artisans come out to peddle their goods. Table upon table is heaped with fresh ripe tomatoes, corn, eggplant, onions, herbs, and well, you get the gist. Many of the local Amish folks are there with fresh baked goods and some of their homemade crafts. Amazing talent to not only see but you have the opportunity to buy as well. Snap some photos by the bridge that runs over the Yough or stroll through downtown and check out some of the shops (antiques, crafts, and thrift…quite a variety), the Garrett County Museum and the Garrett County Transport museum where you can catch a glimpse of what life used to be like on Deep Creek Lake . The B & O train station is another attraction that offers a neat glimpse into our interesting history. Cap off your day with a stop at one of the local dining establishments (Dottie’s Fountain & Grill has amazing old fashioned milk shakes). It is definitely a great opportunity to experience some small town flair at its finest.
 
Otherwise, call soon to reserve your home for the Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival (It’s next weekend so call today!! 1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) The sun is shining, the sky is a brilliant blue and we are still celebrating lake life! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Countdown is On!


Casey living his dream!
When news spread that ASCI (The Adventure Sports Center International located in McHenry, MD) was the venue for the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Champions, Deep Creek Lake was quickly engulfed with excitement and intrigue. It was embraced not only as a distinguished and honored event coming to our area but a chance for us to welcome a variety of guests to our area including those from abroad. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales wanted to become involved and knew the best way to do so would be to sponsor an athlete. Casey Eichfeld, a two time Olympian, seemed like the perfect choice as he was familiar with Deep Creek and had previously worked at ASCI as a raft guide and kayak instructor. Whitewater rafting was 2nd nature to Casey who began paddling with his dad at the age of eighteen months. He began slalom racing at the age of 5 and by 8 years of age, Casey was the youngest solo competitor at a U.S. Whitewater Slalom National! Casey continued to pursue his goal and in 2006 he and his friend Ricky Powell teamed up together for a 2 person canoe and became members of the National Senior Team. In 2008, Casey made the Olympic Team and placed 11th in the World. To date, Casey Eichfeld is currently ranked as the top C-1 paddler in the United States! Humble by nature but living out his dream, Casey quoted, “My proudest accomplishment up to this point is having participated in two Olympics. Granted I have not met my goal of a medal yet. Sharing that Olympic experience with so many other athletes who have trained and sacrificed just as I have is incredible. That feeling really engulfs you when you walk into the Opening Ceremonies and people don’t just see your flag, but they see you as athletes who worked hard to achieve your goals.” To learn more about or to support Casey in his dream, please go to his website. http://www.caseyeichfeld.us/

Our shadowbox display!
Here we are now just 23 days shy of this epic event and the excitement in Deep Creek is definitely evident. The fact that we get to share our beloved region with so many guests from all around the world is quite a privilege. We are excited to encourage Casey and his fellow Team USA members as they all strive to do their best and to accomplish their goals. If you haven’t made plans to attend this history making event being held from September 17th- 24th, call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find the perfect home for you and guests. If you are in the area, stop by our office and check out the amazing shadow box that are very talented coworker, Chris Sevigny, made for us. It contains one of Casey’s Olympian paddles that he donated to us to use for display for a while, a photo of Team USA and a copy of our brochure with their autographs. We love it! Don’t miss out on this memorable event! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's Almost Game Time....


It’s coming. All of the pre-signs are evident; the air is beginning to get a little chilly (not quite crispy yet but it is noticeable), a tree, here or there, is getting a little antsy and turning a few leaves orange and red, kids are stuffing their backpacks and of course, pre-season football is upon us! Yes, my friends, fall is right around the corner. As I have been telling you now for several falls, this is my all-time favorite season at Deep Creek Lake! The mountain side just lights up in a blaze of vibrant hues, the lake takes on a sparkly blue, and the festivals are many! We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales love any chance we can to celebrate, so what better way than offering huge fall savings on a September stay in our premiere Deep Creek home known as Celebrations at Deep Creek. This immaculate 8 bedroom lakefront home has everything you and your family could want for a true dream vacation. With 3 levels of living space, there is more than ample room for everyone to spread out and engage in their favorite activity. Let the adults gather in the beautiful Great Room which showcases cathedral ceilings, a massive stone fireplace and large floor to ceiling windows. The kids can choose either play foosball in the lower level Family Room or billiards in the loft. For those that just want to kick back, breathe, and take it easy, they may enjoy taking a soak in one of the jetted tub, relaxing in the sauna, easing sore muscles in the outdoor bubbling hot tub or just enjoying a cup of tea on the wraparound deck as you enjoy breathtaking lake views.
And let us not forget the Pièce de résistance, the private indoor swimming pool (one of the largest in a vacation home in Deep Creek Lake!) Colorful murals give this pool area extra character along with the brightly hues Adirondacks that line the room. Raining outside? Who Cares? Imagine spending endless hours of fun splashing and playing without leaving the home? Swimming in the lake is certainly still an option. Your community dock slip is just steps away. Bring a boat or rent one locally and keep it at the home so that you can come and go as you please! Okay, so now that we have sold you on the idea, how about throwing in an incredible, can’t pass up kind of deal? Rent any 2 nights now in September and get the 3rd night free plus a 20% discount off any available dates. Yes, we are serious and you did read correctly. Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you create that dream vacation for you!
 
 For those that are not yet ready to give up on summer, days are still beautiful and warm, and lake is calling. We are now offering 3 nights for the price of 2 for Labor Day weekend, so call now! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Celebrating Art and Wine? Yes, Please!


Wine, anyone?
Carriage Rides
It’s hard to believe that we are cruising through August and that the Labor Day weekend will be here before we know it. If you haven’t made your plans, then call us at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales and let us help you plan your big holiday at Deep Creek. Vacation homes will begin booking quickly so call now to ensure that you and your family end the summer with a big family gathering. For those that are unable to make it away for Labor Day, don’t forget about the following weekend where we celebrate the Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival held here @ the McHenry fairgrounds! This is a fabulous time for a girl’s weekend getaway or bring the family and make it the start of a new tradition. Officially kicking off with a wine pairing dinner the night before, the festival itself is held on Saturday September 6th from Noon-6pm. Family activities include live entertainment, face painting, air brush tattoos, carriage rides, moon bounce and much more! Not letting the kids have all the fun, the adults will enjoy the wine tasting and of course the wine shop. There are also local artisans, food shops and more to be enjoyed by all.
If you call us today at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations, then ask about adding our Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival package to your stay. This is an incredible, can’t pass up package! For $50, you get the following:
Discount on vacation rental for the weekend

A $25 gift certificate toward the cost of the wine pairing dinner on Friday, Sept.6th at one of our participating restaurants

Admission to the Art & Wine Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7th (admission is $25 per person and includes wine tastings, entertainment and activities)

A Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival commemorative wine glass

Free Early Check In or Late Check Out (dependent on availability)

$10 gift certificate to use at Telli's Deli for Sunday brunch (or anytime during your stay)
Lake Shenanigans!
Don’t let the summer pass you by without a final getaway to Deep Creek Lake, call us today 1-8-66-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com.
We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Plenty to do @ Deep Creek State Park!


Zach enjoying the beach!
We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales do our best to try to find the ideal vacation home for our guests. While most guests want lakefront homes, others prefer to be on top of the mountain admiring the breathtaking lake views. In this case, they may have to drive to their lake access. While there are many great area beaches throughout Garrett County that they can choose from, one of our favorites is the Deep Creek State Park. With over a mile of sandy shoreline, the park is equipped with picnic tables, grills, shelters (these are great to rent if you have a larger group), a bathhouse, and bathroom facilities making it a great place to spend with the family. This is also where the boat launch is if you bring your own boat to use during your stay. The beach area is very clean and never seems to get crowded so it’s nice for families with smaller children. I usually suggest planning a visit and staying the whole day. The Deep Creek Discovery Center is next door and a wonderful place to bring the children to learn about the natural and cultural resources of our area. Park Naturalists are there using interpretive and fun programs to show a wide range of activities. A list of programs for the month is posted on the bulletin board or you can go directly to the park’s website. http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/western/deepcreek.aspx.  They even do evening bonfires which are a lot of fun!
 
Wisp Resort is also there offering morning, afternoon, and sunset paddleboard tours! Paddleboarding is one of the newest crazes to hit Deep Creek. Many of our staff members have tried it and give it a big thumbs up! Wisp also offers kayak rentals as well. One of the best memories you will have of Deep Creek Lake is taking one day to enjoy it by kayaking in the early mornings. The tranquil setting of cutting across the glass like surface and embracing Mother Nature is not one you will soon forget! So, if you are visiting our area and looking for a place that you and the family can enjoy the lake, we highly recommend Deep Creek State Park!

 
 

It’s not too late to plan a last minute trip to Deep Creek so call today and we will do our best to help you find that perfect home. Many of our homes are now offering the partial week long stay so if you were concerned because you couldn’t get away for a full week, we have taken care if that problem for you. Give us a call 1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com and let us help you plan that much deserved escape! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!



 
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