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!



 

Friday, July 25, 2014

It's Only Fair to Let You Know....

Everyone loves the Ferris Wheel!
If you are arriving in Deep Creek this weekend, then you can consider yourself extra fortunate, for this week is the Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair held here in McHenry! That means a lots of live entertainment, fair rides, exhibition booths, farm & tractor demos, and of course, food!! So many yummy options to choose from.  What’s your preference? Candy apples? Funnel Cakes? Personally, I am a cotton candy kind of gal myself. Without a doubt if you do attend, you must stop by the local Rotary Booth to try some of their fresh cut Rotary French Fries. A true Garrett County staple loved by so many! (Did I mention that calories consumed while at the fair have no substance? I’m not sure why but I truly believe in this. I think riding the rides has something to do with it!)

Yum!
For a mere price of $10 per person, you not only get into the fair but you get all access to all of this including the rides! The rides usually run throughout the day with a small break for an hour or so in the early evening and then back and running until 11pm. Throughout each day, you can usually find some entertainment in the stage booth, derbies and demos each evening and of course, you can stroll through the barns at any time to see all of the wonderful crafts and goodies that people have submitted in the hopes of winning the coveted “Blue Ribbon”. It’s also neat to walk through the animal barns to see all of the animals that are local youth so lovingly took care of and raised and are now proudly displaying for show or sale. The fair opens tomorrow night for the rides and then all other activities running through the week until the following Saturday, August 2nd!  For complete details check out their website. http://www.garrettcountyfair.org/ .  It is definitely a fun time for the whole family.


We saved you a seat!!
If you haven’t booked your Deep Creek summer stay yet then I suggest you hurry up. August will soon be on us but there is still plenty of time to make plans! Water tubing on the lake, hiking at Swallow Falls State Park, kayaking tours with All Earth Eco Tours (www.allearthecotours.com), white water rafting at ASCI or with one of the local rafting companies! There is so much to do! Give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales and let us help you find that perfect vacation home. Don’t forget that we now do sales as well and Jay and is here and more than happy to help you find that amazing home for you and your family. Give us a call @ 1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

And then there was Olive....

Olive!

I recently made a big change in my life; I became a dog owner. Yes, this is a big step for many but for me, it was colossal! I am a cat person (we have 4 to be exact!) I was hesitant at first but long story short, here we are months later and Olive has firmly established herself as family. We were sitting around the other day and began discussing our yearly spring family vacation and suddenly it dawned on me; what are we going to do with Olive? With our cats, there was never an issue. They had a cat door, a bowl of food & water and neighbor that just checked on them and kept them refreshed every so often. Clearly, that was not going to work with Olive!
Then, I thought rationally and realized I didn’t have to worry about what to do with her; I would take her with us! Yes, many vacation rentals are pet-friendly, as we here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales are well aware. When finding a vacation home, close to half of our guests want to bring their pup! Now I completely understand why, they are part of your family! Why shouldn’t they get to experience fresh mountain air, hiking the many beautiful trails throughout our State Parks or swim and splash in the refreshing waters known as Deep Creek Lake? For an additional fee, many of our homes will allow you to bring 2 domestic, house broken dogs.   
Layla, our Taylor-Made mascot!
Did you know that Deep Creek Lake is very pet-friendly? Many of our state parks allow dogs on the walking trails although they do have to abide by a leash law. Pack a picnic lunch and head out for a day of hiking with the family and your furry pal! We also have several dining establishments that allow you and your pet to dine outside on the patio. Enjoy a fresh cold beer and Fire on the Mountain pizza from Mountain State Brewery while dining outside. If you’re lucky, they may have live entertainment that day as they often do. Telli’s Deli offers a delicious array of New York/ Italian style sandwiches, soups, bagels and more. There little tables outside are the perfect place for you and the pup to enjoy breakfast or lunch. These are just to name a few but most of the restaurants that offer outside dining are more than happy to allow you to bring your best friend. So, next time you are planning that family retreat, remember that you do not have to leave your “Olive” behind.
Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us find you that perfect pet-friendly home for your next Deep Creek adventure. Trust me, your best friendly will thank you! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!



Monday, July 7, 2014

Crazy Summer Blowout!


Welcome Party Visitor!
Visitors to Deep Creek over the Fourth of July weekend were once again awed by another amazing Fire on the Mountain Fireworks display held over Wisp Mountain. Combine that with the incredible blue skies & sunshine and you couldn’t have asked for anything to be more perfect. Today is also one for the record book days with less humidity and a nice light breeze. Ideal weather for The Welcome Party Monday that Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales attends each week. Held on the lawn of Uno’s Pizzeria & The Honi Honi Bar, it’s free and a lot of fun for the whole family. Many of our area vendors set up booths and provide you with some ideas of things to do while you are visiting Deep Creek. Uno’s kindly provides some light refreshments & snacks and there are a lot of chances to win some cool prizes (Not trying to brag here but our gift bag is definitely worth showing up for). Stop by and say “Hi!” and give our wheel a spin to check out your Deep Creek trivia & enjoy a cold sno-cone! We will be waiting!
Definitely Unforgettable!

Hard to believe that we are already into the month of July! We are now offering a crazy, can’t pass up Unforgettable Summer Blowout! Reserve our 8 bedroom home Unforgettable for the week of August 16th and receive over $2000 off for the whole week. Sounds crazy, right? But it’s true (I double checked!!) This home has absolutely everything you need for a “Lifetime of Memories” kind of vacation! Well, the 8 bedrooms alone tell you that it can easily occupy your whole extended family! It has a wonderfully large level yard that leads down to your dock slip! The real fun is inside where you have use of the private indoor swimming pool, 2 hot tubs, large flat screen TVs, pool table & more! This really is a phenomenal deal so please call today for complete details! (This won’t last long!) Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales loves to help you and your family plan that special stay so give us a call today (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
Wow!! Love the View!


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