Thursday, January 22, 2015

Did Someone Say "Let's Shop?"



The other day I discovered a new shop at Deep Creek Lake. I felt a bit silly since it has been in the area for over 12 years but for some odd reason, it never occurred to me to go and check it out. Sacred Ground is located on the top floor of a large building in the heart of McHenry in the same building as The Popcorn Factory. As I started to drift upstairs, I could hear soft music playing in the background (always a nice touch) and voila! I was in a woman’s paradise! Rows of jewelry lined the wall with everything from rings, necklaces, bracelets, and more! From the name “Sacred Ground”, you can get the gist that a large portion of the jewelry was from a Southwest origin but still a large variety (I saw at least 10 pieces of jewelry that I know I must own and own asap!) I was greeted by the owner’s daughter Tiffany who was extremely sweet and displayed awesome customer service. She was very helpful and didn’t seem irritated at all by my many, many questions. She explained how her family had moved into the building 12 years prior and were actually the first tenants in the building. Her family has always had a love for the Southwest region and actually travel to Arizona and New Mexico to pick some of their merchandise directly. These also work closely with a Navajo Artist who helps design a lot of their jewelry. Walking further into the store, I noticed that they carried a lot more than just jewelry but there were candles, paintings, vases, and even clothing. Such a large selection of different items to choose from!
 
Love these necklaces!
Then I spotted what looked to me like just a very pretty lamp, however, Tiffany explained to me that it was actually a Himalayan Salt Lamp made of mined and carved minerals and it actually carries medicinal properties that are helpful for people with asthma and allergies! Neat! Between the beautiful music that played, the many delightful items to check out and again, the superb customer service, I knew without a doubt that I had found a new shopping venue! (Did I also mention that it was right on the lake and boasted breathtaking lake and mountain views?) We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales we love to support our local shops and highly recommend to our friends and guests to stop in and check out Sacred Ground (grab some popcorn on your way out as well!)
Yes, Please!

Speaking of Taylor-Made, have you planned your winter getaway yet? Give us a call (I-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com ) and let us help you find that perfect vacation home for your next Deep Creek adventure. Not a fan of skiing? Have you tried snow tubing, ice skating, snow shoeing, cross country skiing? We have a plethora of fun and adventure waiting for you to try when you come visit our Maryland Mountains! We have fresh snow and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Calling All Winter Enthusiasts! Snow Has Arrived!


Deep Creek Lake is officially a winter wonderland. Over 8 inches of fresh snow has blanketed the area over the past 72 hours and Wisp has been crazy busy making snow for the last 100 hours straight! Definitely the perfect time to give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales to take advantage of some of our unbelievable last minute discount (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). Even if you aren’t a fan of skiing or snowboarding, there is still many other enjoyable activities to do in our area during winter. Wisp also offers snow tubing which is essentially sled riding but lazier since you get pulled back up to the top. So much fun and kids of all ages love it! They also have the ice skating rink open. This is complete with twinkle lights that wrap around the ring and a large bonfire which adds to the charisma. For those that want to try something a little different, they may enjoy riding the mountain coaster that winds down the mountains (you control the speed so wimps like me can brake the whole way or the daredevils can let it go as fast as possible)! Another really exciting and fun winter activity is to call All Earth Eco Tours (www.allearthecotours.com) and schedule your snow shoeing tour. Crede, the owner will meet your group at Swallow Falls State Park (which houses the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland and is a breathtaking sight even in the winter). He then gives you detailed instructions on how to walk in your new snow shoes (I imagine it must be close to what a duck feels like) and how to handle your poles. He then shows you parts of the park that most people are unfamiliar with. It really is a lot of fun and a good workout as well. If you have qualms about whether you can do this than take it from one’s who a known klutz, if I can handle it and enjoy it, then anyone can!)
Even if you are not big on the outdoors, most of our homes are so well equipped that you could happily spend your stay hanging out with loved ones in your vacation home. Curl up in front of the crackling wood fireplace, unwind in your private steamy outdoor hot tub or enjoy a game of pool or maybe foosball. Call now!

Already tired of winter and now daydreaming of summer? Now is the time to call to get that perfect vacation home that you know your family will love. Our lakefront homes do book up quickly so you want to make sure you have your vacation plans under way.
Your winter vacation is simply a call away. Beat the winter woes by surprising your loved ones with a surprise trip to Deep Creek Lake! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Someone Did the Snow Dance!


So, the whole family has decided that they want to get together over winter for a small family reunion and everyone has agreed that Deep Creek Lake is the place to go! Well, first, congratulations on picking such a great destination. Offering 4 seasons of year round adventure, Deep Creek definitely has something for everyone. Now, comes the planning. How are you going to find a house large enough to accommodate everyone & will it have all of the amenities that everyone wants? The cousins insist on a swimming pool while the older teens just want a hot tub and high speed & wireless internet? The men want a pool table and to be close to the ski slopes. The women prefer a fully stocked kitchen and a fireplace. Seems like an almost impossible task. Luckily, you have chosen to call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and we have several homes that will definitely please everyone in your party! Now discounted for this weekend are 2 of Deep Creek’s most premiere homes! Unforgettable, a phenomenal 8 bedroom lakefront home is located in the prestigious gated community known as Waterfront Greens. With 3 levels of living space, there is more than ample room for everyone! The kids will love spending their afternoons in the private indoor pool. Others may just want to cuddle up in front of one of the fireplaces with a good book and everyone can enjoy some competitive fun at the billiards table. Another stand out feature of this magnificent home is that there is not only one but two hot tubs! A large yard is perfect for that friendly snowball fight or have the kids bring their sleds and head to the community sledding hill. Wisp Ski Resort is located approximately 10 miles away. http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/deep-creek/lake-front/house/rentals/unforgettable/181/alpha

Located a little closer to the slopes is another amazing mountain home known as Celebrations at Deep Creek and the moment you step inside you will definitely have something to celebrate! Also offering 8 bedrooms & 3 levels of space, this spacious home has all of the comforts of home and much, much more! The fun & colorful private indoor swimming pool will be an instant hit with everyone in your group! The upper level loft houses your pool table or you can head to the lower level and challenge a family member to a game of foosball. Multiple flat screen TVs, blue rays, high speed & wireless internet, & an IPod dock are just some of the many amenities that will be used to keep teens and adults entertained. Tackle the slopes during the day and come home and unwind in the steamy outdoor hot tub or just enjoy spending time with your loved ones as you gather in the Great Room. http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/deep-creek/lake-front/house/rentals/celebration-at-deep-creek/205/alpha 
Call and reserve one of these incredible homes for the January 9th weekend and receive a 15% discount off of your stay! It’s snowing as I type this, the slopes are open and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Bring on 2015!


It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close. Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales had a wonderful year and we are once again so thankful for our many guests, friends, neighbors, and homeowners that we get to work with every day. As a company we saw many changes from adding new homes to our vacation rental market; (we officially made it past the 200 mark this year! So exciting!) to the big news of now offering a Real Estate Department to our company. Jay Ferguson brought his expertise in this field and has been growing a wonderful team of dedicated & proven professionals to our Sales Department. The fact that Jay also has a wonderful sense of humor and believes so highly in teamwork makes him a wonderful match for our Taylor-Made family.
 Our Taylor-Made team also got to attend some awesome and rewarding conferences and even hosted our first, The Big 8. (We invited 8 companies in the vacation rental industry to visit us in Deep Creek so that we could network and exchange new thoughts and ideas!) Each conference that was attended was another chance for our company to learn how to better serve our guests and homeowners. We covered a myriad of topics from Customer Service, the newest housekeeping and maintenance trends, to exploring new ideas in marketing and technology. (We are big advocates of keeping ourselves educated on all ideas involving the vacation rental industry!) Speaking of new technology and staying on top of things, this year we also were able to introduce the Phantom Vision Drone to Deep Creek Lake which allowed us to not only take spectacular aerial photos but some amazing videos of area activities as well. But we here at Taylor-Made always feel that all work and no play is just, well, boring. So, we played as well. We had our annual Soup Cook Off in the early spring (bragging rights go to yours truly!) Summer Kick Offs, End of Summer Party, Whiffle Ball tournaments, Corn hole tournaments, Thanksgiving Dinner, and a spectacular Christmas/ Holiday party (basically we just love to celebrate, no matter what the reason!)



Give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales and let us help you find that perfect dream home! We look forward to another exciting year! We wish you all a very happy & healthy New Year! Bring on 2015! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Doing the Last Minute Scramble!


With Christmas only 3 days away, I imagine that there are many procrastinators out there scrambling around still trying to find the perfect last minute gift? I, unfortunately, speak from experience! My saving grace, however, is that I choose to shop local for the holidays so there is no need to try to rush to a mall for my last minute items. Luckily we have so many great little shops to choose from that my variety is plenty. One of my all-time favorite shops in our area is Schoolhouse Earth located just a few minutes from Deep Creek. With over 3 buildings full of items, there is definitely something for everyone in your group. They have a children’s section which consists of everything from toys to clothes to room décor. Another section of Deep Creek décor such as vintage maps, wall signs, and plaques. For those that have a “Foodie” or Wine lover to buy for, they have a wonderful variety to choose from whether you are looking for certain spices and dips or just a cute new wine glass or wine opener. Definitely worth the stop. The Christmas Chalet, located in the heart of the lake action, is the place to go if you are shopping for that person that just can’t get enough Christmas decorations or perhaps collects certain ornaments! They even have football themed trees (Are you a Ravens or a Steelers fan? They have both!) It’s definitely the store to go into if you haven’t yet found your Christmas spirit as it truly is a winter wonderland. Travel up to Oakland to the local Book Mark’et & Mezzanine. A new tradition could be buying your children your favorite childhood book for the holidays or pick up the latest novels for the bookworms that you know. They also have a wonderful collection on antiques and unique home décor. Your choices are endless.
 Back to the lake to shop at Bear Creek Traders who offer everything from cool cups and mugs to large pictures and displays. Completely stumped? Head to Trader’s Coffee House to get your java loving friends a new coffee mug complete with Trader’s gift coins! Every year I promise myself that I am not going to wait until the last minute to shop and yet, here I am. Very comforting to know that my choices of where to go are numerous! Support your local shops this holiday season and throughout the year!
Wisp is open and the winter activities are numerous! Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) today begin planning your next Deep Creek adventure! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Festive Times!


Ask about our Pet-friendly homes!
There is great excitement around the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales office lately as we have been busy getting into the festive spirit! We celebrated our annual Taylor-Made Holiday party last Tuesday which was a tremendous amount of fun! Our thanks go out to Angie Bosely and her crew for preparing some wonderful food and for making our office look so pretty and bright! We celebrating by once again allowing Chad, one of our company owners, to poke fun at us by sticking us his JibJab videos (always hilarious and fun!) and ended with our usual exciting game of Yankee Swap! Again, much fun was had by all and again a thanks and shout out to all that helped making it so successful!
Wisp in Preperation!

Wisp Ski Resort opened up last weekend much to the delight of our last minute renters and snow enthusiasts in general. Since then, they are still making every effort to keep the slopes snow covered and with snow showers in this week’s forecast, it looks like they will be successful. If you are looking for a fun filled weekend, give us a call as we are offering some fantastic last minute specials before the holiday season! (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) We are even offering some fabulous Christmas specials for those that would like to celebrate Christmas here at Deep Creek Lake (can you imagine how excited the kids would be to know that you had planned a surprise holiday trip to the mountains for Christmas?)!
HO! HO! HO!

If you are in the area over the Christmas holiday, make sure you stop by our Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales main office! Santa Claus will be here on Christmas Eve from 10am -12 pm. There will hot chocolate and cookies and story time for the kids! Come by and have your picture taken with Santa (also the perfect time for some of you to convince that you really do belong on the Nice list!
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Give us a call, come and visit, because we can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Not Just Your Ordinary Deli!


It’s always exciting when a new business or restaurant comes to your area! Don’t get me wrong, we have a wonderful selection of places to eat here at Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding area. You can choose some piping hot Brenda’s Pizzeria or maybe a steak and the famous creamy crab soup from Pine Lodge Steakhouse. The point is that we are certainly not lacking for some fine cuisine but adding another option certainly can’t hurt. When word began to spread last spring that there was going to be a new deli opening in McHenry, we were thrilled. Throw in the fact that it was owned and operated by a friend of the Taylor-Made family and we were even more excited! Owner Lora Lohr, originally from New York, said that opening Telli’s Deli just felt right. Having always been involved with food in some way, she felt that when this opportunity arrived, she knew it was too good to pass up! (Lora’s maiden name is Portelli, hence the Telli part). She wanted, “To be able to offer a different variety of foods that I like”. We apparently like the foods that she likes as well because if you haven’t had a chance to eat there yet, it’s a must! Our Taylor-Made crew has been the lucky recipient of a few catered affairs as well as ordering some of her morning bagels or sandwiches for lunch! When asked what made her food and business different from most, she stated, “Our freshness of product and quality of product are the best. Everything from our meats, cheeses, and produce are of the freshest.” They offer both breakfast and lunch and run specials daily. Fresh New York bagel breakfasts are very popular and the new egg sandwiches seem to be a favorite among locals! $8 lunch specials can’t be beat and are offered Monday through Friday.
Lora and her team now offer an array of different options whether you want to come grab lunch and dine inside the cozy shop or have them cater your next function whether it’s a holiday party or just an office gathering. They also make some incredibly wonderful gift baskets. This has become a favorite give-away of us here at Taylor-Made whether it’s for the lucky winner of one of our many contests or a gift basket we send to a homeowner, they are always very well received. Finally Lora summed up by adding that one of the keys to the success of Teli’s Deli at this time is her wonderful supportive staff. “I am very fortunate to work with some wonderful women. We all work well together, love the food industry, and just enjoy what we do. We are all mothers so we pull together to work and be flexible and accommodating with our schedules. I have a great work family!” If you are in the area, please do yourself a favor and stop and grab a bite to eat at Teli’s Deli. You will be so happy you did!
Wisp has been blowing snow lately preparing for opening day. We are still running our “Reserve 2 nights, get the 3rd night free” for another week so it’s a great time to take advantage. 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 find that dream home! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!  


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