Friday, February 27, 2015

Let's Spring Forward Already!


Swallow Falls State Park
As February crawls to a close, we are officially entering that time of year where the zeal for winter is just about over and need for spring is here. Record snowfalls have been hitting the East Coast for a while now. People are jumping out of windows into snow banks (those crazy Bostonians) and now that all the major winter festivals and holidays are over, it just seems like time to move on. What better way to ward off the winter woes than to plan a spring getaway. Somewhere fun. Somewhere fresh. Somewhere like Deep Creek Lake. If you have not experienced spring in the mountains then I highly recommend that you put this on your Must Do list! Whether you are witnessing the lake beginning to peak out of the ice or the deer & other wildlife venturing out, you will definitely appreciate the beauty of watching the mountains “spring” to life. “Doesn’t seem like there would be anything to do?” We hear this sometimes and can’t wait to tell our guests how wrong they are! J If you enjoy the outdoors, it is the perfect time to walk and hike through our state parks. Always #1 on that list, of course, is Swallow Falls State Park which houses the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53 feet, a breathtaking sight any time of the year. The main trail that winds down around the falls will also lead you to several smaller waterfalls and some insanely gorgeous photo ops! Many of our state parks also have some great mountain biking trails! Looking for something a little more soothing?
Hole in One!
Fore! Golf, anyone? We have several top notch golf courses here in our area and many of our vacation rental homes are within walking distance or just a short drive away adding to the convenience. Always a great escape for a guy’s weekend away! For the ladies, maybe they just want some time to gather and catch up, check out some our wonderful little shops, plan a massage? Many of our vacation homes are specifically designed with a nice open floor space making gathering with friends fun and easy!
 
Spring Sunrise!
Call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us know what type of spring getaway you are planning and we would be more than happy to help. Tell us about your group and we will find the perfect home to fit the needs of you and your guests! Don’t forget to ask us about any last minute or spring discounts that we may be running (3 nights for 2 now through the end of April!) In the meantime, for those of you that are visiting us this weekend or in the next several days, enjoy the sunshine! The slopes are freshly groomed and currently the weather is calling for warmer temps and lots of Vitamin D over the weekend. We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #springfling #weekendgetaway


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Welcome Aboard Archie's BBQ!


A True Winter Wonderland!
 We here @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales are busy gearing up for another exciting holiday weekend. Hard to believe that we are half way through February and President’s Day weekend is already upon us. The following weekend (February 20th) is the 17th Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk where people donate money to watch their friends jump into the frigid waters of Deep Creek Lake in the winter! It’s such a fun event and the money that is raised by the Maryland State Police and Natural Resources Police goes toward the Maryland Special Olympics! It’s held at The Honi-Honi Bar/ Uno’s Pizzeria and starting at 2 pm, all the dunkers start being lead in to the water in waves! People come from Maryland and surrounding states and they usually “Dress to Impress” meaning there are some extremely creative costumes to witness! If you haven’t made plans to attend this event then give us a call (1-866-351-1119 or online at www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find that perfect vacation home for you and your friends.
"I Got This!"
Archie Fans!

Many of our past guests may already be aware of this but when renting with us here at Taylor-Made, we offer those staying in our homes a “Local Vendor Discount Card” which is a card that they can take around to some of our area’s participating establishments and receive a certain discount or specialty item. The list of the participating businesses is listed in the home’s “House Book” and explains what each one offers. We are proud to add this expanding list and this week we are adding Archie’s Barbeque (http://www.archiesbbq.com/index.php) which is a dining restaurant here in McHenry. This is your go-to if you are craving some authentic smoked barbeque food. Ribs, wings, chicken, turkey, brisket; the list is long, the servings are insanely huge, and the food is awesome. Locally owned and operated since 2007 and proud to announce that they were “Awarded the "Best of the Best" across America for our Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket and Baby Back Ribs by the National Barbeque News Magazine!”, the Archer Family is committed to providing exceptional service to their guests whether they are now just stopping by for a meal or if they are considering having an event catered. They are also now using a really neat new system where you can earn points for every dollar you spend. Your points can then earn you free food or merchandise. Definitely a win-win for the customer! (We would suggest checking out their website or asking about this the next time you visit for full details!) So, Welcome Aboard Archie’s BBQ! We love your food & can’t wait to tell our guests to stop by for a great meal!
In the meantime, the snow is falling and we can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #winterwonderland #yummybbq #deepcreekdining #MarylandMountains


Friday, February 6, 2015

Wisp Ski Resort~ A Little Look Back!

Today's snow making equipment
As I sit here daydreaming & staring out my office window, I can’t help but watch the people zig-zag their way down the ski slopes. For the most part, they all seem to be floating gracefully although on occasion you will witness a bit of a crash and burn. As we here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales gear up for another busy weekend, we can’t help but feel proud that so many people have chosen Deep Creek Lake as their choice for a weekend winter getaway! Granted, our location is key since we are only a mere 3-4 hours away from Washington D.C and 2 ½ from Pittsburgh. However, most come to enjoy the outdoor adventures that our area has to offer. While hiking and snow shoeing are my preferred activity choices, most come to spend the weekend at Wisp Ski Resort which offers skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating and more!

Helmuth "Ace" Heise
It is with this thought that I can’t help but think of how this all came about because one man had a dream to make Deep Creek Lake a four season resort. Helmuth “Ace” Heise began vacationing with his parents and sister at Deep Creek Lake in the 1930s. He and his wife, Evelyn, later went on to buy property and construct a year round 10 unit motel. After noticing that there was very little money to be made in the winter months, Ace knew he needed to find a way to attract guests to this area for potential winter sports. He along with some other local business men formed Recreational Industries, Inc. and leased a farm pasture on Marsh Mountain. Winter skiing began the winter of 1955-1956 with one ski slope of which the skiers were pulled to the top of the mountain via a rope tow. The “Lodge” at the time was a one room hut warmed by a coal fired potbellied stove. The ski equipment was rented out of the bed of a pick-up truck. But, people came. Over the next decade, Mr. Heise went on to add additional slopes and lifts and even purchased state of the art snow making equipment (which at the time resembled lawn sprinklers that spat out pellets of frozen water). Wisp continued to grow and improve and as of today has over 34 slopes located on 172 acres. The lawn sprinklers have since been replaced by the world’s most energy efficient snowmaking equipment with computerized weather and pumping stations. Of course, over the years, they also added the snow tubing park, ice skating rink, and more! Again, this started because one man knew how to tun his dream into realty. Although Mr. Heise is no longer with us, we owe him a big thank you for helping make Deep Creek Lake a vacation destination all year long.

Vintage Wisp Lodge

With that being said, the sun is shining, the temperatures are warming up and Wisp is ready for the weekend! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #skiwisp #winterwonderland #deepcreeklake #dreamsintorealty #AceHeise

 

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift


The view from the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales office states that someone clearly shook the snow globe. Our area has been covered in a few inches of fresh snow almost daily this week which makes for awesome outdoor play! I think it would be easy to say that now is the perfect time to visit our area since there is such a wide variety of activities to choose from. Do you just want gather some friends for a weekend away tackling the slopes skiing or snowboarding? Maybe you want to bring the kids and try out that cool mountain coaster or spend the afternoon snow tubing? Snowshoeing, hiking, cross country skiing, ice skating, or just a good old fashioned snowball fight! So many choices! However, now is also a great time to plan that romantic weekend getaway with your special loved one this Spring! Aaahh, spring! Flowers begin to bloom, the grass starts to peak out as the snow begins to melt, wildlife awakens, and love is in the air. (Insert Music Montage!) Actually, our Maryland Mountains are quite beautiful in the spring! Things are a little quieter around Deep Creek then so you can have that quiet, serene escape that is so needed after a long winter. Rates are also lower. True. It’s a good time to take advantage of lower rates and we tend to be more generous with last minute discounts. Imagine whisking your loved one away for a weekend escape (only 2 ½ hours from Pittsburgh; 3 from Washington DC) to the mountains. Spend your afternoons hiking in one of our many state parks (Swallow Falls State Park houses the largest waterfall in the state of Maryland and is absolutely breathtaking throughout the year!) Perhaps you want to spend some time strolling the streets of downtown Oakland which alludes friendly small town charm.  Have a quiet romantic dinner at one of our many great restaurants or prepare your own special meal at your vacation home in the fully stocked kitchen. Hmmm… starting to sound like a very nice way to ease into spring, don’t you agree?
 Want to vamp it up just a little more? Add our Honeymoon or Romance package to your reservation and we will have it as the home waiting to surprise your loved one when you arrive! The Romance Package (@ $35) gives you a $25 gift certificate to one of our local restaurants, a Specialty Item from Telli’s Deli, 2 Taylor-Made wine glasses, and a free early check in or late check out (If available & sorry, not applicable over the Summer season). The Honeymoon Package steps is up even further (@$55) and also adds 2 movie tickets, flowers, and chocolate truffles! Again, don’t forget that wonderful element of surprise that will definitely kick your weekend off to a wonderful start. Come play today for winter madness or surprise your loved one on Valentine’s Day with the promise of a romantic mountain getaway.
Call today and let us help you plan your next Deep Creek adventure (www.deepcreekvacations.com or 1-866-351-1119)! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
#lovedeepcreek #romanticgetaways #valentinesday #moutainmemories


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!


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