Thursday, August 27, 2015

So Long Summer! Make it Count!

The local kids in our area recently returned to school this week along with many other counties here in Western Maryland. Seems too early for school but at least we have another weekend to squeeze in some summer fun before Labor Day arrives.
If you are visiting our area for the week, don’t forget to stop by the Farmer’s Market in downtown Oakland on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am – 1pm. So many great choices of fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and more. Because every vendor doesn’t come every week (although most do), you always get a variety of different tables. There was a vendor from Pennsylvania there on Wednesday that was pedaling some stunning pottery pieces. Candles, handmade carved wooden crafts, quilts, and list goes on. It’s also a great chance to check out some of the neat shops in Oakland like the Book Market & Antique Mezzanine which offers everything from the latest best sellers to a large selection of kid’s books and toys. The back of the store showcases some amazing antiques for sell. Definitely a neat store and worth the stop! It’s a perfect time to capture some of the charm of our small town flair.   

If you haven’t made your plans for Labor Day yet, I suggest that you call now as our availability is starting to become limited. It’s one last chance to make unforgettable summer memories and I can think of no place better to do this than here at Deep Creek Lake. Imagine you and your family spending the weekend boating and water tubing on the water. Rent a jet ski for an early morning romp around the McHenry cove or maybe a relaxing kayak trip is just what you need. For the outdoor adventurers, hiking and mountain biking are great options especially if you head to one of the many state parks in the area. Swallow Falls State Park showcases the largest free fall standing waterfall in the state of Maryland and is absolutely breathtaking to see. Wisp Resort offers a bevy of fun activities whether you choose to zip line down the mountain, ride the mountain coaster, play a friendly game of disc golf, and so much more.

Only 3 ½ hours from the Washington D.C. / Baltimore area and 2 ½ from Pittsburgh, it’s a relatively short drive. Give us a call today (1-866-351-1119 or go online ) and let us help you find the perfect vacation home for your next Deep Creek stay. Lakefront homes are going fast so make sure you call today! Mention this blog and we will give you 3 nights for the price of 2!   We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Friday, August 14, 2015

On Top of The World

The Garrett County Agricultural Fair has once again come and gone which always seems to symbolically be a sign that summer is coming to an end and the kids will be heading back to school (I suspect that some parents may be looking forward to this.) While it is always sad to see summer ending, it also brings the promises of all of the wonders and joys of fall. Leaves changing, festivals, fall sports, and the list goes on! Not to mention that to see Deep Creek and our mountainous region in a blaze of red, yellow, and gold is absolutely breathtaking. Many of our homes offer stunning lake and mountain views and we look forward to capturing numerous pictures from their decks each year!
Speaking of a home with an extraordinary view and one that is new our vacation rental market, On Top of the World, will simply stop you in your tracks. Taylor-Made employees were honored and thrilled to be invited to a luncheon yesterday hosted by the homeowners, Ray & Diana. Held at their home, this was the first time many of our employees had visited the home and there was not one person who did not “Ooh and Aahh over the sheer grandeur of this magnificent mountain home. Large, expansive windows provide you with one of the most panoramic views of Deep Creek Lake including that of the Glendale Bridge (which looks amazing lit up at night). Luxurious furnishings and d├ęcor flow throughout the home including lavish bedding throughout the bedrooms. You will truly feel like you are living like royalty when you stay here. The gourmet kitchen truly looks like something out of Pinterest or a magazine. Additional amenities outside include a fire pit, a gazebo, and a huge hot tub which lights up at night as well! Absolutely amazing! To Ray & Diana, we thank you so much for your kind generosity. The food was delicious (everything from the pasta to the salad to the cookies was divine!) and your company was delightful. Quite simply, we love your home! We are excited to give our guests the chance to experience Deep Creek in a truly premiere home such as On Top of the World!
Labor Day will be here before you know it and our homes are booking quickly. We are now offering 3 nights for the price of 2 so call today! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Fair Deal!

Ferris Wheel!
Spoiled is essentially the best way to describe those that are visiting Deep Creek today and this weekend as the weather is near perfect with bright blue skies and lots of sunshine. I’m pretty sure that people think that I must be exaggerating this but it’s true. I think that since Mother Nature gives us such a long winter season, generally, that in order to balance it out, there must be postcard picture perfect ones in the warmer months! Tomorrow starts the 59th annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair held here at the fairgrounds in McHenry. If you are lucky enough to be visiting us this week then I highly suggest you put this on your list of things to do! If you have ever had the opportunity to visit an old fashioned agricultural fair then you know how much fun it can be for the whole family! Starting off with rides for the wee ones, there is usually a little toddler size roller coaster, Ferris wheel, spinning tee-cups, speed cars, and more! As they grow out of those, they move up to some of the larger rides such as the Scrambler,  a ride known for squishing those that are unlucky enough to pick the wrong side to ride on as it whips you around in a frenzy. The Swings, which swoop you out and about, overlooking the crowd below you!

Finally, you have graduated to the Big rides where you may meet The Zipper, a crazy looking contraption known for hurling you through the air at high rates of speed while turning you in a hundred circles until you feel completely nauseous! The Perks and sense of adventure of Fair Rides! Not for you? Then the food is as good of a reason to go as any! Fresh cut and made Rotary French Fries are a must if visiting our fair. With ketchup or vinegar, they absolutely delicious and well worth the calories! Candy apples, hamburgers, pizza, cotton candy, the list is long and worth trying one of each! Funnel Cakes! I almost forgot about the awesome Funnel Cake, varies in size and flavor, and sinfully good! Entertainment? Well, I always like to lose my money by trying to win some ridiculously large and often distorted stuffed animal by throwing a basketball in a teacup or squirting a water gun blaster into the mouth of an alligator.
Gorgeous Sunflower Field in McHenry!
 Don’t forget The Derby! Highly popular, cars and drivers compete by smashing into each other until only one last car remains running. It seems rather silly but is actually quite exciting and a fun event to attend. There is also a great variety of entertainment, usually a musical act or a singing group that performs on a main stage. Don’t forget the barns full of livestock! Cattle, pigs, chickens, bunnies and then several barns full of people entries for their crafts, pictures, flowers, and much more! Take a day or evening and bring the family to the fair! Ride lots of rides, eat food that is not good for you (but worth every bite!) play silly games and just enjoy the atmosphere! It starts tomorrow August 1st and goes until the following Saturday so you have plenty of days to check it out.
Still haven’t made your plans to visit Deep Creek Lake this summer? I really don’t know what you are waiting for? Almost all homes are now offering partial week stays which is ideal for those that can’t get a full week off of work but still want to take a relaxing vacation, if at least for several days! For those that are trying to stay within a budget, townhomes and lake access homes generally rent for less but you may still have the lake just a short stroll or drive away. Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or go online and let us help you plan your Deep Creek getaway.   

Friday, July 24, 2015

What you can Discover @ Deep Creek!

Exhibit of Brant Coal Mine
While most of the East coast is suffering in a July hot spell this week, life up here in the mountains is looking & feeling close to perfect. With temperatures in the comfortable mid-70’s, we have also escaped the high humidity that everyone is experiencing! Just another perk to living in the mountains and on a lake! I had the pleasure of stopping by the Deep Creek Discovery Center yesterday and if you haven’t been there before or it’s been awhile, I highly recommend that you check it out. Located right beside the Deep Creek State Park, it is a great place to take the kids for a chance to learn a little bit about Deep Creek Lake and some of the wildlife and history of our area. When you first enter, there is a neat little room to the left that showcases the Brant Coal Mine which was located within Meadow Mountain and was formed in the early 20’s by two local Garrett County men who were looking to make the fortune in the coal mining industry. Very interesting story and facts and the room is visually interesting as well. Walking further into the Discovery Center, you will see various types of aquatic life on exhibit. There is an aquarium which features some of the different types of fish that can be found in Deep Creek Lake, as well as a few turtles. There is also examples of some of the wildlife such as a stuffed bear, fox, and even a rattlesnake skin and an actual big black garden snake! (At least that is what I think it said. Cage or not, I like to keep a considerable distance from anything slithery!) The lower level has an exhibit room and an area where the kids can go around and try some educational games like trying to identify certain paw prints from the charts that are given. Definitely a unique and fun way for the kids to learn while enjoying themselves on vacation.
Mr. T
A Typical Day @ Deep Creek Lake
From here, I strolled outside where you can walk down to the provided docks! This is very convenient for those that are traveling by boat but still want to stop by. I also checked out their outdoor aviary which was located in a quiet wooden area at the end of the parking lot. While the eagle station was down for the day due to maintenance, I did enjoy checking out the Red Tailed Hawk and Peregrine Falcon, both quite beautiful and magnificent to see. These birds are generally here because they have a handicap of some sort and it is safer for them to be cared for in captivity, then to be in the wild (for those that may feel guilty to see them in a confined space). In hindsight though, they both seemed very comfortable and were kind of showing off a bit, in my opinion! My suggestion would be to pack a nice picnic lunch, gather the family and head to the Discovery Center for something new to do. Afterwards, head over to the beach area for lunch and day of playing at the beach and swimming! A complete afternoon of family fun and worth checking out! Have you made your summer plans to visit us here at Deep Creek Lake yet? It is postcard picture perfect outside today and it looks like the weekend is just going to continue to give us nothing but blue skies and sunshine. Call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online and let us help you find that perfect vacation home rental! Offering everything from 1 -8 bedroom cabins, chalets, townhomes and more, we have something to suit everyone. Make Summer 2015 one to remember! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #DCLlakelife #vacationrentals  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hey Chipmunks! We Challenge You!

Today is one of those days at Deep Creek that look like it could come straight from a postcard. Bright blue skies and lake sparkle against the lush mountainside, truly a breathtaking sight. Watching so many people having such a fun time, whether they are speeding along on a speed boat, hitting the waves on a jet ski, or taking the family tour on a pontoon boats, the squeals of joy and laughter are ringing loudly across the lake! For those that may be wandering if there are any activities to do that are not on the lake and the answer is “Of Course”! One place I love to suggest to families is to head over to Wisp’s Adventure Park. Generally when we speak of Wisp, we think of the mountains heaped in snow as people take on the ski and snowboarding trails but in the warmer months, Wisp offers a large variety of activities for all ages. For the young kids, the Chipmunk Challenge Course is a must try! This canopy tour is designed to test your kid’s prowess and athletic abilities while having at a blast at the same time. Participants are suited up with a harness, helmet, and are given the needed safety instructions. They then begin to maneuver the course which consists of everything from a Spider Net that must be crossed to a Tarzan Vine Rope. Each task requires the participant to pay close attention to their surroundings while using precision in balancing. They finally finish with the final zipline which sends them plummeting down 200 feet of cable. While the kids may not take in as much of the scenery, they do get to witness some of the most breathtaking views of the McHenry Cove when perched on top of the course. A fun activity that the kids will talk about for months afterwards and parents get some fantastic photo and video ops as well! While there are many more things to do at Wisp (golfing, disc golf, mountain biking, etc) this particular activity is perfect for kids 4 years and up that weigh at least 40 pounds.
If you have not made your summer plans to come and visit us here at Deep Creek, now is the time to do so! We have opened all homes up for partial week stays in July, ideal for those that are not able to get a full week off of work but still deserve a relaxing getaway. Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online ) and let us help you find your families vacation dream home! We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #DCLlakelife #DCLvacationrentals

Friday, July 3, 2015

We Welcome You!

The Lawn @ Uno's & Site of Welcome Party Mondays!

We have been experiencing some unpredictable weather here at Deep Creek the past few weeks but this Friday is providing us with lots of sunshine, perfect for the Fourth of July weekend! To me, July is when summer really explodes around Deep Creek Lake and every day is a chance for a new, exciting adventure. Swimming, fishing, basically all lake activities, hiking, golfing, white water rafting, playing at Wisp, the list is endless. If you are visiting us for the week, I recommend that you stop by and see us at the Welcome Party Mondays, a fun event held on the lawn at Pizzeria Uno’s and The Honi-Honi Bar from 3-5pm. Hosted by Uno’s, they serve some finger foods & beverages and have live music that usually starts around 4 pm. Many local vendors show up to tell you about some of the services they offer to guests visiting our area. Crede Calhoun from All Earth Eco Tours is always there to tell guests about his amazing guided kayak/ canoe tours on the Savage River Reservoir. The Taylor-Made staff had the opportunity to do this a few years ago and it was definitely an experience that I will never forget. On that note, if I am able to manage a kayak without falling over than anyone can! It’s great for families and couples and the sheer beauty of the Reservoir is absolutely mind blowing! The CARC (Community Aquatic Recreation Center) has also been making an appearance each week. They open up “Community Swim Time” to non-members throughout the week so even if the home that you are staying in does not have access to a pool, this is an excellent alternative. Lakeside Creamery is there each week with free samples of popcorn. Of course, they also have the enticing promise of tasty, yummy ice cream if you stop by to see them at the Creamery during your stay. There is always free giveaways and the kids love to pose on the giant elephant or play on the little playground. Conveniently you can also arrive by boat if need be. Because they offer outdoor dining at the Honi, you can also bring your best furry friend as it is a pet-friendly environment.
What's SUP?
Trivia & Prizes
 At the Taylor-Made booth, we play Deep Creek trivia games and give you a chance to win free prizes! We will also be doing a drawing at the end of the summer for a free 2 night getaway in one of our vacation homes. If interested (any who isn’t interested in a free stay @ Deep Creek Lake?) stop by and fill out one of our cards to enter! It’s a fun afternoon of games, entertainment and prizes and gives you and your family a chance to find out about some of the fun and adventure our area has to offer!
We have now opened up all of our vacation homes for partial weeks during the month of July so if you are one of those unfortunate individuals that are unable to take a full week off of work, now is your chance to visit the lake for a shorter stay (3 night minimum requirement). Give us a call @ 1-866-351-1119 or go online ( and let us help you plan your next Deep Creek adventure. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Deep Creek Lake's 90th Birthday Bash!

The Dam was completed in 1925.

This year Deep Creek Lake is celebrating its 90th Birthday! How wonderful is that! In the early 1920s, the Youghiogheny Hydroelectric Company purchased land in Garrett County for the purpose of power generation. The tract that was chosen was where a large stream called Deep Creek flowed into the Youghiogheny River. A large earth and rock wall dam was built and completed. The 12 mile long reservoir filled with water and formed Deep Creek Lake, the largest inland body of water in the state of Maryland. Over the years, Deep Creek has grown in popularity as many continue to discover the scenic beauty of our area and of course the many recreational activities that one can do on the lake! We were recently named by TripAdvisor as one of the “Rising Vacation Rental Destinations of 2015” and it’s easy to see why. Summer days are spent swimming and playing on the lake. Cruise the lake by boat, take the kids for a ride on the water tubes or rent a jet ski for a morning of adventure. Canoes, kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, water trampolines, the list of toys is long and plenty! For those that are looking for something a little more tranquil, bring your fishing boat for a quiet morning out on the lake! Even in the winter months, people take advantage of the frozen lake for ice fishing and snowmobiling. All of these awesome activities because man decided to create a lake and this year marks 90 years that people have been enjoying that choice!
Water skiing in the 70s!
In celebration of this historic event, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is hosting a FREE outdoor family movie night tomorrow evening here at our office (Saturday June 13th). We will be showing ‘Night of the Museum 3’! Bring your lawn chairs, enjoy fresh popcorn and a fun night watching the movie under the stars!
Water Skiing Today!

Still haven’t finalized your plans for summer? All of our vacation rental homes are now allowing for partial week stays (3 night minimum) for the next two weeks of June so it’s the perfect time to visit for a few days! With the warmer temperatures, take advantage of that lake that we are celebrating and spend a few days on it!
Give us a call (1-866-351-1119 or online and let us help you find that perfect vacation rental home. We can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #lakelife #livingthedream #closetoDC