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!


Monday, June 30, 2014

Your Deep Creek Tradition Starts Here!


Bear Trap's Private Dock!
Cozy Great Room!
Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is proud to say that we offer a large variety of vacation homes for our guests; whether you are looking for that large 8 bedroom lakefront home with a private indoor pool for your whole extended family or if you are looking for that charming little log cabin for you and your other half, we have it. Our Reservation Specialists try our best to find the home that suits your needs and the needs of those that are sharing this Deep Creek adventure with you. Recently we added a home to our rental market that seemed like a perfect choice for a small family. Bear Trap is a beautifully decorated 2 bedroom lakefront home located in the tranquil community known as Thousand Acres. This is located on the southern end of Deep Creek Lake and while you are little farther removed from a lot of the shopping and dining establishments, you easily make up for it with the private setting, serene atmosphere, and the to-die-for lakefront. One step inside Bear Trap and you will embrace the luxury of the gleaming hardwood floors, the comfortable leather sofas and the large 70 inch Smart TV Flat Screen. The elegant and sophisticated d├ęcor continues to flow throughout the home giving you the “home away from home” feeling. Step outside and marvel at the wonderfully spacious level lawn that extends out to your private dock. A local tidbit or for those seasoned veterans, it is well known that some of the most spectacular Deep Creek sunsets occur on the southern end of the lake. Imagine spending your evenings, relaxing on your back deck or sitting on your dock and capturing that perfect sunset. The outdoor fire pit is ideal for hanging out in the evenings making s’mores and sharing your adventures of the day. Golf, anyone? Thousand Acres is also home to a golf course, literally a five minute drive down the road. This 18-hole championship golf course designed by Craig Schreiner was carefully designed to protect the environment and the natural beauty that surround the area. The prices are very agreeable as well. I highly recommend that your golfing friends check this one out.  http://www.thousandacresgolf.com/. Currently we are running an Introductory Deal from now through 8/23 where you can receive up to 30% your stay in Bear Trap (Yes! 30%! I had to double check it myself because what a crazy great deal!
SUP? Stand Up Paddle Boarding!
 Give Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales a call (1-866-351-1119 or online at www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you create memories that will last a lifetime! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Monday Can Be A Fun Day!


Redneck Dayz Belly Flop!
Life has been busy around Deep Creek Lake lately with a lot of fun activities going on. Over the past few weekends, if you were lucky enough to be here, you had multiple festivals to choose from whether you were playing in the mud at the Oakland- Mt. Lake Park Lions Redneck Dayz or watching some talented folks prove just how talented they are by performing for Deep Creek’s Got Talent held at the Honi Honi Bar. We have been blessed with some extremely nice weather, perfect if you want to spend the day on the lake or hiking at one of our state parks. Not exactly sure what to do while you are visiting the lake? Every Monday from 3-5 pm, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales can be found on the lawn of Uno’s Pizzeria. We, along with many other vendors from the area, are there to participate in Welcome Party Mondays. It’s free to the public and for everyone in your family, you receive a ticket to possibly when a prize from one of the local vendors. If you stop by our booth, you can pick up our latest brochure and spin our trivia wheel to try to win some cool prizes! It’s a lot of fun, there is complimentary finger foods & refreshments and live music that begins around 4ish. It’s also a great way to plan out your week. Wisp Resort is there each week and they can tell you about the numerous activities to do there throughout your stay (Mountain Coaster, Chipmunk Challenge, Segway Tours and that’s only naming a few!) www.wispresort.com Crede Calhoun from All Earth Eco Tours (www.allearthecotours.com) is there and he can help you and your family to plan an amazing kayak tour on the Savage River Reservoir. He offered to take Taylor-Made employees a year or so ago and I personally thought it was amazing! (For the record, I am incredibly uncoordinated so if I can manage in a kayak then anyone can!) He even has kayaks for 2 people so the kids can paddle with the parents! There are many other vendors there that bring samples of what their shop or establishment has to offer. (Deep Creek 2014, the venue for the ICF Canoe/ Slalom World Championships being held this September, was even giving away a chance to win free tickets to the history making event! www.deepcreek2014.com.)
SUP? The latest lake craze!
So, if you are looking for a family fun event and a great way to start your Deep Creek vacation by getting the  inside scoop on what to do while you are here, please stop by the lawn at Uno’s on Monday. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Chance to Give Back!


Wine Down
Golden Retreat
I believe that people by nature try to be charitable and sometimes you hear about a certain cause or organization that sits close to the heart. When Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales were approached by Operation Second Chance, we knew we needed to try to do something special. This is an organization that’s primary focus is committed to serving our wounded, injured, and ill combat Veterans. They give support to these Veterans and their families generally while they are recovering in military hospitals. Many of these men and women were injured oversees and have to come home to cope with the repercussions of their injuries and trying to readapt to life. Operation Second Chance sets up “Retreats” among various other activities to give these vets and their families a chance to get away to rest, relax, and reconnect with each other. Unless you know of someone that has been in a similar situation, most of us don’t think about how difficult it must be to return to “normal life”. When Frank, our Operation Second Chance contact, called looking for 2 homes that would comfortably host 2 Vets & their spouses for a mid-week getaway to Deep Creek Lake, Jodi began to make some calls. Almost immediately, 2 of our homeowners called and graciously and kindly donated their homes. Golden Retreat, a beautiful 3 bedroom lakefront home with a private dock, will make an excellent choice for one of the couples who have the need for a service learning dog since it is pet friendly. Wine Down, located in the prestigious Mountainside Community, is an immaculate 3 bedroom home that rests on the end of quiet road, the ideal place for a peaceful stay. It is with our sincere thanks to both of these homeowners for their thoughtful gift. If you would like to find out more about Operation Second Chance, please go their website. http://www.operationsecondchance.org/

WOW! (Taken from our new drone!)
In other lake life news, our Mountains have exploded in vibrant shades of green! Trees have fully bloomed and the lake is the place to be! The weather has been very cooperative giving us lots of days filled with bright blue skies and perfect mid-70’s weather. If you are looking for that home away from home, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales can help. Not sure what to do during your vacation? Let us know about your family and we can help plan some age appropriate activities. Looking for that second getaway home but want to know more about the neighborhood you are interested in? Use Jay’s expertise to answer all of those questions and more! Give us a call at 1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com and let us welcome you to Deep Creek. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!



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