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!



Monday, June 2, 2014

A Taylor-Made Shout Out!!


Gary chilling with his dog Theo!
As we here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales prepare for another exciting summer season, we sometimes need to step back and acknowledge all of the hard work and dedication that our employees give in order to make that happen. Today we give a big heads up and shout out to Gary Paugh who was recently promoted to Maintenance Supervisor. Gary is a retired Army Veteran who proudly served our country for 23 years! He came to the Taylor-Made family on April 12, 2010 and has continued to “WOW!” since then. Under this new title and responsibility, Gary will oversee the other maintenance technicians. One of his top priority duties will be seeing to the completion of what we call “Service Orders”. What does this mean? A good example would be that our inspectors are out preparing their homes for a guest’s arrival and they notice that the outdoor porch light is out but a ladder is required. They call this in and it is entered in as a “Service Order” to be completed before the arrival. Gary helps to follow up with the assigned technician to make sure this is completed. Is there something in the house that requires a special order or part? Gary is our “Go To” on finding the long term solution or repair. His helpful demeanor and pleasant attitude makes him easily approachable for help or just to work with in general. Gary has won many “Customer Service” games and awards that Taylor-Made has had over the past several years including being named the winner of our summer “Hunger Games” challenge 2012 in which he won the grand prize of a 32 inch flat screen TV! Gary’s goals with Taylor-Made are long term as he believes he will eventually retire from here. When asked what his favorite thing is about working at Taylor-Made, Gary will tell you that he enjoys working for a family oriented company and that he gets along very well with all of his co-workers. His job changes day to day and he is able to keep busy which makes coming to work every day a new adventure. So, a big Thank You to Gary for all that you do for us! We are so lucky to have you and Congrats on your new position as Maintenance Supervisor!
Beautiful Day @ The Lake!
Gorgeous weather here at Deep Creek Lake over the past few weekends makes now the perfect time to get in that last minute trip before summer officially kicks off. Go online or call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales (www.deepcreekvacations.com or 1-866-351-1119!) and let us help you find that perfect Deep Creek home! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Friday, May 30, 2014

More than a mere toy....

WOW!

We have been busy here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales getting ready for another exciting and busy summer season. Our house inspectors have been spending extra time in the homes making sure that deep cleans are being done, lawns are manicured, grills are ready, basically ensuring that the home is in tip top shape for our summer guests. All of our docks are in so if you are able to sneak away for a quick trip, now is the perfect time to do so! Don’t forget that we are the experts when it comes to helping you find that perfect Deep Creek or Vacation home! Give us a call at 1-866-351-1119 or go online at www.deepcreekvacations.com.
Taylor-Made recently obtained a new “toy” that is causing a great deal of excitement! When I first heard that we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new Phantom 2 Vision, I was less than impressed. It sounded like some geeky tech toy that didn’t pertain to me. However, when it did show up, my thoughts changed quickly. This “Drone” is essentially a jazzy remote control airplane but much more technically advanced. Did I mention that it also looks really cool (It has lights that blink around the bottom!)? With 4 propellers it can quickly take flight. This is when you take advantage of the new built in HD video camera! Here you are able to take some amazing videos or still shots. You have found the perfect Deep Creek home but are curious about how close your neighbors are or what kind of distance you have to reach your lake access dock slip? Now we can provide you with that video option. When you stop in to see Jay about helping you buy your Deep Creek home he can give all of this additional information! (Just a reminder, Jay Ferguson is our Taylor-Made Deep Vacations & Sales realtor and your “go to” when it comes to buying or selling property in Garrett County!) We recently were able to take the drone up to ASCI (The Adventure Sports Center International and the venue for the ICF Canoe/ Slalom World Championships!) to video Team USA practicing on the course. I have included some photos that were recently taken by our Phantom 2 Vision and the results are pretty amazing! Now, I understand the excitement!

Gorgeous Spring Day!
Tall Castle!
Don’t forget that next weekend is the McHenry Highland Festival of Mountain Maryland! Come took base with Scottish Roots for this family friendly festival held on Saturday the 7th at the Fairgrounds! A great time to experience the lake and one of our annual festivals! http://www.highlandfest.info/index.html. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


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