Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shopping Fun!


School House Earth décor
April showers bring Snow Showers? This past week this was apparent but being the tough Mountaineers that we are, we didn’t even bat an eye. Here it is two days later and the temperatures are rising and it appears that we are going to have another gorgeous weekend here at Deep Creek Lake. If you have no plans, give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and we will do everything we can to find that perfect vacation home to suit you and your friends and family (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvactions.com).
We will be the first to admit that if you are wanting to go on a true shopping extravaganza (thinking malls and outlets) if you are visiting Deep Creek you may be slightly disappointed. However, if you are looking for truly unique gifts and shops, please stop by! I had the pleasure of visiting School House Earth (http://www.schoolhouseearth.com/) last week and once again reminded of what charming and captivating shop it truly is! With 3 buildings side by side, they are able to offer a tremendous variety of items. Looking for apparel, such as the latest scarves or handbags? They have it. Garden items? Kid’s toys and room decorations? Christmas décor? House signs? Specialty wine openers? Various food condiments? Yes, yes, and still yes. There is definitely something for everyone. Take the kids and let them check out the free petting zoo which houses llamas, goats, and a very friendly yellow lab pup that will kindly greet you! The staff is so warm and friendly and are more than willing to help you find that special gift you seek! I personally fell in love with the gardening section which had a wonderful selection of wreaths and wind chimes. If you are preparing for summer and thinking of sprucing up your garden area, stop here first. School House Earth is a wonderfully unique shop that is truly worth the short drive to check out. Again, don’t forget your camera, the pets are extremely photogenic (I’m pretty sure the goat was actually posing for me!)
Posing pretty

Still haven’t made plans for Memorial Day Weekend? Lake life really begins to come alive around that time. Imagine spending the weekend relaxing with friends and family while cruising around the lake on your rented boat? Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Give us a call, we can help! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

We Are Here To Help!


Moondance
You have procrastinated long enough and now it is time to plan your family summer getaway. Every year you do the “Beach thing” but this year, you have decided to step outside your box and try something new and different. Fortunately you had a co-worker who was telling you about this fabulous getaway that they had to Deep Creek Lake and they rented through this very reliable, friendly and easy to use company, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com). Once you find out that Deep Creek Lake is only a mere 3 hours away (yep, 3 hours from the Washington/ Baltimore area; 2.5 from Pittsburgh), you are hooked. What now?
Lake views from Little Chapel

Well, you call us and we begin the process of finding the best options that will work for you and your guests. Do you have your week narrowed down? Do you know the number of guests in your party and the # of bedrooms that you need? Tell us about yourself. Do you want to be right on the lake or up on the mountain enjoying panoramic views? Would it be easier if the grandparents stayed in a separate small house nearby? We have many options to choose from and the best part is that every one of our Reservation Specialist has been to our homes. We are extremely familiar with not only the layout and décor of the home but we know the area the home is located, the # of steps to the water or if you have to drive to the state park. Two of our newer homes, Moondance & Little Chapel in the Woods are the perfect example for the above scenario. Moondance is a 4 bedroom chalet that boasts a massive stone fireplace, large wraparound deck, and multiple game tables. Little Chapel in the Woods, located next door, is a small 2 bedroom stylish home. The close location allows the family to share meals together, walk down to their dock slips together for a day of lake fun but at the end of the evening, the grandparents can feel free to retire early while the rest of the kids play billiards and stay up late watching movies.
Lake fun!
Regardless of your circumstance, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations will do its very best to find the perfect home for you. Not sure where to rent a boat? What will you do on a rainy day? Where’s the nearest grocery store? We can help you with any questions that you may have and will go above and beyond to help you plan your fun-filled Deep Creek adventure. Summer will be upon us very soon. It’s easy, it’s fun and trust me, your family will thank you. Call us today at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation @ 1-866-351-1119 and let us help you plan your summer vacation. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!


Friday, March 28, 2014

3 Cheers For Spring!



Checking out a snake!
Ahhh, the sporadic spring season we always seem to have in these beloved Maryland Mountains. I think that this is Mother Nature’s way of always keeping us on our toes. A little bit of snow today and 50° and bright sunshine the following day. Our guests certainly can’t complain as the Wisp Ski Resort is still open and there is still plenty of snow on the mountain. If you have the chance to escape this weekend, I recommend that you do!
The Taylor-Made crew just finished up an exciting week by hosting what is the start of several The Big 8 Seminar~ Tomorrow’s Ideas Today. Bringing together eight various companies involved in the vacation rental industry for 2 days of Boot Camp seminars that cover everything from customer service, housekeeping, maintenance, and more. We here at Taylor-Made are firm believers that the best thing we can do for our guests is to stay as educated and current on all things related to our industry. Having the opportunity to network and share ideas with some of the brightest and best in the business is a wonderful chance to do just that. That and it was a lot of fun.
If you really want to get into the feel of spring than April is a perfect month to take the family to The Deep Creek Discovery Center. Not only is there various events held there this month but anytime is a good time to go and learn about the natural wonders of our region. This interpretive environmental center allows children to see various types of birds of our region in The Aviary or view various wildlife such as snakes, reptiles, frogs, toads, and more. Hands on exhibits include touching old fossils and looking under a microscope to check out Deep Creek’s under water ecology. If you are visiting over Easter, take the kids there to see the Easter Bunny. Bring along six hardboiled eggs and let the kids learn how to dye the eggs using all natural ingredients. This event is held on April 19th from 10 am- 1 pm. It’s a great family event so if you’re in the area, check it out!

If you’re in need of a little R & R, now is a great time to visit Deep Creek. The lake is quickly thawing and before you know it you will be spotting the early morning fisherman enjoying the serenity of a Deep Creek morning. Spring is a great time to come and enjoy mountain hiking and biking as well since you get to witness the mountains reawakening. If that doesn’t convince you, it’s also a great time to take advantage of our out of season rates on your vacation home. As always, give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online @ www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us know what you are looking for in the perfect home and we will do our best to match your needs.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Smile and Say "Cheese"!


Yummy bread basket!
A few years ago, Jodi was telling me about this great new shop that opened in Accident (this is the darling little town that many of you pass through on your way to McHenry) where she bought some amazing goat cheese and wine. She suggested I check it out for a future blog. I have been hooked and a big fan ever since. The shop itself is quaint and charming with a wonderful mural spread across the back wall. Of course the first thing I noticed was the large showcase of cheeses. They have a little area set aside where they put various cheeses, crackers, and jams so that you have the chance to sample the different varieties. A large open window allows you to actually watch them make the cheese, a very interesting process to say the least.  They have a nice variety of everything you want with your cheese; wine, crackers, condiments, etc. My favorite by far is the “Black and Blue” which is a black encrusted cheese with a rich, buttery taste. (Tastes great on a spinach salad) The Merry Goat Round is also a must. It’s a beautiful, soft-ripened bloomy round with a nice creamy texture. As mentioned, they will slice samples for you so that you have the chance to pick the ones that would best fit your taste. Not sure on what kind of wine would pair up nicely with your choice? Ask. The customer service is very friendly and helpful. Due to the fact that Mother Nature has decided that we still need more snow, I imagine curling up in front a toasty fireplace enjoying a glass of wine and an assortment of crackers and cheese. So, if you are on your way in to the area this weekend and are passing through Accident, stop in and try some samples. You won’t regret it.
Coming Soon!
Speaking of snow, Wisp is still going strong to the end of the month. Lines are not long and we have been told that skiing is great. Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and we will do our best to find that perfect vacation home for you and your guests. (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Deep Creek welcomes your Furry Friends!

Layla posing for a treat!

One of the most frequently requested amenities that our guests request is that their vacation home be pet-friendly. Face it, when you are leaving for vacation, you hate the notion that your poor little Fluffy (yes, in my family, we lacked originality when it came to naming our pets; we once had a Guinea Pig named “Pig” ) is stuck in some cage at the shelter. Besides, isn’t he or she part of the family? Don’t they deserve to breathe in fresh mountain air and swim in the lake? Of course! So yes, many of our homes do allow pets (for an additional fee). Deep Creek is actually a very “Pet Friendly” place to bring your furry friends. Many of our state parks allow pets (on a leash, of course) so you can spend the day hiking and enjoying nature. Does your pet friendly home have a dock? Hot summer days spent in the lake are a favorite activity to be enjoyed by all including the Fluffies of the world! There are also some dining establishments in the area that allow you to sit on the patio and dine with your pets.



Buddy love kayaking!
We have a large variety of pet-friendly homes to choose from as well. For the couple’s retreat, our one bedroom lakefront cottage, Skipping Stones, is a perfect choice. It has a nice big yard and a private dock, 2 things that we know for a fact, dogs love! Need a bigger home? American Pride, is an awesome 5 bedroom home located in the prestigious community of Blakeslee. Blakeslee is known for its wonderful walking trails that wind around the lake, an absolute haven for pets and pet owners.


Spring @ Deep Creek
Hate the thought of leaving your furry “Kids” at home? We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations completely understand (stop into our office on a given day and say “Hello” to one of our mascots, Layla or Poe). We will do our best to help you find the perfect vacation home for you and your pet. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, skiing is prime, and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sunshine & Lattes!


Caramel Latte!
See yourself here!
I believe that there has been a collective sigh of relief heard throughout much of Garrett County this past week as the last snow storm basically missed us. We here in the mountains scoff at anything under 6 inches so the last snowfall had very little impact but did add fresh powder to Wisp's ski slopes. Today the sun is a bright surreal blue and with the temperatures climbing into the 30’s, it feels like a wonderful heat wave. If you are looking for a last minute getaway, now is the best time to call as we are running some fabulous discounts here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations. Give us a call and we happily assist you in finding a home for you and your guests (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com).
Unforgettable!

       When the temperatures drop, it’s always good to have a backup plan of ways to stay warm. Mine now has formed into an addiction of caramel lattes from Trader’s Coffee House located here at the lake. Although I’m not actually recommending that caffeine be your fix, I do highly suggest that you stop by and see Brenda and her crew. A very warm and comfy vibe is felt from the minute you step inside and the smell of fresh baked goods is mouthwatering! They have a toasty fireplace which would the perfect place for reading your morning paper while you sip your coffee. They also offer free wireless internet so for those that need to stay connected, they can do so while stuffing their face full of one her yummy muffins or scones. She also serves a variety of other breakfast and lunch items that are definitely worth trying. Don’t know the difference between a latte or a frappe or undecided on which to choose? Ask Brenda’s staff. They are definitely top notch when it comes to customer service and go above and beyond to help.
The view from my window is shouting “sunshine & fresh mountain air” and there is a caramel latte waiting. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Think Snow?


Brody having a blast in the snow!
Apparently someone took that “Think Snow” sign very seriously because it continues to fall. It’s great for those that are visiting our area because ski conditions have been terrific. If you’re not, you should seriously consider it. I tell people that the first few weeks of March are a perfect time to visit. We are past the holidays so there is less people around but still so many options of things to do. Of course, for the skiers, they will love the smaller lines for lifts, rentals, and just around the lodge in general. For those that don’t ski, there are still so many options of things to do. If you haven’t tried snow shoeing, this is a Must! Crede from All Earth Eco Tours (www.allearthecotours.com) does an amazing tour at Swallow Falls State Park. Cross Country Skiing is also a popular sport. Herrington Manor State Park has some terrific trails for this. If you don’t have your own skis, Wisp Resort has a “Nordic Center” where you can rent the necessary equipment. Wisp also offers an ice skating rink and snow tubing park (think of sled riding but without the exhausting hike back up the mountain). Winter adventure not really your forte? Our vacation homes have so many desirable amenities that you will look forward to being “snowed in”. The kids can spend the day outside building a snowman or making snow angels while you sit inside in front of the crackling fireplace reading a good book and sipping a glass of your favorite wine. In the evenings, soothe your tensions away with a soak in the bubbling outdoor hot tub. Foosball or pool, anyone? Many of the homes have game tables, another great way to have fun with family and friends. Sounds inviting, doesn’t it?
Snowy Fun!
Right now, many of our homes are offering 3 nights for the price of 2, an awesome deal and one that should be taken advantage of! Call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and we will happily help you find that perfect home for you and your guests. I say the best way to beat the winter blahs is to embrace winter. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and come play in the snowy mountains. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

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