Railey Gives Back

‘Tis the Season to Give Back at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations!

“The heart that gives, gathers.”

~ Tao Te Ching

Railey Mountain Lake Vacations joyfully gave the gift of holiday feasts and gifts to families in need this Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

During the Thanksgiving holiday, RMLV staff worked together to provide meals for several adopted families in need. Donating Butterball turkeys and numerous side dishes to ensure the most memorable Thanksgiving celebration.

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Politics & Religion? Stick to Planning that DCL Summer Vacay, Instead!

#FamilyTime!

Like most of you, we were entertained by the SNL ‘Thanksgiving Miracle’ skit.  Did you see it?  The many generations were gathered around the bounty-filled table, dressed in their holiday finery when inevitably one of the members mentioned politics or religion, immediately offending another.  It took the young daughter to divert the conversation by playing Adele’s new single ‘Hello,’ a song that everyone loves.

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Colorful Spring Adventures in Deep Creek

Colorful Spring Adventures in Deep Creek

It’s been a snowy, cold winter for Deep Creek, Maryland and much of the East, which has been great for skiing and snowboarding and all the great winter activities we enjoy. But around this time of the year, many of us start to get a little “spring fever” as we start to daydream about green grass, colorful flowers, and warmer temperatures. Spring is a beautiful time to visit Deep Creek, when trees start to bud, grass comes back to life, docks are put into the lake, and the rivers start to rush. With a wide variety of spring activities to enjoy at Deep Creek, now is the time to beat those winter blues with a Deep Creek Lake spring getaway. Mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding are an excellent way to get out in nature and take in the beautiful scenery of the forests and open space parks. The fresh smells and sounds of spring simply cannot be beat, and the Deep Creek area offers thousands of acres of trails to enjoy on horseback, bike, or foot. The rivers and waterfalls really come to life in the spring with the snowmelt and runoff from the winter’s snow – it is a sight to see! Spring is also a nice time to get out on the lake for canoeing, boating, or fishing. The temperatures start to warm up, docks are put back into Deep Creek Lake, and there is less boating traffic in the spring. Enjoy a peaceful, quiet day at your favorite fishing hole or stream, or canoe along the shores of the lake and take in views of colorful wildflowers and newly budding trees. Deep Creek Lavender Farm, an 8-acre farm just north of Deep Creek Lake, opens to visitors on May 24, 2014 – this is a real spring treat! Breathe in the wonderful scent of lavender as you tour the farm and shop for homemade lavender gifts to bring home to friends and family. Swallow Falls State Park holds maple syrup demonstrations in the spring, which is a fun activity for the whole family. Participants will learn how maple syrup is made and pure maple syrup products are available for sale. There is nothing better than fresh maple syrup straight from the source. Herrington Manor State Park also offers a maple syrup demonstration with a pancake breakfast afterwards. Railey Mountain Lake Vacations still has plenty of availability this spring, so browse online or call us today at 877-624-3677 to book your cabin rental.

Deep Creek Lake community recognizes the bicentennial of the Casselman River Bridge

The story behind the Casselman River Bridge exemplifies the pioneering spirit and ingenuity of our ancestors. From its conception in the early 1800s to its preservation and renovation in the 1940s and again in 1979, the Casselman River Bridge still stands today – 200 years later.

In celebration of the bicentennial event, a collaboration of organizations, (including the Casselman River Bridge State Park, Town of Grantsville, Spruce Forest Artisan Village, the Maryland National Road Assoc. and the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area) will host a 3-day commemorative event. From September 20-22, 2013, the Casselman River Bridge State Park and the Town of Grantsville will host various events and activities to mark the occasion.

Recognized as a National Historic Landmark by the National Register of Historic Places, the bridge was originally constructed as part of the National Road Project to help geographically unify the young republic. In the early 19thcentury, Little Crossings, the area near the bridge, grew from one Inn to a thriving center of commerce and transportation, thanks in part to the construction of the 80-foot long bridge. Stage coaches, horsemen, wagons and foot traffic transported people and supplies over the Casselman River (then known as “Little Youghiogheny”) along Braddock’s Road.

Two hundred years ago, a public celebration was held to remove the supports and officially open the bridge. Historical records indicate that many locals thought the bridge would collapse once the supports were removed. Unconfirmed rumors suggest that the bridge superintendent privately removed one of the key supports the night before the opening in 1813 to make sure it wouldn’t collapse during the public celebration. Ironically, the bridge still stands, two centuries later.

Today, the bridge proudly sits as the centerpiece to the Casselman River Bridge State Park. Although it is currently undergoing repairs, the bridge will reopen to foot traffic in time for the bicentennial celebration in September. Join with local history buffs and community members in this tribute to the resourceful engineers who constructed the longest single span stone arch bridge in America at the time, the generations of people who traversed the bridge on horseback or automobile and future generations who will recognize the significance of this historic landmark.

Experience the SavageMan Triathlon at Deep Creek Lake this September

Experience the SavageMan Triathlon at Deep Creek Lake this September

Early in the morning of September 14th and 15th on the shores of Deep Creek Lake, men and women will gather to face the grueling physical challenge of the SavageMan Triathlon. As the name suggests, this brutal race is not for the faint of heart. In fact, Triathlete Magazine named it the “hardest race on earth.”

As much as participants label this event as one of the most difficult triathlons, they also rave that the scenery is stunning through rolling hills of autumn color. Athletes begin with the swim in the crystal clear water at Deep Creek State Park, followed by the bike through the rolling hills of the rugged Mountains of Western Maryland. The final leg of the race leads runners on Deep Creek State Park trails and local lakeside roads.

There’s something inspiring about watching these determined athletes conquer geographical, physical and psychological challenges. Spectators cheer on the participants as they attempt to climb the famed Westernport Wall, the steepest climb in all of triathlon. Successful savages earn a personalized engraved brick laid in the wall – tantamount to triathlon immortality.

Event watchers can ride shuttles back and forth from the start/finish area to the celebratory Westernport Wall Block Party where rowdy crowds blow horns and ring cowbells to encourage the athletes through town. If you’re in the Deep Creek area in mid September, this event shouldn’t be missed. It’s truly an inspirational experience!

The Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation receives 100% of the net profits from the SavageMan Triathlon. As melanoma continues to threaten the lives of all outdoor sports enthusiasts, the SavageMan Triathlon proudly contributes to research, advocacy and education established to fight this life-threatening cancer.

Race Distances

Saturday’s race:

0.9 mile swim, 22.9 mile bike and 6.2 mile run

Sunday’s race:

1.2 mile swim, 55.7 mile bike and 13.1 mile run

The Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival returns this September

Save the date! Deep Creek’s annual Art & Wine Festival returns to the Garrett County Fairgrounds September 6ththrough 8th.

 

Picture yourself sipping wine while browsing unique artisan exhibits. The cooler air hints at shorter fall days. Leaves display hues from green to red. Perhaps you want to stretch the summer season at the lake … or maybe celebrate fall in its own right … either way, Deep Creek Lake is purely spectacular in September!

 

One of our favorite annual events, the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, kicks off on September 6th and runs through September 8th. From wine tasting and food pairings to face painting and balloon art for the kids, this weekend promises fun filled activities for the whole family.

 

On Friday evening, local restaurants will host wine pairing dinners where chefs and sommeliers showcase their craft with specialty dishes and wines from around the globe. Tickets for the Wine Pairing Dinner can be purchased onlinethrough August 25th.

 

From noon to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, over thirty professional artists and craftsmen will display their art at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. Food artisans will prepare delectable treats, national wine distributors will sample a wide selection of wines and live musical entertainment will set the festive stage. Interactive kids activities run throughout the day with carriage rides, a moon bounce and duck bobbing for charity.

 

Take advantage of great off-season rates at nearby vacation rental homes and plan to spend the weekend. While not attending festival events, you can relax in your own private home with plenty of room to spread out.

 

Proceeds from the festival benefit our local HART for Animals and the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival.  For a complete list of events, visit the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival website.

 

Hope to see you there!

57th Annual Garrett County Fair 7/27-8/3

Annual Garrett County Agriculture Fair begins this week

 

Tractor pulls, funnel cakes, arts & crafts. It’s that time of year again – the Garrett County Agriculture Fair starts on July 27th and runs through August 3rd. This highly anticipated summer tradition is a favorite among our Railey staff. From agriculture exhibits to evening concerts, this family fun event promises some classic county fair events along with a few others that are unique to Garrett County.

 

Dating back to 1917, the Garrett County Fair has been a long-standing tradition in our neck of the woods. Every year we look forward to heading down to the Fairgrounds, perusing the exhibits, sampling good eats, taking in a few events and socializing with old and new friends.

 

If you’re staying at one of our vacation rental homes in the Deep Creek area, be sure to head on over to the Fair. You can check out the Fair schedule online and tickets can be purchased at local retail stores. Here’s a rundown on some of our favorite events and shows:

 

  • The Farm Queen & Court ceremony – the  68th Farm Queen will be crowned on July 28.

 

  • Horse and tractor pulls – from the antique tractor pull to the horse pull, these events are a must see.

 

  • Agriculture exhibits – watch and learn from 4H and Future Farmers of America.

 

  • Horse Show – enjoy this amazing display of horsemanship sponsored by the Mt. Top Saddle Club.

 

  • Home arts – from arts and crafts to photography and flower arranging, view a wide variety of amateur artists’ work.

 

  • Mud Bog – experience some good clean fun where Street Legal, Super Stock, Modified and Super Modified swampers battle it out for best in class.

 

Food vendors serve up the usual fare, including hot dogs and funnels cakes. But try out a few of the more delectable dishes like pit beef sandwiches and taco salads. The evening concerts from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. promise fun musical entertainment for the whole family. Musical groups include The Fabulous Hubcaps, up and coming Country music singer Lindsey Erin and the Gospel Harmony Boys. The full concert schedule can be found on the Garrett County Agriculture Fair website.

 

If you need more information, or would like to book Deep Creek accommodations, feel free to give us a call at (877) 851-9416.

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