Dining Fine at DCL!

Dining Fine at DCL!

There are many reasons to go on vacation at Deep Creek Lake. Whether you’re seeking that thrilling boat ride over the cool blue waters, or just want to take in the beautiful scenery while hiking the trails, the Deep Creek Lake area has something for everyone! While numerous different interests and hobbies attract visitors to the Deep Creek Lake area, one thing that brings everyone together is the love of food!

From local hotspots to fine dining, the Deep Creek Lake area has an abundant selection of fabulous food choices that are sure to trigger every taste bud! Here are a few of our favorite dining choices in Deep Creek Lake that you should check out next time you’re in town.

Cornish Manor

Small town living brings so many simple pleasures. One of Garrett County’s most historically valued towns is Oakland, MD, and in this small town is a hidden gem called Cornish Manor. This fine dining restaurant is operated out of a great Victorian home that was built in 1868-9 and has been providing the Oakland area with a unique cuisine ever since. But of course, not only do the locals love the delicious dishes, so do the tourists and visitors alike! From fresh seafood choices to amazing daily specials, Cornish Manor offers the perfect setting for a sensational dining experience that is sure to please!

MoonShadow Café

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path dining experience, head to MoonShadow Café, located in Accident, MD. Fresh farm foods, local art, and live entertainment are just a few of the unique features that set MoonShadow Café apart from the rest. When it comes to friendly faces and a welcoming setting, MoonShadow has you covered. With free Wi-Fi and a cozy seating area made for productivity, MoonShadow is the perfect place to stop in and make those last minute emails while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and a scrumptious meal.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Uno Pizzeria & Grill is located right in central Deep Creek Lake. This local’s favorite has one of the best dining views in the area, which keeps visitors coming back year after year. In the warmer months, unwind watching the lake activity while enjoying a delicious meal out on the expansive lakefront deck. Offering a large variety of tasty food choices and the most unique cocktails to meet every individual’s taste. Great atmosphere, outside dining available, and great food! Uno Pizzeria & Grill has all your vacation dining needs!

So the next time you’re in the Deep Creek Lake area and you’re looking for a great place to grab a bite to eat, try one of these recommended restaurants, you won’t regret it!

Recipe for Family Fun!

Recipe for Family Fun!

Deep Creek Lake attracts all types of people! From the “It’s 5 am, the fresh mountain air is calling our names, let’s get outside!” people, to the “It’s my vacation, honey take care of the kids, I’m staying in bed until you force me out” people. No matter which type of person you can relate to, one thing that all Deep Creek Lake guests look forward to while vacationing is getting to try the different kinds of food!

While there are many fantastic Deep Creek Lake restaurants to try out while visiting, some of the best vacation memories can be made from within the kitchen of your vacation rental home. There’s just something about a big, open kitchen that sets the perfect scene for a night of fun family cooking! And when staying with Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, the luxurious kitchen is right at your convenience, all you need is some delicious recipes to create!

Here are a few of our favorite recipes to try out this vacation. So what are you waiting for? Get out the mixing bowls and get cooking!

Veggie Pizza

Do you desire a light meal with bold flavors? Try a vegetable pizza! Add or subtract toppings as you wish to meet the needs of your craving.

Ingredients: (Serves 8-12)

  • 12 inch Boboli Thin Pizza Shell
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (I prefer light)
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet of dry hidden valley ranch dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1⁄4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups finely chopped vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, green or red peppers, shredded red cabbage, carrots, cucumbers etc.)
  • 1 cup finely shredded mild cheddar cheese

Directions

  • Beat cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, mayonnaise and sour cream with a hand mixer until well blended and creamy.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly across the Boboli crust until it reaches the edge. (Any remaining spread makes a great veggie dip!).
  • Sprinkle the pizza with the chopped vegetables and then top with cheddar cheese. Pat everything down so it stays together.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (it tastes better the longer it sits).
  • Cut into thin wedges or bars and serve!

Greek Pasta Salad

The classic pasta salad with a Greek twist! This savory salad recipe combines mouthwatering ingredients resulting in the most appetizing side dish.

Ingredients: (Serves 12)

  • 3 cups bow tie pasta, uncooked
  • 2 cups cheese, cubed (I use feta, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups garbanzo beans, canned, drained
  • 1 cup Greek salad dressing (I use Kraft)
  • 1⁄2 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 8 ounces greens (spring mix greens)

Directions

  • Cook pasta as directed on package; drain. Place in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients, mix lightly.
  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Green Smoothie Delight   

Yummy with a side of rejuvenation! This delicious blend of fruits and vegetables make for the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack. Add in additional ingredients for an extra kick of flavor!

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • 1 banana
  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 8 ounces spinach
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  • Peel and slice fruit.
  • Blend in blender until reasonably smooth.
  • If you find the granny smith and spinach are too tart add some maple syrup or sweetener to taste.
  • A Golden Delicious apple can be substituted for the Granny Smith. (I prefer to use a Golden, myself).
  • I used spinach (can be fresh or frozen) but arugula or kale would also work. The amount is approximate.

**These delicious recipes are courtesy of food.com**

Search and Seek #2

Search and Seek #2

Did you seek out a bird nest, beautiful flowers, and a waterfall earlier this week? Well, here is another map to keep your exploration going!

The game is easy, exciting, and will provide you and your family with hours of fun! All you need to do is print off the map before your trip and bring it along with you. During your stay at Deep Creek Lake, keep your eyes open and see if you can seek all of the scenes that are on the map. Once you have spotted one of the images, check it off and move onto the next one!

So put down the electronics and pick up the map, it’s time to Search and Seek at Deep Creek!

  1. Sunset- Deep Creek Lake has some of the most colorful sunsets around! After a day out exploring, see if you can catch the sight of the sun lowering behind the mountains!
  2. Logo- Can you seek out a Railey Mountain Lake Vacations logo? They’re all around!
  3. Fisherman- You don’t have to cast out to catch a glimpse of a fisherman out on the lake!

Search and Seek #2

Search and Seek #1

Wow! What’s that? Look over there! That’s beautiful! …Sound familiar? At Deep Creek Lake, we hear these phrases quite often.

One of the greatest joys of going on vacation is getting to see all the unfamiliar beautiful scenery and fun activities that are all new to you and your family. With so much to see, it would be easy to miss some of the greatest details that set Deep Creek Lake apart from the rest, and we don’t want that!

For your next Deep Creek Lake vacation, we want to make sure that you get the full experience, so we made a game for you and your family! It’s called Search and Seek at Deep Creek!

The game is easy, exciting, and will provide you and your family with hours of fun! All you need to do is print off the map before your trip and bring it along with you. During your stay at Deep Creek Lake, keep your eyes open and see if you can seek all of the scenes that are on the map. Once you have spotted one of the images, check it off and move onto the next one!

So put down the electronics and pick up the map, it’s time to Search and Seek at Deep Creek!

  1. Bird’s nest- Look up! It’s easy to spot a bird’s nest high atop a tree branch or nestled in the porch corner of your vacation rental home.
  2. Flowers- Springtime at Deep Creek Lake offers the most beautiful sights of the blossoming flowers. Pick out your favorite and see how many you can find!
  3. Waterfall- Check out the beautiful waterfalls at Swallow Falls! Maybe you’ll spot a bird nest there too!

Search and Seek #1

DIY in DCL

DIY at DCL

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”
– Vivian Greene

When the sun decides to play hide-and-seek, so should you! Don’t let a moody Mother Nature get in your way of having fun this spring vacation, take the family activities inside!

Railey Mountain Lake Vacations’ rental homes provide the perfect shelter from the storm. Offering large family gathering areas and spacious kitchens, there are endless hours of fun to be had with some DIY projects. Here are a few of Railey Mountain Lake Vacations’ favorite indoor activities for the whole family to enjoy!

  • Indoor Treasure Hunt
    Ahoy! Round up your mateys and head for the deck; it’s time to get creative! Parents choose items from around the house and create clues that will lead your lil’ mateys to the hidden treasures. With the extensive décor in these homes, you will have multiple hours of family fun! And remember, no hornswaggle! (That’s pirate talk for cheating)
  • CYOBF – Create Your Own Bird Feeder!
    Our feathery friends bring us such joy and excitement for the fresh, new spring season, so let’s give back by treating them to lunch! There are endless fun and unique styles of bird feeders that can be made with simple, everyday-use materials. No need to go to the craft stores! The needed supplies can be as simple as a water bottle and a couple twigs! These homemade bird feeders can be as complex or simple as you wish, making them the best DIY crafts for kids!
  • Ello! You’re Invited to a Tea Party!
    Decorate the table, invite Mr. Bear, and lift the pinky; it’s time for a tea party! This simple indoor activity for kids can be the highlight of any afternoon spent inside. There are no rules, so just be silly and have fun! You can try out some juice or hot cocoa instead of tea to better suit your guests. Invite all of the favorite dolls and toys that have joined you on this vacation for a full tea party experience. Just grab the teapot and the teacups to transform your rainy day into an afternoon of absolute royalty!
Tails and Trails

Tails and Trails

As the temperatures rise here at Deep Creek Lake, so does the desire to get outdoors and explore the mountainous areas that have been snow covered for the last several months. Inside your cozy home has been the perfect shelter from the cold, but there’s a fine line between warm nights spent inside and the dreaded cabin fever. Looking back at the winter months, you realize that you haven’t been the only one cooped up inside, your companion has been there every chilly day as well. Not that companion, your four-legged, tail wagging companion!

Fortunately, spring is right around the corner! So store away the heavy winter coat, break out the hiking boots, and grab the leash; it’s time to Spring into Deep Creek!

Deep Creek Lake is known for having the most beautifully vibrant and breathtaking scenery, and what better way to experience the serene mountainous surroundings than to get out to visit one of our dog parks near Deep Creek Lake and EXPLORE!

New Germany State Park welcomes you and your pups to take advantage of the abundant features of the park this spring season. From hiking trails and picnic areas to snack bars and boat rentals, New Germany State Park has all your exploration needs.

Offering ten miles of multi-use trails, you and your furry friends can work off those winter treats while enjoying the incredible scenery. When it comes time for a snack, head over to the snack bar to grab an energizing treat. Being a dog friendly park with all access areas like the picnic tables, take a break for lunch in the shade while enjoying the fresh mountain air. If you seek a more adventurous lunchtime setting, make a stop by the lake and watch the boaters go by the Deep Creek hiking trails.

Railey Mountain Lake Vacations wants you to have the BEST experience while visiting the dog friendly Deep Creek Lake area, so here are some quick tips to keep in mind when exploring with your best friend this spring season.

  • All pets must be leashed.
  • All pets must be licensed and have all required vaccinations, including a rabies vaccination.
  • Pet owners must clean up after their pet. Waste disposal containers are available in most areas.
  • Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed in park buildings.

Now get out and Spring into Deep Creek!

Men's Spring Lake Fashion

Men’s Spring Lake Fashion

Psst. You. Yeah, you. Want to get the latest men’s fashion tips for the spring season? Of course you do! When you look good, you feel good and who doesn’t like feeling good? Do yourself a favor and check out this infographic. It covers the necessities when it comes to spring apparel, from sunny day gear to men’s fashion accessories.

Let’s spring ahead into DCL, the fashionable way!

Men's Spring Lake Fashion

Women's Spring Lake Fashion

Women’s Spring Lake Fashion

Psst. You. Yeah, you. Want to get the latest men’s fashion tips for the spring season? Of course you do! When you look good, you feel good and who doesn’t like feeling good? Do yourself a favor and check out the inforgraphic above. It covers the necessities when it comes to spring apparel, from sunny day gear to men’s fashion accessories.

Let’s spring ahead into DCL, the fashionable way!

Women's Spring Lake Fashion