If you’re planning a visit to Deep Creek, Maryland during President’s Weekend this year, you’re in for a treat. The 7th Annual Winter Fest is set for February 15 and 16 in downtown Oakland, and this annual winter celebration is fun for the whole family! Winter Fest is held each year over President’s Day weekend, and it’s the perfect celebration of all things winter.
With 80 inches of snow at Wisp Resort already this season, 2014’s Winter Fest is definitely going to be a year to celebrate winter! The skiing is fantastic, Deep Creek Lake has never looked more beautiful, and the ice sculptures of Winterfest are guaranteed to stay frozen.
Expert ice sculptor Bill Sandusky will be back for his seventh Oakland Winter Fest, and he’ll be doing live carvings on February 15th at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. His company, Erie Ice Works, has been a member of the National Ice Carver’s Association since 1999. Additionally, the ice sculptures will be illuminated at night for a truly beautiful sight!
Other Winter Fest events include a book reading and signing from 10am-3pm at the Oakland B&O Museumby local author Deborah Wagner Brenneman, who co-wrote “Look What’s Under my Bed” with her daughter, Danielle Brenneman, who also works for Railey Mountain Lake Vacations. Readings will be at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm, and children are even encouraged to get cozy in their pajamas for the readings.
Craft vendors will be set up at 203 South 2nd Street on both February 15 and 16, and Winter Fest participants can also enjoy a Wine Tasting from 12pm-3pm at The Book Mark’et, live music by the Terah Crawford Band from 12pm-4pm by the gazebo, sleigh rides by Pleasant Valley Dream Rides from 10am-2pm between the gazebo and Oakland B&O Museum, and an open house at the Mason Lodge from 9am-5pm.
Additionally, the crowning of the “Snowflake Toddler” takes place at 3pm in front of the gazebo.
Find more Winter Fest information here: http://www.agreatsmalltown.com/winter-fest.html and make sure to contactRailey Mountain Lake Vacations for lodging needs!
Submitted by Railey Mountain… on Wed, 01/22/2014 – 12:24
There is a great deal of buzz right now in Deep Creek as the Whitewater Worlds Competition is scheduled to return to the United States for only the second time in history. 25 years ago, the ICF (International Canoe Federation) Canoe Slalom World Championships were held on the Savage River right here in McHenry, Maryland, and this incredible event is slated to return to Deep Creek this coming September. On September 17-21, Deep Creek welcomes the world!
The competition will be held in McHenry, Maryland’s own Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI), as Olympic level athletes from over 35 countries battle for the Canoe Slalom gold. ASCI operates the world’s only mountaintop whitewater course, and the Deep Creek area is a mecca for adventure sports. Railey Mountain Lake Vacations is the legacy sponsor for this exciting event – we are honored to be able to welcome these elite athletes back to Deep Creek!
On January 18, Wisp Resort unveiled the Whitewater Worlds Exhibition Wall, and Railey was there to share in the excitement. The 60 x 40 foot Exhibition Wall displays the Deep Creek 2014 Commemorative Poster, created by artists Laura and Mark Stutzman, and the wall celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Whitewater Worlds’ return to Deep Creek. Pictured below is Jeremy Bittner with Eddy, the Deep Creek 2014 Otter, as well as a view of the Exhibition Wall at Wisp Resort.
Tickets go on sale March 1, 2014. Stay tuned for more information and be sure to book your Deep Creek rental before lodging fills up!
When you think of the cold winter months, you want to be dreaming of cozy interiors, dim lighting and warm comfort foods. It’s also a nice bonus to be in a location that is surrounded by beautiful scenery and a majestic view of winter in the mountains. A visit to Ace’s Run Restaurant and Pub at Will O’ The Wisp Resort, located in the heart of Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, should be on your 2014 list of Winter “Must Do” experiences!
On a recent trip to this lakefront restaurant, we indulged in some fantastic culinary treats. Opened in the spring of 2013 at the Will O’ The Wisp Resort, the completely redesigned restaurant was transformed into a family inspired restaurant and pub with the Heise Family in mind. Created by Brenda McDonald of the very successful Brenda’s Pizzeria and Trader’s Coffee House, she brought her vision to life in a short amount of time, paying homage to a well-known family who pioneered the on-site lodging resort and the original Wisp Ski Mountain.
If you’re looking over the menu for a feel-good salad, you must order their Warm Winter Salad, and don’t worry about getting the small for $5.95. After one bite, you’ll have wished for the large at $11.95. A bed of mixed greens topped with bacon, hard-cooked eggs, walnuts, and goat cheese sounds like a normal salad, but when you bite into their oven roasted beets, it changes everything. For those that are sticklers for ordering their usual salad dressing on the side, you won’t need to because the maple-balsamic vinaigrette makes the entire salad whole, and provides a light, yet delectable, winter salad.
We all know the feeling when a waiter, or waitress, asks if we want to start off with an appetizer and the guilt sets in – but it’s always good to have something to hold you over until the main course comes out. Opt for their Buffalo Chicken Dip served with freshly fried tortilla chips and you’ll be inspired by this creative take on a classic dish. Chunks of fresh chicken and just the right amount of cheese on top make this a favorite appetizer for the whole table.
The Knucklehead sandwich is a slow-roasted Black Angus beef knuckle masterpiece. Seriously, you have to try this sandwich topped with sautéed onions, Swiss cheese and horseradish mayo, and served with beef au jus on the side. If you wanted something even more on the comfort food level, then the Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes entrée is the go-to choice on this menu. Taking you back to the childhood winter dinners you’d have after a day on the sledding hill, this classic American meal will fill you up and keep you warm. Don’t worry – we’ve got plenty of condos and cabins on-site if you need a place for a long winter’s nap after this meal! www.willothewisp.com
Need something sweet while you enjoy the company of others overlooking the beautiful lake? Finish off your meal with the Ace’s Run Banana Nutella Bread Pudding with dark rum sauce while you lounge in the Pub on the red couches and fireplace.
Ski on over to Ace’s Run at Will O’ The Wisp Resort this winter for some truly amazing culinary treats in a fun, relaxed environment. Did we mention their famous Pasta Nights every Wednesday from 4-8 PM for only $15.95 per person? A “Must Do” Deep Creek Experience year round! http://www.willothewisp.com/aces-run-restaurant-pub
The entire country seems to be in a cold snap right now, and most ski resorts have been getting a nice dusting of snow lately. If it’s going to be cold and snowy, we might as well be somewhere we can enjoy it, right?! A long weekend in Deep Creek is just the ticket – get out of the city and beat those winter blues. We suggest heading to a cozy cabin, start up a fire in the fireplace, and enjoy watching the snow as it falls on the lake. And there’s nothing quite like sitting in an outdoor hot tub while the snow falls around you. Better yet, take advantage of the great ski conditions at Wisp Resort, as well as ice skating, snow tubing, and nordic skiing.
Railey Mountain Lake Vacations is offering a great deal for those looking to get away to Deep Creek this winter. Th2014 Deep Creek Powder Pass offers the third night free when you book two nights in one of our Deep Creek rentals. Additionally, you’ll get a Weekend Warrior Ski Pass for just $99, which offers skiing at Wisp Resort from Friday at 5pm through Sunday at 5pm. This is an incredible deal for two full days of skiing plus a twilight session Friday evening. Our Deep Creek Powder Pass also gives you $5 to spend on lunch at Wisp Resort, and hand warmers upon check-in!
This great weekend ski getaway package runs Jan 3 – March 20, 2014, so make sure to reserve your Deep Creek vacation rental today. This offer is applicable on Railey Mountain Lake Vacations’ 1-6 bedroom properties. The Deep Creek Powder Pass is your ticket to the slopes, so call today to book! 866-544-3223
*Holidays and the weekend of 1/16-1/19/14 are excluded
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.
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.
0.9 mile swim, 22.9 mile bike and 6.2 mile run
1.2 mile swim, 55.7 mile bike and 13.1 mile run
If you’re one of those people who love outdoor adventure, exploration or perhaps just regular old exercise, Deep Creek Lake has lots to offer this fall. We asked around the office for everyone’s favorite autumn activity and put together a list of the Top 10 Things to Do in Deep Creek this Fall.
1.Take a hike at Swallow Falls State Park to the spectacular 53-foot Muddy Creek Falls.
2. Mountain bike through natural rugged terrain in cool temperatures – from cross-country to downhill, there’s something for everyone.
3. Go whitewater rafting with experienced ASCI guides through moderate courses or high adventure rapids.
4. Play golf on one of the 4 golf courses in the Deep Creek area. Wisp Resort’s two 18-hole courses (Wisp Resort Course and Lodestone), the 18-hole championship Oakland Golf course and the 9-hole Thousand Acres course.
5. Rent a boat and rip around the lake.
7. Play at the Wisp Adventure Park. The Mountain Coaster is a “must do” for thrill seekers.
8. Take your best friend fishing for a day of conversation and bonding.
9. Challenge yourself on a rock climbing adventure among natural rock faces. ASCI offers guided climbs and rappelling at Fork Run’s “Ledges and Boulders.”
10. Venture out on the country roads to experience the barn quilt tour of Garrett County to see the quaint old barns, beautiful quilt designs, and scenic mountain countryside.
At the end of the day, you’ll be content to sit around the fire at your vacation rental home, sharing stories from your day with family and friends.
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.
Hope to see you there!
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.