Taste of Garrett

Taste of Garrett is coming June 26th!

We have your perfect vacation home at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations!


14th Annual Taste of Garrett Taste of Garrett, the most highly anticipated food event of the year is coming to WISP Resort Sunday, June 26, from 5:00 -8:00 PM in the McHenry room. This fun and unique fundraiser for Garrett Trails gathers local restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and catering companies from around the region to showcase their establishments and culinary specialties. The community is invited to enjoy a variety of unique and diverse food samplings prepared by their favorite eateries…and to try some new ones! Now in its 14th year, the event keeps growing providing residents and visitors with a memorable experience offering a wider diversity of foods and entertainment. Guests pay a $30 entry fee. Once in the door there is the opportunity to sample unlimited tastings at vendors of your choice. Cost for children age 12 and under is $15. A cash bar is available along with entertainment by DJ Logan Marks.

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We Are the Finest Deep Creek Lake Lodging Company!

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Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Leigh Miller and there has never been a day when I have not called Garrett County home. My husband and I are knee-deep in raising our two children here in the mountains and for more than 13 years, I have worked alongside friends and neighbors at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations to serve homeowners and guests to our beautiful area.

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Harvest Happenings

Harvest Happenings at Deep Creek Lake for September and October!

Be sure to check out our special offers page to see our exclusive discounts and packages for these and other events!

Looking for a fantastic fall getaway?  Look no further than Railey Mountain Lake Vacations to find the most beautiful and luxurious rental homes at Deep Creek Lake, Maryland!  September and October are two of the most incredible months of the year in Garrett County, with the inspiring changes of fall foliage and the exciting weekend events that are diverse enough to excite any taste!  Check out these events, and be sure to look at all of our incredible fall savings on our specials page.  We offer exclusive fall savings, discounts, and event packages to all of our guests!

Art & Wine Festival 

From wine tasting and live entertainment, to carriage rides and moon bounces, the Art & Wine Festival has it all! Kicking off Friday with local restaurants offering special paring of wine and dinner entrees continuing into Saturday with the excitement of the festival. Explore wine from local and regional wineries while browsing through many varieties of art and accessories by local artisans.

SavageMan Triathlon Festival

If you enjoy a challenge and pushing yourself to the extreme limit then the SavageMan Triathlon is the event for you! The most ‘savage’ men and women hike, bike, and swim their way to the finish line covering a distance of over 28 miles on Saturday, and the 70 mile race on Saturday is specially designed for even more advanced athletes. For those who choose to sit back and cheer on the athletes, the best spectator locations are within Deep Creek Lake State Park along the lake.

ICF World Championships

Deep Creek Lake welcomes the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships of 2014! Here in Deep Creek Lake, we have the only manmade, recirculating mountain top white water course in the world, which makes this area the perfect place to host this exhilarating event. This year will make for only the second time that the World Championships have been held in the United States, the first year was right here in Garrett County in 1989. Whether you’re cheering on the athletes from the side line or dancing to the sound of the live bands, the ICF World Championships is an event you will not want to miss in the epicenter of adventure sports- Deep Creek Lake, Maryland!

Autumn Glory Festival

Previously voted #1 fall festival on the east coast by MSN, the Autumn Glory Festival is an event for all ages to enjoy! This five day event includes band competitions, Oktoberfest celebrations – complete with German style dinner, local food vendors and much more! What’s not to love?

While you’re in town, don’t’ forget to check out all of the local shops, restaurants, and activities for a truly special Deep Creek experience during the fall foliage season in beautiful Western Maryland.

For more details and schedules of these fall events at Deep Creek, check out our calendar of events for up-to-date information.  Also, check out all of our current lodging specials and packages!

Will O' The Wisp

Will O’ the Wisp Wins Southern Hospitality Award

Railey Mountain Lake Vacations is pleased to announce that our condominium property, Will O’ the Wisp Resort, was recently selected as one of ConventionSouth Magazine’s 2014 Hot Picks for the “Top 100 Southern Hospitality Hotels for Groups.” The list was comprised of hotels with meeting space located throughout 16 states in the U.S. South and the Caribbean Seas region.

Hotels were nominated by the readers and fans of ConventionSouth magazine, then researched and verified for qualification by the ConventionSouth editorial team. ConventionSouth Magazine is a national multimedia resource for planning events that are held within the South and the publishers of the annual Guide to Meeting Sites in the South.

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made the list, along with three other Maryland hotels – Princess Royale Hotel & Conference Center, Admiral Fell Inn, and Governor Calvert House. Editors sought hotels and resorts that offered ample meeting space, a charming appearance, attractive grounds, and top-of-the-line customer service.

“It is with great honor to recognize these hotels,” said ConventionSouth Editor/Associate Publisher Marlane Bundock. “For a hotel to offer Southern hospitality, it’s location, aesthetics, amenities and staff must present an all-around welcoming spirit for groups and attendees from across the country and world.”

Will O’ the Wisp offers 49 lakefront condominiums on the shores of scenic Deep Creek Lake. Each condo has lovely lake views, and guests will find a variety of amenities on-site, including an indoor pool and spa, a fitness facility, game room, Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub, a level lakefront with sandy beach, complimentary boat docking, and plenty of water activities. Will O’ also offers a conference room, perfect for meetings and retreats, and wireless internet on-site. Browse their studios to three-bedroom condominiums and plan your upcoming visit to Deep Creek!


The Top 10 Ways to Live Like a Local at Deep Creek Lake

1. Eat at the local diner (Dottie’s Fountain & Grill) and peruse the antiques and cultural anthropological history of Garrett County at Englander’s Antiques in Oakland, Maryland, a short drive from the lake. Englander’s Drugstore first opened in Oakland, MD in 1946 and was later turned into an antiques mall. The old lunch counter at Englander’s was preserved and now operates as Dottie’s Fountain & Grill, complete with burgers, blue plate specials, milkshakes, and an incredible breakfast.

2. Explore the environmental richness of the Deep Creek Lake area at Swallow Falls State Park. Swallow Falls isn’t just for tourists – us locals love to visit this beautiful state park as well. Get out in nature and enjoy the peace, quiet, scenic views and wildlife at Swallow Falls State Park.

3. Take the kids to Funland and unleash them upon the kid-themed utopia that offers mini-golfing, arcade games, bumper cars, go-karts, a climbing wall, and much more! Funland website The arcade and mini golf are open from 10am to 11pm Sunday-Thursday, and till 11:30pm on Friday and Saturday during the summer. The rides are open from 10am to 10pm Sunday-Thursday and till 11pm on Friday and Saturday

4. Get near in the clouds and explore Deep Creek Lake from above through the Wisp Resort’s Canopy Tour and Chipmunk Challenge Course for the kiddos. The canopy tour features a series of zip lines and obstacles to complete, including a cargo net, a plank bridge, and two zips with beautiful lake views. The canopy tour is for younger kids that are up for some adventure.

5. Bowl with the locals at the recently renovated new bowling alley, “The Alley” in Oakland, Maryland.

6. Take a bite out of locally made goat cheese at FireFly Farms Creamery and Market‘s tasting and pairings, or shop the market for delicious cheeses and specialty food and drinks.

7. Visit the farmer’s market held every Saturday morning in the Oakland Town Pavilion.

8. Looking to belt out a personal anthem from your heart on a Friday night? Check out weekly karaoke at the Boardwalk Bar – a lakefront bar and grill! Fridays starting at 8pm.

9. A local favorite that’s sure to delight, “Pasta Night” at Ace’s Run at Will O the Wisp Resort is a tremendous experience coupled with delicious and decadent pasta. This night is revered by locals as the pinnacle of culinary concoction. Pasta night is every Wednesday from 4pm to 10pm. Adults pay $15.95 and kids 12 and under pay their age!

10. Just jump in! Deep Creek Lake life is as good as it gets. There’s nothing more fun or more relaxing than hitting the lake after a day of excitement and exploration, so just jump in! That’s what the locals do every chance we get!


Just Jump In! Fun Water Activities at Deep Creek Lake this Summer

Just Jump In! Fun Water Activities at Deep Creek Lake this Summer


Summer is here, and we couldn’t be happier at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations! The temperatures have climbed into the 70’s and 80’s, the trees are green and the wildflowers in bloom, and Deep Creek Lake is waiting for you!

In the summer, our guests love the spend most of their Deep Creek Lake visit on the water, boating, kayaking, fishing, jet skiing, sailing, or canoeing. With so many water activities to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to start. Here’s our guide for Deep Creek Lake water adventures this summer.

A lot of people like to rent a kayak (or two) so that the whole group can take turns enjoying a paddle around the lake. Single or double kayaks can be rented by the hour, the day, 3 days, or the week from Wisp Resort or Silver Tree Marine. For the ultimate in convenience, Wisp Resort will deliver your kayak to your rental home and pick them up for you when you’re done. It doesn’t get any easier than that! Reserve a kayak for your Deep Creek vacation today! Or if you’re not ready to rent your own, hop on an hour and a half kayak guided tour with Wisp Resort to get a feel for some kayak basics and to explore the calmer parts of Deep Creek Lake.

Many of our guests also love to rent a boat to keep at their Deep Creek cabin rental. A variety of pontoon boats and power boats can be reserved from Silver Tree Marine during your stay. Boat rental rates run from around $300/day up to $1500/day depending on the size and horse-power of the boat. What a great way to make your Deep Creek vacation even more memorable. Just remember, you need a boat license to be able to rent a boat. Jet skis can also be rented on Deep Creek Lake. Who doesn’t love feeling like a kid again and zipping around on one of these fun toys?!

The newest craze in water sports, Stand-Up Paddleboarding (also known as SUP), has taken off at Deep Creek in recent years.  Similar to surfing and kayaking, SUPers stand up on a large, buoyant board and paddle around the quieter parts of the lake. This activity is relaxing and fun, but it’s also a great workout as the balance required to stand up and paddle is great for your core. Wisp Resort offers guided tours as well as hourly, daily, 3-day, or weekly SUP rentals for ages 8 and up. This is a great toy to have at your Deep Creek vacation rental for the week!

Don’t forget that our nearby state parks have fantastic beaches to play at and enjoy as well! Deep Creek Lake State Park offers one mile of beautiful sandy shoreline, perfect for swimming, building sandcastles, lounging, fishing, and more. Bring the blow up raft, water toys, a kayak, or the boat and spend the day at this great beach. This popular state park also offers a playground, volleyball net, picnic area, and hiking trails, so you can spend the whole day here.

Swallow Falls State Park is also a favorite place to visit in the summer. The 53-acre lake with swimming area is a great place to unwind and enjoy a hot summer day. There’s also a picnic area and playground nearby, as well as two incredible waterfalls to check out – Swallow Falls and Tolliver Falls.

It’s time to get out of the city and into Deep Creek Lake this summer! Let us know how we can help plan your Maryland vacation and water activities.

Big, Bad, BBQ - Summer BBQ'ing at Deep Creek Lake

Big, Bad, BBQ – Summer BBQ’ing at Deep Creek Lake


Memorial Weekend has passed and summer is now officially upon us at Deep Creek Lake. With summer comes one word that is on everyone’s mind at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations: BBQ! Whether it’s enjoying delicious food at one of our local BBQ restaurants or grilling lakeside at your vacation rental, summers at Deep Creek are all about enjoying life on the lake with friends and family, along with cocktails and some great grilled food.

Our favorite Deep Creek BBQ restaurant, is Archie’s Barbeque in McHenry, MD, hands down. This family owned and operated restaurant has been dishing up some of the best pulled pork, beef brisket, and baby back ribs around since 2007. For those with a serious BBQ appetite, Archie’s is home to the Mountain Man Food Challenge. Anyone that can take down baby back ribs, a half BBQ chicken, an Archie deluxe sandwich, 4 pieces of cornbread, a small hot side, a small cold side, and a 16 oz soft drink ($50 value) in 1 hour gets the meal for free and plenty of bragging rights!

Diners can relax in the Archie’s dining room or choose to sit under the umbrellas outside – bonus, the outdoor seating is pet friendly! Or call ahead and take a BBQ feast to go from Archie’s Drive Thru. Archie’s also has a mobile smoker, perfect for weddings, reunions, and other private events.

For those that prefer to barbecue from the comforts of home, all of Railey Mountain Lake Vacations’ house rentalscome equipped with gas or charcoal grills. Local grocery stores, including the Deep Creek Shop ‘N Save, Arrowhead Market, and Walmart Supercenter, can supply all of your grilling needs, from fresh meat to local produce, condiments, buns, and snacks. All of the kitchens in Railey’s Deep Creek vacation rentals come equipped with everything you’ll need to grill and cook at home. There’s nothing better than enjoying a day out on the lake and then firing up the grill for an outdoor lunch or sunset dinner. With the beautiful weather the summers bring to Deep Creek Lake, why not spend as much time as possible outdoors? We know that we’ll be grilling and chilling this summer, and we hope you will as well!

Creative Concierge at Deep Creek Lake

Creative Concierge at Deep Creek Lake


Creative Concierge is a unique personalized service that is designed to enhance your stay while celebrating spring in our beautiful rental homes here at Deep Creek Lake.  Our knowledgeable staff is delighted to provide our personal shopping service or direct you towards popular activities and local dining options.  We also offer a variety of customizable celebration baskets starting as low as $20!


We provide three tiers of basket options to make your spring celebration at Deep Creek Lake an unforgettable experience. These baskets can be customized with items provided by local businesses. Celebration basket items may include flowers, chocolate, beer, wine, cheeses, candy, popcorn, balloons and additional items by request.  You can choose from our Deluxe, Premium, and Elite baskets to create a unique surprise for someone special.  No matter the occasion, Creative Concierge at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations will help make your spring getaway to Deep Creek Lake a Celebration!

Railey Mountain Lake Vacations Adds a Charming Farm Property to Our Deep Creek Rental Inventory

Railey Mountain Lake Vacations Adds a Charming Farm Property to Our Deep Creek Rental Inventory

Railey Mountain Lake Vacations is pleased to announce a unique property recently added to our Deep Creek vacation rental inventory: Haley Farm. This charming mountain retreat is set on 65 beautiful acres, just minutes from Deep Creek Lake. Haley’s Manor House, Haley’s Carriage House, and Haley’s Barn Suites can be rented individually, but we recommend getting a group together and renting all three at once. It can be the perfect Deep Creek getaway with family, friends, or even colleagues for a corporate retreat! This sprawling farm is tucked away in a quiet valley, but guests will marvel at the close proximity to Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Resort, Swallow Falls, and many of the area state parks. The grounds are simply breathtaking at Haley Farm, and the centuries old barns, farm equipment, and silos will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The Manor House at Haley Farm offers five bedrooms and five bathrooms, each with a jetted over-sized tub and fireplace. The house is comfortable and cozy, with plenty of room for 10 guests. The front porch with rocking chairs is the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or a spectacular sunset overlooking the farm. Haley’s Carriage House is a quaint, two bedroom, two bathroom home (also with two jetted bath tubs) in the original carriage house. An upper level deck overlooks green pastures, a barn and silos, and lovely rolling hills. The third Haley Farm property, the Barn Suites, offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gas fireplace, and an outdoor firepit in a cozy setting. What makes Haley Farm even more fabulous is the wellness center and spa services offered on-site. For an additional fee, guests can plan wellness retreats, group fitness sessions, or even cooking demonstrations. Arrange yoga classes, massages, facials, meditation sessions, a nutrition assessment, personal training sessions, and more. And in between all the wellness fun, guests can get out in nature by visiting nearby state parks, Deep Creek Lake, and just exploring the 65-acre property. Now is the time to get a group together and plan a special weekend at Haley Farm!
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.
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