Snow at Deep Creek Lake

Snow at Deep Creek Lake

Winter is officially kicking off, as we’ve received a few inches of wet, heavy snow already at Deep Creek Lake.  Wisp Resort has set a tentative opening date of December 17th if they are able to lay down a sufficient snow base, and their 56th birthday celebration has been moved to December 18th and 19th.   We’ll be sure to update you whenever Wisp announces its grand opening.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr4DIhBuZ54]

U.S. Army Field Band films part of their first music video at the Suites at Silver Tree

The Volunteers of The United States Army field Band filmed part of their  first music video “The Christmas Song” – which remembers soldiers and their families separated during the holidays – in the lower lobby of the Suites at Silver Tree. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQLUlgXR8Ik]

2011 Festival of Trees

The 2011 Festival of Trees will be this weekend – November 25th and 26th at the new Garrett County Fairgrounds exhibit hall from 10am-8pm.  Browse and bid on a number of trees specially decorated by area individuals and businesses.  You will also be able to bid on centerpieces, swags, gingerbread houses and other unique items.  The kids have a lot of their own activities, including a breakfast with Santa at 9am on Friday ($10, includes admission and a sundae), pictures with Santa and friends, karaoke, letters to Santa and more.  Proceeds from the auction benefit the Dove Center. View a video of some of the decorated trees from 2010 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIfshLi4dnE]
First Snow of the Season at Deep Creek Lake

First Snow of the Season at Deep Creek Lake

The first snow of the season at Deep Creek Lake fell last weekend, burying many a pumpkin and giving us small taste of winter which many have referred to affectionately as “Snowtober”. The snow won’t stay around long, as high temperatures are forecast to be in the 40’s and 50’s for the next 10 days.

If you’re looking to get away to Deep Creek Lake for Thanksgiving, be sure to book as soon as possible for best availability!  Looking to spend more time with family and less with a frozen bird?  Wisp Resort is offering a Thanksgiving dinner that can either be picked up or delivered!  (Click here for more information on Wisp Resort’s Website) The package includes:

1-22lb. Roasted Turkey 2-qt. Traditional Stuffing 1-qt. Giblet Gravy 2-qt. Mashed Potatoes 1-qt. Green Beans Casserole 1-pt. Cranberry Sauce 1-qt. Baked Sweet Potatoes w/ Marshmallows 1- Bowl of Salad (serves 10pp) Dinner Rolls w/ Butter 2- 10” Pumpkin Pies

The package serves 10-15 people and costs $185 plus tax (and $25 for delivery within 10 miles of Wisp, if desired).  Additional sides can be ordered separately.

Upcoming Deep Creek Lake Events

Summer is quickly drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean the Deep Creek Lake area is going into an early hibernation – mark your calendars for these upcoming events:   7th Annual Art & Wine Festival – September 9th-11th The Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry will host this annual event, which features arts and crafts from 30 artisans as well as the opportunity to taste over 200 different wines from Maryland and across the United States.  If you find a wine you like, you can purchase it on location at the wine store.  Click Here for the 2011 wine list. Net proceeds from the event are donated to the Red Cross.  You’ll also find local food vendors and live entertainment available throughout the event.  We’re offering a special package for $45 plus tax per person which includes:

    • A Discounted 2 night stay at participating homes
    • A $25 coupon towards a Wine Pairing Dinner at a participating restaurant Friday evening
    • One entry ticket to the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, commemorative wine glass, wine tastings, entertainment and activities on Saturday

Please call 1-866-966-5952 for more information or to book this special package.   Savage Man Triathlon – September 17th-18th Calling itself the “World’s Most Savage Triathlon”, this event features a 1.2 mile swim, 55.7 mile bike segment and a 13.1 mile run which test the endurance limits of even the most seasoned triathletes.  Spectators are invited to cheer on the triathletes climbing the Westernport Wall at the “Westernport Wall Block Party”. The Westernport Wall is a hill climb so extreme that car traffic is prohibited on the steepest section.  A shuttle bus will run on Sunday, the 18th taking spectators from Deep Creek Lake State Park to Westernport.  Remember to bring noisemakers, bells and a loud voice to cheer the riders on!  Click Here for more information.    44th Annual Autumn Glory Festival – October 12-16th Mark your calendars and plan to attend what MSN.com called the #1 Fall Festival in the World.  Popular events include parades, craft shows, entertainment in downtown Oakland and much more.  The Grand Feature Parade is Saturday the 15th.

Share Your Story, and Get Away Together

Share Your Story, and Get Away Together

Does your family or group of friends have an interesting or unique story to tell?  Do you need a vacation?  If so, you could be featured in a  new TV series and have the chance to share your story – all while relaxing in a luxury vacation rental home at Deep Creek Lake.  This new TV series is called “Getting Away Together” and will be aired on PBS stations nationwide starting in October 2011.   We’d love to hear your stories!  Tell us why your family or group is unique or what you have to celebrate – we encourage you to be creative and use photos and/or video!   Send your submissions to [email protected] no later than May 15th, 2011. Groups must be available for filming September 6 – 14, 2011 and must provide their own transportation to Deep Creek lake. Once here – luxury accommodations, dining and activities will all be provided. For more information, please view the terms and conditions for the contest.

About Getting Away Together:
A new reality-based television series from the Emmy award-winning producers of GREAT HOTELS, PASSPORT TO EUROPE and GREAT VACATION.  The Deep Creek Lake episode is sponsored by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce with support from Bill’s Marine Service, Uno Chicago Grill and Railey Mountain Lake Vacations.
Oakland Winterfest 2011

Oakland Winterfest 2011

If your travels take you to the town of Oakland in mid February, be sure to check our calendar of events to see if your stay falls during the weekend of Winterfest.  This event features numerous events and activities including ice sculptures on display as well as live carving sessions.  Winterfest is also a great time to visit local stores in downtown Oakland and support local merchants. Be sure to find us on Facebook and Twitter!
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