We are beyond excited to proudly announce that our owner, Nancy Railey, was named the recipient of the Autumn Glory Honorary Golden Ambassador Award! Recipients are nominated for this prestigious award based on their major accomplishments and contributions to the tourism industry within our mountain community. Nancy continues to bring innovation and attention to detail to the RMLV brand and the entire Deep Creek Lake Community.
Be sure to look for her in the parade on Saturday!
Here is the official press release announcing her award.
McHenry, MD – Nancy Railey was named the 2016 Honorary Golden Ambassador of the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception on October 12, 2016. Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, is the sponsor of the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival.
The Golden Ambassador is awarded to a person who has contributed to and supported tourism in Garrett County. The Golden Ambassador is selected by a committee of former Golden Ambassador winners.
After graduating from Garrett College, Nancy Railey planted roots and began a family in Garrett County in the 1980s. Nancy took $300, and an idea for renting family cabins, and turned it into a family business that later became Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, one of the largest vacation rental home companies in Garrett County.
Nancy became sole owner of Railey Mountain Lake Vacations in 2007. Serving over 90,000 guests through their doors each year, and employing thousands of people over the years, Railey Mountain Lake Vacations continues to grow, and innovate.
Nancy and Railey Mountain Lake Vacations sponsor numerous events in the county each year including the annual Autumn Glory Festival, Fire on the Mountain July 4th Fireworks Display, the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships and the Savageman Triathlon, among others.
Along with sponsoring events, Nancy has also led to the creation of one of the area’s most successful events, the Garrett County Gran Fondo. She single-handedly convinced Greg Safko to create the Garrett County Gran Fondo and was a founding volunteer on the planning committee. Now a successful fundraising event managed by Garrett Trails, the Garrett County Gran Fondo brings thousands of racers to the area in June with the proceeds benefitting the area’s hiking and biking trails.
Nancy, using her leadership and connections with the Vacation Rental Managers Association, also helped lead the initiative to have Garrett County selected as one of the destinations featured in the PBS series “Getting Away Together”. The Garrett County episode of “Getting Away Together” was viewed by millions of people around the United States, providing invaluable exposure for the area.
Nancy has served on the board of Adventure Sports Center International and the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and on the committees for the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships and Chamber’s Marketing Roundtable. Nancy has also supported local charities and causes year after year, including the Garrett County Humane Society and HART for Animals. Nancy’s innovation, leadership and investments have helped to drive the tourism industry in Garrett County.
Clear Mountain Bank is the sponsor of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception and Premier Power and Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales are the reception entertainment sponsors.
For more information about the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please log onto visitdeepcreek.com or call 301.387.4386.