My October 2017 real estate update is now available!
Deep Creek Lake fall events keep everyone entertained as they enjoy the beautiful foliage. Vacation rental rates are low, so it is a great time to visit the area and check out real estate.
50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival
Celebrating the beauty of fall, there are lots of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy during this famous festival. It includes two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique & craft shows and much more! Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Fall Events
Fall Fishing Deep Creek Lake. As we shift into fall we see the lake transform into a wonderful and peaceful place where boat traffic is minimal and the weather is gorgeous. It is the time of the year that the leaves put on their yearly show and the fishing bite starts to heat up.
I was lucky enough to have my son pay us a visit for a week and we decided to maximize our time on the lake wetting a line. It has been many years since the last time we fished and we were optimistic that we would be successful in our venture. We started at Deep Creek Outfitters getting a few dozen minnows and nightcrawlers. The word on the street was that that fishing was sporadic but starting to kick in. Our plan was to wake up the following morning and to hit a spot that was recommended by a friend so we dropped our minnows into the water at the boat dock and set home to get a good night’s rest.
The alarm clock came early and was welcomed with excitement and optimism. The winds were down and the lake looked like a massive mirror reflecting the early hues of Fall. All of our minnows survived the night and the boat started without a hitch. The ride out was almost spiritual as our pontoon boat parted the beautiful lake glass. The temps were chilly but were forecasted to peak later in the day near the mid 70’s. Our “secret spot” was empty and we slowly motored down a couple hundred yards before our destination which was a grass bed near the shoreline that dropped off to around 8-12 feet of depth. We quietly set anchor and baited our minnows on our hooks and cast outside of the grass beds. We kicked back sipping coffee and enjoyed good conversation catching up on life. The lake was empty of traffic and the sound of acorns rained periodically around us. My son Peyton worked the edge of the grass beds and landed a nice Walleye to start the day which was very exciting. It was a hair shy of being of legal size to eat so we threw it back. I concentrated on working the drop off outside the grass bed and was rewarded with a couple smallmouths to start my day. It was a soothing roller coaster ride of stimulating ups and downs throughout the morning and we went through a few lake species deciding not to keep any.
The Deep Creek Lake Fall fishing experience itself was the star of the show and we promised that next trip we would concentrate on a fish fry. We caught walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass and a few pickerel to complete a successful fishing adventure. As we head in to call it a day there was a majestic red tail hawk that flew by us that was breathtaking.
On your next visit bring the family or a close friend and get out on the lake with a fishing pole and enjoy some quality down time on the lake. Downshift your busy mind and breathe deeply taking advantage of what a handful of visitors experience ever year. Wonderful Fall fishing.
The 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the fall foliage around the Deep Creek area of Garrett County. The festival is held from Wednesday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 15.
County-wide events celebrate the area’s beautiful foliage and offers a wide variety of things to do both indoors or outdoors. Highlights of the festival include:
- Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception on Wed., Oct. 11
- Oktoberfest Dinner & Celebration on Wed., Oct. 11
- Fireman’s Parade at 7PM on Thurs., Oct. 12
- Grand Feature Parade 1PM on Sat., Oct. 14
- Banjo Championship on Friday, Oct 13
- Sundae Eating Contest on Sunday, Oct. 15
Kick off Dinner & Reception
The 2017 Kick-Off Dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 11 from 6-10 p.m. in the Ag Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds with catering by Dutch’s at Silver Tree. You can register for the Kick-Off Dinner HERE.
The Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception features cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and a full course dinner including assorted desserts. A presentation follows with an introduction of the Autumn Glory King & Queen, Sponsor recognition presentation, Golden Ambassador presentation and a commemorative photo auction. The evening ends with dancing and live music courtesy of 80’s Enough .
There are several craft shows during the Autumn Glory Festival weekend. The Craft & Gift Show held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds is put on by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at the Ag Heritage Hall is held Saturday, 10am – 6pm, and Sunday,10am – 4pm.
Sixty craft vendors will be on-site showcasing their handicraft items and gifts. Admission and parking is free. Concessions will be available on-site.
This year’s festival also includes two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique & craft shows and much more!
Popular Festival Gets Noticed Internationally
Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival landed in the international spotlight in 2007, when the popular travel website, MSN.com listed it tops among fall festivals in the world and this year, Good Housekeeping lists our Oakland, MD among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage. And in 2014, Travel & Leisure listed the Autumn Glory Festival and our own Oakland, MD as America’s Best Town for Fall Colors.
View this Travel Channel video about the annual festival!
The Autumn Glory Festival is sponsored by the Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine. For more information, or if you have questions, please call 301-387-4386.
Visitors and locals alike are looking forward to the upcoming 13th Annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival. The event is held the weekend of Sept. 8 & 9 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry, MD and tickets can be purchased online ahead of time.
The festival features beautifully handcrafted works by local and regional artisans, more than 200 wines from Maryland and national wineries for tasting, live entertainment, food, silent auction, wine store, wine pairing dinners, lodging packages and more, all set in the beautiful mountains of western Maryland.
Wine Pairing DinnersOn Friday, Sept. 8 area restaurants will be offering special pre-fix wine pairing dinners. Participating restaurants including Savage River Lodge, Dutch’s at Silver Tree, Uno Chicago Grill, Pine Lodge Steakhouse, and Ace’s will pair pre-selected wines with specially prepared dinner courses.
Art & Wine FestivalThe Art & Wine Festival weekend continues on Saturday from noon until 6:00 p.m. at the Garrett County Fairgrounds professional artists and craftsmen will display and sell their art. Taste and purchase homemade products from local food artisans. National distributors and Maryland wineries will offer samplings of a variety of over 200 wines.
In addition, the wine shop will be open until 7 p.m. on Saturday. There will be food available, a silent action taking place and live entertainment by Dmitry Ostrogrsky, Jimmy Flanigan and Timeflies.
General admittance only is $10 and children12 and under are free. The annual festival benefits HART for Animals and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF),
After the festival, walk across the street for the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department Crab Feast taking place from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday. Location: 1609 Deep Creek Drive, McHenry (entrance on Route 219 across from Garrett County Fairgounds).
Trout’s House Seafood– Deep Creek Lake. So, you have been anticipating your visit to Deep Creek Lake for the entire year. Work and traffic have taken their toll on you and you have earned some well-deserved decompression time here in the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland. The lake activities have you and the family living the good life, but hidden somewhere deep in your mind is the craving for delicious seafood! You wish you were back home near your trusted seafood company so you could score some fresh crabs or maybe some sushi grade Ahi tuna. Fear not folks, I will share with you a wonderful secret here at the lake!
Trout’s House Seafood has become the go-to place for fresh seafood at DCL. Their Facebook page has a 5-star rating, which you rarely see in this business. The fresh seafood and customer service they provide have put these folks on the map! I can tell you that my family has tried everything they offer over the last two summers and have never had anything less than super fresh! They carry excellent crabs during the summer months but you need to call and reserve in advance before they run out. The Tuna is so fresh that you better cook it medium-rare/rare to maximize the experience. The salmon is like sweet butter, the Halibut is perfect broiled in lemon/butter and the bags of clams I like best in white wine sauce served over pasta. They have a pre-made crab cake that you have to try seared in an iron skillet with a little peanut oil/butter with a splash of lemon/parsley before eating. They have plenty of options with one common denominator…FRESH!!! Pay them a visit next time you are at the lake! You will not be disappointed!
Late Summer Deep Creek Events will keep you and your family entertained during the final days of everyone’s favorite season.
Wisp Resort’s free summer concerts continue every Wednesday through August 30th. Bring a blanket or some chairs, and be there at 6:30 for great live music.
Wings & Wheels Fly In
August 12, 9AM-4PM
Head to the Garrett County Airport to see classic cars, airplanes, RC aircraft demonstrations and more.
Deep Creek Lake Buydown Update
The following information might be important for any lakefront properties that have not yet decided to participate in the buydown program. This might be the last opportunity to take advantage of this program. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Buydown Update
One of the best parts of summer at Deep Creek Lake is the annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair. This summer is the 61st year the fair has taken place. It will be held from July 29 through August 5, 2017. Reithoffer Shows is back for their 6th year and has some amazing rides awaiting you. Antique tractors and farm equipment will also be on display throughout the week.
Auto Mania … Dizzy Dragon … Drive In … Full Tilt … Gondola Wheel … Himalya … Hot Wheelz … Kiddie Carousel … Kiddie Scrambler … Lolly Swing … Merry Go Round … Planes … Scrambler … Slide … Speedway … Starship 3000 … Spider Man … Tango … Tornado … Wacky Worm … World of Disney … Yo-Yo … Zipper
This year’s entertainment has something for everyone. Our traditional fan-favorite truck and tractor pulls, mud bog and demo derby as well as two exciting nights of Maryland High School rodeo action with local starts competing.
The exhibit and livestock barns will hold the Garrett County youth and their projects. Be sure to stop by and ask any questions you may have about the animals or the projects they’ve been working on.
Farm Queen & Court Program
To be eligible to compete in the Garrett County Farm Queen program and hold the title of Farm Queen, or court member, candidates must meet all of the eligibility requirements at the time of the Farm Queen Program and throughout the period of time that the selected individual(s) hold the title of Farm Queen or court member.
$10 Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri.
$15 Thurs and Sat
$7 Non-ride tickets purchased in advance.
Children over the age of 2 but under 36” tall pay $5 admission (no rides included). If children are under 36” tall and want to ride they must pay regular admission price. There are a limited number of rides for those under 36” tall.
Admission for all includes rides, entertainment and track events.
Tickets can be purchased at First United McHenry (Grantsville and Friendsville locations), Slopeside Market, Deep Creek Shop and Save, all First Peoples locations, Double G, Southern States Oakland, and Gregg’s Pharmacy.
All of the food offered outside of the carnival is prepared and served by volunteers working for one of the many non-profit organizations in Garrett County. Fair week offers the opportunity for these non-profits to raise money for their particular cause.
No pets are allowed on the grounds with the exception of handicap service dogs and contestants in the pet show.
We’d like to wish all of you a fun-filled time at the fair this year! Hope to see you there!
The Garrett County Agricultural Fair is held at on the fairgrounds at 270 Mosser Road, McHenry, Maryland, 21541.