Deep Creek Golf Courses

Deep Creek golf courses will start their season in just a few months! The are four courses to play in Garrett County. Each offers its own unique challenges.

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About Deep Creek Golf Courses

Lodestone Golf Course
This stunning course was designed by Hale Irwin, 3-time U.S. Open Champion. It is laid out to highlight the contours of the mountaintop terrain. Lodestone was ranked the #2 public course in the state of Maryland by GolfWeek Magazine. Players will appreciate the stunning lake as well as mountain vistas. The tentative opening date for 2020 is May 1.

Fantasy Valley Golf Course
This course is a long-time favorite that opened in 1980. There have been many changes and improvements since then. It surrounds the base of Wisp Resort. The tentative opening date is April 17, 2020.

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February Events at Deep Creek Lake

February events bring lots of ways to celebrate the winter season!

Winterfest

February Events

Winter Indoor Farmers Market
February 1, 15 and 29, 11AM-1PM
The winter farmers market features local fresh produce, meats, eggs, handmade crafts, baked goods, jams & jellies, and more!  

February Full Moon Snowshoeing Tour
February 8, 7-9PM
Join All Earth Eco Tours for an evening hike by the light of the full moon. Call 301-746-4083 to reserve your spot!

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New Ski In Ski Out Listing Near Wisp Resort

Ski in/Ski out properties are a hot commodity at Deep Creek Lake! They offer easy access to Wisp Resort chairlifts and trails. My new listing at 200 Camp Road is a mountaintop duplex that’s ideal as a second home or investment property. Currently, it is an established vacation rental known to guests as “Big Sky”.

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About this New Ski In Ski Out Listing

Offering 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, 200 Camp Road is just steps away from Wisp Resort and ASCI whitewater course. It is in the Ridge Run community, a small, private and secluded area on top of the Wisp mountain. The duplex-style design has an open floor plan that is ideal for gatherings. A beautiful stone propane fireplace and cathedral ceilings highlight the great room.

The kitchen has stainless steel appliances along with granite counters. There is a a roomy dining area as well as seating at the breakfast bar.

Outside, there is a covered deck with a hot tub. The 1-car attached garage gives you additional storage space for all your gear.

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Muddy Creek Falls is Visited By the “Vagabonds”

Muddy Creek Falls is a local landmark that had some famous visitors. Picture it – a nature-loving President takes a spur-of-the moment getaway to rendezvous with three of the most powerful industrialists in the Western world at a campsite in the mountains of Western Maryland, where they ride horses, shoot rifles, chop wood, and slumber in tents beside a trickling stream. 

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This describes just one of several trips taken to Swallow Falls by Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.  The group was often accompanied by naturalist William Burroughs, before his death in 1921.  Calling themselves “The Vagabonds”, they made a series of summer trips which took them through most of Eastern America.  It was the friendship between Burroughs and Ford that acted as the catalyst for these excursions.  From two very different worlds, the naturalist philosopher and the industrialist found common ground upon their first meeting around 1913.  During tour of the Everglades, they were joined by Edison and talk of camping trips ensued. 

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New Year’s Tips for Buying and Selling

New Year's Tips

New Year’s tips for buyers or sellers will help you position yourself for success! If you are thinking of buying or selling, now is the time to prepare. I put together some of my top suggestions for you. I also included some tips to build equity and what updates are best when investing in your current home.

New Year’s Tips for Buyers

Thinking about buying your first home? Considering upsizing or downsizing? Here are some things to do that will help you achieve your goal.

-Create a realistic timeline and work towards your goal. The items below should be on that list.

-Check your credit scores. If you need to improve your rating, start looking at items that are bringing it down. Work on lowering debt and making timely payments.

-Start or increase your savings for a down payment.

Choose an experienced real estate agent. You can contact me at betsy@deepcreekvacations.com or call 301-616-5022.

-Begin the loan pre-approval process. I can help you find a lender to work with. Mike Archer, from First Home Mortgage, is the in-house lender at Taylor-Made.

Start looking for homes. I can show you any home that is listed, even if it is with another brokerage. We can work together to find homes that meet your criteria and that are within your budget.

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Wisp Resort Opens for the 19/20 Season

Wisp Resort opens for the 2019-20 winter season Friday, December 13th! This year, there are more than $1 million in improvements and additions. It will operate under the direction of recently hired General Manager, Ron Hawkes. They began making snow Nov. 12, one of the earliest snowmaking starts in the past few years.

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Wisp Resort Opens with Improvements

New technology will be in place this year that involves lift tickets and snowmaking. There is also a new restaurant and an app for the resort.

Wisp is well-known for their advanced snowmaking capabilities. Five new Techno Alpin TR8 tower fan snow guns were added. They were placed on Squirrel Cage – a favorite expert slope. The new guns are more energy efficient and can work in a wider range of temperatures.

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Meshach Browning: Local Legend of the Deep Creek Area

“The country abounded with deer, bears, panthers, wolves, wildcats, catamounts, wild turkeys, foxes, rabbits, pheasants, partridges, wild bees, and in all the streams trout without number.  The whole face of the country was like a beautiful sheet of wallpaper, variegated with all shades of color.”  Forty –four Years of the Life of a Hunter, Meshach Browning

When thinking of great pioneer men, names like Davey Crockett and Daniel Boone easily spring to mind.  Equally important in the history of the American hunting and frontier experience is tale told by local legend Meshach Browning in Forty-four Years of the Life of a Hunter.  Writing by candlelight with a turkey quill pen, Browning recorded the daily trials and tribulations of his hard-scrabble existence in the wilds of Western Maryland.  During his hunting career he claims to have killed between three and four hundred bears, about fifty panthers, over two thousand deer and scores of wolves and wildcats. 

His account reflects not only the determination of early settlers as they surmounted the difficulties of frontier life but also his great love for an area he called “the prettiest country in the world.”

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Illustration from Forty-Four Yeas in the Life of Hunter by Meshach Browning

Meshach Browning’s Early Life

Browning’s roots in the United States can be traced back to Captain John Browning, who arrived just fourteen years after the founding of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.  Meshach’s grandfather, William, and father, Joshua, served under George Washington’s command in the 1755 expedition against Fort Duquesne.  There they saw the defeat of General Edward Braddock.  Meshach Browning was born in Frederick County, MD in 1781. 

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New Listing: 28 Sandstone Circle at Deep Creek Lake

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This new listing is already part of the Taylor-Made family! Known to rental guests as Sheba Snow, it is in a quiet, mountaintop community.

New Listing Overview

28 Sandstone Circle is in the gated Greenbrier at Lodestone Community. It is a well-built Mountaineer Log Home with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The open floor plan is ideal for gathering and there are two propane fireplaces as well. This home features a beautiful kitchen with granite counter tops.

The outdoor space is just as pleasing with a hot tub for your enjoyment, an expansive deck and a covered porch. You will enjoy this space during every season at Deep Creek Lake. Situated on .52 acres, there is also ample yard space surrounded by trees. The two-car garage has lots of storage options, and there is a roughed-in suite above ready for your finishing touches.

About the Location

Greenbrier at Lodestone is adjacent to the Lodestone Golf Course. The Clubhouse is right around the corner from this new listing. Designed by 3 time U.S. Open Champion Hale Irwin, it has sweeping lake and mountain views.

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December Deep Creek Lake Events

December Deep Creek Lake events offer lots of ways to catch the holiday spirit. There is nothing like the holiday season in the mountains! Find out where you can see Santa or ring in the New Year with my event guide for December 2019.

December Deep Creek Events

December Deep Creek Events

Christmas in the Village
December 6 & 7
The 33rd Annual Christmas in the Village is Friday from 4-8 pm and Saturday from noon-8 pm. Candle luminaries light the way around fire-warmed studios and historic museums during this free event. Meet the artists and purchase gifts. Hands-on activities for kids and choral programs in the village church.
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A Great Small Town Christmas
December 6 & 7
Tree lighting ceremony, sleigh/carriage rides, treats from Santa, music, shopping and dining specials and more.
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2019 Christmas Charity Tour of Homes
December 6 & 7
First United Bank & Trust sponsors of the Annual Christmas Charity Tour of Homes with proceeds from this year’s event benefitting Garrett County Habitat for Humanity.
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Garrett County’s History of Hosting Vacationers

Garrett County’s cool summers, crisp mountain air and breathtaking scenery have lured visitors to the area for over 150 years.  Long before Deep Creek Lake or Wisp Resort were even a thought, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad transported wealthy summer patrons out of the city heat to the grand hotels and elaborate summer cottages of Oakland, Deer Park, Loch Lynn and Mountain Lake Park. 

Deer Park

During the post Civil War period, the B&O Railroad increased its passenger traffic by capitalizing on cool Garrett County summers.  In the days before air conditioning, it became quite fashionable escape to the mountains from the oppressive urban heat.  This expansion spawned a chain of posh hotels along the route west.  B&O built two new resort retreats on the mountain top during the 1870’s.  The first to be completed was the Deer Park Hotel, which opened for business on July 4th, 1873.  Featuring a golf course, a building for billiards and bowling, private rental cottages and a large glass-covered bath house containing two swimming pools as well as Turkish and Russian baths, it was quite a spectacle in rural Garrett County.  The Deer Park attracted many famous visitors over the years including General Ulysses S. Grant and President Grover Cleveland, who honeymooned at the resort. 

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The overwhelming success of the Deer Park inspired the construction of another hotel just a few years later.  Located along the tracks and across from the train Oakland train station, the Oakland Hotel featured a large ballroom, accommodations for over a hundred guests, and a large park of maple, oak and pine.  In 1883, Alexander Graham Bell took a “working vacation” at the Oakland hotel and oversaw the installation of Garrett County’s first telephone service.  A line connected the Oakland and Deer Park resorts which were about five miles apart. 

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