I feel fall in the air here at Deep Creek Lake. Summertime lake activities are grinding down, there is a hint of color on a few trees, and I am gearing my mind toward all the wonderful things that fall has to offer. First on the list is the Deep Creek Lake Art and Wine Festival,which kicks of the start of the fall season.
This year’s annual event will be held September 10-12 and I am proud to work for a company who helps support and sponsors this popular festival. Year after year, Long & Foster supports and volunteers in many events here at the lake to help needy causes, to stimulate great events/activities and to lead the way in community participation. The Art and Wine Festival is a benefit for the American Red Cross and they have a delicious lineup of all your favorite types of wines.
The events include handcrafted art works by local and regional artisans. Aside from the wine tasting, this is my favorite part of the festival. I have great respect for artists, painters, woodworkers, quilt makers, photographers, jewelry makers, and many other interesting things for sale. Last year I purchased some amazing framed flower portraits for my home and some hand lathed salt and pepper shakers made with a dozen or so local/exotic woods. Check out their website and a thorough calendar of events and activities.
September 4, 2010 and we get out first cool fall-like morning,
waking up to 50 degree temperatures and the start of college football season. There are a lot of West Virginia University fans here at Deep Creek Lake and I’m pretty confident that I’m at the top of the list of passionate football fans.
I started going to the WVU games when I was 4 years old and haven’t missed a season in 27 seasons. My sweet grandmother would stitch me really cute Mountaineer cheerleading outfits and I would chant as loud as I could cheering on my team.
I have many exciting football-based memories with my friends and family. We traditionally show up 3-4 hours before the game and get our tailgating groove on with a huge clan of WVU fans. Morgantown is a hardcore football town that shows immense pride in their beloved team.
As I pack up the car this morning with my tailgating gear my stomach already stirs with excitement in anticipation of hearing the Mountaineer Marching Band blasting out Mylan Puskar stadium, and the Mountain man mascot firing a shot out of his period rifle leading the team on the field! LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!!!
I normally don’t have to stray too far from Deep Creek Lake to have a magnificent dining experience, but I do have a soft spot for Cornish Manor in Oakland, Maryland. Travel a mere 15 minutes from the center of the lake and you’ll be treated to a superb upscale dining experience in this historic restaurant.
The building was constructed back in 1868 by Judge Wilson J. Lambert who hailed from Washington D.C. This area was a very popular place for the wealthy folks from the east to come relax and get away from the humid heat that blankets the coast during the summertime. The property changed hands through the years until it was bought by a gentleman who went by the name of Lou Cornish who made it into a restaurant /cocktail lounge in the late 50’s after renovating it.
In 2004 Jacques Hourtal chef/owner took over Cornish Manor after it just went through another major renovation. Jacques has transformed this place into one of the most respected fine dining establishments in and around the Deep Creek Lake area. There menu is consistently outstanding and there service is impeccable. Come chill out in a very relaxing atmosphere and have a nice bottle of fine wine to accompany succulent seafood, pasta, meat, or poultry dishes. Jacques and his well trained kitchen/serving staff will be there to make sure you have a fantastic dining experience.