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. 

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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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New Deep Creek Listing: 2062 Paradise Point Road

This new Deep Creek listing is truly special. Whether you are looking for a second home or investment property, it has endless potential. 2062 Paradise Point Road is a one-of-a-kind listing that will take your breath away.

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About this New Deep Creek Listing

Situated on .92 acres, is a stunner inside and out. The large, grassy lawn leads to more than 379 feet of prime waterfront. Your private Type A dock is a sought after amenity. You can keep your boat there spring through fall. The quiet cove location is ideal for swimming and fishing as well as kayaking.

Amazing water views can be enjoyed from the tiled, covered front porch. It has a built in fireplace that makes it a spot for entertaining no matter what the weather.

Inside, it is clear that this home was built with comfort in mind. It has 3+ levels that are bright and airy. No detail was overlooked. The high-end finishes include:

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What’s Happening at Deep Creek November 2019

Deep Creek November events center around the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This is a quieter time of year at the lake. While it might not be jam packed with events, it is a month made for long walks and cozy nights by the fire.

Deep Creek November Events

Deep Creek November Events

Live Entertainment at the Honi-Honi
Every Friday and Saturday
You can count on the ever popular Honi-Honi for live music every weekend.
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Team Bingo at Mountain State
Every Sunday, 1PM
This FREE game is fun for the entire family. Munch on delicious flatbreads and sip craft beers while you play bingo with a chance to win a $250 jackpot round. More Info

Garrett Regional Medical Center 2019 Gala
November 16, 6PM, Wisp Resort
Join Garrett Regional Medical Center as they honor the stars of our community. This black tie affair is a fun way to support our local hospital.
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Festival of Trees
November 28 and 30, Garrett County Fairgrounds
Catch the holiday spirit at this favorite event that raises money for the Dove Center. The kids can have breakfast with Santa (make reservations). There are also lots of fun crafts along with a “crazy hair” station. For the grown ups, there are numerous artisans on-hand selling their work. You can check out the beautifully decorated trees that are auctioned off at the end of the event. More Info

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Deep Creek Lake Wedding Mini Guide

This Deep Creek Lake wedding mini guide is meant to give an overview of options in our area. I’ll admit, I’m not a wedding expert. Real estate is my focus. However, I do know the area and some of the most popular options for your special day.

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Deep Creek Lake Wedding License

This is an important detail. You apply in person at the Garrett County Courthouse. It is open from 8:30am-3:45pm, Monday-Friday (except holidays). The fee is $40.

Garrett County Court House
 203 S. 4th Street, Room #109
 Oakland, MD 21550
301-334-1937

You must be at least 25 years of age, only 1 person needs to apply. Bring the following info: Name, Address, Date of Birth and Social Security number.

If either party is divorced, you present the Divorce Decree. You may use the marriage license 2 days after it is issued and it is good for 6 months.

Have Your Event in a Taylor-Made Vacation Home

Imagine saying “I do” with stunning lake views in the background. Have your ceremony and/or reception at a vacation rental home will make it truly unique. Taylor-Made has more than a dozen properties that host weddings. They must be outdoor events, and there are a few guidelines. Our event coordinator will help with all the details.

Whether or not you have your ceremony in a rental home, Taylor-Made can help with accommodations for you and your family. Homes range in size from 1-9 bedrooms. Also, they have tons of fun amenities like private pools and hot tubs. Stay in homes that are close together and turn your destination wedding into a fun, family vacation.

Deep Creek Lake Wedding Event Barns

Event barns have become increasingly popular venues. They combine rustic elegance with a touch of whimsy. Additionally, the surrounding acreage offers lots of great photo opportunities.

The White Barn at Lucas Farm
4161 Garrett Hwy, Oakland, Maryland 21550
301.616.6077 

Twin Tails Event Farm
4150 Garrett Hwy, Oakland, MD 21550
301.616.4268

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New Deep Creek Area Businesses

New Deep Creek area businesses have opened or will do so soon. They are expanding the options of things to do along with adding to available services. It is wonderful to see our communities growing and thriving.

7 New Deep Creek Area Businesses

Deep Creek Area Businesses

Vagabond Taproom
Opening early October 2019! Located at 215 E. Alder Street in Oakland, the bar will offer 14 craft beers on tap, along with a rotating stock of two white wines and two red wines. Additionally, a small menu is planned with nine small plate appetizers. Root beer will be on tap as well at this kid friendly establishment. Keep an eye on their Facebook page (link above) for updates.

Meraki Style Studio
This new salon is also located at 215 E. Alder Street – use the back entrance. It is owned by Nicolette Hill who has been in the beauty industry for over 10 years. She offers fresh cuts and color in a comfortable, upscale environment.

Craeve & Company
This boutique sales and marketing consulting firm serves small businesses. They offer sales and marketing plans, social media consulting, design and branding services and much more! They are also located in downtown Oakland, sharing a brick and mortar location with Curly Red Design.

Shooters Bar & Grill
Opening soon as of this post, this is sure to be a new favorite spot! It is located at 17869 Garrett Highway across from Sand Flat Road. The eatery has a family-friendly, casual atmosphere. The menu includes burgers, wraps, pizza, subs and much more. Plus, they have a full bar.

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Fall Events at Deep Creek Lake

Fall events celebrate this colorful season at Deep Creek Lake! Throughout the month of October, there are fun happenings throughout Garrett County and the surrounding area. Additionally, you can enjoy vibrant foliage as you travel from one festival to the next!

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Along with the events listed below, MoonShadow and the Honi-Honi bar have live music every weekend.

Fall Events 2019

Cove Run Farm Corn Maze
Friday – 4-9, Saturday 12-9 and Sunday 2-6 (other days/times by appointment), 596 Griffith Rd., Accident, MD
Bring the kids and find your way through the corn maze! Hay rides and a petting zoo are available too!

Springs Folk Festival
October 4-5, 9AM-5PM, Springs, PA
Experience this celebration of the arts, skills and labors of our forefathers. There is live music, hayrides for the kids and over 100 artisans selling and demonstrating their crafts.

52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival
October 9-13, Activities throughout Garrett County
This favorite festival is five days of fun! Parades, craft shows, live music and antique shows are just a few of the highlights.

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Youghiogheny Mountain Resort Community Spotlight

Youghiogheny Mountain Resort is a unique Garrett County community. Outdoor enthusiasts with a sense of adventure love its scenic and rugged nature. It is a place where you can feel like you are away from it all but not too far from modern conveniences and area attractions.

About Youghiogheny Mountain Resort Mountain Resort

Tucked away, Youghiogheny (Yough) Mountain Resort community offers residents peaceful surroundings, beautiful views and lots of wildlife. It is a gated community that encompasses over 2400 acres. Also, it has about 43 miles of roads, 32 miles of maintained roads (mostly gravel) and more than 13 miles of trails for hiking and ORVs. There are several fishing areas as well as a designated hunting area. A community picnic pavilion is available for residents to rent for events.

The HOA is active and often hosts picnics throughout the summer.

Yough Mountain Resort located within about 15-25 minutes from popular area attractions and the town of Oakland. So you can easily reach Deep Creek Lake activities, Swallow Falls State Park, Wisp Resort and more.

Featured Yough Mountain Resort Listing

Youghiogheny Mountain Resort

118 Rhododendron Drive is situated on 1.18 acres in Yough Mountain Resort. Currently, it is listed for $224,9000.

This home offers two levels of living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, granite countertops and cathedral ceilings. This home offers plenty of room for a vacation get-away or full-time residence and includes an extra lot.

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Deep Creek Lake Late Summer Events

Deep Creek Lake late summer events will keep you entertained! I call this the “secret season” as it is one of my favorite times of year in Garrett County. Warm days are perfect for boating and kayaking. Plus, you feel like you have the lake all to yourself. Crisp nights have a hint of the fall season that arrives in late September. My boys love making s’mores and hanging out around the fire pit. Also, vacation rental rates offer you a great value.

Deep Creek Lake Late Summer Events

Deep Creek Lake Late Summer Events

Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival
September 7, Noon-6PM
Over 200 wineries will be on hand along with numerous craft beers, local and regional artisans, live music, activities for the kids and more.

2019 AYCE Crab and Shrimp Feast
September 7, 3-9PM
Only 450 tickets are available for this fun event that benefits the Deep Creek Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

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Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Marketing

Deep Creek Lake real estate marketing is a hot topic for clients who want to list their home. Reaching the right audience and maximizing exposure is key. As a Taylor-Made sales agent and co-owner, I have access to our in-house services that will effectively highlight your home. Additionally, I have more than twenty years of Deep Creek Lake real estate experience.

My Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Marketing Toolbox

When marketing a listing, there are a variety of ways I insure my client’s property is attractive to buyers. The first step is accurate pricing. I rely on my knowledge of the area. Also, I look at comparable Deep Creek Lake homes and account for the needs of the seller. That combines to determine the best possible listing price.

My Network of Contacts

With over 20 years of experience, I have a vast network of real estate contacts. Your listing might be the perfect home for someone that is already on my radar as a buyer. The relationships that I have built with clients, local agents and area professionals can be very effective in terms of “word of mouth” advertising.

Print Marketing

Immediately after listing a home, “just listed” postcards are designed by our marketing department. Those are distributed to a curated database of potential buyers.

Example of a Just Listed Postcard

As a company, Taylor-Made produces a real estate brochure with listings. It is distributed throughout the area. Also, listings are advertised monthly the popular local publication The Lakefront. To reach a more local audience, we also run ads with featured listings in The Republican newspaper.

Professional Imagery

One of the perks of Taylor-Made is the in-house marketing department. They are skilled professionals. Four photographers capture your home in its best light. We also have a videographer on staff. Plus, 3D tours give prospective buyers a virtual walk through of your home.

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HART for Animals Benefits from Deep Creek Real Estate Sale

HART for Animals is a very special place to animal lovers in our area. The work that they do has helped countless dogs and cats in Western Maryland. I recently had the opportunity to get involved in a unique real estate situation that will directly benefit HART.

HART & Deep Creek Lake Real Estate

I recently listed 6 Gallatin Spur. It was donated to HART by a generous supporter. Most importantly, they will directly benefit from the sale. Currently, it is listed at $14,000.

HART for Animals

Gallatin Woods is a unique log home community on Lakeshore Drive. The residential home site is 2,556 sq. ft. When you purchase this lot, you can choose from a variety of log home styles. They are designed to coordinate with the beautiful natural environment. Gallatin Woods is “condominiumized”. That allows the area to remain wooded and carefree. Also, you will also have access to community amenities. Those include a stream, pavilion and playground.

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