Timberline Mountain – Reopened Under New Ownership

Timberline Mountain is just a little over an hour from Deep Creek Lake. It recently reopened for the 20/21 ski season under new ownership. The resort was purchased in 2019 by Perfect North Slopes, Inc. of Indiana.

Timberline Mountain

About Timberline Mountain

Previously known as Timberline Four Season Resort, Timberline Mountain is located at 254 Four Seasons Drive in Davis, West Virginia. It is located along the higher range of the Alleghany Mountainsa. The 4268-foot summit offers amazing views.

The resort is well known for wide slopes and varied terrain. It is also home to the southeast’s longest ski slope, Salamander. This is an easy two-mile beginner trail that winds down the mountain. There are plenty of intermediate trails as well. For the more advanced skier, there is dedicated tree skiing.

Recent Upgrades

A lot of exciting things have been happening at Timberline. Perfect North Slopes made $10-million of capital improvements. Most notable, are two new Doppelmayr chair lifts. One of which is a six person lift – the first in West Virginia – that can make it to the top of the mountain in just over four minutes. Additionally, they installed a new surface lift on a new beginners’ slope.

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Wisp Resort Opens Up for the 20/21 Season!

Wisp Resort opens up for the 20/21 season! Opening day is Friday, December 11th. There will be some changes in protocol this year due to COVID-19, but there is still plenty of fun to be had on the slopes!

Wisp Resort Opens Up December 11

Changes for 2020/2021

Due to the pandemic, Wisp Resort has put a variety of protocols in place. This is for the safety of guests and staff.

Here are few things to keep in mind if you are planning a visit to Wisp:

  • Season pass holders and Mission: Four’dable ticket holders can ski anytime without a reservation. All other skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing products (tickets, rentals, lessons) need to be purchased in advance at wispresort.com.
  • Face coverings must be worn in any indoor space.
  • Face coverings are also required outside if you cannot remain 6 feet apart from others (waiting in lines, loading on/off the lift, etc.). They must also be worn while tubing.
  • The lodge is limited to 50% capacity.
  • Be sure you purchase lift tickets or make reservations for tubing and lessons as soon as you can. Holiday time periods may sell out.

Of course all of this is subject to change as the season goes on. You can visit Wisp’s guidelines page for full details and the latest updates.

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565 Glendale Road #104B: New Listing at Deep Creek Lake

565 Glendale Road #104B is my newest listing at Deep Creek Lake! Located in the Suites at Silver Tree, it is a lakefront condo that is close to favorite restaurants and attractions.

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About 565 Glendale Road #104B

Currently listed at $164,000, this is an affordable option for lakefront living at Deep Creek. Plus, it is loaded with amenities!

This unit at the Suites at Silver Tree is on the ground level. It has one bedroom and one bath. The kitchenette has a full-sized refrigerator, a microwave, and a small dishwasher. A gas fireplace provides a warm ambiance in the living are that has windows with lake view.

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Oakland’s A Great Small Town Christmas 2020

Oakland is filled with small town charm, and that is never more evident than at Christmas. The COVID-19 crisis has impacted many events. However, the town has found safe and fun ways to celebrate the holidays this year. It might look a little different, but you can still catch the spirit of the season!

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Oakland Christmas Events

The town of Oakland is gearing up to celebrate A Great Small Town Christmas. You are encouraged to shop at local stores and “Snap an Elfie”. December 5th through 19th, participating businesses will have an Elf on display. When a you make a purchase at their establishment, you can take an “Elfie” (selfie) with the elf and your receipt, purchase, shopping bag, etc. Upload that Elfie to Facebook and check into the business. By making a purchase and checking in on facebook, you are entered into a drawing for a prize to be chosen by that participating shop. The Lucky Elves displayed in the businesses will be provided by local artist and GOBA member, Lin Gilbert from Artists and Dreamers. More information on participating businesses will be available soon. Visit the town of Oakland on Facebook for details.

Due to COVID-19, the Soup and Santa event is cancelled. Instead, Santa Claus will visit Oakland and hanging out at the Front Page Stage. He will be there Saturday, December 5th, 12th, and 19th from 11am until 2pm. To ensure safety and social distancing, there will be a drive through for children to see Santa. He will be able to talk with them from a distance using a PA system and treat bags will be given out as they drive by.

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Thanksgiving 2020 at Deep Creek Lake

Thanksgiving 2020 will be filled with all the fun and happiness that holidays with family bring. Just like everything else though, this year will be a little different. There are still lots of ways to make special holiday memories at Deep Creek Lake this year.

Thanksgiving 2020

Also, just a friendly reminder that masks are required in all public spaces.

Thanksgiving 2020: Where to Eat

Dining at home is encouraged, but you can also pick-up food or take the family out to eat. Below are a few of the options for traditional turkey dinners.

Arrowhead Market
Individual dinners from the deli are available on Thanksgiving day for $11.99 each. Call 301-387-4020 for info.

Dutch’s at Silver Tree 
Thanksgiving buffet from 11:30AM-8PM. Reservations are required. Call 301-387-0525 for more info.

Moonshadow
Farm-to-Table Thanksgiving Boxes serve 8 – 10 people for $90. Available November 27 – 29. Last day to reserve is Monday, November 23. Call the restaurant at 240.442.5542.

Penn Alps
Pre order your Thanksgiving dinner by Wednesday the 25th. Call 301-895-5985.

The Casselman Inn and Restaurant
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 26! All meals will be served with a drink. $15.99 for adults and $7.95 for children 4 – 10 years of age. Ages 3 and under are free with the purchase of one adult meal per child. 

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Deep Creek Village 47 – New Listing at Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Village #47 is a new listing that offers the best of every season! It is located at the northern end of the lake putting lots of activities at your fingertips.

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About the Community

During the summer, be sure to bring your tennis racquet and bathing suit. The tennis court is a popular spot and the community dock is great for swimming and fishing.

Wisp Resort is within walking distance. Throughout the warmer months, they offer ziplines, a mountain coaster, and disc golf. Plus, they have two golf courses, Lodestone and Fantasy Valley.

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Festival of Trees Garrett County Goes Virtual

Festival of Trees Garrett County is a favorite holiday season event. It is fun for the entire family and benefits an important cause. Like many events, this year will be different due to COVID-19. The festival organizers came up with a way to continue the tradition in a safe, virtual way.

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Festival of Trees Garrett County 2020

The 13th Annual Festival of Trees will be a virtual tree decorating contest. Unlike years past, these trees will not actually be auctioned or available for purchase. They are simply entered into a decorating contest.

There will be three classes:
1) Individual
2) Commercial
3) Junior (16 and under)

Participants must send 6 photos of their trees and the entry form to dovecenter@gcdovecenter.org by November 27th. The photos will be uploaded to the contest tab of the Festival of Trees website.

You can vote for a tree by making a donation to the Dove Center, designated for that tree. The cost per vote will be $5 and multiple votes are encouraged. The contest runs from December 7th through December 21st.

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Garrett State Forest: The birthplace of Maryland’s state forests

Garrett State Forest is the birthplace of forestry conservation in Maryland.  It is important to note the key role Garrett County and its public lands played in preserving the natural environment. 

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Garrett State Forest History

During the early 1900’s, just 20% of mature forest cover existed east of the Mississippi.  The previous century saw large scale timber operations greatly exceed timber growth.  One of the results was large, uncontrolled forest fires that further damaged the fragile environment.  Most of Maryland’s forests were populated with small stands of regenerating seedlings or saplings.  Large trees were truly an unusual sight. 

In response to the deplorable conditions of the state’s forests, the descendants of one of Garrett County’s founding fathers issued a challenge to the state government.   John and Robert Garrett were heirs to the B&O Railroad fortune who offered a generous donation of nearly 2,000 acres of forest land on one “small” condition.  The state must create a department specifically for the management and supervision of public lands.  Accepting the gift and the conditions, a forestry law was passed in 1906 establishing a Board of Forestry.  This made it the third state in the Union to enact such a law.  The tract of land donated by the Garrett brothers became is part of what is now Garrett State Forest, Maryland’s first state forest.  It has expanded over time to include about 8,000 acres of mountain forests, streams and valleys. 

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New Price: 187 Sunset Ridge Drive Near Deep Creek Lake

187 Sunset Ridge Drive offers an affordable opportunity to live minutes from Deep Creek Lake. It is ideal as a primary residence or second home. Plus, it has a separate apartment that opens up more possibilities.

187 Sunset Ridge Drive

About 187 Sunset Ridge Drive

This ranch style home is situated on 1.03 acres in McHenry. It is in the picturesque Sunset Ridge subdivision surrounded by pastoral views.

Recently remodeled, this home has a total of three bedrooms and three baths as well as two electric fireplaces. The main house has beautiful hardwood floors and beamed ceilings in the living and dining area. Granite counters, stainless steel appliances, a center island, and a farm sink highlight the kitchen. The master bath is breathtaking.

Attention to detail is found throughout the attached apartment. It has its own kitchen with beautiful finishes, a living area with an electric fireplace, and a bedroom and bathroom.

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Hoye Crest: Reaching Maryland’s Highest Point

Hoye Crest is the highest point in Maryland. Located in Garrett County, you can take a hike to check out its scenic views.

By Brian M. Powell, CC BY-SA 3.0

About Hoye Crest

Hoye-Crest is a summit along Backbone Mountain. It is the highest point in Maryland reaching an elevation of 3,360 feet. The peak is named for Captain Charles Hoye. He founded the Garrett County Historical Society.

Hike the approximately two mile trail uphill to reach the summit. There is a “mailbox” with a log book where you can sign in and take selfies. It has a marker and offers a view of the North Branch Potomac River valley to the east.

Backbone Mountain Overview

Backbone Mountain stretches about 39 miles. Running southwest to northeast, it extends from the Black Fork in Tucker County, West Virginia to the Savage River Reservoir in Garrett County.

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