That’s how we do it here at Deep Creek Lake! So you spend all year anticipating your trip to the lake and finally get here. The decompression has officially started as you and your family and friends start planning your days ahead. Thankfully, we literally have hundreds of things to do around the lake to help stimulate your sense of adventure or to relieve your stress. If you want to do something outside the norm, try going out to eat by boat. Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, we have plenty of places around Deep Creek to satisfy your appetite.
Here’s a thought; wake up early and enjoy some quality time on the lake fishing, wakeboarding, or skiing or just chilling. Then head on over by boat to Traders Coffee House for some delicious breakfast and coffee. They have a huge surplus of boat slips for your boat and a safe crosswalk over Highway 219. Try the waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream or their power wrap.
Maybe you decided to sleep in and catch up on some vacation sleep. Get out on the water with the kids around 10am and get the tubing out of your system. All that wonderfully whipping and bouncing around will surely get you hungry for a delicious lunch. How about a nice casual lunch at our famous Uno’s Restaurant by boat? This place is one of the most family friendly places on the lake to enjoy lunch. They have a huge amount of space outside to play with the kids. Playground, open grassy area, outside bar with a great menu and of course this great restaurant. Kick back on the deck and enjoy a super view of the lake and grounds. On the weekend this becomes THE place to go as the Honi-Honi Bar becomes the star with live music and a huge crowd of people from all over to meet.
Dinner time is approaching and maybe you want to clean up and go out to a nice dinner with great food. I put my money on Dutch’s at Silver Tree. They have excellent crab cakes and plenty of different dining options. Eat inside at this historic building that still has the old lodge feel from the “old lake” timeframe. You can also enjoy the modern downstairs bar that has a great vibe, as well as a complete Dutch’s menu. It is summertime so you don’t have to eat inside at all if that’s not your thing. They have a wonderful terrace outside overlooking the lake which is where I like to eat personally. Kick back and enjoy wonderful steak and seafood while watching the kids play on the playground below you. They also have the Harbor Bar outside which is another great option for the family. Recommended!
At the end of the day we have many dining options by boat that you should try individually and decide on your favorite. Uno’s, Honi Honi Bar, Arrowhead, Boardwalk, Brenda’s Pizzeria, Traders Coffee and Aces Run are all wonderful options. Step out of the norm and enjoy the Deep Creek Lake lifestyle that we are so proud of here at the Lake. Call me with any questions you may have regarding the lake or real estate. Betsy Spiker Holcomb 301-616-5022
The Greene Turtle-Deep Creek Lake. I’m very excited to announce a new restaurant here at Deep Creek Lake. I think I’m the only person that I talked to who hasn’t heard of the Greene Turtle. This franchise has steadily grow over the years boasting restaurants in Morgantown, Winchester, Hagerstown, Leesburg, Sterling and now Deep Creek Lake.
Talk of the town starts with their drink menu. They have won awards with many of their signature drinks. Their 2016 BYOB award winning drink include; the Dubliner Bloody Mary, the Celebration cocktail, the Celebration Shooter and the El Verde Tortuga Rita. Check out the drink menu so you can be prepared to get your vacation thirst on.
Looking over the appetizers I notice a few interesting options that I will have to try. The Hog Hammers, Bavarian Pretzel Sticks, Mozzarella Caprese and the 100% natural wings sound very interesting. The reviews I had read sound favorable for a successful dining experience.
Their menu is vast with different options that have my belly rumbling. A co-owner here at Taylor-Made Vacations and Sales swears on the Shrimp Tacos. The menu has 100% certified angus beef burgers, any style of wraps you can dream up, unique house specialties, refreshing soups and salads and delicious desserts.
Deep Creek Lake locals always welcome a new place to dine and enjoy new foods. We are hopeful that the owners can make the DCL Greene Turtle live up to the reputation of this respected franchise. I will follow up with a review after I have had time to sample some of the menu.
Dutch’s Daughter– Nice main level fine dining with excellent crab cakes, seafood and meat dishes. Downstairs hosts a massive bar that is a great place to catch friends for dinner. Don’t miss the cinnamon butter on fresh oatmeal crusted bread.
Brenda’s Pizzeria– Straight up delicious New York Style pizza with extra delicious toppings. Sausage topping is out of this world! Great pasta and salads too.
DC’s at Wisp Resort-Excellent menu with a little taste of everything. Their calamari appetizer is one of my favorites at the lake.
Black Bear Tavern– Good bar food with a great local vibe. Wings are delicious and the Steak on the Lake is nice (It is served spicy so ask without jalapeños if you don’t like heat). E-z peel shrimp are a solid appetizer.
Aces Run- Unique and popular pasta night on Wednesday and stir fry night on Friday. Solid menu A-Z with a great staff. Our real estate assistant Lisa Yommer said you cannot miss the fried pickles appetizer along with a salad.
Moonshadow Café- Local food from local farmers is the base to this wonderful café. Get you some spicy cauliflower wings for a change of pace. For dinner, try their tenderloin which is absolutely delicious. Consistent good live music.
Mountain State Brew Company– A great selection of hand crafted brews and fire oven pizza’s. Nuff said. Plenty of room for large parties.
J G’s- Great bar food with plenty of local atmosphere. Known for good crabcakes.
El Canelo’s – A short trip up the road to Oakland will reward you with great Mexican food. At lunch I get the jumbo burrito which has never failed me.
Archie Barbecue- Food smoked perfect. Pulled beef, chicken and pork barbecue, brisket, ribs and turkey are no joke. Mac cheese is special as well.
Uno’s Chicago Grill– Large and delicious menu from appetizers to entrees. Overlooking the lake with plenty of room for the kids to play outside. Come by boat on Saturdays for live music and the funnest place to be on the weekend.
Pine Lodge- Great prime rib and Coconut Shrimp and Ahi tuna appetizers. Great food with a nice bar to socialize with local and out of town visitors.
Deep Creek Seafood– Top choice seafood that you may miss if you’re not paying attention. Great liquor menu for those who want an upscale cocktail. The menu is fresh and changes with the seasons.
Breakfast Lunch Recommendations
Englanders– Great home cookin folks! My favorite… Buckwheat cakes with two over easy eggs on top with a side of biscuits and gravy. Come check out their whole menu. Great antique shopping to boot!
Perkins– Familiar franchise breakfast and lunch menus. Blueberry muffins are the real deal! Great food with large quantities and always super service.
Canoe On the Run- Healthy slick spins on soups and sandwiches. Nice coffee, unique breakfasts and fresh daily menus.
Arrowhead Market– Super cheeseburgers and other fresh sandwiches. Chunky homemade fries that they make fresh.
Annie’s Kitchen– Love the honey dipped chicken and the salad bar. This place has excellent small town fresh food.
Teli’s Deli– Suped-up Italian sandwiches and soups. Great cheeses as well.
Last night marked both the end and beginning of an era. The well-known and respected Will O’ the Wisp restaurant closed last fall and there was a lot of questions and concerns about just exactly what was going to happen to this local favorite restaurant that hosted for many years the famous pasta night. I kid you not when I say famous, the place was elbow to elbow on Wednesday. I think the dated décor and aura of the place just screamed renovation and change to make it the success it was in the hay day of its creation.
Never fear….new owner Brenda McDonnell (you may have visited her other successful businesses Brenda’s Pizza & Trader’s Coffee House) has taken the helm of the ship and rumors over the last few months are that great things were happening behind the walls on the renovation. Last night she welcomed friends from the community to come out and see with our own eyes, and of course our taste pallets, the new direction for this familiar Deep Creek Lake space.
The first thing I noticed was the organization and courtesy of the staff who made sure your experience started off right. It was standing room only in the bar/lounge and in the dining area. New bench seats and upscale lighting set the backdrop for the dining room and being a wood worker/hobbyist I was blown away by the solid black walnut tables. Overall, the place has a very open and modern floor plan with that new restaurant feel. My understanding is they completely gutted the kitchen to bring in new gear to help bring on this fresh new menu. I can tell you that I loved everything offered on this new delicious menu. I sampled an angus beef slider cooked to medium rare perfection with hints of pickle, chopped onions and cheese that was really fantastic. The spicy pork bites were popper-sized pork that had a semi-spicy tangy glaze over them that was perfect for someone like me that doesn’t like too much heat. The pork loin chops were cooked medium’ish with plenty on succulent moisture left to mesh with the apple sauce. My favorite was the shepherds pie, which is a bone-sticking comfort food that has ground beef, mashed potatoes, carrots, and some other secret ingredients. My favorite dessert was the banana nutella bread pudding, but I also enjoyed the chocolate flourless cake and the German apple cake.
Remember on your next visit to the lake to pop-in to the new Aces Run Restaurant and Pub at Will O’ the Wisp which is destined to become yet another gem here at the lake!
Dutch’s at Silver Tree- Deep Creek Lake, MD. When legendary Dutch’s Daughter in Frederick, Maryland decided to expand their horizons to Deep Creek Lake, the local’s were ecstatic. Their stellar reputation for remarkable seafood and American cuisine crept West through the state to the mountains of Garrett County. I heard talk of a delicious crab cake that would make even the most skeptical Marylander proud to endorse. It did not take long to win over the locals and the visitors by renovating the historic Silver Tree Inn and transforming it into the most elegant and tastiest place on the lake. In the summer time the experience moves outside to tables overlooking the lake with The Harbor Bar close by. Do yourself a favor and take a special loved one or family to a unique dinner experience here at the lake.
Honi Honi Summer Luau Deep Creek Lake. Saturday has always revolved around the lake – boating and of course the Honi Honi Bar! As we transition into summer, that party is amplified on July 28th at 1PM as people flock to the Honi Summer Luau. Chow down on the classic summertime favorites – pork BBQ made with Honi’s secret sauce, baked beans, and coleslaw. Last year they actually sold out of food because of the huge attendance so make sure you get there early. It is the norm for the Honi-Honi to have 1st class live music during the afternoon, and this year will not be any different as Velveeta will take the stage from 1-5pm. There will be luau-themed drinks to keep you refreshed during our mild summer days here at the lake. Make plans now to pack up the family and head to Deep Creek Lake this weekend and enjoy a super fun event!
Summer time here at DeepCreekLakealways turns the attention to lake and outdoor activities. If you are looking for something really fun and relaxing, I suggest visiting Black Bear Tavern on Friday and Saturday night to enjoy live music outside on the deck. Socialize and mingle with locals and visitors while listening to first class music at one of DCL’s go-to places for outdoor entertainment. Grab a favorite drink of choice and have a delicious meal while taking in the scenery only a few steps from the lake. The Davisson Brothers Band was there last week, jamming out their unique West Virginia sound with guest guitarist and the Oakland Raiders new recruit, Owen Schmitt. Owen laid down some soulful Jimmy Hendrix licks during the band’s smooth rendition of the classic tune “Little Wing”.
Give The Black Bear a call (301-387-6800) or drop by on your next visit to see what is happening “On The Deck”. Take a deep breath and relax, because that is what visiting us here at Deep Creek is all about.
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.
Deep Creek Lake has a lot of admired institutions that have earned the respect of patrons from all over the Mid-Atlantic. Black Bear Tavern leads the way in this department with a lively, entertaining, and fun filled atmosphere that will put you face to face socializing with happy people from many different backgrounds and hometowns. Black Bear hosts the only nightclub here at the lake that gets cranking every weekend and keeps everybody in high spirits with a ever changing musical variety. They cover all the musical bases with rock-n-roll, funk-a-delic-disco, and country. No matter what you choose, you will be dancing on a packed dance floor with friends and strangers who will eventually become your friends.
During the warm summertime, Black Bear Tavern shifts some of the fun out on their huge outdoor patio where you can catch some rays, enjoy good food, drink your favorite beverage, and listen to some great music. There is always a daily lunch special and a huge menu to choose from. I suggest trying the crab cake dinner (The best crab cake on the lake in my opinion) with an icy cold Newcastle to wash it down. The staff will make you feel relaxed and hustle to make your experience there a good one. Take a little time off the lake or the ski slopes on your next visit and go check out Black Bear!! Go eat, drink, dance, and make merry!!!