Fall Fishing Deep Creek Lake. As we shift into fall we see the lake transform into a wonderful and peaceful place where boat traffic is minimal and the weather is gorgeous. It is the time of the year that the leaves put on their yearly show and the fishing bite starts to heat up.
I was lucky enough to have my son pay us a visit for a week and we decided to maximize our time on the lake wetting a line. It has been many years since the last time we fished and we were optimistic that we would be successful in our venture. We started at Deep Creek Outfitters getting a few dozen minnows and nightcrawlers. The word on the street was that that fishing was sporadic but starting to kick in. Our plan was to wake up the following morning and to hit a spot that was recommended by a friend so we dropped our minnows into the water at the boat dock and set home to get a good night’s rest.
The alarm clock came early and was welcomed with excitement and optimism. The winds were down and the lake looked like a massive mirror reflecting the early hues of Fall. All of our minnows survived the night and the boat started without a hitch. The ride out was almost spiritual as our pontoon boat parted the beautiful lake glass. The temps were chilly but were forecasted to peak later in the day near the mid 70’s. Our “secret spot” was empty and we slowly motored down a couple hundred yards before our destination which was a grass bed near the shoreline that dropped off to around 8-12 feet of depth. We quietly set anchor and baited our minnows on our hooks and cast outside of the grass beds. We kicked back sipping coffee and enjoyed good conversation catching up on life. The lake was empty of traffic and the sound of acorns rained periodically around us. My son Peyton worked the edge of the grass beds and landed a nice Walleye to start the day which was very exciting. It was a hair shy of being of legal size to eat so we threw it back. I concentrated on working the drop off outside the grass bed and was rewarded with a couple smallmouths to start my day. It was a soothing roller coaster ride of stimulating ups and downs throughout the morning and we went through a few lake species deciding not to keep any.
The Deep Creek Lake Fall fishing experience itself was the star of the show and we promised that next trip we would concentrate on a fish fry. We caught walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass and a few pickerel to complete a successful fishing adventure. As we head in to call it a day there was a majestic red tail hawk that flew by us that was breathtaking.
On your next visit bring the family or a close friend and get out on the lake with a fishing pole and enjoy some quality down time on the lake. Downshift your busy mind and breathe deeply taking advantage of what a handful of visitors experience ever year. Wonderful Fall fishing.
Your Deep Creek spring event update includes happenings for Easter weekend and early May. It is a great time to take advantage of vacation rental specials! Come to the lake for a quick getaway and make time to look at real estate too.
SATURDAY, APRIL 15
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny 9am-noon at the Stone House Restaurant
Take a short drive to treat the kids to breakfast with the big bunny himself!
1st Annual Taylor-Made Easter Egg Hunt
11am at the Taylor-Made Main Office
Hop on down to Taylor-Made to hunt for eggs filled with treats. Maybe you’ll get lucky and find one of the golden eggs with a prize inside! This is a rain or shine event.
Most locals know the man and the story about this very successful businessman. Michael “Jim” Delligatti who established Uno’s, The Honi Honi Bar, Garrett 8 Cinemas, and Arrowhead Market was a well-known fixture here at Deep Creek Lake. His claim to fame, which has reached far around the world, is the invention of the Big Mac sandwich at McDonald’s. We have all enjoyed our share of this famously delicious burger that revolutionized the fast food world. Mr. Delligatti opened his first McDonald’s restaurant in 1957 and branched out 47 more franchise stores over the next two decades. Competing against the large sandwich offerings of Big Boys and Burger King, Mr. Delligatti proposed a new sandwich called simply the Big Mac! McDonalds executives didn’t receive the idea well at first but eventually got the green light to pilot the sandwich in the Uniontown market in 1967. The rest is history!
The residents here at the lake have immense respect for the Delligatti family and were saddened by the news of his passing in late November. Remember the next time you dig into a Big Mac the interesting story of the man behind its creation.
If you are sitting in your office dreaming of enjoying virgin corduroy ski slopes with your family and friends, I have one question for you…why aren’t you here?? After all, this is the time of the year when you can find the slopes with minimal traffic and fantastic conditions. I passed by Wisp Resort today on the way to work and saw two snowboarders on the first runs of Mainstreet throwing up huge rooster tails on the freshly groomed slope. Passing the lodge area confirmed my thoughts on the “crowds”. They are non-existent during the week days and manageable on the weekend. Normally we see a huge peak of traffic during the Martin Luther King Holiday and then things taper off to a steady through February leading up to the Deep Creek Dunk on 2/25. This is also a great time to look at real estate in between winter sports and making merry. Call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales to find a last minute vacation rental home or call Betsy Holcomb at 301-616-5022 to sit down and discuss the real estate options here at the lake!
Effective 1/20/17, the Maryland Mortgage Program is offering the Maryland Mortgage Grant Assist Program.
Grant Assist offers homebuyers closing cost assistance in the form of a 4% grant of the first loan amount.
Grant funds must be used exclusively for closing costs of the mortgage loan/home purchase.
Grant funds may not be used for down payment or combined with any down payment assistance products offered by CDA.
The grant must always equal 4%; no higher or lower percentages are allowed.
If the grant exceeds closing costs the excess will be applied as a principal curtailment.
Employers, builders, developers, non-profits or other contributors may offer additional assistance; however, the Partner Match Program is not available and the assistance will not be matched by the Department.
The Fact Sheet with all details will be available on the MMP website Fact Sheet Page at: http://mmp.maryland.gov/Lenders/Pages/Fact-Sheets.aspx
Call Betsy Holcomb for more information @ 301-616-5022 or email her at Betsy@deepcreekvacations.com
Snowmobile- Locals refer to it as “sledding” and it can be a very exciting way to see the lake and surrounding areas. If you are new to the sport, take some time to learn the basics on safety. Herrington Manor State Park has trails open to the public if you have sleds and if you purchase an Off Road Vehicle Permit.
Snowshoe- Snowshoeing can be a blast with family and friends as well as a heck of a work out. Fork Run Recreational Area is a great spot to get started after a huge overnight snow. You can also check conditions on the lake and snowshoe across a safely frozen Deep Creek Lake!
Ice Skate- Wisp Resort has you covered if you want to try ice skating. It’s a little like roller blading but presents a few new fun challenges. Try ice skating with the kids next visit!
Snow Tubing- What can I say about snow tubing other than it is a blast for kids and adults alike. I took my boys 2 ½, 4, 21 and 23 last week and we had a fabulous experience! Wisp Resort Snow Tubing.
Ski- Wisp Resort is the “Little Tahoe of the East” that has a state-of-the-art snowmaking system. When conditions are good for making snow, you can have an epic experience there. Along with normal snowfall, Wisp can offer some of the best POW of the East Coast.
Snowboard- Nuff said about wonderful Wisp Resort. Bust a few airs at the snow park or shred the POW on your snow board!
Sleigh Rides- Visit the Circle R Ranch and go back in time to enjoy some off the path fun! Snuggle down under the warmth of the sleigh blanket with your friends and family to enjoy crossing through the snowy countryside. What an experience!
Ice Fishing- This is a sport I hope to do in the near future! When the lake freezes, you can see many fishing shanty’s across the lake. The productivity of winter ice fishing is famous around these parts. Here’s a link to get you started with a real-time forum.
Sledding- Grab a sled at Walmart and find you a hill to race down. Shouldn’t be hard here… Kids LOVE IT!
Cross Country Skiing- Herrington Manor & New Germany State Park have some fantastic area’s to explore! There are many other options!
Bud Light Stage Wisp- Winter Concert Series-Wisp Resort. Stage Wisp has always been a huge hit in the summer time, offering live music on the gentle slopes of Marsh Mountain. People bring lawn chairs, blankets, family and pets to chill out watching live music under the canopy of warm summer dusk.
Winter time opens up another avenue for Stage Wisp as they bring the party indoors for the winter sports visitors. Tucked in the cozy Wispers Bar, adjoining the main ski lodge, you will find an eight-week concert series that will take you through many types of music. Come in off the slopes and warm up your bones with a favorite beverage and order some snacks off the bar menu while enjoying good ole Western Maryland music.
Stage Wisp Winter Concert Series
Concert Time- 6:30pm – 9:00pm
January 6th – Chuck Cantalamessa
January 13th – Allen Sizemore
January 20th -Erica Rebinski
January 27th -Scott Alexander
February 3rd – The Plate Scrapers
February 10th– Shawn Owen
February 17th– Chip Burkey
February 24th – Dougrove
Take some time to look ahead at the concert schedule and come check out a show on your next visit. Call Wisp Resort at 855.583.4500
Ski/In Ski/Out Property-Wisp Resort. Ski in/ski out or slope side access have different personalities just as lakefront does. For example, you may be able to ski-in but not out or vice versa. You might have to walk to the chairlift to get to the slopes but then you can ski back to your property. True ski-in/ski-out access means you’re actually skiing to and from your mountain property. Ski-in/ski-out can be located here at Wisp on the upper to mid portions of the mountain. Wisp Resort has condos at the base of the mountain near the lodge as well. The perks and conveniences of this style property is second to none. Imagine having a cocktail watching the game while rotating time on the slopes with the family. Boot warmers, ski lockers, washer/dryer with a mud room help keep everything convenient and easy. Come in from a ski sesh, strip and get into warm clothes and defrost by the fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa! When you get warmed and energized, hit the slopes again!
Here on Marsh Mountain surrounding Wisp Resort, there is a nice selection of different ski-in/ski-out neighborhoods. Boulder Ridge, Kendall Camp, Highline, Villages of Wisp, are all solid options that have different personalities. Give Betsy Holcomb a call at 301-616-5022 on your next visit and explore the wonderful wintertime real estate options for both personal and investment opportunities.
Here is a link to a few townhome’s for-sale that offer affordability and slope access.
Program will Ease Student Loan Debt, Promote Homeownership!
ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 21, 2016) – The Hogan Administration today announced the first home purchase under a new homeownership initiative designed to ease the burden of student debt. Maryland SmartBuy, within the Department of Housing and Community Development, is the first program of its kind in the nation and will make move-in-ready homes available to buyers while eliminating student loan debt burden, which is often a significant barrier to homeownership for younger homebuyers.
Maryland SmartBuy is the latest initiative in the Hogan administration’s ongoing commitment to help qualified buyers move out from under student debt and into homeownership. The event was attended by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt.
“With the launch of SmartBuy, Maryland is among the first in the nation to actively address student debt as an obstacle to homeownership,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “We recognize that first-time homebuyers play a pivotal role in the health of the housing market, which is critical to the strength of Maryland’s overall economy.”
This law, which was introduced by the Hogan Administration in the 2016 Legislative Session, authorizes the department to make direct payments on student loans in conjunction with other financial assistance or residential mortgage loans offered under the Maryland Mortgage Program, beginning with the Maryland SmartBuy initiative.
Under the initiative, eligible buyers with student debt can purchase move-in-ready properties made available through the department. The typical buyer can realize substantial savings on quality homes throughout Maryland. Specifically, Maryland SmartBuy will:
Eliminate the buyer’s student loan debt
Provide the buyer with one convenient payment per month
Enable the buyer to access attractive financing and closing cost assistance
Ensure a safe, streamlined, and straightforward home buying and financing experience.
“With Maryland SmartBuy, our state is at the forefront of removing the obstacle of student debt to successful homeownership,” said Department Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “We want to empower young people to establish roots in Maryland and help strengthen our state as they enjoy the financial security of homeownership.”
The initiative will create an innovative home buying model that could be adopted by the rest of the nation. Mortgage loans will be provided through the department’s Maryland Mortgage Program, which has been the state’s flagship homeownership assistance program for over 30 years. Traditionally, the program provides fixed-rate mortgages, primarily to first-time homebuyers, along with other down payment and closing cost incentives.
For more information about the Maryland SmartBuy initiative, visit http://mmp.maryland.gov/smartbuy.
CONTACT: Sara Luell, Director of Communications, email@example.com, 301-458-1995 (cell), 301-429-7803 (office)
445 Paradise Heights Road, Oakland, MD. This wonderful classic stone home on 3-acres is perched wonderfully above Deep Creek Lake in the gorgeous Paradise Heights community. Filtered summertime views open up to spectacular winter views from this special mountain cabin overlooking the southern portion of the lake. The main level offers a cozy great room with gas fireplace that opens up to a large kitchen and dining area. On the main level, you will find three spacious bedrooms, one being a master. There is a stair lift to access downstairs perfect for accommodating anyone in the family who needs help negotiating stairs. There is plenty of room on the lower level to decorate and make it your own. There is a master bedroom downstairs that almost feels like a mini suite, as well as a family room and another bedroom that could double as a storage area. There’s also a huge pole building/garage to store your cars and toys. Asking price of $349,000. Call Betsy Spiker Holcomb and let her team help you preview this unique and wonderful home. 301-616-5022.
Remarks- Lake access home offering four bedrooms, two of which are masters. This home has two large covered decks for enjoying the views of Deep Creek lake while spending time with friends and family. A great home to make your permanent residence or a vacation home. Large back deck and a boat storage building are a few more great additions. The 2.95 acres gives you plenty of space to call your own.