Betsy Spiker Holcombbetsy@deepcreeksales.com301-616-5022

Wisp Resort Closes 2/25/17

Wisp Resort Closes 2/25/17
Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Real Estate Agent


Wisp Resort Closes 2/25/17
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

Wisp Resort Closes 2/25/17


Wisp Resort Closes 2/25/17. After another wonderful season of winter sports at Wisp Resort and in lieu of the recent warm up we have experienced over the last week or so, the ski slopes are now closed for the season. The fickle season has produced plenty of epic conditions but was starting to show signs of spring periodically through-out. My guess is that with kids’ sports/activities starting for our out-of-town friends and the conditions here stalling a hair, it’s not economically feasible to keep the slopes open. That being said, I can tell you that the winter season is not over yet so make plans to keep visiting this wonderful area and experience every ounce of every season. Thanks to all the staff at Wisp Resort for making the 2016/2017 season a memorable one!  Their Adventure Park will remain open on the weekends with ziplining, mountain coaster and lots more fun.  We hope to see you all soon!

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Wisp Resort Closes 2/25/17 Wisp Resort Closes 2/25/17

Wisp Resort Closes 2/25/17

Wisp Resort Closes 2/25/17
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

The Lodge at Wisp part of upgrades to ski resort

The Lodge at Wisp part of upgrades to ski resort
Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Real Estate Agent


The Lodge at Wisp part of upgrades to ski resort
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022


The Lodge at Wisp part of upgrades to ski resort

Renovation project began in the fall of 2015 and will continue through spring of 2018.

The Lodge at Wisp part of upgrades to ski resort


As part of a three-year $3.7 million-dollar renovation, wisp Resort recently announced a rebranding of the Wisp Resort Hotel which will be known as The Lodge at Wisp. The renovation project on the hotel began in the fall of 2015 and will continue through spring of 2018.

The Lodge at Wisp will welcome guests with significant changes and improvements to both the interior and exterior of the property. The upgrade will offer more contemporary accommodations, new outdoor Gathering spaces, and overall more modern and functional designs.

Work on the 169-room slope side hotel has totaled more than 1.5 million so far. A new entrance features a porte cochere with an outdoor gas fireplace and timber frame structure with stacked stone facade and lighting. The landscaping is highlighted by a waterfall, benches and day pergola walkway.

Interior renovations include an updated front desk and check-in area to compliment the new entrance. The 100-rooms on all six floors in the tower section of the hotel have been renovated, and 16 new king Suites have been introduced into the guest room mix. The remaining 69 rooms on three floors in the lodge section of the hotel will be renovated by Spring 2018.

Additional upgrades are being made to conference rooms, a new fitness center, exterior signage, courtyards with fire pits and enhanced landscape features. Construction on the current project will be completed in time for the ski season. Work will continue in the spring on a courtyard on east side of the hotel plus renovations to the lobby and the new front porch.

For more information about the upgrades call Wisp Resort, call 301-387-4000 or visit

Story by Cumberland Times-Garrett County Weekender Volume 26-Issue 46

The Lodge at Wisp part of upgrades to ski resort

The Lodge at Wisp part of upgrades to ski resort
Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Real Estate Agent

Deep Creek Lake Sunsets on Wisp Mountain

Betsy Holcomb



Deep Creek Lake sunset


So…you’ve been out boating, fishing, paddleboarding, canoeing, tubing, wakeboarding, hiking, swimming, zip lining, riding the mountain coaster, experiencing the white water course, and visited the 7 State Parks we have here in the area. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Sunsets on Wisp Mountain

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Upcoming Events-Year End Sales


Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Upcoming Events-Year End Sales. We have seen some great crowds from the holiday weekend and the fresh snow we received each day made for nice morning powder.  If you are traveling here tomorrow please take caution; we are under a winter storm warning beginning tomorrow at 4:00AM through Tuesday at 10:00PM.  Expected accumulation is 6 to 8 inches.  Thankfully, we have excellent road crews that make it possible for us to get out and about during times like these.



Mark your February calendars for these great events:


7th Annual Winter Fest, February 15 & 16 – a celebration in downtown Oakland featuring expert ice sculptor Bill Sandusky.  The streets of Oakland will be lined with beautiful ice sculptures, games, vendors, live music and crafters. Live carvings will also take place all day on the 15th.


Goosebumps & Grapes, February 21st – a pre-dunk celebration held the night before the Dunk at Honi-Honi from 6-10pm. An evening of Fire & Wine. Presented by the Honi-Honi, Uno & Arrowhead Market. Co-Hosted by Long & Foster Deep Creek Lake Vacation Rentals.  Pre-register for the Dunk and enjoy an evening under the stars at the 4th Goosebumps & Grapes Wine Tasting all to benefit Special Olympics of MD. Get toasty around the roaring bonfire and sample a variety of wonderful wines from Republic National Distributing Co., inside our heated tent. All wines will be available for sale at Arrowhead Market on Friday & Saturday, and $3 from every bottle purchased will be donated to SOMD. Admission: $20 donation to SOMD.


Deep Creek Dunk, February 22nd – take a quick dip in the frigid waters of Deep Creek Lake, all to support Special Olympics of Maryland. Registration at noon, dunk at 2:00, on the lawn of Uno’s & Honi-Honi. This is an event that’s something to see. It has become not only a very successful fundraising event but also a very entertaining costume contest! You’ll see everything from Kiss-styled musicians to cartoon character look-alikes.


The Spiker Holcomb Team’s featured listing for the week is a mountaintop Overlook Villa with unobstructed, breathtaking lake views less than 1 mile to skiing and whitewater:  Multi-use property ideal as a second home or rental property, or both.  See link for photos and tour.


Below are Garrett County market stats for year-end 2013.  You will see that the # of listings is down, when compared to the 5-year average, pending sales are up and closed sales are up.  DOM stands for Days on Market, which is also down.  We can expect that the # of listings on the market will increase as we head into spring and summer.  For a market update using your specific search criteria, please shoot me an email with your parameter




Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Upcoming Events-Year End Sales





Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Upcoming Events-Year End Sales





Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Upcoming Events-Year End Sales





Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Upcoming Events-Year End Sales


Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Upcoming Events-Year End Sales


Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Upcoming Events-Year End Sales


Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Happy 2014!-Wisp News


Weekly updates by Betsy Spiker Holcomb of Taylor-Made Vacations and Sales, Deep Creek Lake. We hope you are well rejuvenated from a long, holiday break!  The slope conditions were great over the last few weeks and those who spent their time off here took advantage.  Some big news from our household – Griffin will become a big brother in mid-June and he started walking between Christmas & New Year’s.  The timing couldn’t have been better.  His first major steps were taken at my in-laws home while the whole family cheered with excitement.  To see him walk across the living room was magnificent!

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Happy 2014!-Wisp News

Wishing You and Your Family a Healthy and Prosperous 2014! The Holcomb’s – Bob, Betsy, Brendon, Peyton & Griffin

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Happy 2014!-Wisp News


The arctic temperatures are here and will continue to decline sending us into a deep freeze over the next 24-48 hours.  The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for Garrett County and schools have already been canceled for tomorrow.  From the NWS web alert – as low as 50 below due to temperatures around 20 below tonight, and winds west 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.  Impacts: frost bite and hypothermia are a certainty if precautions are not taken.  Icy surfaces will lead to poor driving conditions.  Additional information can be found on their site and here is another good website locals use for weather (scroll down and click on Forecast, Garrett County, MD).


Some other important things to remember during winter advisories are your pipes and the possibility of power outages.  If your home has been winterized and the pipes have been drained then I would think you have not much to worry about, but if your home has not been winterized and you are struck with a power outage it may not be a bad idea to have things checked out.  To check for outages visit  We are all keeping our fingers crossed that no one loses power!  On a brighter note, the high on Wednesday is 21°, Thursday is 33° and Friday is 42°.  Just in time for the weekend!


News from Wisp Resort…  The First Tracks Program has begun with chairlift 2 or 3 opening at 8AM on Saturday’s for season pass holders and multi-day ticket holders.  This is a great way to get all the fresh powder and corduroy before everyone else!  Also, Stage Wisp Concert Series begins this Wednesday and continues every Wednesday to February 26th.  These are free concerts held in Wispers Bar from 6:30-9:00 with performers like the ever-popular Davisson Brothers Band, Shawn Owen and The Terah Crawford Band.

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Happy 2014!-Wisp News


There is a descent supply of ski-in/out homes & townhomes available for sale:  If you would like further information on any of these properties or would like to schedule a time to preview any of them just give us a call (Betsy’s cell: 301.616.5022).


Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
Pietro Aretino



Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Deep Creek Dunk-January MLS Stats

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Deep Creek Dunk-January MLS Stats


Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Deep Creek Dunk-January MLS Stats. Fluffy powder lined the deck of our home this morning with steady snow dumping throughout the night and into the morning tapering off around noon. Wisp Resort had perfect conditions today as the snow making guns were turned off and shin-high powder was on with light crowds. 14 trails are open along with the tubing park and snow making operations are marching ahead to ensure that the mountain will be completely open by the Christmas Holidays. I hope you have your lodging booked in anticipation of enjoying some fresh powder or perfectly groomed corduroy for the 2013/2014 winter sports season.  It’s time to get here and release all that pent-up adrenaline!

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Deep Creek Dunk-January MLS Stats

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Deep Creek Dunk-January MLS Stats






Gorgeous corduroy!                        Griffin’s encounter with Santa, not impressed but tolerable!


Attached you will find a Market Minute Report for November 2013 showing you how our market compares to last year at this time.  Our median sales price is up, our current pending contracts is up and our days on the market is down.  The following homes have had price drops in the last 30 days:  There are quite a few good buys out there.


If you haven’t made plans for how you will be spending your New Year’s Eve, you may want to check out these two options (courtesy of  Honi-Honi is also having live entertainment with a complimentary champagne toast.

New Year’s Eve Event
Ag Heritage Hall Garrett County Fairgrounds
Come celebrate New Years Eve with the Fabulous Hubcaps at the Ag Heritage Hall located at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. $80/Single $150/Couple $560/Table of 8. Meal, entertainment, and champagne toast included. Cash bar available. Visit our web site or find us on Facebook for more information.

New Year’s Eve Celebration & Fur Ball Casino
Dutch’s at Silver Tree, 7pm to 1 am
$150 (includes tip and tax)
Cocktail Hour/Open Bar, Filet & Crab Cake Dinner.  Dance to the fabulous sounds of the Bobby Nicholas Band! Champagne Toast at Midnight.  Complimentary Casino Chips for HART’s Casino. Silent Auction. A portion of the proceeds benefit the HART for Animals Center fund!


Be safe in your holiday travels and call on us if we can be of any help in the mountains of Deep Creek Lake!



Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Well Wishes-Weekend Events

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Well Wishes-Weekend Events. Wishing you and yours all the Special Blessings of this Glorious Season! Below: Griffin and his girlfriendJ Braylynn (our manager’s granddaughter) in awe of the falling leaves.  These two charmers are 8 days apart and about to celebrate their 1st birthday.  They also made the back cover of Long & Foster’s Vacation Rental Guide, following this shoot.  Photo by Bob Carney.

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Well Wishes-Weekend Events



Hurry and craft your gift giving list, and bring it to this year’s Festival of Trees held November 29th and 30th from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. Meander through beautifully and artfully decorated trees and be sure and take part in all the events and offerings:

  • Breakfast      with Santa
  • Silent      Auction Tables
  • Mrs.      Claus’ Kitchen
  • Make      Your Own Sundae
  • Grand      Finale Live Auction
  • Handmade      Gifts by local artists and crafts people

If you already planned to take the worry out of all the Thanksgiving Day meal preparation by ordering your Thanksgiving Dinner from Wisp just remember to pick up your own utensils.


Also, this weekend is the opening of Wisp’s new retail store “Outdoor Elements”.  With over 3,000 sq. ft. of retail space, Outdoor Elements will offer technical and leisure outerwear, hard goods including skiing and snowboarding equipment, logo wear and souvenirs year-round.  Details for the Grand Opening:


  • Date: Friday thru Sunday, November 29 – December 1
  • Times: Saturday – 8am – 7pm, Sunday 8am – 5pm


Have a wonderful holiday!  See you at the lake!


Betsy Holcombg.

Dock Dogs McHenry Maryland

Dock Dogs McHenry Maryland
Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes favorite Realtor
Dock Dogs McHenry Maryland

Dock Dogs McHenry Maryland. Dock Dogs is leaving positive footprints throughout the world as it currently continues to grow in popularity among all ages, races, and creeds.  Deep Creek Lake was very fortunate to once again have these talented canines and dedicated owners display physical talents that would parallel Michael Jordan in human terms. I was lucky enough to catch these wonderful doggies competing in both long and high jump competitions and I can tell you with certainty that these dock dogs rock!

Dock Dogs McHenry Maryland
A little “tail” wind…
Dock Dogs McHenry Maryland
Full extension in the clouds!


It was absolutely apparent that the dogs were having just as much fun, if not more, than the spectators. The owners of these special pets would get their dogs revved up during the 30-second time limit they had to complete their jump and every one had their own pre-jump ritual. After they set the dogs loose to make the big jump it was fun to watch not only the dogs jump, but also to see the way the owners moved and gyrated.  They used body language techniques to “make” their dog sail through the air higher and in some cases defying the laws of physics by moving to the left and right while in the air!

Dock Dogs McHenry Maryland
Owner body english…

Dock Dogs McHenry Maryland

Dogs had fun, owners gained a few grey hairs, and spectators fell in love with every dog as well as getting Dockdogs deeply ingrained in their hearts! Don’t miss it next year!

Dock Dogs McHenry Maryland

Beachin Weekend 2013


Beachin Weekend 2013
Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor

Beachin weekend is on tap for this weekend, March 15th & 16th and there is a bunch of fun things to get into if you are here. The Comedy Blast kicked off the weekend on Friday night, March 15th with comics Bill Campbell & Mark Matusof. The doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm, so be sure and call to make reservations @ 301-387-4000 while tickets are still available.

Beachin Weekend 2013


The Rail Jam is on!!! The event starts Friday, March 15th at 7pm. You can register at 6pm at the Pro Park at Wisp Resort. Show your skills under the lights on this open style rail jam extravaganza!! Check out the photo below of real estate closing attorney Gary Sabo a few years ago busting a huge 360 degree monster air. Besides being a super shredder, he is also the best closing attorney we have here at the lake with Sage Title. This event welcomes skiers and snowboarders! Come visit us and either participate or cheer on the riders. I hope to see you there!!


Beachin Weekend 2013


Put on your best “Beachin” gear and head on down to the Beauty of the Beach Costume Contest on Saturday at 1pm. Take time to turn some heads with your best interpretation of beach style. DJ Johnny Rock will be serving up some live music throughout the day to keep your booty’s shaking.


Wisp Resort will celebrate their 57th Birthday Celebration on Sunday with games for the children and free cake for everyone, while supplies last.


Check out the entire line up below paying particular attention to the bottom where you will find huge lift ticket savings!

Friday, March 15
Comedy Blast*
Times – Doors Open at 7pm Performance 8pm
Location – Wispers Bar
*Additional fees apply

Rail Jam #3
Times – Registration 6 pm; Competition 7 pm
Location – Pro Park
*Competition fee applies

Saturday, March 16
Live Entertainment – Sounds Fun Entertainment – DJ Jonny Rock
Times – TBA
Location – Lodge Deck

Beauty of the Beach Costume Contest
Guests are encouraged to wear their best Beachin’ gear
Times – 1pm
Location – Lodge Deck

Date: Sunday & Monday, March 17 & 18, 2013
Wisp’s 57th Birthday Celebration
Location: Wisp Resort
Celebrate 57 years of skiing in Maryland with discounted 1-day lift tickets, discounted rentals & lessons. Plus, entertainment, games & more birthday fun!

Sunday, March 17, 2013
11am – 2pm – Children’s Games – Main Lodge
1pm – Birthday Cake Celebration – Main Lodge (While Supplies Last)
1pm – Ice Creations Ice caving demonstration! (Lodge Deck)

Monday, March 18, 2013
11am – 1pm – Children’s Games – Main Lodge
1pm – Birthday Cake Celebration – Main Lodge (While Supplies Last)

More information event information to come!

Cost – $10 1-day Lift Tickets, Sunday & Monday
$55 3-day Lift Ticket – Saturday thru Monday
½ Price Rentals & Lessons – Sunday & Monday

42nd Annual Wisp Labor Day Sale-Wisp Outdoors Sale 2012


42nd Annual Wisp Labor Day Sale-Wisp Outdoors Sale 2012

42nd Annual Wisp Labor Day Sale-Wisp Outdoors Sale 2012. This weekend is very exciting because it is the famous annual Rudy’s Wisp Labor Day Sale and Wisp Outdoors Sale! My phone has been blowing up with calls from clients wanting to get a big jump on competing shoppers for the mega blowout sale. In my best used car salesman voiceJ, “the deals are crazzzzy!”

Rudy’s will be hosting their 42nd Annual Labor Day Sale in Wisp’s Lodge from Friday, August 31st through Monday, September 3rd and I can’t reiterate enough the savings you will receive on skis, snowboards, winter apparel, and the list goes on and on.  I’m talking discounted warehouse prices on last year’s inventory.  No joke!  People who have experienced this sale before put it on their yearly schedule and are first in line to fill up their arms with mountains of winter sports gear.

Hours are:

Friday- 9am-8pm


Sunday- 9am-6pm

Monday -9am-4pm

Questions call 301-387-4640 or email

42nd Annual Wisp Labor Day Sale-Wisp Outdoors Sale 2012


Wisp Outdoors also has an annual sale that equally compares to the Rudy’s sale! They take their demo and rental paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes at the end of every season and sell them over the Labor Day Weekend at discounted rates. There are a lot of people literally counting down the seconds until this sale starts so they can pounce on this sought after recreational gear. Get there early and scoop up a deal! Remember that this is the best time of the season (in my opinion) to enjoy these sports on the lake.  It’s warm, calm and glassy this time of year…

42nd Annual Wisp Labor Day Sale-Wisp Outdoors Sale 2012

 Check out the pricing/inventory below.


Wisp Outdoor Sale


Friday – Sunday  9am – 6pm

Monday 9am – 4pm




Wilderness SystemsPamlico 100  $299

Wilderness SystemsPamlico 120 $329

Wilderness SystemsPamlico 135T (double kayak) $449

Dagger Axis 12 $449

Kayak paddles $35 -$50 depending on style


Mad River Canoe Journey 156 $475

Mad River Canoe Explorer 15 $600

Canoe paddles $25

Stand Up Paddleboards:

Yolo Red Foam 10’ – $250 (faded) (1)

Liquid Shredder 11’Yellow – $350 (broken handle) (1)

Rivera Nugg 9.6’ White – $475 (1) (good youth and small ladies board)

Stride Inflatable 11’ – Green or Blue $475 (with bag and pump) (4)

Rivera 10.6’ Yellow – $450 (deck pad torn) (1)

Rivera 11.6’Green – $450 (needs vent plug) (1)

Yolo Coastal Cruiser 12’  Rasta – $475 (nose damage) (1)

Rivera Voyager 12.6’ Yellow – $675 (dings on underside) (1)

Rivera Voyager 12.6’ Green – $675 (nose damage) (1)

Tahoe Grom 10.0’ White – $525 (great youth board) (1)

Tahoe Rubicon 12.6 Green – $1099 (new) (1)

Doyle 11’ Yellow – $525 (scratches and dings) (1)

Doyle 12’ Green – $525 (scratches and dings) (1)

Stand Up Paddles Cannon $60

Stand Up Paddles Regular $45


Items are first come first serve, limited stock for sale, 6% tax on all items sold, equipment is rental or demo and is sold as is with no warranty.  


Enjoy summer’s last splash atDeepCreekLakeand call me if I can be of any assistance.  240.321.5335