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!
This is a gorgeous home in the gated Kendall Camp Subdivision. This well-established and respected community boasts both summer and wintertime conveniences to popular local amenities. Continue reading 46 KENDALL CAMP CIR… Ski-in,Ski-out access on top of the “Main Street” slope
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. www.agreatsmalltown.com
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. www.dunkmd.com
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: http://mrislistings.mris.com/DE.asp?ID=55707552440. 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
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!
Wishing You and Your Family a Healthy and Prosperous 2014! The Holcomb’s – Bob, Betsy, Brendon, Peyton & Griffin
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 http://www.garrettcollege.edu/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 http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/mdwv_.html. 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.
There is a descent supply of ski-in/out homes & townhomes available for sale: http://mrislistings.mris.com/DE.asp?ID=55509685475. 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).
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!
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: http://mrislistings.mris.com/DE.asp?ID=55357498164. 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 deepcreektimes.com). 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. 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.
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!
Greetings from Deep Creek Lake on Easter Week!!!!
Weekly updates by Betsy Spiker Holcomb of Taylor-Made Vacations and Sales, Deep Creek Lake. Put March 26, 2014 into your phone reminders for next season and I’ll tell you why. I have noticed that this Easter week we are having epic winter wonderland snow/ski conditions and virtually no one here to enjoy them. We have been getting dumped on with snow from a late winter storm that has left many upset about the never ending winter that we are having across the East Coast. I say, take it as it comes! The majorities of people have their minds on golf and the beach this time of the year and often miss the last week here at Wisp Resort. If you were here this weekend you could have pounced on some “West Coast” style powder that lasted most of the day because of the light pressure on the slopes. Check into rental & ticket rates next year around this time and pray for snow! Chances are you’ll score big on some sweet conditions! Check out this photo I got off Wisp’s Facebook page. “Got powder?”
Looking ahead a little when spring and summer start to show their face, consider getting your boat tuned up early before the marinas are swamped with service work. If you are looking for a boat, this is a great time to place your order to ensure getting the boat you want in time for the start of the season. Give Betsy’s brother, Adrian, a call at Deep Creek Marina 301-387-6977 with questions regarding a new or used boat. If you are looking for service, ask for Kim who will be happy to help you.
Here’s a little teaser that I took before a morning session with Bets and the boys a few years back. Bring on summer!
Don’t get caught in a stagnant rut & work routine and forget to enjoy life! LetDeepCreekLake and GarrettCounty serve as catalyst for this year being the BEST EVER for you and your family! Feel free to call me anytime with questions about anything here of interest to you.
Check out this slope access homesite which is just a short pump with your ski poles from the slopes: http://vt.realbiz360.com/Listing-1265232.html. Happy Spring Break to you and your family!
With a successful Martin Luther King weekend at Wisp Resort behind us, we look ahead this week to temperatures in the lower teens to single digits. This upcoming weekend looks very prosperous for an abundance of fresh snow and manageable temperatures ranging in the mid to upper 20’s. The snow canons are wide open as we speak so take some time to organize a trip here to enjoy you favorite winter sport activity and give us a call with any questions you may have regarding real estate or local activities. Call Betsy Holcomb at 301-616-5022.
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.
Questions call 301-387-4640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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…
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
Wisp Resort Closed For The Season 3/18/12. Wisp Resort Closed For The Season 3/18/12 as the springtime temperatures have finally decided to consistently stay warm enough to make snowmaking impossible. It has been a very successful winter for Wisp even though Mother Nature made them work harder than normal to keep snow on the ground. Thankfully the temps dipped periodically throughout the season, and when they did, Wisp was ready on every occasion to maximize their snow making efforts to keep excellent ski conditions throughout a very mild winter season. I talked to a lot of folks who weren’t complaining about skiing groomed corduroy trails with temps in the 50’s-60’s. Thanks Wisp Resort for a great winter season!