Winter Fest in Oakland, MD

Winter Fest takes place every President’s Day Weekend. Held in downtown Oakland, there are lots of fun activities for everyone. Most importantly, many activities are free! It is a great way to spend time with family and friends as you celebrate the winter season. Oakland is about 15 minutes from Deep Creek, so it is also an easy drive if you are just visiting for the weekend.

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Ice sculpture at Winter Fest.

Winter Fest Events

Winter Fest kicks off on Saturday, February 17, 2019. The first live ice carving starts at 9AM. Bill Sandusky, a master ice carver, shows off his work with live demos throughout the day. Also, there are pre-carved sculptures placed throughout the downtown area. You can stroll along the streets to check them out. Maps are available so that you can see them all. They are on display both Saturday and Sunday.

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15 Things To Do at Deep Creek Lake for Families

15 things to do at Deep Creek Lake for families is your guide to some of the area’s best activities and attractions. They offer something for all ages throughout each season.When you search for Deep Creek Lake real estate, the outdoor lifestyle comes along with it. That is just one of the aspects that makes the area so desirable. From teens to toddlers, I’ve got you covered with some personal favorites and inside tips too.

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1. Deep creek lake state park

Garrett County has seven state parks total. I encourage you to explore them all! However, a trip Deep Creek Lake State Park can be a leisurely or as active as you like. Spending a day lounging at the sandy beach is one of my favorite things to do at Deep Creek Lake. Picnic tables dot the shaded shoreline. The roped-off swimming area keeps the kids within sight. During the summer months, their are lifeguards on duty.

Wisp Resort rents kayaks, canoes and paddleboards from the beach hut. It is fun to explore the quiet cove that’s just around the corner from the beach.

Perfect for little ones, the Discovery Center has hands-on exhibits that highlight the area’s history and environment.  Every weekend they have special programs. Check their schedule for activities that include aviary tours, butterfly walks, making pinecone birdfeeders and more. Park naturalists also lead hikes if you are looking for something a little more adventurous.

2. Splash Island Inflatable water park

Located at Will O the Wisp, this is a summertime must-do! Splash Island at Deep Creek Lake is a water-based obstacle course. Play on their floating volleyball court, inflatable slides, jungle gym and a hamster wheel. They are open June 15-September 15. Continue reading 15 Things To Do at Deep Creek Lake for Families

Deep Creek Dunk Quick Guide

Deep Creek Dunk weekend is fast approaching! I’ll give you all the info you need to thoroughly enjoy this favorite winter event. The 2019 date for the dunk is Saturday, February 23.

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About the Deep Creek Dunk

The MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk started in 1998. Dunkers plunge into Deep Creek Lake’s frigid water to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD). Individuals and teams raise money to benefit this worthy cause. Prizes are awarded for the most money raised as well as for the wild costumes that help to make the event so much fun!

Goosebumps, Grapes & Growlers

The 2019 Deep Creek Dunk festivities kick-off Friday, February 22 at the Honi-Honi Bar. This wine and beer tasting is held in the heated tent on the deck. A $20 donation benefits Maryland Special Olympics. The Honi House Band provides live entertainment. Continue reading Deep Creek Dunk Quick Guide

Ski In Ski Out Wisp Resort Communities at Deep Creek Lake

Ski In Ski Out Wisp Resort communities are ideal for winter sports enthusiasts. The are the perfect choice for a second home or primary residence at Deep Creek Lake. Because they are centrally located, they have great rental potential too.

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Ski In Ski Out Wisp Resort Communities

Recent development has added to the list of options. There are several communities that offer direct ski in ski out Wisp Resort access.

boulder ridge

This is a gated slopeside community on top of Marsh Mountain. The impressive homes in this area offer amazing views. You can step outside your door and access Main Street or Eye Opener slopes. Plus, chairlift 4 & 5 are close-by. The convenient location is also within walking distance of the Adventure Sports Center International’s (ASCI) Mountaintop Whitewater Course.

Highline

The views from the Highline community feature Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding mountains. All of the homes are free-standing. Highline has slopeside access to Main Street while parts of the community overlook hole #6 of Lodestone Golf Course. Depending on the season, you can walk to the slopes or to ASCI. Continue reading Ski In Ski Out Wisp Resort Communities at Deep Creek Lake

Festival of Trees Garrett County Event Guide

festival of treesA popular event in these parts is the Festival of Trees Garrett County.  It is held every year on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Fairground Exhibit Hall in McHenry, MD. If you’ve never been to it make this the year you treat yourself!

All proceeds benefit the Dove Center – a local facility that offers services for victims of domestic violence.

The event is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a vast array of activities for the whole family. On Saturday, the kids activities end at 4 p.m. to prepare for the live auction that starts at 5p.m.

Festival of Trees Garrett County

Designer decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and gingerbread houses are on exhibit, and will be auctioned off Saturday. Beginning at 5 p.m., registered bidders can enjoy refreshments and a cash bar provided by Dutch’s at Silver Tree. At 6 p.m., the auction begins.

Bring the kids to the Festival of Trees Garrett County Breakfast with Santa and then Frosty’s Funland for Santa’s Bakery, crafts, mail a letter to Santa, facepainting, or to shop in Elfenheim Mall for $1 per item. Watch the SuGO Lego robotics demonstrations both days, and enjoy a Kona Ice.  Many local vendors will be there, selling their creations.

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Tickets can be purchased online. Prices are $5 admission; $10 for breakfast with Santa.

FESTIVAL OF TREES GARRETT COUNTY SCHEDULE OF ATTRACTIONS

Start the family fun with Breakfast w/ Santa with Bracelet
$10/person
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. & 10 a.m. seatings. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 301-746-8117, or emailing info@fotgc.org.

Mrs. Claus’ Bakery
Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Foods and drinks, low prices

Vendors
Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Creative, special gifts for everyone

Make Your Own Sundae $3
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday (while it lasts)
Choose the ice cream and toppings you want!

Grand Finale LIVE AUCTION Saturday 6 p.m.
5:00 p.m. Refreshments and a cash bar for registered bidders.

Frosty’s Funland!
Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Festival of Trees Garrett County this year! Until then, Happy Holidays!

Friday Weekend Update-Deep Creek Lake-Wisp Resort

Friday Weekend Update-Deep Creek Lake-Wisp Resort
Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Real Estate Agent

Friday Weekend Update-Deep Creek Lake-Wisp Resort
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

Friday Weekend Update-Deep Creek Lake-Wisp Resort
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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!

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Deep Creek Winter Events 2017

Deep Creek Dunk
Deep Creek winter events 2017 include lots of favorite festivals and happenings that celebrate the season and offer something for everyone.

Stage Wisp Concert Series
Wisp’s FREE live music events happen every Friday through the end of February from 6:30-9PM in Wispers Bar.

Subaru WinterFest – January 28-29
The Subaru WinterFest team will be at Wisp Resort with music, prizes, fun activities, and the latest news from Subaru!

Honi-Honi Bar’s 48th Birthday Party – January 28, 8-11PM
Celebrate a milestone for this DCL landmark and enjoy music by local favorite The Remedy. Continue reading Deep Creek Winter Events 2017

Ten Things To Do In The Winter At Deep Creek Lake

Ten Things To Do In The Winter At Deep Creek Lake
Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Real Estate Agent

Ten Things To Do In The Winter At Deep Creek Lake
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

 

Ten Things To Do In The Winter At Deep Creek Lake

  1. 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.         Ten Things To Do In The Winter At Deep Creek Lake

  2. 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!Ten Things To Do In The Winter At Deep Creek Lake

  3. 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!Ten Things To Do In The Winter At Deep Creek Lake

  4. 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.

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  5. 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.Ten Things To Do In The Winter At Deep Creek Lake

  6. Snowboard- Nuff said about wonderful Wisp Resort. Bust a few airs at the snow park or shred the POW on your snow board!Ten Things To Do In The Winter At Deep Creek Lake

  7. 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!

  8. 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.Ten Things To Do In The Winter At Deep Creek Lake

  9. Sledding- Grab a sled at Walmart and find you a hill to race down. Shouldn’t be hard here… Kids LOVE IT!

  10. Cross Country Skiing-    Herrington Manor & New Germany State Park have some fantastic area’s to explore! There are many other options!

Deep Creek Winter Events

Deep Creek Winter Events
Deep Creek winter events make this a favorite season to visit the lake. The holidays are especially popular. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening at Deep Creek Lake in the coming weeks:

NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS

MoonShadow, Accident, MD
New Year’s party with entertainment by Optimus Riff. A $20 ticket includes music, appetizer, dessert, and a champagne toast. 301.750.5094

Wisp Resort
Celebrate with their house, DJ Jazzy Jan. Family friendly, there is no cover charge. The party begins at 8PM in the Main Lodge. Food and beverages (Including Alcohol) are available to purchase. Continue reading Deep Creek Winter Events

Snow Making Begins at Wisp Resort

Snow Making Begins at Wisp Resort
Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Real Estate Agent

Snow Making Begins at Wisp Resort
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

 

Snow Making Begins at Wisp Resort

Snow Making Begins at Wisp Resort

 

Snow Making Begins at Wisp Resort. Yesterday afternoon Wisp Resort took a step toward the winter season by firing up the snow cannons and making snow. The forecast looks good throughout the weekend and through most of next week for snow making. Temps are hovering around 14 degrees this morning and will be below freezing all except one day in the next 10 days. The startup date for snow making is random each year but traditionally happens in December so don’t fear folks, I am optimistic we will be on the mountain before Christmas!  The target opening date is December 17th.

Crews from the resort are scouring around diligently trying to work out the kinks and bugs in the snow making systems so that they can inch toward the grand prize… Opening the slopes for all to enjoy!

Take some time and reflect on the wonderful memories that you have shared with friends and family here at our special Little Tahoe of the East! Best wishes for a fantastic winter sports season and we hope to see you on the mountain soon!Snow Making Begins at Wisp Resort Snow Making Begins at Wisp Resort Snow Making Begins at Wisp Resort Snow Making Begins at Wisp Resort