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Top Tips to Prepare Your Home for Spring

Spring is a great time of year to sell your Deep Creek Lake home. The weather is mild, the flowers are in bloom, and buyers are on the hunt for their dream home. But before you put your home on the market, there are a few things you need to do to ensure it is in top shape.

Here are some top tips to prepare your home for spring:

Check your smoke alarms. First and foremost, make sure your smoke alarms are in working order. This is a crucial safety feature that should not be overlooked. Test each smoke alarm in your home and replace the batteries if needed.

Clean out your dryer vent. Over time, dryer vents can become clogged with lint, which can pose a fire hazard. Make sure to clean out your dryer vent before putting your home on the market. You can do this yourself or hire a professional.

Replace filters. Replace the air filters in your home, including those for your furnace and air conditioning unit. This will help improve the air quality in your home and ensure your HVAC system is running efficiently.

Check pipes for leaks. Inspect all of the pipes in your home for leaks. If you find any leaks, be sure to fix them before showing your home to potential buyers. A leaky pipe can turn off buyers and make them wonder what other hidden problems your home may have.

Wash interior and exterior windows. Clean windows can make a big difference in the overall appearance of your home. Take the time to wash both the interior and exterior of your windows to give your home a fresh and bright look.

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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 2023 date for the dunk is Saturday, February 25.

deep creek dunk

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!

This favorite winter event took a two year hiatus due to COVID-19 so we are especially excited about the 2023 festivities.

Goosebumps, Grapes & Growlers

The 2023 Deep Creek Dunk festivities kick-off Friday, February 24 at the Honi-Honi Bar. This wine tasting is held in the heated tent on the deck. A $20 donation benefits Maryland Special Olympics. Continue reading Deep Creek Dunk Quick Guide

Deep Creek Holiday Happenings 2022

Deep Creek holiday events offer something for everyone. There is a little bit of magic in our mountains during this festive time of year. It’s easy to catch the spirit of the season weather you’re taking the kids to see Santa or shopping locally for last minute gifts.

Deep Creek Holiday Events

Joy of Christ Celebration
Holiday light show synced to music. More info.

Oakland Express at the B&O Museum
December 10th and 17th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Children ages 4-9 can visit with Santa at the B&O Museum in Oakland. There will be snacks and crafts too! Reservations are required and can be made by calling Nicole McCullough at 301-334-2691. More info.

Get Your Jingle On – Holiday Open House
December 10th, 10am to 4pm
Check out Deep Creek Lavender Farm’s annual holiday open house. There will be music, raffles, and sales along with lavender teas or lavender hot chocolate. More info.

Christmas at Brodak’s
December 11th, 2 pm to 4 pm
Brodak’s banquet hall hosts crafts for kids as well as story time with Santa. More info.

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Mid Summer Events at Deep Creek Lake

Mid summer events offer something to please every member of your family. There are tons of fun outdoor activities in the Deep Creek Lake area. Also, special events are happening weekly.

In addition to the events listed below, Firewater Kitchen & Bar, MoonShadow, and the Honi Honi have great live acts lined up.

mid summer events

Mid Summer Events

Little Yough Summer Music Festival
Fridays through September 2nd, 7PM
Held at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in downtown Oakland, this longtime favorite brings a wide variety of musicians to the stage. Grab a drink at Sipside Lounge before hand or ice cream at Devler’s while you enjoy the tunes.

Mountain Fresh Farmers Market
Wednesdays and Saturdays through November 2nd
Also held in Oakland’s pavilion, the farmers market has a great selection of local produce, meat, and baked goods along with lots of handmade items.

Garrett County Agricultural Fair
July 30-August 6
Head to the fairgrounds in McHenry for one of the favorite mid summer events! The fair is always a good time. You can check out the livestock exhibitions, ride the rides, play games, eat yummy food, or enjoy live entertainment.

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Deep Creek Early Summer Events

Deep Creek early summer events are kicking off everyone’s favorite season with plenty of fun! There are tons of ways to enjoy the beautiful weather with family and friends. Many are old favorites, but there are some new options too!

Deep Creek Early Summer Events

Deep Creek Farmers MarketNEW
Fridays through September 2, 3-7PM
The area’s newest farmers market takes place at Garrett College every Friday. In addition to local produce, you can also find honey, pottery, and baked goods.

Accident 4th of July Parade
Monday, July 4, 11AM
Bring the family to Accident for some small town Independence Day fun!

Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display
Monday, July 4, About 9PM, McHenry
Fireworks launched from the top of the tubing hill at the Mountain Park at Wisp Resort out toward the waters of Deep Creek Lake. Viewing spots include the scenic overlook on Rt. 219, McHenry Cove on Deep Creek Lake and businesses in McHenry.

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Spring Happenings at Deep Creek

Spring happenings are popping up now that winter is behind us. There are some fun events coming up to keep your crew entertained.

spring happenings at deep creek lake

Paint an Easter Bunny Tile at Deep Creek Pottery
April 3, 1PM
Easy craft that is suitable for all ages! Use the link above to get your ticket.

Spring Egg Hunt at Deep Creek Marina
April 16, Noon-3PM
Enjoy a prize filled egg hunt with snacks and drinks for the entire family! RSVP is required – use the link above or email

Easter Egg Hunt at Broadford Park
April 16, Noon
More than 6,000 eggs will be hidden throughout the park!

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March 2022 Events at Deep Creek Lake

March 2022 events include some fun activities throughout the area. It is a quieter time of year when winter fun winds down. There are still some happenings to keep you entertained though.

March 2022 Events

March 2022 Events

Team Trivia & Team Bingo at Mountain State Brewing Co.
Trivia is every Thursday from 6:30-8:30PM. Bingo happens every Sunday from 1-2:30PM.

Mountain Fresh Winter Market
March 5 and March 19, 11AM-1PM
Winter markets include fresh produce, crafts, local honey, and more. They are held a The Gallery Shop in downtown Oakland.

St. Patrick’s Day Party with Shallow 9
March 19, 8PM
Head to the Honi-Honi for live music.

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Deep Creek Lake Valentine’s Day Events

Deep Creek Lake Valentine’s Day getaways are always popular. Of course, local folks are celebrating too. There are lots of great options to show your sweetheart that they are truly special

Deep Creek Lake Valentine’s Day Guide

Crate & Basket
Order a variety of sweet treats like chocolate truffles or yummy gummies. They even have chocolate charcuterie boards!

Deep Creek Lake Valentine's Day
Crate & Basket Chocolate Charcuterie

Mosser Meadow Nurseries

Order your flowers by February, 7!

The Casselman Bakery & Cafe
Order valentine sugar cookies, cakes, or chocolate covered strawberries. Cut off order date is February 8th and pickup will be Saturday the 12th.

Dinner Specials Monday, February 14

Enjoy a romantic dinner at one of these fine establishments.

Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub
Their specialty menu is below. Call us at 301-387-6688 or email for reservations.

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2021 Deep Creek Holiday Events

2021 Deep Creek holiday events include lots of fun happenings for the entire family. There is nothing better than Christmas in the mountains! Experience events with your favorite people, and catch the holiday spirit.

2021 Deep Creek Holiday Events

2021 Deep Creek Holiday Events

Christmas in the Village
Friday, December 3rd, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm , Saturday, December 4th, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Held at Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Grantsville, this is a favorite area tradition. Enjoy strolling and live music in the Village Church, activities in the Village buildings, hot chocolate and cider, and luminaries throughout the Village paths and over the Casselman River Bridge. In addition to the activities in the Spruce Forest Artisan Village, there are guest artists in the Great Room above Penn Alps. 

A Great Small Town Christmas
December 3 and 4, Oakland
A Great Small Town Christmas kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 3rd at the B&O Museum. There will also be sleigh rides, carols, store specials, and a special treat from Santa! Saturday the fun continues with Soup N’ Santa! Area non-profits will hand out free soup (donations are encouraged), visit with Santa, free sleigh rides, live music, and local shopping.

Holiday Open House
December 4, 11 am to 1 pm, Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center

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Spruce Forest Artisan Village – A Garrett County Treasure

Spruce Forest Artisan Village is a unique Garrett County treasure that has been enjoyed for decades. It suffered extensive damage in April 2020. They are now in the process of returning this local landmark to its former glory.

About Spruce Forest Artisan Village

Located in Grantsville, the Artisan Village offers the chance to step back in time. It was established thirty-five years ago. The village is a sister property to Penn Alps, a favorite Garrett County restaurant that dates back to 1818.

Artists in residence demonstrate and sell their crafts. Classes are also offered to the public. All of this takes place in historic buildings situated throughout the beautiful grounds. There are thirteen log and frame structures. Two of them go back to the Revolutionary War Period. Most of these are used as studio space.

Resident artists are highly skilled and produce items that include: bird carvings, pottery, hand-forged iron, natural soaps, and more.

Spruce Forest Artisan Village is along the historic National Road that played a big part in the development of the our area. It is adjacent to the historic Casselman Bridge State Park.

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