248 Markwood Drive: New Lising in Oakland, MD

248 Markwood Drive was just listed! This is a truly stunning property that offers you a piece of paradise. It is within minutes from Deep Creek Lake and downtown Oakland.

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About 248 Markwood Drive

Situated on 14.18 acres, this location is picturesque from the moment you pull in the driveway. It is surrounded by state forest land and overlooks a private community lake.

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The beautiful brick home has four bedrooms along with two full and two half baths. It has been immaculately kept inside and out. The light-filled open floor plan is ideal for spending time with family. You will love the large kitchen with a center island.

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Oakland Kick-Off to Summer Event

Oakland, MD is starting summer a little early! The Greater Oakland Business Associations’s event team has something special planned to celebrate the season.

Oakland Kick-Off to Summer

Oakland Kick-Off to Summer

The “Kick Off to Summer” event is Saturday, June 12th. It will be held in the Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Oakland.  Festivities will take place from 2-6PM. Activities include a cornhole tournament, a Beer Walk, food vendors, live music, sidewalk sales, artist exhibits, kid’s activities, a car show, and much more. 
 
Tickets are available for the Beer Walk and can be purchased in advance or on the day of the event. The cost is for $15 per person. You must be at least 21 years old and will need to present a valid ID to event personnel on staff. Tickets can be purchased on the porch of the Garrett County Historical Society building. Six locations will offer samples of two different types of local, craft beer. Visit all six locations to get a free commemorative glass. Beer tent locations include: the B&O Museum, The Gallery Shop, Sipside Lounge, Gean & Olive, The Vagabond Taproom, and Smoke n Mirrors. The Beer Walk is sponsored by: Craig Ingram, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, and Deep Creek Times.

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Garrett County Celtic Festival 2021

The Garrett County Celtic Festival 2021 is happening! Organizers recently announced that they are moving forward with the event. There will be a few changes from past years, but it will still be a fun event for the entire family.

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About the Garrett County Celtic Festival 2021

This year’s festival will once again be held in the Friendsville town park on the Youghiogheny River. It is a picturesque venue with lots of space to spread out. It will take place Saturday, June 5 from 10:30AM-6PM.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. They will not be sold on-site. Prices are reasonable for adults and kids. Adults $15, ages 11-18 $10, and $10 and under are free. Click here for ticket info.

If you have attended in the past, keep in mind that the festival will have a different look. It will be pared down but still lots of fun. The pipe and drum corps will play throughout the day. There will be three stage bands – Shanty Irish, Sean Heely Celtic Trio, and Aurora Celtic. Additionally, there will be a performance by the Teelin Irish Dance Company. Ruth Enlow Library will provide activities for the kids. Food and beverage vendors will be on-hand as well.

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244 Moonrise Drive: New Listing at Deep Creek Lake

244 Moonrise Drive is a spectacular new listing at Deep Creek Lake! This stunning lakefront home has all the bells and whistles. Plus, it was designed with vacation rental success in mind.

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About 244 Moonrise Drive

Offer six bedrooms and five and a half baths, this spacious chalet is located in the popular Waterfront Greens community. It has 150 feet of lakefront for your enjoyment. That includes a maintained path leading to the water and kayak racks.

The focal point of the outdoor living space is the private outdoor pool. It is easy to imagine splashing and playing with family and friends. There is also an expansive deck, a hot tub, a horseshoe pit, and a fire pit.

Inside, the spacious interior has an open floor plan on the main level. The great room is highlighted by a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and a wall of windows. The kitchen has recent updates that include granite counters. There is new LVT flooring throughout the main and lower level living areas as well.

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Business Spotlight: Introducing Lawn Coach

Lawn Coach, LLC is a recent addition to the local business landscape. They have grown by leaps and bounds in a short time and are a popular choice for a variety of homeowner needs.

About Lawn Coach

The company is owned by Garrett County native Jeff Folk. He has a long history as a coach of a variety of local sports teams. During that time, he discovered his passion for lawn care. He stepped in and began maintaining the ball fields in the Friendsville sports complex. His efforts quickly received rave reviews from players.

From there, Jeff began helping his neighbors achieve enviable lawns. That lead to the start of Lawn Coach.

Lawn Coach, LLC brings your dreams of an outdoor living space to reality. Specializing in custom patios, walkways, retaining walls and fire pits, they also install low voltage landscape lighting to complete the visual impact on their designs. 

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Big Run State Park Quick Guide

Big Run State Park is made up of 300 acres in Savage River State Forest. Available activities include rustic camping, canoeing, fishing and miles of trails for cross country skiing and hiking.

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Big Run State Park Photo Courtesy of Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales

It is well-known by fisherman for its smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, channel catfish, yellow perch, brown trout, brook trout and rainbow trout.  The popular hiking trail, Monroe Run, has its trailhead in the park as well.  A variety of activities are available year-round. The changing scenery is both beautiful and rugged.

About Big Run State Park

Fisherman find a wide variety of both warmwater and coldwater species at Big Run State Park.  It has access to Savage River Reservoir where fishing opportunities for species such as bluegill, black crappie, walleye, yellow perch, brown trout, channel catfish, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are abundant. Two tributaries, Monroe Run and Savage Run, are also good spots for fishing.  Anglers may catch brown, brook or rainbow trout in Savage Run. Shoreline fishing is popular along the state forest roads where families can find easy access. Each spring the Maryland Department of Natural Resources stocks trout in both Savage Run and Savage River Reservoir.

Savage River Reservoir provides paddling opportunities. Offering two boat launches (located at Dry Run and near the Reservoir dam), only boats with electric motors are permitted on the reservoir.  When exploring 350 acres reservoir, you might see grouse, ducks, great blue herons, king fishers and minks.

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Deep Creek Spring Activities

Deep Creek spring activities offer something for every interest. There are lots of indoor and outdoor options for visitors and residents too.

Deep Creek Spring Activities

It is an in-between season when the weather can be a bit unpredictable. You might not always be able to do every item on this list, but you can try! Also, be sure to check days/hours of operation – especially mid-week.

Deep Creek Spring Activities

Deep Creek Fun Zone – Winter hours are Thursday-Sunday. You can choose your own adventure and get something great to eat. They have an arcade and lazer tag. When the weather warms up in late spring, they usually open outdoor activities that include mini golf, go carts, and bumper boats. More info.

Fishing – Garrett County’s lakes and rivers offer tons of fishing opportunities. Get your Maryland fishing license and head out to one of our lakes or rivers. Deep Creek Lake State Park and Herrington Manor State Park are kid friendly spots. The Casselman and Savage Rivers are popular for fly fishing. Check out our fishing guide for more details.

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Tax Benefits for Second Home Owners

Tax benefits should be considered if you are thinking about buying a second home at Deep Creek Lake. I put together a list of a few tax breaks, but you should always consult a tax professional for verification of specific terms and tax benefits since every situation is unique.

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1.) Mortgage Interest is deductible up to $750,000 in combined total mortgages. 

2.) Home Improvements – you can deduct interest on a home equity or line of credit (there will be limits).

3.) You can deduct your second home property taxes up to $10,000/year for all state and local taxes.

4.) If you rent for 14 days or less over the course of the year, that rental income is tax free with no limit on what you can charge. 

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Winter 2021 at Deep Creek Lake

Winter 2021 has been absolutely incredible at Deep Creek Lake! Conditions for winter sports have been amazing. Lots of snowfall and cold temps have made our area an absolute winter wonderland.

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Wisp Resort February 7

Winter 2021 Weather

Nearly every week throughout January and February, we saw snowfall. There were storms right before MLK and President’s Day weekends that brought fresh powder for skiers. It was not unusual to have 8-10 inches dropped on the area several weeks in a row. Wisp Resort is reporting 109 inches for the season so far. Temperatures are warming up a bit as we head into March, but Garrett County winters shouldn’t be underestimated.

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New Deep Creek Lake & Garrett County Businesses!

Garrett County businesses are surviving and thriving despite the pandemic. There are several recent additions to our community. It is so great to see new offerings. I encourage you to support these local spots when you have the chance.

New Garrett County Businesses

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Firewater Kitchen & Bar
This new lakefront restaurant has amazing views! They offer fresh-made craft cocktails, craft beers, and exceptional dining. Firewater is part of the Ace’s Run, Brenda’s Pizzeria and Trader’s Coffee House family of businesses. It is located at 20128 Garrett Highway next to Will O the Wisp.

A Mountain Fix
Located at The Fort in McHenry, A Mountain Fix features fun gifts, items for pets, and fine sterling jewelry. The shop combines their love of the mountains and the beach.

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