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
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.
Right now, it is a seller’s market at Deep Creek Lake. What exactly does that mean? Here’s how Rocket Mortgage defines it: “A seller’s market arises when demand exceeds supply. In other words, there are many interested buyers, but the real estate inventory is low. Since there are fewer homes available, sellers are at an advantage. In a seller’s market, homes sell faster, and buyers must compete with each other in order to score a property.”
The pandemic created a surge in interest in the lake and mountain lifestyle. Our area is rural in nature with a lower population density. This makes social distancing easier. Also, more and more people are able to work remotely. Even after the pandemic subsides, remote will likely remain as a preferred work style.
This high demand is being met with historically low inventory. Right now, available lake area homes are very limited. Offers are being made sight unseen, and we are also seeing multiple offer situations.
Get Pre-approved Give the seller confidence that you are a qualified and motivated buyer. Getting pre-approved verifies your ability to afford a home loan for a specific amount. It shows financial security and gives the seller peace of mind that the sale will go smoothly.
Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent As your agent, I can give you a serious advantage when buying a home in a competitive market. With more than twenty years of experience, I have a proven track record in Deep Creek Lake real estate. I hear about listings as soon as they hit the market. In a seller’s market, things happen fast. I will keep you informed at all times.
Act Fast In a seller’s market, a new listing can be snatched up within hours. That means you can’t always wait for a weekend showing. Whenever possible, make yourself available for showings. As your agent, I can also show you a listing via Facetime.
Timberline Mountain is just a little over an hour from Deep Creek Lake. It recently reopened for the 20/21 ski season under new ownership. The resort was purchased in 2019 by Perfect North Slopes, Inc. of Indiana.
About Timberline Mountain
Previously known as Timberline Four Season Resort, Timberline Mountain is located at 254 Four Seasons Drive in Davis, West Virginia. It is located along the higher range of the Alleghany Mountainsa. The 4268-foot summit offers amazing views.
The resort is well known for wide slopes and varied terrain. It is also home to the southeast’s longest ski slope, Salamander. This is an easy two-mile beginner trail that winds down the mountain. There are plenty of intermediate trails as well. For the more advanced skier, there is dedicated tree skiing.
A lot of exciting things have been happening at Timberline. Perfect North Slopes made $10-million of capital improvements. Most notable, are two new Doppelmayr chair lifts. One of which is a six person lift – the first in West Virginia – that can make it to the top of the mountain in just over four minutes. Additionally, they installed a new surface lift on a new beginners’ slope.
Wisp Resort opens up for the 20/21 season! Opening day is Friday, December 11th. There will be some changes in protocol this year due to COVID-19, but there is still plenty of fun to be had on the slopes!
Changes for 2020/2021
Due to the pandemic, Wisp Resort has put a variety of protocols in place. This is for the safety of guests and staff.
Here are few things to keep in mind if you are planning a visit to Wisp:
Season pass holders and Mission: Four’dable ticket holders can ski anytime without a reservation. All other skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing products (tickets, rentals, lessons) need to be purchased in advance at wispresort.com.
Face coverings must be worn in any indoor space.
Face coverings are also required outside if you cannot remain 6 feet apart from others (waiting in lines, loading on/off the lift, etc.). They must also be worn while tubing.
The lodge is limited to 50% capacity.
Be sure you purchase lift tickets or make reservations for tubing and lessons as soon as you can. Holiday time periods may sell out.
Of course all of this is subject to change as the season goes on. You can visit Wisp’s guidelines page for full details and the latest updates.
565 Glendale Road #104B is my newest listing at Deep Creek Lake! Located in the Suites at Silver Tree, it is a lakefront condo that is close to favorite restaurants and attractions.
About 565 Glendale Road #104B
Currently listed at $164,000, this is an affordable option for lakefront living at Deep Creek. Plus, it is loaded with amenities!
This unit at the Suites at Silver Tree is on the ground level. It has one bedroom and one bath. The kitchenette has a full-sized refrigerator, a microwave, and a small dishwasher. A gas fireplace provides a warm ambiance in the living are that has windows with lake view.
Oakland is filled with small town charm, and that is never more evident than at Christmas. The COVID-19 crisis has impacted many events. However, the town has found safe and fun ways to celebrate the holidays this year. It might look a little different, but you can still catch the spirit of the season!
Oakland Christmas Events
The town of Oakland is gearing up to celebrate A Great Small Town Christmas. You are encouraged to shop at local stores and “Snap an Elfie”. December 5th through 19th, participating businesses will have an Elf on display. When a you make a purchase at their establishment, you can take an “Elfie” (selfie) with the elf and your receipt, purchase, shopping bag, etc. Upload that Elfie to Facebook and check into the business. By making a purchase and checking in on facebook, you are entered into a drawing for a prize to be chosen by that participating shop. The Lucky Elves displayed in the businesses will be provided by local artist and GOBA member, Lin Gilbert from Artists and Dreamers. More information on participating businesses will be available soon. Visit the town of Oakland on Facebook for details.
Due to COVID-19, the Soup and Santa event is cancelled. Instead, Santa Claus will visit Oakland and hanging out at the Front Page Stage. He will be there Saturday, December 5th, 12th, and 19th from 11am until 2pm. To ensure safety and social distancing, there will be a drive through for children to see Santa. He will be able to talk with them from a distance using a PA system and treat bags will be given out as they drive by.
Thanksgiving 2020 will be filled with all the fun and happiness that holidays with family bring. Just like everything else though, this year will be a little different. There are still lots of ways to make special holiday memories at Deep Creek Lake this year.
Also, just a friendly reminder that masks are required in all public spaces.
Thanksgiving 2020: Where to Eat
Dining at home is encouraged, but you can also pick-up food or take the family out to eat. Below are a few of the options for traditional turkey dinners.
Arrowhead Market Individual dinners from the deli are available on Thanksgiving day for $11.99 each. Call 301-387-4020 for info.
Dutch’s at Silver Tree Thanksgiving buffet from 11:30AM-8PM. Reservations are required. Call 301-387-0525 for more info.
Moonshadow Farm-to-Table Thanksgiving Boxes serve 8 – 10 people for $90. Available November 27 – 29. Last day to reserve is Monday, November 23. Call the restaurant at 240.442.5542.
Penn Alps Pre order your Thanksgiving dinner by Wednesday the 25th. Call 301-895-5985.
The Casselman Inn and Restaurant Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 26! All meals will be served with a drink. $15.99 for adults and $7.95 for children 4 – 10 years of age. Ages 3 and under are free with the purchase of one adult meal per child.
Festival of Trees Garrett County is a favorite holiday season event. It is fun for the entire family and benefits an important cause. Like many events, this year will be different due to COVID-19. The festival organizers came up with a way to continue the tradition in a safe, virtual way.
Festival of Trees Garrett County 2020
The 13th Annual Festival of Trees will be a virtual tree decorating contest. Unlike years past, these trees will not actually be auctioned or available for purchase. They are simply entered into a decorating contest.
There will be three classes: 1) Individual 2) Commercial 3) Junior (16 and under)
You can vote for a tree by making a donation to the Dove Center, designated for that tree. The cost per vote will be $5 and multiple votes are encouraged. The contest runs from December 7th through December 21st.
Garrett State Forest is the birthplace of forestry conservation in Maryland. It is important to note the key role Garrett County and its public lands played in preserving the natural environment.
Garrett State Forest History
During the early 1900’s, just 20% of mature forest cover existed east of the Mississippi. The previous century saw large scale timber operations greatly exceed timber growth. One of the results was large, uncontrolled forest fires that further damaged the fragile environment. Most of Maryland’s forests were populated with small stands of regenerating seedlings or saplings. Large trees were truly an unusual sight.
In response to the deplorable conditions of the state’s forests, the descendants of one of Garrett County’s founding fathers issued a challenge to the state government. John and Robert Garrett were heirs to the B&O Railroad fortune who offered a generous donation of nearly 2,000 acres of forest land on one “small” condition. The state must create a department specifically for the management and supervision of public lands. Accepting the gift and the conditions, a forestry law was passed in 1906 establishing a Board of Forestry. This made it the third state in the Union to enact such a law. The tract of land donated by the Garrett brothers became is part of what is now Garrett State Forest, Maryland’s first state forest. It has expanded over time to include about 8,000 acres of mountain forests, streams and valleys.