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Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Happy 2014!-Wisp News


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!

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Happy 2014!-Wisp News

Wishing You and Your Family a Healthy and Prosperous 2014! The Holcomb’s – Bob, Betsy, Brendon, Peyton & Griffin

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Happy 2014!-Wisp News


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 (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  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.

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Happy 2014!-Wisp News


There is a descent supply of ski-in/out homes & townhomes available for sale:  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).


Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
Pietro Aretino



Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Festival of Trees

Betsy Holcomb


Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Festival of Trees. GarrettCounty is home to some very talented artisans.  One of these individuals is local Luthier Roger Skipper, who builds amazing first class guitars, violins, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, dulcimers, dobros, and stand up basses. Anyone who plays a string instrument will most certainly appreciate his incredible work.  Each instrument is visually a work of art with custom detailed inlays from the headstock to the bindings.


Looking good is one thing, but the sound that these instruments make is nothing short of stellar. I stopped by his shop the other day and met two musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony who have bought a total of 10 instruments from him so far. A violinist has bought two violins and has been inspired to buy two mandolins and ukuleles and is learning how to play bluegrass from Roger (who plays all the instruments he makes).


Roger just buffed out an acoustic dreadnought style guitar that day and we all took a turn playing this wonderful guitar. It was the most amazing sounding instruments I have ever heard. Don’t follow the hype of big builders who mass produce “famous” styles. Get Roger to build you an amazing custom instrument that you will cherish for your lifetime..  Email Roger at and tell him The Spiker Team referred you. You will not be sorry!  Also check out his website which is under construction. Skipper Strings. Here is a photo of the handcrafted sunburst dreadnought that is currently for sale.


Other handy work…

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Festival of TreesGreetings from Deep Creek Lake-Festival of Trees


Coming up in Deep Creek on November 29th & 30th is the Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for the DoveCenter. Bring the kiddo’s and let them meet Santa Claus at the breakfast celebration between 9am-10am on both Friday and Saturday. Don’t miss the silent action for a great deal on some unique items.


The Honi also has their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30th from 7:00-8:00PM.  Events include: Christmas Carols, Kids and Pet Photos with Santa Claus, FREE Hot Chocolate and live band entertainment by the Remedy from 8-11pm.


There still continue to be a good amount of real estate settlements taking place.  This is a good sign that sales will continue to pick up in 2014.  These properties have recently had price reductions, indicating that the seller’s may have good motivation to sell:


Have a great week and think snowJ!  (I hear we may be getting more of it later in the week.)