Deep Creek, Maryland

Deep Creek, Maryland
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After packing up my overpriced apartment in Chicago in the rain, sleet, snow and wind (on Halloween!) and putting my things in storage, I hit the road heading to Deep Creek, Maryland for the first stop on the road trip.

I decided to take a small detour and visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. This museum is small but tons of fun! The replay booth and Super Bowl simulations were my favorite parts. If you are a football fan at all, this is well worth the time.

After I drove through West Virginia and saw the tail end of the Autumn Glory, I got to Deep Creek in just four hours.


The Deep Creek Vacation Home

I stayed in a townhouse aptly called “Amazing Overlook” managed by Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations, a high-quality vacation rental company in the area that manages over 225 vacation homes. All of their homes use keyless locks, so I was able to go straight to the house without stopping by the office first.

This house is beautiful with three bedrooms -all on different levels – a gorgeous kitchen, fireplaces on two levels and a big hot tub on the back porch overlooking the lake. See the floor plan.

And so clean! Their high level of housekeeping professionalism is evident in every area.

The Refoscos, who own Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations, left a gift basket with wine, pasta and marinara from Telli’s Deli (see more below), which was so appreciated since I didn’t go to the store first.

So I unloaded the car, found a bathing suit, opened the wine and went straight to the hot tub in time for the sunset.



Unfortunately, I’m still learning how to balance work and fun while on the road so I didn’t get to do as much hiking as I would have liked, but I did get to the Swallow Falls hiking trail.

The trails border the wild and scenic Youghiogheny River and passes through shady rocky gorges and gorgeous, deafening rapids. Tall hemlock trees blanket the silent woods. This is a mild and relatively private hike which passes by Muddy Creek Falls, a dramatic 53-foot waterfall.

Tip -take the left trail to the Muddy Creek Falls first and then follow trails right down the falls. That trail takes the long way through the other falls and is a more private and scenic hike.



My birthday happened to fall on my second day there, so Jodi and Joe Refosco stepped up to the occasion and took me to Dutch’s at Silver Tree. What a treat! Great wine, great food and stellar company!

When in Maryland, crab is a must-have, and they do an excellent job. Definitely get the crab bread as an appetizer. I went all-in on the crab theme and had the crab cake/crab imperial combo. Delicious! But the best part was having wine in front of the fire and hearing about the history of Taylor-Made and about the area as a destination.  I loved getting to know Jodi and Joe, and it turned out to be a fantastic birthday.

We also went to Telli’s Deli, where I met Jodi’s friend Lora who I have now invited to join any leg on the VR Road Trip that she can! Their gourmet sandwiches are to die for, and they do sandwiches, soups and dinners to go. Do not miss Telli’s Deli on your Deep Creek vacation!

My friend Suzi Cusack came to visit (she has a nearby vacation rental in Canaan Valley), and we went to lunch at Ledo Pizza with vacation rental guru George Volsky. This restaurant appears to have a local following and provides a lot of value with their ayce pizza buffet, but I can’t say it was they best food I had there. We spent three hours discussing the philosophy of the vacation rental industry, which will not surprise anyone who has ever heard George and me having a conversation! As always, I learned a lot.


Other Activities

In the summer, Deep Creek is a water sports playground with championship kayaking, fishing and boat rentals. In the fall, the leaves changing, hiking and the smaller crowds make this a get-away-from-everything retreat. The winter offers skiing, sledding, sleigh rides and cross country skiing, and the spring brings horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and fishing.

I also spent a few hours in downtown Oakland, which has antiques, shopping, restaurants, and historical sites such as the 19th century Oakland Railroad Station and Historical Society Museum.

The visitor’s center in Deep Creek provided a lot of information, and they also gave me tons of area lodging stats for my research.

My only regrets about this trip were 1) working more than I wanted to, and 2) only staying for a week. I’m already looking forward to my next trip to Deep Creek!


By Amy Hinote

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