Ten Reasons To Buy at Deep Creek Lake:


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When Deep Creek locals tell newcomers they will love it here, it’s not just a nice gesture, it’s the voice of experience.  Maryland’s Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County really do have something for everyone, whether it’s the inspiring natural features and outdoor activities, the stimulating nightlife options, or the pleasant towns.  In fact, the challenge of compiling a “top ten” list for this region is that there are just too many choices. Ask fifty different people and you’ll get fifty different lists. Everyone agrees on one thing about Deep Creek, and that is “it’s a great place to visit and even a better place to call home.” 


#1 Deeply Satisfying Lake Life
While the Deep Creek area offers a multitude of outdoor wonders, many would say that Deep Creek Lake belongs at the top of the list when it comes to reasons for visiting.  Maryland’s largest manmade lake is 13 miles long, covers more than 3,900 acres, has over 65 miles of shoreline, and offers a wealth of opportunities for recreation.  You can enjoy water sports such as swimming, boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, and jet skiing.  The fishermen will enjoy incredible fishing (or ice fishing) for trout, bass, walleye and perch.  You can also take a horse ride, scenic hike or just find a quiet spot along the shore and relax.

Deep Creek Lake is not just a “visit and drive home” lake.  Celebrating its 80th birthday in 2006, a well-developed lake culture has transpired here over the years.  It is not uncommon for people to boat rather than drive a car to a favorite restaurant, the movies, shops, even a hardware store.  You’ll be amazed at how much you can do by boat.

There are also many charming residences along or near the lake.  Rent one for a short vacation, or buy one as a perfect getaway or year-round dream home.

#2 "Wild and Scenic" Yough River
The Yough River, the first river to be designated as “Wild and Scenic” in Maryland, can easily provide a “top ten” list of attractions on its own.  A volunteer group known as the Youghiogheny River Watershed Association (YRWA) has compiled a list of a few favorite things to do and places to explore along Garrett County’s Yough corridor.

  • Birding: Feathered friends abound, including the swallows that give Swallow Falls and the Swallow Falls State Park their names.
  • Hiking: There are plenty of great trails along the Yough corridor – take in everything from falls and rapids to serene green pools.  Look skyward for blue herons and redwing hawks, and keep your eyes peeled along the river banks for beavers.  
  • Fishing: The Yough offers excellent fishing opportunities – cast for brook, brown and rainbow trout, small mouth bass and more.
  • River Festivals: All summer, river enthusiasts can celebrate the Yough and support local neighborhoods by attending festivals that feature great food, boat racing, fiddling contests, arts and crafts, and just plain old good times.
  • Bouldering: Like to climb? You’ll find boulders and rock faces along the Yough that range from “safe and fun” to “experts only.”
  • Flatwater Boating: You can tube, float, canoe and kayak along the Yough River from Hoyes Run to Sang Run. This quiet stretch of river also offers plenty of chances to spot birds and wildlife.
  • Whitewater Boating: The Upper Yough and Swallow Falls, or Top Yough, feature Category V rapids and world class whitewater rafting runs.  Several area rafting companies can provide more information on guided tours, adventure packages, and rentals.

The public can access the state-protected Yough and its river banks from Miller’s Run, just north of Oakland, all the way down to Friendsville.  To learn more about the YRWA or to get involved call 301-387-3326 or email yrwa@garrettcollege.edu.

#3 Eat, Drink and Be Merry
No matter what your taste, mood, or budget, you’ll find excellent eating, drinking and entertainment options in Deep Creek. Southwestern or traditional cuisine in a rustic atmosphere? No problem.  Cup of coffee and a sandwich in a cozy ski slope view cafe? We have it. Pizza and pasta? It's here. The options are endless and include organic vegetarian restaurants, brew pubs, steakhouses, southwestern, fine dining, pizza pubs, cafes, and local family style restaurants.  Many favorite night spots also feature local bands and live entertainment on the weekends.

Many consider the Honi-Honi Bar at Deep Creek a “must see” in the summer time. Located on Route 219 next to Uno’s, and accessible from the water as well, the Honi is a fun place for the entire family.  Its tropical flavor is enhanced by expansive decks and a delightful drink menu.  Honi’s sociable atmosphere, complete with a famous pirate ship and larger-than-life “whacky whale” lawn ornament, combine with the food and entertainment at Uno’s to give you the perfect Deep Creek experience.

Several Deep Creek venues offer year-round live entertainment including top regional bands. Prefer something a little more casual? There are plenty of watering holes with the basics: pool tables, foosball, darts, electronic trivia games or just a cozy couch near a blazing fireplace.

You’ll also find it easy to stay in and create your own feast. Full-service supermarkets are available, with delis, fresh seafood and gourmet meat departments. You can also visit one of our bakeries or specialty stores for the best ingredients.

#4 "Excellence" of Life
When it comes to Deep Creek and Garrett County, the phrase “excellent quality of life” seems inadequate. With over 90,000 acres of parks, lakes, and publicly accessible forest land, top-notch recreation is obvious. This area also boasts a modern infrastructure, healthy economy and work force.  It has all the conveniences of forward-thinking development without the downside of “sprawl” found in most urban and suburban locations.  The intangibles are equally attractive.  Hospitality and friendliness are fundamental to the culture here in Deep Creek, due to the laid back lifestyle found here, and the eagerness of its residents to share this great place with family and friends.  Then again, it’s probably pretty easy to be in a good mood when you live, work and play in one of America’s best communities.

#5 Inspired (and Inspiring) Arts and Culture
The natural beauty of Deep Creek inspires a wide range of local artists and craftspeople.  Whether you’re attracted to hand-crafted baskets, pottery, paintings, porcelain figures, antiques, or other crafts, you will find talented artisans and affordable country shops that have the perfect mementos and decorations.

Interested in the performing arts?  You’ll find locally produced Broadway-style plays and musicals that have a certain “big city” sophistication and flair.  Deep Creek is also host to various musical festivals featuring local, as well as national artists.

Art festivals are yet another cultural offering, including the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival held in September.  In addition to giving attendees a chance to taste wines from Garrett County to California, this festival provides a great showcase for local and regional artists, and includes plenty of family-fun activities.  Nature also joins the festival by presenting early autumn colors.  For more information on the Art & Wine Festival and other events contact the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-387-5237 or visit their website at www.garrettchamber.com.

#6 Winter Wonderland
Winter is a magical season at Deep Creek.  The air is crisp and clean, and there’s plenty of powder for those who delight in winter activities.  The epicenter for such activities is The Wisp at Deep Creek Mountain Resort, which has more than 20 snow-covered slopes and trails totaling 14 miles.  Wisp offers gentle slopes for beginner skiers, as well as groomed slopes to challenge expert skiers and snowboarders.  Enthusiasts will also find fun terrain parks and trails with jumps and table tops ranging from five feet for beginners to 40 feet for the fearless.  Wisp is also home to the Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park, which has nine tubing lanes serviced by two lifts.

Throughout the region you’ll discover plenty of trails for cross-country skiing, sledding and snowshoeing as well as acres of snow-covered forests for snowmobiling.  Other popular winter adventures include ice fishing and ice climbing.

#7 A Thriving Real Estate Market
The success of tourism, Deep Creek’s leading revenue generator, has also been highly beneficial to the real estate market.  Whether you’re looking to buy a full time residence, a second home, or an investment property, the Deep Creek Lake area has something for you.

When you make the choice to purchase real estate, you are making one of the most important decisions of your lifetime.  Should you decide to sell, purchase, build or relocate, remember that Deep Creek Lake is truly an up and coming venue of choice.

Whether you prefer the waterfront or quiet woods, contact a Deep Creek Realtor today to talk about buying your own piece of paradise. Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Search

#8 Deep Creek Thrills
Want to get your adrenaline pumping?  At Deep Creek, Mother Nature offers plenty of challenges that will do just that.  Mountain climbing in this wild, beautiful region should do the trick.  For something even more adventurous, wait for winter and then climb a frozen waterfall.  Of course, this region is world-renowned for awesome, heart-pounding kayaking and rafting on the Youghiogheny, Cheat and Savage Rivers.  The rapids are most intense in spring and fall.

Want to take it down a notch?  Enjoy the inherent thrills (and great exercise!) of exploring excellent mountain bike terrain or try the new craze known as “ski-biking.”  Wonder-filled nature trails also offer fine backpacking and camping opportunities.  Horseback, snowmobile and ATV are further options for exciting outdoor discovery.  The possibilities are endless and no matter what you try, you’re bound to be awed by Mother Nature’s beauty and power throughout the region.

#9 But It's Also the Place for Relaxation
In our hustle and bustle, activity-obsessed culture, relaxation sometimes seems like a lost art.  At Deep Creek, that art is alive and well.  Even if you’re a little out of practice, the natural beauty of the mountains, woods, rivers and lakes will quickly teach you the finer points of just sitting back and appreciating all that nature and life have to offer.  Although the area has all the modern conveniences, its most valuable amenity may just be that it provides ample opportunities to settle into the relaxed pace and enjoy a quiet moment.

#10 Deep Creek is Memorable
A single visit to Deep Creek can inspire a lifetime of memories. This is the kind of place where strangers become life-long friends and where shared sunrises and sunsets never seem to fade away.  You’ll remember unique shopping experiences, fascinating visits to historic sites, all of nature’s wonders, and the way laughter seemed to get louder and healthier as you neared the lake.

If you’re coming to Deep Creek you may want to pack heavy, because some folks aren’t satisfied with mere memories and decide to stay.  The homes and land here are a solid investment.  Deep Creek is much more than a vacation destination or even a place to call home, it’s Americana at its best, a place you’ll enjoy every moment in every season, a place that feeds your soul.

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