Whether you’re looking for summer fun in the pristine waters of Deep Creek Lake, are seeking the perfect spot to contemplate the fall colors at the Autumn Glory Festival, or want to wait for winter and take a powder at Wisp Resort, the Mid-Atlantic’s premiere ski resort, Deep Creek is a true, year round destination. Learn to fly-fish at Streams and Dreams, dip a paddle at Adventure Sports Center International or on the Youghiogheny, or marvel at the craftsmanship of master artisans at the Simon Pearce Glass Blowing Workshop. Take the plunge and visit Deep Creek.
1 Hit the Slopes at Wisp Resort
Wisp’s terrain park and 32 slopes, groomed to corduroy perfection, can challenge the serious skier or snowboarder or welcome a first-time newbie. If bombing down the slopes isn’t your thing, Wisp is still the perfect winter wonderland with ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and the thrilling Mountain Coaster open year-round.
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296 Marsh Hill Rd
McHenry, MD 21541
2 Run the Rapids of the Youghiogheny River
For hardcore river-runners, the names “Top Yough” and “Upper Yough” are the stuff of legend. Top Yough runs three miles from Swallow Falls to the infamous Suckhole and is some of the gnarliest class IV and V rapids around. “Upper Yough” is ten miles with some leisurely class IIIs, but the run from Wait Rock to the drop into the Gap Falls pool is classic class V insanity.
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Garrett County Chamber
Friendsville, MD 21531
3 Visit the Simon Pearce Glassblowing Workshop
Marvel at their traditional craftsmanship and cutting edge artistry as Simon Pearce’s artisans meld fire, sand, air and skill to create unique expressions of art in glass. Take home functional treasures and objects of mind-boggling beauty from the Simon Pearce Factory Outlet & Glassblowing Workshop.
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265 Glass Dr
Mountain Lake Park, MD 21550
4 Learn to Fly Fish
When contemplating your ideal getaway, does a river run through it? If so, Streams & Dreams Retreat is the perfect getaway. Their expert guides have tips for the seasoned fly-caster and comprehensive lessons for beginners on the banks of the Youghiogheny. Lose yourself to the sound of rippling waters, the swish of line, and the splash of a monster trout.
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Bed & Breakfasts and Inns
8214 Oakland-Sang Run Road
Oakland, MD 21550
5 Get Your Mush On at Husky Power Dogsledding
Get to know the happiest and hardest working dogs around with a paws-itively awesome tour of this working dogsled kennel. The canine athletes are eager to take you on your mini-Iditarod adventure by sled when it’s snowing or by cart summer through fall. Mush!
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2008 Bumble Bee Rd
Accident, MD 21520
6 Go Boating on Deep Creek Lake
Feeling the need for speed? Rent a jetski or a speedboat for wakeboarding. Looking for an unusual spot for a picnic? Take the family out on a patio boat for 360-degree lake views. Craving serenity? Canoe, kayak or rent a sailboat to enjoy the lake's 3,900 acres of cool, clean water.
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898 State Park Rd.
Swanton, MD 21561
7 Hike or Bike the Eastern Continental Divide
Whether its rail trails or single-track, a family walk or an overland adventure you’re after, the beautiful trails of Garrett County have it all. Trace the Eastern Continental Divide where it splits Big Savage Mountain to the east and Meadow Mountain on the west in idyllic New Germany State Park, just one of the six state parks that cover a fifth of the county.
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349 Headquarters Ln
Grantsville, MD 21536
8 Experience the Extreme at Adventure Sports Center International
Home of the only mountaintop recirculating whitewater course in the world, Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) lets you dip a paddle in a controlled environment with rapids ranging from Class II to IV. Prefer to get vertical? Try rock climbing and rappelling on their natural formations.
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250 Adventure Sports Way
Deep Creek Lake, MD 21541
9 See Where History Lives at Spruce Forest Artisan Village
Located on the historic National Road just a stone’s throw from the soaring stone Casselman River Bridge, old-world craftspeople still ply their trades in the Spruce Forest Artisan Village. The sound of hammers and anvils ring from centuries-old log cabins in this one of a kind place. After, try some good home cooking at the famous Penn Alps Restaurant & Craft Shop.
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177 Casselman Rd
Grantsville, MD 21536
10 Celebrate Fall at the Autumn Glory Festival
Travel & Leisure named Oakland the number one spot in the country to see the fall foliage, and there’s no better time than during the Autumn Glory Festival, MSN.com’s number one fall festival. This five-day celebration combines parades, crafts, music and the dazzling riot of fall colors for a perfect getaway.
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Garrett County, Maryland
McHenry, MD 21541