Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Celebrate the 4th of July on Deep Creek Lake!

Now that summer is in full swing, there’s excitement building for all of the warm weather events and festivals taking place on and around Deep Creek Lake!  As we’ve noted in previous blogs, Deep Creek Lake has much more to offer than its obvious breath-taking beauty, outdoor adventures and serene environment.  There’s also a lively community that vacationers and permanent residents alike enjoy.

Our goal as Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty is to help you discover what makes Deep Creek Lake so unique!  We love this area in Garrett County Maryland and are always eager to share with those interested in buying a Deep Creek Lake home why Deep Creek Lake is a great choice.

Looking for something to do around Deep Creek Lake for the 4th of July?  Check out these local Independence Day celebrations!

Stage Wisp Concert #1

Wisp Resort

Wednesday, July 4 from 6-8:30pm

- Don’t miss the kick off concert for the Wisp Resorts Stage Wisp Concerts!  Join with family and friends and head to the mountainside for music by the Mixx Band.  Since there are no coolers permitted, the outdoor grill and bar will be open for great food and drinks!  For more information, visit the Wisp Resort website.

Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display
Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort

Wednesday, July 4 at Dusk

- You don’t want to miss the highlight of the 4th of July when The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display!  The fireworks will be launched from the top of Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort out toward the waters of Deep Creek Lake. Viewing spots include the scenic overlook on Rt. 219, McHenry Cove on Deep Creek Lake and businesses in McHenry.

Both of these great events will inspire you to celebrate our nations’ freedom and we hope you’re able to get involved in one, or both, of these events!

If you are visiting Deep Creek Lake over the 4th of July holiday and are interested in learning more about the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market or would like to see some of the homes currently available on Deep Creek Lake; please contact us!  We would be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Create an Outdoor Oasis for Your Deep Creek Lake Home!

One of the things that draw people in to living or vacationing on Garrett County’s Deep Creek Lake is the naturally beautiful setting.  Spending time outdoors is a high priority for those who want to enjoy Deep Creek Lake to the fullest whether its finding a favorite trail to hike, spending the day boating and swimming in the cool waters or simply taking in the views from their deck or patio; all are driven to be outdoors.

Because many want to spend as much time out in the fresh air as possible, having an outdoor living area is essential to the Deep Creek Lake experience. As Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents serving with Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we see that buyers are driven to find homes with a great outdoor space.  So, whether you’re thinking of selling your Deep Creek Lake home within the next few years, or you want to create your own oasis for your home; below are three simple elements you’ll want to be sure to include!

1. Fire- According to a recent national survey, landscape designer Michael Glassman, noted that the #1 request for an outdoor space is a kitchen. While designing and installing an entire outdoor kitchen can be very costly, there are other ways to get this same feel. Make an outdoor fire-pit, purchase a potbelly stove, or just use your charcoal grill. On cooler evenings on Deep Creek Lake, roast marshmallows or cozy up by candlelight and a hot cup of tea. No matter your budget or size of your outdoor space, you’ll be able to find a way to creatively incorporate fire!

2. Water- The sound of trickling water always seems to have a calming effect. If you’re not ready to invest in a backyard stream or pond; there are other options for creating the serene water effect. A simple tabletop fountain or a pond or stream beside your patio or deck will bring the essence of tranquility and quiet to your outdoor living area. Just be sure to utilize the water you want in your space and keep out the water you don’t!  A rainy day can put a damper on your outdoor activities, but having an awning or gazebo with naturally growing vines can offer the protection you need from a passing shower.

3. Earth- Since this is an outdoor room, be sure to include as many earth tones and natural objects as possible in your design. You want to maintain that outdoor feel instead of simply mimicking an interior space. Use things like rocks, branches,wooden objects or natural furniture to add interest. Of course the changing seasons will be the backdrop of your outdoor room, so be sure to play off the colors and vibrancy of the Deep Creek Lake season.

Incorporating these elements into your outdoor living space will help create just the atmosphere you’re looking for as you soak in the scenic views of Deep Creek Lake.  You’ll find it to be a great investment that is just as practical as it is enjoyable!

If you’re not yet living or vacationing on Deep Creek Lake and are interested in learning more about the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market; please contact us!  We’re here to help you discover all that Deep Creek Lake has to offer!

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Join In These Upcoming Events in Garrett County!

Many people enjoy vacationing or living on Deep Creek Lake because of its’ scenic setting in Garrett County Maryland.  The backdrop of the Allegheny Mountains highlights natural hiking trails, picturesque views of Deep Creek Lake, wooded areas and the peaceful ambiance you would expect to find in such a beautiful place.
Just up the mountain from Deep Creek Lake, you’ll find the stunning Wisp Resort boasts 132 acres of skiable terrain, fishing, boating, white water rafting and other year round activities!  As the team of Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we enjoy pointing out to potential buyers the endless amount of things to do while living or vacationing on Deep Creek Lake; and the Wisp Resort is one of them!
Whether you’re in town enjoying your home away from home this coming week, or you are lucky enough to live on Deep Creek Lake year round, you won’t want to miss these upcoming events at Wisp Resort!  
Race Up The Face
The Wisp Resort
Black Diamon Trail
Monday, June 18 at 6pm
- This fun race dares you to defy gravity as you tackle the World’s Hardest 400 Meter Run up one of Wisp Resort’s black diamond ski slopes!  Now in its’ 3rd year, this race brings out young and old who are up for such a challenge.  At the end of the race the participants are awarded an “I survived the Race Up The Face” bumper sticker. The Race Up The Face is sponsored by Garrett Trails to promote fun in the outdoors and focus attention on the work and mission of Garrett Trails.  If you want to participate, be sure to send in your race registration form today! 
Taste of Garrett County
The Wisp Resort
Monday, June 18 from 6-9pm
- This annual event allows you to get a taste of local fare while supporting the continued restoration of the Garrett Trails!  All proceeds for this fundraising event go towards trail construction plans such as the Meadow Mountain Trail resurfacing, the Wisp to Visitor Center Trail, the continued construction of new hiking and biking trails at the Fork Run Recreation Area, and many other projects.  Restaurants from all over Garrett County will be represented and all attendees will be able to enjoy great food and special cooking demonstrations. Prizes, raffles, live entertainment and much more will enhance this fun filled and tasty evening!  To learn more, please visit the Taste of Garrett County website
As always, we enjoy bringing you up to date information on the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market and local Garrett County events!   We know that the entire lifestyle of Deep Creek Lake is important in truly appreciating your vacation home or permanent residence on Deep Creek Lake.  
If you have questions about buying a Deep Creek Lake home; please feel free to contact us today!  We look forward to helping you find your ideal home on Deep Creek Lake!

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Get Your Deep Creek Lake Home Ready for Summer!

Whether you vacation each year on Deep Creek Lake, or enjoy living here permanently; you know that summer is one of the best times of year to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of our lake!  Now that we’ve entered into June, many are already taking full advantage of swimming, boating, skiing and other outdoor adventures.
And, while it can be easy to spend all of your time outdoors; it’s important to keep your Deep Creek Lake home in mind.  Being Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we enjoy bringing you home tips and advice to keep your Deep Creek Lake home in tip-top shape!  If you haven’t yet taken the time to get your home on Deep Creek Lake ready for summer; take a few moments to review the following tips!
1. Change Your Filters- This is a must for your home each year.  Keeping a fresh filter will ensure you don’t run into any major issues with your heating and cooling system in the future. 
2. Test your cooling system- Before the summer heat gets uncomfortable; you’ll want to make sure your air conditioning is working properly.  If it’s not running correctly or not getting cool enough, you’ll need to put a request in for a mechanic; so don’t delay!  Heating and cooling mechanics find hot summer months to be their busiest season.  Looking for a way to save?  Fans and opening your windows for that fresh lake air may be just the trick!  Just make sure your screens are free from holes so you don’t have unwanted insects in your home.
3. Driveways & Walkways- Now is a great time to repair any issues with your driveway or walkway.  If you’re expecting guests this summer or you’re considering selling your Deep Creek Lake home; these little details can set the tone for the rest of your home.  Investing in shrubbery, potted plants and mulch is another great way to keep your driveway and walkway looking well maintained. 
4. Awnings & Umbrellas- Thinking of getting your awnings and umbrellas ready for summer use?  Hose everything down thoroughly and use a mild soap, if necessary. Check to see if your umbrella cover is machine washable.  After sitting in a garage during the cooler months, you want to make sure everything is fresh and ready to go!
5. Decks & Porches- Sweep the floors of all areas throughout and remove cobwebs from light fixtures, ceilings, and railings. Once the area is clear, check for holes, splintered wood, loose nails, and replace anything that may be damaged. It is also a good idea to seal the deck with a water-proofing sealer that also has a UV protectant.
6. Outdoor Furniture- While, outdoor furniture is made withstand many of the elements; it’s not indestructible. When the outdoor season is over, all outdoor furniture should be covered with a waterproof canvas or tarp, or it can be stored in a garage or shed. Weekly cleaning and routine washes with a hose will make your outdoor furniture last much longer. 
We hope these tips inspire you to get your Deep Creek Lake home ready for summer!  It’s a wonderful time of year and, for those of you experiencing your first summer on Deep Creek Lake; we know you’ll enjoy the season!
Have questions about buying a vacation home or settling in long term to one of the beautiful homes on Deep Creek Lake?  Feel free to contact us today!  We would love to talk with you and help you navigate through the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market
We look forward to hearing from you!

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert