Thursday, April 25, 2013

An Adventurous Spring

Before I begin this edition of "Deep Creek Talk" I want to say that our hearts, thoughts, and prayers continue to go out the city of Boston and those affected by the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon. There are countless fundraising efforts happening around the country to support the victims and their families. 

If you are interested in supporting these efforts check out the image below for information about an opportunity happening right here in Deep Creek:

Deep Creek Lake is often referred to as a Four Seasons Resort. It's true that all of the four seasons are represented in a bold and beautiful way here in Mountain Maryland. However if there is one season that invokes joy in the emotions of locals and visitors alike it would have to be Spring. Winter is our longest season and as February becomes March and the threat of even more snow is still looming we all tend to get a little antsy, even angry, with the seemingly unending cold. And then, almost over night, Winter becomes Spring. There is a noticeable change in the air, not just literally, but also figuratively, among our residence. People are chipper and excited to get outside and re-fuel the vitamin D. There is a... Spring in everyone's step! We look forward to so much adventure including, but not limited to: fishing, biking, kayaking, and soon (not soon enough) getting the boats in the water and enjoying our breathtaking name-sake, Deep Creek Lake.

Garrett County is home to many bodies of water other than Deep Creek Lake. There are lots of rivers and streams that become ripe with fisherman this time of year. Broadford Lake, the Casselman River, the Potomac River, the Youghiogheny River (known typically as the Yough), Bear Creek Hatchery, and Swallow Falls are just a few of the great fishing destinations in the area. Many of these areas are stocked with trout and other types of fish in anticipation for a fishing season. For more information about fishing in Garrett County and surrounding areas visit: 

The rolling hills, trails, and hundreds of miles of road way make Garrett County a premier spot for bike riding. There are nearly 30 designated bike trails in the area and more are being cleared for passage all the time. One local organization leading the charge to build more trails is Garrett Trails. You can find out more about their efforts, and get information about volunteering at Trails are abundant and mountain biking is a great way to exercise and enjoy some scenic beauty at the same time, but Deep Creek is also a great place for road biking. The 219 roadway is riddled with "Share the Road" caution signs, letting drivers know to be extra cautious and keep and eye out for bikers. Don't have a bike to bring to Deep Creek? No problem. High Mountain Sports and Wisp resort are among area businesses that provide bike rentals. Visit or for more info about bike rentals.

Kayaking is a special type of adventure offered at Deep Creek Lake and it's surrounding areas. Many of the same rivers where fishing is so abundant also provide some of the areas best white water kayaking and rafting. In addition to many companies that provides river tours and instruction Deep Creek Lake is home to the Adventure Sports Center International. ASCI (as it's known in short) is one of only 2 man made white water rafting courses in the country. The water can be raised and lowered and the rapids can be controlled and changed several times a day. This is an incredible feature that makes the adventure and excitement of rafting more accessible to all age groups and levels of experience. For more information about ASCI and other white water opportunities visit:

If you're looking for adventure then Garrett County Maryland is where you want to be. Whether your interested in buying, selling, or just visiting let us help you out. Visit: 
We'll see you soon in Deep Creek!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Nothing Says Spring Like Clean

The sun makes a comeback, the weather warms up, the snow begins to melt, you may even see a daffodil or two; these are just a few signs that spring is finally here. Our most previous post focused on obtaining curb appeal and ideas to spruce up the outside of your home. But what about the inside? Spring cleaning is another affirmation that the spring of the year is all about a new fresh start. Whether you love it or hate it, chances are after a long winter, your house needs it. The true origin of spring cleaning is unknown. In the Jewish culture spring cleaning coincides with the Passover. The Chinese spring clean to prepare for the New Year. No matter what your cultural affiliation it almost seems like we are wired to open the windows and get cleaning once spring is in the air. In fact, during the cold winter months our bodies produce more melatonin, which makes us sleepy. When we are exposed to more sun light we make less melatonin, adversely giving us more energy. Who wants to clean when you’re walking around half asleep every day? Whatever the reason behind it, the time has come. Let’s get organized, dust, dirt, and spot free!
One of the biggest obstacles to overcome when you are ready to begin spring cleaning is knowing where to start; junk drawers, closets, cabinets, basements, or, dare I say it… gasp… the garage? There is so much ground to cover that it can easily become overwhelming. The best way to succeed in anything is to set obtainable goals. Spring cleaning is no different. Do not expect that it will be done in a day, or even a week. If you are serious about eliminating the clutter and getting things in tip top shape then take your time. Big projects may take up an entire weekend to complete. There are a lot of ways to make spring cleaning easier on yourself. Just like nearly everything else we do in this day and age, technology has infiltrated the big clean. The internet is host to endless tips, tools, and suggestions on how to breeze through spring cleaning like nobodies business. One of the most helpful checklists we found was put together by the world’s ultimate home maker- Martha Stewart. Click here to find her Spring Cleaning checklist. She suggests tailoring the checklist to your individual situation and fosters the idea that it will take time to do it right. Spring cleaning checklists are handy and efficient, but don’t forget, the world is going mobile. If you can’t bring yourself to print out and physically check off your cleaning tasks, don’t fret, you have more options. Spring cleaning... yep, there’s an app for that! Here is a site that suggests several free and paid apps to help make spring cleaning more bearable.
In addition to finding organizational tips and tools for spring cleaning you can also find tons of ideas for green cleaning online. Using alternatives to traditional cleaners is a great idea, especially if you have children or pets in your home. Most store bought cleaners are made with bleach, ammonia, and other chemicals that can be harmful to your family. Going green with your spring clean is not only good for your family and the environment, but it’s also good for your wallet. You can save big bucks by making your own cleaners with things like lemon juice, making soda, and white vinegar. Here are some ideas and recipes for home-made green cleaners.

Whether you need help getting organized, going mobile, or going green with this year’s spring clean you can find a lot more ideas on Deep Creek Realty’s Pinterest Board dedicated to spring cleaning. Go ahead, get started, maybe you will be almost finished by the time the snow melts in Deep Creek!
Thanks for tuning in! Until next time… 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Springing into Spring Projects... Great Ideas for Easy Home Updates

In 10 days it will be officially official… Spring will be here! We have already made the switch in time, springing the clocks forward one hour. It is almost time to make the final leap. Although the big snow we experienced this week in Garrett County makes it easy to forget that warmer, sunny days are in our near future. Of course, as is typical here in the mountains, we are definitely not out of the woods yet. There is no doubt that we will see some more snow in March, and maybe even a little in April too. Despite what the snow to sun ratio will be, soon we will all be migrating outside, sprucing up the lawn, and healing the wounds winter left on our gardens!

 It is such an exciting time of the year, the opportunity to make things fresh and new is a wonderful feeling. We have a few ideas for some DIY outdoor projects that will not only get you ready to enjoy some fun in the sun, but also to liven up the outside of your home and create a little extra curb appeal. Making improvements to the outside of your home is great for many reasons. In the warmer months many of us spend as much outside as we do inside. If you are selling your home it is just as important for the outdoor area to be in good shape as it is for the rest of the house. Curb Appeal is so important in the housing market, after all, first impressions are everything right? What a buyer sees and thinks when they get out of the car and walk toward your home will likely set the tone for the rest of the showing. So do yourself a favor and impress them off the bat!
Curb Appeal improvements can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint on your front door, or as involved as a new walkway and front stoop. There is such a broad scope of projects to improve your homes outward appearance it can be overwhelming to choose… Luckily there are a lot of brush ups that can be done in only one day.

There is something very fulfilling about Do It Yourself projects. Not only do you have something you can be proud of when all is finished, but you can take pride in your accomplishments, having done it on your own. (Not to mention the money you will save!) The home is one place where DIY can reign supreme, especially when your home is on the sales or rental market. Small features and upgrades are what will bring your home from ordinary to extraordinary in no time at all.
For more great home upgrades and simple DIY projects visit our PinterestBoard dedicated to Curb Appeal and Outdoors!
Until next time… 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Places and Faces

Our Broker/Owner Patrick Kane must have made a New Year’s Resolution to update more than just the lobby here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty.
Quite a few of our staff members have transitioned into 2013 with new positions and CBDCR has welcomed some new faces around the office.

            At the top of the list we find the man himself: Mr. Patrick Kane. Pat has been a part of CBDCR since 2006 when he bought in as an Associate Broker and part owner along with Ruth Seib and Scott Johnson. Later Scott retired leaving Pat and Ruth holding the company’s ownership. Last year Ruth also decided it was time for a change of pace and stepped down as broker, selling the remaining shares of the company to Kane. We congratulate her on her retirement from management, and we are very glad she has decided to stay on with us as an agent and associate broker. We sure hope she is enjoying her warm, sunny Florida winter!

Several of our other staff members have also transitioned into new or
additional positions and responsibilities this New Year.

Stacy Bowser has been with CBDCR since 2003 and will celebrate her ten year anniversary with the company next month! Stacy was originally hired as our receptionist but has since held many titles since then including Assistant Vacation Rental Manager, Book Keeper, and Property Manager. In January she found herself in another new office with another new title. She is now our Director of Operations. As the Director of Operations Stacy will oversee the day to day among the office and rental staff. Although Stacy has acquired a new title that does not mean she has shed her old ones, she remains the Book Keeper and also continues to manage some of our properties including: Town View Village in Accident, Maryland, Vista Ridge, and Sundown Chase.

            In February Kristy Hook began work taking over some of Stacy’s Property Management duties. Kristy has been a member of the staff at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty as a Vacation Specialist since 2008. While Kristy begins her transition into Property Management she will continue to work as a Vacation Specialist in our Rental Department. Currently Kristy is responsible for Deep Creek Highlands and Highline and will add Vista Ridge and Sundown Chase to her work load later in the year.

            Diane Frey has also added to her title and duties around the office. She has been serving as our Receptionist since August of 2012. This year she will also tackle the role of Office Administrator. Her duties as such include providing support and assistance to Pat Kane and other members of the staff, to post new and updated listings for our Real Estate Sales Force, and to keep the office flowing by making sure everyone has the supplies they need. Diane has been busy lately updating and ordering everyone’s new business cards.
The new faces around the office include Tabitha Robinson and Terah Crawford.

Tabitha is filling the position of Weekend Receptionist. She in addition to receptionist’s duties she will also be taking reservations on Saturdays and Sundays. Diane especially welcomes Tabitha with open arms, apparently she does not want to work 7 days a week… Strange, isn’t it?

Terah has come on as our Marketing Director. She comes to us from Will O’ the Wisp where she served as the Dining Room and Lounge Manager. Her duties as Marketing Director at CBDCR include maintaining our web presence on social media and review sites, our blog, newsletters, and our main website. She will gather and provide market trends and research and work towards adding more homes to our rental properties list. One of her first projects is to build an affinity program with local businesses to work with our owners on providing updates, large or small, to their vacation rental homes. As she grows into the position it will expand to include any tasks that will generate interest, return guests, and revenue for both the Vacation Rentals and the Real Estate Sales here at CBDCR.

Nothing is more exciting than a fresh, new start.
That is what this year is all about for us here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty.
Stop by anytime to see our hard work in action!