Winter is almost over, and it’s time to get outside! The good news is that when you visit the Deep Creek Lake area in Garrett County, Md., not only can you spend a few days enjoying the great outdoors, but you can save money as well.
From March 14-May 5, many accommodations — ranging from luxury homes to large family gathering spaces, to dog-friendly cabins — will be offering visitors the opportunity to stay three nights for the price of two. And the longer you stay, the more you can play, whether you’re getting your friends together for a girls’ or guys’ weekend or finally seeing family now that social distancing is done.
For those who love adventure, springtime in Garrett County offers the opportunity to enjoy more than 40 hiking and biking trails and 90,000 acres of public land. While Deep Creek Lake is the most well-known recreation area, other spots such as New Germany State Park and Sang Run State Park — two of the eight state parks in the county — offer even more opportunities to get outside.
Families can enjoy guided nature walks in Swallow Falls State Park and learn about the plants, animals, and environment on the way to the Middle Fork Wildland, while those looking for more hardcore adventure can follow the steep trails and switchbacks of the Fork Run Recreation Area. If you’re looking for awe-inspiring scenery, head to Savage River State Forest for a roughly mile-long hike on the High Rocks Trail to the top of Backbone Ridge for one of the best views of Garrett County.
Depending on the temperature, you may want to hit the water, and there are myriad opportunities to kayak, fish, swim, or even learn whitewater rafting with the help of a guide. And once you’ve worked up an appetite from all these activities, there are a wealth of dining choices from steakhouses to affordable family fare, to charming, casual cafes and diners to satisfy any type of taste.
Stop at the Pine Lodge Steakhouse for hand-cut steak, fresh seafood dinners, and of course, the creamy crab soup, or experience craft cocktails and fresh organic meals made with local ingredients at MoonShadow. Brenda’s Pizzeria offers New York-style pies made from scratch surrounded by views of Deep Creek Lake, and you can pick your own pasta every Wednesday night at Ace’s Run Restaurant and Pub.
No matter what type of getaway you want, there are accommodations to fit your needs. Taylor-Made Vacations & Sales has more than 450 quality vacation homes and rentals available, including pet-friendly options. Railey Vacations offers a wide range of properties, ranging from one-bedroom cabins to luxury estates, and Lake Pointe Inn on Deep Creek Lake offers all the comforts of a fine bed and breakfast, including Arts-and-Crafts accents and a wrap-around porch for enjoying the lakeside views. And if you’re sore after so much outdoor activity, you can treat yourself to a massage or time in the steam shower or sauna at the inn.