With spring bringing an end to a particularly snowy and distanced winter, it’s no wonder folks are itching for weekend vacations to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather and longer days. However, with social restrictions still in place, spring fever poses a new challenge for travelers as crowds become frequent at many of the Mid-Atlantic’s favorite destinations after the workweek is over.
For this reason, Garrett County encourages visitors to take the trip less traveled by arranging getaways during the weekdays. A county of wide-open spaces, Garrett is the proud home to eight state parks, two state forests, more than 40 hiking and biking trails and 90,000 acres of public land — giving visitors plenty of room to spread out and safely enjoy the outdoors.
Along with an abundance of open land, Garrett County also offers plenty of waterfront locations for a variety of activities. Located in Grantsville, Maryland, Savage River State Forest is just one of the county’s beloved natural recreation attractions that offer plenty of hiking, biking, fishing and paddling. Savage River Reservoir itself occupies 230 acres, giving paddlers and fishers ample space to enjoy their favorite watersports. Surrounding the reservoir are 55 acres of parkland for those that prefer to keep their feet dry during their excursion.
Of course, the most popular of Garrett County’s outdoor areas is Deep Creek Lake, which happily hosts over 1,800 acres of parkland, beach areas open to swimming, miles-long shoreline, 20 miles of hiking and biking trails and a variety of fishing. Vacationers can enjoy their favorite activities on land and water all within the same accommodating and versatile location.
After indulging in Deep Creek’s most popular activities, a multitude of restaurants await hungry, eager diners. Deep Creek caters to almost every craving, offering different types of cuisine. Mountain State Brewing Company serves piping hot wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches as well as fresh salads and hand-crafted ales. Moonshadow is known for its more diverse and unique options, like bibimbap, a Korean vegetarian dish, as well as classics like filet mignon. Moonshadow, like many of Deep Creek’s restaurants, offers delivery and carry-out options for vacationers that prefer to enjoy their meals from a distance.
Deep Creek also makes multi-day trips a no brainer. With lodging options like cabins, cottages, chalets and townhomes, vacationers can find the perfect venue to start and end each day of their getaway. Taylor-Made Vacations & Sales offers 450 quality vacation homes and rentals ranging from one to nine bedrooms with pet-friendly options, accommodating every party size and member comfortably. Along with hot tubs, private pools, fire pits and game tables, Taylor-Made gives its visitors as much to do inside as outside.