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Old March 5th, 2011, 09:18 PM #1
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Hello Western Marylanders. I am a fellow Marylander but from the flatlands of the Eastern Shore and I need some info. My wife wants to go to the Deep Creek Lake area on vacation around the middle of April and we have some questions. What's the weather like that time of year normally? Good places to eat? Gun shops in the area? Thanksfor any info.
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Hello Western Marylanders. I am a fellow Marylander but from the flatlands of the Eastern Shore and I need some info. My wife wants to go to the Deep Creek Lake area on vacation around the middle of April and we have some questions. What's the weather like that time of year normally? Good places to eat? Gun shops in the area? Thanksfor any info.
It's a long drive from the Eastern shore to Garrett County and the Deep Creek (McHenry) area. But it's an easy drive most of the year and a great place to visit.

If you're unfamiliar with the area, here's a good website to browse: http://www.deepcreektimes.com/

Weather in April can still be chilly at night. Depending on the weather patterns, snow in late April or early May isn't uncommon. But by then, winter activities are winding down and summer things are getting ready to happen.

Depending on your tastes in food and desire for vacation atmosphere, there are several places:
  • Uno is good for a steak: http://www.deepcreekuno.com/
  • Dining at the Wisp is a nice experience (Mrs. j8064 works in the hotel administration there): http://www.wispresort.com/
  • For BBQ, Archie's (on 219) is a simple but nice place to eat.
  • Perkin's and Lidos in McHenry will serve you reasonably priced and good meal.
  • And there are many other local places where a good B,L or D can be had.

Don't count on visiting any local gun shops while you're there. Surprisingly, Wally-World in Oakland, MD is about it unless you want to take a side trip down to Keyser, WV or back toward Cumberland, MD. Other locals---please correct me if I'm missing something here!

MD DNR maintains a nice 100 yd range in the Savage River Forest area not far from Deep Creek. $5 per day to shoot (please do pay it in the drop box - they do need the funds): http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/savageguide.asp

We've owned a home in McHenry for 12 years and are in the process of relocating there full time - one step at a time.

Deep Creek is a terrific place to see and visit - and it's a wonderful (but different) place to live. If I can help you with additional info, feel free to PM me.
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Heres your choice of sports shops....

Backbone Mountian sport shop located along rt.50 near table rock has about the best selection , Firearms, archery, gear and an indoor techno archery range

D&B sport shop located on rt 135 in Deer park has a decent selection of rifles.

Oh and always our walmart always has the mother load .

If ya'll wanna do some sight seeing, head down 219 south to Canaan Valley and Black Water Falls. about a 25 min drive from oakland. Veiws from the overlook platform are priceless. also canaan valley resort is a wildlife sanctuary. deer will walk right up to the car. makes for some awesome pics.

As for the weather, the days will be getting warmer but the nights will still be a lil chilly

Archies BBQ is awesome , BBq pulled pork, Baby back ribs and other greasy messy BBQ
Pine Lodge steak house is a nice casual dining place with good food.

If you wanna have some drinks, Black Bear is fancy but drinks are way over priced. JGs pub and the Longbranch Saloon have a nice place with decent priced drinks

Hope you enjoy your stay up here !
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What about places to stay? We're not the most social people so we're not into the resort or B&B scenes.
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What about places to stay? We're not the most social people so we're not into the resort or B&B scenes.
There's the Wisp. In April (as I said) ski season stuff will be winding down. It's not a 5 star hotel, but (I think) the the largest capacity property in the Deep Creek area.

There's a Comfort Inn on 219 in McHenry. Probably not too pricey in your time frame, but don't expect major amenities.

Check the "Will O' the Wisp" : http://www.willothewisp.com/ It (again) is not 5-star,

Keep in mind the Deep Creek area is more rural that other places. (That's one reason I love it).

There are many "for rent" privately owned properties in the area. High end places are pricey and other lower cost privately owned rentals can be found. Do some Googling.
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If you have a bit of money to spend look into renting a house. You can go crazy and get a house on the water or get one closer to Wisp in the hills for a bit less. We have family who owns a cabin near Wisp so we get a reasonable rate.

Annies in Accident is a good place for breakfast. I like Brenda's for pizza and Black Bear for dinner.

There are a lot of other places...cant really go wrong up there.

We love it there and make it up there about 5 times a year thoughout the year.
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Hoping to make it a yearly trip if everything goes smooth this first time. Thanks for all the info. We probably will rent a house unless we go the semi-roughing it way and rent a camper cabin at one of the parks.
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Hoping to make it a yearly trip if everything goes smooth this first time. Thanks for all the info. We probably will rent a house unless we go the semi-roughing it way and rent a camper cabin at one of the parks.
Contact Railey Realty for vacation rental info. Condo's, houses on/off lake as well as reccomendations for food etc. See some good listings above but there are alot of other places to check out as well. See the PM I sent you.
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The folks at Railey's are great to work with. We use them for our Deep Creek Dunk rentals every year and have never been disappointed.


   
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