Brenda's Pizzeria on Route 219 just south of the Deep Creek Lake Bridge makes perfectly fine pizza, hero sandwiches, and basic pasta dishes, with fresh ingredients and homemade sauces. (301.387.1007).
Pine Lodge Steakhouse in the center of McHenry, overlooking the Lake, is a solid bet for family dining with an emphasis on, well, steaks. They also have the Lake's best wine list. Jam-packed a lot of the time, especially on weekends. 301.387.6500.
Deep Creek Lake Catering by Grizzly's Grillin', Outdoor Barbecue Service, 301-387-0622
The Deer Park Inn & Restaurant, 10 minutes east of Oakland and 25 minutes south of McHenry, is maybe the best diamond in any rough around. If you're looking for country French food to rival that in any city you're from, call for reservations (301.334.2308) and then take about half the money you'd usually need at such a place. Consider staying there, too -- the inn is romantically situated in a late 19th-century country vacation cottage. French owners Pascal and Sandy do most everything themselves, from foi gras to confit to fab desserts, and the wine list is packed with interesting European selections.
The Lake area has several B&Bs and motels, but we recommend the following for being especially good values, with especially nice and competent hosts.
The Riverside Hotel - 301-746-5253
Serving simple, vegetarian dinners in a unique family setting and providing bed and breakfast style riverfront rooms at reasonable rates. The historic 1800's hotel is located at 639 Water Street in downtown Friendsville, along the banks of the Youghiogheny River Wild and Scenic River Corridor..
Deer Park Inn (above) (301.334.2308).
Haley Farms Bed and Breakfast, mid-way between McHenry and Oakland on Route 219, is unique for its comfortable rooms and true farm feel. Friday evening outdoor fires and marshmallow roasts are nicely down-home informal; conveniently located near all the Lake attractions. (301.387.9050)
Hartzell House Located just a half-dozen miles from the winery, Hartzell House Bed & Breakfast in Addison, Pa., is known for its attention to detail, excellent service, and gourmet breakfasts, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items. Experience casual luxury at the B and B near Fallingwater and Deep Creek Lake where guests feel like treasured friends.
North Glade INN Bed and Breakfast. Located a few miles off of route 219 over the Glendale Bridge. Nice pond, close to the Savage Forest, lake font access. Fred and Tammy the innkeepers treat you right with a smile.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa has quickly gained fame as one of the finest resort spas in the world. It is just 12 minutes from the winery in Farmington, Pa. The list of amenities is simply too long to list, but many repeat visitors to the region consider Nemacolin the area's top draw (800-422-2736).
Savage River Lodge is among the priciest of all Lake area B&Bs but the service is truly superb, the room selections are diverse, and the setting is like few other places in the East -- way back in the real, deep woods. Four-wheel-drive recommended most times of the year (301.689.3200).
Stonebow Inn In Grantsville, Md., 25 minutes east of the winery, is a wonderful little B&B serving exquisite breakfasts and occasional special meals for guests only.
Sunset Inn, conveniently located right beside Interstate 68 in Friendsville, just minutes from the winery and Deep Creek Lake, boasts extremely nice, clean rooms and efficiencies, and modest rates (301.746.5445). The same goes for the Garrett Inn, between McHenry and Oakland near all the Lake's attractions (301.387. 6696).
Long known as a family vacation area and as a perfect spot for couples' romantic getaways, more and more extended families also are choosing to meet at Deep Creek Lake for that long-overdue family reunion. When relatives are dispersed in the Midwest, on the East Coast, and in the Southern Mid-Atlantic, many groups see Deep Creek as an excellent central location for gathering the entire clan. The Lake's top rental agencies are ready to discuss the many options:
•Coldwell Banker, 301.387.6187
•Long and Foster Realtors, 301.387.4700
•Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, 301.387.2124
All Earth Eco Tours, Eco-Kayak Tours on the Savage River Reservoir with nesting bald eagles to view only 20 minutes from Deep Creek Lake. Bonfire Extravaganza Wednesdays in the summer at DCL State Park, Yoga, Guided Hikes from Mild to Wild, Cross Country Ski Lessons.
Backbone Mountain Ski Farm, CSA (community supported agriculture) organic farm. Cross-country ski center in the winter, with rentals, lessons, and groomed trails. Purchase our friends Max and Katherine's produce at the local farmers markets.
Kindred Spirits Horsemanship, Deep Creek Lake Riding Lessons and Equestrian Learning Programs, located at the Bowser Farm Stable near Keysers Ridge
Deep Creek Lake Horseback Riding, Trail Rides and Pony Rides at Circle R Ranch, near Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
Mule Team Wagon Rides, a one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure, along with rustic cabin rentals, near spectacular Cranesville Swamp, just 15 minutes east of DCL in West Virginia.
Deep Creek Lake Yoga, Yoga Classes at Deep Creek lake
Need More Info?
For further information about events, activities, and businesses, and for a list of websites in the Deep Creek Lake area, log on to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce site at The county's Visitors Center on Route 219 in McHenry may be reached at 301.387.4386.
Other Links of Interest
Windrus Online Art Gallery, Deep Creek Lake photography and galleries of local arts and crafts persons.
Create Your Own Gift Baskets - Baskettree Gift Basket Company in Oakland, MD.
Providing online gift basket shopping with themed personal and corporate gift baskets you can customize yourself.
Maryland Wineries website
Online Chocolate and Homemade Fudge Store Website of Deep Creek Sweets offering chocolate souvenirs, dog treats, fudge, gourmet chcolate truffles and more candy sweets for online purchase.
Deep Creek Lake and Western Maryland Home Renovations and New Home Building
General contracting for all your home building and renovation needs in Garrett, Allegany and Washington Counties of Maryland.
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