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The most wonderful time of the year has nearly arrived, and it’s time to start making plans to enjoy all the wild beauty of Autumn in western Maryland.

The enchanting 2023 Autumn Glory Festival in the heart of Deep Creek Lake, Maryland— the BEST way to experience the season— is scheduled for October 11th-15th, with our favorite events scheduled for that Saturday.  Prepare to be swept off your feet by a whirlwind of vibrant foliage, mouthwatering treats, and an atmosphere that screams “cozy magic.”

Photo Credit: VisitMaryland.com

Color Me Autumn: Nature’s Masterpiece Unveiled

As the leaves burst into a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, and yellows, the Deep Creek Lake area transforms into a living canvas. Take a leisurely stroll or embark on a scenic drive to soak in the breathtaking views. Mother Nature herself is the headliner, and she never disappoints!

Festival Fun for Everyone

This year’s Autumn Glory Festival promises something for everyone, from wide-eyed kids to young-at-heart adults. Here are some of the highlights you won’t want to miss:

  1. Grand Parade Extravaganza: Picture yourself surrounded by marching bands, colorful floats, and a contagious sense of community spirit. The Grand Parade is the crown jewel of the festival and a must-see spectacle!
  2. Artisan & Craft Show: Discover unique, handcrafted treasures that capture the essence of autumn. From pottery to jewelry to woodworking, talented artisans from around the region showcase their skills.
  3. Foodie Wonderland: Fall flavors are front and center at the festival. Savor piping hot apple cider, local turkey dinners, and relish in savory pumpkin-inspired dishes at many of our local cafes.
  4. Live Music & Entertainment: The festival comes alive with toe-tapping tunes and lively performances. Whether you’re into bluegrass, folk, or something in between, the musical lineup is sure to get your feet moving.

For a full list of actives, check out the festival brochure here: https://www.visitdeepcreek.com/assets/pdf/2023+Autumn+Glory+Brochure+lowest/

Adventures Beyond the Festival Grounds

While the festival is the main attraction, the Deep Creek Lake area offers a plethora of activities for the adventurous at heart. From hiking through picturesque trails to kayaking on the tranquil lake, there’s no shortage of ways to immerse yourself in nature’s beauty.

Cozy Retreats: Your Home Away From Home

After a day of festival frolics, cozy up in one of the charming cabins or stunning estates nestled in the heart of Deep Creek Lake. Imagine sipping cocoa by the fire, wrapped in a warm blanket as the autumn winds rustle the leaves outside. It’s a picture-perfect scene straight out of a storybook!

Autumn Glory Memories to Cherish

So pack your scarves, dust off your favorite sweater, and get ready to bask in the glow of autumn’s embrace at the 2023 Autumn Glory Festival in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. This is one adventure you won’t want to miss! 🍁

It’s that time of the year again – the 2023 Deep Creek Art and Wine Festival is almost here, with festival dates on Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September, 9th.  The annual event delights guests with a spectacular blend of artistic expressions and exquisite wines. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of McHenry, MD– in the heart of Deep Creek– this year’s festival promises an unforgettable experience that will tantalize your taste buds and ignite your creative spirit.

A Palette of Wines: Sip, Savor, and Celebrate 🍷

Prepare your taste buds for a symphony of flavors as you embark on a journey through a myriad of wines crafted with love by winemakers, both national and international. From the crisp notes of Chardonnay to the rich depths of Cabernet Sauvignon, the festival offers an extensive selection that caters to every palate. Grab your festival wine glass (yours to take home!) and get ready to explore the world of wine like never before.

Sights to Behold: Artistry Unleashed 🎨

For the art enthusiasts among us, the Deep Creek Art and Wine Festival is a true haven of creativity. Wander through the artist booths showcasing an array of mediums – from vibrant paintings and intricate sculptures to mesmerizing photography and unique crafts. Engage in conversations with the talented artists themselves and gain insights into their creative processes. Who knows, you might even discover the perfect piece to adorn your living space with!

Local Flavors: Culinary Delicacies to Delight 🍴

Art and wine are not the only stars of the show; the festival also treats your taste buds to a tantalizing array of local culinary delights. From artisan cheeses and gourmet charcuterie to delectable desserts that complement the wines impeccably, you’re in for a gastronomic adventure that adds a flavorful layer to your experience.

Live Beats and Rhythms: Music for the Soul 🎶

As the sun dips below the horizon, the festival transforms into a lively musical haven. Groove to the tunes of local bands and solo performers, whose melodies will have you tapping your feet and swaying to the rhythm. The combination of live music and wine creates an ambiance that’s both vibrant and soothing – the perfect way to round off your day.

Final Sips: Cherishing Moments and Memories 🥂

As the curtain falls on the 2023 Deep Creek Art and Wine Festival, you’ll find yourself reminiscing about the laughs shared, the friendships formed, and the captivating art that ignited your imagination. It’s more than just a festival – it’s an experience that blends the finest of culture, taste, and creativity into one unforgettable day.

So, whether you’re a wine connoisseur, an art enthusiast, or simply someone who loves good vibes, the Deep Creek Art and Wine Festival in McHenry, MD, is your ultimate destination. Mark your calendars, gather your friends and loved ones, and get ready to be immersed in a celebration that celebrates life’s vibrant tapestry! 🍷🎨🌄

Hey there, adrenaline junkies and adventure enthusiasts! If you’re on the hunt for heart-pounding excitement and an unforgettable experience, look no further than the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) at Wisp Resort. Nestled in the stunning mountains of Maryland, ASCI is the ultimate playground for thrill-seekers of all ages. Get ready to embark on a wild journey filled with fun, adventure, and a healthy dose of adrenaline!

So, What’s ASCI All About?

Imagine a place where you can conquer roaring rapids, take on the challenge of whitewater rafting, and soak up breathtaking views all in one spot. Yep, that’s the magic of ASCI! This action-packed destination offers an array of adventure sports that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time adventurer, ASCI has something for everyone.

Whitewater Rafting: Where Splashy Dreams Come True!

Calling all water lovers! ASCI‘s crowning jewel is its man-made whitewater course that’s like Mother Nature’s roller coaster on steroids. Hop on a raft, grab a paddle, and get ready to tackle the twists, turns, and thrilling drops of the course. The best part? You don’t need to be an expert to join in on the fun. Knowledgeable guides will be with you every paddle stroke of the way, making sure your adventure is both safe and sensational.

Taming the Rapids: Can You Handle the Rush?

If you’re a thrill-seeker who’s not content with staying dry, then kayaking at ASCI is calling your name. Whether you’re a kayaking pro or you’re stepping into a kayak for the first time, the course offers different levels of difficulty to cater to your skill level. Get ready to conquer the rapids, show off your paddle skills, and maybe even take an unexpected splash!

The Ultimate Scenic Experience: Mountain Coastering

Who said adventure couldn’t be relaxing? ASCI‘s mountain coaster takes you on a leisurely ride through the lush mountainside, allowing you to soak up the incredible views at a comfortable pace. Think of it as a thrilling joyride with a side of serenity. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world!

Tips for a Memorable Adventure at ASCI:

  1. Dress for Success: Wear comfortable clothes and footwear that can get wet. You’ll be in the water, so don’t be shy about getting a little splashed!

    Stay Hydrated: Adventure can be thirsty work. Remember to stay hydrated and bring along a water bottle to keep you refreshed.

    Capture the Moments: Don’t forget your waterproof camera or smartphone to capture all the epic moments. Your friends will be jealous!

    Embrace the Nerves: It’s natural to feel a little nervous before tackling those rapids or trying something new. Embrace the butterflies and remember that a little fear can make the adventure even more exhilarating.

    Safety First: ASCI is all about fun, but safety is a top priority. Listen to your guides, follow their instructions, and gear up properly for your chosen adventure.

So, are you ready to add a splash of adventure to your life? Adventure Sports Center International at Wisp Resort is waiting to whisk you away on the ride of a lifetime. Whether you’re conquering the rapids, enjoying a serene mountain coaster ride, or embracing the outdoors, ASCIpromises memories that will last a lifetime. So grab your sense of adventure and get ready for an experience you won’t soon forget!


Photo credit: all photography is from Wisp Resort at www.wispresort.com

Hey there, adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts! Are you ready to embark on a journey to a place where stunning landscapes meet thrilling escapades? Look no further than the gem of Maryland—Deep Creek Lake! 🌲🚤🏞️

Nestled in the picturesque mountains of western Maryland, Deep Creek Lake is a true haven for anyone craving a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a relaxation guru, or a bit of both, this charming destination has something in store for you.

Aqua Adventures Await:

Let’s dive right in – literally! Deep Creek Lake offers a plethora of aquatic activities that will make your heart race and your spirits soar. Glide through the sparkling waters on a jet ski, feel the wind in your hair as you master the art of paddleboarding, or take a leisurely kayak ride while soaking in the breathtaking mountain vistas. And don’t forget to try your hand at wakeboarding and tubing – guaranteed to keep you laughing and splashing all day long!

Lakefront Red Barn Vacations Homes… That Offer FREE Kayaks + Watercraft for Guests:

Fishing Frenzy:

Calling all angler enthusiasts! Deep Creek Lake is renowned for its superb fishing opportunities. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman or a curious beginner, you’ll find an abundance of fish species waiting to be caught. Cast your line and see if you can reel in some trout, bass, or even walleye. The thrill of the catch is as exciting as the anticipation of a beautiful sunset on the lake.

Fishing Enthusiasts will Love Reel Paradise! This lakefront home is situated on a quiet cove, perfect for fishing!

Four Seasons of Fun:

Deep Creek Lake isn’t just a fair-weather destination. It’s a year-round playground! Imagine yourself surrounded by vibrant fall foliage as you hike through the trails, creating your own winter wonderland as you hit the slopes for skiing and snowboarding, or witnessing the rebirth of nature in the springtime. Each season brings its own unique charm and an array of activities that are sure to make lasting memories.

Lakeside Luxury:

For those who prefer to unwind and pamper themselves, Deep Creek Lake’s got you covered. Kick back in a cozy cabin (https://www.redbarnvacations.com/wispy-rocks) or luxurious vacation rental nestled along the shoreline (https://www.redbarnvacations.com/hunny-home) Imagine waking up to the gentle lapping of waves against the shore and enjoying a cup of coffee on your private deck overlooking the pristine lake. It’s the perfect recipe for tranquility.

Community Charms:

What truly sets Deep Creek Lake apart is its warm and welcoming community. From local shops offering unique crafts and souvenirs to charming cafes where you can savor homemade treats, you’ll find yourself embraced by the friendly locals who are more than happy to share their love for this enchanting place.

So, whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, a relaxation aficionado, or a curious explorer, Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, has something magical in store for you. With its breathtaking natural beauty, thrilling water sports, and all-around good vibes, this destination is ready to create memories that will last a lifetime. Pack your bags, gather your friends and family, and get ready to immerse yourself in the delightful adventure that is Deep Creek Lake! 🚣‍♂️🌄🏊‍♀️

Over the last year, two truly remarkable homes have become available for rental in Deep Creek Lake, the likes of which the market has not seen before. These homes are unlike any other at the lake: unparalleled in their beauty and unrivaled in the experience that they offer.

There is no question: these homes are the only true luxury rental homes at the lake. You simply have to see it for yourself to grasp the magnitude of their beauty.


Slopeside Sunset



Slopeside Sunset is a five bedroom home (sleeps 22) with ski-in/ski-out access in the winter and amazing natural surroundings all year-round. Stunning wood beams, soaring ceilings, floor-to-cieling windows and fine leather and stone accents combine for an interior that echos the beauty of Deep Creek, all while curled up in front of the fireplace. Built in 2009, Slopeside Sunset is a healthy home with chemical-free materials and geothermal heating.



Each bedroom offers an environment of serenity and comfort with stunning art, rich fabrics, and stunning views of the woods beyond.



Descending the stairs to the home’s lowest level, you’ll find a haven for children and teens: two bedrooms, each with three duo-bunks, allow for sleepovers among cousins and friends, providing the perfect backdrop as the kids form precious memories they’ll carry with them their whole lives.



For winter ski vacations, the home is within walking distance to the slopes, just below chair 7, allowing unique ease of access to all that Wisp Resort has to offer. Come our warmer months, a different world of adventure opens up within a short distance from the home. In addition to Wisp Resort’s Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) and their manmade whitewater rafting course, Wisp’s championship golf course, Lodestone, is also just minutes away on top of the mountain.



To explore the full offerings of this remarkable home, visit Slopeside Sunset online at www.redbarnvacations.com/slopeside-sunset to take a spin through the photo gallery. 

A Longview


A Longview is a four bedroom lakefront home with an upscale design and huge, sweeping lakefront. Fully renovated in 2022, the quality of this home is apparent throughout, from its exquisite architectural features and upscale decor to its thoughtful arrangement, designed to keep the things you need at your fingertips and within easy access.



All four bedrooms are private master suites, allowing each guest their own space to unwind and relax. Every room is thoughtfully curated and gorgeously arranged. The main level master, pictured here, even has heated flooring.



Outside, the home shines all the more bright. With huge level lawn, private dock, stone patio, and all new outdoor furniture, including a hot tub, grill, and large dining table, this is a home where you will want to greet each sunrise and sunset by the water. The wifi extends all the water to the water line, so feel free to take your work call down on the dock. When it’s time to play, kayak and stand-up paddle boards are provided at the waterline, with complimentary use for all guests.



A Longview sweetens the deal even more with small events and intimate weddings permitted on the grounds of the home. It’s easy to picture ‘happily ever after’ when it begins here.


 Explore all this home has to offer online at www.redbarnvacations.com/a-longview.


One of our newest homes, Monkey Lodge Hill, comes with a surprising backstory: the ‘hill’ it resides atop used to be a local water slide! We were lucky enough to score some original photos from back in the day.

Called Monkey Hill, locals fondly remember gathering here to take advantage of the naturally hilly summit and cool off on hot summers days. Now the vantage can be enjoyed out on the deck of our home, chilling in the hammock and gazing out at the rolling mountains beyond.

To keep with the historical theme of ‘fun in the water’, you can even enjoy the built-in hot tub on the back deck!

See more of this beautiful home at https://redbarnvacations.com/monkey-lodge-hill/

When you stay at any home or property in the Waterfront Greens community, you get access to an incredible community perk: FREE GOLF!


The feature is available to anybody staying with Red Barn Vacations at Fianna’s Landing, Chateau Royale, the Stone House at Red Barn, or renting the entire Red Barn Inn, or any of the individual rooms at the Red Barn Inn. Pretty sweet deal!

With a par 3 difficulty, this is a walk-on and walk-only course that does not require any reservations. Clubs aren’t provided, so you’ll want to plan ahead and bring some clubs from home. Usually a driver, a mid-range club, and a putting wedge suffice if you are looking to cut down on bulk, but you are welcome to bring your full bag!

Directions to the course (only a one minute drive away) are provided once you check in to any of the eligible locations. There is also a community mini golf course near the entrance to the course. Bring your putting wedge!

Summer and Winter get plenty of love in Deep Creek, but Spring always falls under the radar. We are here to tell you why you simply need to put a Deep Creek visit on your calendar this Spring.

Why Spring is Secretly the BEST Time to Visit Deep Creek Lake:

Reason #1: An Instant Reset 
When life gets hectic, you need to hit pause and head to Deep Creek Lake. Come Spring, you’ll find this place unusually quiet, with limited traffic, but an abundance of nature, wildlife, and opportunities to get outside. This is a place where you can start each day with a quiet stroll along the lakefront, coffee in hand, as the morning mist rolls across the water. It’s the perfect reset and recharge, whether you are working remotely during your trip or not. Instantly, your state of mind is reframed and you are in a better place– literally and mentally.

While summer and winter in Deep Creek are known for their hustle-and-bustle and non-stop fun, Spring needs to be branded in a different way: as an opportunity for an instant reset.

Reason 2: Outdoor Adventures
As mentioned above, the outdoors truly come alive in the Spring. Ask any local, and most of us will tell you that Spring hiking, biking, and boating is some of the best of the year. You can get outside and move without working up much of a sweat, thanks to the brisker temperatures, and even area hot-spots like Swallow Falls State Park tend to be quieter, and more true to nature. Whether you are a hiker, kayaker, biker, or bird watcher– or something else entirely– Spring is a great time to get outside.

Reasons #3: No Wait at Bars and Restaurants 

The title says it all! Your favorite summer and winter restaurants are just as delicious– and the view just as good– in the Spring. But with no wait! That’s right. The locals love the off-season in Deep Creek Lake for this very reason, but there is no reason why you can’t take advantage of this, too! Stroll up to Firewater Kitchen, Dutch’s at Silver Tree, Mountain State Brewing Company, Uno’s Grill, or any of your favorite dining spots and get a fantastic table, right away.


Reason #4: The Lowest Pricing of the Season

There is no need to wait for specials in the Spring, the price shown is guaranteed to be the lowest of the season! Whether you are planning an intimate escape or a reunion among friends, saved money is always a good thing!

Reason #5: Spring is the ideal for hot tubbing! 

Summer can be too hot for some, while Winter can be too cold. The solution? Meet in the middle! Spring is brisk enough to crave a warm dip, but warm enough that you don’t freeze on the way. All in all: perfect.

There you have it! Ready to make your Spring stay happen!
Search our inventory of homes at www.redbarnvacations.com/search-results 

Happy shopping!

A magical landscape blanketed in snow, hot tubs, fire pits, and some of the best winter activities around. There is so much more to winters in Deep Creek than just skiing (although that certainly is a HUGE reason to come)! Let’s break it down:


Wisp Resort offers a wealth of activities from adventure sports and scenic adventures to indoor amusements, youth activities, and so much more. And lucky for us, Wisp Resort calls Deep Creek Lake home!

Best known for their winter sports– like skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing,  and cross-country skiing– Wisp Resort is actually home to dozens of different adventures, all year-long, making Deep Creek a perfect adventure sports destination, whether you are renting a cabin in the winter, an amazing lakefront home in the summer, or anything in between.

Here are some of the activities you can catch us doing throughout the year:

Winter Sports

Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, cross-country skiing… then back to Wisp Resort’s cozy indoor lodge for hot chocolate or a refreshing beer. Sounds pretty perfect, huh? Wisp Resort has a host of packages available from partial and full-day tickets to multi-day deals and season passes. After a day out on the slopes, there is nothing better than returning to our fantastic vacation rental homes, all of which has outdoor hot tubs! In particular, we LOVE our homes All Decked Out, Loch Baile, and Hunny Home for an unbeatable winter experience.



Ropes Course

Fly high, soar and swivel, vault and lift, and work the muscles in your mind and body at the Wisp Resort Ropes course. From zip lines and swingings to climbing apparatuses and more, Wisp has two level of ropes courses for children ages four and up, and one adult-oriented course. A great activity for the fall, spring, and summer seasons!

Mountain Coaster

This is one of our favorite activities! Available in all four seasons, this unique activity can be catered to anyone, adult or child. Billed as a “gravitional hybrid of an alpine slide and a roller coaster” this fun ride will whip you down the mountain in a thrilling ride down the scenic mountainside. If you are a more ‘slow, but steady’ type of person, just know that every cart has it’s own hand brake that you control. Or if you, like us, like to go fast… well, that’s an option, too!



Considering the abundant beauty, gentle slopes, and wide-open fields common to Western Maryland, it is no surprise that some of the east coast’s best golf courses can be found at Wisp Resort. Fantasy Valley Golf Course and the Lodestone Golf Course are both within the Wisp Resort portfolio, with 36 holes between them. Over the years, these courses have gained numerous awards and accolades, including Lodestone being ranked as the #2 Public Golf Course in Maryland by GolfWeek Magazine (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) as well as Golfstyles Magazine featuring Fantasy Valley as one of the “100 Must-Play Courses of the Mid-Atlantic.”


Scenic Chairlift

If you just want to sit back and enjoy the majesty of nature in a relaxing setting, then a trip up and down the mountain via the scenic chairlift is for you. Repurposing the ski lift in the non-snowy seasons, this is a great way to enjoy the view from the top. Summer and fall are especially excellent times to enjoy use of the scenic chairlift.

Pontoon Boat Tours

If you want to get a chance to explore the lake, without the expense or responsibility of renting your own boat, you’ll definitely want to check out Wisp’s pontoon boat tours. Seating a maximum of 12 people per boat, these hour long tours include a bit of local history along with your sightseeing.

Archery & Disc Golf

Wisp Resort also offers both Archery and Disc Golf courses for a fun new adventure for the whole crew! For Disc Golf, enjoy a ride up the mountain on the chair lift to get to the family-friendly course. Rental equipment is available. For Archery, your 30-minute session includes instruction, shooting time, as well everything you will need, including the bow, arrows, and an arm guard.




Got an activity in mind? Maybe several? Be sure to book your stay with Red Barn Vacations for the best lodging experience at the lake.

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