12/7

County Receives Radio Communications Grant

The Board of County Commissioners and the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management announced today that Garrett County Government has been awarded $216,607 in grant funding from the Federal State Homeland Security Grant Program, administered by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

This grant funding will be used to purchase and distribute both a mobile and portable radio for each volunteer fire and rescue department within Garrett County. The radio equipment will work with the existing local emergency responder radio frequencies as well as law enforcement, and other state agencies radio frequencies. The ability for all first responders to communicate with one another during an emergency incident and/or disaster event is crucial for successful response operations and management. The new radios will provide reliable and clear interoperable communications.

For addition information please contact: John Frank, Director of Emergency Management  jfrank@garrettcounty.org 301-334-7619

 

12/1

Make & Take Workshop: 12 Sprays of Christmas with Essential Oils

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development will be offering a course, Make & Take Workshop: 12 Sprays of Christmas with Essential Oils, at the McHenry campus. The course will be held on December 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

There is no doubt that certain smells remind you of the holidays – gingerbread, spiced apple cider, peppermint, and pine trees. Many products are available on the market that help with home fragrance, but may be harmful to one’s health because of the chemicals used to create the artificial scents. This holiday season save money, reduce the chemical load in your home and have fun making your own air fresheners out of essential oils with this 12 Sprays of Christmas Make & Take Workshop. These natural air fresheners will be sure to provide the perfect holiday scent while keeping your home smelling lovely for the holidays – and chemical-free.

The course is being instructed by local resident Kearstin Hinebaugh, a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. In her quest to reduce the toxic load for her and her family, she began researching various natural solutions. That research quickly led her to essential oils. Since uncovering their diverse applications and uses, she has become an essential oil enthusiast, learning everything she can about these gifts of the earth. These days she’s, admittedly, a bit obsessed with transforming her routines and making over her medicine, beauty and cleaning cabinets with oil-based products and wants to assist others in doing the same.

For more information on this course persons may contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

Casselman River Bridge to Feature Birds of Prey

The Maryland Park Service will offer a free Scales & Tales program at Casselman River Bridge State Park on Dec. 3.  This environmental education program provides a rare opportunity for people to see live wildlife native to Maryland, up close and personal.  The program will take place at 2 p.m. at the gazebo within the park.  Scales & Tales is a program that uses live non-releasable birds of prey to promote stewardship of our wildlife and other natural resources. Through the stories, or "tales" of how these animals come into the care of the program, Ranger Katy Barger will discuss their unique features and very important environmental issues.

Later that evening, hundreds of candle luminaries will be lit on and around the Casselman River Bridge as part of the annual "Christmas in the Village" celebration.  

Police Providing Presents Project Announced

Volunteers from Garrett County Law Enforcement agencies along with the Garrett County Department of Social Services and members of AmeriCorps have partnered to organize the inaugural “Police Providing Presents” event to benefit local, underprivileged children. 

This nationwide event may be called different names, but the event’s meaning stays the same.  The event provides selected Garrett County children the opportunity to be paired with members from the Maryland State Police, Garrett County Sheriff’s Office, Oakland City Police, Maryland Natural Resource Police and the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office who will spend time together as partners for the day.  

The event provides the opportunity for children to go shopping with a police officer in order to purchase presents for their family and themselves, attend a luncheon, and have the presents wrapped by volunteers.  The inaugural “Police Providing Presents” event is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th, with a make-up date on Sunday, December 18th.

We are graciously asking for donations in support of this program to provide each child the opportunity to make their holidays a little brighter.  Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made in person or by mailing a check or money order to  Garrett County Department of Social Services, attention Alicia Streets, 12578 Garrett Highway, Oakland, Maryland  21550 and specify “Police  Providing Presents”.  Although, the preferred method is checks or money order, cash donations are acceptable and can be dropped off in person at GCDSS.   The deadline for donations is December 5, 2016.

If you have additional questions, please contact F/Sergeant Brad Williams at 301-387-1101.  Thank you for your interest and helping to make this program a success. 

 

Music at Penn Alps Private Lesson Scholarship Program

The Music at Penn Alps Scholarship program has awarded two new scholarships for the fall semester. The new scholarship students are Liliana Farabough of Mineral County and Baird Mead of Garrett County. Currently in its fifth year, the program provides private instrumental or vocal music lessons for local, school-age students who might not otherwise have such opportunity. The program, which has grown from 23 students to the present total of 39 students, is made possible by the Naylor Family Trust Fund, the Community Trust Foundation, the Fred Bolton Memorial Fund, and the executive board of Music at Penn Alps. 

In addition to the new awardees, the program has 37 students from previous years whose scholarships have been renewed for this semester. Students from Garrett County are: Skylar Beckman, Shayla Bender, Dakota Bittinger, Rachelle Brenneman, Emily Brobst, Malea Fullerton, Sara Huelskamp, Kayla Lowdermilk, Elijah Mason, Lydia Nelson, Evan Shadel, Jaylyn Wilt, Piper Wilt, Caleb Zimmerman, Carl Zimmerman, and Shawn Zimmerman.  Students from Allegany County include: Madeline Baker, Tyler Corwell, Rebekah George, Adrian Gibbons, Seth Higson, Jenna Klink, Robert Moffet, Charles O’Boyle, William O’Boyle, Claire Raesly, Chloe Richards, Taber Robinette, Maria Salinas, and Ava Strawderman. West Virginia students are: Alivia Arthur, Abigail Craddock, Emma Craddock, Brynne Hartung and Conner Wolford; and those students from the Pennsylvania area are: Levi Custer and Silas Custer.

The scholarship program is currently accepting applications for the semester beginning January 1, 2017. A limited number of new scholarships will be awarded to Kindergarten through 12th grade music students for private lesson instruction. Applications for 2017, open to Garrett County, Allegany County, and surrounding Pennsylvania and West Virginia areas, are due no later than December 15. For more information and to apply online, visit the Music at Penn Alps website at www.musicatpennalps.org/scholarships. Questions should be directed toward Jean Miller, program administrator (301-722-4148, jcdgrn@yahoo.com) or Sean Beachy, assistant administrator (301-895-4224, sdebeachy@hotmail.com).

11/30

Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, Maryland Experience Highest Tourism Revenue in State

In the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017), Garrett County experienced the highest increase in the state in tourism sales tax revenues, nearly twice the tourism increases posted by the state of Maryland.  The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, the designated tourism marketing organization for the county, attributes much of the increase to the Chamber’s aggressive marketing plan with concentrated efforts and new ad strategies.

According to the Maryland Office of Tourism, in the first three months of Fiscal Year 2017 (July, August & September 2016), Maryland grew tourism sales tax revenues 3.0%, while Garrett County grew tourism sales tax revenues 5.8% during the same time period. Maryland grew lodging sales tax code collections 5.5% in the first three months of FY17, while Garrett County grew lodging sales tax collections 7.8%.

Garrett County experienced similar increases in fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). According to the Maryland Office of Tourism, in fiscal year 2016, Maryland grew tourism sales tax revenues 6.4%, while Garrett County grew tourism sales tax revenues 7.0% during the same time period. Maryland grew lodging sales tax code collections 6.3% in FY16 while Garrett County grew lodging sales tax collections 9%.

“We are very pleased to see a strong first quarter for FY17 as we approach the winter season that is extremely weather dependent,” said Nicole Christian, president & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “It is exciting to be leading the state in tourism growth but we are very aware that we have to continue our robust and innovative marketing efforts to remain competitive. We hope the State Office of Tourism will continue their efforts as well and that the Governor will maintain his support of this important industry by increasing tourism promotion funding for the Tourism Development Board.”

2016 has been a record year for tourism in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland with a 6.3% increase in county accommodations sales, a 19.3% increase in heads on beds, a 2.3% increase in sales tax collections and a 23% increase in visitors to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s website, visitdeepcreek.com.

11/16

Planning Commission to Review 2008 Comprehensive Plan

 The Garrett County Planning Commission is embarking on a review of the 2008 Comprehensive Plan. It is anticipated that the review will reveal a need to update the Plan. Starting at their monthly meeting on December 7, 2016 the Commission will set aside an hour to discuss the document starting with Chapter 1 and proceeding through the document in order. The December 7, 2016 meeting will likely cover both Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.

During their meetings the Commission will review each section within the chapters to determine if it is to remain the same, be modified, deleted or sections added. At the end of the review, all minutes and recordings of the meetings, all comment received both at the meetings and in writing, and all related pertinent information will be given to a contractor, whose job it will be to perform the update to the document. Once the contractor is hired a draft document will be written that will then go through a series of public meetings and review processes before a final draft will be written.

Public participation is encouraged. A website has been created that allows citizens to view the document in whole or by chapter and also offers a public comment form for submission of comments. The site will be edited every month to summarize progress made and list anticipated chapter topics for the next month. The public is also invited to attend any of the Planning Commission meetings, which are held the first Wednesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room. All meeting minutes, agendas and recordings of the meetings are posted on the Planning Commission’s web page. Both the Comprehensive Plan web page and the Planning Commission web page can be found by visiting garrettcounty.org and clicking on the departmental page for Planning and Land Management. That page has a listing on the left. The Comprehensive Plan page is second in the list, while the Planning Commission page is eighth. The direct link to the Comprehensive Plan page is www.garrettcounty.org/planning-land-development/comprehensive-plan. Questions can be directed to Deborah Carpenter, Director of the department at 301-334-1920 or dcarpenter@garrettcounty.org

INTRODUCING THE LODGE AT WISP

Over $1.5 Million in Renovations launches a Rebranded Hotel As part of a 3 year $3.7 million renovation, Wisp Resort recently announced a rebranding of the Wisp Resort Hotel which will hence forth be known as The Lodge at Wisp. The renovation project on the hotel began in the Fall of 2015 and will continue thru Spring 2018. The Lodge at Wisp will welcome guests with significant changes and improvements to both the interior and exterior of the property. The upgrades are designed to give the hotel guests a heightened resort experience with more contemporary accommodations, new outdoor gathering spaces, and an overall more modern and functional design.

The exterior changes include a new entrance featuring a Porte Cocherè that creates a grand sense of arrival to the resort by welcoming guests with an outdoor gas fireplace, a timber-frame structure with stacked stone façade and thoughtful lighting. The new entrance surroundings are enhanced with landscaping highlighted by a dramatic waterfall, benches and a pergola walkway. The hotel exterior received a fresh coat of paint in a new color palate of earthy tones to match the Porte Cocherè.

Interior renovations include a redesigned and updated Front Desk and Check-in Area to compliment the new entrance. 100 rooms on all six floors in the Tower Section of the hotel have been renovated with freshly painted walls, new wall coverings, artwork featuring local photography, modern bedroom and living area furnishings, plush bed linens, new mattresses as well as upgraded lighting and fixtures. Sixteen new Business Class King Suites have been introduced into the guest room mix. The remaining 69 rooms on three floors in the Lodge Section of the hotel received all new mattresses with plans to complete the renovation of that portion of the rooms by Spring 2018.

Currently in progress at The Lodge at Wisp are upgrades to conference rooms, new audio visual equipment, a new fitness center, exterior signage, courtyards with fire pits and enhanced landscaping features. Construction on the current work will be completed in time for ski season. Work will continue in the spring on an additional courtyard on the east side of the hotel plus renovations to the lobby and a new front porch for the hotel. 

 

11/11

Garrett College Names Richard Midcap as New President

 The Garrett College Board of Trustees announces that Dr. Richard Midcap, pending completion of negotiations, will become the thirteenth President of the College. Dr. Midcap presently serves as the Vice-President for Student Affairs at Chesapeake College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He has been the Chief Student Affairs Officer since 2001, except while serving an appointment as Chesapeake’s Interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs during the 2015-16 academic year. He began his career in higher education in 1994 serving as Chesapeake’s Public Information Officer. He then served as the college’s Director of Admissions, Associate Dean for Student Services, and Dean of Students.  Prior to his career in higher education, he spent twelve years as a journalist.

Midcap, a strong advocate for statewide collaboration, is a former two-time chair of the Maryland Community Colleges Chief Student Affairs Officers. In that role, he provided leadership for a statewide student affairs assessment model that earned a National Council on Student Development Shared Journey Exemplary Practice Award. An ardent proponent of strengthening first-year programs, he helped build a first-year experience that earned Chesapeake College recognition as a Bellwether National Finalist in Instructional Programs and Services. Midcap, whose doctoral dissertation focused on experiences of dual enrollment students, has also served on a variety of statewide workgroups examining ways to expand dual enrollment opportunities for high school students. 

As interim academic vice president, Midcap provided leadership in the development of Chesapeake’s new associate of applied science program in agriculture, making Chesapeake the first community college in Maryland to have such a program. He previously designed the college’s sport management and exercise science programs, including overseeing articulation of those programs with both in- and out-of-state, four-year partners. He has taught as an adjunct instructor in three different disciplines: freshman seminar, history and sport management.

“On behalf of the Garrett College Board of Trustees, I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the selection process of the president of Garrett College,” said Duane Yoder, Board of Trustees member and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “We feel that Dr. Midcap’s experience and background are a great fit with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead not only for Garrett College, but our county and community as well.”

Midcap follows Mr. Albert A. Coviello, who has served as the Acting President of Garrett College since July 1, 2016.

Midcap holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education/history from Salisbury (Md.) University, a master’s degree in history from Washington (Md.) College, and a doctorate in education from Wilmington (Del.) University.

 

11/9

Garrett County, Maryland Wins at 36th Annual Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce won two awards at the 36th Annual Tourism and Travel Summit held at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland last week. Competing against nominees from other counties in the state, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce won the Best Media & PR Campaign award from the Maryland Tourism Coalition for our “Military March” promotion. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce also helped accept the Tourism Advocate award for the Marylanders for a Longer Summer Campaign, a partnership with Ocean City and other state and local leaders.

“The Chamber is honored to accept these two awards on behalf of our partners,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “It is particularly gratifying to be recognized by our tourism industry peers at the Maryland Tourism Coalition.”

The Best Media & Public Relations Campaign award is given to a campaign that focuses on a single, unified theme that is related to a special event, crisis management program or overall promotion.  The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Wisp Resort initially created the idea several years ago as an opportunity to salute our nation’s military with special discounts in Garrett County, Maryland. In 2016, the Chamber partnered with 28 member businesses participating in the promotion with all of the members offers available on the Chamber’s website, visitdeepcreek.com. GCC Technologies, LLC and Book Mark’et & Antique Mezzanine sponsored “Military March” to cover the cost of advertising the promotion in military outlets with all ads linking to the Chamber’s “Military March” promotion page. The Chamber’s website saw a 43% increase in visitors in March 2016 over March 2015 and, despite Wisp closing early for the ski season on March 15, Garrett County lodging sales collections were up 7.7% in March 2016 over March 2015.

The Tourism Advocate Award is given to an individual, business, organization, group or coalition that is a member of the Maryland Tourism Coalition and has successfully led legislative initiatives and heightened the awareness of the tourism industry and its impact on the economy.  Marylanders for a Longer Summer is a grassroots coalition consisting of trade organizations, chambers of commerce, elected officials and businesses from all over the state of Maryland that advocated for a post-Labor Day school start, resulting in an executive order by Governor Larry Hogan in August 2016 mandating Maryland public schools start after Labor Day and end by June 15, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.

For more information about the Maryland Tourism Coalition and the annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit, visit mdtourism.org. For more information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, please call 301.387.4386 or log onto www.visitdeepcreek.com.

Garrett County’s Simon Pearce Outlet Wins at 36th Annual Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit

 Competing against nominees from other counties in the state, Garrett County, Maryland’s Simon Pearce Factory Outlet and Glassblowing Workshop won the “Economic Engine” award from the Maryland Office of Tourism at the 36th Annual Tourism and Travel Summit held at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland last week.  

The Economic Engine award is given to a business that has a positive economic impact to the region and state, creates jobs and has exemplary contributions to Maryland’s tourism industry. Simon Pearce, located in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland, offers a unique opportunity to see glass being made by hand in a production setting via a self-guided tour.  The glassblowing area is open to the public while the warehouse is the main distribution center for the entire company, shipping orders out daily. Approximately 7,500 people visited Simon Pearce’s retail store and viewed the glassblowers at work from July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016.  Simon Pearce has 53 employees, which includes 20 glassblowers.  Simon Pearce also participates in a work transition program with Garrett County-based Appalachian Crossroads, who provides employment for people with disabilities. Simon Pearce’s Maryland site also leases space in the facility to 3 other businesses.  

For more information about the Maryland Office of Tourism and the annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit, log onto visitmaryland.org and mdtourism.org. For more information about Simon Pearce, please call 301.334.5277 or log onto www.simonpearce.com.

11/7

DEEP CREEK WATERSHED FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED

The Board of Directors of the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the formation of the Foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a non-profit Maryland corporation.  The Foundation is formed to accept tax-deductible donations to foster a private/public partnership that will support, promote and advance scientific study, environmental protection and educational programs relating to the Deep Creek Watershed.

The Deep Lake Watershed contains 41,000 acres and is located in the mountains of Garrett County, Maryland.  Deep Creek Lake (DCL) is within the Deep Creek Watershed and is the State’s largest freshwater lake containing approximately 4,000 acres.  Deep Creek Lake has evolved as a primary recreational destination for the Mid-Atlantic States and is the economic engine for the County.  In 2000, the State of Maryland purchased the Lake and its buffer zone under legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly.  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is assigned responsibility for managing the Lake and its buffer zone. Likewise, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is responsible for, among other things, sediment and erosion control of DCL, as well as for the issuance of a Water Allocation Permit which provides authorization for various entities to use specified quantities of water from the lake. The 2000 legislation included stewardship requirements and authorizations, but it did not address the potential impacts from the watershed to water quality in the Lake.

Over the past 15 years, the Deep Creek community, the County, DNR and MDE have demonstrated a growing interest in ensuring that the quality and recreational value of the Lake is maintained.  Concerns have arisen relating to sediment in coves, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), water quality, lake level fluctuations, and other issues.  Many of these concerns extend beyond the authority of the state-owned property in the buffer zone.  Consequently, a more extensive assessment of the entire watershed was needed. 

Pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DNR and the Garrett County Commissioners, the State and the County agreed to work together to develop a Watershed Management Plan.  Volunteers representing various interest groups and watershed residents, along with County and State officials, were appointed to a steering committee by DNR and the County and formed subcommittees to address the variety of issues affecting the watershed.  Through this effort the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan (Plan) was developed and completed in 2014 and then subsequently approved by the DNR and the Board of Garrett County Commissioners

Additionally, a second MOU has been agreed to and will be signed by the Board Garrett County Commissioners and the Secretaries of DNR and MDE, creating the Administrative Council which will oversee the implementation of the Plan; establish the staff position of Watershed Coordinator; and address the development of financial strategies.  The Foundation will work closely with this Administrative Council to identify projects that will require funding.

The Foundation is formed to support the Plan’s goal of “improving the environmental stability and economic viability of the Deep Creek Watershed while retaining its rural landscapes and natural beauty, so that, for generations to come, local citizens and visitors have a special place to live, work, and play.” The Foundation will accomplish this goal by engaging in fundraising activities to sponsor educational programs supporting initiatives relating to the watershed, soliciting and providing funding to support scientific, environmental, and educational programs relating to the watershed, and applying for grants relating to activities in furtherance of the protection of the watershed. 

For further information regarding the Foundation, its Board of Directors, and how to donate, interested persons can visit the Foundation’s web site at www.deepcreekwatershedfoundation.org

Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, Maryland Experience Record Increases in Tourism

2016 has been a record year for tourism in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland with a 6.3% increase in county accommodations sales, a 19.3% increase in heads on beds, a 2.3% increase in sales tax collections and a 23% increase in visitors to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s website, visitdeepcreek.com. The increases follow a banner 2015 in Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, which saw a 3.1% increase in county accommodations sales, a 2.5% increase in sales tax collections and a 46% increase in visitors to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s website, visitdeepcreek.com. The Chamber attributes much of the increase to the Chamber’s aggressive marketing plan with concentrated efforts and new ad strategies.

And, according to the Maryland Office of Tourism, Garrett County’s increases have even outpaced Maryland’s tourism growth. In Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016), Maryland grew tourism sales tax revenues 6.4%, while Garrett County grew tourism sales tax revenues 7.0% during the same time period. Maryland grew lodging sales tax code collections 6.3% in FY16 while Garrett County grew lodging sales tax collections 9%.

“Tourism is an economic engine for Garrett County and we are pleased to see that this engine continues to churn out additional revenues and business for our community,” said Nicole Christian, president & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “Even with Mother Nature being less than cooperative last winter and an abbreviated ski season, Garrett  County’s overall tourism sales tax revenues still outpaced the state’s growth. We attribute this continued growth to our aggressive marketing efforts.”

The western-most county in Maryland, Garrett County is home to Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Resort, the state’s only ski resort, and Adventure Sports Center International, one of only two recirculating whitewater courses in the western hemisphere. Garrett County is less than a three-hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, two hours from Pittsburgh, PA, Winchester, VA and Hagerstown, MD and a 45-minute drive from Morgantown, WV and Cumberland, MD.

Garrett County Chamber Offers Fall 3-2-1 Lodging & Activity Promotion

 Just in time for Fall visitors traveling to Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake, Maryland area, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is offering a 3-2-1 Lodging & Activity Promotion on their website, www.visitdeepcreek.com. The promotion runs from October 18, 2016 – December 15, 2016, non-holidays. The promotion is for 3 nights at the price of 2 plus discounted activities.

Nine lodging companies – ranging from rental home properties and B&Bs to cabins, a slopeside hotel and log-cabin-style hotel suites – are participating in the promotion. And activity offers include discounted wine and beer tastings and discounted amusement center activities.

“The 3-2-1 Promotion is a terrific way to save on your Autumn trip to the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County,” said Sarah Duck, Director of Tourism & Marketing for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “With discounts on both lodging and area activities, visitors will be sure to find a discount offer to suit their vacation.”

The 3-2-1 Promotion includes lodging offers from Blue Moon Rising on Deep Creek Lake, Cabin on Farm View, Deep Creek Lodging Company, Haley Farm Inn & Retreat Center, Joyce’s Deep Creek Rental, Ski Cove #3, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, The Lodges at Sunset Village and Wisp Resort Hotel and Conference Center and activity offers from A Touch of Class Limousines and Fun Unlimited. 

Garrett County, Maryland’s westernmost county, is less than a three-hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Washington DC and Baltimore, two hours from Pittsburgh, and a 45 minute drive from Morgantown, WV and Cumberland, MD. Garrett County is home to Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Resort, the state’s only ski resort, and the Adventure Sports Center International, one of only two recirculating whitewater courses in the western hemisphere.

To view all of the 3-2-1 offers or more information about Garrett County, please stop by www.visitdeepcreek.com or call 888.387.5237.