With kids going to back to school and fall looming on the horizon, we’re in our final weeks of summer. Time sure flies when you’re having fun! If you’re anything like us, and not quite ready to say your farewells to summer, we put together a list of summer send-off things to do!
1. Spend a Day on the Lake – One of our favorite ways to say goodbye to summer is to spend a day on the water. Knowing it might be your last lake outing for several months makes it that much more relaxing and special. The water is still super warm but will begin to cool off as we get into September. Late season is also a great time to try something new, like stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking! If you’re looking for some lake time on a budget, it only costs just a few dollars to visit the Deep Creek Lake State Park and spend an afternoon on the beach. Wisp Resort offers onsite rentals at the state park, too. Our four-season climate means we only get a few months of summer weather – enjoy it while you can!! If you're looking for a slower paced afternoon on the water, don't forget about Herrington Manor State Park's lake! Kayaks and paddleboards are allowed on the lake
and the park offers a sandy beach.
2. Grab a Cone (or a Cup!) – Summer = ice cream. Many of the ice creams spots around the lake operate seasonally, so you have to enjoy them while you can!! Most stands close in October after the Autumn Glory Festival. Stop by local favorites like Lakeside Creamery, Katie’s Ice Cream, Huey’s, or Devler’s before they close their windows for the season!
3. Dine Al Fresco – August is typically the hottest month at the lake, making it perfect weather to eat outside!! The cool autumn winds come fast – most restaurants and bars will close their decks and outdoor eating areas in September. It’s a great way to enjoy the warm summer sun one last time as you enjoy your delicious meal. Several places are also pet friendly!
4. Explore a New Park – While we’re already (sadly!) on the downward slide with daylight, the days are still long! With eight state parks and several other local recreation areas, there’s so much to explore. A great way to send off summer is to visit a new place! The long days and nice weather make navigating a new area more enjoyable, and you’ll have more time to explore. New Germany State Park and Herrington Manor State Park are both awesome places to explore!
Take a Guided Tour – Whether it’s your 1st time or your 15th time visiting, there’s always something new to do, see, and experience. Even for locals, many of the guided tours around the area offer a new perspective and hidden gems you may not have seen before. There are several varieties of tours offered in our area – from rafting on rivers to a kayak tour across the lake – it’s an awesome experience to have the tour guide give you history and facts! All Earth Eco Tours offers a variety of tours, including hiking and kayaking! Precision Rafting offers several different varieties of river trips, too. You can also take a tour of Deep Creek Lake through High Mountain Sports! It’s a great way to put names and locations together, learn about the lake and its history, and even scout out potential areas to rent or buy.
The clock is ticking! We’re going to soak up every sunshine filled moment we can of summer before our colorful transition into fall.