Winter is off to a slow start - but never fear - cold weather and snow are on their way! We've had almost 20 inches of snow so far this year and we expect to see a foot or more fall in January. The Weather Channel has predicted temps to be 'well below average' for the rest of our winter season, which means even if we don't get natural snow, Wisp Resort will be able to make plenty of snow to cover the slopes! Check out some of our favorite things to do in January below!
Visit Wisp Resort (even if you don’t ski) - The biggest draw of Wisp Resort during the winter months is definitely downhill skiing and snowboarding. But if you’re not up for skiing or want to try something else, Wisp Resort is still the place to go for all the action! They feature a groomed tubing park with two magic carpets to take you to the top, an outdoor ice skating rink, the year-round mountain coaster, snow-shoeing, and cross-country skiing!! It’s basically your one-stop winter action center. You can usually get ticket discounts when combining the adventure park activities, too. You can also catch live music every Friday night at the Wispers Bar!
Get Outside - Okay, we know it’s cold, but we promise it’s worth it to head outside during the winter months!! Especially for those traveling from lower elevations, winter at Deep Creek Lake is an entirely different world than winter in Baltimore or Pittsburgh. Many local state parks offer paths for cross-country skiing and usually provide daily updates on conditions on twitter. Swallow Falls State Park is absolutely breathtaking in the winter and is a guaranteed winner for your Instagram followers. The lake will also freeze soon, and it’s also pretty neat to say you’ve walked on the frozen lake! Last year, for the first time in many years, there were also people skating and playing hockey on the lake. It’s always very important to make sure the ice is at a safe depth before venturing out onto it.
Explore Local Dining - New restaurants are opening up all the time, old restaurants are changing their menus - it’s always worth it to mix it up! Ace’s Run is known for changing their menu every few months, Moonshadow recently expanded their menu at their new location in McHenry. Downtown Oakland welcomed two new restaurants, 3rd Street Diner and Alder Street Diner, and a brand new taproom just opened last month. The Manor Steakhouse is also a must visit destination - the historic building and delicious menu make it one of the most unique eateries in our area!! One of our favorite quick stops is Casselman Bakery & Cafe - located right beside our mid-lake Railey Realty office. Cornucopia Cafe, High Country Creamery and Market, and Penn Alps Restaurant in Grantsville are also fabulous options that often get overlooked because of their location. If you're looking for a delicious breakfast spot, check out Perkin's Restaurant and Bakery or Trader's Coffee House!
Visit Nearby Attractions - We spend a lot of time telling you all the great things about Deep Creek Lake, and one of the best things about our area is our central location. Nearby attractions perfect for a day or afternoon trip include Blackwater Falls State Park, Canaan Valley Resort, Seven Springs Resort, and Alpine Lake Resort! Blackwater Falls State Park is spectacular on its own, but even more beautiful in the winter. Their sledding hill offers a carpet to take you to the top and rentals for the fun! There aren’t many public or safe places around here to really sled, so it’s well worth the 45 minute trip. Plus, Thomas and Davis, WV, are both really neat areas that have fantastic dining many Garrett County locals travel to often.
Hopefully you get the chance to brave the elements and experience winter at Deep Creek Lake! Think snow!