Deep Creek Lake Winter Trails and Tails

Hey four-legged friends!

My name is Camden and I am a local Deep Creek Lake pooch. Let me tell you: this is one great place to be a dog! I spend my summers splashing around the lake, swimming and running along sandy beaches. Falls are spent tearing through the fall foliage and rolling across the leaves. And let’s not forget my mom’s favorite: spring, where I am coated in mud 24-7.

But, winters are my absolute favorite time to be a dog at Deep Creek! There is nothing I love more than making fresh trails in the snow, rolling about, digging my snout in the snow. See?

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It’s Hot Downstate!

Have you ever wondered where ‘downstate’ begins?   The answers vary from ‘other side of the pass’ to ‘east of Cumberland.’ I suspect the true answer is closer to the intersection of I68 and 219. Garrett County folk have a deep understanding that they share a large slice of Maryland heaven.

It doesn’t take many days in the mountains to realize that time spent ‘downstate’ is just a necessary distraction from cool, fresh air, long hikes, and evening boat rides. This time of the year, downstate is down right sweltering and the hot air is due to more than simply an over abundance of politicians.

Even as I write this blog, the Air quality warning is alternating with the local pollen alert on my weather app and while the temperature is merely 91 degrees, the guru has posted that it feels like a stifling 106 degrees. (How do they even know that?)

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HART for Animals

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Love animals? We do as well and THIS THURSDAY EVENING, your friends at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations will be guest bartending at the Harbor Bar at Dutch’s to raise money for HART for Animals, our local Garret County animal rescue organization.

Join us lakeside from 6:00 to 9:00pm as our fun-loving owner Nancy Railey and the ever-popular Jeremy Bittner, manager of Wisp O’ The Willow and Suites at Silver Tree serve up your favorite concoction, all to benefit HART for Animals.

Blog from a Dog!

Calling all K-9’s,

I have to make this quick because my parents are down by the water covering up the boat, but boy do I have stories to tell you! My family and I just arrived at Deep Creek Lake two days ago and my tail hasn’t stopped wagging since! This place makes car rides seem as fun as a trip to the vet! Speaking of car rides, it’s not too far from where most of you dig.

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5 Dog Friendly Rentals to Stay at this Summer

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  1. Serenity Now– A yard like this is sure to please any playful pooch. Just a short run to the lake too!
  2. Starry Night– The large lakefront of this home is ideal for a game of fetch!
  3. Snuggl’ Inn– Take your four legged friends to lunch in the great community of Deep Creek Highlands.
  4. Cedar Vista– Relax and take in the fresh mountain air out on the spacious deck to soak up some sun with your best friend.
  5. Waterfront Chateau –Who doesn’t love a summertime swim? Race down to the docks to cool off.
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5 Reasons Your Dog Wants to Have Lunch at Uno Pizzeria & Grill at Deep Creek Lake

Finally! The warm weather is here at Deep Creek Lake! The hot sunrays are shining down on the lake to melt away the ice. The songbirds are singing their melodies to let all know that summer is near. Warmer weather means time for a getaway, a getaway for the whole family!

Deep Creek Lake wants everyone in your family to have a great time during your next vacation, even your pooch! That is why many local restaurants and attractions tailor their operations with your dog in mind. Here are the 5 Reasons Your Dog Wants to Have Lunch at Uno Pizzeria & Grill.

  1. Dock and Dine – Uno offers a convenient “dock and dine” service. This means you have direct access to the restaurant’s walkway from the lake! No need to go back to your rental home, get everyone in the car, and drive to Uno, just pull the boat up to the dock!
  2. Open Lawn –of course WE love long boat rides on the cool blue water, but when we’re soaking up the sun and letting the wind comb through our hair, our furry friends can only do so much. That is why when you pull up to the docks at Uno, tails start wagging when they see the green grass! Uno offers a large area of open lawn where you can continue your sun bathing, while your best friend can exhaust some built up energy.
  3. Games – who doesn’t love an afternoon full of games? I know your four legged friends do! With the open area of Uno’s lawn, there is plenty of room for a good game of catch or frisbee. Uno even provides corn hole boards and a playground for the rest of the family to enjoy.
  4. Honi- Honi’s Live Music – okay, maybe your furry friends can’t get up and dance to the music, but they are sure to love the crowd it brings! During the warmer months, the Honi-Honi Bar (Uno’s outside bar) offers live music every weekend and sometimes through the week. And where there is music, there are people, and where there are people there are more dogs! This is a great opportunity to let your best friend meet other dogs that are on vacation too!
  5. Lakefront Views– whether you’ve spent your day exploring the beautiful mountains or behind the steering wheel of a speedboat, it’s always relaxing to sit down and take in the beautiful scenery of the lake. Uno offers one of the best lakefront views in the area. Sit down by the docks at one of the benches and watch your pooch play in the water while cooling off.
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Dog Days of Summer at Deep Creek Lake

Pick up your pooch and hit the lake this summer! Deep Creek Lake is a major dog friendly destination, so you don’t have to leave man or woman’s best friend behind while you enjoy everything the lake has to offer!

A recent addition to the wonderful Deep Creek Lake community has been the newly constructed HART for Animals Center. This tremendous new center offers many luxuries that cater to your pups and old friends alike!

Recently, in February of 2014, the center opened the Bredel Veterinary Care Center, a full service clinic, theBed ‘n Bark Inn, a pet hotel so that your pet can enjoy a stay at Deep Creek Lake even if your vacation rental isn’t dog friendly, the Head to Tails Salon, where your puppy can be pampered like the king or queen he or she really is, and the HART Shoppe, a modern store with a great lineup of basic puppy essentials! All four of these operations in the new HART for Animals Center are a tremendous asset to pet owners looking to escape to Deep Creek Lake!

Don’t forget to check regulations before you bring your four-legged friends to the Deep Creek Lake State Park! This park and many others have seasonal restrictions on pet admittance, and many don’t allow dogs until later in the summer.

Don’t fret though, as there are numerous activities you and your best friend can enjoy! There are several trails and hiking paths that provide great exercise for you and your dog. Year-round access to the Browning, Beckman, and Garrett Camp loops and several other locations near Deep Creek Lake are great opportunities for a little exercise for your pooch.

That’s not all! As you’ll see, Deep Creek Lake is an incredibly dog-friendly destination that is well-known for its consideration for dogs. There are many dog friendly vacation rentals available to book for your summer vacation to Deep Creek, and many local restaurants that welcome dogs with open arms as well!

Some of the local restaurants that cater to our four-legged friends are The Crab Shack, Sorellee’s Pizza Pub, Lakeside Creamery, Archie’s Barbeque, and Trader’s Coffee House, which even has a canine hitching post! Check out Deep Creek Lake’s nearly endless pet owner perks, and be sure to check out the many dog friendly rentals available at Dog Friendly Deep Creek.

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HART For Animals Gets a New Facility

At Dog Friendly Deep Creek, we’ve always had a special place in our hearts for HART for Animals, Inc, a local non-profit dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets in Garrett County. Since 2003 when HART first opened it’s doors, 5,000 animals have been rescued from euthanasia by transporting them from the County’s animal shelters to more populous locations where they have a greater chance of adoption.

We are very pleased to announce that HART recently opened a brand-new facility called the HART Animal Center, and the grand opening is coming up! The beautiful new Animal Center was 10 years in the making and has been a goal of the organization since HART was first founded. The 12,000 sq ft facility opened in March, 2014, and was created to save and protect rescued animals. The Adoption Wing is the core of the Center, and to support this part of the facility, HART operates a full-service veterinary practice, a pet hotel, grooming services, retail store, and a dog training operation. Profits from these services will support the adoption area, alongside fundraising and grants.

The expansive adoption wing has space for 60 dogs, 30 puppies, 40 cats, and many litters of ok 0 kittens. Being the dog and animal lovers that we are, we are so excited to welcome HART’s new Animal Center to our area. If you’ll be staying with us in May, please stop by HART Animal Center’s Open House on May 3, 2014 from noon to 5pm! Tour the new center, check out the Bed ‘n Bark Inn and MUTTWorks, the pet grooming center. There will also be a petting zoo, a pet adoption area, fun kids activities, and food!

While we have a large amount of dog friendly rental properties in Deep Creek, please check out HART Animal Center if you find yourself in a vacation rental that doesn’t allow pets, or if you’re not going to be participating in dog-friendly activities while on vacation. Your dog will love the Bed ‘n Bark Inn!

HART Animal Center
1265 Bumble Bee Road
Accident, MD 21520

Dog Friendly Holiday Treats

Dog Friendly Holiday Treats

The holidays are a time to spend quality time with friends and loved ones, look back on the past year and set goals for the year to come, and of course enjoy delicious homemade food and sweets. At Dog Friendly Deep Creek, our dogs are part of the family. With the hustle and bustle of the season, we want to make sure our dogs don’t get forgotten about. This year, don’t just make holiday cookies and sweets for your loved ones – you can make easy holiday dog treats that your furry friends will go crazy for.

If you’re staying at one of our dog-friendly Deep Creek rentals this winter, your dog will be greeted with a goody bag filled with dog treats, mess bags, and a Deep Creek dog tag. But why not make your pet feel extra loved with some homemade treats to enjoy too!

Below are a couple of our favorite dog treats to make for our four-legged friends. Enjoy and happy holidays!

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
Makes 25 treats
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
2 eggs
½ cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

-Preheat oven to 350 F

-Whisk together the flour, eggs, canned pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a ½ inch thick roll. Cut into half inch pieces, flatten with palm of hand, and use your favorite holiday cookie cutter.

-Bake until hard, about 40 minutes
*Recipe adapted from

Gingerbread Dog Biscuits
Makes 24 biscuits

3 cups whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ cup molasses
½ cup water

-Preheat over to 325 F and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray or oil

-Sift the flour, ginger, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Mix in the oil, molasses and water, then let rest for 15 minutes.

-Roll out the dough so that it is a ¼ inch thick.

-Use your favorite holiday-themed or dog-themed cookie cutters to cut out the cookies. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, bake until firm – about 20 minutes.

-Cool on the baking sheet, then store in airtight container.
*Recipe adapted from Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine

Dog Friendly Fall and Winter at Deep Creek

Dog Friendly Fall and Winter at Deep Creek

Fall and winter are a great time to visit Deep Creek with your furry friend! After Labor Day, most of the surrounding state parks relax their dog policies a bit so that it’s easier to hike and enjoy the beautiful surroundings with your pup.

At Deep Creek Lake State Park, dogs are allowed in the day use areas and in the lake after Labor Day through Memorial Day. The only part of the lake where dogs are not allowed is the sandy swimming beach area. All year long, pets are allowed on the trails, the Browning, Beckman, and Garrett Camp loops, and in the Discovery Center parking lot for access to the hiking trails. Your dog will a enjoy fun workout on the variety of hiking trails that run through Deep Creek Lake State Park, and they can cool their paws off in the lake afterwards. A dog’s dream!

The incredibly scenic Swallow Falls State Park opens up all of its day use areas to dogs after Labor Day through Memorial Day weekend.  The park contains Maryland’s tallest free falling waterfall, Muddy Creek Falls, as well as unique rock formations along the Youghiogheny River. A must see! Dogs are also allowed on the scenic 5 ½ mile trail from Swallow Falls to Herrington Manor. This beautiful trail runs on an old logging road and follows a stream most of the way. You’ll find Hemlock and Rhododendrons and a variety of wildlife. Dogs love the soft pine and dirt trail and the swimming holes, perfect for a doggie drink and cool down.

If you’re missing the warm days of summer and your dog is starting to whine from lack of daily exercise, Deep Creek Lake is the perfect fall or winter escape for you and your pup. Head out to the state parks, breathe in the fresh air, and hit the trails.

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