One of Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Tourists: Albert Einstein

In September of 1946, Deep Creek Lake received a very special visitor:

Albert Einstein.

At this point in time, Einstein had created the basis for the atomic bomb (that he did not want to be used to hurt anyone) and the bombs had landed in Japan. He was quoted as saying, “The war was won but peace was not.” In such a hard time in his life, where did Einstein choose to find that peace?

That’s right, Deep Creek Lake.

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Einstein stayed with a local doctor who was treating him- Dr. Tom Wilson. Throughout his two week vacation, the famous scientist was seen walking his dog, fishing, bird watching, and sailing. With such a heavy heart and mind, Einstein was able to acquire some comfort here at Deep Creek.

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A man, Blair Thompson, was hired to assist Einstein during his vacation. Einstein gave the man an envelope with $50 inside and his signature in the corner. Thompson planned on keeping the envelope as a heirloom but unfortunately he lost it and it was never found.

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Towns of Garrett County- Mountain Lake Park, Maryland

Located 8 miles south of Deep Creek Lake lies Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. Similar to other neighboring towns, Mountain Lake Park was a popular resort area from the late 1800’s to the 1940’s. A “Chautauqua” style town, Mountain Lake Park stressed the importance of education as well as recreation. Over the years, thousands of visitors have traveled through Mountain Lake Park, such as President William Howard Taft and Mark Twain.

Today, the town is filled with Victorian style homes representing the times gone by and over 2,000 residents. It is still a source of recreation, since it neighbors Broadford Lake. When is the best time to visit Mountain Lake Park? The Western Maryland Clay Court Tennis Championships in August! The town has been hosting this event for the past 94 years. For more information about Mountain Lake Park, please visit http://mtnlakepark.org/.

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Towns of Garrett County- Deer Park, Maryland

Located about 5 miles south of Deep Creek Lake, Deer Park, Maryland is known for a historic resort hotel that once stood there. A small train town, Deer Park was a booming industry in the late 1800’s. The B & O Railroad dropped off many prestigious guests at the Deer Park Hotel for a fun, relaxing weekend in Mountain Maryland. In fact, President Grover Cleveland honeymooned here in 1886. The Deer Park Hotel is long gone, however, The Deer Park Inn Bed and Breakfast still offers an elegant French cuisine.

With a population just over 400 residents, Deer Park is once again ready for growth. With new sewer and water lines, the town is planning new construction projects and restoring historic buildings. For more information, please visit http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/SouthernGarrettCounty.

FUN FACT: You know Deer Park Natural Spring Water? Yes, this is the same Deer Park! The popular bottled water comes from springs right here in Deer Park, Maryland.

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Welcome Back, Maryland Welcome Centers!

ANNAPOLIS, Md. –(AP) -Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing the reopening of tourist welcome centers in far western Maryland and the Eastern Shore that the previous administration closed six years ago for budget reasons.

Hogan said in a statement Thursday that the Youghiogheny (yahk-ih-GAY’-nee) Overlook center in Garrett County and the Bay Country center in Queen Anne’s County will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.

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Committee asks public for ideas on energy development

Angie Brant

Cumberland Times-News

OAKLAND — The Mountain Maryland Energy Advisory Committee is soliciting ideas from the public.

“Great ideas fuel our future,” said committee chairman Mike Koch at Tuesday’s Garrett County Commission meeting. Koch also serves as the county’s executive director of Community Planning & Development. “Energy development is an important part of our economic future, but we need to chart our course thoughtfully and responsibly. Public participation diversifies ideas and deepens this dialogue.”

The committee was created in November to advise the Garrett and Allegany County commissioners on local and state policy, regulation, programs and legislation issues. Representing a diversity of perspectives, the 12 committee members are private citizens, and business owners and leaders in economic development (Garrett and Allegany County representatives), health, education and recreation.

Members are interested in all types of energy production, opportunity and projects in the area, with a key focus on identifying and mitigating any risks, said Jeff Simcoe, committee consultant.

The committee has explored a range of energy topics and generated numerous ideas on energy production. The 12 committee members will be broken down into four groups of three and each group will focus on either commercial biomass generation, solar or energy efficiency, according to Simcoe. While the three initiatives are slated for more focused review, the group seeks additional fresh ideas from the general public.

New ideas generated by the committee and local citizens will be explored during monthly committee meetings, all of which are open to the public. The committee will review viable solutions and forward recommendations by majority vote to the county commissioners. The ideas will be numbered so they can be tracked throughout the process and the committee will prioritize the ideas, according to Simcoe.

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Flag Day program needs volunteers

MCHENRY — The Flag on Mountain Maryland Foundation will hold the eighth annual Flag on Mountain Maryland program at the Wisp Resort on June 14 at 6 p.m.

The indoor program will honor the civic organizations of Garrett County. Delegate Wendell Beitzel will be the speaker. The event will include music by Maria Rose and Danny Elswick, a parade of state flags and performances by Jessica’s Dance Creations.

Volunteers are needed to be part of the “living flag” on the mountain at the Wisp. Call Sandy Blamble by June 13 at 301-501-0786 or 301-334-4728. Student service-learning hours are available for students who help with the living flag.

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Mtn. Md. PACE Slated Jan. 26–27; Tickets Available

Dec. 29, 2011

The Garrett County Development Corporation and Cumberland/Allegany County Industrial Foundation Inc. will host the 2012 Mountain Maryland PACE (positive attitudes change everything) events at the Loews Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis next month. Tickets are now available.

The reception is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with the breakfast slated for Friday, Jan. 27, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Overall, the reception and breakfast are business/social in style and atmosphere. The reception features classic hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The breakfast has country-style buffet offerings and features a keynote speaker.

The theme for this year’s events is “Come to Play – Plan to Stay.”

PACE 2012 is not by invitation only. The general public is invited to attend, and anyone may purchase tickets. There is one all-inclusive ticket to attend both the reception and breakfast. Two-tiered pricing is in effect: $130 per person if payment is received on or before Wednesday, Jan. 4, and $150 per person if payment is received on or after Thursday, Jan. 5. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Ticket sales end on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Checks should be made payable to “Annapolis Reception Committee” and mailed to Mountain Maryland PACE, P.O. Box 3273, LaVale, MD 21504-3273.

PACE questions may be directed to Keli Mason, Allegany County Department of Economic Development, at 301-777-5967, 800-555-4080, or kmason@allconet.org.

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Staycation: Mountainous Maryland

….Almost an hour further, you’ll find Deep Creek Lake and similar activities to Rocky Gap, but with skiing in the winter and white water rafting in warmer months. This area of Garrett County—the westernmost county in Maryland—is widely visited and has a bustling tourist season. Here, you’ll find a bit more diversity in activities.

Deep Creek Lake has several high-quality dining venues, a modern movie theater, go-carts, shopping mall and more choices for indoor recreation. Night clubs, water sports and horseback riding are also on the list of recreational activities, along with all-terrain vehicle rentals and guided trails.

Whether your wallet will let you travel only as far as Rocky Gap, or all the way to Deep Creek, there’s certainly no shortage of adventures to be found in-between the two.

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>Officials asked to invest in trail system

>Garrett group wants $500,000 for Continental Divide Loop
Kristin Harty Barkley
Cumberland Times-News The Cumberland Times-News Wed Feb 23, 2011, 07:42 AM EST

OAKLAND — A group that wants to create a connected trail system in Garrett County is asking the Garrett County Board of Commissioners for $100,000 a year for five years to get the project off the ground.

Mike Dreisbach, vice president of Garrett Trails, said the payoff could be exponential.

“Allegany County got $500,000 from commissioners for their section of the Great Allegheny Passage,” said Dreisbach, who also serves on the Mountain Maryland Trails board.

“It came, basically, from hotel/motel occupancy tax. Their half-a-million-dollar investment gets them between $5 (million) and $6 million a year now in direct and indirect spending in that little 22-mile stretch. … We’re asking you to invest in tourism,” he said at last week’s public meeting.

Commissioners are in the process of drafting the county’s fiscal 2012 budget, which should be available for public perusal in the next few weeks. Considering the state budget crisis and the national recession, funding is expected to be extremely tight.

Garrett County’s hotel tax is 5 percent and generates about $1.5 million a year. Last year, county officials asked the state legislative delegation to introduce a bill that would allow them to raise the tax to 8 percent, but later retracted the request because of opposition from business owners.

Last week, Dreisbach and Garrett Trails President Steve Green gave a 20-minute presentation to commissioners, all of whom are new to the board this year.

Garrett Trails, which formed more than a decade ago, is developing plans for a trail network approximately 150 miles long that will connect many of the county’s towns to the Great Allegheny Passage. One segment, being called the Continental Divide Loop, would come off the passage at Meyersdale, Pa., to Penn Alps Restaurant, and then off the passage at Confluence, Pa., and eventually to Friendsville.

“The trail offers amazing and spectacular views,” said Dreisbach, adding that it would include some water routes, as well as opportunities for hiking and biking. “We envision this as an opportunity for people to say, ‘I did the loop.’ The draw of that is pretty spectacular.”

Garrett Trails received a $30,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission last summer and hopes to begin construction on some segments later this year.

“We have a lot of momentum going, a lot of interest,” said Green, co-owner of High Mountain Sports.

Last year, close to 85,000 people used the Great Allegheny Passage, a 135-mile trail from Cumberland to Duquesne, Pa. In 2010, the GAP generated about $85 million in revenue. In 2009, about 66,000 people used the trail, generating about $65 million, Dreisbach said.

“It’s had a big impact on all the businesses along the trail,” said Dreisbach, who owns Savage River Lodge. “It’s brought new businesses to the area. … When we talk about our Continental Divide Loop, we’ve got a similar thing. Actually, we’ve got some better things up here. We’ve got the history, all the scenic things. We never really tied everything together. It’s really a great opportunity for us.”

Green and other Garrett Trails representatives at-tended Mountain Maryland PACE events this year, trying to gain support from local and state officials.

“It really does boil down to, we need money,” Dreisbach told commissioners last week. “There are private people out there who are wanting to put money into it, but they’re wanting to see some ownership from the government and other people in the county. We’d get more traction in this whole process if we could just get some investment.”

Contact Kristin Harty Barkley at kbarkley@times-news.com

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