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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A winter weekend at Deep Creek Lake

By Graham Averill, Southern Living
updated 7:28 AM EST, Thu December 22, 2011

(Southern Living) — Your entire winter wishlist is here. Cozy fire casting shadows in an expansive lodge library? Check. Families snowshoeing into a thicket of evergreens? Check. Old-timers dropping lines into holes cut from a frozen lake? Check. You can even find dogsledding and sleigh rides.

All this in a postcard-ready setting: the 3,900-acre Deep Creek Lake, surrounded by Maryland’s mountains and dusted with an average snowfall of 120 inches. (That’s twice as much as Denver, Colorado, and Fairbanks, Alaska!) Here’s our guide to planning a frosty yet cozy winter weekend.

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Top Vacation Rental Values for Fall North American Travelers

Published by Ozgur Tore
Monday, 03 October 2011 19:52

Within several hours’ drive of Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and New York City, Garrett County has long been a fall favorite due to its breathtaking foliage, which surrounds Deep Creek Lake with bright orange, red, and yellow mountaintop hues.

The area’s Autumn Glory Festival in October has been voted as the number one fall festival by MSN.com, featuring artisan demonstrations, car shows, a corn maze adventure, parades, German-style Oktoberfest and more.

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Deep Creek Lake Vacation Rentals – Names to Know

If you are considering renting your home or condo through a resort vacation rental company, here are a few names to know (alphabetically):

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Long & Foster Resort Rentals

Sheila Kramer, manager

shelia.kramer@longandfoster.com

301-387-5832

http://www.deepcreekresort.com/

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Offlake Rentals

Bob Orr, manager

bob@offlakerentals.com

301-387-8060

http://www.offlakerentals.com/

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Railey Mountain Lake Vacations

Leigh Miller, Director of New Owner Relations

leigha@deepcreek.com

866-430-2885

http://www.deepcreek.com/

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Taylor Made Rentals

Jodi Refosco, owner/manager

jodi@deepcreekvacations.com

301-387-5999

http://www.deepcreekvacations.com/

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I have experience working with each and every one of these fine folks and they all do a great job renting properties. The reality is, you may be more comfortable with one vs. the other or your house may be a better ‘fit’. You will want to ask questions about marketing/advertising programs, rates, market share, how much ‘face-time’ you can expect and how they handle issues with damages, deposits, maintenance & repairs. Also, ask to see your competition within the company. I recommend shopping around to see what works best for YOU, and your BUDGET. I assure you, with any of these contacts, they know their respective markets and will be a wealth of information.

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Maryland weighs revising park pet policy

CUMBERLAND — Going to the park is a popular group activity, and visitors to Maryland’s state parks may soon be able to bring even more of their friends along.

The Maryland Park Service has begun taking public comments on a proposed plan to revise its pet policy and expand pet access in state parks.

According to the Maryland Park Service, the proposal was developed based on comments from park staff and visitors over the years.

Under the proposal, pet prohibitions in many of the parks throughout the state will be reduced. Parks that will allow pets greater access include Deep Creek Lake, New Germany State Park and Dan’s Mountain.

In particular, New Germany had previously prohibited pets entirely. Under the current proposal pets would be allowed year-round on trails and in the Pine Camp loop. Between Labor Day and Memorial Day weekend, pets will be allowed in the day-use area and lake.

Parks that will not be affected by the proposal include Big Run, Herrington Manor, Rocky Gap, Swallow Falls and Youghigheny Wild River. The policy already allows for pet access in these parks.

“We’re going to compromise with various opinions,” said Lt. Col. Chris Bushman, deputy superintendent of the Maryland Park Service. Bushman said that the Maryland Park Service has received comments with pro-pet and anti-pet views and intends to use them to fine-tune the proposal and address the unique nature of each park.

Park managers will still be able to prohibit pets from certain facilities in areas where they would otherwise be allowed, such as visitor centers and playgrounds. The policy will not affect service animals, which will still be allowed in all areas of the park open to their owners.

Bushman emphasized that the existing policies requiring pet owners to keep their pets on leashes and clean up after their pets will not change. “The park rangers and Natural Resources Police are on-site at these parks in the developed areas,” said Bushman. “We will not allow people to break those rules.“

After comments from the public and other parties have been reviewed and any necessary changes made, the new policy will be put into effect in early 2010.

Comments on the pet policy may be submitted online at http://dnrweb.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/petpolicy/comment.asp and through mail at Pet Policy Comments, Maryland Park Service, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401. Comments will be accepted until Nov. 30.

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