Garrett County permits vacation rentals to reopen

The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — Garrett County officials on Thursday lifted the order that closed vacation rental properties, but with a number of restrictions and warnings.

Following Gov. Larry Hogan’s Wednesday announcement of the first phase of his reopening plan, the county commissioners voted to amend their state of emergency declaration to allow the use of rental units effective immediately.

County Health Officer Bob Stephens also rescinded his March order on the rental units.

“Garrett County has been very blessed to have low numbers of infections, and we are in fact the lowest … in the state,” Stephens told the commissioners. “We are all still at some risk. There will be new transmissions from time to time. Our goal in all of this is to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

Commission Chairman Paul Edwards said the reopening of rental units comes with orders for both property owners/managers and the guests.

“The county, in consultation with the Garrett County health officer, have agreed that the order the health officer of March 27, 2020, closing all TVRU (transient vacation rental units) and vacation rental properties … is hereby rescinded, and that is subject to the provisions of the executive order and guidance of the office of legal counsel,” Edwards announced.

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Boating, Whitewater Rafting, Hiking, And More At Maryland's Largest Freshwater Lake

Garrett County is home to Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, and it’s one of the best ways to get out of D.C. and enjoy some much-need summertime activities.

The Deep Creek Experience is authentic adventure awaiting every member of your family. There’s everything from boating and fishing to kayaking, watertubing, wakeboarding, swimming and canoeing—so much that Budget Travel listed the Deep Creek Lake area and the town of Oakland as one of America’s Best Summer Lake Towns.

September will also see the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, but even with 65 miles of shoreline, it isn’t just about summer activities; Garrett County is host to Wisp Resort, the state’s only ski resort, making it a great way to get in your skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing without making the trek to Vermont or beyond!

So take the three-hour trip to Garrett County for Deep Creek Lake, the state’s highest waterfall at Muddy Creek Falls, 90,000 acres of public land, and simply kick back with your loved ones on a beautiful summer weekend. Log onto visitdeepcreek.com to plan your Deep Creek experience! 

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Best Weekend Getaways to Escape DC Drama

Deep Creek makes the list:

7. Deep Creek Lake – If you’re looking for a get away that will allow you to be out of cell service for 48 hours, check out Deep Creek Lake. Just two hours from DC in Garrett County, Maryland, Deep Creek is the largest freshwater lake in the state. Being out in the woods will give you a break from the city heat to swim and fish, and boat, tubing, and jet ski rentals are in abundance. The surrounding State Park is a lesser known tourist attraction so renting a house by the water shouldn’t be too difficult, and is a not too expensive option if you want to bring a gaggle of friends. Check out the Honi-Honi Bar to drink right on the bar (there’s even a boat dock to hitch your rental) plus they have karaoke on Thursdays and live music on the weekends.”