As you plan for your reunion, it may seem tempting to pick a tried-and-true destination that everyone has heard of. But why not make your next reunion unique and choose an off-the-beaten-path destination that will excite your family and have them ready to experience a new adventure together? In the most western reaches of Maryland lies Garrett County and famous Deep Creek Lake, a destination offering a long list of activities – both outdoors and indoors – 365 days a year. Read on to see why choosing Garrett County will be the best reunion decision you ever made.
What awaits us in Garrett County?
Year-round, Garrett County never fails to offer a fun experience to all its visitors. There is so much to choose from that no two reunions in Garrett County will be the same. Getting close to nature, teeing up for a round of 18 holes, enjoying the waterways by kayak or boat, shopping, wintertime fun in the snow, hitting the ski slopes, playing at the arcades and just simply relaxing in this rural paradise make it the perfect family-friendly destination.
Deep Creek Lake State Park is a major draw for visitors to Garrett County. Canoes, kayaks and other boats dot Maryland’s largest lake, the perfect place to spend days with family, enjoying each other’s company in one of the state’s most beautiful natural areas. Swimming and fishing are popular, and in winter you can try your hand at ice fishing.
But the lake is not the only major draw in Garrett County. A number of state parks are scattered throughout the area, including the popular Swallow Falls State Park, which offers some of Maryland’s most breathtaking scenery and the state’s highest waterfall, Muddy Creek Falls.
Flavors of Garrett County
Sharing great meals together is one of the highlights of a family reunion, especially when you have the chance to experience the flavors of a new destination. In Garrett County, you will find all sorts of options from casual to fine dining, local to international. Grab a bite by the lake at restaurants like Deep Creek Seafood and Boardwalk Bar & Grill, which offer wonderful water views. Dig in to a piping-hot pizza at Brenda’s Pizzeria, which is home to beautiful views just off the lake. Also popular among visitors and groups are Cornish Manor Restaurant and Dutch’s at Silver Tree, both on the lakefront. At the northern end of Garrett County are some favorites like Cornucopia Cafe and Penn Alps Restaurant. No matter where your reunion takes you in the county, you won’t have to worry about finding dining options that make everyone happy.
A good night’s sleep in Garrett County
Planning a reunion requires time and thought no matter if your family is big or small. Of course, any multi-day reunion requires accommodation of some sort, and in Garrett County there are so many options to choose from that you’ll enjoy exploring the options and seeing what’s in store. Does your family prefer tents to hotels? Then you’ve indeed picked the ideal reunion spot, with campgrounds at Deep Creek Lake and in parks around the region. And be sure to check out the cabin options for a cozy stay in the woods. For a homey atmosphere, choose a charming bed and breakfast like Carmel Cove Inn or Haley Farm Inn & Retreat Center, which is perfect for groups. Of course, there are plenty of hotel and motel options for every budget. Check out the Lodges at Sunset Village, a Log Cabin Suite Hotel with rooms that can hold up to 10 people. Or the LakeStar Lodge, where all 20 rooms offer lake views. Garrett County is home to many private vacation rental homes that are scattered around the lake area and can accommodate groups of 25+. From rustic to ritzy, these spacious homes provide room for everyone with up to eight bedrooms available. No matter the amenities or level of comfort you’re looking for, Garrett County has it all waiting for you, and they are here to help.
How do we get to Garrett County?
Located in Maryland’s panhandle, Garrett County is the farthest west you can get before crossing into West Virginia. It’s about a three-hour drive northwest of Washington, D.C. along I-66W and US-48W, and just over two hours south of Pittsburgh, where you can find the nearest major airport. There is a regional airport an hour to the west in Morgantown, West Virginia. So, whether your family is traveling from near or far, by car or by plane, planning your arrival into Garrett County can be simple, and before you know it you’ll be relaxing and ready to enjoy a memorable and carefree reunion.
The job of a family reunion planner doesn’t need to be complicated, and Garrett County ensures that you don’t have to reach far to fill your itinerary – whether your family’s idea of fun is hitting the slopes, hiking for spectacular views or simply basking lakeside in the sun. Garrett County and Deep Creek are popular spots that see visitors returning year after year, and it’s no surprise given how much there is to explore. So, make sure your family doesn’t miss out on one of Maryland’s best kept secrets, and bring your next reunion to Garrett County.