Garrett County, Maryland
Far from big city life but right in the heart of Maryland’s most breathtaking scenery, Garrett County is dotted with charming small towns, the state’s largest freshwater lake and a welcoming atmosphere that makes this the perfect place to plan a reunion that is certain to create memories to last a lifetime.
Outdoor adventure abounds in Garrett County, and one of the most popular destinations for visitors is Deep Creek Lake State Park. Home to Maryland’s largest freshwater lake and encompassing 3,500 acres with a whopping 65 miles of shoreline, it’s a wonderful place to spend time bonding with family and friends in the great outdoors. Rent canoes, kayaks, or boats to explore the vast lake, or cool off with a nice swim. This is also a popular lake for fishing and even becomes an ice fishing destination during the winter months. Guests can also take advantage of Garrett County’s many outdoor group-friendly activities, including horseback riding at establishments like Circle R Ranch, which is Deep Creek Lake’s family-friendly ranch, hiking and biking, whitewater rafting, skiing and snowboarding.
Garrett County’s quaint small towns are the ideal place for reunion guests to gather. Oakland’s historic downtown offers a host of cool museums dedicated to railroad, transportation and history, and there are shopping and dining options for everyone’s tastes along with a seasonal famer’s market.
Just up the highway lies the small town of Accident, where reunion groups can visit the Rolling Pin Bakery, which has fresh donuts three times a week and many other baked goods. Rolling Pin Bakery also offers fresh deli meats and cheese, hot and cold sandwiches, coffee and an assortment of many other drinks. Also in Accident resides the FireFly Farms, where visitors can sample some award-winning goat cheese.
Grantsville is located on the historic National Road in the northern end of Garrett County. Take a step back in time and visit the Casselman Inn. This historic inn catered to travelers along the National Road and to this day, serves as a restaurant and inn complete with delicious home cooked meals. Visitors can also check out the popular Spruce Forest Artisan Village, where historic cabins serve as studios for local artists to display their crafts. Top it off with a visit to High County Creamery and Market for some delectable cheese, ice cream, or a full farm-to-table meal that everyone is sure to love.
- Over 4,000 rooms spread across the county,encompassing a variety of accommodation styles.
- Unique lodging options including cabins, chalets, B&B’s, condo-hotels, hotel/motels, lodges, tiny homes, yurts and camping.
- Lodging, activities and dining selection assistance
- Itinerary planning assistance
- Welcome bag for reunion guests
- Deep Creek Lake and 8 state parks
- Adventure Sports Center International
- Spruce Forest Artisan Village
- Wisp Resort
Multi-generational reunions have been a tradition for many years in the Deep Creek Area. With an abundance of lodging options including vacation rental homes, hotels, camping and more, families find themselves planning their vacations year after year, creating lifelong memories surrounded by loved ones.
– Jen Durben, Heritage Area & Groups Director