Here at Deep Creek Lake, 3-day weekends are probably our favorite kind of holidays. Many local businesses have awesome specials, host special events, and we get an extra day of weekend fun! Presidents’ Day Weekend is one of the biggest winter weekends at Wisp Resort and Deep Creek Lake, and we’re super excited about the fun things to do! We broke down some of our favorite events and things we’re looking forward to this weekend to help get you started.

Kids Enjoying Oakland WinterfestOakland’s Winterfest – It seems that each community offers their own version of a Winterfest celebration, but we have to say that Oakland’s is pretty hard to beat. Take a carriage ride through historic downtown, watch live ice-carving demonstrations, browse through museums and local shops, and more! This two-day event is definitely a local favorite!

Blackstrap Rail Jam Series #2 – Inspired by the Olympics? Show off your best tricks at the second installment of the BlackStrap Rail Jam Series! Contestants compete and accumulate points through three events spanning the winter season. If you’re not ready to show off your skills, it’s a super fun event to watch! Come out and cheer on the contestants!

Snowshoeing & Hiking – It looks like we’re in for sunny, mild weather this weekend – which means it’s perfect for a brisk hike! It doesn’t look like we’ll have snow on the ground for the upcoming weekend, so the trails should be clear, too. Enjoy all levels of difficulty hiking at one of many state parks around the area or join a guided tour that takes you off the beaten path and into the stunning unknown landscape. All Earth Eco Tours offers snowshoeing tours when there’s snow cover or standard hiking when there isn’t!

Hiking at Swallow Falls State Park

Live Music – The biggest weekend all winter means the best live music! You can usually catch a live band at Moonshadow, Mountain State Brewing Company, Black Bear Tavern, and the Honi-Honi! Wisp Resort also offers a concert series!

Shopping – While there’s no malls nearby, Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County have pretty awesome local shops! Any holiday weekend usually means lots of great sales, which is still true for these mom and pop shops! Find winter and ski gear at High Mountain Sports or Outdoor Elements at Wisp, find souvenirs and cute Deep Creek stuff at Bear Creek Traders or the Tourist Trap, or browse downtown Oakland’s wide selection of shops during Winterfest!

There’s plenty to do if you’re itching to get out and enjoy winter at Deep Creek Lake! Long weekends are also a good time to really kick back and relax, too, so make sure to enjoy your time at Deep Creek Lake with your family and friends.

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