Deep Creek Lake was the inspiration for Smiley’s Fun Zone, Pine Lodge Steakhouse and The Lodges at Sunset Village, the three businesses built by Jonathan and Kathy Kessler over their thirty years loving the Lake area!

"Kathy and I are thrilled to share Deep Creek Lake and offer places for great food, fun for everyone and some outstanding hotel cabin suites to call home in these beautiful mountains. Enjoy!"

- Jonathan & Kathy Kessler

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Excited to hear the Tourism Update from Andreas Weissenborn of Destinations International at the November Business Before Hours. Also, we were pleased to have Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director of the Division of Tourism, Film & the Arts with us this morning. ... See MoreSee Less

We have just received outstanding news! Then National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (NDAA) has passed both the House and the Senate and is on its way to the President’s desk. The NDAA includes important changes to the HUBZone program. The changes contained in this bill represent the culmination of advocacy efforts led by the National HUBZone Council and supported by your local community. The following changes will be made to the HUBZone program as a result of this bill.

• Freezes HUBZone maps until January 1, 2020 and transitions the program to 5-year map updates after 2020
• Provides state governors the ability to petition the SBA Administrator to designate areas that have an average unemployment rate at least 120% of national or state average -- whichever is lowest -- as HUBZones; petitions require annual resubmission
• Removes the qualifier “nonmetropolitan” from “state median income” when determining HUBZone program eligibility
• Requires the SBA to make a determination on a firm’s HUBZone eligibility within 60 days of application receipt
• Ensures that BRAC counties receive HUBZone eligibility for a full 8 years beginning on the date the county was designated a BRAC
• Requires the Small Business Administration (SBA) to conduct a study on small business participation on Multiple Award Contracts (MACs)

Thanks to this grassroots advocacy, we were able to focus Congressional attention on the vital need to reform the HUBZone program, and ensure that it was included in one of the few must-pass bills before the end of the year. The Chair of the HUBZone Council, Shirley Bailey of GCC Technologies and Council member Dennis DuFour of TDEC testified before Congress and had many meetings with Congressional members on the issue. We are indebted to them for their efforts. Thank you also to Congressman Delaney, Senator Van Hollen and Senator Ben Cardin.
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We are so lucky to work & play in such a beautiful setting. Please enjoy this lovely video shot this fall.Thanks to Deep Creek Lake Area for sharing! ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations Sarah Duck! Best Digital Media Campaign by MTC for 360 video & virtual reality. #2017MTTS #DeepCreekLakeArea YouVisit ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations Jen Durben! Best Small Event from Maryland Tourism Coalition for Mountain MD Gateway to the West Heritage Area 5 year Anniversary. #2017MTTS #GARRETTHERITAGE ... See MoreSee Less

Great presentation given by our own President & CEO, Nicole Christian, yesterday at the annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit! ... See MoreSee Less

Listening Session on State Development Plan Scheduled. The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) has announced the beginning of their outreach effort for the State Development Plan, which they are calling A Better Maryland. Their outreach efforts will involve a series of Listening Sessions in all 23 counties and Baltimore City, and those Listening Sessions will begin in Garrett County on Monday, November 6, 2017. The purpose of the Listening Sessions is to engage and connect with the public, local governments, state agencies and other stakeholders across Maryland and solicit their feedback on what should be included in a State Development Plan and how it can help state agencies and local governments plan A Better Maryland.

Citizens are encouraged to attend the public meeting which will be held at 6:00 PM in the Garrett College Auditorium, 687 Mosser Rd, McHenry. At the meeting participants will engage with each other and with Planning staff on how A Better Maryland can best advance local needs and contribute to collaborative planning across the state.

Contact: Deborah Carpenter, Director, Garrett County Department of Planning & Land Management. 301-334-1920,
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A wonderful crowd gathered on October 15 for the unveiling on the Garrett County Volunteer Fire and EMS Memorial at the Visitors Center. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is honored to host this memorial to these fallen heroes and thanks all of our fire, EMS, police and military that put their lives on the line for us every day. Allegany Garrett Counties Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association ... See MoreSee Less

2017 Autumn Glory King Ryan Hebb & Queen Alanna Kinney braved the weather to participate in the Fireman's Parade last night. Special thanks to our sponsors Byco Enterprises, Inc., Hugh Umbel Companies, and Potomac Edison. Thanks also to Tom Shelton for generously volunteering his vehicle for the parade. ... See MoreSee Less

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