August 31, 2012 - September 3, 2012
Folks who are attending - Please read this document:
Adventure Bound Reservation
Don't worry about the difference in the names in the document from the actual attendee list, as this was done at the time of rental one year ago and the list has changed since then.
Here is a general description of the rental:
What to Expect at Adventure Bound
The chalet is an upscale one, so there is no smoking and no pets allowed in it. Plus, we cannot arrive before 4 PM or else there will be a $50 fee per person.
Here is a view of our chalet, from the rear, facing the lake:
Adventure Bound is a luxurious villa in an area that already boasts world-class resorts. It is very well-furnished, with first-rate amenities. Here you can take a virtual tour of our beautiful residence:
The picture below is another shot taken from our villa, looking out across the lake. We will have our own private dock, where we will park our pontoon boat and our kayaks. Here is our dock:
And it will be peaceful and secluded since the land behind the lakefront villa is ours, and we share it with no one else. Here is the actual rear view from our residence, looking towards our private dock and the lake:
Deep Creek Lake is Maryland's largest lake, with 65 miles of shoreline, and McHenry is a resort area known everywhere for great dining, shopping, and outdoor activities.
Years past, I would drive by these high-end resorts, and wonder as to who could possibly afford staying at such beautiful lakeside luxury chalets. What one cannot do, as a team we all can do. We can all stay, during Labor Day Weekend no less, as a group in one of these top-of-the-line chalets. And the best ones that get booked fastest are the ones on the water with the private docks. Reservations for the choice vacation homes must be made one year ahead of time. The price is high, but if we divide the total rental costs by 12, we can afford it.
Bring a good book to read.
We will be staying in the town of McHenry, a locale named after George Washington's surgeon, Dr. James McHenry, who once lived here. In his words:
"I like this country, its salubrious air, its mild summers, its interesting views made up of hills, woods, glades, streams, and mountains; I should never move from the spot I am now on."
The Deep Creek Lake activity page, courtesy of our rental office:
We would stay three nights and four days there. Friday through Monday.
We could invite other boaters, as they pass by, to come over to our villa and to visit, or we can join them with our boat out on the lake.
But what happens if it rains? We can go in our hot tub or sit by the fireplace inside the huge residence. We can even go downstairs and shoot some pool at our very own billiards table. Of course, the chalet is non-smoking.
Our game room
I realize that $270 is a high cost for a long weekend, but when you see this place, you will realize that it is worth every penny. If we do it as a large group it becomes affordable.
We'll get a luxurious lakeside villa at a resort known globally for high-end living. And we can accomplish this feat as a group.
Those going need to be able to work as a team, and I ask that solely positive individuals with a can-do attitude join us on this adventure. We will have to share living quarters and chores, and, while the chalet is large the long weekend will stay pleasant if all are able to work and live with others.
Here is a photo of our Great Room, with the stone fireplace:
Here is our dining room:
And our kitchen:
This would be a fun and adventurous long weekend. I am planning to rent us a boat, but not just any boat - I'm talking about the largest pontoon available on the lake, and we can use it on the lake as our floating platform. We can get the 90HP pontoon, since we are reserving it so far in advance. And we will use our own private dock at the villa!
Here is what we will have: The largest pontoon on the lake that is 12 person capacity, and can go 20 MPH, and it is ours for the day for $500.00 which includes taxes and required fees. Fuel is extra, so we will split that cost, for two tanks it comes to about $250.00. Thus the full cost of the pontoon is $750.00 for the entire day. Of course, the cost of the boat is included in the $270.00 payment.
Our 90 HP Triple-Pontoon, from the marina on the lake
Here is a detailed description of this specialized pontoon that can serve as our base camp on the lake and pull us in tubes or be the mother ship for kayakers:
- These tripletoon boats are newer, go faster, tow better, and ride smoother than all of the competitors’ pontoon boats for rent on Deep Creek Lake. They also don't look like a "rental boat."
- On the 90HP the center pontoon allows for enhanced handling and performance. With an exclusive tripletoon technology, the larger center pontoon creates more lift out of the water. The third pontoon on the boat make these vessels four times more stable than standard pontoons. If we have anyone that is timid about boating, this is how they should experience boating while on vacation.
- At 23’ in length, the deck grants plenty of space and room for many people.
- With maximum flexibility in mind, a rear entry gate with a fixed four-step ladder allows easy access for water sports.
- Available with a table
- The outfitter solely permits towing of tubes, skis, and wakeboards that are purchased or rented from Deep Creek Marina due to insurance stipulation.
Here is our pontoon reservation for all day on Sunday, September 2nd:
I have taken a specialized boating safety class with the MD DNR Police for this vessel on my own, to ensure our safety. I completed it on 3-24-2012. Below is the class certificate that expires when the Id card is issued, and I will have the permanent ID card with me:
Maryland DNR Police Boating Certificate
It is a place of solitude and adventure
One can choose a relaxing paddle
Or one can go for an adrenaline rush
Hiking opportunities in the area are fantastic. We could go to Swallow Falls State Park, and take a hike there. Georgette has just returned from there, and she took some beautiful pictures; they are located at:
For everyone's information, the web site for Swallow Falls State Park is at: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/swallowfalls.asp
Swallow Lake Falls State Park.
The eclectic shops and ice cream stores and eateries are all nearby our villa, and they are great for visiting or antiquing. They have jewelry stores and vintage clothing stores, as well as fishing gear. If you have a fishing license, the fishing here is great. The entire Deep Creek Lake belongs to the state, so MD DNR Police rules apply therein. Here is the general information on fishing if you have an interest in this activity:
There's also live music and entertainment on weekends at area night clubs, but folks are wholly on their own for those type of activities.
The villa has a computer with Internet access, but I don't recommend surfing virtual reality over the weekend when there is real aquatic surfing that can be done instead.
It is beautiful in the day
And it is also beautiful in the night
At Deep Creek Lake, there is absolutely no alcohol allowed on the lake, whether one is swimming, in a kayak, an inner tube, a set of skis, a motor boat, a pontoon, a submarine, a log, or anything else. However, on the land property, such as at our villa (both the building and our lawn overlooking the lake) alcohol is allowed. DNR Police strictly enforces this law, and it is a common sense rule, given the high volume of boating and aquatic activities taking place therein. There is even scuba diving there, by the way.
Deep Creek Lake is huge, and its beauty is unmatched.
The meals are all on our own, and all should bring their own food and drink. While sharing food sounds good, given the dietary needs and desires of 12 different people, it is too difficult to accomplish the logistics for 108 separate meals. There are grocery stores nearby:
Walmart Supercenter 13164 Garrett Highway Oakland, Maryland 21550
Shop 'n Save Grocery 24586 Garrett Highway McHenry, Maryland 21541 Mon-Sun 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
And if the nights get chilly, we will light up the cozy fireplace. Or build a big fire in our private outdoor fire pit behind our villa. Bring board games if you will. The temperature up here tends to be 10 degrees colder than down the road, so keep that in mind.
We'll team folks up in same-sex bedrooms. Since you would be sharing a large bed in one bedroom, in case you want your own sleeping arrangements, please bring a sleeping bag to place in that bedroom. We've done that in the past and it worked well.
I volunteer to park my vehicle as well as my kayak trailer at the realty office to conserve parking spaces for others at the villa. Of course, carpooling is greatly encouraged, and, as the activity date gets closer, we can work on the carpooling aspect of the event. Tom has a Suburban that can accommodate several individuals, and he volunteered to use it. Since grocery stores are located right there, and the house is fully furnished with so many modern amenities, the amount of items that we need to bring on the journey is not that much as compared to a rugged camping trip or t a mountain cabin, for example.
I am bringing my mountain bike but not my kayak. The bike I will leave at the villa, and there are kayak rentals there in case I desire one.
Sleeping & Layout Details of Adventure Bound:
Bed Sizes: King, Queen, Double, Double, Double, 2 Queen Sleep Sofas
1. Master Suite - (King) Lake View, Ceiling Fan, Single Jetted Tub, TV, VCR, CD Player, Private Full Bath, Access to Private Balcony
2. Loft - (Queen Sleep Sofa) TV, DVD, Computer with Internet Access
1. Great Room - Cathedral Ceilings, Lake View, Fireplace (wood), Ceiling Fan, TV, VCR, DVD, Deck Acces
2. Dining Room - Cathedral Ceilings, Table Seats 12
3. Kitchen - Bar seats 3
4. Bedroom - (Double) Ceiling Fan, TV, VCR
5. Bedroom - (Queen) Lake View, Ceiling Fan, TV, VCR
6. Full Bath -
1. Family Room - (Queen Sleep Sofa) Lake View, TV, VCR, DVD, CD Player, Wet Bar with 3 Bar Stools, Pool Table, Patio Access
2. Bedroom - (Double) Lake View, Ceiling Fan, Deck Access
3. Bedroom - (Double) Ceiling Fan
4. Full Bath -
The Amenities at Adventure Bound:
- AM/FM Receiver[s]: 1
- Cassette Deck[s]: 1
- CD Player[s]: 1
- Dishwasher[s]: 1
- Dock (Private)
- Dogs Allowed with Fee
- DVD[s]: 2
- Fire Pit (Outdoor)
- Fireplace[s] (Wood): 1
- Free High Speed & Wireless Access Including PC
- Free Unlimited Long Distance
- Grill[s] (Gas): 1
- Guest Loyalty Program
- Hot Tub[s] (Outdoor): 1
- Jetted Tub[s] (Single): 1
- Master Bedroom[s]: 1
- Microwave[s]: 1
- No Smoking
- Pool Table
- TV[s] (Extended Cable): 5
- VCR[s]: 5
- Washer/Dryer[s]: 1
As noted, we bring all our own food and beverages, as well as paper products such as paper towels and toilet paper along with trash bags.
There is a multi-cinema nearby with the latest releases, and there are all kinds of activities nearby our resort. There is disc golf, batting cages, geocaching, go karts, golfing, boat tours, rock climbing, laser tag, paintball, skate park, scenic chairlifts, segway tours, whitewater rafting, canoeing, mountain hiking, and on and on. The only negative part is that we are not staying here for an entire year, as there is so much to do.
Parking will be limited, for solely 5 vehicles, so we can park extra cars at the real estate office 2 miles away from the villa. If we carpool, of course, that will be a good idea. Since we are renting this chalet, they are letting us use the realty office area for overflow parking for free. I am leaving my vehicle there. But as this Labor Day Weekend gets closer, I am confident that we can get the carpooling arrangements worked out.
Here is the link to the map between the cabin and the realty office, a 2-mile one-way trip:
Bring a bike, a kayak, and hiking gear, as well as a swimming outfit and a beach towel. Yes, there are several kayak rental outfitters right there as well, as well as bike rental shops. And there is a sandy beach along the shore that we can enjoy as well. Because Deep Creek Lake is naturally spring fed, it has some of the best water clarity in the eastern United States. A true treasure.
The beach at Deep Creek Lake with several kayaks visible.
Another shot of the beach.
Again, the dates will be August 31 - September 3, 2012, for the 12 vacationers. The total will be used for the villa and for the pontoon boat.
Our residence is close to the dining areas, restaurants, ice cream shops, and other stores.
Payments: Some of us who used online payment systems have been scammed. So, to avoid processing fees and scamming issues with third-party entities, please send $270 to me made out to me at the below address now. The first 12 people who pay are in. It only takes one day for first class mail to reach me from the Washington, D.C. metro area. Time is of the essence so that we can get this fantastic villa.
All receipts and information will be made available to all so all can see how the expenditures have been made. Any extra funds will be equally distributed to the members. If you cannot make it after having paid, get someone to take your place.
The bedding assignments will be made by order of payment received. It is first-come, first served, but I am claiming the upper level master suite with king bed, and I will have a safe up there for us that will be removed once we are all there for any objects to keep secure. And there is a computer with Internet in our chalet, so you don't need to bring your system, albeit I do not recommend staying on the computer all weekend with what this place has to offer.
Here is the web site of our villa:
Sheets and towels are provided for the maximum capacity of the home. Beds will be made up with linens, pillows, a blanket and bedspread, and towels (1 bath towel and 1 washcloth per person) will be hanging ready for you to kick your shoes off and relax. Beach towels are not provided; so please do not remove towels from the house, and be sure all linens stay when we leave.
The villa features standard items, which include the following:
- Drip coffee maker
- Toaster or Toaster Oven
- Pots and pans
- Dishes, utensils, and glassware.
It will be nice to have our private water front location on the lake
The realty office told me to move on this reservation, as such places on the water are guaranteed to be rented to someone. It has never been left vacant in the past. Please be advised that the actual and final RSVP is my receipt of payment for the activity.
So, please send a check for $270 to:
821 Brunswick Street
Brunswick, Maryland 21716
Once I receive your check, you are either in on the reservation, or the money gets returned to you if the reservation falls through or if you are above the first 12 responders.
A sunset at Deep Creek Lake.
The chalet is ours for the Labor Day Long Weekend! It is now booked. Please refer to Reservation Confirmation # 371131 and please ignore references on the web site stating that this chalet must be rented for a minimum of seven days during peak season as it does not apply during this holiday weekend:
What to Pack & What You Need to Bring
• Paper products (i.e. toilet paper, paper towels). • Bath toiletries. • Hand soap, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent. • Charcoal for outdoor grilling. • Trash bags are not supplied. • We suggest bringing your own pool, beach and hot tub towels. • Specialty items such as large roasting pans, and the like.
What is Provided
• Sheets and towels are provided for the maximum capacity of the home. • Beds will be made up with linens, pillows, a blanket and bedspread. Please be sure all linens stay when you leave. • Towels (1 bath towel and 1 washcloth per person) will be hanging ready for you to kick your shoes off and relax. Beach towels are not provided; please do NOT remove towels from the house. • All of our homes feature standard items, which include the following:
drip coffee maker, toaster, pots and pans, dishes, utensils, and glassware. All other unique and specific equipment and amenities for each home are listed in the individual home description.
Folks – We have had several changes to the final list of attendees. Accordingly, for those who are coming, please read the entire activity narrative as well as the information contained in the links. Some of us want to do group outdoor events, and others want to do solo events; both are fine. There is no pressure to do anything. One can sit along the lake, take in the scenery, or read a book. Here is what I will be doing, and anyone is most welcome to join me:
Friday: Arrive at the villa after 4 PM. After a run to Walmart, I plan to just hang out at our property and relax. We have our own private dock, our own private lakeside area, and there will be a full moon. Inside, we have a pool table. Outdoors, there is a fire pit and a hot tub. I will bring wood for a bonfire.
Saturday: When I wake up, I will do a moderate hike at Swallow Falls State Park. Later in the day, I will ride my bike and go to the beach. Later, I will do another Walmart run, to have whatever I wish to take with me in my cooler for the pontoon ride the next day. And in the evening I plan to go to a nearby Italian restaurant.
Sunday: We have our long-awaited all-day pontoon adventure and we can go anywhere we want that is accessible to us on the entire lake. Naturally, we will make break stops back at our dock as needed. In the evening, I would like to explore the area. At night, I plan to repeat my Friday night relaxing at the villa.
Monday: After making sure all is well at the villa, checkout by 12 Noon. I then plan to explore the area once more.
Here is the link to the area weather forecast that is usually accurate except when it is not: