Winter is one of our very favorite seasons. But beyond skiing and snowboarding, what is there to do at the lake? The answer? So, so much!


Each day, we wake up to a landscape covered in white, the day before us full of opportunity and charm. While it’s tempting to spend all day gazing out at the frosted lake, there are so many great ways to enjoy the winter season in Deep Creek and fun activities to get you moving.

Here are a few of our favorite winter activities:

Explore the handblown glass at Simon Pearce
Shop their beautiful artisan products or attend a glassblowing demonstration to watch master glassblowers at work.

Zip Down the Mountain on Wisp’s Mountain Coaster
Billed as a “gravitational hybrid” between an “alpine slide and a roller coaster,” Wisp’s Mountain Coaster features 3,500 features of downhill twists and turns.

Get Active at the Deep Creek Ninja Factory
Four indoor obstacle courses of varying difficulties with obstacles like Tilting Ladders, Zig Zag Planks, the Spider Wall, and more.

Go Shopping at Schoolhouse Earth
Gift shop with gourmet food wares, year-round Christmas showroom, and large selection of fashion items, jewelry, children’s gifts, candles, and more.

Take a Hike Through Swallow Falls State Park
This local state park boasts Maryland’s highest free-falling waterfall, as well as a series of smaller waterfalls and charming banks along the Youghiogheny River.

Walk Downtown Oakland
Historical museums, small boutiques, thrift and antique stores, restaurants, galleries and so much more!

Take a Ride with Pleasant Valley Dreamrides
Pleasant Valley Dreamrides offers a winter horse-drawn carriage ride through the beautiful Amish countryside, learning about daily life on an Amish farm and enjoying the scenic pastoral landscape.

Enjoy lakeside dining at Dutch’s at Silver Tree
Our onsite fine dining restaurant, Dutch’s at Silver Tree serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and is famous for their delicious steak dinners, as well as their Friday Night Seafood Buffet.

Grab Something Yummy at Trader’s Coffee House
Located in the central lake area, Trader’s Coffee House serves coffee, espresso, and specialty drinks, as well as breakfast and lunch offerings.

Take a Break at the Fireside Deli & Wine Shop
This wine shop and deli hosts frequent wine tasting events and boasts a comfortable place to hang out, grab a glass of wine, and enjoy a delicious hot panini.

Sample Some Cheese at Firefly Farms Creamery & Market
Located along the main street in Accident,  Firefly Farms Creamery & Market is a renowned local cheesemaker with an array of award-winning goat cheeses.  Schedule a wine and cheese pairing or stop by to see what they have in stock!