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Technology and the Vacation Rental Home


Smart Safety Those of us who have ventured into a restaurant lately have quickly learned to use our smart phones to review menu items.  It’s as simple as opening your camera app and focusing on the black and white squares to connect to a webpage.  No paper to touch and instant information at your finger tips. Smart Safety in the times of COVID. QR Codes and the Vacation Rental Industry...

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Good Bones and New Pillows Galore!


Opportunity to Update There’s a common thread among our new Red Barn Vacations rental homeowners at Deep Creek Lake.  They are committed to the quality of their homes, but have been buried in the murky depths of the two big vacation rental offerings for too long.   They knew that investing in their homes was dicey. Neither large local company had the ability to protect those hard-earned investments.  The excitement of...

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Cows, Potatoes, and Tales of Murder


I don’t know enough about the history of the Harvey Farm, but I want to learn more. Just prior to the COVID tidal wave that washed over all of us, I was able to briefly connect with a number of the Harvey family members. We made tentative plans for a mini reunion at the farm.  I have much to learn and hopefully that reunion will take place in a post-COVID...

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Bowie, a Barn, & Delighting in Different


Growing up in Annapolis, just down the road from the town of Bowie, I always knew when David Bowie was coming to play at the Cap Center. Inevitably some innovative graffiti artist would craft ‘Welcome to’ then ‘David’ around the Bowie sign on Rt 50. It was as predictable as the yearly addition of “Surrender Dorothy” on the train bridge in front of the Mormon church that so resembles the...

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DIY ‘Art & Wine Weekend’


Guest blog by Jessie from Red Barn Vacations. Every year, my family comes down to Deep Creek for the annual Art & Wine festival, benefiting HART for Animals. The whole crew in a previous year.  It’s a highlight of my year: great local art, wine galore, and time with my favorite people. Thanks to this year’s understandable cancellation of the festival, we’ve been forced to get creative. That’s right: we...

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Navigating the Marinas


Pontoons, speedboats, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and more! The lake is full of marinas with all your favorite watercraft. Weather you are looking for a peaceful cruise along the many coves and inlets of the lake, or if you want to go dock-to-dock at some of the best destinations around the lake, there is nothing quite like exploring Deep Creek by boat. Make sure to put pit-stops at the...

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On the Road: Games to Play to Pass the Time


For many of us, the drive to the lake is an exciting time. It’s the first taste of your vacation, and an opportunity to bond with your loved ones. With the setting sun illuminating the sky, the road unfurling before you, and the eager anticipation for your arrival, all the ingredients are there for memories made and laughter shared— all before you ever see our rolling hills. Here are a...

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