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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

QR codes have experienced a rebirth with our 2020 restrictions. We at Red Barn Vacations have embraced this technology and discovered innovative ways to use it to support our homeowners.  In neighborhoods that allow signage, we have not only added our unique branding, but a qr code to every sign.  The qr code directly leads potential guests to a deeper knowledge of the home that they are standing directly in front of!

How Does it Work?

If you find yourself driving past one of our elite vacation homes, stop and open up the camera app on your phone.  Point it at the black and white box and you will notice that the qr code will be framed in yellow.  A prompt will appear at the top of your screen, suggesting that you open up the webpage in your browser.  Click on it and dive into the property description, interior photographs, floor plans, reviews, and availability.  Easy Peasy.

You can even book the home directly from your smart phone!  Give it a try and let us know what you think.

If you are interested in working with an innovative vacation rental management company that is different by design, call us today to talk about your Deep Creek Lake vacation rental home and ways we can protect and promote it.

(301) 387-3373

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 a small, elite, and ‘Different by Design’ hospitality vs lodging company was just what they were looking for.

New Everything

Best of Both Worlds is the perfect example!  After signing with us, the owners of this perfectly placed lakefront home at the foot of Wisp hit the internet in search of a fresh and clean new look.  The boxes quickly arrived, filling our farm with crispy new pillows for every bed, new boxspring and mattress covers, and even a replacement king size bed for the queen in the main floor master bedroom.

Our team spent days in the home, replacing artwork and light fixtures, patching drywall and changing out linens.  It paid dividends with a number of fantastic reviews such as this one:

Mike on 11/15/2020
Best of Both worlds was the perfect spot for our family vacation. Ideal location, right on the lake with gorgeous sunrise views. Quiet and peaceful in the fall, but just a short drive for groceries, restaurants, and anything you might need. Two state parks a short drive away with beautiful hikes for any difficulty level. The house is very spacious and open, with every bedroom clean and well appointed, and bathrooms and kitchen nicely updated (with everything from a Keurig to a pancake griddle!), and a massive two story living room window that offers extraordinary views of the lake. The decor has some nice flavor from the area without being ostentatious. Plenty of in-house entertainment from the big TVs, pool table, and hot tub. Highly recommended as a complete, comfortable jumping off point for your Deep Creek or Wisp visit.

So Much More to Come

There is so much more to come!  Wait until you see the new sectional coming for the main floor living area! This home is within walking distance of the Wisp lodge and lakefront in a quiet cove making it perfect for every season.
Learn more about this beautiful Deep Creek Lake home and book it today!

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 world. Here is what I know so far about the basecamp for Red Barn Vacations.

Life Before the Lake

The Harvey Farm was very large in the 1800’s and full of dairy cows.  The lake wasn’t yet created and the property flowed where ever the eye could see.  The family worked very hard by day and ate and slept in the small farmhouse that sat above the pond by night.  I know there were apple trees on the hill near the top of North Glade.  The towering oaks that line the drive even today stood as witnesses to the growing family.

Garrett County Stone

As the story goes, stone was added to the farmhouse sometime in the 1920’s.  It was taken from land owned by the family that is now part of the Deep Creek State Park.  The same Harvey brother who added stone to the farmhouse, stoned the beautiful church across the street from Uno’s and the Honi.

Three Brothers

Three families lived in the Stone House in the 1900’s, all brothers. They lived one family to a floor.  Just imagine living with your grown siblings!  As we renovated, I often wished that the walls could talk, and now and then they did, spilling out ancient images and even a few beautifully written notes.  They felt like treasures to us.

Potatoes Everywhere

The Harvey family moved away from cows and planted potatoes in the 1970’s.  The potatoes were stored in the barn and ultimately shipped to Hanover to become chips for Snyder’s of Hanover.  After the harvest, the Harvey’s were known to welcome the community to the fields to collect any leftover potatoes.

The White Barn of Long Ago

As you can see, the red barn was white back in the day.  I am not sure when in its history it was painted the red that we see today.  There were numerous outbuildings and a garage where the inn now stands.  The same white rail fence lines the drive and there were a couple of silos, the foundations of which will become the new wedding stage at Red Barn.

Murder in the Hood

It is the weekend of Halloween so who can resist a little tale of murder? No one can dispute that the women of Garrett County are tough.  It is hard to believe that the

sweet face to the right was capable of carving up her husband, but evidently she did somewhere around North Glade.

The Dream of the North Glade Inn

Next up? We will share the story of how the Harvey Farm became the North Glade Inn with out next blog post.  Do you know more of the history of the Harvey farm?  Share your memories here or on Facebook.  Be sure to follow us on Instagram and share our posts everywhere!

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 are hosting our own ‘ DIY Art & Wine Weekend’ at the lake! Here’s how you can do the same (any weekend of the year):

The Art

The Wine

Charitable Donation Made to HART 

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 few suggestions to make this time extra special:


Song Tag
The driver picks a song to play first: any song will do. From there, the front-passenger starts thinking of a song similar, in some way, to the one playing. It can be similar in sound, theme, or lyric— or even something more abstract. Once finished, the front-passenger plays their selected song and the rest of the car sees if they can spot the connection. From there, the rest of the car takes turns picking the next song. This is a great way to explore a wide variety of music together!

One person picks a category like ‘NFL teams.’ Players take turns listing teams, one by one. The game continues until someone hesitates or repeats an answer.

Split the Car
Every passenger takes turns posing ridiculous’Would You Rather Questions’ with the goal of splitting the car between the two choices. If the question ‘would you rather be able to fly or speak every language?’ yields two votes for ‘fly’ and two votes for ‘speak every language,” the question poser wins for successfully ‘splitting the car.’

Found a great way to spend the time on your trip to the lake? Let us know!