Summer is over; the vacation memories are fading away and chilly weather is officially in full force here in the mountain state.
A few weeks ago, we decided to make a bucket list
to hold ourselves accountable for accomplishing all the things we said we’d really like to do this fall. We’re doing well with crossing things off our list and we hope you are, too!
Being that there is a limited amount of time to check out the changing leaves, we decided to go for it two weekends ago! We were itching to get outside and take in some fall foliage. We knew we wanted to head north to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. We checked the forecast (a LOT) all week and were bummed when it was looking like rain. But we decided to go anyway and just make the best of it. We got there in under two hours and were greeted with sunshine + blue skies!
On our way into town, we stopped at a really
neat shop called Schoolhouse Earth
that sells home decor items, jewelry, candles, furniture, and specialty food items, just to name a few. (We could have stayed in that store for hours
, and had it not been for our husbands, we probably would have!)
After that, we stopped at a roadside market that sold pumpkins, mums, and fresh fruits + veggies. The pumpkin patch was behind the market, and had it not been so rainy during the week, we would’ve been able to pick our own. Maybe next time! Before we left though, we made sure to grab some small-ish pumpkins to paint at our fall gathering, as well as a few pumpkins to decorate our homes with.
How neat are these heirloom pumpkins?
Next up on our list was exploring Swallow Falls! We walked through the woods on a dirt path, sunlight peeking through the trees, and the sound of rushing water as we got closer to the falls.
And then came the steps down into the falls. . .
We made it to the falls! What a pretty view to look down and see!
After we finished up at Swallow Falls, we were starving! It just so happened that there was a football game on (let’s go Mountaineers!!) We went to Mountain State Brewing Co
. and settled on a couple different pizzas to try, along with some warm, gooey spinach dip + roasted red pepper hummus with flatbread dough pita chips.
There is nothing better than a Margherita pizza, when it’s good 😉
We left the guys at the restaurant in front of the big screens watching football (because where else would they rather be when their team is on?) and we headed out to visit a few more local shops. Deep Creek reminds us of a quaint little town you’d see at the beach, only it’s situated in the mountains. And instead of the ocean, it’s surrounded by a beautiful lake and features so many fun things to do year-round. It’s home to the well-known ski resort called Wisp.
What a view! We loved that the trees were just beginning to change!
After we finished shopping, we went back to Mountain State Brewing Co. to pick up our husbands and then we headed home. It was a great day trip for us to see some sights we hadn’t seen before! We would definitely recommend it!
Here are a few of our tips for exploring Deep Creek:
- Dress in layers! It can get chilly as the afternoon progresses into evening.
- Wear comfortable shoes; the hiking is easy but very rocky at times.
- Make sure to visit all the local shops– there are some great finds.
- Take time to stop and enjoy the view of the lake!
Go have an adventure! Let us know what you’re favorite road trip spot is?!