We rolled into Garrett County in the midst of some fog and rain yesterday, ready to enjoy our first night at Bear Creek Crossing B&B. There is still snow in Garrett County, but it is slowly melting as the rain and warmer temperatures have descended upon the area.
The B&B is located off of Rt. 219 in Accident. If you're headed south on 219, Bear Creek is first spotted by white signs with a little black bear right before the driveway. Winding up the drive, some of the hemlocks are still covered in snow. The inn is so pretty with little white lights decorating the outside. There is still enough snow here to make it look just right. After checking in, Peggy, the proprietor, gave us the tour and showed us to our rooms and then we relaxed with some wine, cheese and crackers.
We decided to head out to Brenda's Pizzeria for a quick bite, and then back to the Inn to relax. The lake area was really quiet, as it appears that the rain has scared off many would be visitors. Anxious to get back to relaxing at the inn, we didn't stay out for long. Before turning in, we enjoyed some conversation with Peggy hearing stories about the B&B as well as her family.
I have to say, it was wonderful to drive into the lake and not really have to "do anything" upon arrival, such as open the house, cook, put groceries away, etc...I really needed a night to kick back, so this was a perfect start to a great weekend.
Checking out the Sunflower Room upon arrival...perfect for kids!!!
The Deep Creek Blog is still alive and well, despite the lack of posting over the last few days. I've just returned from a whirlwind five days in Nashville. Due to limited Internet access and time, I was unable to post as frequently as I normally would. Stay tuned, however, for some great Nashville trip reports starting tomorrow that will include some fun Garrett County links!
I continue to be amazed at the locations where "cams" have cropped up around the lake. This past weekend I heard a group of friends joking about who saw who on the Honi's cam....and today I found the Pizza Cam in the kitchen at Brenda's Pizzeria. Here are some other cams that I've discovered around Deep Creek.
I came across this scene of horses up along Hickory Ridge Lane late Thursday. The picture was taken just as the nice weather was moving into the area. It attests to the limitless beauty that one can find in Garrett County.
I had an opportunity to talk with Patty Manown Mash at The Discovery Centerthis weekend about all of the exciting things going on at the Center. Patty explained that although many residents and visitors are familiar with the Discovery Center, most view it as a one time trip and think if they've visited once, they've seen it all. In fact, the Center is always offering new opportunities for fun and learning. It's more than a nature center, as Patty explains, it is an educational interpretive center.
On my visit, I was able to have a naturalist describe the Monarch Butterfly Tagging Program that the Discovery Center participates in as well as see some of the regular exhibits. As a special bonus, Frog, one of the naturalists on staff, took my daughter and some other children visiting the center out to the Scales & Tales Aviary for an impromptu visit with the some red tailed-hawks and a screech owl. I also got to see the spot where the Forest Canopy Walkway will be built.
The Discovery Center has a monthly calendar of events for visitors of all ages. Events in April include Critter Encounter, the Natural Egg Dyeing Program that I wrote about earlier this month, and guided hikes, to name a few. For more information, contact the Discovery Center at 301-387-7067.