Summer Activities

WISP Mountain in the Summer has countless ways to enjoy the sunshine and be in nature, just 10 minutes from the inn:

  • Alpine Mountain Coaster
  • Scenic Chairlift Ride
  • Flying Squirrel Canopy Zipline Tour
  • Spider Monkey High Rope Challenge
  • Off-road Segway Tours
  • Climbing and Repelling
  • Mountain Biking Trails
  • Guided Hikes
  • Geocaching
  • Marsh Mountain Mining Company
  • Laser Games
  • Disc Golf

Swallow Falls - This state park contains some of Maryland's most breathtaking scenery. The Youghiogheny River flows along the park's borders, passing through shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53-foot waterfall – a spectacular sight. Tall hemlocks dominate the silent woods. The 1 1/4 mile trail through Swallow Falls guides hikers to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland. Bring your swimsuit to take a dip in the wading pools and swim under the falls!

Deep Creek Lake State Park is very close (right across the cove!) to the inn and has great walking and hiking trails, a Discovery Center, an Aviary in the woods, and a picnic area with ice cream, drinks, snacks. The park offers two sandy crescent beaches, and is definitely the spot to swim on a hot day. Rent a kayak or paddleboard at WISP’s beachside concession!

State Park website:

WISP rental website:

Adventure Sports Complex International - ASCI is a man-made, Olympic standard, white water rafting and canoe/kayak slalom center located on the top of WISP mountain. Make a reservation to conquer the rapids, or just walk over from the chairlift ride and check out this unique white water course!

Pontoon Boat Tours - Leave the boat driving to one of the experienced local guides and sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of Deep Creek Lake. These tours offer local knowledge and history about Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding area. Don't forget your camera!


High Mountain Sports:

Golf Courses - Deep Creek offers three 18-hole golf courses. Shoot a round and enjoy the beautiful Maryland weather.

Fantasy Valley:
Oakland Golf Club:

Nemacolin Woodlands has numerous summer activities including ropes course, canopy zipline tour, climbing wall, disc golf, mini golf, paintball, bowling, arcade, tennis, off-road Jeep adventure, wildlife experience, clay shooting, fly fishing, hunting, archery, and more!

Casselman River Bridge State Park - A popular area for fly fishermen, photographers, and history enthusiasts. Today the bridge stands as a picturesque relic of Maryland's early transportation history, and a tribute to those who designed and built the National Road. Have a afternoon picnic or catch some fish!

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center - Nestled along the shores of Deep Creek Lake at Deep Creek Lake State Park, the Discovery Center is a one-of-a-kind educational venue for people of all ages. Through hands-on exhibits that showcase the natural resources of Western Maryland, families can learn about the flora, fauna, wildlife, cultural and historical heritage that have turned this former logging and coal mining region into a popular modern day vacation destination.

Mountain Lake Park - Mountain Lake Park is rich in history and character.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.  It is a fine example of a Victorian resort that grew out of two American activities of the nineteenth century: spiritual renewal and educational / recreational assembly.

Savage River State Forest- This state forest, at over 54,000 acres, is the largest facility in the state forest system. It preserves a strategic watershed in Garrett County. It features biking trails, boat launch, cross country skiing, campsites, fishing, flat water canoeing, hiking trail, historic interest, hunting, picnic, riding trails, shelters, snowmobiling, white water canoeing.


Places to See!

Firefly Farms - A charming mountain cheese creamery and market. Reserve a wine and cheese tasting! You and your party will be comfortably seated at the Market Table and served a series of delectable treats to accompany your cheese and wine pairings.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater & Kentuck Knob Houses are a perfect day trip. Around an hour drive from the inn, these architectural marvels are a must-see forest spectacle.

Falling Water:

Kentuck Knob:

Simon Pierce Glass Factory - The factory outlet in Oakland lets you walk on an observation catwalk above the master glassblowers. Enjoy watching them create the one-of-a-kind pieces handmade at Simon Pearce, and visit the extensive gift shop/retail store.

Oakland, Maryland – A great small town and the Garrett County seat, the little town of Oakland lies a couple miles south of the Inn on Garrett Highway. It holds a beautifully restored 1800’s B&O railroad station, and transportation and historical museums. Your visit should include a walk around the town center to visit great book shops, antique and gift stores, and a luncheonette straight out of the past.

Schoolhouse Earth - The area’s finest selection of unique gifts, hot collectibles and gourmet food. Aside from offering an eclectic selection of home and garden products, they carry a large selection of fashion items, jewelry, children's gifts, books, and more.

Nemacolin Lady Luck Casino - Slots and table games only 45 minutes from the Inn! Lady Luck casino has red-hot gaming action, great restaurants, numerous giveaways, and live entertainment.

Spruce Forest Artisan Village - Watch ten professional artisans in their element. Learn about wood carving, pottery, weaving, metalworking, or even take a workshop!

Transportation Museum - The first floor features carriages, sleighs, buggies, fire department artifacts and automobiles.  The second floor called the Deep Creek Gallery, hosts a variety of exhibits documenting the history of Deep Creek Lake and nearby Maryland State Parks of Herrington Manor, Swallow Falls, New Germany and Deep Creek.

Historical Museum - The Garrett County Historical Museum houses a treasure trove of exhibits related to the founding of Garrett County, the history of the land, and the way of life for Garrett County citizens from years past.

Historical Oakland, MD B&O Train Station - The Oakland B&O Train Station preserves the rich history and contributions to Garrett County by the railroad and John W. Garrett. There is no fee to tour!

Snowbird Creations Glass Studio - Browse earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings, bracelets, and pins hand crafted by Julie S. Turrentine, Deep Creek’s premiere fused glass artist.

Deep Creek Cellars – A boutique-scale winery and vineyard that offers tastings and tours.

At the Inn

At the Inn, take the wooded walking trail to the dock to swim and fish in the cove - fishing poles provided. Take the Inn's canoes to explore Deep Creek Lake. Float away in our inner tubes on our sun-drenched cove of the lake. Play a set on our tennis court - equipment provided. Take a ride on the Inn's mountain bikes. Complimentary cross-country and snowshoe equipment is available as well for winter adventures. All rooms are air-conditioned, have private baths, complimentary WIFI, flat screen TV, phones, and robes, many with fireplaces, private decks or whirlpool baths.

The innkeeper is available to offer dining and activity suggestions, reservations, maps, snacks, directions, or to arrange a romantic surprise to make your getaway even more memorable.

  • Huge great room with billiards, fireplace, chess table, guest laptop + WIFI, and big screen TV
  • Complimentary beverage bar
  • Private flat screen TVs, extensive DVD movie library, and popcorn of course!
  • Guest reference area with maps, menus + brochures for area, and current events
  • Full, sumptuous, gourmet breakfast
  • Nightly bonfire - weather permitting
  • Wooded walking trail (200 yards) to our beautiful dock area with canoes
  • Complimentary fishing equipment + bait
  • Tennis court - equipment provided
  • Complimentary bicycles, cross country + snowshoe equipment

The Carmel Cove Inn has been featured in the following publications:

  • Washington Post
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Baltimore Sun
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • Midatlantic Magazine
  • Pittsburgh Magazine
  • Blue Ridge Magazine
  • Frommer's Guide to Maryland and Delaware
  • Inn Spots and Special Places
  • AAA Mid Atlantic Tour Book - Three Diamond Rating
  • The Unofficial Guide to Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns in the Mid Atlantic


We have menus for most area restaurants at the inn for you to look over, and in your guest room there is a dining guide with descriptions and directions to area restaurants.


Uno's Chicago Grill
Phone: (301) 387-4866

Although a chain, this is a hometown classic. Browse the large collection of historical Deep Creek photographs posted around the building. This spot has an extensive menu, overlooks the lake with deck dining, and is very popular. It is also very close, just at the intersection of 219 and Glendale Road.

Dutch’s at the Silvertree
Phone: (301) 387-0525

Lakeside dining less than two miles from the Inn. Amazing seafood and gourmet menu.

Mountain State Brewing Company
Phone: (301) 387-3360

Located on the north end of the lake near WISP, this is the brewpub of the largest full-scale microbrewery and distributor in the state of West Virginia. Wood-fired flatbreads, bar food & house craft beers with mountain views in a low-key pub setting

Pine Lodge Steakhouse
Phone: (301) 387-6500

A pleasant steakhouse in a rustic log lodge, this spot is just a short drive away.

Cornish Manor
Phone: (301) 334-6499

Take a drive into Oakland and in an old Victorian House this restaurant has an extensive menu in pleasant surroundings. Many guests have had wonderful meals here.

DC's Steakhouse
Phone: (301) 387-4911

Classic steakhouse situated at the Wisp ski resort, a 15 minute drive away.

Ace's Run at Will o' the Wisp
Phone: (301) 387-6688

Expansive modern menu just 3 miles away with a lake view.

The Deer Park Inn
Phone: (301) 334-2308

While this is a little drive away (approximately 10 miles) it is recommended as fine dining in a turn of the century Country retreat.


Swallow Falls – The 1 1/4 mile hiking trail through an old growth forest passes by several waterfalls including Muddy Creek Falls, the highest waterfall in Maryland.

Deep Creek Lake State Park – There are four different hiking trails at the state park of varying distance and difficulty, including a nature observation trail. It is located directly across the cove from the inn and is only a 3 minute drive.

WISP Mountain – Go for a guided hike in the Fork Run Area, or just take the chairlift up and explore the top of the mountain yourself!

Herrington Manor - Herrington Manor State Park Loop is a 4.2 mile loop trail located near Oakland, Maryland and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until October.

New Germany - New Germany has ten miles of multi-use trails. The trails wind their way through dense hemlock forest, colorful mixed hardwoods, rhododendron-choked stream valleys and towering pine and spruce plantation sites.

Day Trips

Laurel Caverns -

Falling Water -

Kentuck Knob -

Nemacolin Woodlands -

Seven Springs -

Town of Ohiopyle (Rafting and swimming) -

Fort Necessity -

Fishing & Boating

In our cove - Meadow Mountain Run is one of the only no-wake coves in Deep Creek Lake. Throwing a line off our dock slip is some of the best fishing in Maryland! Catch bass, chain pickerel, pike, bluegill, and more just a couple minutes from the inn.


Numerous spots around the lake!

Boat Rentals

Deep Creek Marina
Deep Creek Drive
McHenry, MD
Phone: (301) 387-6977

Aquatic Center Inc.
Deep Creek Drive
McHenry, MD
Phone: (301) 387-8233

Bill’s Marine Rentals
Garrett Hwy
McHenry, MD
Phone: (301) 387-5536

Deep Creek Lake Boat Rentals
Deep Creek Drive
McHenry, MD
Phone: (301) 387-9130

Fairs and Festivals

Autumn Glory -

Agricultural Fair -

Christmas in the Meadow - Holiday light display

July 4th Fire on the Mountain -

Winter Activities

Wisp ski resort - 10 minutes down the road, has 34 downhill skiing slopes and night skiing.

The WISP Winter Mountain Park has an ice skating rink, tubing park, and mountain coaster that operates during the winter. The Nordic Center has guided snowmobile tours, snowshoe tours, and cross-country skiing.

New Germany State Park - There are miles of cross country ski and snowshoe trails all over the county, and we have complimentary cross country skis and snow shoes at the inn for guest use.

Herrington Manor State Park- Right next to swallow falls, has 10 more miles of cross country skiing trails.

Winter Sleigh Ride - Let a horse draw you through a winter wonderland.

Swallow Falls Waterfalls - This state park contains some of Maryland's most breathtaking scenery. The Youghiogheny River flows along the park's borders, passing through shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53-foot waterfall – a spectacular sight. Tall hemlocks dominate the silent woods. The 1 1/4 mile trail through Swallow Falls guides hikers to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland. If you’re lucky, you can catch it frozen!

Deep Creek Lake State Park is very close (right across the cove!) to the inn and has great walking and hiking trails, and a Discovery Center open in the winter from Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM

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