Tours require a minimum of 35. Reservations required and tours based on availability and seasonality. Transportation not included.
Enjoy a leisurely ride through the Appalachian Mountains to beautiful Garrett County, MD. First stop will be in the town of Accident where you'll learn the history of the town's name. Our stop in accident will include Moon Shadow Café for a Greek Yogurt Parfait topped with fresh berries, local lavender granola and local honey. Walk across the street to Firefly Farms & Creamery, talk to the cheese makers and discover how their handmade goat cheeses have become world renowned. Next stop is the Deep Creek Lavender Farm to learn how to grow and use lavender for first aid, cooking and much more. A little gift from the Lavender Farm will be provide.
Relax while taking in the mountain and lake views at Wisp Resort while your lunch is served. A must on everyone’s bucket list is the Mountain Coaster where you control your own speed or for a more leisurely ride enjoy a Scenic Chairlift Ride to the top of Marsh Mountain overlooking Deep Creek Lake.
Visit Wisp’s Control Center and learn how snow is made for our winter guests to enjoy. While on top of Wisp Mountain a quick visit to ASCI for a lesson on how this re-circulating whitewater rafting course hosted the World’s Canoe Competition in September 2014.
Cameras are a must when visiting Swallow Falls State Park, home to Maryland’s tallest waterfall. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53-foot waterfall – a spectacular sight. The final visit is to the Farmers Market Candy Land, home to over 700 different kinds of candy.
Enjoy a leisurely ride through the Appalachian Mountains to beautiful Garrett County, MD. First stop will be in the town of Grantsville. Located just off the Historic National Road is the High Country Creamery and Market. See how Head Cheese Maker Brandon and his team create delicious cow’s milk dairy products such as their delicious dill curds or scrumptious aged cheddar. Afterwards, head to downtown Grantsville for a stop at the Grantsville Museum located in the former First State Bank. Peruse the historic photographs of Leo Beachy who shot the region from 1905-1927. Learn about the B-52 Bomber that crashed in 1964.
A must on everyone’s bucket list is the Scenic Chairlift Ride to the top of Marsh Mountain overlooking Deep Creek Lake. Relax and take in the mountain and lake views on the deck at Wisp Resort while your lunch is served.
Our next stop is the Simon Pearce Glass Blowing Factory, originally from Kilkenny, Ireland. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the glassblowing process and visit their retail gift shop.
The next visit is to the town of Oakland, a state and nationally recognized Main Street Community. Meander through the unique shops and visit Garrett Historical Museum, Oakland B&O Museum (a restored 1884 train station) and the Transportation Museum. While at the B&O Museum be sure to get your souvenir first class passage ticket with the official B&O stamp. Across the street visit the Transportation Museum and see how this little county transformed over the years.
The next stop will be Bear Creek Traders which offers the best Deep Creek Lake souvenirs and apparel. A souvenir will be available for you. Our final visit is to Huey’s Ice Cream where we will enjoy a delicious scoop of ice cream.
Enjoy a leisurely ride through the Appalachian Mountains to beautiful Garrett County, MD. Our first stop will be Penn Alps Restaurant and Craft Shop. Penn Alps Restaurant and Craft Shop are housed in the last log hospitality house on the National Pike still serving the traveler. Check out a large selection of quilts for purchase in the craft shop. The German ancestry of the Amish and Mennonite is reflected in many entrees on the menu. Enjoy a delicious Pennsylvania Dutch Buffet including turkey pot pie, smoked sausage, baked chicken and much more. After lunch a visit to Spruce Forest Artisan Village is a must. The village is a part of the extended Penn Alps campus and has grown from a few cabins to 12 log and frame structures of early vintage, two of which date to the Revolutionary War Period. Artisans work in various media, including: bird carving, basket making, hand-loom weaving, hand-thrown pottery, stained glass art, and much more. Casselman River Bridge, an 80-foot span erected in 1813, was the longest single span stone arch bridge in the United States. It was an important link on the National Road from 1813 to 1933.
Depart Grantsville and view Barn Quilts on your way to Wisp.
1. Amish Dahlia (#12)
2. Summer Star Flower(#10)
3. Ohio Star (#2)
4. Country Fair(17)
Arrive at The Lodge at Wisp and check-in to your accommodations. Finish the evening with a delicious dinner at Wisp Resort then relax in the mountain setting.
Start the day with a Morning Bistro Breakfast served at Wisp Resort. The first leg of Day-2 Tour begins with a drive by #4 Delectable Mountains and #9 Sallie’s T on the way to the town of Accident where you'll learn how the town got its name. Once in town, you'll visit the Moon Shadow Café for a Greek Yogurt Parfait topped with fresh berries, local lavender granola and local honey. Walk across the street to Firefly Farms & Creamery, talk to the cheese makers and discover how their handmade goat cheeses have become world renowned. Our next stop will be the Deep Creek Lavender Farm, learn how to grow and use lavender for first aid, cooking and much more. You'll receive a small Lavender Farm gift. On the way out of town, we will drive by barn quilt #1 LeMoyne Star. Return to Wisp Resort for an energizing lunch and choose between a Scenic Chairlift Ride or Mountain Coaster ride.
Choose one of the following for your afternoon tour:
Tour 1: If visiting during September or October, a scheduled tour to Cove Run Farms will feature a fun and unique corn maze. Cove Run Farms is a 160 acre dairy farm nestled in a beautiful cove right outside of Accident, Maryland. The Corn Maze started in 2001 with the “Got Milk” Corn Maze and every year there is a new theme. You'll experience a one-of-a-kind duck race along with a hayride and fire ring to complete the afternoon.
Tour 2: Tour Wisp’s Control Center and learn how snow is made for winter operations. While on top of Wisp Mountain, a quick visit to ASCI for a lesson on how this re-circulating whitewater rafting course hosted the World’s Canoe Competition in September 2014. The tour will conclude Swallow Falls State Park, home to Maryland’s tallest waterfall, Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53-foot waterfall – a spectacular sight.
Wisp Resort has partnered with the Center For Adventure & Experiential Learning (CAEL) at Garrett College and the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) to connect students with nature and the outdoors through environmental education and adventure outdoor recreational experiences. Wisp Resort will package the experience with lodging and meals to create a customized tour just for your group.
Here are a few sample Student Tours & Programs:
Gravity is Fun – Students ride the mountain coaster and record velocity (rates) and discuss effects of gravity. They learn to boulder on real rocks and explore the biomechanics of climbing (and falling). Finally, they hike down a mountain and discuss first-hand the geology and physics of mountain formation.
Whitewater Rafting – Students raft the whitewater course at ASCI in guided 6 person rafts. The experience lasts 2 hours, including 20-30 minutes of outfitting and orientation. Students paddle through the course 4-7 times, surf the rapids and swim during the course of the trip.
Orienteering – Using a map and compass, students navigate an improvised orienteering course in a diverse and unfamiliar terrain. Students learn classic navigational skills and how never to get lost.
Rock Climbing 101 – Students learn the basics of rock climbing, including belay commands and gear, and perform a simulated climb while wearing climbing harnesses.
Float Your Boat – Students construct boats from cardboard & other materials to be floated a pond or pool. Program focuses on hydrology, engineering and team-work.
Climb and Rappel Day – Students climb and rappel the natural boulders and ledges located in the Fork Run Recreation Area. Climbing, rappelling, and bouldering experiences.
SuGO Summit Team Building (Indoor activity – 3-4 hour duration) - An innovative and exciting team building experience that utilizes the students creativity, competitive spirit, and the not-so-ancient art of building Sumo wrestling robots known as SuGO robots. SuGO uses the LEGO MINDSTORMS platform to create small customizable robots for competition.
Total Team Spirit – A classic team building experience utilizing a series of individual challenges and activities that have been designed using the Experiential Learning Model to elicit certain outcomes. Activities will involve props such as ropes, balls, swim noodles and portable and/or permanent structures (high and low rope courses).