Chris and I have rang in the new year with the same group of friends since NYE 2015 so when they suggested renting a giant cabin in Deep Creek, Maryland to celebrate a new decade, we jumped at the chance!
Deep Creek is about two and a half hours away from us in Silver Spring, but offers mountain views and Deep Creek lake for fun all year long. We were excited to go in the winter so we could enjoy Wisp Ski Resort which was a quick 7 minute drive from our cabin and all of the hiking trails in town.
Settle in because this is going to be a good ‘ol fashioned recap post like I used to do in 2013 🙂
We started the less than 3 hour drive to Deep Creek on the day before NYE and arrived around 4pm. We knew the view was going to be great because of the photos we had seen on the rental website, but we were not prepared for how spectacular it truly was. Most of the photos on my camera roll from our trip are of the view from our balcony at various times of the day and I’m not mad at it.
Four couples, a baby and dogs filled the cabin for three days and two nights. The house was HUGE and easily accommodated our large group with it’s four bedrooms and four and a half baths. There was a two story balcony on the back of the house so every level had views for days and we definitely took advantage of that! The house is so large that we were able to see it from almost everywhere in town. It’s also for sale for MILLIONS of dollars so we are hoping whoever buys it decides to keep it as a rental property too!
Once everyone arrived and got settled the girls took a trip to the grocery store to stock up for the weekend while the boys went in search of the other necessity….booze. We met back at the house to enjoy a family dinner and play games before hitting the hay after a long day.
We woke up bright and early on New Years Eve day because it was going to be a long one- a marathon day if you will. Chris and I headed to Wisp while everyone else drove to Swallow Falls for a hike.
The plan was for me to take a ski lesson while Chris shred on the mountain (he’s such a good snowboarded ya’ll!), but the lessons were booked up when we arrived and we hadn’t thought to book one in advance. Instead I cozied up by a fire and watched my man do this thing. It’s a really cool thing to watch someone you love do something they are really good at! The plan is for me to learn to ski so I can enjoy the mountain with him!
We took a quick break to enjoy pizza and Yuengling’s Hershey Porter at Wisper’s Bar and Grille before Chris did his last two runs of the day. I met up with the girls to get mani/pedi’s while the boys went back to the house to rest up for our NYE celebration!
I was nervous about the meals going into this trip, but I had nothing to worry about! Everyone was super understanding that I didn’t want to spend my vacation dying from eating onions so we made a taco family dinner without onions and it was still very tasty! This was our big New Years Eve dinner and we took turns toasting the group and saying what we were most looking forward to in 2020. We also shared where we were at the start of the decade in 2010. It was really interesting because I didn’t know ANY of these people in 2010 and learned a lot from such a simple question.
After dinner we got dressed up and played games until it was time to countdown to the new year!
I couldn’t have asked for a better New Years Eve. The night was equal parts fun and celebratory as well as introspective and thoughtful. Vastly different from NYE 2015 which can only be described as a shitshow. ha!
New Years Day started slow and we said goodbye to one of the couples who had to work on January 2nd. The remaining six of us decided to go on another hike. We opted for the Deep Creek Lake State Park since it was less than a half mile from our cabin and followed Beckman’s Trail which was labeled as easy and took us to the abandoned Brant Coal Mine.
The Brant Coal Mine was right up my alley (you know I love all things abandoned, spooky and full of history). I was expecting a larger site to explore, but still found it really interesting to read the history and follow the tracks still in the ground.
We ended up hiking over three miles before heading in town to enjoy a dinner out on the town and then back to the cabin to play games and wind down.
The final morning at the cabin arrived, we packed up and said our goodbyes knowing that this visit to Deep Creek had changed us. Friendships were rekindled, strengthened and plans were made to be better in 2020 and make more of an effort to spend time together.
Here’s to 2020- to recapping the moments and weekends that I don’t want to forget!