Wild ‘n Wonderful Western MD Ride to Deep Creek Lake
NOTE: At this time, there is not a ride planned to the Wisp Resort, participants in this event will make their own way to the resort for the weekend, stay tuned for any changes to the itinerary!
District HOG’s 4th of July Wild ‘n Wonderful Western Maryland Ride. July 3 – July 7, 2019 to Deep Creek Lake.
Come for a riding and activity filled vacation with your HOG friends in scenic Western Maryland.
This trip is designed like a “mini-rally” using a single hotel for our entire stay with multiple riding trips and activities planned for each day. Unlike some of our past trips, since we stay in one hotel, there is never any pressure to ride so many miles one day in order to make it to our next hotel. You can pick and choose what rides and activities you will do – or don’t do! – and spend the rest of the time relaxing at the hotel, on your bike, or any way you like.
Unlike a real HOG rally, there is no registration fee, no merchandise, no pre-purchased dinners. There isn’t even a registration process, just call and book your hotel room, show up, and have fun with everyone else!
This trip is based around the July 4th holiday, and there will be a concert and fireworks on the 4th sponsored by our host hotel – the Wisp Resort at Deep Creek Lake. This hotel was the site of the 2012 and 2015 Maryland State HOG Rally and offers many amenities including an indoor pool. It has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation since the 2015 rally.
Our riding getaway starts on Wednesday July 3, 2019 where you can ride up to Deep Creek Lake and check in to the Wisp. A welcome party out on one of their new patios will get us mentally prepared for the fantastic riding we’ll experience over the next 4 days. Riding and activities start Thursday morning and run through Sunday morning. It is recommended that you book your hotel room from Wednesday July 3 through Saturday July 6 with a departure of Sunday morning July 7.
Although we will have an itinerary each day, this just means that we’ll have groups of people doing these things. You can opt to join the group, or ride your own ride, or sleep in late at the hotel – it will always be your choice because the hotel doesn’t change, we don’t have to get anywhere, and we’ll all end up back at the same place every night. All of our group rides won’t be leaving until 9 in the morning, again showing the laid-back attitude of this getaway weekend.
Our “suggested” itinerary is the following (remember, all these rides will be available on photocopy hand-outs and you can do any of them on your own, or with a small group. This itinerary is just a guideline of planned, group rides and events, and you don’t have to do any of them):
Wednesday Evening July 3rd. Check in and social gathering on the Wisp outdoor patio overlooking the ski slopes and mountain. Liquid refreshments available.
Thursday July 4th. Breakfast ride in the morning followed by a ride around the lake to familiarize everyone with the area. In the afternoon we’ll do a ride to the Cranesville Swamp (bring your binoculars for the 100 species of birds that live here. This area is a true nature’s anomaly and should be enjoyed by all) before returning to the hotel and enjoying a concert and fireworks celebrating our nation’s independence.
Friday July 5th. Three all-day rides depart in the morning, one for Falling Water, one to the Flight 93 memorial (both in Pennsylvania), and the last on a hair-raising tail-of-the-dragon style ride into West Virginia that is the personification of all the scary things you’ve heard about dangerous West Virginia roads.
Saturday July 6th. We’ll ride over to the Simon Pearce glass blowing factory and take a tour of their glassworks where you’ll see workers blowing and crafting works of art. Then we’ll visit the Fairfax stone, headwaters of the Potomac River, and have a laugh jumping over the river. For dinner we’ll head to Mountain State Brewing for live music and good eats.
Sunday July 7th. Check out and the group departs at 10am for a ride to Grantsville and Penn Alps for brunch. They also have a craft village with artisans working using centuries-old techniques. From here, folks can head for home on Interstate 68.
Additionally: The Wisp offers a unique experience – white water rafting on top of the mountain. We will be looking into group packages to go white water rafting in groups of 6 during our stay.
The Hotel: You are welcome to find lodging anywhere you please, but all our activities and social gatherings will be at the Wisp and our group rides will depart from the Wisp parking lot. The 4th of July holiday has high room rates, but we have negotiated a group rate. They have many styles of rooms, from queen efficiencies to king suites. There is a 12% tax on all lodging in the Deep Creek Lake area. Please call the Wisp at (855) 656-4632 and use group code 4432. You will need to reserve a room and possibly make a deposit. Room rates start at $119 (plus tax) per night for a queen efficiency, $139 for a queen suite, $159 for a double suite, $159 for a king suite, and Luxury king suites are $224.
If you are going on this ride, or have any questions, please let John Hardison know at firstname.lastname@example.org (JH)