What's so unique about S&D? Instead of the typical lakefront scene (imagine postage-stamp lots, palatial homes, at times too many people & things close by, in places a commercial feel), our guests have a private park-like preserve adjoining the Youghiogheny Wild and Scenic River Corridor. Please read through our online guest book to learn how easy it is to relax, to really connect as a couple, family, or group, and to reconnect with nature. In a hectic world, simplicity borders on the profound.
A few folks will come here just planning to sleep, then go look for various amusements in the vicinity. They usually conclude in short order that they've found a worthy destination in its own right, and hang out just taking in the peacefulness. But either way works. We're conveniently close for enjoying the region's attractions, yet far enough away to avoid all distraction if that's your pleasure.
No constant traffic or jet ski whine here, just birdsong and whispering sounds of wind and water and wildlife. Its been said that S&D is made of 100% babble & rustle, 0% hustle and bustle. We've even hidden our own signs from your view, for goodness sakes!
Fifteen memorable acres include falls along Hoyes Run, a trout viewing pond, an island gazebo, spacious lawns and deep forest with trails 'mild to wild'. There's a private little streamside meadow surrounded by tall trees, and tables tucked away here and there for picnicking. Guests are drawn out to lounge in hammocks, chaises, and swings by day, and by campfire seats making s'mores under the stars. Its often cool here, so remember a sweater! The focus and feel are outdoors, even when you're comfortably indoors.
It was through fishing that we first discovered this place, and the Youghiogheny River offers uncrowded catch-and-release trout fishing; one of the very best such opportunities in the state. Other reaches and other rivers nearby present fine venues for catch-and-keep, too. Both scheduled and unscheduled releases made from the hydroelectric plant just upstream make it possible to go tubing or to bob around in a nearby eddy. Adjoining us are both a half-mile gated, paved, level, and scenic walk upstream along the "Yock", and a three mile woodland trail that extends downstream through the heart of the river's scenic corridor. The birding here is fairly good, the pro's say. For those who are activity-minded we can offer a sand volleyball court and a basketball hoop. Kids have a safe tot-lot in which to play. There's plenty of space to toss a ball or frisbee on the lawns, too. I teach the art of flyfishing here.
If you're willing to make a short hop by car there's much more. Wisp Resort (for downhill skiing) is about 7-8 minute's easy drive away. Herrington Manor St Park (groomed for X-C skiing) is 'half that close'. A virgin hemlock forest featuring MD's tallest waterfall is only two miles away (as the crow flies) at Swallow Falls State Park. Both residents and visitors can often be seen sunning on the huge boulders or swimming in the biggest pools. If the river is full, you can watch the kayakers taking on Class IV & V whitewater. All sorts of watercraft can be rented at area lakes. Two golf courses (including MD's most challenging and one of its prettiest) are within 10 minutes drive. Deep Creek State Park has a wonderful Visitors Center with a full slate of fun and educational programs. Horseback riding stables, antiques, restaurants from fine- to fast-food, glass factory and artisan's village tours... to learn more just call and receive a free vacation guide outlining these and many more activities (Chamber of Commerce 301-387-4FUN).