Go here: Experiencing fall foliage at its finest doesn't mean roughing it. Make the Lake Pointe Inn your base and then fan out to enjoy other activities amid a mosaic of crimson, amber and moss-green foliage reflecting across the surface of Deep Creek Lake. In case you are feeling too mollycoddled, take a white-water rafting ride down the Upper Youghiogheny River. For a gentler nature interface, check out Fallingwater, a Frank Lloyd Wright house that is about an hour's drive north. Take the four-falls trail up to Muddy Creek Falls (Maryland's highest waterfall) in Swallow Falls State Park. Look out for wild turkeys and beavers. ( www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/ swallowfalls.html)
Stay here: The Lake Pointe Inn has kayaks, canoes and mountain bikes for guests. The inn also has in-room steam showers and down bedding. Rates start at around $188. (800-523-5253; deepcreekinns.com). For golf fans - and maybe soon for gamblers, too - the upscale Rocky Gap Resort is nearby. The resort features 216 rooms in a wooded setting, with a stunning view of Lake Habeeb. It also has a spa and a Jack Nicklaus-designed course that was recently designated one of "America's Top Golf Courses" by the Zagat survey.
Don't miss this: The 41st annual Autumn Glory Festival runs in early October. Enjoy food, foliage, parades and music, including the Maryland State Banjo and Fiddle Championships.
For more information: Go to visitdeepcreek.com.