The Deep Creek Lake Area and Oakland, Maryland have a mysterious lure that has been undeniable in my life. Introduced to the lake in the summer of 1998, while vacationing with my husband's family, I instantly fell in love. That speaks volumes in that I hail from one of the most beautiful beach resort areas in the United States, aka Florida's Emerald Coast.
We have vacationed at Deep Creek Lake many times, bought and sold a lake home and now...here we are again! While vacationing, we were always looking for the perfect reason to return to the area. I would drag my realtor (Jay Ferguson) around, annoy him with calls and questions about this property or that, entertaining the possibilities. I always felt there was a calling, a purpose if you will, for me to be in this area. I just knew that there was "a place" out there that would have every element that I wished for, because I had a vision in my mind. This year we found it...in iconic Pleasant Valley, seven miles outside of downtown Oakland, and only 15 minutes from the lake.
Driving from Pittsburgh on a dazzling fall day, filled with curiosity about this property available in Pleasant Valley...a farm, no less, with twenty plus stunning acres, a home, vintage barn, and outbuildings that suited a purpose and plan that I had been envisioning for some time. So much potential in one place! From the moment I stepped foot on the property I knew it was "the place" I had been searching for. My husband says he "took one look at the expression on my face" and knew that this was going to be a reality.
My experience in the food and beverage industry started at the age of 16 where I apprenticed under one of the most skilled and creative minds in the business at that time. I cut my teeth in a very busy resort environment learning all aspects of the industry, hands on. By the time I was 24, I owned my first restaurant in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Through the years I have developed, sold, and been successful at different types of full-service restaurants. Currently, I have two restaurants, one in Navarre Beach, Florida and one in Sewickley, PA, just 12 miles outside of Pittsburgh. My daughter, Ricki Kim and son, Reece, each manage one, respectively. My children have inherited my love of the food and beverage industry, and it seems my creativity and drive. I am very proud of each of them and what we have accomplished together with both restaurants.
Part of my lifetime business goals was not only to have a successful restaurant, much less two, that I could share with my children...giving them a springboard to their own success in the food and beverage industry, but also to have a Grand Wedding Venue where I could showcase my years of culinary training and love for design. Did I mention "old wood"? There is something about vintage timber that speaks to me. To have a property with so many elements of utilizing and re-purposing reclaimed barn wood...well, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Planning and organizing is as integral a part of me as breathing. I love to put on a show, and I love design. My mind is always working with new ideas for creative masterpieces, whether it is with food, or with design. To "marry" both of my loves into one concept is beyond expectation. The perfect opportunity at the perfect time, with so many years of experience, knowledge, and attention to detail, my goal is to develop as well as execute the finest of wedding venues. Hence...Twin Tails Event Farm!