Discover Delmarva Tours Emphasis Ecotourism

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Staff Report

The Milford Parks & Recreation Department is hosting Discover Delmarva, a series of bus trips through the months of May and June to surrounding towns and locations including St. Michaels, Hurlock and Tangier Island. Gary Emory, Director of Milford Parks & Recreation, hopes to inspire passengers of the tour by showing them how these three locations have focused on the assets of their river and downtown areas.

“I wanted to do something where people can discover the Delmarva Peninsula, we are all sitting on a beautiful piece of real estate here and we want to help people discover that,” commented Emory. “This tour will allow us to share the experience with others that may not have seen it yet.”

The first trip on Thursday, May 13 will take travelers to the historic town of St. Michaels, a trading post originally established in the mid-1600s for tobacco farmers and trappers. Located in a unique position on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, between the Susquehanna source and the Atlantic mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, St. Michaels features historical churches and homes from the colonial, federal and Victorian ages, an eclectic art community and a focus on the importance of their waterways. After eating lunch at the Crab Claw Restaurant, individuals will take a two-hour tour on the Patriot Cruise charter boat as it cruises the Miles River.

On Thursday, May 22, the tour will continue its travels, visiting the Choptank River in Hurlock, MD as they dine at Suicide Bridge Restaurant. A gathering place for locals since the 1950s, the Suicide Bridge Restaurant highlights the waterfront of Cabin Creek. Members of the tour will climb aboard the River Queen riverboat as they eat lunch and cruise the Choptank River to enjoy the beautiful, natural surroundings.

Emory hopes that these adventures down the Miles and Choptank rivers will engage individual into thinking about the possibilities of ecotourism in Milford, DE. “These rivers remind me of the Mispillion River and what is possible,” commented Emory. “We have all the tools necessary for ecotourism and in the future we want people to visit our town to see our beautiful Mispillion River.”

On the final leg of the tour on Thursday, June 4 passengers will enjoy the sights of Tangier Island. The island is an isolated piece of land in Virginia marshland south of the Maryland line that has been home to watermen for centuries. Tangier Island includes bed and breakfasts, eco-tours and restaurants that highlight its people, nature and wildlife at its best.

As these three site on Delmarva stand as models for regional economic tourism, Emory hopes that the aesthetic landscape and energetic presence of their people can allow tour passengers to understand the importance of a strong focus on Milford’s Mispillion River.

“These towns are model towns that capitalize on their downtowns and waterways,” commented Emory. “Milford is a beautiful destination and we can learn from these towns how to strengthen our economy through ecotourism on the Mispillion River.”

The Discover Delmarva bus tours will occur on Thursday, May 13; Friday, May 22; and Thursday, June 4. Departing from the Milford Parks & Recreation Building, located at 207 Franklin St in Milford, travelers will depart at 10am and return at 4pm. The tickets are $50 per trip, per individual or $125 to take all three trips. Since there is limited availability, Milford Parks & Recreation encourages people to call the office at 302-422-1104 well before the deadline on Thursday, April 30.