by Terry Rogers
Quest Adventures and Arena’s in Milford has announced a partnership that will bring kayak rentals and river tours to Milford. Quest plans to move into one of the garages located at the front of the Arena’s building and begin offering kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) rentals as well as guided tours of the Mispillion River.
“I actually started Quest Fitness gym with kayak retail and guiding aspect in Milford in 2007,” Matt Carter of Quest Adventures said. “I was ten years too early. I believe that the recent growth and a partner like Arena’s makes Milford a great addition to Quest.”
Quest Adventures began in Lewes 18 years ago and now has locations on Savannah Road in Lewes, at the Cape Henlopen State Park Fishing Pier, Cape Henlopen State Park Gordon’s Pond beach access, behind Irish Eyes in downtown Milton and Massey’s Landing Campground in Long Neck. Carter says that partnering with Arena’s fits in with his company’s business model.
“We have similar partnerships with other businesses, restaurants, breweries, historical societies and State Parks,” Carter said. “Arena’s is the perfect place, time and atmosphere for us to work with. Their location and awesome clientele is exactly what Quest is looking for. Using one of the garages at Arena’s gives us a secure place for storage, but fast, easy access to the new public kayak launch located behind the restaurant.”
Ecotourism has been on the rise in Delaware, according to Carter and one of the reasons it is growing is due to the partnerships with key businesses who can not only provide the adventure, but also food, drink and music.
“Milford is an amazing community and it always has been,” says Mr. Carter, who graduated from Milford High School in 1994. “The Parks and Recreation, nature centers, trail systems, waterways, cycling businesses, farming, hunting, fishing, proximity to Delaware Bay and beaches, along with restaurants, breweries and distilleries are just a few reasons why Milford is an awesome place. People are starting to realize Delaware is not just Sussex County beaches. Tourists are starting to stay in small towns, which Milford is centrally located as it can get, to explore with shorter day trips to various parts of the state.”
Quest Adventures will begin offering the rentals and tours in this Spring although they have not determined the hours of operation at this time.
“I was born and raised in Milford,” Mr. Carter said. “I may live 20 minutes south in Lewes, but I still have so many friends, family and memories of Milford. It is exciting to still be part of and bring something to this town.”
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