Portland CT was originally part of Middletown, until founded in 1841. Nestled along the east side of the Connecticut River in central Connecticut, Portland’s notorious sign beckons onlookers to “Come on Over”. In 2011, CNN Money ranked Portland #77 out of 100 of the “Best Places to Live” and states “Today it’s known for its good schools, reasonable taxes, and peaceful scenery.”
A community oriented town, Portland CT is known for it’s nostalgic Yankee charm bolstered with modern amenities. Most people will refer to Portland as town focused on family and friends and pride themselves on their perennial traditions. There are plenty of parades, fairs, concerts and festivals. Also, Portland has their annual 4th of July Fireworks show which has been claimed as the best in Connecticut.
Home of Brownstone Park, Portland features some extreme activities such as biking, rock climbing, cliff jumping, wakeboarding, zip lining, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Open seven days a week from June to September, Brownstone is a family fun Water Park and a great summer venue. If you are looking for a more traditional park, Portland houses the Meshomasic State Forest, Portland Reservoir, Reeves Lookout State Wildlife Area, Agogliati Field, Great Hill Pond, Pecausett Pond, and Jobs Pond.
If you enjoy boutique stores then be sure to visit the many quaint storefronts that Portland has to offer. Gifts From The Heart & The Christmas Loft, Quonset Surplus Store, Arrigoni Winery Gift Store, Savvy Swap Consignment, Urban Wears and the Brownstone Bottle Shop. A Bridal Salon, Motorcycle Dealership, Computer Repair and Quilt Shop also showcase Portland’s Main Street.
Portland is also home to one of Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana growers and distributors CT Pharmaceutical Solutions (CTPharma). On their website they state “CTPharma regularly supports community events and causes, from the fireworks to the police dog, and from the fair to the fire department. We have found support for our cause from our home town, and we have accepted Portland’s concerns as our own.”