To its residents, the Town of Portland is one of the best-kept secrets in New England. This quiet Yankee village, somewhat removed from the rest of the world by a sharp curve in the Connecticut River, is an excellent place to live. Rooted by its small town heritage, Portland maintains its nineteenth century appeal, while offering quality, up-to-date services.
When we invite you to "Come on Over," we emphasize the contrast between our quiet town, with its solid Yankee roots, and the quick-paced tension of the city. For those who work out-of-town, coming back to Portland at the end of the day is truly an escape.
It can be that way for visitors too.
Portland is a community in the truest sense of the word, a village centered on families, friendships and old time traditions. Neighbors chat at local shops. Town meetings invite participation. Your opinion and vote really count. We have schools that are nationally acclaimed. Active churches. Responsive public works. Full-time police services. A modern library where you still get to know staff on a personal basis.
Activities? We have a modern Senior Center, an ever-expanding Parks & Recreation department, and special programs for kids sponsored by Youth Services. Quality golf courses, riverfront marinas, YMCA Camp Ingersoll, an incredible 4th of July Fireworks display (best in Connecticut!). Old time parades. Festivals, fairs and concerts. Portland's beautiful Main Street provides a safe and wonderful environment for walking, jogging or bicycle rides. Meshomasic State Forest is the oldest of its kind in Connecticut.
Portland offers more than the nostalgic charm of a New England village. It offers the convenience of Central Connecticut, midway between Boston and New York. A short ride gives you access to shopping malls, cultural programs sponsored by top-grade universities, airports, a variety of restaurant cuisine, beaches, ski-slopes, sports arenas, the capital city of Hartford. If theater is what you enjoy, we are not far from Hartford Stage, Bushnell, Hartford Civic Center, Shubert, Goodspeed and Oakdale.
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