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Love the outdoors? Then Portland is a great place for you to visit! While the town is known for the Brownstone Quarries National Historic Site, there is so much more to see and do. Play a round of golf, visit a winery, kayak a lake, ride a zip line, take a hike, attend a riverfront concert, pick your own apples, attend a parade, go to a fair,... Read More

Love the outdoors? Then Portland is a great place for you to visit! While the town is known for the Brownstone Quarries National Historic Site, there is so much more to see and do. Play a round of golf at one of our three golf courses, visit a winery and stroll through the vineyard, kayak a lake with a  beautiful mountain view, zip line into a historic quarry, attend a riverfront concert, hike through a state forest, bike the historic Air Line Trail, or take a boat ride from one of our many marinas along the scenic Connecticut River. There are community activities throughout the year, too. In springtime you may find a bargain at our townwide tag sale or pick some of the sweetest strawberries in central Connecticut. Summer features a free concert series at our Riverfront Park plus golf, swimming, boating, and hiking. Portland shines in the fall with an agricultural fair, pick your own orchards, a Halloween Downtown celebration, and a Haunted Trail along the scenic Connecticut River. Our annual treelighting and parade kick off the holiday season with events throughout the winter including a Chocolate Festival. Great reasons to visit any time of the year!

 

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Facts about Portland

Town/City established:

  • Incorporated in 1841.

Named from:

  • Named from Portland, Dorsetshire, famed from quarries. Originally named Chatham.

County:

  • Middlesex County.

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • Erin Brady; (b. 1987) beauty queen, Miss Connecticut USA, Mis USA 2013 and a graduate of Portland High School Class of 2005.
  • Wayne Carini (b. 1951), businessman, host of the Velocity Channel's Chasing Classic Cars, and owner of F-40 Motorsports located in Portland.
  • Oscar Hedstrom (1871-1960), co-founder of Indian Motorcycle Company, lived and is buries in Portland.
  • Florence Fleming Noyes (1871-1928), dancer and founder of The Noyes School of Rhythm. The school celebrates 98 years in 2017.

Top Five Attractions:

  • Portland Brownstone Quarries National Historic Landmark
  • Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park
  • Arrigoni Winery
  • Ruth Callander Museum of Portland History
  • Portland Golf Course

Annual Visitor’s Events:

  • Townwide Tag Sale, May.
  • Memorial Day Parade, May.
  • Summer Concert Series at the Riverfront, Tuesday in July-August.
  • Portland Agricultural Far, October.
  • Haunted Trail, October.
  • Halloween Downtown, October.
  • Tree Lighting & Holiday Parade, December.

Quality of town/city:

  • Love the outdoors? Then Portland is a great place for you to visit! While the town is known for the Brownstone Quarries National Historic Site, there is so much more to see and do. Play a round of golf, visit a winery, kayak a lake, ride a zip line, take a hike, attend a riverfront concert, pick your own apples, attend a parade, go to a fair, or picnic along the scenic Connecticut River. Great reasons to visit any time of the year!

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