Right on the edge of northern Middle Tennessee’s Highland Rim, Portland, TN has a long history. The area was settled in 1792 and grew rapidly, as farmers flocked to the rich, fertile soils and pleasant climate. In the early twentieth century, Portland became known as the "Strawberry Capital of the World", and it’s even claimed that the town exported the berries to Britain during World War II! Though there aren’t many strawberry farms left in the area, the town celebrates those "fruitful" bygone days with the annual Portland Strawberry Festival. Your pooch is welcome to join you at the parade and many other outdoor events -- as long as they’re leashed, of course.
Portland is famous for its Southern hospitality, and that warm welcome certainly extends to your four-legged friend! The town has its own dog park, as well as some community parks ideal for leashed walks -- Richland Park is particularly pawpular with local pups and their people. You’ll also find a couple of fantastically fur-friendly hiking options nearby. There’s little scope for doggy dining in Portland, but don’t worry -- there are plenty of places for you and your buddy to chow down a little further afield!