The town has several shopping centers, restaurants and office complexes, and four hotels: the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, the Courtyard by Marriott, Super 8 and Comfort Inn. The Route 372 corridor has many national retail stores and restaurant. Route 99, Cromwell’s Main Street has many independently owned businesses and at its most southerly end the Town’s historic Riverport is located.
The Riverport is Cromwell’s traditional downtown. Among the venues there are a tea room, antique store, restaurants and a water color studio. In addition to the commercial activity the Riverport is also home to two beautiful riverfront parks.
The Town’s northern gateway, again Main Street (Route 99) is known best as the home to the PGA’s Travelers Championship and the Tournament Players Country Club (TPC) but one can also find restaurants, pubs and personal services like dry cleaning or hair salons.
The town of Cromwell comprises 13.5 square miles near the geographic center of the state. It is 14 miles south of Hartford and 28 miles north of New Haven. The Connecticut River forms Cromwell's eastern boundary.
The first settlers arrived in what is now Cromwell in 1651. It was then known as the Upper Houses section of Middletown. For 200 years, Cromwell remained part of Middletown until incorporating as a separate town in 1851.
Cromwell's municipal government operates under a Town Charter. Effective with the general election held in November 2013, the Town changed to a Town Council/Town Manager form of government. The legislative power of the town is vested in a combination of a Mayor and the six member Town Council, with a Board of Finance responsible for presenting fiscal operating budgets for Referendum approval. Cromwell is a growing suburban community. Condominiums have been part of the landscape since the 1960s and account for about 20 percent of the housing stock.