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Small-town charm meets natural beauty in Hancock

Situated on the western edge of Massachusetts, surrounded by rolling hills and woodlands, Hancock is an ideal base from which to explore leafy, laid-back Berkshire County. This charming small town is perhaps best known as home of the Hancock Shaker Village. Once the base of a utopian Christian sect, it's now a National Historic Landmark District, famed for its beautifully preserved 19th-century buildings. Hancock's naturally spectacular surroundings provide a backdrop for all manner of outdoor activities, from kayaking in summer, to leaf-peeping in fall, to skiing in the depths of winter. And with an appealing selection of Hancock vacation rentals to pick from, you can find a home-away-from-home to suit your needs.

Things to do

Hancock has historical landmarks and iconic American art

The Hancock Shaker Village is a must for history and architecture buffs. Established in 1791, its striking centerpiece is a meticulously restored circular stone barn, which stands as an impressive reminder of the Shakers' progressive agricultural practices. You can learn all about this fascinating religious group at the onsite museum. A short drive from Hancock sits the Berkshires' blockbuster attraction, the Norman Rockwell Museum. Located in Rockwell's home town of Stockbridge, it's home to the world's largest collection of work by the legendary artist, plus an incredible array of photos, fan mail, and other precious artifacts.

Activities

Outdoor pursuits for all seasons in Hancock

Berkshire County is one of the very finest spots in North America for the time-honored fall tradition of leaf-peeping. Throughout October, the local forests put on a breathtaking show, as the green summer leaves slowly turn vibrant shades of red, burnt orange, and gold. If you're visiting in winter, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the place to be. Just 30 minutes by car from Hancock, it's a haven for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill levels, with an abundance of powder-covered trails to launch yourself down. Within easy reach of your Hancock vacation rental, you'll also find all manner of scenic hiking trails, ideal for a leisurely stroll in the summer sun.

Weather

From warm summers to frosty winters in Hancock

Hancock experiences a wide range of weather conditions across the year. Summers tend to be pleasantly warm rather than uncomfortably hot, with long, sunny days to savor. You can expect to feel a crispness in the air from September, but it tends to stay mild until late October. Temperatures tumble throughout November, when the surrounding mountains receive their first generous sprinkling of snow, turning the region into a haven for winter sports enthusiasts.

Natural features

Animal encounters around Hancock

On the doorstep of your Hancock vacation rental, you'll find an expanse of blissfully unspoiled countryside waiting to be explored. Sprawling nearby wildlife sanctuaries encompass diverse ecosystems, with dense forests, lush meadows, wild wetlands, and rugged mountainsides all jostling for your attention. Well-marked walking trails may bring you face-to-face with local wildlife, from graceful white-tailed deer and cheeky chipmunks, to majestic black bears. Bird watchers are also in for a treat _ with a little patience, you may catch a glimpse of hummingbirds, American kestrels, barn swallows, and owls.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Hancock

The nearest airport is in Pittsfield, MA (PSF-Pittsfield Municipal), located 8.5 mi (13.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Hudson, NY (HCC-Columbia County), which is 28.1 mi (45.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Hancock?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 174 vacation rentals near Hancock. From 6 Cabins to 55 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Hancock for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Hancock?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hancock:

  • Lenox: 378 vacation rentals
  • Williamstown: 214 vacation rentals
  • Copake Lake: 29 vacation rentals
  • Lee: 631 vacation rentals
  • Housatonic: 425 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Hancock?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Hancock. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Jiminy Peak: 435 vacation rentals
  • Hancock Shaker Village: 691 vacation rentals
  • Tanglewood Music Center: 657 vacation rentals
  • Western Gateway Heritage State Park: 370 vacation rentals
  • Southern Vermont College: 503 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hancock listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Hancock?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 6 Cabins in Hancock. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Hancock include:

  • Houses: 55 rentals available
  • Cottages: 6 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 79 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Hancock?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 83 vacation rentals with pool available in Hancock. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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