Hancock, MA, USA

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Hancock, MA, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.