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Adventure big and small in Shrewsbury

Trade in the bright lights of the big city for small-town charm in Shrewsbury. A popular resort town since the 18th century, Shrewsbury is known for its rolling countryside, scenic Lake Quinsigamond, and a wealth of open space. It's a major destination for winter sports, and you'll find plenty of spots for skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding. With a centrally located Shrewsbury vacation rental, you'll be close to local landmarks like the Ski Ward Ski Area, the Hebert Candy Mansion, and the sprawling Upton State Forest.

Things to do

History repeats itself in Shrewsbury

History buffs will find lots to do in Shrewsbury, starting with the General Artemas Ward House. Built in 1727, the house belonged to a general in the Revolutionary War; nowadays it's operated by Harvard University, and the museum is open to the public for tours during the summer months. Got a sweet tooth? Then head to the Hebert Candy Mansion, a chocolate factory and retail shop in a historic Tudor-style mansion. A popular spot with local families, the confectioner also hosts private events, ice cream socials, and summertime "cruise nights" for car enthusiasts.

Activities

Shrewsbury – into the great wide open

With plenty of parks, ponds, and open space, Shrewsbury is a nature lover's dream. For a closer look at Shrewsbury's natural splendor, take a stroll in Upton State Forest. The 2,660-acre preserve offers hiking and biking trails, as well as campsites, picnic areas, and hunting grounds. Over at Lake Quinsigamond, you'll find ample opportunities for swimming, fishing, and boating, and the site hosts regular crew regattas and other watersport events. Winter visitors can hit the slopes at Ski Ward Ski Area, where you can choose from 9 ski runs and 8 lanes of snowtubing.

Weather

Baby it's cold outside in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury has a humid continental climate, which means warm, muggy summers and cold, snowy winters. Summers are on the mild side, with average highs peaking at 79ºF in July. Winters are cold, and average highs dip below freezing in January, with lows in the teens and 20s between December and March. Since most visitors flock to the sunny shores of Lake Quinsigamond during the summer months, you're more likely to find killer rates on Shrewsbury vacation rentals during the colder winter months – just make sure to pack plenty of warm layers and a flask of emergency brandy.

Natural features

Shrewsbury – right in the heart of New England

The area around Shrewsbury is made up of rolling countryside, dotted with family farms and pockets of more densely packed residential neighborhoods. You'll find a number of rivers, ponds, and lakes in the area, and the 2,660-acre Upton State Forest features woods, meadows, and hunting grounds. Birdwatching is a popular pastime in the area, and Lake Quinsigamond is home to great blue herons, wood ducks, and goldeneye, depending on the season. With a Shrewsbury vacation rental, you'll have some of the most iconic New England scenery right outside your door.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Shrewsbury

The nearest airport is in Worcester, MA (ORH-Worcester Regional), located 8 mi (12.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Bedford, MA (BED-Laurence G. Hanscom Field), which is 25.2 mi (40.5 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Shrewsbury?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 43 vacation rentals near Shrewsbury. From 17 Houses to 21 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Shrewsbury for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Ski Ward Ski Area: 77 vacation rentals
  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area: 44 vacation rentals
  • Mount Wachusett Community College: 35 vacation rentals
  • Indian Ranch: 88 vacation rentals
  • New England Wild Flower Society Garden in the Woods: 1,324 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Shrewsbury 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 Houses in Shrewsbury?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 17 Houses in Shrewsbury. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Shrewsbury include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 21 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 3 rentals available
  • Country houses: 2 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Shrewsbury?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 13 vacation rentals with pool available in Shrewsbury. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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