Destination guide

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.


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.


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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Hancock, MA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 132 vacation rentals around Hancock. From 45 condo and apartment rentals to 49 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a mountain-view property in Hancock?

Nestle yourself and your buddies in the mountains and prepare for stunning sunrises, amazing stargazing and tons of fresh air. Vrbo has no less than 49 mountain vacation properties available. Searching for a different setting? See if any of our other properties float your boat. Our selection here includes:

  • 34 rural vacation rentals.
  • 26 resort vacation rentals.
  • 20 mountainside vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Hancock?

If you're after a home away from home for your upcoming vacation, renting a house is a great idea. You and the gang will have plenty of space for all sorts of vacation activities. There are 43 houses available on Vrbo. Prices start at $45 a night. If that doesn't agree with your crew's style, we've got a number of other rental options to pick from, such as:

  • Condo: 35 vacation homes. Prices start from $100 per night.
  • Resort: 15 vacation homes. Prices start from $167 per night.
  • Hotel: 13 vacation homes. Prices start from $45 per night.

Can I stay in Hancock in a large group?

Sometimes it can be tough finding the time to unwind with your nearest and dearest. A vacation is a perfect opportunity to get together. If you were planning to stay together, Vrbo has options. Condo vacation homes are the preferred choice for large groups, with 27 available here. In the area, the vacation rentals that are suitable for larger sized groups include:

  • Are you on the hunt for vacation homes that can fit 8 of you? We have 100 that will be ideal. Prices begin from just $100 per night.
  • Require a place for 6 people? We have 32 that will be ideal. Prices begin at just $125 a night.
  • Arranging a trip away with a group of 10? We've got 16 vacation homes that will suit. Prices begin at just $125 a night.

So don't fear! When you book with us you can take your dad, your cousins and all your mates to Hancock.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Hancock?

Those noisy hotel swimming pools are no place to spend those precious vacation moments! Explore our value-packed rentals now and ensure everyone in your crew has room to spread out. Lee has bargain written all over it. And with 24 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $268 a night, it's not hard to see why. There are another 21 Vrbo rentals waiting to be booked in or around Housatonic. The average price here is $311 a night.

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