Spring Has Sprung in Sturbridge!

Are you suffering from spring fever? Do you need an excuse to get out of the house after a long winter? Then look no further than Sturbridge, Massachusetts! Here you’ll find an endless number of springtime activities, from gorgeous parks and outdoor excursions, to unique festivals and culinary experiences! With the promise of sunnier days ahead, you’ll find there’s no better place to spring into season than picturesque Sturbridge!

Friday

Check In At…Sturbridge Host Hotel

Looking to get the most out of the springtime scenery? Sturbridge Host Hotel offers the perfect lodging for anyone who wants a tranquil retreat surrounded by nature. Celebrate the return of warm weather and sunny skies with a stroll along their private, guests-only beach and enjoy sweeping views of Cedar Lake. Tucked away by the water, Host Hotel offers you privacy and reprieve, but is conveniently still just a couple of minutes from the center of town.

On-site Dining: The Oxhead TavernOriginally built as a meetinghouse in 1820, the Oxhead Tavern is now a casual family restaurant and bar, serving classic New England dishes and American cuisine. Enjoy outdoor dining that overlooks sparkling Cedar Lake, as you savor a piping hot bowl of clam chowder or a caramelized New York Strip steak.

366 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Saturday

Get Up Early To Score A Deal

When the first flowers of spring start to bloom, you know it’s time for the annual, world famous Brimfield Antique Flea Market Show. While COVID-19 has delayed many vendors from attending the event, Brimfield Auction Acres will be open for business, May 12-15. Boasting high quality goods, rare collectibles, and stellar vintage finds, you’ll get the best deals if you show up when doors open at 7AM.

Wednesday-Saturday, May 12-15
7AM-4PM

35 Main Street Brimfield MA

** Insider Tip: Can’t make it to the show? Don’t worry! Garage sale novices and seasoned pickers can still get their fix at the Sturbridge Flea Market, open year-round. With over 150 dealers spread across three floors, Sturbridge Flea Market offers thousands of unique items you won’t find anywhere else at a bargain price. Browse everything from antiques and collectibles, to artisanal goods, jewelry, country décor, and more! Even the most reluctant of shoppers in your travel party will be intrigued by the overwhelming array of goodies and knick-knacks available to peruse.

559 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01518

Grab Brunch at Cedar Street Café

A popular coffee and breakfast joint, this eatery boasts handcrafted coffees, pastries made from scratch, and a wild selection of lunch and breakfast items. Take your beverage to go or dine inside their renovated, historic farmhouse, or on their outdoor patio.

420 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Celebrate the Return of Baseball!

Springtime means the return of baseball, and there’s no better place to kick off the Minor League season than at Polar Park Stadium, home of the Worcester Red Sox! Be sure to catch a game if you’re in town, it’s guaranteed fun for the whole family!

100 Madison St, Worcester, MA 01608

Celebrate 75 Years of Old Sturbridge Village

Spring is one of the best times to visit Old Sturbridge Village, when the farm is buzzing with newborn arrivals, The Towne Garden is blooming with floral delights, the trees are being tapped for maple syrup, and the pesky throngs of summer tourists are still far out of sight. This year, come and be a part of OSV’s 75th anniversary celebration! The largest outdoor living history museum in New England, OSV allows visitors to experience first-hand what life was like in the 1830’s. You’ll wonder if you traveled back in time as you walk through this quaint slice of early American life, where horse-drawn carriages roam the streets, farmhands tend to their livestock, and blacksmiths hammer away in coal forges. Guaranteed to be a delightful, unforgettable experience for history buffs and novices of all ages.

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Dine at Enrico’s Brick Oven Pizza

If you need an excuse to saddle up to Enrico’s bar, it’s for the direct view you’ll have of their 900-degree, wood-burning brick pizza oven. Featured on The Phantom Gourmet and certified by The Association of True Neapolitan Pizza, Enrico’s pies are as authentic as it gets. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, you can also indulge in a variety of pastas, salads, sandwiches, and desserts, along with your seasonal draft of choice. Conveniently located on Main Street, Sturbridge’s premier thoroughfare of shops, dining, and entertainment.

500 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Sunday

Start Your Day Off Right

Fuel up for a day spent outdoors, enjoying the warm weather. Grab a hearty bite at any one of these fabulous breakfast eateries, whose plates are sure to power you through the day:

Sturbridge Coffee House

Beloved by locals, this coffee shop pours anything with caffeine, from double espresso shots to spicy chai teas and lattes topped with pure maple syrup.

407B Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Sawdust Coffee House

Stop by the newest addition to the Sturbridge coffee scene to fuel up on Panini’s, quiche, fresh baked goods and more! Be sure to also visit during the evening to sample their sizzling cocktail menu, and on Sunday mornings for their famous acoustic brunch. 

371 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Annie’s Country Kitchen

Treat your family to a delicious breakfast at Annie’s Country Kitchen, where they serve classic American comfort food, cooked to perfection, at an unbeatable price.

140 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Play a Round or Two

For some people, the best way to spend a gorgeous Sunday is on an 18-hole fairway. If you’re one of those people, head to Hemlock Ridge Golf Course. This luxurious course is set on acres of rolling hills and sparkling waterways, surrounded by statuesque oak, elm, and hemlock trees. Enjoy the peaceful, gorgeous scenery of The Last Green Valley as you work on your back swing and score that hole-in-one. Non-members can call ahead for available tee times and openings.

220 Holland Rd, Fiskdale, MA 01518

Welcome Back Spring

Looking to reconnect with the great outdoors? There’s no better time to go for a nature walk than springtime, when plants and animals alike are emerging from their winter slumber. Delight in hearing the cheerful calls of returning songbirds, as the first buds of the year poke through the ground and bloom into color. Whether you’re a novice or an avid hiker, there’s a trail in Sturbridge waiting for you.

Wells State Park

There’s a reason why Wells State Park is the most popular park in Sturbridge. With over 1,400 acres of oak-hickory forest and freshwater, there’s something for every kind of nature lover! Explore its 12 miles of trail on foot, mountain bike, or horseback. Dip your toes in Walker Pond, which also offers kayaking, canoeing, an assortment of fishing, and a campers-only swimming beach. Be sure to visit Carpenter Rocks, whose summit boasts a scenic lookout over the surrounding forest.

159 Walker Pond Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Leadmine Mountain Conservation Area

A robust, multi-purpose area, Leadmine Mountain boasts five marked trails totaling 11 miles, spanning everything from oak and pine forest to submerged wetland. Visitors are invited to use the trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing (motorized vehicles are not allowed). Fishing and hunting are also permitted on the property, so be sure to wear bright orange during the hunting season.

197 Leadmine Road, Sturbridge, MA 01518

The Trustees’ Tantiusques Reservation

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Tantiusques Reservation is an outdoor excursion and history lesson rolled into one. The reservation was once a great source of graphite and was mined for centuries by the native Nipmuc tribe and local English colonists until it was abandoned in the late 1800’s. Today, hikers can still see an open mine shaft and partially-filled mine cut, the only remnants of New England’s first-ever mining operation. 

493 Leadmine Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Treat Yourself

After exhausting yourself on a long hike, stop into town for a well-deserved feast. Sturbridge boasts a mind-boggling variety of restaurants that are sure to satisfy any palette, whether you’re looking for vegan, Italian, or anything in between. 

If you’re leaving Leadmine Mountain or Old Sturbridge Village, you can easily find generous portions of southern-style, smoked barbecue right up the road at B.T.’s Smokehouse.  Nearby is another noteworthy neighbor, Sturbridge Seafood, who proves that you don’t need to live on the coast in order to score a great bowl of chowder. Or treat yourself to a gourmet Italian meal at Avellino, whose open concept kitchen allows you to watch as chefs expertly prepare your culinary masterpiece.

Leadmine Mountain Conservation Area

Old Sturbridge Village

B.T.’s Smokehouse

Sturbridge Seafood

Avellino

Sturbridge has a number of lodging properties to accommodate all types of travel.  Following is a list of accommodations in Sturbridge:

Comfort Inn and Suites

Econo Lodge

Hampton Inn Express and Suites

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham

Publick House

Sturbridge Host Hotel Conference Center

Super 8 by Wyndham Sturbridge