The Sturbridge Area
On September 3, 1729, a grant was made by the General Court of Massachusetts to allow a small group of very poor residents from the towns around Medfield settle in the Sturbridge area, despite the objection that the land there was generally poor. On July 9, 1730, lots were drawn to determine who would get each of the 50 plots laid out in what was originally called New Medfield. From this emerged the town of Sturbridge, officially incorporated in 1783 and named after Stourbridge, England. Both towns are perhaps not coincidentally located close to Worcester, MA and Worcester, England, respectively.
Today Sturbridge is conveniently located where I-90 and I-84 meet, putting most of New England within easy reach. The town is both an old, quaint rural village surrounded by nature and an exciting site of a growing high tech industry, meaning there is a wide variety of attractions to Sturbridge. We are known for our varied restaurants, providing the visitor with a true taste of New England.
Hotel Services & Amenities
You will welcome our comfortable pillow-top beds when you stay with us at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Sturbridge. While you’re relaxing in our spacious rooms, you will be able to enjoy premium cable channels on our flat screen TVs. And each room has a hair dryer, a coffee maker, free local calls, free Wi-Fi, and an iron and ironing board.
The business traveler will find our business center convenient for their needs. If you like to exercise, we have a well-equipped fitness center; if you forgot something at home or need a snack, we have a Sundry Shop full of goodies. Be sure to get your free Bright Side Breakfast™ first thing in the morning!
Sturbridge Area Attractions
Old Sturbridge Village, on Hwy 20, is a living museum—the largest in New England—consisting of a number of 59 antique buildings both originally located there and moved from other locations. It has a working farm and three water-powered mills. Visitors can see what life was like in rural New England during the 1770s-1830s, with costumed interpreters demonstrating various activities and leading tours.
Tantiusques is an open space reservation registered with the National Register of Historic Places, due to its historic, defunct graphite mines. Visitors will enjoy the oak-hickory and red maples forests with mountain laurel understory as well as the remains of the mining operations there. You will also find the foundations of a house and barn owned by Robert Crowd in the 1850s. The Leadmind Wildlife Management Area is also adjacent to Tantiusques.
In Sturbridge itself you will find plenty of great places to eat, or you could watch a play at the Stageloft Repertory Theater. You will also find some fun shopping in town, including antique shopping at many of our local shops or at the nearby Brimfield Antique Show. With the rivers, lakes, state parks, and side roads that will show you some of the most beautiful countryside and farms of New England, you will find plenty to do in the Sturbridge area.