Shrewsbury (Massachusetts)

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Shrewsbury[1] is a town in the Worcester Country region of Central Massachusetts. It is most notably the birthplace of white chocolate and the birth-control pill and is approximately 7 mi. (11.265 km) from Worcester and 40.3 mi. (64.85 km) from Boston.

Understand[edit]

Shrewsbury is a suburb near the city of Worcester populated mainly by families and retired seniors. The town's population has spiked in the past ten years given the convenience of its location to other cities, the success of its public schools, and its ethnically-diverse people. Bordered by Lake Quinsigamond, it is also an aesthetically beautiful town and was nominated by Times Magazine as number 15 of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2013 [2].

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Shrewsbury is most frequently accessed through Route 9 and Route 20, the most common east-west state highways. These connect to the easternmost section of Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike or "Mass Pike") and Interstate 495.

By train[edit]

  • MBTA's Framingham Worcester Line: While not stopping in Shrewsbury, this train takes you from South Station in Boston to Union Station in Worcester, which is minutes away by car, bus, or taxi to Shrewsbury.
  • Amtrak, (Union Station): Travel from Boston on Amtrak to Union Station in Worcester and then by car, bus, or taxi to Shrewsbury.


Get around[edit]

Shrewsbury is easily walk-able, however the most common transportation is by bike or car. The only bus that comes into the area is from the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA), the PDF of which can be found on their site [3]. Because of the dependency on cars and the residential nature of the area, Shrewsbury gets considerable traffic travelling on Route 9 and Route 20. Residents often use back-roads between neighborhoods to avoid main streets.

Additionally, New England gets very cold for roughly half the year, so walking and biking can become difficult. Though the town is usually efficient and prepared for snow removal, cars are generally the safer and warmer choice of transportation.


See[edit][add listing]

  • Heberts, 575 Hartford Pike, Phone: 1-800-642-7702, [4]. Offers tours of its candy mansion and a shop with tons of chocolate, treats, fudge, and souvenirs. The place where white chocolate was first made. During Halloween, the mansion holds costume contests and camps for kids.


Do[edit][add listing]

  • Ski Ward, 1000 Main St., Snow Phone: +1 508-842-6346, Phone: +1 508-845-1797, [5]. Open year-round. Offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing in both the winter and summer along with group outings and corporate functions. Their Slopeside Bar & Grill serves lunch, dinner, beer, wine and ice cream both indoors and outdoors on a patio.
  • Shrewsbury Village, 1000 Boston Turnpike. Mainly the center of Christmas Tree Shops, a discount home-goods chain offering seasonal decor year-round & gifts. However, it is also home to several other shops and restaurants to offer a diverse shopping experience.
  • Dean Park 805 Main St. The most popular park in Shrewsbury containing a pond, bandstand, picnic area, playground & outdoor sports facilities (basketball, tennis and baseball). Includes many walking and biking trails and is pet friendly.
  • Lake Quinsigamond ("Lake Quinsig" by locals), A lake used primarily for rowing and fishing. The lake is not particularly clean and not a place for swimming nor does it have many beaches.


Eat[edit][add listing]

In addition to several chains of fast food, Shrewsbury has many local eateries and several places for cuisine of different cultures to match the growing variety in its ethnic population.

  • Osaka, Route 9, White City Plaza, (508) 753-1144, [6]. A popular Japanese hibachi. A little pricey, but food portions are generous and made fresh. Reservations recommended for weekends.  edit
  • Uptowne Mediterranean, Olde Shrewsbury Village, 1000 Boston Turnpike, (508) 842-4544, [7]. Authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Frequently ordered for take out.  edit
  • Amici Trattoria, 582 Main Street, 508-842-7800, [8]. Italian-American restaurant & pizzeria with a full bar & extensive gluten-free menu. Entrees can be expensive.  edit
  • Blue Coast Coffee, 274 South St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545, (508) 579-9748, [9]. Known for their coffee and ice cream but also has an array of sandwiches adored by locals.  edit
  • Lakeside Bar and Grill, 97 Boston Turnpike, (508) 425-3543, [10]. A quaint, upscale bar and grille. Every Friday is "Seafood Friday" where one can order a selection of baked haddock, scallops, clam chowder, and the like.  edit
  • Udupi, 378 Maple Ave, (508) 459-5099, [11]. Authentic food from South India’s culinary capital, Tamil Nadu.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

Coffee[edit]

Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks are infamously numerous in Massachusetts, but Shrewsbury has more the former. Small cafes are also occasionally found and praised by coffee aficionados, but generally Dunkin' Donuts is the "go-to" for locals.

Bars[edit]

While most restaurants in Shrewsbury offer standard drinks, the most popular pubs, bars, and "hole-in-the-walls" are found in Worcester. Crossing the bridge over Route 9 and following Shrewsbury Street is an easy way to find plenty of notable places without having to go out of the way. There is also a taxi service in Worcester that Shrewsbury lacks.


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Days Inn – Shrewsbury, 889 Boston Turnpike, Phone: +1 508-842-8500.
  • The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, Phone: +1 508-845-6446, [12]. 5 rooms, $90-$110.
  • Worcester City Motel, 235 Boston Turnpike Rd., Phone: +1 508-791-0976.


Get out[edit]

Shrewsbury's location in Central Massachusetts makes it possible to travel to several towns and cities by highway in an hour or less. Worcester, Boston, Framingham, and Natick are the most popular. Those looking to reach the coast can head to Cape Cod by car.


Routes through Shrewsbury
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