10 Towns in 10 Days: Bernardston

(Western Mass News photo)

If you take an easy stroll up I-91 and get off at the last before Vermont, you'll find yourself in Bernardston.

Largely a rural community, it's home to some big destinations.

The Crumpin Fox Club is one of the area's premiere golf locations. Their signature 8th hole is a par five, stretching over 600 yards.

Ball placement is key and accuracy is crucial when playing this course.

The golf club got its name from an 1850s Bernardston company called The Crump and Fox Soda Company.

New businesses are opening in Bernardston each year, including Hillside Pizza.

"We try to source as much as we can from local vendors. It keeps money local, which is really important to us," said Jack Lindner, co-owner of Hillside Pizza.

Because of the community support, Hillside Pizza likes to give back as well.

"We have a couple young adults with autism who come down and get some vocational training with us. They work part-time at the shop during the week. My business partner helped start of school for autism actually up in Brattleboro, so that's one of the goals, to try and find some work for these kids," Lindner added.

Hillside Pizza is quickly becoming a hotspot in town.

"We were welcomed right from day one. It's a blessing for us. We got a lot of people from out of town visiting Kringle Candle or some other sites here," Lindner said.

For Kringle Candle owner Mike Kittredge, Bernardston was a perfect spot to open his business.

"We came across this location, had a 'For Sale' sign out front, and it was a beautiful, quaint, little town, lots of land around it, It was a perfect place to put down our roots," Kittredge explained.

Kittredge expanded, opening a unique restaurant next door to the retail store.

"We had customers driving all the way from Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire, even as far as New York, New Jersey, and Boston. People coming from a really long distance and all they were saying was 'This is great. Where can we eat? What can we do next? We decided to open a restaurant and a country store across the street," Kittredge added.

One group helping to keep Bernardston beautiful is the Kiwanis Club.

"Our motto is changing the world, one community and one kid at a time. We'd like to see more development here in the park. We are looking at a gazebo-type building. We'd have to get permission and raise funds for that," said Joel Cole, past president of the Bernardston Kiwanis Club.

Western Mass News wanted to help, so along with Diamond RV and Big Y, we presented the Kiwanis Club a check for $500 to help out the community.

"Thank you very much and we will put it to good use," Cole said.

Bernardston - creating a better town, each and every day.

"When they talk about raising a child, it takes a community to do that, that happens here in Bernardston," Cole added.

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