Most Popular Content from 2018

In 2018l, we made a commitment to post new blogs on the regular, and we nearly hit our goal of a weekly post. We also put more time and energy into our digital presence and consistently shared updates, community and regional information, financial advice, and, of course, real estate advice and listings to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, and Pinterest accounts. So, we wanted to share the top five most popular pieces of content that we shared this year in hopes that you find it useful--or at least puts a smile on your face!

1. 5 Reasons People Love Living in Western North Carolina

It's no surprise that this blog was our most popular blog from 2018 as it includes a roundup of five articles that highlight some of the best aspec...

A Few of Our Favorite Things (Er, Favorite Communities)

"Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells
And schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver-white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things"

From--"My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music

Some of these favorite things--snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, silver-white winters that melt into springs--accurately describe a couple of our favorite thi...

Give the Gift of Black Mountain!

Black Mountain has been called "America's Prettiest Small Town" by TripAdvisor, and part of our mountain town's charm lies in the many wonderful, family-owned small businesses that dot our little slice of heaven. And this holiday season, why not give the gift of Black Mountain by purchasing gift certificates to one of our lovely little shops, restaurants, or spas? We've rounded up a few great Black Mountain businesses offering gift certificates that will make great gifts for the mountain lovers in your life.

Red Rocker Inn

It's been proven that experiences are better than things, so why not give the gift of a wonderful stay or meal at Red Rocker Inn, ranked the #1 restaurant in Black Mountain via Tripadvisor! Guests note that there a...

Black Mountain Businesses to Support to #ShopSmall

Everyone has heard of Black Friday, but have you heard of Small Business Saturday? This concept was launched in 2010 by American Express to help small businesses that were hurting from the 2010 economic recession "in an effort to support local shops that make our communities strong." Momentum has been strong since, and today, more than 7,000 Neighborhood Champions in all 50 states that help promote the movement. And with eight years under its belt, Small Business Saturday has encouraged customers to spend more than $85 billion dollars in only eight Saturdays of shopping small.

To encourage YOU to shop small tomorrow, here are some local Black Mountain businesses that are having #ShopSmall specials. Plus, many of our community entrepren...

Top Content of November 2018

It's time for another roundup of our most popular content from this month!

#1: Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade

The biggest news of the month was that our Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade fundraiser raised enough money to provide full Thanksgiving meals to 12 local families in need, blowing past our initial goal of raising enough to support five families.

#2: Black Mountain Rental

Two bedroom two bathroom ground level apartment attached to main house located in Black Mountain on top of mountain road. Very open living space floor plan. All new paint. Lovely outdoor area. 4WD vehicle highly recommended. Washer & dryer provided. Huge screened porch.Utilities included: electric, water, trash pick-up, wi-fi internet, satellite TV, AC unitTenants p...

Top Content for October 2018

It's that time of the month again... time to share the content that our fan's liked the most this month in hopes that YOU will also find value (and maybe a laugh or smile) from this content too. Which of these five top content pieces is your favorite?

1. Stainless Steel Appliances FTW

Over on Pinterest, people have been digging the stainless steel, sleek kitchen of 115 Portnvaille Road Black Mountain NC. Just under 1900 sq ft. LP smart siding with cedar shakes with hardwoods and tile throughout. Kitchen offers granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

2. Hope Griffin, Local Musician

Wow! @hopegriffin from #blackmountainnc! #supportlocal #leaf2018 #leaffestival

A post shared by Cottonwood Properties (@cottonwoodproperties) on Every year, the fall L.E.A.F. festival, held in Black Mountain, brings an amazing array of musicians, vendors, and experiences to Lake Eden, This year, we got the chance to watch the extremely talented Hope Griffin, who lives right here in Black Mountain. Hope is described as a folk/Americana singer-songwriter, and " her free-spirited personality and ability to tell beautiful stories through song make her a true force to be reckoned with--and a hard excuse to miss."

Every fall, the L.E.A.F. festival comes to Black Mountain, bringing an array of amazing musicians, vendors, and experiences to Lake Eden. This...

How to Give Back This Thanksgiving in Western North Carolina

We have so many reasons to be thankful living in Western North Carolina: breathtaking mountains, endless outdoor recreation, and top quality food, drink, art and more thanks to inventive and creative entrepreneurs and makers. So in this holiday season of giving, we wanted to round up a few ways you can give back to our community and region, including our Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade.

1. Mast General Store Coat Collection

"From Nov. 1-30 is hosting the 14th annual Share the Warmth coat collection drive. Bring in a new or gently used coats, fleece, jacket, sweater + other outerwear (scarves, blankets, gloves, hats, etc.) which will then be donated among the community."

2. Donate to Western Carolina Rescue's Week of Thankfulness

Western Ca...

5 Day Trips to Take From Black Mountain

Black Mountain is situated just 20 minutes from Asheville, but that's not the only mountain community worth exploring. With so many mountain towns to eat, drink, and sightsee through in Western North Carolina, putting roots down in Black Mountain makes for a fun home base to enjoy all the amazing small businesses, makers, and artists that make our region so special. So, we've provided a short description of some of four of our favorite WNC day trips, and all of these locations are less than an hour's drive from Black Mountain!

1. Saluda, 48 miles / 49 minutes from Black Mountain

The tiny town of Saluda has a population of under 1,000 people and has retained that Main Street, tight-knit vibe since 1831 thanks in part to being home to Nor...

Turkey Brigade Donation Drive!

Please help support our Turkey Brigade with a monetary donation to purchase and deliver Thanksgiving dinners to local families in need. No one should have to go without! We will then take the monies and purchase a full ready-to-cook Thanksgiving meal for local families. Each family will receive the same items in their Thanksgiving dinner basket. Let's see how many local families that we can support this holiday season!

Monetary donations can be made payable to Cottonwood Properties and dropped off or mailed to:

Cottonwood Properties

100 W. State Street

Black Mountain, NC 28711

We will deliver the baskets on Tuesday, November 20, so you have between now and Monday, November 19 to mail in or drop off your monetary donation via cash or che...

Most Popular Content of the Month

Fall is here in Western North Carolina, and most residents will tell you that it's our favorite time of year. Cool mountain breezes, a wonderland of colors thanks to our region's incredible biodiversity, and tons of fun fall events make Black Mountain and beyond a wonderful place to live and visit in the fall.

But before we dive head first into fall, we're sharing a roundup of our 5 most popular pieces of content from September.