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About Jim Matthews

Learn more about me and my local business: http://www.lucillesmountaintopinn.com/our-story.htm


Here are my most recent posts:



Habersham Vineyards & Winery

White building with Habersham Winery on sign over porch

Posted by on March 30, 2014

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Habersham Vineyards & Winery tasting room is located in the center of the historic Nachoochee Village in Northeast Georgia.  It is one of Georgia’s oldest and largest wineries, with 3 other locations scattered through the North Georgia Mountains.  Habersham’s wine tasting room in the Nachoochee Village offers free tastings of up to 4 distinct wines, as well as additional wines for purchase as a tasting, by the glass, bottle or read more...

Sweetfield Mountain Merchandise

Sweetfield Mountain Merchandise

Posted by on January 23, 2014

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This is a store for those who love something different. Find a unique clothing style that suits you or browse through a selection of stylish home décor and accessories. Sweetfield Mountain Merchandise brings it all together in one neat package of a shop in the Village of Sautee. If you just can’t say no to beautiful clothing, you’ll delight in read more...

Greenstone Soap Company

Greenstone Soap Company Sign

Posted by on January 20, 2014

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The fragrance that surrounds you when you walk into this small shop in the Village of Sautee is overwhelmingly uplifting.  Herbal, floral and earthy scents radiate from a wide variety of soaps, candles, lotions and aromatherapy oils.  Greenstone Soap Company has been in business for 18 years, providing high quality organic herbal based products to customers, retail outlets, resorts and B&B’s. read more...

Shapiro’s Gallery

2 story house with dormer windows and a sign above the purple door reading Shapiro's

Posted by on November 18, 2013

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Shapiro’s Gallery is a North Georgia mountain showcase for contemporary American art and fine craft work, featuring over 150 artists from around the country. Located in a rustic log cabin in the heart of the Village of Sautee at the intersection of Hwy 17 and Ga 255, Shapiro’s offers very unique metal sculptures, hand crafted glassware, pottery, folk art, plus one-of-a kind read more...

Old Sautee Market

Old Sautee Market

Posted by on August 21, 2013

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The Old Sautee Market, adjacent to the Old Sautee Store, is just the place in Sautee Nacoochee for a hearty sandwich, bowl of homemade soup or a scoop of old fashioned Mayfield ice cream.  The Old Sautee Market, with its distinctive grass covered roof, has been serving hungry travelers for 10 years at the junction of Hwy 17 and Hwy 255.  read more...

The Lavender Cottage and Garden

Lavender Bouquet

Posted by on August 21, 2013

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If you’re looking to add some calm to your life you might want to try the natural, aromatic healing properties of lavender. You will find lavender for every reason at The Lavender Cottage and Garden in the Village of Sautee.  Tucked away at the junction of Georgia Highways 17 and 255 is this distinctive white and purple shop dedicated to all-things lavender, and the read more...

Elfmade Wooden Toys

Wooden Toys

Posted by on August 21, 2013

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In this day of fancy electronic gadgets the simplicity of creative wooden toys can still capture a child’s attention and spark their imagination.  And setting a kid free with a rainbow palette of colors to paint their on own wooden toy is a lifetime memory and great Instagram moment to share.  At Elfmade Wooden Toys, Thomas and Marie Carr have been making classic wooden treasures from their own hand drawn patterns for read more...

Stovall Mill Covered Bridge

Covered Wooden Bridge

Posted by on August 20, 2013

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The Stovall Mill Covered Bridge stretches a short span across the swiftly moving Chickamauga Creek beneath it.  Built in 1895 by Will Pardue, it was built to replace a similar structure that was destroyed in the early 1800’s and was named after the nearby mill.  It has been known over the year by other names, including the Sautee-Nacoochee Bridge, Chickamauga Bridge and the read more...

The Gourd Place

Gourd figures resting in straw bales in front of brown wooden slat fence and oversize golden brown mushrooms.

Posted by on May 28, 2013

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Gourds in their many shapes and sizes have been used for hundreds of years in the rural South for utilitarian purposes and as a canvas for painting and wood burning. The Gourd Place celebrates this history and brings the beauty and functionality of the gourd into our modern world. This unique attraction is an artist’s studio, a retail shop, and read more...

Trading Moon Festival

Blue, white and beige pointed top canopy craft tents lined up with people walking and looking at art displays.

Posted by on April 26, 2013

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The Trading Moon Festival will fill the Village of Sautee with over 100 vendors displaying handmade items and art, along with live music, food, and wine. For hundreds of years the Cherokee Indians, who inhabited the Sautee and Nacoochee Valleys have called the full moon following harvest the Trading Moon. On the day of the Trading Moon they would gather read more...

Bernie’s Restaurant

White wood sided 1-story building with blue bird bath, purple iris and shade trees around front wood deck.

Posted by on April 26, 2013

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A fine dining staple in Sautee for 25 years, culinary team at Bernie’s is mother (Bernie) and daughter (Monda). They offer up some of the most consistently excellent cuisine in the region at the restaurant that bears Bernie’s name. Between them they bring over 60 years of experience in hospitality and fine dining to your table when you eat with read more...

Sweetwater Coffeehouse

Gray wood building with white painted rail porch and sloping roof with white sign reading Sweetwater Coffeehouse.

Posted by on April 26, 2013

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Every community needs a great coffee house and the Village of Sautee is no exception. For over 18 years, Sweetwater Coffeehouse has been roasting, brewing and serving up the best cup of Joe in the valley, along with providing a warm and welcoming gathering place for locals and visitors alike. The slogan “Sleepless in Sautee” is just one signal that read more...

Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards

Gray clapboard sided building with elevated porch and beige wood sign reading Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards Tasting Room.

Posted by on April 26, 2013

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This family farm winery is a hidden gem, reminiscent of the roadside tasting rooms found on the back roads of Sonoma County. The North Georgia Mountains are home to one of the fastest growing and most talked-about wine-producing regions in the country. The foothills and valleys on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains offer exemplary terrain, soil, and a read more...

Old Sautee Store

White sign reading Old Sautee Store across front of wood porch with 3 US Flags and antiques.

Posted by on April 26, 2013

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The Old Sautee Store is an authentic old fashioned general store. In business since 1872, you can feel the history as you step into this wooden-floored remnant of times past. The store has been updated, expanded, and filled with the best locally produced gifts and goodies, and men’s and women’s apparel. Historical displays throughout the store offer a better glimpse read more...

Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa

3 story building of rock and stucco with covered portico over circular driveway.

Posted by on April 26, 2013

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Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa is not your grandma’s Bed and Breakfast.  You won’t find any lace doilies here! Instead, once you reach the top of their winding driveway, you’ll find breathtaking views, unique Arts-and-Crafts style architecture, and ten uniquely decorated guest rooms that offer privacy and comfort. The breakfasts offered at Lucille’s are extraordinary, as well – no buffet read more...

The Spa at Lucille’s

White oval sign with gold border and the words The Spa at Lucille's

Posted by on April 26, 2013

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The Spa at Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn is housed in a beautiful and tranquil facility sitting atop a small mountain, overlooking the bucolic Sautee Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains. Lucille’s day spa is open to everyone, whether you are staying at the Inn, a visitor to the area or a local. The waiting room looks out over the mountains providing read more...

Jim Matthews

Posted by on April 17, 2013

Location: Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia Since: 2011 — Why did you choose the city / state you now live in? I gave up my career as a business consultant and full-time business traveler to be an innkeeper in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.   The Village of Sautee is the heart of the thriving arts community of the surrounding read more...