1. Under the Greenwood (1881) by George Inness; 2. Vanitas Flower Still Life (circa 1656-1657) by Willem van Aelst; 3. A Tough Story (1886) by John George Brown; 4. “Fiercely the red sun descending/Burned his way along the heavens” (1875-1876) by Thomas Moran; 5. Capricco: The Rialto Bridge and the Church of S. Giorgio Maggiore (circa 1750) by Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)
The spectacular views in North Carolina’s High Country aren’t just inspiration for writers, painters, and sculptors. Those landscapes — the rugged gray face of Grandfather Mountain, the vibrant fall leaves, the deep green meadows — are brushstrokes on Earth’s own canvas.
The sprawling vineyards and wide-open skies that stretch for miles across seven North Carolina counties offer relaxing getaways — not to mention some of the state’s finest wines — for Sunday drivers aching to escape the rush of city life.