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The University of Mississippi Museum

  • 1. The University of Mississippi Museum

The University of Mississippi Museum

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  • 2. Rowan Oak, Oxford, Mississippi

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  • 3. Vaught-Hemingway Stadium

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  • 4. Oxford City Farmers' Market

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  • 5. Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

100 University Avenue, 662-915-2787

  • 6. L.Q.C. Lamar House Museum, Oxford, MS

L.Q.C. Lamar House Museum, Oxford, MS

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  • 7. Thacker Mountain Rail-Trail

Thacker Mountain Rail-Trail

Athletes from the University of Mississippi tend to use the trail for exercise, as well. Several roadways, sidewalks, and bike lanes connect the Thacker Mountain Rail-Trail to a nearby mile-long trail called the Oxford Depot.

  • 8. Big Bad Breakfast

Big Bad Breakfast

719 North Lamar, 662-236-2666

  • 9. Burns-Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center

Burns-Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center

710 E. Jackson Avenue, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, Phone: 662-801-4087

  • 10. Oxford Treehouse Gallery

Oxford Treehouse Gallery

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  • 11. Proud Larry's

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  • 12. Ya Ya's Frozen Yoghurt

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  • 13. College Hill Presbyterian Church

College Hill Presbyterian Church

339 Country Road 102, 662-234-5020

  • 14. Southside Gallery

Southside Gallery

150 Courthouse Square, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, Phone: 662-234-9090

  • 15. Lamar Park

Lamar Park

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  • 16. Lyric Theater

Lyric Theater

1006 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, Phone: 662-234-5333

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13 Fantastic Things To Do In Oxford, Mississippi

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Named for the university town in England, Oxford, Mississippi, has also made a name for itself in terms of higher education and culture. While it’s home to the state’s flagship university, there’s much more to this town than the University of Mississippi.

Located just 100 miles from Memphis , Oxford boasts a rich literary tradition, important Civil War history, and ties to the civil rights movement. Each year, thousands of tourists delight in its beauty and cosmopolitan feel, characteristics usually associated with cities many times its size.

Here are some of our favorite things to do in Oxford.

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1. University Of Mississippi — Ole Miss

Oxford wouldn’t be Oxford without the University of Mississippi , and a stop here is worth your vacation time. There’s a reason why national outlets including Architectural Digest routinely name the campus one of the most beautiful in the country.

Ole Miss, founded back in 1848, radiates out from the Lyceum. This Greek Revival masterpiece has seen turbulent times : It served as a hospital during the Civil War, and the bullet holes that dot its columns are reminders of the horrific violence that erupted when James Meredith enrolled as the university’s first African-American student in 1962.

Beyond the Lyceum, the campus sprawls over thousands of acres covered in magnolias, live oaks, and massive pines. It’s worth spending part of a day here to bask in the beauty of the park-like setting.

2. University Of Mississippi Museum

From fine art to scientific instruments to ancient artifacts, the collections at the University of Mississippi Museum are a delight to explore. Consider stopping here for a fascinating look at the university’s past and its commitment to arts and culture.

At the museum, you’ll see some 19th-century tools used to teach Ole Miss students physics and astronomy, as well as Roman and Greek pottery and coins. There’s an impressive collection of American art, too; it was bequeathed to the university by individual donors and artists.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; admission is free.

Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's house.

3. William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak

While it’s technically a part of the University of Mississippi Museum, Rowan Oak sits to the south of the Ole Miss campus. The stately home was where Nobel laureate William Faulkner lived for four decades until his death in 1962. In 1972, the writer’s family sold the complex to the University of Mississippi on the condition that it would serve as a museum and a place for people to learn about Faulkner’s work.

While the grounds are open to the public and free to roam, it costs $5 to step inside the 150-year-old home and see the rooms where the literary giant lived and worked; even his iconic portable Underwood is on display.

Fans can also pay homage to Faulkner at the Oxford Memorial Cemetery, where the writer and his entire family are buried. Visitors often leave trinkets , including coins and bottles of bourbon, on his grave. It’s customary to take a shot and then leave the rest as a tribute to the legendary wordsmith.

4. Historic Oxford Town Square

The beating heart of Oxford is its historic town square . This charming, quintessential small-town setting includes restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and specialty shops (we’ll get to those later), all clustered around the Lafayette County Courthouse, which was rebuilt after the original structure was burned by Union troops during the Civil War.

This spot has been Oxford’s economic and social hub since the town’s founding back in the 1830s. It’s the perfect place to take a seat and do some serious people-watching!

Inside the Oxford Treehouse Gallery.

Oxford Treehouse Gallery

5. art galleries.

Oxford is renowned for both the quantity and quality of its art galleries. Many feature everything from fine art to folk art and everything in between, so you’re guaranteed to find something that captures your interest.

The Oxford Treehouse Gallery , just outside town and tucked into a pine grove, is a gorgeous spot featuring pieces from more than 20 regional artists.

Southside Gallery

Southside Gallery is conveniently located in the town square. It showcases works by artists from the Southeast and hosts monthly exhibits plus artist receptions.

Gallery 130

Gallery 130 , located on the campus of Ole Miss, is a gem featuring works by student artists. It also hosts shows for visiting professional artists and is open to the public from Monday through Friday.

Oxford Art Crawl

To get a great overall feel for Oxford’s art scene, consider taking part in the Oxford Art Crawl , which takes place on the fourth Tuesday of most months from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A courtesy bus drops participants off at each gallery, allowing them to check out the exhibits and pop-up shows at each stop.

6. Burns-Belfry Museum & Multicultural Center

To learn more about the lives and history of Oxford’s African-American residents, a stop at the Burns-Belfry Museum & Multicultural Center should be on your agenda.

The museum is housed in the Burns Methodist Episcopal Church, built by freed African Americans in 1910. When the congregation moved to another building in the 1970s, the church became an office building called the Belfry. Eventually, author and Oxford native John Grisham bought the building and donated it to two non-profits, tasking them with its preservation.

The Burns-Belfry now has a dual purpose: It serves as a venue for community meetings and events, and it also houses a museum that details the history of the church and the people who attended services there.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

7. Holly Springs National Forest

There are several places in and around Oxford where you can take advantage of terrific recreational opportunities. Less than an hour to the northwest, Holly Springs National Forest is a popular outdoor stop nestled amidst northern Mississippi’s iconic pine woods. There are hiking trails past several lakes and cypress swamps, and camping sites are available for the truly adventurous.

Sardis Lake in Oxford, Mississippi.

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8. Sardis Lake

Sardis Lake , a 45-minute drive from the center of Oxford, is the spot where locals go for time on the water. First built in the 1930s as a flood-control facility, the lake is now a top recreation spot, offering beaches, boating, and great fishing.

9. Avent Park

In town, Avent Park features sports fields, a walking trail, and plenty of quiet nooks that are perfect for picnicking.

10. Bailey’s Woods Trail

And if you’re looking to make the trip from Ole Miss to Rowan Oak, skip the car ride and head out on Bailey’s Woods Trail , a wooded path that connects the two sites. It will take you just 20 minutes and is a great way to get some exercise while you sightsee.

11. Boutiques In Oxford

Oxford has more than its fair share of terrific boutiques and specialty shops, so you’re bound to find the perfect presents and souvenirs.

Square Books

At Square Books in the town square, you’ll find everything from rare first editions to paperback bestsellers. Square routinely hosts book signings and other literary events.

Katherine Beck

For upscale gifts, stop by Katherine Beck . This sweet boutique does big business catering to the sorority scene at Ole Miss; it offers jewelry and home decor items.

For carefully curated on-trend fashion pieces, Cicada has got you covered. This luxe women’s boutique features labels including Rebecca Taylor, Helmut Lang, Vince, and Alexis Bittar, among others.

12. Neilson’s Department Store

While not a boutique, Neilson’s is a must stop during your time in Oxford. Situated near the courthouse, this historic department store dates back to 1839, making it one of the South’s oldest retail outlets. Offering clothes, cosmetics, and home accessories, Neilson’s is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A meal from Ajax Diner.

13. Ajax Diner

Serving up Southern soul food so good it gets its own shout-out here is Ajax Diner . Located in the town square and full of colorful, kitschy decor, Ajax has long been a local favorite, routinely making best-of lists for everything from its cornbread to its plate lunches.

Offering regional favorites including catfish, fried chicken, turnip greens, po’boys, and red beans and rice, this diner is the place to go at the end of a busy day when you’ve really worked up an appetite.

Don’t sleep on the squash casserole (it’s amazing!), and be sure to save plenty of room for dessert. The pecan pie is to die for!

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Oxford was incorporated in 1837, and named after Oxford, England. It was hoped that naming the town Oxford would help it be chosen as the site for Mississippi's first university. In 1848, the University of Mississippi became a reality. Since its founding, the University has developed into a well-respected institute, which plays a central role in the community.

Oxford's colorful downtown, centered on courthouse square, exemplifies southern charm. Chic boutiques, diverse art galleries, upscale bookstores, casual cafes, and active pubs are just a few of the finds visitors will discover here. Although much of the city was destroyed by fire in 1864, a remarkable number of historic homes and buildings remain and a walking tour makes for a fulfilling afternoon. When evening approaches, excellent choices in dining abound. From fine dining to eclectic cuisine, Oxford has it all. For night owls, Oxford offers incredible live blues and dynamic jazz.

Oxford is proudly a diverse, culturally rich town. Famous Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner called Oxford home, and captured many of the town's lively characters in his novels. Several events draw large groups of writers to Oxford. The Oxford Conference for the Book, held in April, and The Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, held in July, are two such examples. In fact, Oxford has become famous as a writer's destination. The Oxford Film Festival is growing in recognition, and draws people from near and far every June. Music and artwork are equally popular expressions. The Double Decker Festival, also held annually in June, is a giant celebration. Held on courthouse square, the event features a select group of regional art vendors, a diverse selection of live music, and local restaurants serving festival goers their best grub.

Oxford is located in the northern part of the state, just off Highway 278, approximately 170 miles north of Jackson, MS.

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23 Riveting Things To Do in Oxford Ms for the Weekend

I originally learned about Oxford, MS from my charming sister-in-law. She grew up in nearby Albany and went to school at Ole Miss. A few years later I learned about the Debutante Farmer and the amazing food scene in this small Southern town. Football, food, and friendly folks like my SIL, Tina? I was ready to visit!

So hubby and I hopped in the car for a ‘date night’ weekend escape to Oxford, Mississippi , and fell head-over-heels. Here are just 23 Things to do in Oxford MS and why we love it so much…now it’s your turn to fall in love with it, too.

Our recipe for an exciting time doesn’t include a game day at Ole Miss (Hotty Toddy!), so you’ll have to make it back for that!

COOLEST PLACES TO STAY IN OXFORD MS

  • Best Boutique Hotel: Graduate Oxford is just a mile from Ole Miss campus, and prominently perched on The Square – the hub of the city center. Their lobby is stacked high with vintage reads, awash in preppy pink floors and cozy seersucker sofas. We have a whole section on this Instagram-worthy spot below.
  • Best Near The Stadium: Located within 1.9 miles of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and a 19-minute walk of Oxford, La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Oxford is a great place to stay to be in the middle of the action.
  • Best Pet-Friendly Choice: Tru by Hilton Oxford is a pet-friendly spot within 10 minutes of the best of Oxford — from the University of Mississippi campus and the Grove, to shops and restaurants on the historic Square. 

MUSIC, ART AND CULTURE

Oxford treehouse gallery.

We have visited many art galleries, but the Oxford Treehouse Gallery is special.

When we pulled up and were greeted by the chickens, we knew this was a place we’d adore. Vivian and Walter – the owners and amazing artists in their own right – have created an oasis just a few miles from the downtown square. The eclectic gallery includes art work of varying mediums from a great number of regional artists, primarily from Mississippi.

Don’t be shy about stopping by; they have scheduled hours or you can make an appointment. And don’t worry about having to make a purchase…of course they hope you find something you love to take home with you…but they really want to simply share the experience with you. (And honestly, there is something for all price ranges, even starting at about $10.)

I feel horrible not writing a lot more here because honestly, it was my favorite stop.. BUT stay tuned. We have an entire post about Treehouse Gallery coming shortly. Know this: You’re missing out if you don’t make a stop!

THE END OF ALL MUSIC

Southern Living named The End of All Music in Oxford as one of the five best record stores in the South, and now we know why! Even if you don’t have a turn table you need to stop in to see the wonder. (Also, you need a turn table. Seriously! Pick one up while you’re there.) The End of All Music is special because of the wide variety of music genres represented here…everything from country to blues to indie rock.

I loved the little listening room, where I could grab a single and hear songs of yester-year. I swear I listened to that Johnny Cash single twice over. There’s also a section of “pricey” albums that are fun to (gently) look through. We didn’t leave with one of those, but we did bulk up our collection during that visit.

The owners here also regularly put a “free” album among their inventory, so keep an eye for that while you’re exploring.

There are million cute stores along The Square that you MUST visit. OK – not a million, but a ton. We loved finding shoes at Lulu’s…trying the “Brando” at Lenora’s (it’s a lemon whiskey drink…and tell them 365AF sent you) … and picking up some Ole Miss attire at University Sporting Goods.

We also loved the photo ops. There is a red photo booth – British style – perfect for this city named after its European counterpart. It also pays homage to the Double Decker bus tour you can take on Fridays in the spring and fall before Ole Miss home baseball and football games. Reserve a spot beforehand; these are popular.

Finally, don’t miss the life-size statue of William Faulkner next to Square Books Jr. This bronze sculpture marked the 100th anniversary of his birth and is another great photo spot. This is no ordinary town square.

SQUARE BOOKS

You don’t have to be a bibliophile (like me) to appreciate the three story book store that is Square Books !

It was named Book Store of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly, but simply calling it a bookstore doesn’t do it justice. Over 2,000 writers have appeared to read and/or sign books since 1979, including Oxford resident John Grisham, who visited here for his very first book signing of A Time To Kill .

Don’t miss Square Books Jr for a few kiddo presents, and Off Square Books for lifestyle books plus their events…including the next item on our list…

THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO HOUR

We did not visit on a Thursday, but after learning about this, I wish we had! If you’re not in the know, Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is a weekly live radio show featuring author readings and a wide array of musical performances.

There are 12 shows in the spring and 12 in the fall, all taped and broadcast live on The Square inside Off Square Books at 6pm on Thursdays. The book shelves are rolled over to the walls or to the back behind a curtain, wooden folding chairs are set up, a lectern is placed in front for the host and for visiting authors to read from their books, and the cozy raised “reading area” in the back right is cleared to make a stage for the house band (Yalobushwhackers) and visiting musicians.

Take a listen if you’re interested. There are shows Thursday-Sunday. Here is the schedule .

Why am I sending you to a department store? Neilson’s isn’t just  any department store! This is the Suffrages of the South!

It was founded by William Smith Neilson, born in 1812, and in 2019 Neilson’s celebrated its 180 th  year. It is the South’s oldest store, and the nation’s 16 th  oldest.

The University of Mississippi is here in Oxford, and even if you’re not an Ole Miss grad, it is still a remarkable place to visit. I’ll cover a few places you have to check out in the History section below, but other fun sights include

  • The Grove : Voted the best place in the nation for tailgating.
  • The Lyceum: Where you can see one of the remaining bullet holes in the door left as a reminder of the battle that broke out over the enrollment of James Meredith, the first African American to attend the school. It’s known as the oldest building at Ole Miss. According to HottyToddy.com, some historians say the integration of Ole Miss was the last battle of the Civil War. Bob Dylan even wrote a song about it.
  • Farley Hall : Dubbed “Dead House,” this is the site of the building that was used as a morgue during the Civil War.
  • Ford Center for Performing Arts : The site of the first Presidential debate in 2008 between Obama and McCain.

COLLEGE HILL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

College Hill Presbyterian Church , located just outside Oxford, Mississippi, at College Hill, is an historic church and a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

HISTORY AND EDUCATION

Rowan Oak is the former home of Oxford’s author, William Faulkner. You can tour the home of the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning author.

Faulkner purchased this home in 1930 and made it his own until his death. He is one of America’s most celebrated authors…with a penchant for extreme detail, circular writing, intricate character descriptions and long complex sentences. In fact, Absalom, Absalom includes the longest sentence in literary history.

You can see where he and his wife, Estelle, raised their children and made a life for themselves. I loved seeing Faulkner’s own handwriting on the wall, both by the telephone and in an upstairs room where he outlined A Fable , the story for which he won the Pulitzer.

There are not an exceptional number of oak trees on the property – primarily cedar. But look as you may, you won’t find a single Rowan Oak – it’s a mythical tree. Anther fun fact: the plethora of Cypress you see here and around Oxford are from a time passed when people didn’t know where malaria came from…they just knew it wasn’t happening in the mountains. Perhaps, they thought, it didn’t happen there because of the smell coming from the Cypress, and so they planted hundreds! And they are lovely.

FAULKNER’S GRAVE

Don’t miss the chance to visit Faulker and his wife Estelle at their grave in St Peter’s Cemetery. Bring a few coins and a bottle of Jack Daniels, as is custom.

JAMES MEREDITH

A courageous soul of the Civil Rights Movement, Meredith’s bravery  is commemorated in a life-size statue behind the Lyceum building on the Ole Miss campus.

According to Wikipedia, Meredith was inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, and he decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi. His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans.

Meredith wrote in his application that he wanted admission for his country, race, family, and himself. He said, “Nobody handpicked me…I believed, and believe now, that I have a Divine Responsibility…I am familiar with the probable difficulties involved in such a move as I am undertaking and I am fully prepared to pursue it all the way to a degree from the University of Mississippi.”

After twice being denied, he was advised by Medgar Evers, and after a long fight, the Supreme Court decided he should attend Ole Miss. There was rioting, gun shots, and protests to be sure. Meredith was even shot on his second day, but recovered quickly from his wounds. He’s still alive today, living with his wife in Jackson.

What an incredible man…it was an honor to see the memorial celebrating the 40th anniversary of his admission.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM

It is with much regret that I tell you that we ran out of time to visit The University of Mississippi Museum , but I will use it as an excuse to go back. Don’t make my mistake…leave some room for it! 

Among this museum’s 20,000 items are Southern folk art, Greek and Roman antiquities, 19th century scientific instruments, and American fine art. It was even named one of the top college museums in the US.

It’s free to visit, and you’ll need about an hour to explore.

L.Q.C. LAMAR HOUSE

Yet another place we ran out of time for was the L.Q.C. Lamar House , but I learned about it from my special history tour guide and just had to share! Lucius Lamar, for which a street is named along the Oxford Square, holds many honors. Here are three I enjoyed learning about:

  • He was one of few people who held a job in all three branches of the Federal government. He was Secretary of the Interior (Executive), a Mississippi Congressman and Senator (Legislative), and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (Judicial).
  • He developed the idea of the Federal State Parks, for which Roosevelt gets the credit.
  • He was instrumental in healing relations between the North and South after the Civil War.

OUTDOOR RECREATION

Thacker mountain rail trail.

The South Campus Rail Trail , formerly known as the Thacker Mountain Rail Trail, is part of a network of wooded trails linking the community of Oxford.

You might run across a University of Mississippi Cross Country Team out running or members of the Oxford Cycling Club on their way to ride the mountain bike trails.

HOLLY SPRINGS NATIONAL FOREST

Located in north Mississippi and central Mississippi, Holly Springs National Forest provides a public treasure of sparkling small lakes nestled among the lovely greens of upland hardwoods, pine forests, and unique bottomlands. 

The forest covers portions of Benton County, Lafayette County, Marshall County, Tippah County, Union County, and Yalobusha County.

FOOD AND DRINK

Want to splurge on a single restaurant while you’re in Oxford? Let this be the Saint Leo ! A 2017 James Beard Foundation “Best New Restaurant” semifinalist, the wood-fire Italian cooking here is divine.

Don’t miss the charcuterie plate with garlic-rubbed grilled bread. The pizza crust is on point with 800-degree ovens, though I was partial to the little neck clams.

The Coop is the name of the bar/restaurant on the rooftop of The Graduate hotel (more on this hotel shortly). It’s not your average hotel bar – the view is spectacular and the food is worth making a stop in for.

Its name is a nod to Cooper Manning, but we love the play on words with the chicken coop theme…don’t miss the fox at the bar. Who let him in the hen house?

CITY GROCERY

City Grocery is the first restaurant from Chef John Currence, a 2009 James Beard Foundation award recipient for Best Chef South. It’s one of four restaurants owned by Currence and probably his most popular.

You’ll not want to leave without trying the shrimp and grits, and I also recommend the cold corn and buttermilk soup!

BOTTLETREE BAKERY

Bottletree Bakery is an adorable cafe that offers a great cup of coffee and pastry for breakfast, or you can head there for lunch for one of their specials (listed on Facebook each day).

Hurry up, though — they close at 2:30 pm.

Snackbar is another of  Chef John Currence’s establishments, and this one focuses on French Creole. The food is a creation of Chef Vishwesh Bhatt, a 2017 James Beard finalist, Best Chef South.

Fun fact: Bhatt also participated in  Gunshow’s Hired Guns series, which hubby and I attended. It is from that visit that I named Gunshow one of Atlanta’s best restaurants for several publications.

I am a HUGE fan of the raw bar here…don’t miss those oysters. This is not just a tapas eatery, but we focused on that during our visit, giving us a chance to sample a wide range of amazing options. Crab Corn Fitters, Red Chili Pork Belly, Lady Pea Salad, Cornbread Toast, Boudin Balls..oh my! It was a slice of heaven!

BIG BAD BREAKFAST

The final Currence establishment we visited on our visit was no disappointment. At Big Bad Breakfast , the meats are cured on site, and the bacon proved to be angelic – hit up with just a tad of heat. You can’t go wrong with any selection, but we adored the skillets.

And you know it’s deep south cooking done right when you get to select from three different gravy types: sausage, red eye or tomato!

THE LIBRARY

We didn’t eat at The Library – we just had a few drinks. We visited on fight night (Mayweather vs. McGregor) and decided to watch it here based on feedback from the locals. Great choice!

If you need a sports bar while you’re in town, this is the place to go. Just tell “mom” you’re heading to The Library.

VOLTA TAVERNA

“ Going Greek” may have two meanings in this college town, but this is the route you want to take while visiting. Falafel, gyros, souvlaki…it’s all at Volta Taverna and it is darn tasty!

I highly recommend the Hotty Toddy balls to start off with, and the chicken gyro was my fave.

PROUD LARRY’S

Looking for a little entertainment with your meal? Check out the grub and tunes at Proud Larry’s .

The calendar of talent is online, and you might want to grab your tickets while you’re there, too.

WHERE TO STAY: THE GRADUATE OXFORD

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The Graduate Oxford is reason number 23 to head to this college town. This charming hotel offers so much, both to visitors and to the community. Let me tell you why this boutique hotel made the list.

Biking Breaks . The hotel offers a handful of bikes free of charge, for your use around the city. Just check them out and you’re off!

Community- Minded Mission . When we visited the hotel, there were dozens of students hanging out in the lobby. They were studying, drinking coffee, reading books. I spoke with the General Manager, and he told me this was common. With free internet, comfy seating, alumni memorabilia, sprawling tables and plenty of food options…there is no wonder they love it.

Additionally, The Graduate hosts several local events.  When we were there they hosted a pet adoption day (even offering free drinks!) You know from the moment you step foot here that it’s not a typical hotel. They love their town, and we love that !

Adorable Rooms and Lobby . Pink wood floors. Pink. That’s what you see when you first walk into The Graduate. Globes hang from the ceiling and books line the check-in desk like a library. My favorite thing? The oversized hot pink velvet chair pulled up to a long wood table. In the picture above you can see the rooms, with their nod to university living. Even our key cards featured Oxford greats like the Manning family.

There are a number of Graduate Hotels in the country… each in a college town (have you been to the one in Athens?) …each taking on the personality of the town they represent, down to the last detail.

A Nod To History . I love that the coffee tables hold Faulkner’s books, that the walls are covered with local art depicting Oxford’s legends, that black and white photos of Mary Ann Mobley and Archie Manning are tucked into subtle corners. The hotel even sits on North Lamar Blvd (named for Lucius Lamar, whom I told you about earlier.)  It’s those details that make all the difference…those acknowledgments that make it feel like home – even if you’re not a local.

Good Eats . In addition to The Coop (mentioned above) you are also welcome to dine at Cabin 82 Cafe , located in the lobby. Select patio seating or a cozy space inside.

For breakfast, you absolutely want the chicken and egg biscuit (and add the pepper jack cheese.) You can grab that chicken sandwich for lunch, too…and don’t skip the bread pudding.

Book It: Graduate Oxford

OXFORD MS FAQ

What is oxford, ms famous for.

Oxford, MS is most famous for the city known as the home of William Faulkner, a Nobel Prize winning author.

What are the top attractions in Oxford, MS?

Some of the top attractions in Oxford, MS include Rowan Oak, the home of William Faulkner, This collections of the University of Mississippi Museum, and Proud Larry’s.

Which movies were filmed in Oxford, MS?

Some of the movies filmed in Oxford, MS include O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Past Is Never Dead: The Story of William Faulkner, and Big Bad Love.

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