Oxford, MS Travel Guide

Oxford, MS Travel Guide

Oxford, MS Travel Guide

Oxford, MS Travel Guide

Oxford, MS Travel Guide

Oxford, MS Travel Guide

Oxford, MS Travel Guide

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As most of you already know, Mack and I went back to Oxford, Mississippi a few weeks ago for the Ole Miss vs. LSU football game. We had the best time ever and I expressed to Mack how easy it is to take advantage of a place you love so much. I didn’t even realize how much I missed Oxford until I went back! It’s a hidden gem in the state of Mississippi that I never would have found if it weren’t for my Dad who loves SEC football. That’s the first thing people ask me when I say I went to Ole Miss… “how did you get to Ole Miss from Denver?” My answer is always the same, “when you have a Dad with an affinity for college sports, towns and traditions, you find yourself in Oxford.”

Since it’s so near and dear to my heart I wanted to compile a list of where to stay, eat and play while visiting this Mississippi town. Let me preface this by saying that home games on any football weekend pose a number of challenges when visiting since it is so small- hotels literally book a year in advance for every home game. So if you’re thinking about cheering on the Rebels, make your travel plans well in advance or spend a pretty penny to get lodging in the best location. With that in mind, let’s start with where to stay then I’ll name some of my favorite places to dine and what to do in my college town.

  • Stay- Lodging posses it’s challenges IF you want to be able to walk everywhere. I recommend this because parking on The Square, on campus and anywhere close to the stadium is near impossible on a game weekend. Save yourself the hassle and opt to travel by foot for the entire weekend! There are a few hotels located on the square {very swanky!} which include The Graduate and The Chancellor’s House. There’s also the Inn at Ole Miss, which is located on campus but also in walking distance to everything. In my personal opinion, it’s best to stay at an AirBNB however. Mack and I rented the best little AirBNB and the location was perfect as we didn’t move our car for the entire weekend. We found that it was more cost effective as well which is always a plus! In renting an AirBNB double check the location and reviews of the location to ensure it’s where you want to be. The Square is nestled between Jackson and University with Lamar running right through the heart the town center.
  • Eat- There are SO many amazing places to eat but they are limited. Therefore, plan on waiting for a table anywhere you go. If you go to dinner on a Friday night during a game weekend factor in a 2 hour wait. This is simply the nature of thousands of people pouring into the quaint area for a good meal. Head to Bottletree Bakery or Big Bad Breakfast (aka. BBB) in the morning- both are crave-worthy! If you’re looking for a quick meal, dine at South Depot for mexican or Volta for greek. Volta also has an amazing margarita that snuck up on me in our first night back in town haha! Depending on what vibe you want for dinner- City Grocery offers that fine-dining feel whereas Boure is a little more casual but equally as delicious. For rooftop drinks head straight to The Graduate for speciality cocktails and the best view of The Square.
  • Play- I would have to guess that more often than not people visit Oxford to spend a Saturday in The Grove. I detail more about The Grove in this post but it’s something everyone needs to experience. Besides Saturdays down South on football weekends, another great time to visit is for Double Decker. Held in the spring, this event houses live music, art vendors, and more. It’s a great way to enjoy The Square in a unique way as it’s completely set up like an outdoor concert venue. While in town for these events you should also visit the Ole Miss campus (it’s one of the most beautiful in the country and home to The Grove), stumble upon William Faulkner’s grave (it’s a tradition to take a shot on his grave upon graduation so it’s often littered with liquor bottles!) and take in the town’s history by visiting Rowan Oak or Lamar House.

In a sea of magnolias, the town of Oxford and Ole Miss are what solidified my love of the South. Once you visit, you’ll see why. Crowned the “Velvet Ditch” of Mississippi, the phrase refers to the fact that Oxford is so easy to fall into and hard to crawl out of. It’s forever my favorite southern town and one that makes it so hard to leave!

If you have any specific questions regarding your visit to Oxford, send them my way! I’d love to guide you as you plan your weekend. Email any questions you have to christina@littlemrsparticular.com. Have a great Monday!

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