By Amanda Wells
There perhaps is no town more Southern than Oxford, Mississippi. If you’re heading to Oxford this fall for a football game, you’re sure to enjoy the charming town as much as the game. Step outside The Grove with its chandelier tailgates to find a town steeped in Southern hospitality and tradition while melded with a healthy dose of creativity. There’s lots to see and do, no matter what kind of experience you’re after. Check out our list of must-dos, must-sees, and must-tastes!
The home of native son William Faulkner was dubbed “Rowan Oak” by the author in honor of the Rowan tree, which was believed to harbor magic powers of safety and protection. It was here that Faulkner penned such greats as As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August, and A Fable.
Shop The Square.
Truly the hub of the city, the Square is where it’s happening in Oxford. Take a stroll around the Square to soak in an eclectic mix of shops, galleries and restaurants.
Grab a Big, Bad, Breakfast.
At James Beard Award winner John Currence’s Big Bad Breakfast (one of his four Oxford restaurants), you’ll find more than just some scrambled eggs. The house-cured Tabasco/brown sugar bacon is worth a nibble as well as Anson Mills Steel Cut Oatmeal. The perfect next-morning remedy to a day in The Grove.
Whether for her or for him, Cicada is a breath of fresh air. Cicada features a perfectly curated fashion collection, specializing in lines inspired by New York street style.
Get Lost at Square Books.
Oxford is well known as a literary haven and Square Books is the center of that mecca. This independent bookstore has been a haunt of many great writers – Faulkner, Barry Hannah, Willie Morris, John Grisham, to name a few. Whether it’s literary fiction or Southern authors you’re in the mood for, the knowledgeable (and enthusiastic about their job) staff is ready and waiting.
Feed Your Soul.
With none other than Soul Food, of course. Ajax Diner is the place to go for scrumptious comfort food with the perfect down-home feel anyone South of the Mason Dixon will appreciate.