As the home of the Ole Miss Rebels, Oxford hosts the Egg Bowl college football game every other year. The Mississippi State University Bulldog faithful will travel to Oxford once again this Thursday for one of the most anticipated rivalry games in college football. If you're making the trek to see the Rebels face off against the Bulldogs, we have a travel guide for you!
Beyond the stadium, Oxford offers a number of cultural experiences. Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South,” creativity abounds in the quaint town as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and premier boutique shopping.
If you find yourself making your way to Oxford this Thursday and plan on hanging around, check out some of these Oxford hot spots.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day right? So why not indulge at all hours of the day at Big Bad Breakfast. Voted by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of Best Breakfasts Around the World, the BBB menu boasts items such as house-cured Tabasco and brown sugar bacon, grits and steel-cut oats.
No one does a blue plate lunch quite like Mississippi. Have one of the best at Ajax Diner on the Oxford square. Ajax offers uniquely southern entrée’s, daily lunch specials and fresh veggies. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (and former Rebel) says his favorite meal is the Ajax pork chop with a side of mashed potatoes and butter beans.
City Grocery, James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence’s flagship restaurant, has become an Oxford staple. This fine dining restaurant is a local favorite. The upstairs bar porch offers one of the best views in town.
For more options, check out the full dining guide to Oxford, MS.
The Z Bed and Breakfast, a charming B&B close to the historic downtown square, offers complimentary breakfast.
Part of a premier hotel chain, The Graduate is a boutique-style hotel blending collegiate-themed décor into its college-town-only locations.
The newest hotel in Oxford is the Chancellor's House, a boutique luxury hotel near the square that offers first-classing lodging & hospitality.
Review the full lodging guide for Oxford, MS.
After the game, immerse yourself in the local culture.
The best place to start is a tour of Rowan Oak, home of Noble Prize-winning author William Faulkner. While residing there with his family, he wrote such masterpieces as As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August, and A Fable. Rowan Oak remained home to Faulkner until his death in 1962. The house is now owned by the University and maintained for memorial and educational purposes.
Take your talents to the Oxford square to shop and explore. You'll find numerous restaurants, fashion-forward boutiques, the ultra-charming Square Books, a treasure trove of vinyls at The End of All Music record store, live music at the Lyric, refined art galleries and much more, including a thriving nightlife scene.
Take a look at the Guide for Oxford to learn more.
Photo: Rowan Oak, home of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner.
This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Oxford visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see visitoxfordms.com.