The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is the flagship university for the state of Mississippi and a world-class public research institution with an enrollment just over 23,000. Consistently named one of the most beautiful college campuses, Ole Miss is located in the town of Oxford: a cultural, historic city with a thriving creative community and a vibrant and charming downtown.
Stay: Check in to the Graduate Oxford, just a mile from the Ole Miss campus and located on The Square, the cultural and economic heart of the city. Graduate hotels are an exciting new collection of hotels—opening unique, well-curated properties exclusively in college towns across the country. More than just a place to sleep, it’s a local hub. Other nice options include: The 5 Twelve B & B, tiny with only 5 rooms and a studio suite close to the Oxford Square or The Inn at Ole Miss, right on campus and offering a shuttle service to downtown Oxford.
Coffee: Grab a coffee at Cabin 82 in the Graduate Hotel where it’s not uncommon to see students studying, especially during finals week. Shelter on Van Buren may have just opened shop recently, but it’s already a popular spot on the Square. Co-owned by long time Oxford resident Ron Shapiro, The Shelter is more than just good coffee, but a community gathering spot often hosting live music acts and serving craft beers later in the day.
Breakfast: Bottletree Bakery is a casual, quick stop for baked goods and pastries and we hear the best cinnamon roll in town. The Beacon, an old school diner, is an Oxford staple for a down home Southern breakfast. It’s worth making time for Big Bad Breakfast, commonly referred to as "BBB," with breakfast skillets to die for served with their made from scratch buttermilk biscuits.
Lunch: Neon Pig is a butcher shop, market and café using only local products from the surrounding community. (They even break down the whole animals in-house.) Their smash burger is legendary, voted best burger in the country by Thrillist. For a taste of the South, head to Ajax Diner serving up po’boys and plate lunches alongside killer Bloody Marys. One alum raves about their country fried steak, mashed potatoes and rice casserole, her first stop whenever visiting Oxford. Want something quick? One Ole Miss student states: “Go to The Blind Pig Pub - they consistently win best sandwich in town in The Local Voice’s annual Townie Choice Awards. Their Reuben is possibly the BEST in Mississippi, but my choice is the Katie Top Black Bean burger, named after my friend and an Oxford local.”
Casual: Enjoy a craft cocktail, live music, an assortment of cornmeal tamales or sliders with a side of queso fries at The Coop, the 4th floor terrace and lounge at The Graduate Hotel. Jinsei serves the best sushi in town, just off the Square. One student loves "make a whole meal out of appetizers and sake.”
A Step Up: James Beard award-winning chef John Currence is the man responsible for putting Oxford on the culinary map. His flagship restaurant City Grocery should be your number one choice in Oxford for inventive Southern food. Snack Bar, Chef Currence's newest restaurant, is a mix of a Southern café. His French bistro, Boure, showcases “up-scale, down-home” Creole cuisine. (He also owns the previously mentioned Big, Bad, Breakfast) Parents rave about the food and atmosphere at McEwen's.
Worth the Drive: It’s just a 15-minute ride to nearby Taylor, Mississippi where you’ll find what’s been called the best front porch in the country at Taylor Grocery. Open only Thursday-Sunday starting at 5pm, they do not take reservations and it's strictly BYOB. There’s a full menu, but people come for the all you can eat catfish dinners served with hushpuppies and two sides. There’s often live music to complete the experience!
Local Attractions: Literary fans will love a visit to Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s Greek Revival home from 1930 until his death in 1962. (Now operated by the University as a museum.) Students affectionately refer to it as “Ole Bill’s house.” Continue your literary tour at Square Books on the Oxford Square, where the front of the store features classic Mississippi writers such as Eudora Weltry, Tennessee Williams and Walker Percy and modern day names such as John Grisham and Donna Tartt. On the National Register of historic places, The Lyric, once a silent movie theater, has been converted into a live music venue. Check their site to see the schedule for upcoming events. On a nice day visit beautiful Lamar Park, once home of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, former U.S. Senator and Supreme Court Justice.
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