Story by Amanda Wells
It’s been exciting times in the life of Mississippi football fans and the pinnacle of this season is, of course, the Egg Bowl. If you’re heading to Oxford this Thanksgiving for the culmination of this age-old rivalry, we’ve got your non-game related activities covered.
When it comes to tried and true tradition and fresh creativity, Oxford, Mississippi has heaps of both. We spent some time in this college town to discover why so many people never leave, long after graduation. Spend time this fall in Oxford for a dose of hospitality that’s perfectly fitting for the holidays. It’ll make you thankful to be from this neck of the woods.
Where to Lay Your Head
The Z Bed and Breakfast is the perfect example of why Mississippi is called the Hospitality State. Here, you’ll get Southern hospitality at it’s best. The quaint bed and breakfast is within walking distance to the historic Oxford Square and you’ll receive not only breakfast, but wine and cheese in the evening, access to two bikes, and a big helping of homemade goodies and sweet tea when you check in.
Oxford is steeped in tradition and much of that is in the literary sense. Take a tour of native son William Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak, where he created his literary masterpieces As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August, and A Fable. Square Books, located on the Square, of course, is the center of the literary scene in Oxford. This independent bookstore has been a haunt of many great writers – Faulkner, Barry Hannah, Willie Morris, John Grisham, to name a few.
Speaking of the Square, a crisp fall stroll around the Square should be in store for any Oxford day. Stop in to Cicada for fashion-forward finds for both men and women. Visit Amy Head for the best in high-end, yet accessible, Mississippi-made cosmetics and beauty products. Material Girls offers up boutique clothing and accessories that are right on trend.
Eat & Drink
‘Tis the season for chowing down! Oxford is home to Mississippi’s James Beard Award Winner John Currence’s collection of restaurants. Whether it’s breakfast, dinner or something in between, Currence has you covered. Grab a big, bad, breakfast at Big Bad Breakfast, where you’ll find much more than a plate of scrambled eggs. The house-cured Tabasco/brown sugar bacon is worth a nibble as well as Anson Mills Steel Cut Oatmeal. It’s the perfect remedy to a day spent in The Grove. Please your palate at Currence’s Snack Bar with the Shredded Duck Croque Monsieur, a concoction of grainy mustard, Gruyere cheese, and Tabasco aioli.
Soul food. Get it at Ajax Diner. Scrumptious comfort food, think fried goodness and fresh veggies, offer the perfect down-home feel anyone south of the Mason-Dixon line will surely appreciate.
Little cabins in the woods are perfect for fall, but little cabins in the woods that serve up some of the most delicious fare in North Mississippi are even better! Ravine, located on County Road 321, was farm to table before farm to table was cool. Names of local purveyors are listed on the menu and Chef Joel Miller even raises some of his own ingredients in gardens around the restaurant. Here you can dine on locally raised pork and beef for a meal that is decidedly contemporary Southern.