Updated: Aug 3
Oxford is home to Mississippi's most infamous and well-known university, the University of Mississippi, a.k.a., Ole Miss. But Ole Miss is only one aspect of Oxford's charm. We traveled to Oxford the weekend following Thanksgiving and had a blast trying delicious southern cuisine, indulging in the local nightlife, and mingling with the residents of this small town! Here you'll find some of the best things to do in Oxford, Mississippi if you're only staying for a weekend.
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The Courtyard by Marriott
During our time in Oxford, we stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott. It's rated 4.4 stars on Google Reviews and is in close proximity to Ole Miss--only a 1-2 minute drive! It's also very close to the historic Oxford Square, which features a number of restaurants, small shops, and the picturesque Oxford Courthouse.
In addition to an ideal location in the city, The Courtyard by Marriott also offers a number of amenities, including fitness center, pool, free wi-fi for all guests, a lobby bar, and on-site restaurant. Ensuite bathrooms have a modern feel with open, glass showers.
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1. Go Bar Hopping
The Sipp on South Lamar
During our first night in town, we headed to the Sipp on South Lamar. This place opens after 4 pm, so it's the perfect place for a quick cocktail after work or for a fancy evening with your significant other. The Sipp (also the nickname for the great state of Mississippi) is a modern wine bar with a great selection of wines, tequilas, and unique cocktails. They also offer small bites to pair with the drink selections. You can choose from a selection of charcuterie boards, or even stop in for a hearty ravioli if you're here for dinner.
The location offers an ambience of modern sophistication with red blown glass lighting and dark, stylish interior. Our server was incredibly attentive and made a number of excellent drink recommendations that we enjoyed throughout the night.
2. Eat Southern Cuisine at the Local Restaurants
Be sure to stop by Boure Restaurant, located in Oxford Square! It is one of the top rated places to eat in Oxford, Mississippi and offers a number of classic southern creole dishes such as po'boys and jambalaya. Here, we had the Boure Shrimp and Grits for our entrees--arguably one of the best shrimp and grits plates I have ever tasted.
It has a casual vibe, so feel free to come here after a day of exploring. If you prefer to get a little more dressed up, the restaurant also offers balcony seating for a truly romantic evening with your partner.
3. Take Pictures with the Red Telephone Booths
Oxford was founded in 1837 and named after the British university city of Oxford. Red telephone booths that you might see when you travel to the UK can also be seen in a few locations around Oxford, MS. In fact, there are two of these red booths--one is adjacent to the City Hall while the other is located in a small courtyard downtown. These booths are very popular locations for residents and visitors to take photos! Be sure to create your Oxford Instagrammable moment here!
4. Tour the Ole Miss Campus
Oxford, Mississippi, in some circles, has been deemed the cultural mecca of the South. Ole Miss plays a huge role in this distinction. You can visit the University Museum and several historic houses on the campus. In fact, one infamous historic home that you will find on the Ole Miss Campus is the home of William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Winner and author of As I Lay Dying.
In addition to the famous home of William Faulkner, be sure to stop by the Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium, which serves as the home of the University football team, the Ole Miss Rebels. On such a beautiful and sprawling campus, you'll have plenty to see and explore.
5. Head to Brunch!
Looking for a way to wrap up your weekend in Oxford? Head to brunch at one of the local breakfast eateries.
We decided to try First Watch, an award winning day time eatery on Lamar. If you're looking for a break from southern creole cuisine, this place offers a number of traditional American breakfast options. We tried the traditional breakfast--with a waffle, eggs, and turkey sausage--and the smoked salmon frittata. Both were delicious. This location also features a juice bar that offers refreshing juice selections such as the Kale Tonic and the Morning Meditation. Be sure to add the vitamin shots to your drink of choice!
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Oxford, Mississippi, a relatively unknown travel destination, offers unique southern charm blended with the rich cultural influences that visiting a college town has to offer. From the delicious food to the local nightlife, Oxford, Mississippi has something to offer everyone. Make it a stop on your next small town vacay!
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