Last-Minute Getaway 4: Oxford, MS

August 15, 2008 | By | Comments (10)

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Shop, stroll, and eat ’til your buttons burst in this town that treats strangers like friends. A rock star in the constellation of Delta darlings, Oxford, Mississippi is the small town other towns hope to be. Basking under the glow of Ole Miss’s iconic reputation, this stop provides the low-key getaway I crave before summer’s end.

Lay Me Down to Sleep
My first choice, the Colonel’s Quarters,
sits five miles outside of town. It’s well worth the extra mileagea
since this place goes extra with personal touches. Think antebellum
architecture repurposed with large bedrooms, private baths and modern
sophistication. You’ll see its grandeur jutting off highway 6, before
experiencing it.  Lit up like a magnolia in the moonlight, the place
looks like something out of a John Grisham novel.

Indulge Yourself
My Favorite Shoes:  When I want
something hot and hip to slip my toes into without breaking the budget
this is the place I stop. Known for their affordable brands and funky
colored shoes with skinny heels, it’s the best local shoe store in
town. From hard-to-walk in stilettos to cowgirl boots and Sunday shoes,
My Favorite Shoes is on my radar every time I come to town.  They also
carry an assortment of flip-flops sparkling in jewels, celebrity style
clutches, and chunky earrings and arm bangles.

The Chocolate Bar: Since it’s basically the fifth food group,
chocolate triumphs at this store known for its sipping chocolate,
chocolate fountain, gourmet chocolate bars from Europe and anything
else sure to assist you in having a massive cocoa-attack.

You Ain’t Gonna Go Hungry
Bottletree Bakery: Hangout
at this sweet stop on the square where fresh breads and pastries are
the main attractions. Sit at the counter and watch as servers pour soup
bowl servings of hot cocoa topped with homemade whipped cream. Then
nibble on their chunky cinnamon rolls so big they tip the saucer.

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L & M’s Kitchen and Salumeria
(left): Italian cured meats are
the foundation of this delicious eatery. Known for its upscale feel
with orange hued walls, gallery art, and an open kitchen, L & M
promises you’ll leave satisfied and stuffed. I love the Rigatoni made
from spicy Italian sausage they cure on site.

Yocono River Inn: It’s B.Y.O.B. at this rural stop 9 miles
from town. Though the menu ain’t big its fixings are plentiful and
grilled to perfection. The place specializes in steaks of which my
favorite is the filet, cooked with a crusty exterior and sopping in red
wine.

Ajax Diner: The beefiest burger in town brings me back to
this stop again and again. It’s called the Deuce and boasts 3/4 pound
of Black Angus beef sandwiched between a bun that’s crowned with a
green olive. I love mine topped with red onions, cheese and local
tomatoes.

Fun Stuff
The Grove: Soak up some school pride with
a walk through Ole Miss’s historic Grove, home to 10-acres of towering
trees and fierce tailgating on football weekends. You’ll have it
practically to yourself right now as coeds get ready to start classes
again. To see the action at its busy-best visit during home games:

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Thacker Mountain Radio Show: Southern storytelling, wit and
music come together during this live broadcast show held Thursday
nights from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Off Square Books. Can’t make it? When in
the area tune the dial to Mississippi Public Radio (WOXD 95.5). Season starts back September 11 for the fall.

Proud Larry’s: Stop by for live music on weekends. You never know who you’ll see. Elvis Costello has even held court on occasion.

COMMENTS

  1. TB

    I also love the velvet ditch, the nickname that ranks up as one of my all-time favorites. I’d gladly get stuck on the square, wandering from bookstore to balcony bar to Bottletree Bakery. Any truth to rumors that their is a new hotel opening downtown?

    August 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm
  2. Hobbs

    TB – to address the rumors – they may be concerning The Ava – an upscale “boutique hotel and spa” opening up just off the square on Jackson Ave.
    Also, I think L&M may have shut down.
    I could not agree more on the recommendation of the Yocona River Inn – what a wonderful meal!
    Great post – thanks!

    August 20, 2008 at 1:22 pm
  3. Hazel

    Indeed, L&M’s permanently closed the doors at the end of June. And thus far, “The Ava” is nothing but a blight on West Jackson Ave., about three blocks west of the Square. As it has been for over a year and a half, the site is a mess of red clay and piles of old uprooted oaks. It won’t be opening anytime soon.

    August 21, 2008 at 1:35 pm
  4. Cart Barn Inn @ Yoda Creek

    Cart Barn Inn @ Yoda Creek (20 minutes south of Oxford/Ole Miss), located on the Yoda Creek Golf Course is a new Inn offering great accomodations for Ole Miss football games, Presidential Debate & events. Play Golf, go to Bollinger Family Theatre (350 seat, live performance theatre). This elegant and luxurious accomodation is housed in the former cart barn. What a superb and unique idea. A large back porch, great southern breakfast,golf & football. What more could one ask for!

    August 23, 2008 at 8:25 pm
  5. kay

    Bollinger Family Theatre is only 20 minutes south of Oxford/Ole Miss. The best of live theatre, music, comedy, singing and pure entertainment. Don’t miss this wonderful (Branson, Mo style) entertainment in Bruce, Ms. A short sidetrip and you will not believe the talent this family has. State of the art sound, lighting and 350 seats. Open on Saturdays.

    August 23, 2008 at 8:29 pm
  6. Oxford Mississippi (Desiree Dawn) things to do

    In Oxford Mississippi
    theres alot to do and see
    Square Books for coffee
    or a Faulkner novel
    under a magnolia tree
    you can party at Night town
    or tailgate in the grove
    you can listen to Night sounds
    down an old country road
    you can hang out all night
    at the Huddle hell
    where I worked the feathers
    right off my tail
    Thats my world
    drop me a quick email
    Dyzdez@yahoo.com
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    Things to do in Oxford

    September 20, 2008 at 5:52 pm
  7. Blake Cannon

    I would like to say that the town is small enough to know everyone and to have a personal connection with each of the above mentioned attractions. Also, Cart Barn Inn that was not mentioned but later commented on is a really cool attraction for golfers and someone that wants a change of scenery vs. the bland hotels around oxford.

    October 13, 2008 at 7:03 pm
  8. Oxford MS Web Design

    Just an update L&M is closed now. I’d recommend The Ravine as a great replacement.

    November 17, 2008 at 11:28 pm
  9. Melanie Addington

    Plus there is always the great Oxford Film Fest – this year to be held February 5-8 at the Malco in Oxford!

    November 26, 2008 at 10:13 am
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