Oxford, MS, last week of July
June 13, 2014 7:20 AM   Subscribe

Please help me make the most of my vacation (staying just outside Oxford) the last week of July (7/28-8/1). (The Faulkner conference will take place the previous week - dang.) I am familiar with the town generally, but plan to be showing it (and north MS generally) off to a friend those last few days. Thacker Mountain Radio does not have a schedule posted for then, nor does Square Books, nor the Ford Center. I know it is a ridiculous time of year to travel there, but that's not negotiable. Any ideas?
posted by mmiddle to Travel & Transportation (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
You know, I would just call Square Books and chat them up. Explain your situation and ask if they have any events planned for that time frame.
posted by dawkins_7 at 7:50 AM on June 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Probably on your radar, but get up early and walk around the Grove (Ole Miss quad) one day. Something magical about an early summer day on a beautiful, abandoned campus before it gets insanely hot.
posted by sandmanwv at 7:57 AM on June 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

thanks for these good suggestions - just want to be sure I'm not missing something. Seeking out those conversations might be a good way to go in general.
posted by mmiddle at 8:53 AM on June 13, 2014

The Oxford Visitors Bureau has an event calendar, and would also be a good bet for calling to ask for ideas. Otherwise, the University Museum is open and air-conditioned, making it a good fit for something to see in the afternoon (same goes for the libraries.)

And there's always McPhail's Chevron if you're up for some chicken-on-a-stick. Next time I visit Oxford, that may be the first place I go (it's been too long!)
posted by asperity at 9:43 AM on June 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Eating wise, Big Bad Breakfast, City Grocery, and Snack Bar are the go to restaurants because of John Currence. That time of the year is perfect to get a bite to eat because most of the students are gone and only townies are bumming around. Also, check out B's BBQ, Volta Taverna, and Ajax. Volta is greek and Ajax is quality "southern" cooking.

If you want to booze it up a little bit, City Grocery is a good place to go. Nice view of the Square from the balcony. The Blind Pig is also a good place to grab a drink and see some local music (be on the look out for "Light Beam Rider").

Other highlights: The Grove. Have a picnic there or something.
Sardis Lake. At one time you could drive right up to the lake from College Hill Rd. But I havent been out there in a few years.
The town of Taylor, MS. Just a few miles from Oxford. Nice little artist's community. Same goes for Water Valley, MS.

For more info about goings on in Oxford, check out The Local Voice.
posted by GreatValhalla at 10:09 AM on June 13, 2014

For breakfast/lunch: Bottletree Bakery.

Haven't been, but have wanted to: Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club (2h away in Clarksdale)
posted by pjenks at 10:43 AM on June 13, 2014

Lamar Lounge got bought by John Currence and added a BBQ pit to go with their burgers. Great for lunch and happy hour people watching on the patio.

And you're going to Taylor Grocery for catfish, right? Good.

Hit Rowan Oak and spend some time wandering the mostly-shady grounds, there's a trail into the woods if you're motivated. Stays reasonably cool. The rail-to-trail that starts by the old Whirlpool plant is also nice.

The University archives on the top floor of the library have some neat memorabilia and a huge collection of Blues records you can listen to, I've found the staff helpful.
posted by momus_window at 11:31 AM on June 13, 2014

Gosh, thanks for each of these! Great ideas - I feel much better prepared now.
posted by mmiddle at 11:42 AM on June 13, 2014

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