Ole Miss: Oxford, MS

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The Grove is a 10-acre grassy plot of ground in the center of the Ole Miss campus which is heavily shaded by large oak trees.

Ole Miss: Tailgating at the grove is a one-of-a-kind event.

Where to stay:

The problem when visiting Oxford is finding a hotel room. It’s not like some other college towns with hotels in the town and other hotels within a decent driving decent that you can take taxis to and from on game weekends. The hotels in and around The Square, the heart of downtown Oxford, are ridiculously expensive during game weekends and get booked months in advance. If you can plan far enough in advance and have money to spend, the two choices to look at are the Downtown Oxford Inn and The Inn at Ole Miss. Outside of that the closest hotels are two or more miles away from downtown. You can find your standard Hampton Inn and Holliday Inn Express, both about 3 miles or so from the Ole Miss Campus.

One alternative is to rent an RV. There are numerous areas around campus to park your RV and your location will be better the earlier you arrive. You should be able to get around reasonably well if you don’t mind walking places. (Taxis are a little hard to find.) Those flying into Memphis can pick up an RV within a taxi ride from the airport. A second alternative is to look into renting a house or a condo via VRBO or AirBNB. Anything you can get close to the Square would be the ideal situation.

Things-To-Do:

On Friday night or Saturday night after the game, the Square is the place to be.  Go to Rowan Oak, the home of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author, William Faulkner, for 32 years. Faulkner wrote his most famous books at Rowan Oak, including The Sound and the Fury and A Fable. Check out Oxford’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Website  for special events and other attractions such as the Blues Archives and the L. Q. C. Lamar House.

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Tent City, The Grove.

Food:

If you are looking for typical Southern cuisine, I recommend Boure, Ajax Diner and Snack Bar. The best place to go for coffee & a breakfast treat is Bottle Tree Bakery– they have the best oversized cinnamon roll. For cheap good-food in Oxford check out Ajax Diner. For an expensive, yet quality meal, go to City Grocery. The Snack Bar is the spot for late night dining and is the spill over restaurant when Big Bad Breakfast is filled to capacity. As both restaurants are run by the same owner, we didn’t wait an hour for BBB, the majority of the same menu was available next door.

Parking:

All game-day parking on the University of Mississippi Oxford campus is allocated by permit through the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation. For more information on permit types and locations, contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at 662-915-7159. Athletics Football Information site – www.olemissfb.com

NON-Permit Holders – The University provides two shuttle routes onto campus at no cost to the riders.

The City of Oxford is providing a shuttle service starting 3 hours before Kickoff until 2 hours post-game. These shuttle cost $5 per person for a round trip. The pickup locations will be finalized by August 1st.

I must confess, we were dropped off by some locals who just happen to feel bad for us rolling a giant cooler down the street.

Boozing Regs:

Simple, put.your.liquor. in. a .cup and don’t leave your cooler unattended.

Traditions:

The Hotty Toddy cheer. No one was able to explain the origins of the cheer after asking several folks. I do know it’s like a secret ritual among Ole Miss fans and something worth witnessing.

The Grove, not sure I need to describe this.

 

 

 

 

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