America's Coolest College Towns
Oxford, MS (University of Mississippi)
On autumn Saturdays when Vaught-Hemingway Stadium is packed with 65,000 whooping fans, it may be
tough to associate Oxford with anything but football. But in a place named for a scholarly English
city and that is home to William Faulkner’s columned retreat, Rowan Oak, paperbacks take precedence over quarterbacks,
especially at Square Books. Its tens of thousands of
volumes include autographed copies of works by southern authors like Eudora Welty. When not
reading, residents pedal the city’s fast-growing network of bike trails. “I was
surprised to learn Mississippi could be so progressive,” says Kevin Stuart of Oxford Bicycle Company.
Local Taste: Act the southern gentleman on the upstairs porch at City Grocery by ordering a “Just North of
South” bourbon mojito.