Meandering Through Mississippi – Oxford, Vicksburg and Natchez

After our post-New Year’s visit to Memphis, we decided we wanted warmer temperatures and more beach camping down in Grand Isle, LA. But the non-interstate options between the two spots would take almost 11 hours – not a fun option when you still need daylight at your destination in order to comfortably erect your tent! Thus, we opted for a stop-over in Natchez, MS, and a more relaxed drive with time for sight-seeing along the way.

Oxford, MS

Our first stop was in Oxford, MS. One of the attorneys from Edie’s former law firm said that we should visit Oxford (thanks, Turney!), so since it was on the way, we decided to go there for breakfast and see what the town had to offer.

The downtown courthouse square was surrounded by the Oxford City Hall and multiple local shops including 3 local bookstores, a few restaurants, and a law office. It was still decorated for the holidays and practically screamed “quintessential small town.” There was a statue of William Faulkner (who claimed Oxford as his hometown) next to the city hall, so we took a moment for Scott & Knox to have a little conversation with him.

After walking around the square for a bit, we decided to head over to the University of Mississippi campus for a little more wandering. Although two of Edie’s cousins had attended the school, she had never visited the campus and neither had Scott. Ole Miss is a gorgeous example of a college campus, even on a fairly cold and gray January day. We made sure to visit Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and, of course, The Grove (ranked as one of the TOP college football tailgating spots in the country!).

Vicksburg, MS

Our non-interstate drive from Oxford to Natchez put us on US 61 South, a pleasant drive through small towns throughout the state, often running parallel to the Natchez Trace Parkway. It also took us through the picturesque little town of Vicksburg, MS.

Vicksburg is situated right along the Mississippi River. There was a little detour off of US 61 that took us to an overlook area with breathtaking views looking up and down the river. A casino and a large waterfront park were visible from the high vista, too – probably nice attractions for tourists! The main street through downtown Vicksburg had a variety of interesting little shops, too.

Natchez, MS

Our destination du jour was Natchez. On our 2010 road trip out to San Diego for Scott’s big move, we’d also driven a route that led through Natchez (and led to Edie’s first Mississippi River crossing!). This trip we had a little more time, so we got a chance to visit Fat Mama’s Tamales for dinner. We also got to drive by Mammy’s Cupboard although we didn’t get to stop in for a meal, just a few pictures. Too bad – who wouldn’t want to eat some Southern cooking inside a 28 foot tall woman’s skirt?

Here are a few of the pictures from our trip through Mississippi (including Scott’s intense conversation with William Faulkner…).