Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Oxford As Tourist Destination of the Future

Oxford draws up to 60,000 visitors for its annual Double Decker Festival in April. / Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Oxford, Mississippi, home of William Faulkner and Ole Miss, is being mentioned in the same breath as New York and Chicago as a vacation destination.

A feature article published in USA Today and written by Blythe Steelman touts the city’s Southern charm and literary reputation and calls it one of the most progressive areas of the state owing to its large population of students.

The article, which also surveys cities such as Kansas City and Camden, Maine, suggests Oxford and other cities as alternatives to vacations destinations where costs are rising and hidden fees and tourism taxes are squeezing the typical tourist travel budget.

Along with a plug of the city’s full calendar of special events, nearby camping and national forest, the USA Today story highlights Oxford and Ole Miss as home to the Blues Archive, one of the largest collections of blues music and archives on the planet. –– Michael Harrelson, editor,

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