Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Seven Fun Day Trips Originating From Oxford

Now that the weather is out of the winter phase, road trips are becoming more appealing.

As Oxford is a destination for thousands, here are seven ideas for our residents to consider visiting this spring. They are all special in their own right and easily accessible from Lafayette County.

The Cherry Walk is beginning to bloom at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Photo provided by Facebook.com / Birmingham Botanical Gardens
The Cherry Walk is beginning to bloom at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Photo provided by Facebook.com / Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham, Alabama
A beautiful city with shopping options galore. Birmingham has a wealth of golf courses and other amenities to attract tourists and visitors. The restaurants are superb and there are multiple hotel/motel possibilities.

Clement Taylor Park  Photo by Justy White, provided by City of Destin on its website.
Clement Taylor Park
Photo by Justy White, provided by City of Destin on its website.

Destin, Florida
For beach lovers, here’s a favorite destination! Once you arrive, you’re in a Florida state of mind. A great getaway for a Gulf experience.

Photo provided by Point Clear Cottages on its website: www.pointclearcottages.com
Photo provided by Point Clear Cottages on its website: www.pointclearcottages.com

Fairhope/Point Clear, Alabama
Just south of Daphne, what a wonderful place to head. The natural beauty and access to water is an outdoorsman’s dream.

Arkansas State Capitol Photo provided by Facebook.com / ARStateCapitol
Arkansas State Capitol
Photo provided by Facebook.com / ARStateCapitol

Little Rock, Arkansas
The downtown area is a real treat with shops; restaurants; hotels; and the Clinton Presidential Library as a bonus. Little Rock still has a small town feel as the traffic will not overwhelm you.

Photo by Greg Ifland, provided by Facebook.com/ City of Mountain Home Arkansas
Photo by Greg Ifland, provided by Facebook.com/ City of Mountain Home Arkansas

Mountain Home, Arkansas
A diamond in the rough! Talk about fishing options and natural beauty, this tourist destination is a living Norman Rockwell postcard as the wildlife, mountain trails and river scenes are never ending.

Photo by Robin Conovor, provided by Facebook page of Radnor Lake Natural Area and Wildlife Refuge.
Photo by Robin Conovor, provided by Facebook page of Radnor Lake Natural Area and Wildlife Refuge.

Nashville, Tennessee
Only a four hour drive away, the possibilities are endless for having a great time. And if you’re a fan of sports, history or music, the choices are even greater. The restaurants are quite diverse and the hotel selections are numerous. The “Athens of the South” has the most beautiful neighborhood to be found in April in Belle Meade. If you’re a doubting Thomas, check it out.

Photo provided by Facebook page of Shiloh National Military Park
Photo provided by Facebook page of Shiloh National Military Park

The Shiloh Battlefield
For those interested in Civil War history, this is one of the most interesting places to discover or rediscover. What occurred there some 154 years ago is still difficult to absorb. It’s anything but boring!


Steve Vassallo

Steve Vassallo is a HottyToddy.com contributor. Steve writes on Ole Miss athletics, Oxford business, politics and other subjects. He is an Ole Miss grad and former radio announcer for the basketball team. Currently, Steve is a highly successful leader in the real estate business who lives in Oxford with his wife Rosie. You can contact Steve at sovassallo@gmail.com or call him at 985-852-7745.

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