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Celebrate Good Times: Southern destinations perfect for marking life’s milestones and special occasions

After a year of cancelled plans, missed holidays, and Zoom toasts, it’s time to dream big again (well, almost). If congratulations are in order, these Southern destinations offer the perfect setting to celebrate (or do over!) life’s milestones and special occasions.

Ask the Expert: An award-winning potter shares his passion for Mississippi’s ceramics scene

Award-winning potter Matt Long is a professor of art at the University of Mississippi and presents ceramics workshops internationally. His functional pieces have appeared in publications such as Ceramics Monthly.
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Art, literature, and good eats abound on a weekend getaway to Oxford, Mississippi

It may seem odd to call a town of 23,000 a cultural destination. But Oxford, Mississippi, is indeed a place of deep and enduring culture. Square Books, which opened on the historic courthouse square in 1979, is one of the nation’s top booksellers. Vishwesh Bhatt, an Indian immigrant at the helm of Oxford’s Snackbar, was a 2018 James Beard finalist for Best Chef in the South.

College Towns of the South: Oxford, Mississippi

Named after the university town of Oxford, England, this north-central Mississippi town was founded in 1837 by three men who wanted to establish a site for the state’s first higher-learning institution. Now, more than 175 years later, Oxford is home to the University of Mississippi (colloquially known as Ole Miss), as well as a rich cultural and literary history.

Southern Foodways Symposim in Oxford, Mississippi

The Southern Foodways Alliance is a national authority on our region’s cuisine, and nowhere is this more apparent than at the nonprofit’s annual symposium.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore

As a native marylander, I’ve crossed the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge—commonly known as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge—hundreds of times, but its majesty still...

Oxford, MS

Foodies converge on William Faulkner’s hometown each fall to discuss—and taste—regional favorites such as country ham and Dr. Pepper at the Southern Foodways Alliance’s...

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