THE BEST WAY TO OXFORD, MISS.
From LAX, Delta offers nonstop service to Memphis, Tenn., about 75 miles north of Oxford, and connecting service is offered on Continental, American, Delta, AirTran and United. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $420.
The 5 Twelve B&B, 512 Van Buren Ave.; (662) 234-8043, http://www.the512oxford.com. Formerly an eye doctor's clinic, this six-room inn looks like a plantation house, with big rooms and a Southern breakfast, all within a short walk of Oxford's famous square. Doubles begin at $105.
WHERE TO EAT
City Grocery. 152 Courthouse Square; (662) 232-8080, http://www.citygroceryonline.com. Good weekday lunch. Lunch from $14.50; main dinner dishes from $25.
Old Venice Pizza Co., (662) 236-6872, 1112 Van Buren Ave.; http://www.oldvenice.com, occupies the site of the former Devoe's Gathright-Reed Drug Co., the drugstore where William Faulkner borrowed books (it had a lending library) as a child. Salads, soups, sandwiches, pizza, pasta and other Italian dishes; $9-$15
PLACES OF NOTE
Square Books, 160 Courthouse Square; (662) 236-2262, http://www.squarebooks.com. Legendary independent bookstore, right on the square, as are two offshoot stores, OffSquare Books, 129 Courthouse Square, (662) 236-2228, for remainders, and Square Books Junior, 111 Courthouse Square, for kids. 236-2207 http://www.squarebooks.com/junior.
Rowan Oak, Old Taylor Road; (662) 234-3284, http://www.rowanoak.com. Faulkner's home is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, 18 and younger free. (Summer hours, beginning June 1-Aug. 1: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Sundays.)
TO LEARN MORE
Oxford Convention & Visitors Bureau, 102 Ed Perry Blvd.; (662) 232-2367, http://www.oxfordcvb.com.