Touted as the "Cultural Mecca of the South," creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford's rich history, small-town charm and creative community. Over the years, Oxford also has been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels. There is always something here to immerse yourself in when you visit Oxford.


Author of Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother's Wisdom, featuring interviews and photographs of Southern grandmothers and their life stories, Alysia Burton Steele is an assistant journalism professor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism, photographer and author. Steele earned her master's degree in photography from Ohio University and moved to Oxford, Mississippi in 2012. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, NBC.com, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, National Public Radio, Free Lance-Star and Southern Living. To learn more about Alysia's favorite spots to eat, relax and work, take a look at her Oxford itinerary below.


Nestled in the rolling hills of North Mississippi, a little less than 20 miles from college town Oxford, Water Valley is a gem of a small town, chock full of good eats and an emerging art scene. A utopia for the foodie with an appreciation for art, B.T.C Old-Fashioned Grocery, Yalo Studio and Bozarts Gallery can all be found on historic Main Street.


Dixie Grimes began her career as sous chef at Oxford's Downtown Grill, but she's made her mark with her own place, the Dixie Belle Café, in Water Valley, Mississippi. Operating from the B.T.C. Grocery building (B.T.C. stands for "Be The Change"), Dixie catapulted the cafe to fame in Mississippi Magazine, the New York Times, Food & Wine and the Wall Street Journal. The restaurant serves breakfast items like sausage gravy and grits, blue plate lunches, burgers, soups, sandwiches, take-home casseroles and made-from-scratch cakes. The B.T.C. Grocery works with local farmers to provide grass-fed ground beef, local eggs, glass-bottled milk, strawberries, blue cheeses, and tomatoes. To see where Dixie hangs out when she's not in the kitchen, take a look at her Water Valley itinerary below.

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