1. On our way back to Atlanta (I’m doing this post a little backwards, I know) we stopped at Elvis Presley’s Birthplace in Tupelo, which you can read more about here. It was closed when we went, but no matter; mainly I just wanted to see if the house was really as small as Yelpers said it was (it is).
2. Tupelo National Battlefield was even smaller—just a patch of grass with a few monuments. But that’s more than you can say for most battlefield sites in Atlanta. I’m just glad it was preserved.
3. We spent most of our time in Oxford on the town square. We ate dinner there both nights—City Grocery one night (it was intimidatingly fancy at first, but people there were nice and even made us special vegan meals), Boure the next. We went to Square Books and drank coffee and people-watched. Best of all were the buildings and the history of the place. We walked around and tried to imagine the square as it was during the Civil War, when it was occupied by General Grant and his troops. Weirdly enough, this December marks the 150 year anniversary.
4. On our last morning in town we stopped by Bottletree Bakery, because I’d read that it was fairly vegan-friendly and that it was one of the better spots in town. Also, Oprah’s been there! (She’s our favorite funny celebrity and my Instagram favorite) Drew and I had really good granola and my parents had pastries that looked even better (and probably were).
5. After Bottletree we walked over to St. Peter’s Cemetery to pay our respects to William Faulkner. We couldn’t find his gravestone, but we happened to run into a few people who were on their way to the Faulkner plot to film a horror movie. It was great. One of the guys was a tourguide of sorts, so we learned some interesting facts about the cemetery and the complex across the street, where supposedly Sam Sheppard has a condo? Not sure if that’s true, but they led us to the right spot. Which I guess you could tell by the broken beer and Jack Daniels bottles.
Photos by Drew. (Except for the first ones and the blurry ones).