Nestled in the hills of North Mississippi, Oxford is just an hour south of Memphis, and situated between Tupelo and the Mississippi Delta. Known around the world as a literary mecca, Oxford is home to writers such as William Faulkner, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, and John Grisham. Less than a mile from the University of Mississippi, the historic downtown Square is thriving and full of upscale shopping, antiques, bookstores, and galleries, along with world class restaurants. James Beard award winner, John Currence has four restaurants ranging from upscale Cajun cuisine to a breakfast diner. Square Books is a one of a kind independent bookstore with sections on Faulkner and Mississippi writers. Faulkner’s home Rowan Oak is open daily, except on Mondays, for tours, and the University Museum features the Theora Hamblett folk art collection, along with many traveling exhibitions.