It was another wonderful weekend with our sweet puppy Mearl. We had the perfect day on Sunday with my mom-in-law, Auburn, and my sister-in-law, Ashley. They were so sweet to bring many presents for both Mearl and the cats, and Mearl had an excellent day playing with them. I’m so glad to have had them visit, first of all, to catch up, but also because I want to continue to socialize our little pup. She loved her new toys that her Gigi brought her, and they seem to be her new favorites. Aunt Ashley got her the most adorable dress ever. It’s a teeny bit big, but if she keeps eating like she has been, she’ll be in it in no time!
I decided it was finally time to start my series of posts about our trip to Oxford, Mississippi. These will be interspersed with my regular updates over here so it may take several weeks to get them all up here. I’m also thinking of going back and adding posts and reviews from some of the things we did from our first trip to Oxford. It’s one of my favorite places so there’s certainly always something else for me to go on and on about from that charming town.
On our last trip to Oxford, Kelly booked a stay for us at the Graduate Hotel. It was very conveniently located, and we walked around most of the time we were there. We like to frequent the square, and there couldn’t be a more perfect location. When we arrived, we were greeted with a wonderfully helpful staff. They inquired regarding the intention for our trip and based on that offered some wonderful suggestions for things to do and restaurants to check out. I appreciated the fact that the suggestions weren’t your typical generalized tourist suggestions. The front desk assistant offered help down to her favorite dishes at local places, and that is true customer service. They also had complimentary Chupa Chups for guests at the front desk, and you know free sugar is the way to my heart.
The decor throughout the lobby was perfect, too. The attention to detail was notable, and I swooned over the pink wood floors and the bike parked by the elevators. Guests of the hotel can also rent bikes if that’s up your alley! I find that often in hotels, you rarely see anyone actually utilize the lobby. Most people are only seen passing through with their luggage, but the ambiance at Graduate Oxford is such that there wasn’t one time when Kelly and I walked through that I didn’t see people lounging, reading magazines, or chatting and having a drink at the bar.
When we went up to our room, I was even more pleased. It’s easy to get excited about a lobby, but I like a hotel that can deliver and carry the vibe to the room as well. Again, the attention to detail won me over down to the “do not disturb” door hanger.
One of my favorite features of our hotel was The Coop! Located on the fourth floor with an excellent view of the square, I relished sipping the perfect mint julep while relaxing in a comfy chair. We met this sweet couple from Clarksdale, Mississippi (another place we’ve visited several times and enjoy), and they told us we’d have to look them up next time Kelly and I visited. I hope that will be Kelly and I someday, still traveling and enjoying each other’s company. The pace of life in Oxford, like all good southern cities, seems slower. The people seem friendlier. Life seems a little more hopeful.