Get a jump on your weekend plans with live music and sweet accommodations.

Good Night, Oxford
Anchor your evening at The Colonel's Quarters guesthouse with its wraparound porch, gazebo, and sparkling pool.
| Credit: Gary Clark

Nighttime rolls into Oxford, Mississippi, like a party train come to town. Thanks to a local live radio show and a snazzy new bed-and-breakfast, revelers have more ways to live it up long after the sun sets.

Audience Approval
The strum of a banjo, the lyrical style of a poet, and the quick wit of a Southern storyteller bring visitors to the live recording of the Thacker Mountain Radio Show 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays now through November 29 at Off Square Books. You can also listen on Mississippi Public Radio (WOXD 95.5).

Happy Haunts
Restaurant 208 South Lamar puts on a mouthwatering performance too. Sopping-good Charleston she-crab soup and pecan-and-andouille-encrusted halibut delight patrons. At Proud Larry's, locals gear up for more cool tunes and chilled cocktails.

When the night winds down, make your way to The Colonel's Quarters guesthouse. The antebellum replica house sits on 50 acres and looks like something out of a John Grisham novel--pretty enough for a made-for-TV movie but affordable enough for weary travelers.

When You Go
Off Square Books: 129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655; or (662) 236-2262.
Restaurant 208 South Lamar: 208 South Lamar; (662) 234-0005.
Proud Larry's: 211 South Lamar Blvd.; or (662) 236-0050.
The Colonel's Quarters: 122 Castlehill Drive; or 1-866-236-9601. Rates: $89-$149.

"Good Night, Oxford" is from the October 2007 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.