I haven’t talked much about it on this blog but we recently moved across the country. As in, across North America…from east to west. I won’t be super specific but we went from Georgia to California.
The road trip was incredible. Yes we drove. With all 3 girls and our stuff. I know people thought we were crazy but honestly it was one of the best experiences of my life and I know my husband would say the same. Enough about that though, that’s not what this post is about. Well, it’s not about the whole road trip but about one of our stops along the way. Yes, our stop in Waco ,Texas at Magnolia Market. If you are scratching your head because you don’t know what that is then I’m sorry but we can’t be friends.
As soon as I found out we would be driving through Texas I asked Jonathan if we would be able to stop in Waco and he made it happen for me. He’s the best. I’m just your average stay at home mom Chip and Joanna Fixer Upper fan-girl. They’re my favorite and I want to be their best friends.
So our trip.
We only had one night in Waco. We arrived on a Sunday evening and checked into our Hotel. We stayed here if you’re curious. Got an awesome deal on Hotwire. Very nice hotel within walking distance to the Silos. However there was a slightly questionable neighborhood on the way so we chose not to walk there.
We got up early the next morning (a Monday), they opened at 10 AM and I had heard there could be a line if you get there too late. We had a road trip schedule to stick to so we hoofed it there and made it right at 10am. The street parking was all taken but they have a nice sized fenced in parking lot beside the Market. We easily found parking there.
I wore Sera in the baby wrap and the other girls walked. It was quite cold being that it was a January morning. We walked right in (no line) and headed to the Market first (the storefront). We browsed the store and the warehouse out back. I purchased this ( I’m wearing it in my profile picture) and a gorgeous coffee mug. Oh how I wished I had $1,000 to drop on home decor because Joanna’s style is flawless in my opinion. I loved that it wasn’t “touristy”, I’d imagined there would be tacky magnets and t-shirts and stickers and all things shouting “MAGNOLIA FARMS”…but there wasn’t. It’s a true blue home decor storefront. Everything is elegant and the few t-shirts and mugs they do sell were high quality pieces that would last a long time.
We moved back outside to walk around the Silos and grounds. So so neat. Exactly like they look on tv and in pictures. The grounds are huge and perfectly manicured. There are a few lawn games that the kids can play lying around. There is a large seating area to sit and hang out on or eat and drink coffee. There is lively music playing over the loudspeakers . I think it was a mix of Sinatra and Michael Buble’ playing which made it all the more magical for me. And the food trucks! Oh the food trucks lined up outside just waiting for you. So neat.
We threw the bean bags a few times, walked the Gardens and took a million pictures. It was fairly chilly so we didn’t linger anywhere too long. Jonathan went to the coffee truck and got me one of the best lattes I have ever had. I still talk about that coffee and ask him to go get me another one all the time. Overall it was wonderful. I mean, we didn’t purchase much and probably only stayed an hour but it is one of my favorite places I have been. There is a very calming atmosphere there. I am convinced it is because of Chip and Joanna’s Faith and that God has blessed that place.
We left after about an hour but it put us in a great mood for the rest of the day. It lingered with us. We didn’t go stalk their house or any of the other businesses featured on Fixer Upper but many do. I would love to go back sometime, maybe with a friend or family member. I want to visit their new bakery. Hint Hint…Mom and Sister.
And that’s it. If you have any specific questions about our drive or visit in Waco I would be happy to answer. There is lot’s of info on their website here.