What to know when visiting Waco.

October 18, 2018

Ya’ll my girlfriend surprised me with this trip. Like, didn’t tell me where we were going until the night before.

It went something like this- “I’ll be at your house at 4:00am to pick you up for the airport. We are going to see Chip and Jo.”

How special is that?? It was an early birthday celebration. Just the two of us. I’ll cherish these memories for a lifetime.

If you are in need of a vacay to truly unwind, I highly recommend taking a trip out to Waco, Texas with someone you love. The trip was an absolute DREAM.  What Chip and Jo have created in that sleepy town of Waco is truly remarkable.  It’s a place where people gather from all corners of the world to enjoy the simple things in life; a garden, live music, a cupcake.

Time seemed to move slowly there and the food is some of the best I have had in all of the United States. We shopped till we dropped, stayed up all night laughing our butts off at absolutely nothing and brunched SO hard. It was the kinda trip that just fills up your bones with love.

Joanna Gaines wrote on instagram that she heard the voice of God whisper to her as she drove by the rusty old silos and run-down grain barn one day. And I know its true. While you are there you feel like you are walking inside of someone’s dream. A God dream.

I took a lot of photos that I am about to share with you here but seriously, you just gotta go for yourself.  You’ll leave so inspired and refreshed. I promise.

Oh and Joanna’s strawberry butter. You havvvvve to try the Strawberry butter. It will actually put you over the edge.

So you’re going.

BUT FIRST- read my tips and tricks to make the most out of your Waco trip before you leave.

Oh and take me with you k? thanks.

 Waco 101.

Magnolia Table

So listen, this was thee best brunch I’ve ever had in my life. Hands down. No contest. And I think I spent a whopping $15 bucks. I recommend stopping here FIRST before heading to the silos. The silos have great lunch options at their food trucks but the best breakfast in town is served here. No matter what you order be sure to  *ask for a side of their fresh strawberry butter* you’ll thank me later.

There is a wait of course– we went on a Friday at 10am and waited about an hour and a half for a party of two at a private table.

You can make the wait faster by:

  1. Opting to sit at a community table. You share the table with other peeps, pictured below.
  2. Grabbing a coffee in their outside cafe. There is plenty of seating and a grassy area for kids to play, there’s even cornhole and life-size jenga to pass the time. We saw some locals pull out a deck of cards from their purse. So clever! Plus the coffee is great.
  3. Head over to Harp Design Co! Its about a 5 min drive (don’t worry, Magnolia Table will text you when your table is almost ready) and the shop is small enough that you can see everything there in about 30 mins or less. This is what we chose to do and it worked out perfectly for us. We arrived back at the restuarant with just enough time to take some photos around the property before they seated us.

Harp Design Co.

If you’ve watched the show Fixer Upper on HGTV you know this is Clint’s woodworking shop. Its a one room store filled to the brim with Harp design home décor. They have items for sale here that they don’t carry at the Magnolia Market at the Silos. If you are a fan of the show you gotta go- you can see Clint’s team working on custom pieces of furniture out back.

The Silos & Magnolia Market

So after you had a life-changing breakfast at Magnolia Table you are primed and ready to jet over to the Silos. Its a short ten minute drive from the restaurant and there is plenty of free parking on the street and in the adjacent parking lot behind, just follow the signs.

For the best day I recommend:

1. Wearing comfortable shoes.

2. Giving yourself plenty of time to shop.

3. Sitting in the striped bean bag chairs on the lawn.

I feel in love with a few larger home décor items that I knew wouldn’t fit in my carry-on luggage. Luckily most everything that’s sold at Magnolia Market is also available online. After you shop, there is nothing better than grabbing a cold Dr. Pepper from one of the vendors outside and lounging in the bean bag chairs out on the lawn. I legitimately did NOT want to get up. They are so flippin cozy. Currently trying to convince Colin I need those exact bean bag chairs for Christmas. I’ve been good this year!!!

Garden & Seed Supply

You gotta take a stroll through the gardens on the property. There is a pot your own succulent station and a seed supply store if you want to take their garden home with you. I was swooning over all the hand stamped terracotta planters!

The Food Trucks

So these food trucks are LEGIT. Everyone seems to gravitate towards the grilled cheeses at the Cheddar Box and the Alabama sweet tea stand. I went for seconds of biscuits and gravy at the Magnolia Table food truck. Are you surprised?!

Silos Baking Co.

The line moves fast! So don’t get discouraged if you see it wrapping around the bakery outside. The super friendly staff provides everyone with a paper menu and pencil once you join the line so by the time everyone gets to the register, checkout is a breeze. So efficient! They took only moments to fulfil our order and the bistro tables outside was by far my favorite photo op.

Must-see boutiques around the Silos

In walking distance to the Silos are the cutest clothing and gift boutiques. You have to go to Spice Village. Its got 300+ venders inside. So fun!

The other three listed and pictured below have super cute clothing, jewelry and accessories. And Texas sizes run a bit bigger than California’s do. God bless.

Fox & Grey:  300 S 6th St Unit D, Waco, TX 76701

Roots: 201 S 2ND St, Waco, TX 76701

Adorn Boutique: 804 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701

When you go to Waco promise me you’ll tag me in all your photos and bring me back some butter, k?

Love you!

Sarina.

 

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