We snuck away for a weekend and stayed in Waco, TX.
We went to Magnolia and it was everything I dreamed of and more! Actually, we stayed for free by cashing in our Marriott Bonvoy points at the Waco Townplace Suites! Definitely worth it.
Less than 10 minutes from Magnolia, we arrived bright and early around 9am. Since it was February, it was fairly quiet with no crowds or line ups. The downtown was exactly what you see on TV! What did surprise me was that everything was much smaller than I expected. Beautifully done, but smaller than I had envisioned.
We hired the lovely Haley Johnson Photography to take some photos of us at the silos. We love capturing our travels with local photographers!
The Silos Bakery has the best pastries in Waco, TX
Our first stop was The Silos Bakery. When you enter, you are given a card with all the bakery items to choose from. You fill it out while you wait in line. It’s a very efficient process to keep the line moving fast! We had the strawberry cupcake, classic cinnamon bun and cookie sandwich. They were some of the best pastries I have ever had! Of course they have their own branded water and we sipped some Elderflower Lemonade too!
Magnolia Market is a browser’s paradise.
The next stop, just a hop, skip and a jump across the checkered grounds from the bakery, was Magnolia Market.
The market is huge and full of beautifully merchandised items for purchase. I had a hard time deciding which way to look as there were so many things I loved! Here are a few of my favs:
The Magnolia Market has 2 levels and even includes a shipping station to ship your purchase home from Waco. Although I wanted many things, I opted for a pink t-shirt as I only had a carry-on for luggage.
What’s shopping without snacks?
Surrounding the market were numerous food trucks with something for everyone. We snagged a cauliflower crust pizza from one of the trucks and some fresh-pressed juice from Luna juice
The sweetest garden supply shop in Waco is definitely Seed and Supply
Seed and Supply was small but mighty and showcased pretty planters and all the garden inspiration you could ever need. Even the tulips were starting to come up in the gardens outside! After visiting the cutest potting shed ever, we headed for coffee.
Make sure you grab a coffee at Magnolia Press
Just a few mins walk from the silos is Magnolia Press. There was no lineup but it does get busy quickly. You can choose from handcrafted hot or cold drinks, fresh pastries or shop the retail section with mugs and coffee. The decor was stunning and the entire place was warm and cozy. Even the bathrooms were beautiful! I highly recommend the oat milk 1905 latte. We enjoyed the scenery inside but there is also a huge patio to enjoy.
Downtown Waco has lots to offer.
After relaxing and snacking at The Press, we were ready for more exploring downtown Waco. Right across the street is The Findery. It beams with modern farmhouse decor. They have 2 locations steps away from each other so make sure to check out both. Jimmy Don can also be found right around the corner and Harp Design is a few minutes drive.
Downtown Waco is so easy to explore. You can walk the downtown streets and check out the shops and restaurants and peek inside all the antique shops too!
Magnolia Table is worth the wait.
Magnolia Table was bigger than I imagined. It’s a short drive from The Silos and I suggest you book your reservations online 2 weeks in advance. (They only take reservations Monday to Thursday.) The line can be very long for a table.
We snagged a table and dived into some avocado toast, a bread basket (a selection of bread & pastries) and a fresh juice flight. It was amazing but also our most expensive meal while in Waco. If you are not lucky enough to sit down you can pick something up in the grab-and-go area.
Chip & Jo have really done a great job with the restaurant and created a magical atmosphere with olive tree-lined patios outside. There is a shop section in the grab-and-go area too!
Do Waco in a day with a tour or take your time and stay a while.
You can easily do Waco in one day. We visited Joanna’s first shop location Little Shop On Bosque. It’s nice to see the evolution of where she started all of this. Waco Tours offers a peek at some of the homes seen on Fixer Upper and all the popular spots listed above. We had our own car so we did our own tour, but we heard lots of good things about the tours.
There are definitely things to do outside of The Silos and I will tell you all about that in an upcoming post. We spent a day in Austin and have so much to share about that day too!
Overall, I loved Magnolia and was in awe of the empire they have created there. I left feeling so inspired. They are expanding by adding a furniture showroom and more so I guess that just means I’ll need to go back to Waco sometime soon!