HOLY MOLY. I cannot believe I am officially writing my first blog post. Here’s to officially getting over my fear and tackling my dreams! What better way to start off my blog journey than by addressing the fact that I just got back from a quick vacation last week before the spring semester started and had SO many people asking me questions about my experience since getting back. For those who aren’t already following me on social media (which you should be), let me fill you in.
If you didn’t know previously, I just got back from Waco, Texas, and I already cannot wait to start planning my next trip there. The hospitality was spectacular, the food options were great, and you are basically walking distance to most of the historical attractions in the city. The real reason my cousin and I made the journey to Waco was for the following 4 things: 1. Magnolia Market, 2. Chip and Jo, 3. Harp Design Co., and 4. Cupcakes. Without a doubt we got the experience of all of those four things, but Waco has so much to offer, including the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum, the Dr. Pepper Museum, Baylor University & McLane Stadium, and countless antique shops. While we only experienced the “Fixer Upper” attractions, we plan on making a longer trip next time to include some of these attractions.
To answer your question, NO we did not meet Chip and Joanna Gaines. YES my heart was broken, but the cupcakes made up for that. Clint and I stayed at the Hotel Indigo Waco-Baylor and holy cow. To say that we were living the high life was an understatement. We were in walking distance of the silos and had a gorgeous view of McLane Stadium (Sic ‘Em Bears?). I highly recommend this hotel to anyone making the visit to the silos or Waco in general.
When I tell you I nearly died when we saw Magnolia Market for the first time- that would be an understatement. It truly is as beautiful and pristine as all of the Instagram posts and HGTV coverage makes it out to be. At one point, Clint and I were just sitting on a bench not talking- shocker right?- and just admiring how meticulously placed and well-kept this one city block of heaven truly was. We got to the bakery for when it opened and engorged ourselves in Blueberry Muffin Crumbles and Classic Cinnamon Rolls (10/10 recommend).
The actual Magnolia Market store is the epitome of a money pit- in the most fabulous shiplap and subway tile kind of way. When I say I could have spent every dollar I haven’t even earned yet, I mean it. I learned major self-control, while still treating myself. The store is a decorators paradise. You can find everything from kitchen supplies and decor, florals and pottery, wall art, blankets, and beyond. What makes the experience even better is that the workers are AMAZING. I would even stretch to say that they are nicer than the workers at Chick-Fil-A… which seems impossible right?
Well, I had the exciting experience of embarrassing myself by falling up the stairs of the grain supply store and countless workers came running to my rescue and managed to not laugh until after they made sure my new purchases and I were just dandy. They were the best!
Quite possibly my favorite part of the trip was, no surprise, the food. Though Magnolia Table is expected to open sometime in February, the food options at Magnolia are from the variety of food trucks on the premises. Visitors can choose from gourmet mac and cheese, smoothies, pizza (I highly recommend), sandwiches, and crepes, just to name a few. They are reasonably priced and absolutely divine. The Silos Baking Co. is the home of the infamous cupcakes, which Clint and I had more than our share of. When you enter the bakery, you are given an order card that gives you the selections for the day. TIP: If you visit the bakery in the evening time, some items are discounted. I recommend buying plenty and taking some home with you- they travel well.
If you are trying to check off hot spots, Harp Design Co. is only a few miles away and is worth the trip. The store has handmade wooden tables, trinkets, etc. made by Clint Harp himself. We were so excited when we noticed the Harp’s home, designed by Chip and Jo themselves, is next door to their store! Definitely worth the visit.
One of the cool things about Waco is there there is wall art everywhere. Get ready to pose on every street! Thanks to Savage Finds Antiques for this amazing backdrop.
Overall, Waco and Magnolia Market was everything that we dreamed that it would be. If you have ever even considered making the trip, do it. You surely won’t regret it. Make sure to tag Magnolia, Harp Design Co., Chip, Jo, Clint, etc. in your social media posts- you might get noticed by the accounts like we did!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my first blog post. The more I do it, the better I will be. Hang with me and I promise our journey will be amazing!