Thursday, October 12, 2017

Our Trip to Waco

Over the summer, Eric & I took a much needed solo trip to Dallas, Texas to visit one of our best friends. I should start by telling you that I am officially in love with Dallas & plan to visit there a hundred more times, but today's post is about the one thing people can't stop asking me about my trip - "How was Waco?" My simple answer - "Amazing." I was just absolutely blown away by the charm of the Silos.

 We went to Waco on a Monday in August & it was not crowded at all. I've heard that it is a mob scene on weekends, so we purposefully went on a Monday. We were able to park close to the Silos & immediately walked right up to take this picture! It was just like Disney, they had a sweet employee standing there to take your picture & welcome you :) 

First, we took some time to wander the grounds & take it all in. I was SO excited & absolutely loved all of the detail that went into creating the Silos. The plants are absolutely gorgeous & there are so many well-planned seating areas surrounding the lawn. We didn't eat at the food trucks because we'd had a late breakfast on the way, but everything smelled wonderful. 

Our next stop was Magnolia Market, which was everything I expected it to be. I wanted to buy it all, but since we were flying, I had to limit myself to a t-shirt... as well as a t-shirt for my mom, my sister, and my mother-in-law - because they were all living vicariously through my visit. If you do want to buy something large, they have a FedEx shipping station available to you right in the store, which I thought was rather brilliant. I got a 20% off coupon code to shop online with when I made my purchase though, so you could definitely order what you want & have it shipped home that way too. 

We spent about another hour lounging on the lawn, playing yard games like corn hole & Yardzee, and relaxing in amazingly comfortable bean bag chairs before we headed to my favorite spot of all... the bakery! 

I will start off by telling you that the bakery is tiny. They must have done some serious camerawork while filming that episode because even though it is beautiful, it is not spacious. For that reason, you wait in a queue outside and they let people in a few at a time. For that reason, you get a little card to fill out when you go in, which keeps things moving quickly. 

We ordered four cupcakes to try - The Shiplap, The Classic, The Silobration, and a Peaches 'n Cream. My favorite was The Classic, which is what I'm eating (for lunch) in the picture below. I honestly wasn't expecting to be blown away by the cupcakes, but I have to say they were REALLY good. They reminded me a lot of Sprinkles cupcakes, which I'm a big fan of as well. 

We left The Silos around noon & ventured off to explore some other boutiques. I absolutely LOVED The Foundry. It was a wonderful cross between Pottery Barn & Anthropologie. Living in Waco would truly be a designers dream. The Foundry is within walking distance of The Silos, but other than that we didn't feel like there was a lot else we could have walked to. There is a little trolley that you can take around the city, but we decided to drive ourselves. Waco was very easy to navigate & not at all crowded on a Monday afternoon. I will warn you though, there were some places that I'd see & want to go in, but they were closed on Mondays, so do your research :) Our friend that we were visiting also would like me to let you know that The Silos are closed on Sundays, which he learned the hard way when he tried to take his mom to visit. 

Our final stop in the city was Spice Village. The best way I can describe this shop is browsing Etsy in person. There are such adorable, eclectic pieces in home goods, clothing, toys, and other odds and ends. We spent over an hour just browsing & Eric really enjoyed it there too. Definitely a spot I'd recommend if you're in Waco. 

If we had actually stayed in Waco & hadn't been driving back to Dallas that same day, we probably would have gone to Harp & Co, as well as to the Magnolia House. I've also heard that you can do an unofficial driving tour of Fixer Upper houses, but I think I'd feel just a little creepy rolling up to a house someone actually lives in! 

So that's my little day in Waco! Such a fun item to check off my bucket list, especially now that I know Fixer Upper is coming to an end. I'm so glad I made the trip. 

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