How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Magnolia in Waco, Texas
How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Magnolia in Waco, Texas
Waco, Texas has been a hot spot for travel due to the popularity of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ tv show Fixer Upper and continuously growing empire known as Magnolia. As a local Wacoan, I often get to play tour guide to many friends and fellow home decor bloggers that visit my hometown. Therefore, I have spent many amazing girls weekends in Waco, Texas. Lots of laughs, lots of shopping, and lots of food!
Here are some tips for ‘everything you need to know for a girls weekend in Waco, Texas.’
Would you believe that we all met on the internet? Specifically, sharing our homes on instagram.
Where to Stay in Waco, Tx?
There are over 300 vacation rentals in Waco,Texas from VRBOs to AirBnBs. Some of these homes have been featured on Fixer Upper and others are newly renovated in the heart of downtown Waco. I love to stay ‘downtown,’ so that I can take in all the culture that Waco has to offer.
Here are a few of my favorite places to stay in Waco. Each one is beautifully decorated in its own style. And yes, I have stayed at each of the homes below!
The Morrow House – Built in 1886, completely renovated, kitchen of my dreams, featured in Cottage Style magazine,
My 100 Year Old Waco Home – Amazing wrap around porch, open living concept for gathering, original wood floors & shiplap, 5 minutes from Silos
Urban Myrtle – One block from the Silos, restaurants, & shopping, beautiful mix of modern and rustic charm
The Green Door Lofts – best downtown location, heated pool, walking distance to the Silos, restaurants, & shopping
Gathering Oaks Retreat – Across the road from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ farmhouse, relaxing outdoor spaces, great for large groups
The Morrow House
My 100 year old Waco Home
Green Door Lofts
Gathering Oaks Retreat
If you are looking for a hotel, I love Hotel Indigo. It is really nice, located very close to Magnolia and features a top notch restaurant and bar.
Where to Eat in Waco, Tx?
Today, there are so many new places to eat in Waco than years before! Some are Waco favorites that have stood the test of time, and others are entrepreneurs offering different flavors to anything Waco has seen before! There are great food trucks, including ones for Magnolia Table & the bakery, located within the Silos lawn area. I do recommend buying a mason jar of Alabama sweet tea & getting $2 refills during your weekend.
Central Texas Marketplace – outdoor mall so shopping like World Market, Kirkland’s, Marshall’s, Apricot Lane, Old Navy, Gap, Ulta, etc…
Richland Mall – indoor mall with mostly clothing stores like Dillard’s, JCPenny, Hollister, Forever 21, H&M
If you have limited time, of course hit Magnolia Market, but then head to the Findery across the street. The Findery is located in a historic 2 story building where Percy medicine was produced for 100+ years. Now, it’s a beautiful shop with a second location next door with 10K square feet of furniture and home decor. I may be partial because I work as a stager there. However, I often hear that it is visitors’ favorite. Read more about the Findery, here.
Shopping at Courtney’s Boutique
Legacy Limousine Service
What else can you do besides Magnolia in Waco?
Hike the trails at Cameron Park or take a walk along the Suspension Bridge downtown.
Take a tour of the city including some of the Fixer Upper homes with Waco Tours.
Tour the beautiful campus of Baylor University, specifically the Armstrong Browning Library or Bear Pit.
Visit a museum like Texas Ranger Museum, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, or Mayborn Museum.
Ultimate Travel Guide for Magnolia in Waco, Texas!
Before you book your stay, check the hours of operation for the places that you want to visit to ensure that they will be open. For example, Magnolia Market, Magnolia Table, and some other shops like The Findery are closed on Sunday. A few of the restaurants are open for Sunday brunch, but close early for the day. Some small boutiques close on Monday too. Therefore, my best advice is to plan your trip between Tuesday – Friday. Saturdays are great, but the Silos get very busy!
Go early or late!! The best time to visit Magnolia Table, the restaurant, is between 6 am -8 am. The restaurant is only open till 3 p.m. During Baylor weekends, holiday weekends, Silos events and most of the summertime, expect a 1-2 hour wait. Magnolia Table is not located at the Silos, but a short drive away. If you do go to the Silos (Magnolia Market + Magnolia Bakery) on a Friday or Saturday, make sure you get there early. The bakery opens at 7:30 am and the Market at 9:00am. Or stop in around 4:30pm in the afternoon when most visitors head out for the day.
You can buy most of the products from Magnolia online, so that you don’t have to lug it on the airplane. They do not have the shipping station in Magnolia Market any longer, but there is a nearby post office. However, some shops like the Findery will ship it for you. Just ask the shopkeepers!
Use the free trolley to get around the Silo District in downtown Waco. Specifically, it picks up in front of Magnolia Market and stops near most of the locations that I have mentioned.
If Magnolia Table is too busy to get in, there is a ‘To Go’ deli located on the side of the building. In addition, there is a Magnolia Table food truck with a small selection of items. The food truck is located behind Magnolia Market.
If the Silos Baking Co bakery line is long, check to see if the Magnolia bakery (silver airstream) food truck is open. It is located on food truck row around the lawn at the Silos.
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