Updated: Apr 13, 2019
Hello everyone! Yes - I did it! I went to Waco! My friend in San Diego called spontaneously the week before the famous Round Top Antique Show in Texas and asked if I wanted to meet her there. Texas? Did you say Texas? This was my first visit to Texas and that means for us channeling our Joanna Gaines, we MUST go to Waco. We mapped out our 5 day adventure - first stop Waco! We arrived on a sunny blue sky night and it was a sight to finally see....
The way the Silos look on TV you would expect to see them from miles and miles away. They are shorter than I envisioned but I was excited to see them none the less! Here is another famous Waco shot. Have we not seen this building from a million different drone angles?!!!
We drove past Baylor and drove around town searching for a hip restaurant with a cool vibe. A store clerk, Baylor student, suggested Milo Biscuit Company, but it was closed for a private party. After scoping out every known restaurant on Trip Advisor and other best of Waco lists and walking into several different restaurants and checking menus, we recognized that Milo truly was what we were looking for, sigh. We settled for an obscure Italian restaurant in town where the food was fantastic but ambiance - meh. To paint a picture for you, there were candles on every table, but they were unlit - gasp! Nothing kills the restaurant atmosphere more than unlit candles in my mind anyway. We stayed in a cute Air bnb, that was decorated minimally, but super cute and farmhouse stylish within walking distance to the Silos. We woke up bright and early to beat the crowds for....
Again, it was so exciting to see the Magnolia Table in person! We all watched them transform the old Elite Restaurant into this beautiful breakfast and lunch destination. It is not in downtown Waco, but it is one freeway stop away, literally 5 minutes by car. We arrived around 7:30 to be met with a waiting line on a Wednesday people! Can you even believe that?! Crazy! We had to wait 1/2 hour and apparently if you get there later, waits can be over an hour. It is wonderful that they have their little coffee "to go" area to sit as well as their gift shop to peruse while you wait...
So here it is folks, the menu. I just loved how the menus where put in file folders, a soft pale green mind you, but file folders - how cute!
I honestly cannot remember what I ordered, Maybe the farm breakfast? What I did make sure to order though was a side of Jo's Buttermilk Biscuits which came with honey butter and jam. It was spectacular and memorable!
This is the hallway to the Ladies room. I did a long stories on my Instagram about the inside of the Ladies Room, it was adorable and I am kicking myself for not taking actual pictures now. I can tell you that I loved that the stalls were little rooms with black doors that had little 4 pain opaque glass windows in them.
One thing we thought of doing was to drive by the homes that have been renovated through the years on Fixer Upper. We realized though that these are personal residences that appreciate privacy so we did not dig anymore into that idea. So off we went to Silos to shop and partake in the famous Silos Bakery. The complex does feel almost "Disneyesque." What I mean by that is it was perfect. The grass is turf, the details.....oh the details. It was so fun to be there in person and take it all in. Yes, I have seen stores on Instagram, picture after picture of different visits to the Silos. That being said, it is just awesome to actually be there! We walked around the grounds, went into the Seed Supply and Magnolia Market and lastly the Silos Bakery. Everywhere you turn is a photo opp!
So this perfection is turf guys! I know, I have seen this picture taken a million different ways, but I was there, I took the picture!
This adorable scene is from the Seed and Supply. Can you even take this shovel "shelf?"
So this is where it happens...the door to magic...to the inspired displays and product from the Queen of ship lap, Joanna Gaines. She did it, she took this country on a journey that inspired so many of us to embrace and pursue that fresh take on farmhouse style. Her Magnolia Market store will not disappoint for making that style a reality !
The Grounds are full of beautiful sites and photo ops!
Speaking of inspiration, how about a little sweet tooth inspiration? I along with millions of Americans watched the episode where Chip and Joanna transformed a neighboring building into the Silos Bakery. So what is a girl to do when she visits such bakery? Partake - of course! So many choices, all beautiful. Wait until you see the adorable box they put my cupcake in! I actually saved the box as a keepsake - it is currently setting on one of my kitchen shelves.
So last but not least, we finished our one day visit to the Silos by going to a Texas BBQ food truck! The funny thing is I actually did not have BBQ - yours truly enjoyed her little black box!
Do I recommend going? Yes! If you are a Joanna Gaines stalker - absolutely! You can cover the Magnolia Table, Silos and other cute shops nearby like The Foundery and Spice Village in a day. A two day stay may be pushing it. Texas is dreadfully hot, and that was in October! The Magnolia Market is gorgeous and truly inspirational, but be prepared to shell out the bucks. I was looking for cute giftie type items and I was scrounging around and could only find two or three things that were less than $10.00. If I were to go again, I would definitely tie it into some other trip to Texas. I tied it into going to the Round Top Antique Market (which happens twice a year) which is 1.5 hours away. That was a great way to do it! As far as where to stay - nothing really downtown - we found a cute Air bnb, however, it was in a dicey area and I may not choose to return to that particular one again. Can someone tell Chip and Joanna they need to build a beautiful boutique inn or hotel in downtown Waco? Seriously though - the need is a real! I was amazed by the crowds in October on a Wednesday. Magnolia Table was a long wait even at 7:30AM. . Many of the people that work the Silos and many other places in Waco are from Baylor University, a Christian University. These students exude warmth and kindness which only adds to the overall piece of heaven experience in Waco!
So...that is my trip to Magnolia assessmentEmail or comment below if you have any questions!
I had to squeak out these amazing fall inspired pics today as ONE week from today is Thanksgiving! What that equals in my world is one week from a Christmas decor explosion I mean transformation in this household!
Blessing to each of you,