If you’ve ever thought about making the trip to Waco, TX to see all things Magnolia but were wondering if there was anything ELSE to do to make the trip worth it, this post is for you! A few IG buddies and I were invited by The Findery (more about this cutie spot in a bit!) to spend the weekend touring and experiencing Waco, and I was so pleased to see just how much there is to do above and beyond a trip to The Mothership….Magnolia! 😉 See below to check out recommendations of our stops, shops and a place to stay on your own Texas trip!
WHERE TO SHOP
I mean, duh. Of course you are in Waco to check out Farmhouse Disney Land, ie Magnolia Market, and it certainly was pretty cool to see it all in person finally! We went during Spring at the Silos, and all my Instagram buddies I met while in Waco told me that it was not normally THAT busy…but it was always busy. 😉 Because of our time constraints, we gave up even trying to get inside the main Silo shopping area or the bakery, but I was honestly more interested in the vibe, the grounds, the buildings, the finishes…so exploring was way fun! So many places for a cute photo op, and the food trucks and pop-up shops only added to the celebration vibes. I heard from non-first-timers that if you want to experience Magnolia with a bit less crowd, try to come during the week as opposed to the weekend, skip the larger events (like Spring at the Silos) that draw larger crowds, or try to scoot in an hour or so before closing when people start to thin out.
2. THE FINDERY
Once you’ve had your fill of crowds at Magnolia, get a breath of fresh air inside of The Findery, a two-story-plus-warehouse establishment full of vintage treasures and farmhouse finds! This isn’t your typical vintage shop, either: I loved the way they opted for open, airy arrangements rather than small booths, and they style their shop like the rooms of a home. You can get so inspired just by taking a peek at how they put together spaces, and then boom: the items are there for your convenience! Another thing I loved about this space was the mix of vintage and new with seamless styling and such unique pieces. We were treated to an Instagram followers meet-and-greet at The Findery where I was able to hug the necks of many sweet IG buddies o’ mine, and then we were able to shop The Findery after hours and get all kinds of behind the scenes inspo and ideas! Such a cool experience, and I think you guys would absolutely love this adorable shop!
3. HARP DESIGN CO.
One of our first stops was at Harp Design Co. after receiving a sweet invite from Kelly Harp to come after hours and tour their facility! If you’ve watched “Fixer Upper” for awhile, you’ll recognize Kelly and her husband Clint Harp from their own fixer upper home episode, and Clint is Joanna’s creative carpenter on the show, too! It was so interesting to get Kelly’s perspective on being on the show, the ins and outs of that experience, and…she and Clint are launching their own show pretty soon, too. So cool! (And, because I had to pee like a mo fo and Kelly was so sweet, I used the bathroom in the wood shop and got to take a peek at where all of Joanna’s creations are, well, created by Clint Harp and his team! Ha!) Be sure to stop by Harp Design Co. on your tour of Waco to experience this sweet shop!
WHERE TO STAY
GATHERING OAKS RETREAT
For our stay in the Waco area, our group of gals (and Mr. Cotton Stem 😉) stayed at the adorable Gathering Oaks Retreat! I don’t know if there could be a more perfect place to stay for a noise-adverse person like me: you can have your own tiny cabin to stay in with no above/below/adjacent neighbors. 🙌🏻 It was the cutest!! This place would be perfect to rent out for wedding parties, family reunions or girls’ trips to Waco (hint hint…invite Erin! 😉) There is a main meeting cabin with a kitchen view that includes a peek at Chip and Jo’s stunner farmhouse just across the street. I mean, we were basically neighbors all weekend, duh. AND! They have the cutest fire pit area where they treated us to a s’mores night under the stars and twinkly lights. So much fun! The team at Gathering Oaks Retreat went above and beyond to make our group feel comfortable and pampered during our stay, and I would highly recommend this unique and adorable place if you are planning to visit Waco!
WHERE TO EAT
1. MOROSO WOOD FIRED PIZZA
One of the yummiest meals we ate while in Waco, TX for our Instagrammer’s event was at Moroso’s, a wood fired pizza place with delish, authentic ingredients! They brought out pizza after pizza with some of the most interesting and tasty toppings I’ve tried lately, and the service was so great. Mr. Moroso came out to chat with us for a bit, and he was just as welcoming as the rest of the staff! Order the San Daniele, a fave of our group!
2. WACO HIPPODROME THEATER
If you want a chance to explore downtown Waco, be sure to plan on eating a yummy brunch at the Waco Hippodrome, an historic theater-turned-eatery with so much history and detail! The owners are expanding and creating open-air dining spaces that look out onto the streets of downtown Waco, and you can even dine while catching a show in the theater. So cool! I had the stuffed French toast with ricotta mousse and berries…YUM.
3. WAFFLE LOVE FOOD TRUCK
We attended Spring at the Silos while visiting Magnolia, and they lined the streets with food trucks of all different types…and boy am I glad we snagged a breakfast treat from Waffle Love to start our Magnolia adventure! DELISH. Hubs and I watched their season of “Food Truck Race” on Food Network, and we were excited to taste their fares in person. I got the Nutella Love waffle with bananas and, well, my day was made at breakfast. 😍 If the Waffle Love truck is around while you’re in the area, don’t skip it!
Overall, my first trip to Waco, TX did not disappoint! From great eats and the cutest place to stay to finally visiting The Mothership (Magnolia) and discovering other adorable places to shop like The Findery, I’d say another trip down south needs to get on the books ASAP. My biggest hold up in planning a trip to visit Magnolia Market was….what else is there to do? And, you know what? This trip certainly answered that question, filled up a weekend of fun and…the city left me wishing I’d had even more time to explore, eat and experience. I’d say that’s a good take away, wouldn’t you?
Hopefully this little review of our Instagrammer’s weekend in Waco, TX was helpful to some of you who might be thinking about traveling to visit, and take my word for it…there’s so much to do after you’ve finished with Magnolia! Anyone else been down there and have a rec for us?!