Waco was just the boost I needed to get re-inspired and energized about all things organization, design, and vintage. I’m still a little sad our trip is over. I’ve had so many wonderful conversations with so many of you about the trip and I hope you enjoyed it vicariously (through my first blog post about getting there, Waco or BUST, and my second blog post touring The Hillcrest Estate where we stayed) and maybe encouraged you to schedule a trip of your own. In today’s final post about the trip I’ll share a peek at what we saw on our last day in town. Let me just say all roads lead to Magnolia.
Dining at Magnolia Table was high on my to-do list while in Waco. I had heard there was consistently a line to get in and some guests would wait over 3 hours for a table. My game plan was to get up really early on our second day to get in line for breakfast but that all changed when I found out we got a reservation for a table as a thank you gift for staying at The Hillcrest Estate. Talk about a perk! Our reservation was at 10am and when we arrived we walked right past the crowd and sat down, amazing!
The restaurant was even more beautiful in real life. It was light and bright, with fun tile accents, lots of black metal work, and a menu that made it hard to choose what to eat.
Beautiful simple accents like this metal sign (most likely made by Jimmy Don) were around every corner. It was so visually appealing, I took as many photos as I could but I was distracted with the entire ambiance Chip and Jo created to remember to pull my camera out.
Our table was right next to the coffee and juice bar with the original Elite logo stenciled on the wall. It was the perfect spot!
Here we are!
This menu made it tough to decide what to order! I opted for the classic breakfast because I wanted to try one of Jo’s homemade biscuits with her strawberry butter. The girls got the Avocado toast and loved it.
We started with the lemon lavender donut holes, yum! Our waitress recommended them and I’m so glad she did!
We also shared a juice flight. Chip would not have been happy with us, ha! He isn’t a juice fan if you’ve seen the show.
The food arrived and I dove in and forgot to take photos. I’m sorry but it looked WAY too good to wait for and it was. My biscuit, total perfection!
After breakfast we wandered into the to-go area to check out the design (the elvis room) and shop a bit. Everything is black and white, simple but perfect!
There is literally a coffee mug around every corner in Waco!
Outside there is a cute waiting area with a coffee bar. I was too busy taking it all in to take photos of the building but you can see it when you visit!
After breakfast we headed to the Silos to soak up the sun and shop.
Another perk of our stay at The Hillcrest Estate was a coupon for 25% off purchases made at Magnolia Market. So exciting! I ran into the shop like an estate sale shopper running into a Kuzak’s Closet estate sale!
I know I mentioned the design accents being around every corner but they truly are. This is at the entrance of Magnolia Market, gorgeous! My guess is that this display and most all displays inside the market change seasonally and sometimes weekly.
There are two sections to the market, a smaller area in the front with home goods and accessories and then a large open air section with t-shirts and large home decor pieces. The open air section looked a bit like mayhem when we walked in but it was actually a slow day because it was a Tuesday and it was over 100 degrees out. Can you imagine what this place must be like on a weekend! Wowza!
Of course Chip had his own section! I’d love to know how many Demo Day hats and t-shirts they sell on a weekly basis!
I love these cake stands! The beading is so simple, fun inspiration for a future DIY project!
Cute, cute, cute!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, coffee cup around every corner! The trick must work because I brought home 2!
After we shopped we sat and sipped on some iced tea from one of the food trucks inside the silos. We got a coupon for buy one get one free with our Waco Tour and it hit the spot! You get to keep the cute mason jar with your purchase, very clever marketing!
After we cooled off a bit we headed over to Magnolia Seed + Supply, a cute little greenhouse with planters and seeds for purchase. It’s right inside the Silos.
I need this little shed in my backyard!
The gardens were at the tail end of the season. I can only imagine what it must look like in the spring and fall! Gorgeous!
After walking through the gardens and the Seed + Supply we worked up an appetite for a treat from the Silos Baking Co.. Chip, Jo, and the entire Magnolia team put in a ton of thought when it came to organizing and streamlining the process for guests to enter, shop, and pay. The line for the bakery was only 15 minutes long when we stopped in, much in part to the system at the door. While you are waiting in line under a tent at the entrance, you are given a card with the menu to place your order once you are inside. You fill in the quantity and your name and after you give it to the cashier, you pay and then your order is packed.
I’m assuming they created this system because the view of the cupcakes and cookies is mesmerizing! If I didn’t have an order card my visit inside the bakery would’ve gone from 10 minutes to 2 hours, ha!
Yum, I had one of these for breakfast at The Hillcrest Estate! Perfect with hot black coffee in the morning!
There is seating on the patio outside to enjoy your goodies! We shared a lemon lavender cupcake and a strawberry cupcake. Delish!
Another fun experience!
After leaving the bakery we shopped some more! If I had a larger house I would’ve been in trouble! I mostly stocked up on small home goods and coffee mugs, ha! I bought a nice leather sign that I’ll hang in my office at home, an outdoor metal wall planter, a small vase, a wooden bowl, the list goes on.
The Silos and all things Magnolia were fantastic to visit! I wish I lived closer and could go back for their holiday celebrations, thank God for Instagram I guess!
After our day eating and shopping it came time to say goodbye the The Hillcrest Estate! If you haven’t read my previous blog post you have to check it out. Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to stay there!
I wish you could see what it took to take this group shot! Bloggers out there would appreciate that I brought out a kitchen stool, stacked up cook books from the kitchen and leveled my camera on top with a dish towel. It always amazes me that I can run fast enough for a 10 second timer, you know what I mean!
On our way to the airport we headed out of Waco to McGregor to see if we could find the Magnolia House, the bed and breakfast from the show. The town of McGregor is tiny so I figured it would be easy to spot but it wasn’t. Lucky for us a nice man was outside painting his house, when we pulled up and rolled down the window to ask if he knew where the Fixer Upper bed and breakfast was he said in the slowest southern drawl “you mean The Gaines house from Magnolia?” Yep! “Take a right, then a left, and keep going left over the tracks. You’ll eventually see it.” He was right, about a 1/2 mile away this beauty appeared on our right. It is so darn cute in person!
Just as we hopped out to take photos the cleaning crew parked and walked in. We didn’t want them to think we were crazy Fixer Upper fanatics so we just drove around the block a few times. Not noticeable at all, ha!
After McGregor we headed to Crawford, a really small town about 10 minutes away. Both of these towns are featured on Fixer Upper so they might sound familiar. Crawford might sound extra familiar because it is where George W. Bush lives! If you know me you know I have a fascination with W so we drove around town to see if we could spot him. My sister actually found this address online so we hit the back roads. There is not much on the back roads of Texas, let me tell you. If there wasn’t cactus and an armadillo roadkill spotting I would’ve thought we were in Cass City Michigan for a minute.
This is W’s neighbor’s ranch. If you look at the gate you will read the sign “No Warnin, Shot!” I love it! Just about a mile past here was W’s ranch, we made it to the gate but the security closed it when we approached. I was going to get out to take a picture in front of it but I didn’t want the Secret Service to confiscate my camera and my photos of Waco so we turned around, had a good laugh, and headed to the airport. For a minute…or 15, I secretly thought we would roll up to see George W. on a riding lawn mower. I figured he would offer us lunch and a tour of his art studio but it didn’t happen. A girl can dream!
We got off the back roads and made it back to the highway, pulling into the airport just in time to catch our flights home. I’m even more impressed with Chip and Joanna Gaines after this adventure and I’m excited to see what they do next! Whatever it is, I’m hoping it will lead me back to Waco again!