My mom and I have always loved traveling together and like everyone in America we are big Fixer Upper fans! Who doesn't adore Chip and Joanna and an eyeful of shiplap? NO ONE!!! We decided on a little spur of the moment trip to Waco to visit Magnolia Market and see the Silos. We did a bunch of asking around on what tips and tricks we could put to good use on our visit. Our last trip just the two of us, without the kiddos, was 8 years ago. We thought we would leave the babes at home and make it a mother/daughter trip. Capri and Peyton are actually really big fans of the show too and were bummed to miss out! Taking into account that we were making our visit during June, we know the weather was going to be HOT and lines could be long. Although, it would have been great to have them there we decided for our first trip we better be safe than sorry. When asking around, we found out that the best days to visit are Wednesdays and early in the day. We knew that the trip would only take about 3 hours max for us to go through the market and bakery and explore a bit. My mom did some researching on accommodations and we decided to stay at the Lake Austin Resort and Spa. More on that delightful place in a later post! The resort was about 2 hours away from Waco but an easy drive. We decided to go on Wednesday and be there as it opened.
The bakery opened at 9:00 and we rolled in at 10:00. The lines were a piece of cake! ( pun intended) There were maybe 5 people ahead of us. We were offered a menu and ordering card at the door. We weren't really sure what to get so we got a variety of goodies. We decided on a Elderberry soda, Cranberry Orange biscuits, Oatmeal Chocolate chip cookies, Lemon Lavender cupcake and a Classic cupcake which is chocolate cake with vanilla icing. Piglets party of 2! We both have major sweet tooths and are cupcake consesuers. We both decided that the desserts were some of the best sweets we have ever tried! Beyond delish! That Joanna knows how to whip up a treat! Not only was the bakery precious but the staff was lovely and got us in and out.
We mozied over to the market for some shopping. It's huge! The whole place is a renovated grain warehouse. Every piece is handpicked by Joanna. We asked if she ever comes in to visit guests. The lovely staffer said she comes in later in the evenings before closing mostly. She will come for her meetings and then the whole market will be rearranged in the morning. The market is full of pure Joanna goodness. Sweet tablescapes, soft textiles, kitchen goodies and endless floral displays for oversized vases. I recommend keeping a very tight list of what you are wanting to take home because you can easily swept away but all the pretty things. I picked up a beautiful salt and pepper caddy and my mom grabbed the cutest wooden recipe cards. If you do pick up large pieces for your home they have a really convienent shipping station to send your finds home. Chip has a cute little area of items with his "chip-isms" on them, fun shirts and trinkets for the guys in your life. I was also on the hunt for treats for the girls. I really wanted to bring them home these sweet egg collecting aprons I had seen on Magnolia's website. We found them in the adorable Seed shop. The shop in surrounded by the sweetest herb and veggie garden and is full of items to build your own dream garden. They had cute seed packets, gardening tools, fairy garden accessories and watering buckets. We weren't hungry after our sugar fest but peeked through the food trucks. They had a smoothie truck that served smoothies out of hollowed out watermelons and another truck serving sweet tea out of mason jars. Just adorable!. The silos weren't open but we hear that they are being worked on as a "his and her" duo and that Chip sneaks into his when the big Baylor games are on. I'm predicting a home and furniture store in hers. What do you think?
We can't wait to go back and do another tour of the Silos once they are done and take a tour with Waco-Tours. The tours include trip through a handful of the Fixer Upper homes, Harp Design, local shopping tips etc. in a party bus atmosphere! Girls trip, Bachelorette you name it they do it! So fun right?!!