I’m going to get all millennial for a moment and sum up my thoughts on the Fixer Upper dream team in one simple hashtag: #LifeGoals. I’ve been all googly-eyed over Chip and Joanna Gaines since my grandma got me hooked on the show a couple of years ago. When Kevin and I booked our trip to Austin a couple of months ago, I knew there was no way I could miss the opportunity to visit the awe-inspiring Silos in Waco, TX.
I wanted to squeeze in as much as possible, but we were on a major time crunch. Although I would have enjoyed a little extra time to soak it all in, I think we did a great job of seeing and experiencing almost everything this darling place has to offer. Here’s some suggestions on how to make the most of your time at the Silos!
Wander Around Magnolia Market
This is where it all began, so of course you have to take some time to peruse the home goods warehouse. It’s evident that each item was thoughtfully placed in it’s home as the entire market is so scrupulously laid out. Make sure to check out the fresh flower market against the wall by the registers! If you end up purchasing something too large to take with you, there is a FedEx counter set up in the downstairs corner to help you ship your items home.
Soak Up Some Rays on the Lawn
One thing I really enjoyed about the Silos was how family-friendly everything is. You’re bound to keep the kids (and husbands) busy between the lawn games, footballs, wooden swings and music blaring from the speakers above.
Suggestion: Send them outside while you seamlessly browse the Magnolia Market!
Eat, Caffeinate and Treat Yoself!
Food trucks are basically everywhere these days. Some are okay, some are above average and every once in awhile you find one that is down right delectable. Well, to put it simply, I’m still day-dreaming of the sausage biscuit I had from the Milo Biscuit Company food truck. This farm to table joint boasts locally sourced meat and homemade biscuits. Does it get more Texas than that? If this doesn’t strike your fancy, there are also food trucks that specialize in hot dogs, grilled cheese, pizza, crepes and BBQ. After you devour your lunch, head over to the Common Grounds truck for a refreshing brew (coffee brew, that is).
Last but not least, treat yourself to what Magnolia Market is partly famous for: Cupcakes. Unfortunately, we missed out of this part because the line was wrapped around the corner and we had to get going. While I can’t attest to this experience, the fact that the line was wrapped around the corner is proof in itself that these cupcakes are the real deal.
Suggestion: If you aren’t up for the wait or don’t have the time, check out the Silos Baking Co. food truck, which is located outside with the other trucks. They offer some of the same items as the actual bakery.
Stroll Through the Garden
If you love botanicals, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love fresh flowers, definitely wander around the garden area. I found it to be relaxing and peaceful despite the crowds. This area of the Silos also offers plenty of photo opportunities!
- Parking. As you approach the Silos in downtown Waco, you’ll see paid parking lots all over the place. I recommend driving around a bit as there is ample free, street parking in the area.
- Most of the items in Magnolia are available online. If you don’t want the hassle of carrying around items or paying to ship them, just hop on to their website here.
- Apart from the indoor areas, the grounds are very dog friendly. We brought our pup and found a spot at a picnic table to relax for a bit. If you’re traveling with a dog, don’t hesitate to bring him/her along for the fun!
Our sixty minutes at the Silos was nothing short of amazing and it certainly exceeded all of my expectations. The show, Fixer Upper, has captured the hearts of so many, and for good reason. Chip and Joanna are creative geniuses, to say the very least. They took what was once an abandoned cotton mill and transformed it into something that breathes life into their community and attracts people from around the globe.
When I mentioned to someone that I was stopping in Waco a few weeks ago, they responded with, “Did you know that place was a rundown drug town before that show made it so popular?” Maybe this person was right, I’ll never know. What I do know is how inspired I felt after seeing how two normal, every day people took a risk and turned something so lifeless into something so incredibly magnificent.
If you find yourself in Waco, or just in Texas for that matter, I highly recommend making a pitstop at the Silos. Even if you only have sixty minutes, I promise you won’t regret it!