Visitor’s Guide to Magnolia Market – Waco, TX

Last weekend my littler sister and I headed down to Dallas to visit one of our cousins. We had a total blast exploring the big D, catching up on some quality “girl time” together, and enjoying some much-needed warm weather + sunshine (hello first sunburn of the season).

Overall, our quick trip to Dallas was a huge success. Hands down one of my favorite parts of the entire weekend, outside of spending time with two of my favorite ladies, was when we took a mini road trip to Waco, Texas to visit the Magnolia Market at the Silos (you know, the store created and recently opened by Chip & Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixxer Upper).

magnolia_market_travelAs I found out after posting a picture on our Instagram, we have lots of fellow Fixer-Upper Fans following along. I mean let’s face it, who doesn’t love the positive, humorous, and insanely talented Chip and Joanna?! Their positivity is contagious on the show, their style is simply amazing, and quite honestly… those are the exact two things that stuck with me after visiting the Magnolia Market grounds. I walked away feeling like the entire experience oozed with positivity and creativity.  silos_at_magnolia_market_waco

Waco, TX was about a 90 minute drive from downtown Dallas and the Magnolia Market is located just a few blocks off the highway. When we pulled up, instantly we saw the silos and lots of cars. We quickly found a parking spot and walked about a block to the “grounds” of the market. Because we visited on a Saturday morning when the weather was absolutely gorgeous, the market was pretty crowded… to be expected, right?

magnolia_market_waco_texasThere was a line to get into the actual market but it moved very quickly (like maybe 15 minutes of waiting outside). While waiting in line, we were each given a sheet of paper that gave the history of the property, information about Chip & Joanna, and just some fun facts about the area. On the flip side of the adorably branded “fun fact” sheet, there was a map of Waco with some of the large places highlighted (Baylor University, Baylor’s football stadium, the Silos, a few restaurants, etc.) Skimming through the fun facts definitely helped pass the time in line very quickly.

inside_magnolia_marketThen we entered the actual Magnolia Market. Because the shop was extremely crowded that day, I didn’t get many photos but you can take my word for it when I say it was even more adorable than expected. bloom_magnolia_market_flowerIt was less of a Magnolia Souvenir shop and more of a home decor shop with tons of decor items that you see on Fixer-Upper. They had teapots, tons of florals, wreaths, huge vintage signs, crates, oversized clocks, jewelry, Joanna’s favorites, Chip’s favorites, and of course a few Magnolia gift shop items (hats, tees, and mugs).

shop_magnolia_marketIn the very back of the shop, you enter into a huge barn that is draped in string lights and filled with even more merchandise (… plus some fresh gourmet popcorn which made the entire space smell heavenly). How amazing does this barn look with the sun streaming down into the store?! Stunning.

IMG_1913magnolia_market_garden_shopAfter we explored the market, we went outside to explore the “grounds” of the silos. Oh my goodness…. wow! Two huge silos hovering over a large open area of turf + gravel, picnic tables, a line of super creative food trucks, and a mini garden center! The garden center itself wasn’t open just yet, but the grounds around the garden center were already looking gorgeous!

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Outside on the property there were lots of families laying on the grass, some enjoying lunch from the food trucks, while others were playing with some of the games that were scattered throughout the lawn (oversized checkers, bean bags, hula-hoops, jump ropes, footballs, wiffle balls/bats, frisbees).

Others were at the picnic tables snacking, relaxing, and just soaking up some sun… the whole space (including the bathrooms, TMI?) was extremely family-friendly and very well thought-out in terms of making the entire family feel welcome and happy. =)

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After exploring the garden and walking around the gorgeous grounds, we each grabbed lunch from a different food truck and met back on the grass to eat (and share!). The food was delicious and it was so fun to just sit back & enjoy the positive, sunny atmosphere.magnolia_silos_waco_texasmagnolia_market_silos_travelsomething_sweet_magnolia_market

magnolia_market_signIf it isn’t obvious already, I would highly recommend stopping at the Magnolia Market at the Silos if you’re anywhere near the Waco area! And if you’re not completely sold just yet, Joanna is opening a “Something Sweet” bakery on the property soon too (it was under construction while we were there). The positive + creative vibes were so inspiring and made for such a FUN afternoon! IMG_1952And if you do stop by, you can find this photo-op wall outside behind the Magnolia Market. Oh and speaking of photo-op walls, check out this GEM we found just a few blocks from the Market in downtown Waco…diyI mean, how can you not leave Waco in a good mood?! Bridget Signature

P.S. Has anyone else visited the Magnolia Market at the Silos?! I would love to hear what you thought or if you have any “tips” to share with the rest of us. 

P.PS. We looked into checking out (driving by) the Magnolia House (bed & breakfast) but our GPS said that getting there would take us about a half hour further away from Dallas, so we passed and headed back without checking it out. magnolia_market_silos_waco_texas

 

 

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  • Delighted Dwelling

    We visited Magnolia Market last month! We went on a Thursday afternoon around 3pm and had a completely different experience – we basically had the place to ourselves which was amazing!!

  • shawnna griffin

    oh Bridget! I am so jealous (ha,ha) I just love Chip and Joanna! They are so cool! And my mother in law loves them to! Us ladies at church may be visiting later this year! I’m glad y’all had a lot of fun!

    • They’re the best, aren’t they?! Have fun… what a great place to take a girls’ trip!

  • Austin Schneider

    As a local (went to Baylor and been here for 10 years now), I can tell you that no matter when you go, it’s always packed! It’s crazy how many people flock to Waco now just to go there – fantastic for the local economy, slightly less fun for people who live here and just want to shop (and park) downtown ha ha. But I’m so glad that y’all visited and that you had a positive experience! It’s definitely one of the most aesthetically pleasing places in downtown.

  • Claudia

    My brother and his family are moving to Austin TX in the next couple months. They are about 90 minutes from Waco. We have a visit To Magnolia on our list of things to do when we visit. Cannot wait!!! Thanks for the detailed guide.

    • Yay!!! So excited for you Claudia, can’t wait to hear what you think!! Enjoy =)

  • I have never been so jealous in all my life. Joanna Gaines is my spirit animal. #ShiplapSisters

    Did you know that there’s an online store too? I mean… it’s totally not the same as getting to go to the Silos, but it takes the edge off a bit. Ha!

    • Haha thank goodness for the online shop! And who isn’t obsessed with the gorgeous look of SHIPLAP?! #hearteyesonrepeat

  • Lisa Turner

    I’m having a girls weekend in Dallas with 6 of my best friends flying in from Idaho. We plan on going to Waco and the silos, but what would you recommend in Dallas???

    • How fun, Lisa! I’m definitely not an Dallas expert since this was only my first time there and I was only there fore a weekend, BUT we did have a ton of fun. Here a few things we enjoyed while we were there (but I’m sure anything you do will be so much fun):
      – The Rustic was a great spot to eat & drink and enjoy live music outside.
      – The Joule is a GORGEOUS hotel that we grabbed coffee and a donut at — stunning + delicious lattes!
      – There’s lots of shopping if the group is into that
      – If you’re into fancy drinks, the Remedy was adorable (vintage soda shop feel meets bar). We went there for a drink and lunch, it was delicious and the area around it was super cute too!
      – AT&T Stadium Tour? I don’t know if the group would be interested, but my sister and I went and REALLY enjoyed the hour and a half tour of this massive stadium.

      All of the restaurants are so adorable, so I’m sure whatever you guys decide will be awesome! Have fun!! =) And can’t wait to hear what you think of the Magnolia Market.

  • I love Fixer Upper and I’ve been dying to take a trip to Dallas! It’s great to know that Waco is just a day-trip away and it sounds well worth the visit! Did you purchase anything?

    • I did not! Partly because the line was so long and partly because all I brought was a carry-on bag and didn’t have much room to spare. =) Have fun when you go, can’t wait to hear what you think.