We went on a wedding/vacation trip to Austin, Texas recently. There were eight of us (four couples) and we shared a beautiful home and looked forward to some sightseeing. Guess what was on our must-visit list? Waco, Texas. Why? Chip and Joanna Gaines and the silos!
Waco is about 90 minutes from Austin. We piled in two cars and proceeded on our road trip. The scenery along the way was very enjoyable, especially all of the barbecue joints we counted and added to our list of great food places to go back to.
Waco on the Horizon
We drove through Waco’s quaint small downtown area and saw old and unique buildings, some empty, some not. As we turned the corner we found the Magnolia Market at the Silos. This home decor mecca sprawls across two and a half acres. We parked and began the short walk to the entrance. Honestly, we were so excited, I had the same feeling I had when I went to Disneyland as a child. We soon realized we were not alone. Eager women and some men were entering the place in droves.
Three things to remember for Magnolia Market:
- Some of the best things are not for sale. Magnolia Market offered mostly new things designed to look old. I will say, some of my favorite things were old and not for sale. I prefer the real deal but appreciate the difficulty of supplying antiques to such a huge market. Joanna has an easy, impeccable style in her merchandise that is captivating.
- Make a beeline for the backyard. You’ll frolic on a large green lawn with croquet and other simple outdoor activities. Adjacent to the lawn area was what I call the garden sanctuary. There was a garden shed, of course, and many beautiful plants lined up to form a quadrant area. Nestled in the plants and rock were beautiful tiny fairy gardens. The beauty of nature was abundant.
- You will want at least two hours to fully enjoy. It was packed and yet so big. Every corner has a story and I wanted to read every story. It’s a feast for the eyes and also the mind. The patina on those 1950s-era silos was something I could look at for a long time. But by then my nose and stomach were heeding the call of the food trucks lining the back of the grassy area. My favorite was the crepe wagon. (The bakery was not yet built when we visited–if you go make me jealous and describe it in comments below.)
It’s in my nature to see opportunity wherever I go. Waco was no exception. I looked at real estate in the area and seriously almost bought a place walking distance from the silos. Sometimes I have to laugh at myself and wonder how some things come to fruition and some do not. This one got away but there’s always something better just around the corner.