When my husband and I originially moved to Texas, we knew close to nothing about the state itself. I remember a week before moving, I binge-watched Fixer Upper to get an idea what “Texas living” was all about. To my surprise, I became OBSESSED with the show. Chip and Joanna Gaines were the picture perfect couple in my eyes, happy, witty and designing beautiful homes. From that point on, I had longed to visit the small, but cute town of Waco, Texas. It only took a few months of us living in Dallas to make the two hour drive down to Waco, and we were not disappointed one bit. Since living in Dallas for a little over two years now, we’ve visited Magnolia a handful of times. We even started our very own Christmas tradition there. Each year on our dating anniversary (yes, even after being married we celebrate our dating anniversary! haha) we head to Magnolia and pick out a Christmas tree ornament, and it’s become a day to look forward to every December. For those of you longing to make the trek to visit the Silos, keep reading to hear the 4 things you must do when visiting Magnolia Market Place!
There’s no doubt about it, Magnolia is highly photogenic. There are just about a dozen cute, small places to take photos with your family. To my surprise, this photo wouldn’t have been taken, if it weren’t for the kindest elderly woman just passing by insisted she take a photo for us (I chalk it up the fact she was obsessed with our dog haha) Everyone is more than willing to assist you, in any way they can, which is super sweet. When you’re visiting, be sure to take a photo with the “Miles to Magnolia” sign, and upload it to Instagram, to show the Magnolia team how far you came to visit.
One of the coolest things you can do while visiting the Silos, is to simply just hang out on the lawn and people watch. We loved the fact Magnolia wasn’t just a “market” where you shop, it is also a place to come to gather and make memories. When visiting, you can expect to see giant bean bag chairs on the lawn, where everyone is invited to sit and hang out. There are dozens of things you can do while hanging out on the lawn, like play cornhole, football, tag, any type of game you can think of. They have balls in a cage where everyone has access making it that much easier to entertain your little ones when visiting. There are also large porch style swings on the grounds that are spacious where you can sit back and relax in. The lawn is one of the areas that dogs are not welcome, so be sure to check the website before visiting with any questions.
Pictured above, you can actually bring your pup! We called before hand to see if Magnolia Market was a dog friendly area, since having gone a few times before without Odin, we wanted to bring him. Luckily, as long as your dog is on a leash he/she is welcome in all areas except the restaurant/bakery as well as on the “lawn” which is a big area of grass located in the center of the grounds. There is SO much to explore in the marketplace! You can visit the garden shop, which is loaded with awesome gardening goodies. Or you could enter the big market area, which is packed full of home goods, and various Magnolia décor. There is something for everyone inside the Market Place, even for pups! The customer service in the market is outstanding, and everyone is more than willing to assist you with whatever your questions or needs are. When exiting, be sure to sign the guest book located just outside, with your names and where you’re coming from, to leave your mark on Magnolia.
There are so many incredible options for dining when it comes to visiting Magnolia. When visiting you must eat at Silos Baking Co and grab yourself a cupcake, they are to die for. There are so many different flavors for cupcakes, it’s hard to go wrong when choosing. If you’re looking for something a bit more filling than cupcakes, try lunch at one of the various food trucks parked in the yard that day. There are typically at least 5-6 food trucks in the yard, with ample food choices. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could dine at the newly opened Magnolia Table, located just two miles away from the Silos. When eating at Magnolia, you can sit on one of the various benches, swings, or picnic tables around. There are also plenty of areas where you can grab water for free, as well as bathrooms with changing tables for your little ones.
Have you seen Fixer Upper? Are you dreaming of visiting Magnolia? Share with me in the comments below!