Happy Friday everyone!
I hope you have some fun plans in the books for your weekend. I plan on enjoying a weekend at home (I have traveled so much this year already!) with my little family and am getting excited to finally run the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler on Monday. Send positive thoughts… 🙂
My tiny obsession with Fixer Upper comes as no surprise to regular readers of Bee in DC. I probably started watching the show a little over a year ago and was hooked from the very first episode. Not only do I eagerly anticipate a new episode every week, I love catching up on old and new (to me) re-runs. I also read Joanna’s blog religiously and recently thumbed through the latest edition of the Magnolia Journal.
Well this past weekend I turned a dream trip into reality – my friend Katie and I visited Magnolia in Waco, Texas!
Since I was already in Dallas for Christina’s wedding, I decided to tack on another day and night to my weekend trip and enlisted my friend Katie, a fellow Fixer Upper junkie, to join me!We had a blast.
Magnolia Market is located at the Silos in downtown Waco. On this property is the market itself, a bakery, a huge outdoor lawn space where people can relax and play, an area for food trucks to line up, and a garden.
One thing we learned just in the knick of time was that Magnolia is closed on Sundays. We had originally thought we’d explore the Silos, etc on Sunday, but had to make slight adjustments to our plans. We drove to Waco on Sunday afternoon, settled into our hotel room at Hotel Indigo, enjoyed a leisurely dinner along the Brazos River at Buzzard Billy’s, and watched an episode of Fixer Upper (of course) before hitting the hay. Monday was go time!
Our first order of business was stopping by the newly-opened bakery for coffee and pastries around 9:30am or so. Um, there was already a line winding out the front door.
Luckily we were only in line for 17 minutes and we had these pretty window boxes to look at – and people watch, of course!
In true Texas “go big or go home” fashion all the pastries in the bakery were HUGE. There were muffins, biscuits, cookies, and cupcakes galore.
Of course we also picked out an assortment of cupcakes and cookies to enjoy throughout the day and to bring back home to our loved ones.
Next up, we decided to tackle the actual market on the property. Inside people could find all kinds of treasures featured on episodes of Fixer Upper and much more.
If we thought the bakery line was intense for a Monday morning, we hadn’t seen anything yet! It kind of worked out that we ended up coming here on a Monday and not a Saturday. I don’t even want to think what the crowd situation would have been like then…
The market was actually quite big – there was a front room and a backroom (pictured above). While Katie and I both found things to buy, and definitely spent at least 45 minutes shopping, it wasn’t a leisurely, relaxing shopping adventure by any means. I felt like one of many sardines being pushed along with the current. We actually had to do two big loops around the market and even then I’m not sure we saw everything. All the other patrons were super nice so that definitely helped.
Once we were shopped out and had dropped our purchases off in Katie’s car, we sauntered over to the Garden to sit down and enjoy the sun.
Lots of fresh herbs were growing throughout the garden area.
Pretty soon our stomachs were telling us it was lunch time. We didn’t feel like “food-truck” food so we decided to head to Olive Branch Bakery and Cafe for salads.
But not before we took a drive down to McGregor to see the Magnolia House!
It was the perfect short girls weekend trip!
A few things to know before you head to Magnolia:
MON – SAT
MARKET9 AM – 6 PM
BAKERY7:30 AM – 6 PM
Closed on Sunday
- There is free parking for Magnolia. When you approach the Silos at first you’ll see a couple churches and businesses charging for parking, but if you drive a little further around you’ll see a big parking lot that says “free parking” right behind the silos.