This past December, Donnie and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. First of all, how am I old enough to have been married for 10 years?! (In my defense, I was 22 when we got married. 🙂 ) And second, wow, how time flies!
When you get married two days before Christmas, it doesn’t take many years to realize that it will be hard to find time to celebrate your anniversary. With all of the craziness of that time of year, it’s hard to find a night to go out to dinner, let alone get away for a few days. (And if the Steelers are playing, forget it. One year our anniversary date was getting Chinese takeout and watching the game on the couch after the boys went to bed, lol!)
Since this was a milestone year though, we wanted to make sure we did something, even if it was just a quick trip (and even if it was a few months belated). It was Donnie who originally had the idea to visit Austin and Waco, Texas, and I was on board immediately! We lined up both sets of grandparents to switch off with watching the Cs, and we headed south!
I didn’t used to be a nervous flyer, but ever since I’ve had kids, I get more and more anxiety about traveling separately from them. Fortunately, our flights went as smoothly as possible, and we arrived in Austin without a hitch.
These guitars greeted us at baggage claim at the Austin Airport. Apparently they’re very committed to “Keep Austin weird.” That slogan was everywhere! 🙂
We had some fantastic barbecue from the little Salt Lick stand in the airport and headed out to find our hotel. We stayed at the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, which was beautiful, and our room had an awesome view.
We arrived in Austin on Thursday afternoon, and on Friday we made the 2-ish hour trek to Waco! I think Donnie found the longest, most scenic route to get there, but it was fun to get to see some of Texas along the way!
When we arrived in Waco, I was a little nervous about parking. Magnolia doesn’t have a dedicated parking lot, but we were able to find on-street parking close by, and even if we had ended up parking further away, there is a cute (and free!) trolley that drives all around Waco to pick people up and bring them to the Magnolia area.
We arrived around 10:30 in the morning, and the line for the bakery was already wrapped around the side of the building and down the sidewalk!
We decided to head into the main market first, and I immediately wanted to take home one of everything. 🙂
Just like on the show Joanna’s eye is flawless, and every item in the store was not only beautiful by itself, but also beautifully staged to sell. I found a few items that were too big to fit in my suitcase, but they have a FedEx ship station right in the market, so we were able to send them home with no problem!
The market was absolutely packed. We were there on a Friday, and apparently Thursday through Saturday are the busiest days, so if you’re planning a trip, the beginning of the week might be a little less crazy. Even with the amount of visitors, there were tons of employees working and I was so impressed by how efficiently everything was run.
After we visited the market and stowed our smaller purchases in the car, we braved the bakery line to snag one of Jo’s famous cupcakes!
The bakery was adorable, of course, and it was fun to get to see one of their projects from the show in real life!
After we paid for our goodies, we headed outside to the little seating area beside the silos to eat them.
I almost didn’t want to because they were so cutely wrapped, but we dug in anyway! I had a chocolate peanut butter cupcake, and Donnie went for the “Cup of Jo” (coffee flavored)– delicious!
We headed over to the other side of the silos to visit the little Magnolia Seed + Supply store and gardens. There were people busy working away in the gardens and little greenhouse!
We headed back out to the square area where we saw the food trucks, this cute little green truck, and of course…
…we had to be all touristy and get our photo taken in front of the silos!
Donnie put together some little video snippets of our time at Magnolia as well, and you can catch them in the quick video below!
In addition to visiting the “Silo District,” we also drove around Waco, which is a cool town. It has plenty of “stuff,” but it is still small enough to have a hometown feel. We stopped by Spice Village, which is another little shopping area with some fun home decor pieces (apparently Joanna used to sell some homemade signs there back in the day?), and we also drove down 3rd street, which is where Chip and Jo flipped a bunch of houses in their pre- Fixer Upper days.
It was a super quick getaway, but it was SO fun to be able to experience Waco and Magnolia in “real life”– I would love to go back again for another trip when we have time to stay longer and explore even more of the area!
Have you ever visited Waco? What was your favorite part? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!