Mom and I had been planning a trip down to Texas for quite some time, and were thrilled to finally make it to Austin and Waco! Mom is an original supporter of Chip & Joanna Gaines, so she was especially thrilled to finally make it to Magnolia Farms. A kid on Christmas morning.
Waco was a welcomed contrast to our time in Austin. Even with the addition of Magnolia Farms to the area, Waco is still sleepy, simple, and sweet. The sky swallowed up 3/4 of the quintessential Texas town. The Silos you see above are original to the area and were salvaged by Chip and Joanna.
We took a trolley over to the Silos which stand tall in the center of downtown. The grounds are composed of a home shopping area, garden center, bakery, and food truck coral. Although we were joined by hundreds of tourists, the experience still felt incredibly genuine (which is significant being 30,000 people visit the Silos per week). The gardens were absolutely gorgeous and brought a nice dose of color to the monochromatic color scheme of Waco.
'Magnolia Flour' is the name of the bakery and was calling our name after a few hours in the hot Texas sunshine. We treated ourselves to a almond pastry and lemon lavender cupcake before hopping back on the trolley. Joanna Gaines gets it, y'all.
It was a short trip to Waco for us, but we loved every moment! My affinity for interior design comes straight from my mom-- it was special to share a day of dreaming with her.
It was about a 1.5 hour trek back to Austin on flat highways with tall billboards. Gas stations down there are the size of grocery stores. There is no exaggeration when they say everything is bigger in Texas! Among it all, Waco is a diamond in the rough, truly a step back in time. I told my mom only in Waco does it feel acceptable to wear a cowboy hat, and would be one of the few places I'd willingly wear one.
Austin, you're up next!