Loving Fixer Upper… Is a Trip to Waco Worth It?

10 Sep

I love HGTV. There is nothing more relaxing to me to turning on HGTV and just getting sucked into all the wonderful home décor tv shows. Of course, we don’t actually have cable anymore… so my HGTV addiction is pretty much limited to when we are staying in a hotel or on vacation (I’m already counting down the days to an upcoming work conference…).

One of my favorite shows on HGTV is obviously Fixer Upper. I love Joanna and Chip Gaines. They are so likeable and funny and just plain talented when it comes to totally making over a house. I’ve read The Magnolia Story, and also own both Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering and Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave.

When I take the occasional super rare trip to Target, I find myself walking through the Magnolia area and fondling random dishes and home décor.

As any fan of Fixer Upper knows, they are based on Waco, Texas. After the massive success of their television show, they actually opened the Magnolia Market at the Silos. In addition to the market, there is now Magnolia Seed + Supply, Silos Baking Co., food trucks at the Silos, etc. They’ve become quite the tourist draw.

Which brings me to my question… is it worth it to take a weekend girls trip to Waco?

Between the silos and other little shops around the area, is there enough to keep you busy and entertained? Have any of you gone to their Magnolia restaurant and tried Joanna’s biscuits? Were they to die for?

If you’ve taken a trip to Waco, I’d love to hear all about it. OR, if you’re wanting to take a trip, tell me your thoughts!

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2 Responses to “Loving Fixer Upper… Is a Trip to Waco Worth It?”

  1. Jenna September 10, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

    Yes! My best friend from college lives there, so we visit once a year or so. Waco has a great farmers market, cute restaurants and lovely places to explore. I would avoid weekends with a Baylor football home game, it gets crazy busy. Magnolia is fun. It can get busy, but the crowd management is good.

  2. Lauren September 12, 2019 at 10:55 am #

    I am not an obsessive fan but I like them well enough and I say no! There just isn’t a TON to do or see in Waco. Magnolia is a cute store, but it isn’t all that huge, and you may see the same merchandise in multiple places. Plus, it’s pricey (I think a coffee mug was $16?). There are a lot of food options at the Silos, but you can only eat so much. If you rented a quiet bed and breakfast and just did some relaxing and were okay with only one day of doing stuff in Waco, then it could be great! But to plan a whole trip around it? To me, there isn’t enough to entertain you and justify a flight and expenses!

    (For context, I live in Texas and was in Waco for something else when I visited!)
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