Over the last few years the little town of Waco, Texas has held a growing pull for me. Like much of America I’ve fallen in love with the Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and have been dying to visit their Magnolia Market but I also made a dear friend in Stephanie of The Vintage Modern Wife. As soon as Ethan graduated kindergarten (Be still my heart. Stop growing already!) we made the road trip I’ve been talking for months about doing.
Magnolia Market and the Silos is so much more than a farm house décor store. It’s a family destination that very much reflects who the Gaines portray on TV- simple things, family fun, and family values. There’s a little something for everyone
The best part of the trip was the first part of the trip. My heart was so full holding this precious angel. My friend Stephanie is such an inspiring woman sharing her journey of faith and strength along with the cutest little Addie grins on her blog and social media. I visited them when Addie was at Texas Children’s Hospital here in Houston over a year ago and it was so good to see her at home and happy. It was too hot and the Silos too busy to get this little angel out so we left her to nap with dad and were off with Stephanie to see what everyone in Waco (and well, almost everywhere) was buzzing about.
A few important tips about visiting the Silos and Magnolia Market: This is a busy, busy place with limited parking so get there early. They do have a small lot on their property but it fills up and so does the spill over to the street parking. Also, at this time the lot is not paved so be prepared to either get dusty or muddy depending on the weather. I’m sure as there popularity begins to grow they will do a permanent lot but for the moment be prepared to “off road” a bit if you’re lucky enough to get a spot.
I need this sign for the playroom, am I right? These wooden boxes are one of the big reasons Magnolia Market is so family friendly. They are filled with soccer balls, Frisbees, jump ropes, and corn hole games. There is a huge astroturf green space for families to play together right beside the silos and the market. My kids, especially my son do love watching Fixer Upper (especially the silly what they call “Chip Moments”) but honestly could care less about home décor shopping but did love playing on the lawn with Stephanie and I and swinging in the swings (that are also grown up size. Wheee!) They also have a working garden and garden shop where you can buy seeds and gardening tools. We bought some fun herb Mason Jar starter kits that come with everything except the water.
We were even able to eat lunch right at The Silos. They have a small food truck park with everything from this awesome wood fired pizza truck to a crepes truck. There is also plenty of large picnic tables, some of them covered with pergolas. The Gaines have really worked hard to make The Silos a destination where you can spend the day with the family and everyone can have fun, as opposed to being just a place to shop. A concert stage is being finished in front of The Silos and will host local artists. The bakery will be opening soon as well- you know they have cupcakes in every episode and now you can buy them!
I have probably put one of the Gaines children through college with everything I’ve bought from her online store to decorate our new house so I didn’t buy any décor (though the shop is huge and features everything from her love of baskets to the big custom signs. It covers two buildings.) but I did get a cookbook and kids’ activity book to get through the summer. Ethan got a slingshot with Earth colored soft thread balls (Thanks Chip and Jo Jo. Haha!) and Caitlin got a vintage style bunny because we don’t have enough stuffed animals. Sarcasm.
The whole family had a great time at The Silos and it’s definitely a destination that you can spend most of the day at and then putter around some of the cute resale shops in Waco. The Gaines have more big plans for The Silos so we will definitely be visiting again.