When Ash and I heard that John was headed to a conference in Dallas a couple of weeks ago, we immediately saw our chance to go visit The Silos from Fixer Upper and the shops at Magnolia Market so we grabbed a couple of plane tickets and tagged along. John and I had visited the Silos from Fixer Upper back when they first opened in 2015 on a house hunting trip when we almost moved to Dallas (another story for another time!) but things have changed so much over the last five years I was excited to go back and see how Magnolia Market and Waco had grown since then. Plus, the Bakery at the Silos wasn’t opened back when we visited before and we needed to taste test some of those amazing cupcakes! 😉
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How to Get to Magnolia Market and The Silos from Fixer Upper
Waco is about a 90 minute drive from both the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to the north and Austin in the south. It’s an easy drive on I-35 to get to Waco. You’ll need to rent a car to get there, or you can check into tour buses that leave from both Dallas and Austin for a day-trip to explore Waco.
Where to Stay Near The Silos in Waco, TX
Wow, Waco changed since I was there 5 years ago! It has grown up so much right around the Silos area and downtown and there are quite a few nice, new hotels to stay in if you want to spend more than an afternoon in Waco. Waco is not only home to The Silos from Fixer Upper and Magnolia Market, but also to Baylor University, so I’m guessing that on big game days, around graduation time and at the beginning of the school year hotel rooms might be hard to come by in Waco. Here are the places I would recommend staying in Waco, these are nice new hotels:
Of course if you plan way ahead you might be lucky enough to stay at one of the Magnolia properties designed by Chip and JoJo themselves. You can find more information about them here.
If you decide to drive in from Dallas, you can find my favorite places to stay in Dallas here.
What to See at the Silos Fixer Upper
People have asked me what there is to see at the Silos in Waco and how much time you need to spend there. In my opinion, the Silos is a fun place to spend a few hours, and some of that time will be waiting in Disneyland style lines. I would consider the Silos to really be more of an event space.
It’s SUPER cute, so you know I can wander and take pictures forever, but as far as things to do are considered, you can really see most everything and eat in about an hour and a half to two hours. It’s a great gathering spot to grab a bite and sit and enjoy your surroundings.
There is a bakery, a darling little coffee shop, two large stores selling Magnolia Market goods and 8 or so small shops that cater to specific interests…stationary, gardening, jewelry, women’s clothing, men’s clothing and bath products.
Many of the products in each of these shops carry duplicates of things you can find in the two larger Magnolia stores, as well as a few additional items.
Along with the shops and bakery there is a little ball field, a church and some cute food trucks and lots of picnic style seating all over the grounds where you can sit and enjoy your afternoon.
There are several events hosted at The Silos in Waco throughout the year. Spring at the Silos is a big shopping event with vendors from all over, they have a marathon, live music, and a monthly Farmer’s Market. We were lucky enough to be there on a day when Chip and Joanna were there filming a Baking Championship show for their new Magnolia Network.
Ash was thrilled to say the least! The set was right on the grass in the middle of the grounds and anyone could watch.
It was such a fun surprise and the Gaines could not have been more gracious stopping to talk and take pictures with those who stayed to watch.
You never know what kind of fun you’ll find at the Silos!
Where to Eat at The Silos at Magnolia Market
Definitely don’t miss the Silos Baking Co., but if you’re in the mood for something savory or a yummy drink the food trucks on site are delicious. I had some of the best lemonade I’ve ever had at The Cheddar Box. They also sell amazing grilled cheese sandwiches. Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, bbq, sandwiches or hot dogs, you’ll find something for everyone you’re with…along with some delicious drinks served in the cutest mason jars or watermelons. It’s all just cute, cute, cute and yum.
We waited in a line that was about 20 minutes long to get into the Silos Baking Co. and it was worth every minute of the wait!
The cupcakes are divine. If you want to try something besides a cupcake, I highly recommend a cinnamon roll (ask them to warm it up for you) and the bacon cheddar biscuit. The biscuit may have been our favorite thing!
Shopping at The Silos at Magnolia Market
The Magnolia Market can get very busy. We were fortunate and visited on a day when things were fairly quiet, but they definitely have the ability to create a very long zig-zag line out front on days when it’s very busy and then there could be a long wait to get in on busy days.
The store is full of all kinds of cute displays…
I love wandering through for inspiration! It’s fun to see the different displays at different times of the year. When we were here at the holidays last time it was so Christmasy…now it was fun to see it all dressed up for spring.
My favorite things to buy are the ornaments and sweatshirts and things I can’t find other places.Ash and I got matching sweatshirts. They are so cute! If you don’t have much room in your suitcase to bring home goodies, you can always pick up some fun Magnolia products at Target when you get home. I just love their stuff! Here are some of my current favorites:
If you are considering a trip to Waco and The Silos from Fixer Upper to visit all things Magnolia, I highly recommend it! It’s a wonderful way to spend the day. Be sure to check out my 6 tips for visiting Magnolia Market before you go too.
If you are there long enough, take some time to drive around Waco and see what’s there beyond The Silos. I had a kind reader and Waco local Leslie, share some of her favorite things to see and do in her city:
“Cameron Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the nation (second only to Central Park) and should not be missed. Waco is the home of Dr Pepper and Baylor University, the Waco Mammoth National Monument and Armstrong Browning Library. And the food… breakfast at Lolita’s or Cafe Cappuccino, lunch at Schmaltz’s or Jake’s Texas Tea House, dinner at Ninfa’s or Vitek’s… ice cream at PokeyO’s or Heritage Creamery.”
I hope you find these tips for a fun weekend trip to Waco and The Silos from Fixer Upper helpful. We had such a great time I can’t wait to go back!
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