Is visiting Magnolia Farms on your bucket list, a potential dream come true or something you would do if you just happened to be in Waco?
Magnolia Farms was on my bucket list.
And last week I checked it off the list.
My Mom and Dad winter in southern Texas. When I visited them last January, we made plans to meet in Waco as they were making their way back home to Wisconsin.
So on Monday evening I flew from the Minneapolis airport on a direct flight to Dallas. After a quick and easy two hour flight, I rented a car and drove an hour and a half down to Waco. The drive was almost a straight shot down I-35. Well marked highways, plus having Siri on my side made for an easy drive.
My Mom was a little bit nervous for me to drive by myself.
Once a Mother, forever a Mother. 🙂
Safely arriving at the hotel, we caught up with each other and then grabbed a good night sleep.
This was my parents fourth trip to Magnolia. They wanted to arrive when the shops opened at 9am, but I am not very good at being productive in the morning.
We arrived at about 10:30. We parked about three blocks away along the street. We had heard a lot of rumors about how terrible parking was, but we did not have a problem.
I found the area to be interesting. It must be from the TV images of the Gaines’ house and other sights, but I thought that Magnolia would cover a more spacious area.
It does not.
We all know that the silos they bought used to be an operating business. Truth be told Chip and Joanna Gaines must be incredible visionaries because I would not have seen the same potential in this area as they did.
I guess that’s why I am here telling you about their place and they own it. Lol
The first thing we did was enter the main Magnolia Shop.
Everything is wonderful.
On a Tuesday morning, there was plenty of room to casually walk around and take your time looking at the items that are so brilliantly staged for sale.
We did chat with some people that said they had been there over the weekend and it was impossible to get around. Tuesday compared to a Saturday at the Silos would be two different experiences.
From the shops, we walked over to the new bakery.
They have a great system set up to move as many people in and out of a small area, very quickly.
My Mom picked out a carrot cake cupcake with yummy frosting, my Dad had two cinnamon rolls and I enjoyed a sugar cookie.
I think we paid around $25 for all four items. A little pricey, but delicious.
After the bakery we walked along the silos where they have a great photo-op set up.
We ventured into the cutest garden area that included a quaint garden shop. In addition to our purchases from the Magnolia shop, I bought a tea towel that has a picture of basil on it and my Mom bought a little tin basket and an airplant to put in it.
Outside of the garden shop, framed out by the Magnolia shop, silos and food trucks is an area for kids to run and play. There were wood blocks, all types of balls and varieties of other games. They had huge black and white striped bean bags along the edge of the astroturfed area for parents to relax.
Every single person that we talked to that worked there was nice and genuinely happy to be there.
These two guys were so excited when I asked them if I could take their picture. I told them that I was going to put their picture on my blog. They knew that this was the beginning of them being “famous”!
We spent about two hours at Magnolia.. But I think that if you plan on going on a weekend, you will probably spend twice that amount of time.
Either way, it was fun and well worth the trip.
P.S. I’ll share some other things we did while in Waco later this week. Our trip only got better from here. 🙂