My recent trip to Waco, Texas to visit Magnolia Farms was so fun and a true bucket list adventure!
However, if you have a couple of more days to adventure around the area, here are a few places we found that were almost more fun than Magnolia.
Take the time to visit the Magnolia House B&B.
This house is actually in the town of McGregor, which is about 22 miles from Waco. McGregor has a population around 5000.
My first impression of the B&B was pure joy!
It would fun to stay here in the “winter” because truth be told, there isn’t a whole lot else to do within walking distance of the house.
Not that that is a bad thing. Just being at the Magnolia B&B house with friends or family would be memorable.
Please keep in mind that unless you have reservations, you will not be able to go past the iron gate that encloses the property. (Click here for pictures of the interior.)
And according to the reservation website, all dates are booked for 2017. Keeping my glass half full, that means there is something to look forward to in 2018. 🙂
Since we were already in McGregor, we went to the two antique shops, the Cedar Chest and Cedar Chest too, that Joanna and Chip frequent to find pieces for their homes.
If you want an antique scavenger hunt, walking-down-memory-lane adventure, this is for you.
I don’t know how many times, my parents and I said, “I remember using that!” or “If only I would’ve kept that, we would be rich!”
And after walking around thousands of square feet of goodies, I bought this.
Side story: I actually had an ice cream scoop in my basket when we were at the Magnolia shops. The scoop was $20. I totally justified spending the money on an identical scoop because it made for a great story if people asked me where I got it. And then I realized that it wasn’t that great of a story.
When this scoop found me at Cedar Chest Too, and it was only $2.95, I knew it was meant to be the scoop for the storytelling.
On our way back to Waco, we drove thru Chip and Joanna’s first subdivision. (You can read all about it here.)
According to the article, this is a,
37-home, gated community off Bosque Boulevard called Magnolia Villas. The garden homes will sell for $140,000 to $200,000, which includes the price of the lots.
This subdivision was started in 2011 and as we drove around, none of the homes were for sale and the final two lots were almost completed.
Every single one of the houses was “perfect”.
After driving around and looking at houses, which I could do all day, we stopped by Harp Design Studios.
We spent about fifteen minutes here. I thought this would be a combination of Cedar Crest and Magnolia.
It was not.
Although the items that were available for sale were fun to look at, the studio is located in a residential neighborhood and parking is very limited.
But our day wasn’t over yet.
If you are looking for some local Waco shopping, please make it a point to go to Spice Village. There is a collection of shops with something for everyone.
Our final adventure on the trip was to Homestead Craft Village.
Here is their website to learn more.
I could write another 1000 words about this village right outside Waco.
This is a community based on:
an agrarian- and craft-based intentional Christian community. Its literature stresses simplicity, sustainability, self-sufficiency, cooperation, service and quality craftsmanship. It also strives to live in peaceful coexistence with the land, other people and other faiths.
This is a taste of what simplicity looks like.
We had our own little private impromptu tour with Colleen who worked at Brazos Walking Sticks. A company that made a large assortment of walking canes that is located behind the Simply Fabric Store.
She shared her personal history with Homestead, the history of Homestead and the process of making walking sticks.
She had the best summation of what the village was all about.
“We are a community that lives simply and are self sufficient. It’s not that we don’t use the technology that is available in society, but we are not a slave to it.”
I love that. Something to think about.
There are so many other things to check out in this area. This is only the tip of the iceberg. 🙂
We found this magazine in our hotel room and used it as our guide.
Thanks for letting me share! I hope this inspires you to head south and visit!