Hello loves and happy Wednesday! Today on the blog, I am recapping part one of the girls weekend in Waco, TX where we thoroughly enjoyed some much needed girl time. Trust me when I say, there is WAY more to do in Waco, TX than just the Magnolia Silo’s. Today, I wanted to share that with you by sharing some of the top highlights from the trip! Trust me, its a long one, but full of pro tips, coupons, and must see’s in Waco!
This trip had to get broken up into two posts because we crammed so much into the weekend! To stay updated on when part two will come out, be sure to subscribe to the blog so you get instant notifications on all things The D. Diaries!
According to research from Harvard Medical School, mother-daughter trips taken once a year can help relieve stress, improve immune responses and decrease the chances of heart disease. Essentially, it shows similar benefits to a full night’s sleep and a healthy diet.KRQE, 2019
Where to Stay
While there are countless beautiful AirBNB’s right on the lake in Waco, the prices were rather high for a one night stay. My family are Hilton Honor’s members, so we snagged a last minute room at the Homewood Suites in Waco! Since the tourism is booming, there are countless options now for lodging on any budget. Which is very nice for the shorter stays!
The Magnolia Effect
That’s what I am calling the mass migration to visit Waco. If I am being honest, it was the appetizer to what Waco has to offer. You are coxed into a vacation there by the magnificent family known as the Gaines, as well as the empire they have built. The silo’s are just as magnificent in person as you’ve probably seen 100x’s on all of your friends feeds by now. We enjoyed photo ops like the Magnolia Seed Truck, The #MilesToMagnolia sign, the obligatory across the street shot of the bakery with the silos in the back. You know, the important photos! After snapping, quite literally, 100 photos of my mom exploring the knick knacks and decor in the store, we grabbed a bite to eat.
If you know me, you know I really really love grilled cheese. It reminds me of the simple times, which is what Magnolia strives to do! Relax, unwind, eat from a massive selection of food trucks on the lawn of Magnolia and enjoy the company of those around you! So after me snagging a grilled cheese and a freshly squeezed lemonade, and my mom and grandma grabbing a pulled pork sandwich, we sat down under a picnic table, and hung out. This is something we don’t get to do too often, so we enjoyed the company of each other and the warm sun of Magnolia.
The wait at Magnolia Table is always over 1.5 hours. Our party of 3 would take 3 hours to seat, heck no I am not waiting. Snap your photos in the lobby, then if you really want Magnolia Table food, use the side “Take Away” doors to get the same menu items. Just on the go!
Shop Till You Drop!
“If Magnolia is the appetizer, Spice Village is the main course AND dessert!” is what we were told after walking into a beautifully air-conditioned 3 story building. Spice village is just over 6,000 sq/ft of boutique space that is occupied by the best of the best shopping Waco has to offer. From candles to clothes, sports wear to collegiate items, sorority must haves and more. Spice Village has something for e v e r y o n e. My grandma was kind enough to treat my mom and myself to a full outfit, so naturally we spent 2 hours shopping the floors for finds! Then my mom found an adorable three tiered dress with jewelry to match. My grandma found a beautiful copper dress with a floral shawl. Finally, I found a pair of pleated wide leg pants, a button down, and a slouchy sweater!
My favorite thing about Spice Village was probably the fact that there were so many businesses in the store, and they all looked very busy. Meaning that the average Waco tourist is visiting there and adding revenue back into the pockets of the Waco citizens. This is something I always love to do when I visit a city, shop the local stores! By supporting places like Spice Village when you travel, you support the growth of the local economy!
Shop the Look
Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!
Dinner was at the historic Hippodrome theater located in downtown Waco. The restaurants are a recent addition to the theater, so some of the locals had no idea what we were talking about when we mentioned our reservation. (As my mom said, this should have been a MAJOR red flag!) If you look online, the Raleigh appears to be a little more upscale and nice. Which you would expect in a theater! However, when you walk in, it has a more diner feel to it. There are movie posters covering the walls, some signed and some are from past shows held at the Hippodrome. We showed up in our best, a slightly over dressed. As people started coming in though, we weren’t the only ones who thought you needed to dress up!
Dinner started off with one of my favorites, fried pickles! Which were quickly devoured since we realized that we hadn’t eaten since the Silo hours earlier. The menu had a little bit of everything, and it was all named after famous movies! For me, I ordered One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, which was a grilled chicken sandwich with a side salad. My mom ordered the Texas OG Chicken Fried Steak, which was absolutely delicious! Finally, my grandma ordered the Catfish, which was equally as good! For desert, we popped upstairs for some cocktails and the Hightop’s Saturday Night Live Music. We ended up hanging out for over an hour again just talking and enjoying the cool summer night, which never happens!
End Of Day One
Day one was fast and furious. From Waking up bright and early at 6 am to make it to Magnolia by 10. So far though, it was completely worth every minute! It was filled with the must see’s and do’s in Waco, from Magnolia to Spice village. Day two was filled with amazing eats and treats from Waco, and the hottest tour in town that gives a complete history of Waco from the Texas Ranger days to now!