I did it, guys! I finally made it to Texas. It’s been on my list for quite some time and my sister’s 30th birthday was the perfect excuse. We planned to fly into Dallas and see as much of Texas as possible in the 4 days we were there. Our itinerary included one night in Dallas, a day in Waco and then Austin for the remainder of our 4-day trip.

After we checked into our hotel on Thursday we did some sight-seeing around Dallas before getting ready for dinner. We decided on this cute little Mexican joint in Uptown called Komali. The food was amazing – very traditional Mexican and absolutely delicious.

The next morning, we slept in (it’s vacation, right?!) and made the hour or so drive to Waco to see the main feature of our trip – Magnolia! My sister and I are huge fans of ‘Fixer Upper’ and couldn’t wait to see both the Silos and the small town of Waco. We were in full-on tourist mode as soon as we arrived – snapping pics and checking out everything the Silos had to offer.

The Magnolia shops were adorable and included all of the products you see on the show. They also have a cute little bakery with cupcakes and baked goods that really soothe that sweet tooth! I opted for a Waco t-shirt and a ‘shiplap’ cupcake (vanilla cake with vanilla icing). In addition to the shops there were all different types of food trucks lining the open grassy area where families played. Family-style tables were also set up to make it easy to grab some grub and enjoy.

After Magnolia, we drove around Waco for a bit to see the houses and the overall neighborhood. There is certainly a lot of history in Waco and it was very cool to see it all coming back to life. It was also neat to see street names and houses that we’d seen on the show (nerd-alert!).

Austin was next on the list, since we were already halfway there from Waco. After checking into the hotel just South of the city, we grabbed a quick dinner and went out for drinks on Rainy Street. Lucille was our first spot and it was the perfect place for drinks and conversation. Most spots in Austin have extensive outdoor seating so it was nice to sit outside on a cool night and chat. Next up was Half Step where they offered a relaxed atmosphere and specialty cocktails. The bartenders there really know what they’re doing and only use the absolute best ingredients when mixing drinks. I ordered a Moscow Mule, which was arguably the best I’ve ever had! It was a great way to end our long weekend exploring Texas!


Magnolia in Waco, TX –










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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Karen Maestri
    January 23 at 7:33 pm

    Great photos from your trip to Magnolia in Waco! The Moscow Mule drink sounds fabulous 🙂

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