After months of anticipation and Fixer Upper research (aka: binge watching), my mom’s birthday trip to Waco, TX, was finally here! We visited the most famous Silos in the world and had so much fun. If you’re thinking of planning your own Fixer Upper getaway, here are some top sites to visit and a few tips to help you make the most of your time in Waco!
Just Outside Waco
JDH Iron Designs (9685 North Lone Star Parkway, Crawford, TX; 30 minutes from the Silos; open Mon-Sat 9:00-5:00, closed Sun)
You can visit Jimmy Don’s shop! Magnolia Market sells some of his products as well, but if you want to see where it all happens and perhaps have a custom sign made for yourself, you will want to stop by!
Magnolia House (323 S Madison St., McGregor, TX; 30 minutes from the Silos; not open to the public)
If you’re lucky enough to be staying here, you are one fortunate soul! This place sells out quickly, and they only open up bookings about 6 months at a time. If you’re not staying here, you can still take pictures of the outside. Please be respectful of the people who are paying a lot to stay here and don’t actually go on to the property!
Cedar Chest Antique Mall (31707 W Hwy 84, McGregor, TX; 25 minutes from the Silos; Mon-Sat 9:30-5:30, Sun 1-5)
You’ve seen Joanna shop here, and now you can, too! This is a great stop when driving to or from Magnolia House. The folks working there are so friendly, and they will help you out if you’re looking for something in particular! And don’t forget the annex–the Cedar Chest, Too!
Junque Amore (29225 W Hwy 84, McGregor, TX; 20 minutes from the Silos; open Sat 12-5, Sun 1-5, closed Mon-Fri)
Also featured in the show, Junque Amore is one of the places Joanna frequents when shopping for clients. Unfortunately it’s only open on the weekends, but the Silos are usually extremely busy on weekends. So if you can visit the Silos on a weekday and save this for the weekend, you might get lucky and find some great “Junque!”
Farther Afield in Waco
Magnolia Villas (N 46th Street and Bosque Blvd, Waco)
Please don’t be “that person” who takes selfies in front of everyone’s private home, but if you happen to want to drive by, this is a pretty special pre-Fixer Upper place. If you’ve read their book, this was a make-or-break venture for the Gaineses. They made it work with the help of some very generous people who wanted to take a chance on these beautiful homes, and look at them now!
The Little Shop on Bosque, the Original Magnolia (3801 Bosque Blvd., Waco)
This was Joanna’s dream! It closed in late 2015 with the opening of the new Magnolia Market at the Silos, but they have kept it as it was when they closed this location to give you, the fans, a great place to take a selfie and walk around!
Stay in a Fixer Upper! (Various locations; reservation only)
Please don’t be “that person” who goes up to random people’s homes to ask if you can look around. If you park across the street and take a picture of the house, that might be ok, but please don’t if someone’s kids are playing in the yard. Your best option for seeing a Fixer Upper house is to actually reserve one for your accommodation! We were bummed to find out–in December, for a June weekday trip–that the Magnolia House was booked up, but there are several Fixer Upper homes for rent in the area! We stayed at the Mailander House (affectionately known as the “Bicycle House”) and rented it via HomeAway. Read my blog post about our stay to find out more!
Harp Design Co. (808 N 15th Street, Waco, TX; Mon-Sat 10-5, closed Sun)
It’s true! You can visit Clint and Kelly’s shop! It’s only 1.5 miles from the Silos, and they have plenty of items for sale, including signs, shirts, turned candle sticks, and more!
Magnolia Table, Formerly the Elite Cafe (2132 S Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX; not open yet!)
This is an historic restaurant that Chip and Joanna bought a while back to revive it and open a breakfast restaurant here! Be on the lookout for an opening date and perhaps an episode of Fixer Upper dedicated to this restaurant! I may have seen someone poaching an egg on Joanna’s Instagram Stories with the caption, “finalizing the menu for the restaurant!” And just Tuesday, Joanna put out a big announcement about it on her blog!
Common Grounds (1123 S 8th Street, Waco, TX; Mon-Fri 7:00am-midnight, Sat 8:00am-midnight, Sun noon-midnight)
The current owners and the coffee shop’s founder have both been featured on the show, as has the coffee shop itself! They also have a food truck outside the Silos, but the coffee shop itself is worth a visit, perhaps to be caffeinated before your visit to the Silos in the morning!
Laverty’s Antiques Furnishings (600 N 18th Street, Waco, TX; hours vary)
You see Joanna shopping here often, but they do not have what you would call “regular” business hours. Sign up for their e-newsletter in advance or message them on their Facebook page to find out if they will be open while you’re in town!
Covet Apparel (1509 Austin Ave, Waco, TX; Mon-Fri 10:00-5:30, Sat 10:00-4:00)
You’ve seen Joanna stop in here more than once on the show. Here’s another place where you can shop like Jo!
Silos Baking Company (601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX; Mon-Sat 7:30-6:00)
If you saw the 2017 Valentine’s Day episode of Fixer Upper, you know this was a sentimental labor of love for the Gaineses! The lines can be long, so try to get there when they open at 7:30, or keep your eye on the line while shopping at Magnolia Market. Come ready for cupcakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and more sweet treats! They also sell Common Grounds coffee to accompany your sweets, but if you’re not up for standing in the line, Common Grounds also has a food truck on the property!
Magnolia Market (601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX; Mon-Sat 9:00-6:00)
This is it, my friends! This is the infamous Magnolia Market at the Silos. Joanna and her team have done a phenomenal job of decorating the space and stocking items that are locally and/or ethically made. Did a little too much shopping and can’t fit it all in your luggage? They have a FedEx shipping station on-site for just such an occasion.
The Magnolia Silos (601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX; Mon-Sat 7:30-7:00)
There is more to do here than just shop and eat cupcakes! There are swings, games, photo ops, food trucks, picnic areas, and if you’re in town at the right time, you might be able to catch a movie night or other event throughout the year. The property stays open until 7:00pm, to make sure you can get your photos after you’ve had ample time to shop, but it is closed (as in, the main gate is locked) all day on Sunday.
Are you heading to Waco soon? What are you most excited about for you trip? Have I given you some ideas you didn’t think about before? Let me know in the comments section below!