Laurie & Emily's Great Adventure: Waco, TX (Part 1)

Next stop on our adventure was Waco, TX.  As I mentioned yesterday, my mom and I are both really big Fixer Upper fans, and we were both really excited to check out The Silos!  I am going to cover our first day in Waco in this post, then save the next day for another...otherwise this would be forever long!

The drive there was something else.  It started out pretty darn good, but as soon as we got to Dallas, we got a rude awakening!  There was a ton of construction and it was busy!  I have heard Dallas traffic is bad, in fact one of the people we met in line at The Pioneer Woman was telling us how terrible it was, especially with the construction.  Not to mention, the construction speed limit in Texas, is quite a bit higher than the construction speed limit in Illinois / Missouri.  We made our way through, though - my mom was a champ!  We were both ready to get out of the car for a bit when we made it to Waco, so we stopped to grab lunch at Zoe's Kitchen.  A chain restaurant, I know, but there isn't one near us and I just love that type of food, so I was excited to give it a try.  It didn't disappoint and now I am anxiously waiting for them to expand into St. Louis!

 

Since we go to Waco in the afternoon, we opted to such see a few Fixer Upper related places, and save The Silos for the following day.  First stop - Harp Design Co.  As we drove up, there was a big charter bus sitting outside.  Come to find out, you can take Waco / Fixer Upper tours!  We saw at least 2 other buses in the time that we were there.  We parked on a side street and then headed over.  The shop isn't all that big, but they did have a good amount of things.  I did think that they were a bit pricey, which I was kind of expecting, but nothing jumped out at me, so I didn't buy anything.  My mom got a reclaimed wood letter D, and then we headed out.  It seemed like the Harp's house next door was open to walk, through, but we couldn't figure out if that was just part of one of the tours, and honestly we didn't have really much interest in going in.  Something to look into, though, if you are planning a trip!  My mom had the idea to walk around the block to our car to stretch our legs.  We start going and realize, this isn't necessarily the nicest area.  Half way down the side street, I start hearing some growling, and since I am a bit scared of dogs and couldn't really tell if the fence was locked or seemed sturdy, I asked my mom if we could just turn around and go the other way...thankfully she agreed.  It had us laughing, though!  And a bit surprised.  As we found out with most of these places, they definitely come off a bit differently on TV.  Next stop was The Cedar Chest Antique Mall.  We actually ended up at the second shop, The Cedar Chest Antique Mall Too!  They are really close to each other, so I think it's kind of easy to get confused when you don't realize there are two!  It was absolutely huge, and just seemed like it went on and on.  We love browsing antique stores, so it was really fun to see all the different things.  Our final stop before the hotel was a drive by the old Magnolia shop on Bosque.  It still looks to be in great condition and I can just imagine it was a little gem when she had it.



My mom and I were both ready to be in one spot, so we headed to the hotel.  The hotel was in a great location, right near a shopping area, so once we got settled, we walked over to Starbucks for a little pick me up and browsed a cute shop.

It was a full day, and a bit of stressful one with the drive, but we were super excited to be in Waco!

Part 2 coming soon!

Linking up with Jenn & Jessi.

17 comments

  1. What a fun trip to go on with your mom and I can't wait for part 2 and what you thought of the store / the experience of being there! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Didn't Clint Harp and his wife end up moving? I think I read that somewhere. Fixer Upper really has helped Waco financially--I can't imagine the amount of tourists they get now. I can't wait to read tomorrow's post!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  3. It is amazing what a destination Waco has become and so incredibly awesome! I am so happy that you and your mom got to go on this trip and I am loving the recaps!

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  4. I can't believe that the area is so different than it comes off on TV, go figure! I love Zoe's Kitchen, I hope they expand by you because it is an addicting spot!

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  5. I thought Waco was the cutest little town, but I wish we would've had time to drive around and visit some of those Fixer Uppsr places when we went. It sounds like such a fun mother-daughter trip! Can't wait to read tomorrow's post!

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  6. So glad the rest of the drive wasn't too bad, even if it was a little more eventful! It's always so stressful driving in a new city, especially when you don't know exactly where you're going and the traffic is bad. That's so crazy there were so many tour busses in that short time you were there- who knew!

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  7. What a fun trip with your mom!!

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  8. eeek! So jealous - I want to visit so badly!

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  9. Such a fun trip with your mom! LOVE that you got to check out some Fixer Upper places :-D
    Green Fashionista

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  10. I loved Waco & want to go back! I would definitely have been you after the dog, I'm not super scared of them but I am intimidated by them for sure. If we go back, I want to check out some of these other shops!
    Kelsey
    www.kelseypeacock.com

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  11. Yeah the running joke in Texas is that certain highways will always be under construction, including 35! I'm glad that y'all made it through though and enjoyed your first day in Waco! We noticed the exact same thing when we were in Waco, that Clint's store isn't exactly in the nicest part of town, but it's still fun to visit!

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  12. I've always heard nightmare stories about Dallas traffic, but I've never been! And ya know, we've had a Zoe's Kitchen for years but I never think to go there! I need to go get it sometime soon! I liked it the times that I had it.

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  13. I am dying to go see the silos!!!

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  14. So much fun! Love how you guys did so much - when we went it was so quick - I wish we stayed longer!

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  15. I've heard of Waco Texas before but never knew much about it until reading this post! Sounds like a lovely place for some mother/daughter quality time! xo Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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