Waco, Texas is a mere forty five minute drive from Peacock River Ranch. Along the road, you’ll get to see some of the sprawling hill country and rush down the road at 75 miles an hour. While I was growing up in Gatesville, Waco is where we went to watch movies and play football. That was about it. You avoided the downtown unless you had at least three friends next to you and some defense tool. These days the downtown has boomed to life and the town has gotten a full-on makeover, largely thanks to Chip and Joana Gaines.
Chip and Joana Gaines are the stars of the show Fixer Upper, which started in April 2014. Many of the homes they spruced up are in Waco. If you wish to go on a tour then check out this post by Dukes and Duchesses.
This is Harp Design Co. A delightful woodworking shop in Waco that was featured on the show.
Magnolia Market at the Silos was built in 1950 and was reopened by the Gaines in 2016 after renovating the area. Since the show started bringing in tourists Waco went from 500,000 visitors a year to 3 million, and 35,000 a week are from the Magnolia Market. There are food trucks, a store and even a restaurant on premise. A huge part of this visitor attraction is also the cupcakes.
The historic Hippodrome Theater, built in 1913, has seen so many owners come and go it must be heartbroken. The latest management seems to have gotten it right though. The food has drastically improved, which can be brought to you right in the theater, and the theater hosts comedy shows, music events and of course movies.
Spice Village is one of those wonderfully large shopping venues that you feel you can get lost in. The space features 60 boutiques and has been around since 1997.
You can start and end your day at this downtown Waco coffee shop. It turns into a bar at night once you head down to the back. When I worked downtown it’s where the workers greeted each other over pastries and laughed away the night together once your shift was over. It’s also a hot spot for students.
Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market
If you can arrive in Waco Saturday morning to start the day then you can peruse the farmer’s market. You’ll find cheeses, local produce, fresh coffee and even homemade cleaning supplies.
Where do you love to go in Waco, Texas?