Magnolia Market & SILOs in Waco, TX | The Best Road Trip Stop in Texas

Magnolia Market & SILOs in Waco, TX | The Best Road Trip Stop in Texas

Magnolia Market & Silos | Are you a Fixer Upper fan? I know I am!

If you don’t know the show on HGTV called “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines, I highly recommend checking it out! The first episode aired in April of 2014 and was extremely successful for 5 seasons.

After their first episode aired, a year later (2015) they purchased the Silos and the Magnolia Market in Waco, TX.

Since their purchase of the Silos property, they have transformed and keep transforming the 2.5-acre downtown space into a massive attraction.

It is definitely a SIGHT to see!!

Magnolia Market Fixer upper

Who are Chip and Joanna Gaines?

Chip and Joanna Gaines. HGTV's Home Improvement Stars of the show Fixer Upper.

Read More About them and Photo Credit: Magnolia.com

Chip and Joanna Gaines are small-town folks that began taking old houses in their hometown of Waco, Texas, and flipping them for homeowners.

With their unique style and loving family dynamic, they caught the eye of HGTV producers.

Chip and Joanna with their show “Fixer Upper” then stole the Hearts of the American people.

Since the popularity of their show, they capitalized on the opportunity of success. The couple has now made a fortune off their Magnolia brand and their “modern rustic farmhouse” décor style.

Honestly, I feel like they are the reason shiplap walls has become such a huge hit since 2014. They are leaders in the industry of real estate and interior design.

Their décor is sold online at Magnolia.com and a home line through Target.

Fixer Upper Show and Their New Network

As mentioned, the show aired for 5 seasons on HGTV starting back in April of 2014. They recently had their 5th baby and called it quits for family time.

However, Chip and Joanna have announced they will be coming back for a 6th season but on a new network, their network. They recently partnered with Discovery Inc, to build their very own Magnolia Network with shows inspired by the Gaines’s creativity.

One show that will premiere on their new network will be a New Season of “Fixer Upper”.

It is expected to launch in 2021.

I know all the Fixer Upper fans are just as excited as I am!

 

Visiting Magnolia Market & Silos in Waco, TX

On our way back from Austin, we enjoy stopping in Waco to check out what’s new at the Magnolia Market.

This was our second time visiting.

Our first time going to Magnolia Market was back in 2017 when we were on our way back from our Anniversary Trip.

When we first went back in 2017, there was a cool turf yard with balls and bean bags for the kids to play.

They also had a food truck with coffee and yummy snacks. Since then, things have definitely changed for the better!

There is now a coffee shop called “Press” and a Magnolia Home Showroom.

Magnolia Home
Magnolia Home
Magnolia Home
Magnolia Home

What’s at Magnolia Market to Explore?

There are multiple places to stop and explore at Magnolia’s Market including;

  • Magnolia Market at the Silos
  • Magnolia Press
  • Silos Bakery Co.
  • Magnolia’s Home Show Room
  • Magnolia Table (Located off property)
  • Little Shop on Bosque (Located off property)
  • Seed + Supply and Gardens
  • Food Trucks
  • The Lawn in front of the Silos

 

While we visited in August of 2020, the Seed + Supply and Gardens, Food Trucks, and the lawn in front of the Silos were unavailable.

The lawn was torn apart and looked to be under renovation to expand the area.

That was ok with us because it was mid-August and reaching 108 degrees. The heat made us want to be inside as much as we could.

It turns out, they were going through some major expansion and renovation to the area. Which I could tell was going to be amazing once it was done.

You can check out the expansion plans here. https://magnolia.com/were-expanding-the-grounds-of-the-silos/

Even with the construction and fighting the Texas heat, we still enjoyed a delicious iced latte from Magnolia Press.

While enjoying our Iced Latte’s, we explored through the Magnolia Home Showroom and the Market at the Silos.

Side Note: We did not go the Silo’s Baking Co, mainly because the line was too long outside, and it was too hot.

Magnolia Coffee Press
Magnolia Coffee Press
Magnolia Coffee Press

Why it’s a great place to stop

I think the Magnolia Market and Silos is a must-stop if you’re driving through Waco, TX.

It’s a great experience for the whole family and the perfect place to stretch your legs while on a road trip.

As you visit the Market, you will be inspired by the décor on the outside as well as inside. It makes you want to buy everything and redecorate your house, or for us our RV.

There are also plenty of photo ops to take pictures to document your stay.

If you’re a Fixer Upper Fan and love the Gaines’s family, show, and décor style, it is a MUST STOP!!

You won’t regret it!

Magnolia Market
Magnolia Home
Magnolia Home

What we bought…

While visiting the Magnolia Market, we purchased a wood wick soy candle with the scent “Greenhouse” and a coffee mug.

Two items that I know I will use!

If we could afford it, I would purchase everything they have and redecorate our entire RV.

Final Thoughts

Magnolia Market is the perfect place to stop if you’re in Texas. Honestly, as soon as they are done with their hotel, I would love to book a room and spend a whole weekend in Waco.

It is a Bucket-list Sight to see, especially if you’re a Fixer Upper fan!

If you’re not able to stop by in person, you can always visit their website Magnolia.com to check out their store online.

As always, thanks for stopping by, and feel free to share this post so others can add Magnolia Market to their Bucket-list.

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Lone Star Court Hotel Review | A Great Place to Stay in Austin, Texas

Lone Star Court Hotel Review | A Great Place to Stay in Austin, Texas

If you love staying at unique hotels and enjoy new experiences, then the Lone Star Court by Valencia Group is a great option.

My husband chose this hotel because the images were warm and inviting. After some research, we fell in love with the concept and thought we would enjoy staying in a place that looked fun and unique.

Lone Star Court is in a location called The Domain in Austin, Texas. It is surrounded by apartments, shopping, and delicious eateries. Perfect for the socialite and the introverted at heart.

Lone Star Court

Lone Star Court gives you the glamping hotel experience but in the big suburban city.

The hotel is a twist of modern retro with a touch of country chic. It brings in the past and merges it with the present today.

Fun Fact: Lone Star Court is rated #10 for Hotels in Austin by TripAdvisor and won travelers choice 2020.

Checking in Process

The check-in process was a breeze. The lobby is a nice and quaint space with a warm welcoming feel. You will also receive a free beverage of your choice, either bottled water or soda.

As you check-in, you will receive two keys, a map of the property with room location, and a brochure with all things you can do at the hotel and surrounding the hotel.

After checking in at the front office, we made our way to the closest parking space to our room location. This hotel has FREE parking and a lot of open availability around every building for easy access to all rooms.

Our room was located on the second floor with quick access either by elevator or by stairs.

All About the Property

Lone Star Court is located on 4 acres with three curved buildings. Each building is set up with the main walkway/balconies so everyone can enjoy interior courtyard views from their room.

The courtyard offers gorgeous landscaping and a pavilion that is perfect for their weekend entertainment, gatherings, or even weddings.

I remember saying to my husband while we were enjoying our drinks on the patio and listening to the music, that the hotel would be a great place to have an outdoor wedding. All the guests could book rooms and enjoy the entire place.

This hotel is also the perfect place for a date night couples that are looking to get away, enjoy some entertainment, drinks, yard games, S’ more’s, and more. They even have an option to add a S’ more package on to your room for the whole experience.

There are three different packages you could purchase: The Glamping Package, the Date Night Package, and the Pet Package.

YES, they are pet friendly, so you can bring your furry friends!

Here are some more facts and amenities you should expect while staying at Lone Star Court in Austin, Texas.

 
 
 
 
 
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Hotel Facts and Room Amenities

  • Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
  • Pool with Sun Loungers and Beach Towels
  • Free breakfast
  • Bicycles available for Guests
  • Business Center with Internet
  • Electric vehicle charging station
  • FREE Parking
  • Fenced in Outdoor pool
  • Bar / lounge
  • Complimentary welcome drink (Bottle Water or Soda)
  • Happy hour
  • Snack bar and Mini Fridge
  • Down Feather Bedding
  • Egyptian Cotton Linens
  • Luxury Robes
  • Plush Towels
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk with Phone
  • 42” Flat Screen T.V.
  • USB Charging Stations in the Rooms
  • Handicap/Hearing/Seeing Impaired Rooms Available
  • Elevators
  • Gated Interior with Key Access
  • Evening entertainment
  • Patio with Personal Rocking Chairs
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Taco Truck Outside
  • Banquet & Meeting rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor furniture
  • ATM on-site
  • Umbrella
  • 24-hour check-in
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Express check-in / check-out
  • Dry cleaning & Laundry service

All about the Room and Accessibility

The room we received was a hearing-impaired room on the second floor in building E. After entering our room, about 5 minutes had passed, and we received a call from the front desk asking us how our room was and made sure everything was okay.

That was a first for me! I don’t know if it was because they gave us a hearing-impaired room or if that’s standard with all guests.

We enjoyed the location of our room because it wasn’t right above the music playing but we were still able to hear the band play at night.

Our room was spacious, clean, and inviting. The King Bed was comfortable and cozy. The colors were bright and the special unique touches of cool retro lighting and decor pulled the room together nicely.

I absolutely loved the bedding! The Egyptian cotton linens, the down feather mattress toppers, comforters, and pillows are so luxurious and comfortable.


We slept so well it’s inspired me to buy a feather down topper and pillows for our RV bed.

Here is a picture of our room!

Lone Star Court Room
Lone Star Court Fridge Desk

How did we get our Rate and was it worth the price?

We booked our stay at a rate through our insurance with USAA. The room price we paid was around $150 with taxes and fees. It was a simple booking process and only charged us after our stay.

Due to the pandemic, we had 24 hours up to check-in time to cancel for free.

I wish we would have checked the package options and prices on their website before booking with USAA. We will probably never use USAA “discounts” again because we could have received a better deal straight from their website.

What we learned: Always check the website prices before booking to make sure you’re getting the best deal with any Hotel.

For being a 3 out 5 Star on the Hotel Luxury rating, I believe the price for the unique hotel experience and the amenities that are available is on point.

When did we travel?

My husband booked our stay for Mid-August right before school was scheduled to begin. It was an end of summer small getaway that we wanted to take and enjoy.

Choosing to stay in the middle of a pandemic, the hotel adhered to all the safety precautions and guidelines.

All staff wore masks and they monitored the pool by allowing 18 guests at a time with 2-hour time slots for each family to enjoy swim time.

Did we enjoy our stay?

We absolutely did enjoy our stay and would book this hotel again for future trips to Austin.

We love Austin because there are so many outdoor activities to do and explore.

The property alone is worth the stay with the courtyard, restaurant, and games. It’s perfect for families with kids of all ages!

There are plenty of activities and options to enjoy a full day and night within the hotel property alone.

One thing I loved about the hotel is the feeling you get while inside. You completely forget how busy the exterior is with all the shopping and eateries.  Plus, there are gates to keep non-hotel guests out to provide safety since the hotel is surrounded by apartments and shopping.

We would definitely stay at this hotel again and recommend this place to our friends and family!

Final Thoughts

After our enjoyable stay, I wished we would have booked an additional night. It’s worth the price for the amenities and location in Austin. I can see why this hotel is ranked #10 in Austin, Texas by TripAdvisor.

If you would like to book your stay check out their website first; www.lonestarcourt.com


Contact Information

Address: 10901 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758
Phone Number: (512) 814-2625

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Top 12 Unique Places to Stay for a Texas Getaway

Top 12 Unique Places to Stay for a Texas Getaway

Texas Getaway | When it comes to unique places to stay Texas is the place that has it all!

Being Born and Raised in Dallas, Texas my family would take road trips to Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Galveston, and New Braunfels.

Based on my Texas Travels growing up, I know there are some amazing places to stay and visit.

Now, if you didn’t know, Texas is the second-largest state in America at 268,596.46 square miles after Alaska.

It became a State on December 29th, 1845 as the 28th state to enter the union.

The size and location of Texas gives it the unique ability to have 4 different climate zones spanning across the state.

As you drive through Texas you will experience the hot and dry climate in the west desert terrain to the south-east of subtropic and humid climate. In the middle of the state, you have the Texas Hill Country and in the far East, there is the Piney Woods.

Now that you know a little about Texas, let’s explore some of the most unique places to stay. Maybe you’ll find one that you will add to your bucket list.

Tipi/Teepees

Tipis on the Guadalupe

Availability: 8 Tipis

Accomidations: 6 Guests Per Tipi

Other Amenities: Private Bathroom, Grills, Hammocks, Waterfront, and Fire Pits

Hosting by River Road, these Tipis are located on the Guadalupe River near New Braunfels, Texas. There are eight different Tipis that you can choose from with all modern amenities. So invite your family and friends and enjoy this unique stay in Texas for a weekend getaway.

You can check out more information about renting Here. 

Romantic Tipi on Canyon Lake, Texas

Availability: 3 Tipis

Accomodations: 2 Guests Per Tipi

Other Amenities: King size beds, Linens, Towels, 50 Inch TV, Fridge, Outdoor Pool, Dog Park, Volleyball court, Horseshoe pit, hammocks, Fire pit and more

The perfect weekend getaway for couples looking to reunite and rekindle their love. This Unique Tipi Texas Getaway has the perfect recipe for adventurous couples. There is so much to do it’s like staying at a Glamping Resort.

You can check out more information about renting Here. 

Waterfront Family-Friendly Tipi in Seguin, Texas

Availability: 4 Tipis

Accomidations: Sleeps 8 Guests

Other Amenities: Kayaking, Fishing, Swimming, Hot tub, Kitchenette, Private Bathrooms, Paddleboards, Game room, BBQ’s, Fire pits, and more!

Hosting by Premier Partner, these Tipies are located right on Geronimo Creek and offers many watersports. If you have an active family or group of friends, this unique Texas getaway is perfect for a weekend of fun!

You can check out more information about renting Here. 

Yurts

Availability: 1 Yurt

Accomidations: 4 Guests

Other Amenities: All Modern Amenities, Private Bathroom, Private Kitchen, Slipper Bath Tub and Fire Pits

Located in Wimberly, Texas between Austin and San Antonio. This yurt is unique and perfect for a weekend getaway. It has all the accommodations you will need including a separate living space, kitchen, and outdoor living space. It is available to rent by a private host.

You can check out more information about renting Here. 

Dome

Availability: 1 Private Dome

Accomidations: 3 Guests

Other Amenities: 1 Half bath, private kitchen, Pets allowed, National Park, WiFi, Shower, Deck/Patio, Coffee, and More.

If you’re a Star Wars fan and wanted to stay in a dome-like structure as you see in the movies, then this is the place to stay. Hosted privately by Trevor, you can rent this dome located in Big Bend National Park and make memories that will last a lifetime.

You can check out more information about renting Here. 

Treehouses

One-Room Tree House Rental in Austin, Texas

Availability: 2 Private Treehouses

Accomidations: 2 Guests per Treehouse

Other Amenities: Coffee/Tea, A/C, Pool, Barbecue, Small Lake, Picnic Tables, Zip Lining Tours, and INCREDIBEL VIEWS!!

Dreaming of the perfect treehouse getaway? These houses are perfectly nestled in the woods for a cozy and secluded Texas getaway. Great for couples to relax and get back to nature. Kids are allowed, but only over 10 years old. Pets are not allowed.

You can check out more information about renting Here. 

Stunning Tree House in Spicewood, Texas (Near Austin)

Availability: 1 Private Treehouse

Accomidations: 2 Guests

Other Amenities: Shared Outdoor Pool, Coffeemaker, Bathtub, Fresh Linens and pillows, Hammock, Barbecue, Picnic Area, Deck/Patio and more.

Staying at this stunning and luxurious Glamping Treehouse is the perfect unique Texas getaway. Super cozy with spectacular views of the Texas Hill Country, this treehouse has it all for an amazing weekend stay. Hosting is by Cypress Valley.

You can check out more information about renting Here. 

Family-Friendly Treehouse near Austin, Texas

Availability: 1 Private Treehouse

Accomidations: 4 Guests

Other Amenities: Pets Allowed, 1 Queen Bed, 2 Twin beds, Zip Lining Tours, Outdoor Pool, Barbecue, Private Kitchen, Private Lounge area and more.

If your kids are above the age of 10, then this is the perfect Family Texas getaway. The kids will have a blast exploring the treehouse and zip lining on the tour. Hosting is by Cypress Valley.

You can check out more information about renting Here. 

Romantic Treehouse Nestled in the Texas Hill Country

Availability: 1 Private Treehouse

Accomidations: 3 Guests

Other Amenities: Private Bathroom, Private Kitchen, 1 King Bed, 1 Extra bed, Outdoor Pool, Barbecue, Private Lounge and more.

Another Beautiful Treehouse Hosting by Cypress Valley. This gorgeous treehouse is perfect for couples to enjoy a romantic glamping texas getaway. The views are spectacular, especially from the bathrooms soaking tub!

You can check out more information about renting Here. 

Safari Glamping Tents

#1 – Luxurious Private Safari Tent Near New Braunfels, Texas

Availability: 1 Private Safari Tent

Accomidations: 4 Guests

Other Amenities: Private Bathroom with soaking tub, Fireplace, Firewood, Private kitchen, Luxury Linens, and Outdoor Living Space.

This gorgeous Glamping location is located just outside of New Braunfels, Texas. If you’re looking for a luxurious Texas Getaway this Safari tent is perfect. It is surrounded by 100 acres of land and trees for the perfect secluded setting.

You can check out more information about renting Here. 

#2 – Luxurious Private Safari Tent Near New Braunfels, Texas

Availability: 1 Private Safari Tent

Accomidations: 4 Guests

Other Amenities: Private Bathroom with soaking tub, Fireplace, Firewood, Private kitchen, Luxury Linens, and Outdoor Living Space.

#2 of the Luxurious Glamping Safari Tents located in New Braunfels near Canyon Lake, Texas. This rental property is elegant and perfect for outdoor and adventurous Texas Getaway without giving up modern luxuries.

You can check out more information about renting Here. 

#3 – Luxurious Private Safari Tent Near New Braunfels, Texas

Availability: 1 Private Safari Tent

Accomidations: 4 Guests

Other Amenities: Private Bathroom with soaking tub, Fireplace, Firewood, Private kitchen, Luxury Linens, and Outdoor Living Space.

#3 Luxurious Safari Glamping Tent is located in the same place as the previous two. They are three amazing Texas Getaway vacation spots that are perfect for anyone looking to have a new experience.

You can check out more information about renting Here. 

Final Thoughts on Texas Getaways

I hope you’ve enjoyed these amazing and unique places to vacation in Texas. I know I’ve added a few of these places on to my own bucket-list. Whichever one you choose, each one has its own unique desires that will guarantee memories that will last a lifetime.

(All Images and rental information provided by GlampingHub.com

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