TRAVEL TALK: Stay and Play in Waco!

Greetings, Vintage HQ fans! Today, as you try to endure your Monday by traveling in your mind and your thoughts wander to glorious days off ahead (hello, summer vacation!) we’d like to direct your attention (and daydreams) to the city of Waco, Texas…the land of historic B&Bs, glorious antique shops and, of course, shiplap!

Since a little show starring everyone’s BFF (in their minds at least), Joanna Gaines, and her husband, Chip, started on HGTV called “Fixer Upper” people have been FLOCKING to Waco from all over the United States…and for good reason! Many lovers of vintage LOVE Joanna’s approach to style…vintage farmhouse looks full of chippy paint…what could be better? And, since our beloved show recently came to an end (we’re still not over it), we thought we’d take today to give a nod to this great place! So, without further ado, here are some Vintage HQ staff recommendations on where to stay and play in Waco!

STAY

    • Magnolia House: On the subject of the Gaineses we’d like to start here with one of Chip and Joanna’s properties. This historic home is actually in the town of McGregor which is just about 20 minutes outside of Waco. We’ve been told it was built by a banker in 1892 and that it had an interesting history as, sometimes, it was used as a cash repository when money was being transferred around using stagecoaches (yes, stagecoaches!). Also, supposedly in the early 1900s, some of the bedrooms on the property were actually rented to soldiers traveling through the area. So, the house is rich in history and vintage appeal! This is a more costly option when staying in Waco versus a normal hotel stay but it’s been renovated in true “Fixer Upper” style by THE Joanna Gaines herself so it might be worth grabbing a couple of friends and splitting the cost! It will definitely help make a trip to Waco, Texas a trip to remember! 323 S Madison Ave, McGregor, TX 76657 www.magnoliamarket.com/stay.
  • Hillcrest Estate: Are you looking for some true, southern charm when taking a trip to Waco, Texas? This 1903 Greek Revival-style beauty, even more of a splurge than the Magnolia House, is another property owned by Chip and Joanna. It also happens to be massive and absolutely stunning. The house has more than 4,600 square feet of space! It’s understood that the central part of this home was actually an even older structure that had been moved to this location and expanded upon. The neighborhood where it resides, we’re told, was part of Camp MacArthur during World War I. Again, designed by Joanna’s own hand, this gorgeous property will definitely make a trip to Waco absolutely unforgettable! But, maybe grab an even bigger group of friends for a stay in this property! 3601 Hillcrest Dr, Waco, TX 76708 www.magnoliamarket.com/stay.


    • Migel House: Okay, onto other properties. Take, for instance, the Migel House. Vintage HQ fans MUST SEE this property! It. Is. STUNNING. This Mediterranean-inspired home (converted to a bed and breakfast) was designed in 1910 by noted architect Milton W. Scott. The estate includes a carriage house and lovely gardens (and is located just a few blocks from Chip and Jo’s Magnolia Market at the Silos in case you’re wondering). This would be an amazing option for any vintage lover visiting Waco! 1425 Columbus Ave, Waco, TX 76701, (254) 523-6611 www.migelhouse.com.
    • The Cotton Palace Bed & Breakfast: This 1910 Arts and Crafts style home is the essence of hospitality and southern charm that people are looking for when traveling to the South. Take a look at this historic property as an option when visiting Waco! 1910 Austin Avenue, Waco, TX 76701, (254)753-7294 www.thecottonpalace.com.
    • Spencer House Bed and Breakfast: This is another charming Arts and Crafts style option for the vintage lover! This house was completed in 1913 and the website boasts “two fireplaces, twelve foot ceilings, exquisite woodwork, and hard wood floors throughout.” They really don’t make homes like they used to and this would be a treat for your Waco trip and, bonus, it’s only about 2.5 miles away from Magnolia Market at the Silos! 2425 Colcord Avenue, Waco, TX 76707, (254) 537-4720 www.spencerhousewaco.com.
  • Colcord House Bed & Breakfast: This 1924 property has such an impressive facade and anyone can see that a kindred spirit had a hand in the decor as, at this property, you can find a wall of vintage purses and antique vanities as well as other lovely surprises throughout. You can’t go wrong with this one! 2211 Colcord Ave, Waco, TX 76707 (254) 753-5537 www.colcordhouse.net.

PLAY

  • Magnolia Market at the Silos: Okay, let’s get this one out of the way so we can convince you that there is actually much more to Waco, Texas than Chip and Joanna Gaines. This is such a wonderful way to experience the style of Joanna Gaines even if you might not have the means to stay in a Chip and Jo property. This property has a lot going on. There’s a market, bakery and an outdoor recreation area with food trucks all at the base of a couple of impressive, chippy, rusty silos…sigh…yeah, that’ll do. If you love Joanna’s vintage-y, farmhouse-y style this is the place for you! She has a carefully curated collection of items for sale in this market that will allow anyone to (somewhat) recreate her style at home! And, don’t forget to grab a cupcake. 601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX 76706, (254) 235-6111 www.magnoliamarket.com/silos.


  • Cedar Chest Antique Mall: Welcome to over 18,000 square feet of complete bliss! With over 150 booth inside, an additional 35-ish booths onsite at their outdoor market and a newer property, Cedar Chest Too, a few doors down (needed when they ran out of room in their ginormous, original building) we can safely advise that you don’t make many other plans for the day you have this on your itinerary as Vintage HQ staff has, for a fact, gotten lost for HOURS in this place. HOURS. 31707 US-84, McGregor, TX 76657, (254) 840-2300 www.cedarchestantiques.com.
  • Laverty’s – This jewel is perfect for finding antiques, collectibles, furniture and vintage clothing while in Waco but they do not keep normal business hours so make sure they’re open before heading over! 600 N 18th St, Waco, TX 76707, (254) 754-3238 www.facebook.com/Lavertys-Antiques-Furnishings-226195344057801.
  • LaSalle Shoppes Antiques & Collectibles Mall: This business claims to be “the mall with it all” and they might just be right! This over-80-booth mall is a great option to visit if you’re into antiques, collectibles and all things vintage! They often have a great collection of mid mod, primitives and shabby chic beauties! 2223 La Salle Ave, Waco, TX 76706, (254) 753-2059 www.facebook.com/LaSalleShoppes.
  • Junque in the Trunk: This is such an adorable shop full of treasures from different eras and well worth a visit when in Waco! 910 La Salle Ave, Waco, TX 76706, (254) 749-1849 www.facebook.com/Junque-in-the-Trunk-191095870920224.


  • Hidden Talent Gifts & Antiques: This gem is located in McGregor (about 20 minutes outside of Waco where the Magnolia House rental is). It has such an eclectic mix of items and it would be very hard NOT to score some fabulous finds here! 400 S Main St, McGregor, TX 76657, (254) 840-4044 www.facebook.com/hiddentalentsantiquesandgifts.
  • Craft Gallery Home Decor and Gift Store: This is one of those great stores that flawlessly incorporates mixes of tastes. There’s truly something for everyone. In addition to antiques, vintage and repurposed items they also focus on furniture, women’s clothing and nice home decor and gifts. 7524 Bosque Blvd, Waco, TX 76712, (254) 751-0693 www.craftgallerygiftstore.com.
  • The Junky Monkey: This shop is a mixture of antiques, vintage, junk and other items like women’s clothing and jewelry and is definitely worth a mention here! P.S. Don’t forget to take a picture of the fun mural outside! 1715 La Salle Ave, Waco, TX 76706 www.facebook.com/TheJunkyMonkey.
  • Shades of Shabby: This store is a great place to find vintage furniture and vintage and farmhouse-style home decor. P.S. You’ll find another fun mural photo op here! This city loves their murals and we love it! 926 La Salle Ave, Waco, TX 76706, (254) 235-0622 www.shadesofshabby.com.
  • Riverside Relics: This is the place for all of your “antique, retro, weird stuff and cool junk” needs! Looking for antique doors? Vintage toys? Shiplap? A distressed dresser? Vintage carnival posters? This is your shop! 1105 La Salle Ave, Waco, TX 76706 www.facebook.com/riversiderelics.

We’ve barely scratched the surface of what Waco, Texas has to offer. There are great places to eat and wonderful walks to be had on one of the historic bridges near the river and downtown, of course! Take our advice and check into this charming, southern city! It’s a great weekend trip for vintage lovers! Enjoy!