Waco Travel Guide // A Perfect Girls Trip
Updated: Dec 31, 2021
I recently returned from a girl's trip with my mom and sister and we had the BEST time. I never thought of Waco, Texas as the most exciting place, having visited a couple of times in the past for debate camp (I know), but little did I know, it was so much fun. Here, I've compiled a list of all of the must-dos in Waco.
Where to Stay
So we ended up getting a VRBO, which is basically an Airbnb but through another app. Waco Vacation Rentals is the umbrella company that the cabin we rented falls under, and we stayed in the River Cabin on Honey Lane. It was right on the Brazos River, had a fire pit, a very luxurious shower, and some very cute decor. It felt VERY comfy and cozy and it's perfect for a couples trip. Below you can watch a brief walkthrough of our cabin.
Where to Eat
Y'all know this is definitely my favorite part of making these posts! On our first day we grabbed a quick coffee and snack at Fabled, the most incredible bookstore I have ever visited. It made me feel like Belle from Beauty in the Beast. For dinner that night we ate at Ninfa's, a Mexican restaurant that came HIGHLY recommended. I got the Las Verdes Enchiladas and I devoured them. The next day we stopped in at Dichotomy for some coffee and pastries before we headed to Magnolia for the day. I loved the honey vanilla latte and my blueberry muffin. At Magnolia, which I'll talk more about later, I recommend stopping at the Alabama Sweet Tea Company truck and getting yourself a nice refreshment (and a keepsake mason jar!!) and stopping in at the Silos Baking Co. I loved the cinnamon roll! On Saturday we headed to the Farmer's Market and afterward walked over to Cafe Cappuccino, where I had an iced butterscotch latte and the eggs benedict. For the most part, it was good, but the eggs benedict was VERY hollandaise-y. We had a late lunch/early dinner at the infamous George's, where I really enjoyed the chicken fried steak, potato salad, and fried okra. Lastly, on our way out of town, we stopped by Fuego Tortilla Grill, and if you're a taco fiend like me, this is one to add to your list. I loved the I-Chee-Wa-Wa tacos and my sister recommends the By Golly Miss Holly, which is not on the menu but they may be able to make it by special request.
What To Do
Let's start with the obvious: Magnolia. If you've never been to Magnolia, it is basically like a compound. There are food trucks, a bakery, MANY stores, and even a coffee shop. I recommend walking through each shop to just check them out-- I got a really cute new to-do list notepad at their paper goods store. They also have a men's store, a boutique, a children's boutique, and a bath and body store. They have a chapel on the property, too, and it is simply stunning. I also suggest stopping in at the seed and supply store. I got some poppy seeds that I am SO excited to plant. Obviously, you have to walk through Magnolia Home. If you want some sweet Magnolia merch, they have a store on-site where you can get t-shirts, sweatshirts, or a baseball cap in my sister's case. If you want to find some cheaper Magnolia items, stop in at the Little Shop on Bosque for some of their sale items.
Other than Magnolia, we took a trip to the Waco Mammoth National Monument (my choice). If you're a history lover like me and try and get some learning done on all of your vacations, this is the place for you. It didn't take long to walk through the excavation area, where you can literally still see the mammoth fossils in the ground! We stopped at the gift shop area and picked up a couple of mementos, too. Here you can see where I made my sister stand next to the mammoth portrait, in an attempt to get the photo to scale.
There is also PLENTY of shopping in Waco. At Spice Village, I was able to pick up a couple of cute prints for my house and my sister got some cute new clothes at Pretty in Pink Flamingo Boutique. I also recommend stopping in at the Farmer's Market because I scored some homemade beef jerky for Dalton and homemade dog treats for Duke there!
I hope this guide to Waco helps you plan your next adventure! Let me know your favorite spots to hit up when you're in town!
Love you all SO SO big,