Taking a girls trip is one of those things that sounds like something from the movies. If you’re anything like me though, mama, you need it.
Uninterrupted conversation about everything under the sun (even just on the flight!), good food, so many laughs and just good memories for the soul. Of the 6 of us who went, all but 1 of us had 3 kids!
We had the most epic trip to Dallas and Waco, and if I know my readers, I know that these destinations are on your radar too, so here’s my Girlfriend’s Guide to Dallas & Waco.
We flew in to Dallas, checked in to our hotel (thank you upgrade!), and headed out to our first restaurant that had been recommended to me by an old co-worker. Believe it or not, I did actually used to be a career girl.
Any who, she is my resident Dallas girl and she didn’t lead us astray. When in Dallas, you MUST visit FT33.
We had a slight #yolo moment, feeling fancy and brave as kid-free moms out on the town, and did the chef’s tasting menu. At $95/person, it’s not the cheapest dinner you’ll have, but it will be one of the most amazing!
NINE courses later, we were comfortably full and our tastebuds were throwing a party in our mouth. It was seriously amazing. Everything fresh, farm to table, sourced locally. YUM.
The next day was the one we had been waiting for: road trip to Waco!
We had been given the advice to show up early, even before open, to avoid crowds and lines. GREAT ADVICE. There was virtually NO line for the bakery (versus the mile long line later that afternoon when we left!), and it allowed us to peacefully scope out the grounds in the sunshine and score an onsite FREE parking spot.
Sidenote: I literally started fan-girling from the moment I saw the first Waco sign. EVERYTHING at Magnolia Market is as 100% swoon worthy as you’d think. So yes, you are going to see pictures of the bathrooms because even those, make the cute cut.
If you follow along on IG, you saw that I was an IG Story fool that day. And for good reason honestly. Ya’ll, this place was AMAZE.
After the bakery, the retail portion of Magnolia Market was open. I had overheard a worker saying that Joanna’s dad runs the retail portion and he can often be seen wandering the grounds. Well, a quick google (stalker) search to find an image, and voile I knew who I was looking for.
We went in and I just wanted to buy all the things.
No seriously, ALL THE THINGS.
Every square inch was inspiring.
I wanted to touch it all. Smell it all. Digest every last bit of it.
Joanna Gaines’ eye for design, is seriously a match for my soul.
If I had any doubt before of what color I would be painting the outside of our remodel, there is NO DOUBT now: ALL THE WHITE.
So then it was recommended we hit up Common Grounds for some Iced Cowboy Coffee. And I’m passing on that recommendation to you.
There were TONS of other super cute food trucks in the back of the property that we just walked through for free smells (especially The Chedder Box – gourmet mac n cheese!), but ultimately decided on a sit down lunch in town at a local Mexican place can Ninfas because handmade tortillas. Yum.
We of course hit up the Seed & Supply shop in the back of the property as well, because all of the fairy gardens were about the cutest things you’ve ever seen. Make sure to look FOR them, as not to miss them.
Also: a girlfriend needs to know what to wear?!
End of September Texas is pretty hot still, with a little bit of humidity. Not all of the grounds are air conditioned, so keep that in mind. I’m from Seattle, so layers are my specialty.
And I had a jean jacket for earlier in the day. On my feet: sandals because it’s slightly dusty and you do lots of walking.
Then the most amazing thing happened: my stalker status from earlier paid off when I met Joanna’s dad, who then introduced us to his wife (her mom!), and all of a sudden we found ourselves on a VIP behind-the-scenes tour!
We went all through their back offices, saw the inspiration boards in action, and even got to hang in Chip’s office for a bit.
After exhausting all that we could at Magnolia (even though I really could have stared at everything for hours longer), we rounded out our Waco trip with stops at Harp Design Co (Clint!) and The Findery. Both of which are must-sees when in Waco.
Other stops that we hit up on our Dallas trip included run-in’s with Connie Britton (Tammy Taylor in Texas – we died), Jake Pavelka (insert eye rolls & Bachelor nation cheers!), Jen Hatmaker’s Dad and of course Joanna Gaines’ parents.
Cafe Momentum is a MUST do for dinner one evening – eat, drink, change lives is their motto. Again, not the cheapest of options, but one whose mission you want to get behind. Trust me on this one.
And then we rounded out our trip with a true country honky tonk bar at Cowboys Red River in East Dallas (worth the 11 mile Uber ride), and the JFK Museum at Sixth Floor Dealey Plaza.
Found out afterward this wasn’t REALLY JFK’s limo. Just a replica. #touristtrap
And the most important element to having the best weekend ever to Dallas & Waco, is of course the girlfriends you chose to go with!
Us waiting in line to meet Jen Hatmaker. Who for the record, is not a normal Dallas staple. 🙂
To recap, for a great weekend (although celebrity sitings not guaranteed):
Common Grounds (Waco)
Silos Bakery (Waco)
Cafe Momentum (Dallas)
Magnolia Market (Waco)
Harp Design Co. (Waco)
The Findery (Waco)
JFK Museum (Dallas)
Draper James (although we missed this one!)
Cowboys Red River Country Bar (E. Dallas)
Big leather earrings
Your Best Girlfriends (awwwwww)