I confess. Waco, Texas was not on MY bucket list.
But it was on Jennifer's. And, judging by the crowds we found there, it seems to be on the bucket list of just about every other women in America, too.
The reason we went to Waco is because of Joanna and Chip Gaines, stars of the HGTV series “Fixer Upper.”
Waco is where they call home and their influence and popularity has transformed this proud Texas town and made it a huge tourist destination. The Fixer Upper effect draws 20,000 tourists to Waco every week. Waco is now the second most searched zip code online. Hotels and RV parks are booked solid weeks in advance and for miles around.
There is a lot of shopping. The Gaines took over a couple of old grain silos downtown and built a design emporium around them for their Magnolia brand. People from all over the world flock to the Silos. You have to see the crowds to believe it. The weekend we visited, 150,000 people came to Waco to celebrate spring at the Silos.
Jennifer was absolutely delighted in the experience. It was a feast for her eyes. The Magnolia Market at the Silos is a boutique home decor store filed with items hand selected by Joanna for every room in the house. There’s furniture and accessories, lots of great gift ideas, as well as wall coverings,
But, after Jennifer did s0me shopping, I was surprised by how many other things there were to experience while in Waco – like Wild West history, the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and lots of good Texas BBQ, Tex-Mex and, of course, steak. I need to go up a size in my Wranglers after our our four-day visit.
Here's a video that takes you with us as we traveled to Waco, showing you where we camped, what we did with Bo while we toured the town and how many of those Fixer Upper homes are bringing big bucks for their owners.