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Happy November, everyone!
I really can’t get over the fact that it’s November already… I feel like I say that at the beginning of every new month. Needless to say, I’m excited for the holidays and my favorite month of the entire year, December.
This past weekend I didn’t work on Saturday… which, you might think is pretty normal, but for me it’s like once in a blue moon. So Stephen and I decided to that that opportunity to take a day trip to The Silos in Waco, TX. If you’re not familiar with The Silos, it’s a place created by Chip and Joanna Gaines from the HGTV show Fixer Upper. They bought these two silos, and created this amazing space around it in Downtown Waco, Texas. There’s a beautiful garden, a green lawn with lawn games, a market full of home decor galore, food trucks surrounding the perimeter, and the newly finished bakery on the corner. It’s so relaxing, and just a fun space for the whole family.
I always wanted to go, because I die over the show Fixer Upper and all the interior design and decor. But also because I LOVE Chip and Joanna. I just think they are normal, real, and authentic people with big dreams. They are just like us, and they really are the cutest on TV. They openly talk about their faith and belief in God, and that’s a big ‘ol “W” in my books!
Honestly, you need to see the whole grounds. It’s not at big of an area, so it’s pretty easy to do. Once you get to the entrance, more than likely you’re going to see a long line for the Bakery at the corner. We choose to bypass the Bakery and walk around the ground to explore first. We eventually stumbled upon the Gardens, were we purchased two adorable pumpkins. After the Gardens we walked around and discovered they were having a Barn Sale… SCORE. Then we walked into the Magnolia Market, and we hit up the Bakery before getting back on the trolley to go home.
We parked off the grounds and took a modernized trolley to the entrance of The Silos. The trolley driver gives you little fun facts about downtown Waco, as you’re driving through it. It’s free, and you can get on and off at any of the stops at no cost. I know there are some museums in downtown Waco, which we didn’t visit. The trolley runs every 8-1o minutes, and stops running at 6pm which is when everything closes. I believe the grounds are open till 7pm, so you can hang out and catch the sunset. It’s also not necessary to take the trolley, you can definitely walk. From where we parked, we were only 2 or 3 blocks away.
Do go in the Magnolia Market, it’s crowded but worth it. Especially if you watch the show and are a fan. You’ll just appreciate the style, and the items you’ll see. I loved seeing the metal work from their friend Jimmy (JDH Iron Designs) in the store. They also have a whole corner dedicated to Chip. Also, do find a spot to just sit and relax. It has the feel of grandma and grandpa’s backyard, and everyone is there just hanging out. Last but not least, do go to the Bakery. It’s super cute, but also super crowded. They have an efficient system of making it go quickly. I had the pumpkin spice cupcake, and it was good! Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I definitely prefer my homemade pumpkin cupcakes.
We had lunch just prior to arriving to The Silos… rookie mistake. And by the time we were starting to feel hungry again, all the food trucks were closing for the day. But if you go, definitely walk around and check out all the different trucks. As far as I know, they are there all the time, which is pretty neat. Next time we go, I’m definitely hitting up the juice truck and the grilled cheese truck. Mmmm. Of course, grab you a little somethin’ somethin’ at the Bakery.
Stephen did a Google Maps search for food options in the area, and we decided on Vitek’s BBQ. It was delicious, but so very unhealthy. We both got plates they were known for, and apparently voted best meal on a college campus by the Food Network. We sat outside, next to a giant fire pit surrounded by lots of TVs and string lights. I would definitely go back.
It was pretty hot when we went… even though it was the end of October. Get it together Texas. So I wore a simple t-shirt, my new favorite high-waisted jeans (currently 45% off!), my converse, and my new Stella & Dot holiday pieces (silver choker, necklace). I was praying the night before that we would get a cold front, so I could wear a cute fall sweater and boots. Clearly I didn’t have any luck with that…
Thank you for stopping, and I hope you have a great day!
P.S. pray for a cold front in Texas!
Life has been pretty busy lately, and Stephen and I have been wanting to take a day trip to Schulenburg, Texas to see the Painted Churches for a really long time. He had some down time between changing jobs, so we decided to finally make the trip! Let me just say, going anywhere and walking around a lot in the summer in Texas is extremely hot. So if this is something you decide to do yourself, go in the cooler months or be prepared with sunscreen, fans, and lots of water. While planning our route to the Painted Churches, we decided to also visit the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas where they make Shiner beer. Which was practically down the street from one of the churches on the Painted Churches tour. I have split this Day Trip Guide into the following categories: SEE, DO, EAT, WEAR.
You should definitely try to make it to as many churches as possible on the tour, because they are so magnificent. Just to clarify, you can take an actual led tour, but when I say ‘tour’ I just mean the series of churches to see that are included in the Painted Churches. There are a total of 8 churches, and they are all BEAUTIFUL. Some of them are farther away, but there are 4 pretty close together, which we were able to visit.
Each church is so unique, and it is crazy to think how long ago they were built and the exquisite detailing that went into each one. It is something you don’t really see today in America.
Czech settlers arrived in this area and built these churches in the early 1800 century. Each church is so different, one was decorated with frescoes and stenciling which was popular in Germany in 1800s, and another all the paintings were done by a European drifter.
When we mapped out the churches we planned on seeing, they were each about a 15-30 minute drive from each other. So you don’t park and walk to each church on the same street (what I originally thought). I will list the addresses of each church and the route we took below. If you have the time, I think the guided tour would be a really cool thing to do. Stephen really loves history, so hearing the facts and information about each church would have been really interesting. I would definitely go back to do the guided tour.
- St. Mary’s Catholic Church Nativity of the Blessed Mother Mary – High Hill, TX
1648 Farm to Market Road 340, Hallettsville, TX 77964
2. Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church – Dubina, TX
100 St. Ludmilla St., Shiner, TX 77984
3. St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption – Praha, TX
821 Farm to Market Road 1295, Flatonia, TX 78941
4. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church – Ammannsville, TX
7850 Mensik Rd, La Grange, TX 78945
JUST A LITTLE NOTE:
These Painted Churches are reverent and holy places, so if you decide to go, please be reverent and respectful. They are open 9am to 4pm on the weekdays, and closed on the weekend.
Aside from seeing the Painted Churches, we visited the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. We ended up being a little early for our tour time, so we drove through downtown Shiner to see if any shops were open. We saw this cute little antiques shop, Antiques Art and Beer, and decided to kill some time there. Best decision ever! The shop owner, Beverly, was so sweet. We bought a 16oz Shiner beer for like $6, which included our choice of a Shiner glass. She even frosted our glasses a bit before pouring. So we drank and shopped… best combo ever? Yes. It was so cute, with tons of little gadgets and trinkets. Not to mention the cold beer was SO refreshing.
Fast forward 40 minutes, and we’re rushing over to the Spoetzl Brewery to make it in time for the tour. I’ve always thought it would be a fun place to visit. I love learning about how companies produce their products, and the history of their humble beginnings. Plus… beer. Need I say more? You don’t have to pre-register for anything, but they have slotted times for guided tours and you just show up 15 minutes prior to the tour time. They have a little gift shop with all kinds of memorabilia AND beer tastings. The line was very long when we showed up, but we also showed up right before the tour started. So get there early so you can take advantage of the beer tastings.
I’ll be honest… I didn’t make the best decision in my wardrobe choice, but I wore a cute, flowy off the shoulder dress (similar) with distressed jeans (similar), these Ray-Ban Sunglasses, with my white converse.
Alright, that’s about it! I hope this gives you a little bit of a day trip inspo, or more information on what there is to see and so in and around Schulenburg. If you have any suggestions or have been to the Painted Churches before, comment below and let me know! Thank you so much for stopping by!