“Wouldn’t it be fun if all the castles in the air which we make could come true, and we could live in them?”Louisa May Alcott, Little Women.
Well, actually you can! That is, if your castles are drawn by Chip & Joanna. Thanks to Airbnb the Matsumoto Farm (Season 4, Finale) and many other houses are available for rent.
Check out Southern Living’s article about Matsumoto Farm here.
I planned this trip as part of our Spring Break and as a gift for my Twin’s 12th birthday! We live in Dallas, so getting there was easy. Waco is only about 95 miles south of Dallas. If you were to fly in and drive, it’s a straight shot down I35.
First Stop: West, Texas. There you can find the BEST kolaches around. Stop in at Little Czech Bakery or Slovacek’s to stock up on homemade sausage, kolaches, BBQ, and other delicious Czech inspired foods.
I brought an ice chest so we could stock up on kolaches for breakfast the next morning. Be sure to get both fruit filled & sausage filled kolaches. You will NOT be disappointed, and if you like smoked sausage, grab a couple links for the grill at Matsumoto Farm later.
Next Stop: Magnolia Market at the Silos. The girls enjoyed walking through the store. We heard the store can get crowded with a line to get in, but we walked right through on a Saturday afternoon. It was busy but easy to get around. We ended up buying some t-shirts and a cute coffee mug.
Silos Baking Co. is right next door. You MUST get a cupcake! They are heavenly! The line was wrapped around the building, so we opted for the Silos Baking Co. food truck–same cupcakes but a fraction of the wait time.
We ate the Silobration (vanilla cake + chocolate buttercream icing) and the Strawberries ‘N Cream (strawberry cake + vanilla buttercream icing) Sorry, no picture–we ate them too fast!
Don’t miss the Magnolia Seed + Supply store located behind the lawn. It has gardening supplies and a super cute planter box garden. The picture to the left is the greenhouse next to the Seed + Supply. I wish it were in my backyard, but I can’t keep a houseplant alive….and that’s a whole different story. 🙂 After I finished admiring the garden, the kids ran around on the lawn. It’s a great place to let them burn some energy!
I chose to stay in the shade while the burning of energy was going on. Shade is plentiful under the silos, but there are also picnic tables scattered around the lawn as well. We could have stayed and played a few more hours, but we had our very own Fixer Upper house waiting for us.
About 25 miles northwest of Waco is a little town called Crawford, Texas. The drive to Crawford is beautiful. Don’t forget to take in the serene farmland as you make your way to the final destination.
Final Stop: I booked two nights at the Matsumoto Farm, and we could not have been happier. The idea of staying in a home that Chip and Joanna designed was the draw, but once we were there it was the easy living that captured us. The kitchen was a dream to cook in, the house was stocked with toys, and the backyard was a child oasis. We grilled hamburgers, sat on the porch, and just enjoyed being out of the rat race!
It was a spring break success with all the kids!