Question: When is a girls trip a good idea?
Answer: ALL THE TIME.
This October, Katie, Janie, Sal, and Kate had a B-L-A-S-T in Texas! … Like we almost didn’t come back. We experienced so many new things on the trip, but we also did something out of the ordinary before we even left … we barely made plans for our daily activities! (*gasp!*) Needless to say, we learned A TON! So much of it was great to see spontaneously, but we realized we could have made it even better with just a liiiiiitle more information, so we are here to share all of our newfound knowledge with you today!
Let’s level set. Here were our main objectives for the trip:
If that sounds like the kind of trip you’re looking for, here is what we recommend:
Where to Fly
Fly into the Dallas-Fort Worth airport or Austin airport, depending on your budget and schedule. It is about 1.5 hours to Waco from either airport.
Also! Check prices of rental cars for both airports for the best deals. We HIGHLY recommend having your own vehicle, which is reiterated in many of our points below!
Where to Stay
We stayed in Waco, which was nice, but we realized that we actually would have preferred to stay in one of the larger (somewhat) nearby cities. Here’s why:
In larger cities, we’d have a wider selection for places to stay
Much of what we wanted to see in Waco were things that we could tackle in about a day, and we felt like we could have spent MUCH more bopping around in larger cities
Regardless of where you decide to stay, we say get rental house for the space and convenience
Where to Fly + Where to Stay If We Did It All Over Again:
What to See in Waco
Other Texas Cities You Can Hang Your Hat On
Essentially, a condominium development project was abandoned, and the structural concrete walls have turned into a community art project under The HOPE non-profit organization. Learn more about the organization and their great work here and read more about the story of the project’s beginnings here!
DO: bring your tennies/hiking boots to get to the top tier and see the most fantastic view of the city! It was muddy and slippery for us on the way up and the way down!
DON’T: bring your spray paint can. Turns out, It is considered trespassing if you paint on the wall without approval. If you want to participate in the project as an artist, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Magnolia Cafe - a staple 24-hour diner that is ironically not at all related to the Magnolia Market! With a quirky vibe and delicious food, Magnolia Cafe is well worth it!
Rainey Street for Nightlife - this is DEFINITELY somewhere we want to go back. The street is lined with old bungalow homes that have been converted into bars with amazing live music and over-the-top, off-the-wall themes. Seriously so cool!
Tips from Locals in Austin:
We heard this twice within 30 minutes: “Everyone will tell you to go out on 6th Street. Don’t. Go to Rainey Street.” We concur!
Use Ride Austin instead of Uber or Lyft. It is a ride-sharing platform whose proceeds are donated back to charities, AND you can choose to round up your total to provide additional donations!
Day Trip/Driving Tips
Frontage roads - If you know you need to stop at a gas station (or Starbucks!) soon, have a passenger track down the next convenient stop. Seems like overkill, but those Texas frontage roads are deceiving and can make you backtrack quite a way to get where you need to go!
Buccee’s - You will see many of these along your drive in Texas. GO INSIDE ONE. We had no better example of “everything is bigger in Texas” than being inside this … Gas station? Grocery store? Converted warehouse? You could literally host a wedding reception inside the *bathroom* of this place. That is both a comment on the size and cleanliness of this thing.
We also had great service in Texas for our gluten-free travelers, Katie and Kate. The restaurants we ate at that were accommodating and helpful with our gluten-free requests were: Poppa Rolla’s, Ninfa’s, and Magnolia Table in Waco, Casa Rio in San Antonio, Magnolia Cafe in Austin. And they were all yummy!
Just writing this, we are itching to go back. And it hasn’t even been a month! We seriously loved our time in Texas, and we love being able to share our best recommendations with you.
Aaaaand because we’re so serious about getting back there … Tell us! Have you ever been to Texas?! What do you recommend that we see, do, and eat (because we sure did a ton of that)?! Send us an e-mail or DM - we’d love to hear it!
Till next time, ya’ll!