Can you believe it's already almost 2016? This year has been full to the brim with blessings and adventures near and far. This past year, I've really taken time to explore more right at home. Waco, Texas is overflowing with great places to visit and things to see. A major highlight for Waco this year was the opening of Magnolia Market at the Silos.
Magnolia and Waco have been made famous by HGTV's Fixer Upper, and the town hasn't been the same since! Magnolia Market is frequented by people from all over the country, putting Waco on the map. I have visited Magnolia twice since it opened at the Silos, including the grand opening. I visited for Fall and again in December. I took a million pictures to capture this great, family place. Not only is there shopping, there are plenty of things for the whole family, a lawn for games, a garden, outdoor kids reading area, food trucks, and, in 2016, a bakery (just announced yesterday). I definitely recommend getting there early if you plan on visiting, after that there are plenty of places nearby to visit. I'll do a whole post on that soon! For now, here are lots of photos of Magnolia Market at the Silos for you to enjoy.
Hi there! Much has happened since I was able to post last. Christmas is almost here, and I've traveled to a couple of states! A couple of weeks ago, I was able to visit my dear friend in Tennessee. She moved there a little over a year ago, and I was so excited to be able to visit her. During my short stay, we ventured to Asheville, North Carolina to explore the Biltmore. Biltmore Estate is a massive property built by the Vanderbilts in the late 1800s.
The architecture paired with the over the top Christmas decor was right up my alley! The estate overlooks 8000+ acres and the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. The tour was a bit pricey, but I felt like it was worth it! The estate also boasts areas for visitors to stay overnight, restaurants,gardens, and shops. We stuck close to the home, and there was plenty to see! If you are ever in the area, I definitely recommend checking it out. Book tickets 7 days in advance for $10 off. We weren't allowed to take photos inside, but wow! The wood work, the wall papers, the painted ceilings, every single detail was incredible! I made up for the lack of photos inside with tons of photos outside. I carried my big camera this time, sure to zoom in close to capture the most intricate details of the facade. I have lots of photos to share. I hope you enjoy them!
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Welcome to New York City, it's been waiting for you! I can't believe I've already shared so much from our New York City trip with you! It's been so fun to relive the memories, and talk a walk down those city streets again. To wrap things up, I thought I would share a few things to help you plan a trip to THE big city, mostly focusing on Manhattan. I've put together a list of places to stay, restaurant spots, shopping, attractions and more.
Millennium Broadway Hotel: This was our hotel choice, and it was perfect! The location was right in Times Square, within walking distance to so many places, and the fab Art Deco facade and lobby were picturesque.
Waldorf Astoria New York: Yes, one of the most famous hotels in NYC is atop my list. Before you strike it out, do some research, price checking, and bargain hunting. You can often find amazing deals for this amazing hotel!
Holiday Inn NYC Midtown: This hotel is in an amazing location, and perfect for a budget! It's close to Central Park and Times Square, and it's roof top has a Sex & the City vibe.
Serendipity: You can't miss out on the famous Frozen Hot Chocolate! The meatloaf is also worth the wait! In a hurry? Grab a package of the hot chocolate to take home for later.
Red Rooster Harlem: This down home, comfort food cafe is perfect for Sunday brunch. Best part, no reservation required!
Most of our shopping was big box. Next go 'round, I plan to shop quaint little spots & markets.
Bloomingdale's: I loved it for it's Art Deco vibes, amazing store windows, and variety of shopping. It's a great stop on your walk to Serendipity, which is just a few blocks away. They happen to house a Magnolia Bakery as well!
Forever 21 Times Square: Need great little not-so-kitschy souvenirs or an outfit for a night on the town, this is your spot! They sell men's & plus sizes as well.
Macy's Herald Square: Besides amazing sales, you have to check out the original to the building escalator. One of my favorite "historical bit" from our trip. Head in at Christmas time to catch a glimpse of Santa.
9/11 Memorial: Take your time here, even walk around the area outside the memorial, reflect. Make the time to go. You won’t regret it.
Top of the Rock: Skip the lines at the Empire State Building, and head to Rockefeller Center for amazing views of Manhattan and beyond. In my opinion, the views here trump the ESB, because you'll see the Empire State Building & Central Park from above.
Central Park: One of my biggest regrets from our time in NYC, not seeing more of Central Park! It's sheer size is incredible to me, and there's so much history here. Take a morning, an afternoon, or even a whole day to explore!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: This world famous museum is chock full of world history. We enjoyed the Egyptian exhibit, but hate we missed The Costume Institute's collection. Plan your visit ahead to decide what your must sees are, or you could find yourself wandering around here for days!
Empire State Building: I said before, I loved the views at Rockefeller Center best, but the ESB is booming with history! Learn historical facts, see famous photographs, and watch videos of it's history on your journey up.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine: This Gothic Revival cathedral has been around since the late 1800s, and is full of some of the most incredible architecture I've ever seen. Take a tour to learn about it's conception, along with it's years long wedding waiting list!
Rockefeller Center: Take a stroll through one of New York City's most famous areas along 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Plaza. Sight see, catch an airing of The Today Show, or swipe that credit card at some amazing shops. From there, take a walk Uptown to see The Plaza Hotel, Tiffany's, and Central Park.
Statue of Liberty: Whether you catch views of Lady Liberty from shore or ride out to her island, you won't want to miss seeing this icon piece of American history.
Good Morning America: Wake up early, and try your hand a being seen on TV! Get there around 6 to get a top spot. Be sure to bring a sign so your friends & family can easily spot you on air.
Of course there are so many other places too see and things to do in New York City, but these are some great highlights I hope you'll enjoy. Thank you again for taking this ride with me! I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. Take a look at all the details of my NYC posts and enjoy a few more photos below. Thank you again for exploring with me!
Trip Wrap Up
Bus Tour & City Pass
Planning a NYC Itinerary
Sweets & Shopping
Empire State Building
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Radio City Music Hall + The Rockettes
Hey there! I'm just about ready to wrap up our trip to New York City, but I wanted to share one more bit before I did. Our December trip was truly magical with Christmas decorations around every corner & snow flurries falling from the sky! We had the most wonderful time, and I wanted to share that magic of Christmas time in the city with you!
We enjoyed every bit we saw, and since I've been reliving these memories with you, I'm dying to return! Though anytime would be wonderful, in my opinion December is the most magical time to visit. Tomorrow, I'll be wrapping up the trip with my favorite spots to shop, eat, stay, and see. See you back then!
Hi there! I thought I'd continue with sharing the shows we saw in New York. Yesterday, I spoke about seeing the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, which was a treat! Along with the Rockettes, we saw 3 other shows. We'd planned on more, but ran into a bit of a snafu towards the end of our trip which cut that short. Nonetheless, we enjoyed every single show we saw! The first show we saw was The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet.
The ballet and the theatre itself we incredible! The NYC Ballet is the crème de la crème of ballets, and it did not disappoint! It was lovely and elegant and lively and childlike. We enjoyed the story, one we hadn't seen before. The costumes were beautiful, and the sets were over the top. The theatre and lobby itself were equally stunning! It was an amazing way to kick off our first days in The City.
Later in the week, we picked up discount tickets for Cinderella at the TKTS booth in Times Square. There are several of these booths throughout the city. They offer day of discount Broadway Show tickets for various shows. We planned to use TKTS for more show tickets, but later in our visit our debit cards were shut off!! Both of ours! So, thank you stupid hackers for that. :) We still enjoyed every show we did see, including Cinderella. We were in such awe of this performance. This was our first Broadway Show, and right away we were hooked! The costumes, the set, the acting, the singing, the magical costume changes, all of it was wonderful! To top it off, the show was at the Broadway Theatre, what a treat!
I've already spoke about the last production we saw, The Rockettes, but our last Broadway production was The Lion King. We planned this show ahead of time, purchasing tickets online months in advance. This made waiting lots of fun! ;) But the anticipation was worth it! This was and still is the most incredible show I've ever seen! The set & costumes were the most amazing things I'd ever seen! The way the animals are depicted is true Broadway magic! If you ever have the chance to see this, I highly encourage you to. You will love it!
Broadway Shows when visiting New York City are an absolute must! I enjoyed all of the shows we saw, and have enjoyed every show we've seen off-Broadway since. Let's just say theatre in NYC got me addicted! And remember f you're ever in New York and want to catch a show on a whim, check out the TKTS booth for a great deal on tons of great shows! Thank you so much for allowing me to share my travels with you. I hope you'll be inspired to travel and find some tips you can use as well. See you back soon to begin wrapping up our trip to New York City.