Arts / Culture / History, Entertainment & shows, Family Fun, Texas

A Magical Day at the Magnolia Market in Waco Texas

Magnolia Market front of building

 

If you were a fan of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” then you’re familiar with Chip and Joanna Gaines’s, Magnolia Market at the Silos. Since its opening in 2015, the two-and-a-half acre property in downtown Waco, Texas, has become much more than a store—it has become a significant destination.

I recently had a fun day exploring all that Magnolia’s had to offer. Driving to the location, visitors first spot the two iconic grain silos. Across from them is the 20,000-square-foot Magnolia Market. The property also contains a bakery, a garden and garden shop, and an outdoor area with artificial turf where the entire family can toss a football, play corn-hole, eat a picnic lunch, or just enjoy the laid-back vibe. Be sure to snap a selfie in front of the famous silos and red vintage truck with the Magnolia Market sign bolted to it. 

To read my entire article go to TraveltheSouthbloggers.com.

 

 

 

Arts / Culture / History, Food and Wine, Louisiana, Romantic get-a-ways

How to Do New Orleans in a Weekend

 

Bourbon Street, New Orleans at nightDINNER AT ARNAUD’S AND MUSIC ON FRENCHMAN STREET

DAY 1: One of the first things I like to do when I visit a new city is a Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour.  These are great for providing an overall tour of the city, highlighting the city’s history and helping you decide what to explore in greater depth. I suggest purchasing the unlimited 3-day tour ticket so you can explore at your leisure.

For an authentic Creole dinner, make reservations at Arnaud’s Restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter. Serving authentic Creole cuisine for more than 100 years, this family-owned restaurant is a great place for a romantic dinner. Request to be seated in the Jazz Bistro section which has a nightly live Dixieland Jazz band. Dine à la carté or choose from a three course “prix fixe” Table D’hôtel Menu. Be sure to try their signature side dish, Soufflé Potatoes with Béarnaise Sauce and end your meal with a local specialty—Café Brulot (for two) prepared table side and flamed with brandy.

Read my entire story in TraveltheSouthbloggers.com.

 

 

Arts / Culture / History, Entertainment & shows, Family Fun, Food and Wine, Louisiana

Exploring Louisiana’s Plantation and Bayou Country

While the city of New Orleans is a popular destination, one only has to travel an hour or less outside the city to get a different perspective of Louisiana’s rich heritage and culture. Visit sugar cane plantations, Louisiana’s swamps and bayous and chow down on some local Cajun food.

Read my article at TraveltheSouthbloggers.com

 

Arts / Culture / History, Disney, Family Fun, Florida

Epcot’s Upcoming Transformation

Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience, the first in-depth look at the historic transformation already underway at Epcot. A 360-degree film presentation features upcoming attractions in development and projection-mapping technology highlights an artfully designed model of the park. (David Roark, photographer)

 

Click link to see my article for Allegiant’s  Sunseeker Magazine.

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Arts / Culture / History, Festivals / events, Mountain Adventures, North Carolina

PUT ON YOUR DANCING SHOES AND HEAD TO THE DIRTY DANCING FESTIVAL IN LAKE LURE, NC

Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure, NC

Lake Lure, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, is a great destination any time of year, but it’s especially fun to visit during the Annual Dirty Dancing Festival which will be held August 24th—25th of this year. I attended last year’s 8th Annual Dirty Dancing Festival which marked the 30th anniversary of the movie and definitely “had the time of my life”!

To read more about the Festival and what to do while visiting Lake Lure, check out my article at: TraveltheSouthBloggers.