Spending a Weekend in Central Texas’ New Travel Destination

Fans of the HGTV hit ‘Fixer Upper’ will not be shocked to hear that Waco, Texas is suddenly becoming a travel destination. With the show’s popularity on the rise, Waco has seen an explosion in the number of visitors. However, fans of the show may be surprised to hear that Waco has a lot more to offer. From an internationally renowned whiskey distillery to the world’s longest lazy river, Waco has plenty to offer, if you know where to look.

Where to Eat

Much like Waco itself, the culinary scene is starting to explode, but some of the best food is served at restaurants that have been around a while.

Viteks BBQ is what happens when a butcher decides to convert his meat market into a BBQ joint. We recommend trying “The Gut Pack”, which was recently named the Best College Eat by the Cooking Channel. Another staple in Waco is Baris Pasta and Pizza. With family recipes brought over from Italy and ingredients picked fresh daily, Baris somehow seamlessly combines BYOB with a home-like atmosphere. Finally, check out George’s for chicken fried steak and a cold Big “O” beer. For a sense of the atmosphere, check out Pat Green’s song “George’s Bar”.

What to Do

Founded by the stars of “Fixer Upper”, Magnolia Silos offers shopping and a large outdoor space where you can play corn-hole, throw the football around, and eat at food trucks serving everything from crepes to gourmet popcorn. For fans of whisky, check out Balcones distillery. Since starting under a bridge in Waco in 2011, Balcones has won over 140 nation and international awards, including being named as the 2017, 2015, 2014, and 2013 Texas Distillery of the year, 2015 Grand Master for American Whiskey, and the 2013 Grand Master Whisky of the World. The distillery offers tours, tastings, and a store where you can buy some special release whiskies, as well as their staples. For those wanting to spend some time in the sun, BSR cable park offers something for all ages. Started as a wake board park, BSR has since added a mile long lazy river, and the “Royal Flush”, a 120 foot waterslide that launches riders high into the air before splashing into a large pond (you may have seen this video that went viral last year). Also, Baylor University’s Campus is a great place to walk around, read a book, or check out the two bears (Lady and Joy) in their bear habitat.

Where to Stay

For lodging, we recommend staying at Hotel Indigo. The location is ideal, in the heart of downtown Waco. Built within the last few years, the rooms are modern and spacious. Plus, for a quick drink or bite to eat, check out the restaurant and bar in the lobby.

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