Fall Apple Picking.

It’s the time of year when our air gets crisp and the leaves start to turn. Growing up in Tallahassee we didn’t really have much in the way of a change of season so I really do appreciate the fall, even if it means colder weather is coming. I like to take this time to enjoy the weather outside and luckily living in south offers so many fun things to do. 

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I decided to make a special trip with my oldest son, just the two of us. We drove up to BJ Reece Apple Orchard, and boy did we have a great time. Apple picking season in Georgia starts the last week in August and lasts until the end of October so make sure to plan your trip during this time. 

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apple picking season

 After we finished our apple picking we headed to the main building to find some more goodies. They have so many varieties of apples, and a full section of fresh seasonal produce. But the best part is ALL the apple goods you can buy. They had everything from fresh apple hand-made pies, apple cider, bushels of apples, to apple chips, you name it - they’ve got it. My favorite treat ended up being, the apple cider sour cream donuts paired with a little styrofoam cup of hot apple cider. Fall is officially here and I couldn't be happier. 

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The BJ Reece Orchard has so many great varieties of Apples to choose from and they are best picked at certain dates. Here is a list from their website: 

  • Rome Beauty - September 15

  • Staymen Winesap - September 15

  • Cameo - October 1

  • Winecrisp - October 1

  • Shizuka - October 1

  • Candy Crisp - October 1

  • Braeburn - October 1

  • Gold Rush - October 15

  • Arkansas Black - October 15

  • Granny Smith - October 15

  • Pink Ladies - October 15

  • Yates - October 15

  • Fuji - October 15

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Not only did they have tons of apples to pick but they also have the cutest little petting zoo. We also got a chance to see a ton of fresh pumpkins and even passed a huge field of sunflowers too. We are so lucky to be so close to the North Georgia Mountains, there is so much to do in the great outdoors nearby us. We also visited Burt’s Pumpkin Patch while we were there, another huge farm operation that’s perfect for picking any kind of pumpkin or gourd you can imagine.

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Now that we had all of these fresh apples, I couldn't wait to start on some great fall recipes. I made an Apple Buttermilk Skillet for dessert- and let me tell you, it was delicious. Let me know what apple recipes you love to use in the fall and any other fall things you love doing with your family. Check out our video below to see more of our adventure!


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Must-See Historic Southern Homes.

We've traveled the South photographing small town squares, big and small. Capturing stories, discovering treasures and unearthing the roots of history along the way. If walls could talk I'd sure have a whole lot more stories to tell, that's for sure.

We've amassed such a collection of beautiful places that I thought it would be fun to put together an on-going archive of some of the most wonderful homes from across the South. I'd LOVE to know which are your favorite of the homes.


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Small Town Peach Picking.

We were out at the family farm one rainy weekend with a whole bunch of nothing to do this summer. Now that's a rare occasion for us these days and as I'm sure I'll come to find out, even more rare as the days go on.

This particular day I decided to accompany the guys to the gun store, a two-hour scenic drive from the farm through back roads and adventures I was sure. Because that's just what you do on the weekends in the country and just why we love escaping the city as much as we can.

Dickey Farms / Georgia peaches / heirloomed small town travel

We had nearly reached the store, passing small town after small town with a whole lot of farm land and cows in between when we reached the little town of Musella, GA. The signs screaming "ice cream" caught the attention of the boys so we promised to stop in to see what this particular farm was all about. Well, I'm so glad we did.

The tiniest strip of town was built around Dickey Farm, a peach grower + packer. Directly beside it sits the Musella Gin and Cotton Co, a simple metal building with hand lettered typography that I continue to fall in love with. But the gem of the little town sat directly across the street.

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C.F. Hays & Son General Store opened in 1900 and is still operated today by the grandson of Mr. Hays himself. Stocked inside with fixtures and wares that look to be so authentic to the original period you'd swear you had just stepped back in time. 

CF Hays and Son General Store / Musella GA / heirloomed travel
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On this particular Saturday they have the smoker going with turkey legs and real BBQ, and baked beans the gentlemen told us had been picked down the street and had soaked all night. There were two dogs on the front porch that have clearly seen their fare share of barbecue over their days there, and they weren't shy about asking for more.

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Old metal signs and fuel pumps adorned the exterior of the building and you can tell they're not the reproduction kind but instead ones that have been collected from old-school advertising techniques of the brands they've stocked over the last 118 years. Still brilliant. And a restored Coca-Cola mural on the side of the building that I'd love to know the story behind as well. The highlight of the front door for the kids was the little iron on a pulley that acted as a door weight, going up and down as you opened the front door to keep it closed.

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vintage metal general store signs / heirloomed travel
Coca-Cola Mural / CF Hays and Sons General Store / heirloomed travel

So the boys ate their barbecue and then we headed across the street to Dickey Farm to enjoy some fresh, homemade ice cream. Being that it as a rainy summer day we didn't partake in any picking ourselves, but we did enjoy some fresh peach and strawberry ice cream. Clearly homemade and freshly picked from only yards away absolutely blows away anything stocking the shelves at the grocery store.

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dickey farms peach grower / musella ga / heirloomed travel
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Though the point of this trip was the gun store I was so glad to have stumbled up on this gem of a little town. I hope you'll seek it out and visit for yourself #HEIRLOOMEDTRAVEL.



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heirloomed Travel : Waco, TX

Today I'm headed a bit further West than my Southern travels tend to take me to a town we've all grown to know and love - Waco, Texas.

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I had the chance to head out to Texas and jumped at the opportunity to spend a quick trip exploring all this sweet town and a few little stop-sign towns surrounding it. Nestled perfectly in the middle of the major cities of Dallas + Austin, I'd say Waco has in the past been known mostly for Baylor University but most recently has been put on the map as a top destination thanks to the sweet couple that is helping to revitalize the city, Chip + Joanna Gaines. So you know the whole Magnolia tour was on the top of my list during my visit.

LANDMARKS :

A few beautiful, notable + historic landmarks you'll want to be sure to visit during your trip to Waco :

  • McLennan County Courthouse - isn't it just so gorgeous and grande? Located right near the downtown strip, the building is ornate inside and out with beautiful marble and stained glass. It was built in 1901.
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  • ALICO Building - nearly every time I searched Waco when pre-planning my trip a shot of this building popped up. It was built in 1911 and is the tallest building in Waco. Used currently as an office building, the architecture and sign have such a great Art Deco-like look to me. You can get a great shot from the parking lot in front of the Courthouse too.
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  • Downtown Waco - of course all my travel guides instruct you to visit the downtown strip or square, this one is no exception. The old brick building lined street has quite a few little shops, restaurants, businesses and historic theatre with the sound of whippoorwills singing to you as you stroll down the streets.
  • The Hippodrome Theatre - opening in 1914, this sweet historic theatre is located right on the strip in downtown Waco and is complete with an old-school flashing marquee sign full of lights. It has had a storied past of renovations and ups and downs but is now entertaining the town with everything from new release movies to classic performances.
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  • Waco Mural - you know I love a good #instagramshot in a small town coupled with classic hand-painted signage so this city mural is one stop you can't miss. It's right on the corner of 5th Avenue and Franklin so be sure to head over to snap your photo and toss in a #HEIRLOOMEDTRAVEL hashtag while you're at it.
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  • Riverwalk + Suspension Bridge - this landmark has long been on the map for Waco as the bridge was originally constructed in 1870. This is a pretty little area to take a break outside with the kids, have a picnic and grab a few photos.
  • Dr. Pepper Museum - as an Atlantan I'm a Coke lover but this building is oh-so-charming and I bet the classic soda experience of the museum is just as sweet. Right down from the Silos too.
dr pepper museum / Waco texas / heirloomed travel guide
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MAGNOLIA-RELATED :

OK, I know this is probably the reason you're even here in the first place so here's all the good stuff you should do if you're wanting to explore all things Magnolia during your time in Waco.

All I can say as a fangirl of Fixer Upper and a branding lover is that every little detail in regards to Magnolia is flawlessly executed in a way that it just as you'd imagine it to be. I can only imagine that Joanna has had a hand in each and every beautiful detail because it just screams her aesthetic at every turn. Loved it all.

  • Magnolia Table - of course what I love most about the beautiful new restaurant is that it is located inside the old Elite Cafe, a Waco institution. I love the idea of bringing back anything old to a new life and they have done this oh-so-beautifully. Giving homage to the roots of this building, the menu is filled with some of Joanna's best recipes (I also grabbed another copy of her book!) but Heidi and I couldn't resist the Avocado Toast, a hot cup of coffee and of course a pile of biscuits with strawberry butter. I mean. The restaurant is not located right there near the Silo District so plan accordingly, it's a quick Uber ride away.

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  •  Magnolia Market - located right in the Silos District the shop is big and beautiful and brimming with so many great finds. Gifts, home decor, kitchen and lots more. The market baskets are fantastic and it's the place to go if you're looking for a Waco-inspired shirt that you may have seen on the show, along with many other things they use to style the properties they renovate and design. 
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shopping magnolia market in Waco Texas / heirloomed
  • Silos Baking Co - another sweet treat, the Bakery is just a tiny old building right beneath the two towering grain silos in town and had a line literally out the door and around the corner in the morning hours. Everyone is so sweet and helpful and they hand you a little menu checklist so you can be ready to order once you make it to the counter. We may or may not have sampled quite a variety of the cupcakes - all delicious if you ask me!
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  • Magnolia Seed + Supply one of my favorite things to see (unexpectedly so) was this just adorable little garden store in the Silos District. It was brimming with all things any garden lover would love and the grounds surrounding it were filled with so many beds of fresh blooms, but I especially loved the Zinnias. Gardens have my heart and I couldn't resist snagging a "Plant Lady" shirt of my very own. 

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  • Silos Lawn - connecting most of the above is the great lawn here in the district where so many folks gathered to take photos, enjoy a meal and just relax or play yard games. There are a bunch of (super cute) food trucks, perfect for grabbing lunch and a little water spigot to fill up your water bottles too.

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  • Harp Design Co - the shop to visit where you can support woodworker Clint Harp and his wife that are a go-to resource on the show. The shop is in an area of beautiful old homes and a few antique stores too.
  • Tours - there are a number of tours of Waco you can go on, including some where you can see some of the homes that were featured on Fixer Upper. I didn't partake but you'll see what options you have when you're there on site.

DINING :

  • Lula Janes - sweet and cozy and pet-friendly too. Complete with their own garden, pretty much any place that categories their menu with "Breakfast" and "Sweets" is a win in my book.
  • Heritage Creamery - I'm an ice cream lover and this seems to be a must-visit stop in Waco, especially if the kids are joining you on this journey. Perfect place to stop and have a sweet treat on a hot Texas afternoon.
  • Common Grounds - this local coffee shop is just too cute with 'WACO' letters on the outside of the little coffeehouse. The owners even had their home renovated on one of the episodes of Fixer Upper. Great place to get your caffeine fix in the AM.
  • Magnolia Table - of course, a must visit. Go early to avoid lines (and you know I love breakfast) and you can spend any time waiting perusing the little Market shop there at the restaurant. 
  • Health Camp - I spotted this one right next door to Magnolia Table and it's so visually interesting and full of juxtaposition (ie: burgers + ice cream are not what I'd call health food) and I just absolutely love how retro it is.
  • Silos District Food Trucks - aforementioned, it's a great place to catch lunch while visiting the Magnolia sites.  
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ANTIQUES + SHOPPING :

While I did mention the was a quick work trip, I didn't get a bunch of leisurely time to peruse the area for antiques. And I was there on a Sunday/Monday, days in which most great antique shops tend to be closed. But if you love them as much as I do, here's a list for you!

  • Show + Tell Antiques - oh my gracious I am so sad this one was closed during my trip. It kind of reminds me from the exterior of an Addams Family home (but in a good way) and is situated near the Harp Design Co shop and around a few streets of beautiful old homes. I am totally going back, let know how it is!
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  • Savage Finds - stumble upon this little gem right behind the Silos across the train tracks (a very short walk) and loved the Texas vibe. It has some architectural pieces and odds and ends but perfect to stop in and take home a Waco treasure.
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  • Junque in the Trunk - another I wasn't able to make it to but was on my list to visit after some research
  • Roundtop Antiques - OK, not in Waco BUT if you're a vintage lover and planning a future trip and can be flexible Roundtop is close enough to Waco that I'd totally recommend planning your trip around the show which happens twice a year. Otherwise, a drive out there is sure to score you some finds.
  • Linen and Cake - (EDIT) : I added this one thanks to a comment by my Instagram follower @teagues1, it wasn't open when I visited but looks right up my alley so go check them out!
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HISTORIC HOMES :

Here are a few gems from Waco that I thought you may enjoy!

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Be sure to also check out my Travel Guide to a few small towns nearby that we hit along the way - McGregor and Lorena, Texas (CLICK HERE).

Hope this has been helpful and I'd love to hear if you've visited Waco and enjoyed it as much as I did. #HEIRLOOMEDTRAVEL


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heirloomed Travel : McGregor and Lorena, TX

I got the chance to travel out to Waco, Texas and like any of my travels I like to take some time to explore the historic areas around that others may not otherwise notice. It's kind of that nostalgia of a road trip that gets me every time. You know I love visiting and supporting these little town squares and these two are no exception.

Sometimes when there isn't too much going on in a little town it can feel completely abandoned at times and it forces you to explore beyond the main strip you'd normally get sucked into and that was certainly the case in McGregor + Lorena, Texas.

I created a little Small Town Checklist that you can download and print for your next trip - CLICK HERE

 

McGregor, Texas

The town of McGregor was on our roadmap because the Magnolia Inn is located here so I thought it would be fun to check out having watched that episode of Fixer Upper. It's about a 30 minute ride from Waco with not much between except fields and rows of corn, a pleasant drive.

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There was an old theatre that was since abandoned right in the downtown strip, along with a few businesses, shops, a library and a restaurant or two in town. The population of the town sits right around 5,000.

Downtown McGregor Texas / small town travel / heirloomed
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We wandered beyond the main drag to find a darling little train station that seemed fitting for a movie, the Magnolia Inn we can searching for, and quite a few beautiful historic homes too. McGregor is also home to a SpaceX facility which we didn't venture to but I'm always interested in what Elon has going on.

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charming historic church / McGregor Texas / heirloomed travel
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And, of course I spotted a few historic homes that I couldn't resist.

historic home McGregor texas / heirloomed travel
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Lorena, Texas

We happened upon Lorena taking the backroads from our trip to McGregor back to Waco. We had struck out on a few of the towns along the way that never amounted to anything really (I like to take the long way around ...) but this one was just too cute to ignore.

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We got sucked in first by a few historic homes on the way into town from the highway, each felt very farmhouse and unique in it's own way. We then stumbled upon Lorena United Methodist Church that seemed the perfect place for a sweet movie-like wedding ceremony.

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charming rustic white church / Lorena texas / heirloomed travel
Lorena texas church / heirloomed travel

The downtown in Lorena (isn't there a country song about it? I can't put my finger on it ...) was very tiny in comparison to McGregor but seemed to be more filled with two really cute shops and a restaurant or two. The railroad again sat on the edge of town with the water tower rising above it in the background. A vintage truck drove by while we stopped to check out the downtown and it just seemed perfectly fitting.

downtown Lorena texas / heirloomed travel guide

Hope you'll add these to your travels if you're road-tripping it through Texas between Dallas and Austin. Love to know what small towns you love to explore! #HEIRLOOMEDTRAVEL


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