Chip Gaines Surprises Family With Nostalgic Weekend Getaway


“Fixer Upper” star Chip Gaines is quite the father and husband. He showed that again when he decided to surprise his whole family recently with a weekend getaway.

“Chip has always talked about the Balloon Fiesta and how he went as a little kid growing up in Albuquerque,” Chip’s wife Joanna wrote on her Instagram page on Sunday (Oct. 7) regarding the family’s recent visit to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

“He surprised us all this weekend and we finally got to experience the magic of this special place. Now I get why he still talks about it forty some years later.”

And yes, the whole family did attend, including children Drake, Ella, Duke and Emmie. Of course, the newest member of the family, 3-month old Crew, also attended. “He had a blast,” Joanna wrote alongside a gorgeous pic of Crew being cuddled in front of the hot air balloons.

View this post on Instagram

He had a blast 😉 #bigsister

A post shared by Joanna Stevens Gaines (@joannagaines) on

It looked like a nice getaway for the always-busy family, whose Magnolia Market at the Silos in Texas is thriving. In fact, the attraction welcomes 30,000 visitors a week.

“Many are first-time guests to Waco, Texas, but others are second-timers coming back for various reasons,” Chip says in a recent interview. “We know of people moving to town who say, ‘We saw your show, we saw Baylor, and we’re deciding to call Waco home.’ We played a small role, but the reality is we’re turning the page. We had a baby boy about three months ago, and life changes.”

Tricia Despres
Tricia Despres is a Chicago-based freelance writer covering music and entertainment for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Advertising Age and various regional publications. A country music fan at her core, Despres has interviewed country greats such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood through the years and thrives on telling the story behind the story. When she is not alongside her laptop, she is alongside her family - husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda.

Must Read

John Cena Becomes High School Guidance Counselor for a Day [Watch]

When you are a high school kid with an appointment to see your guidance counselor, let’s just say it doesn’t usually end up as...