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Everything old is new again Revisiting our first ’Everyday Journeys’

Everything old is new again Revisiting our first ’Everyday Journeys’
HARRY & LINDA KAYE PEREZ Housed in what once was a gristmill, then a hydroelectric power plant, the Power Plant Texas Grill offers a unique dining experience with a view of the Guadalupe River and falls.

Our very first “Everyday Journeys” jaunt took us to Seguin, a short 22-mile drive from La Vernia. We recently returned to see what’s new.

Seguin is a city on the move, while still maintaining its quaint and cozy, small-town atmosphere. Within the last two years, new restaurants have opened, ZDT’s Amusement Park has expanded, the Walnut Springs Hike and Bike Trail is well under way, the Park West Splashpad and the Michael Thomas Raetzsch Skatepark are almost complete, and a new wedding/party venue has opened.

Grab a bite

The historic Matthies House has been completely restored and is now the Tavern on the Creek, a restaurant specializing in “refined classic American food,” including the freshest seafood, Black Angus steak, and unique vegetarian dishes. From the stained-glass windows to the outdoor patio overlooking the spring-fed Walnut Creek, it is a perfect place for a romantic lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch.

The Power Plant Texas Grill opened on July 13, 2014, in a building that operated as a gristmill in the early 1900s and a hydroelectric plant from 1940-90. Now it provides an electrifying dining experience overlooking the Guadalupe River and the waterfalls once used to generate electricity for the residents of Seguin. The menu is American fare burgers, fajitas, chicken fried steak, and baby-back ribs; one of the favorites seems to be the pecan-crusted fish. The Power Plant offers a full bar, including craft beer and live music on the weekends.

How amusing!

ZDT’s, a family-owned amusement park offering “extreme family fun,” originally opened in 2007 with five indoor attractions, including video games, a climbing wall, the MaxFlight Simulator, the Trampoline Thing, and the Jungle Playground. It is named for the three children of the owners, Zac, Danielle, and Tiffany.

It has continued to add more and more attractions; a multi-level go-kart course my favorite! the Mad Hatter water ride, Parachute Drop, Dizzy Toucan, and Silo climbing walls. The newest addition is the Switchback, a wooden-shuttle roller coaster. It was custom-designed for ZDT, weaving through and around buildings. The Switchback made its debut Oct. 17, 2015. It got its name from the Switchback Railway, an old coal-mining train dating back to the 1800s. The cars look like an old train and you can actually hear the “click-clack” sound of a train running on the rails.

Hike, bike, and splash

The 2-1/2-mile Walnut Springs Hike and Bike Trail, when complete scheduled for late November 2015 will link the downtown area to the Walnut Creek Park and the new Park West, where the Splashpad children’s water playground and skate park are located. We were intrigued by the Splashpad, especially the large bucket atop a 20-foot base. When the water is activated, the bucket begins to fill with water and when full, slowly tips, spilling gallons of water on the excited children below. Makes us wish we were 6 years old again.

There is also a lighted basketball court and by next summer, a soccer field will be completed. Covered picnic areas with barbecue pits are on a first-come basis and the best part is that it is all free -- a gift from the city of Seguin.

House party

This Victorian Queen Anne mansion was built in 1895 for $2,700 by Julius and Fannie May Abbott. The property has had many owners over the years.

In 2009, the current owners, Paul Kelley and Judi Pepper, began a massive restoration of the house and the grounds. Doing most of the work themselves, they ensured the careful preservation of its historic features. We had the privilege of touring the house several years ago, while Judi was painting intricate designs on the ceilings; each one is truly a work of art.

The Abbott House is available not only for weddings, but also parties and meetings.

Harry and Linda Kaye Perez are freelance writers from just down the road from Floresville. Together they share a passion for traveling and writing, and discovering the very best in all corners of the world. Email them at

Find out more

¢Tavern on the Creek, 320 W. Nolte St., Seguin, TX 78155; 830-433-4695;

¢Power Plant Texas Grill, 2006 Stockdale Highway, Seguin, TX 78155; 830-379-0000;

¢ZDT’s Amusement Park, 301 W. Kingsbury St., Seguin, TX 78155; 830-386-0151;

¢The Abbott House, 907 North Austin St., Seguin, TX 78155; 830-998-8580;

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