SEGUIN - Everything Old is New Again

Published in the La Vernia News on October 22, 2015

Everything Old is New Again

Power Plant & Falls

                                           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.               

                                                          Revisiting our very first 'Everyday Journeys’

Power Plant

      Seguin, a short 22 miles drive from LaVernia, 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 underway, 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 stain 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 to 1990. Now it provides an electrifying dining experience overlooking the Guadalupe River and the waterfalls once used to generate electricity for the residents of Seguin. Its menu is American fare - burgers, fajitas, chicken fried steak, baby-back ribs, and 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!

Everyday Journeys

  Harry and Linda Kaye Perez

   ZDT, 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, Silo climbing walls, and the newest addition, the Switchback, a wooden shuttle roller coaster. It was custom designed for ZDT, weaving through and around buildings. The Switchback made its debut on October 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.

ZDT-New Switchback

Hike, Bike and Splash

     The 2 ½ 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 the skate park is 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 barbeque pits are on a first-come basis and the best part is that it is all FREE – a gift from the City of Seguin.

Abbott House

House Party

  This Victorian Queen Ann mansion was built in 1895 for $2,700 by Julius and Fannie May Abbott. The property had many owners over the years, but in 2009, 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.

Find Out More

Water Playground

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,

Walnut Springs Park


ZDT's Amusement Park,

301 W Kingsbury St

Seguin, TX, 78155

(830) 386-0151


The Abbott House

907 North Austin Street

Seguin, Texas  78155

(830) 998-8580



   © Harry Perez 2012