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Savor Your Summer With a Day Trip to Seguin

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Seguin, Texas is one of those places that if you are taking a trip to the Texas Hill Country cannot be passed up. This small town lies 35 miles northeast of San Antonio on Hwy 10. It is a land rich in oil and agriculture, but these are not what makes the town so charming. There are a bunch of uniquely intriguing places to stop and check out. You’ll have a hard time leaving!

Start the day with an indulgent Texas brunch.

SeguinPhoto: Facebook/Tavern on the Creek

There is only one place to go for a brunch that will derail any diet. Take a seat at Tavern on the Creek and order the chicken and waffles. You will receive a plate of crispy fried chicken breast and gravy with a Belgian waffle on the side and some maple syrup. Yum! However, if you have an aversion to what is essentially the best dish to eat at any time of day, the roasted chicken and provolone omelette is pretty tasty too.  No worries, you will be walking it all off.

Walk off those waffles in downtown Seguin.

SeguinPhoto: Facebook/Downtown Seguin – Downtown Business Alliance

Seguin is the oldest town in Texas and even more interesting is that many of the original buildings are still standing. Stroll through downtown and take note of buildings constructed in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. The Nolte Bank, the reconstructed Palace Theater, and Starcke Furniture company all make the must-see list, though you should by no means skip over the rest!

Don’t pass up a chance to see the original “world’s largest pecan.”

SeguinPhoto: Facebook/Ed Sakiewicz

Texas is undoubtedly known for its pecans. However, Seguin is known as the home to the largest pecan; that is until Missouri decided to show us up! Sitting outside on the lawn of city hall is a thousand pound nut built in 1962 by a dentist with some mean plastering skills. Rumor has it that Spanish explorer, Cabeza de Vaca, was held captive on the Guadalupe River, which then was known as “The River of Nuts.” The river banks were so thick with pecans that the explorer was able to keep himself nourished while in captivity.

Pecans are so important to the residents of Seguin that they hold a pecan festival every October to celebrate their nutty goodness. However, the gigantic pecan is on display year round on the lawn of the Guadalupe County Courthouse — perfect for a little summer sightseeing.

Have a light lunch.

SeguinPhoto: Facebook/Amy’s & Cathy’s Take-Out

After that fantastic brunch you had earlier, it’s probably best to keep things light. Another Texas classic, especially for all you kids who grew up here, is the pimento cheese sandwich. It is still a much-loved yet simple lunch that will tide you over until dinner time, and Amy’s and Cathy’s is the place to get one. Not only will they help you find your inner-child but they are also known for having the “best buns in town,” delicious homemade soups, and fresh salads.

Have a sip or two of wine.

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You’re welcome to sip on some sweet tea while eating that pimento cheese sandwich. In fact, many do, however, you are in wine country! Why not pair that sandwich with a sweet rosé instead? Perhaps try the Pink Lotus wine at Blue Lotus Winery. Or, bypass the sandwich/wine pairing and head in for a tasting instead. The winery offers tastings Thursday thru Sunday.

Lounge around on the Guadalupe.

SeguinPhoto: Facebook/Power Plant Water Sports

By now your trip to Seguin is heating up. Why not cool off a little while floating on a tube down the Guadalupe River? Park your car at The Power Plant Texas Grill and tube as much as you like with Power Plant Water Sports for a one-time cost of $15, which includes the tube rental. If you bring your own tube, the cost is $7. When you get to the end of your run, their “Tube Trolley” will take you back.

Enjoy one last meal before heading out.

SeguinPhoto: The Power Plant Texas Grill

It’s been an awesome day, and you are probably a bit peckish. Since you parked your car at the restaurant, eat your last meal at The Power Plant Texas Grill. This restaurant used to be an old hydroelectric power plant and still holds much of its original charm. From burgers to surf ‘n turf, The Power Plant Texas Grill offers a wide selection of menu items to tantalize those taste buds of yours. Try their Gulf shrimp basket, or perhaps order the pecan crusted fish to stay in line with Seguin’s love of pecans. Whatever you choose, it is sure to satisfy that hungry belly of yours!