The South Kingstown village of Matunuck is named after the Native American word for “lookout”. It’s known for incredible beaches, like East Matunuck State Beach, Moonstone, South Kingstown Town Beach, and Roy Carpenter’s Beach and cottages. Theatre by the Sea has its historic playhouse here, where patrons will hopefully see shows once more this summer. While we’re far from the hustle and bustle of warmer days, the seaside hamlet has a lot to offer even in winter. Let me show you a few things to do, places to dine, and photos to take!
Matunuck might be small, but its food scene is mighty. Ocean Mist is a beach bar serving up summer vibes all year long in the form of drinks, American eats, and even live music (on hold for now). Plus, you can’t beat the up-close view of Matunuck Beach. Across the street, find Matunuck Pizza Pie Co. with the warm, cheesy, pull-apart pizza of your dreams. Of course, there’s one restaurant alone that, in my opinion, is entirely worth the trip: Matunuck Oyster Bar, known for locally grown, fresh and farm-raised seafood – especially, no surprise, their oysters, which you can learn all about on their oyster farm tours.
It might be too cold for beachcombing, so why not comb for store-bought finds and support small biz? The Matunuck Surf Shop is open for all your water sporting gear needs, like surf boards and wax, plus graphic tees, footwear, and sunnies. Next door, the Surfside Coffee Shop is a quick stop to warm up with hot chocolate or a latte around their makeshift barrel fire pit, and don’t forget to swing through Carpenter’s Farm on the way home for winter meat bundles, fresh produce, baked goods, and even hand-poured soy wax candles.
A trip to Matunuck isn’t complete without proper documentation – that means whipping out the phone (or professional camera, if you have one) for a stunning sunset or serene winter shot at any of the beaches, Potters Pond, or wait for a pop-up from Moonstone Flower Co. to pose with some pretty blooms.
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