Serenity Matagorda Isle


Nestled on the Colorado River in Matagorda, just a couple of miles (as the crow flies) from the Gulf of Mexico, rests a sanctuary offering to Renew, Restore & Reconnect weary souls with Nature. It’s called Serenity Matagorda Isle. 

Owners Sam & Karen Restivo opened their home as a small event venue in 2016, once their youngest child settled into college in Houston. The empty nesters found themselves ready to reinvent and share their home and philosophy of life with like-minded individuals. 

Whether hosting guest speakers, team building-network activities, group trainings, art shows, small group celebrations, guided meditation/yoga group experiences, executive retreats, catered luncheons & teas, or wellness lectures & workshops, Serenity Matagorda Isle sets the tone for refueling your spirit and re-evaluating your priorities in life. 

“When we take time to build our emotional and spiritual intelligence from the inside, the outside world becomes manageable,” said Karen. “Our intention for the venue (20-30 guests) was to offer a gathering place that accommodates an atmosphere of learning, growth and relaxation.” 

Just 25 minutes from Bay City, the township of Matagorda is a hidden gem for history and outdoor enthusiasts. Originally, Matagorda was the third largest port in the State of Texas prior to Texas’ independence, and host to the oldest Episcopal Church in Texas, Christ Episcopal Church. 

“Clients and guests of ours find Matagorda as the perfect get-a-way for fishing, hunting, kayaking, horseback riding and soaking up the sun at the beach. From a business standpoint, we offer single and multiple day packages that include everything from all-inclusive meals, meeting facilities, in-town lodging and indoor/outdoor activities,” Sam said.” 

Serenity Matagorda Isle works with local fishing charters, hunting guides and birding specialists, water activities with Matagorda Adventures for rentals, tours and paddling classes, restaurants, caterers and coastal lodging and B&Bs to plan their guests’ stay down to the last detail for one package pricing. 

“I never dreamed moving to Matagorda would have such an impact on our lives. In 2013, my sister Mary persuaded Sam and me to pool our money and renovate a home she already owned and to live out our retirement together,” said Karen. “We officially moved into our home on June 12, 2014, and tragically Mary passed away in July. There was no measure for the amount of pain and loss our whole family sustained; however, God had plans for us to move forward and open our home so that others might enjoy the beauty and serenity we found in Matagorda.” 

Karen is a communication’s coach, lifestyle columnist for the Bay City Tribune, a director on the MCMA Board, a Matagorda Historical Society member, and a substitute teacher at Matagorda School. 

For more information on Serenity Matagorda Isle, check out their website:, or Facebook page: Serenity Matagorda Isle, and contact them at or (979) 863- 7577. 

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