Since its incorporation in 1764, Boothbay has been a flourishing center of farming, fishing, shipbuilding, and tourism in the heart of midcoast Maine. But less commonly known is what lies in the town's western reaches - a serene village and island reached only by one of Maine's two surviving manual swing bridges.
Welcome to Trevett, a small community on Barters Island known for its gorgeous surrounding waterways and delightfully quiet way of life - one that is best experienced when you rent one of our peaceful Trevett vacation homes.
Trevett is part of the town of Boothbay, but it occupies the southeastern corner of Barters Island, just across the Back River from the Boothbay Peninsula. The island's only access point is the swing bridge from Hodgdon Island - a beautiful and functional structure that was featured in the 2001 film "In the Bedroom." You'll be just three miles west of central Boothbay, four miles northwest of Boothbay Harbor, and 14 miles south of Wiscasset on the banks of the Sheepscot River.
Named for Samuel Barter, a home builder who settled in the region in the mid-18th century, Barters Island offers a tranquil and scenic glimpse of seaside living in midcoast Maine.
Spend your mornings one mile south of Trevett in Porter Preserve, a 19-acre expanse known for its old growth spruce, oak, and pine trees; a sheltered cove and beach; and half a mile of coastline on the Back and Sheepscot Rivers. Also operated by the Boothbay Region Land Trust is the Schoolhouse Pond Preserve, a scenic cranberry bog and one-mile loop trail that is two miles north of Trevett.
Drop your boat in one of the surrounding waterways, or visit Tidal Transit Kayak Company in Boothbay Harbor to rent a kayak, test your skills at stand-up paddleboarding, or join a guided excursion of the nearby lighthouses. But there's no better place to mingle with the local seafarers than the Trevett Country Store, a favorite among island residents for its fried haddock and fresh lobster rolls.
Trevett is also just one mile from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, a gorgeous 270-acre facility that offers plants and blooms in every season on the shores of the Back River.
Thanks to its central location among the charming villages, rocky islands, and gorgeous country roads of Midcoast Maine, Trevett offers no shortage of options for unforgettable day trips.
Head north to Wiscasset for lunch at Red's Eats, the beloved seafood shack known for its ever-present line down the street. Follow Route 1 west for 11 miles to reach Bath, the historic shipbuilding city now home to the Maine Maritime Museum. Or, drive east for 33 miles to explore downtown Rockland, the working harbor known for its beautiful breakwater and its fantastic local restaurants.
To experience one of the best boating excursions in all of Maine, stop by Maine Kayak in Bristol, just 28 miles east - you'll have your choice of sea kayaking tours that trace the stunning Pemaquid Peninsula.
Experience midcoast Maine as it once was and should be - book your stay in one of our Trevett vacation homes today!