Location: Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Hour: 10:00 am-ish?

Mission: see some seals!

So we were heading to a small rock outcropping where seals are known to congregate in large numbers at low tide. It was a beautiful and sunny ride through the small channels and rocky islands of coastal Maine on a small inflatable dinghy. With my hand dragging in the cold Maine waters we meandered past rustic seaside cabins, large summer homes, a small horse farm, and boats of all shape, size, and utility.

As we approached the rocks anticipation was high…until we realized it was no longer low tide!! No seals to be found sunning on the rocks. Fortunately, we did see a few poking their heads out of the water and that was sufficiently exciting. In truth, the ride there was always going to be the highlight anyway.

Once our destination was reached thoughts turned to food. It was nearing 11:00am and since we skipped breakfast we were all quite hungry. This proved fortuitous as our hosts Tom & Cheryl knew of a small place nearby.

Once set in motion, the dinghy continued its slow journey and about 15 minutes later we approached the Trevett Country Store. The store is on the edge of the water (literally!), and sits next to a very peaceful, small channel of water crossed by the last manual swing bridge in the country

YouTube video: Trevett Swing Bridge (it starts slow, but stick with it)

We tied up at the dock of the lobster co-op behind the store, and walked into a text book small New England general store/grocery. You could buy beer, Dinty Moore Beef Stew (as well as Dinty Moore Chicken Stew….didn’t even know that existed!), live lobsters, etc. A little bit of everything. However, our attention turned to the back of the store as this is where the real magic happens.

There is a small kitchen area with a menu board posted above it. When we walked in it was 10 minutes until opening and the person at the counter was pulling apart fresh lobster meat. I was excited!! What we finally got was hands down the best lobster roll I’ve ever had. It was a huge mound of fresh lobster meat in a toasted New England hot dog roll resting on a small amount of lettuce. There was a trace amount of mayo, but only enough to allow the small pieces of leg meat to cling to the larger chunks. Absolutely sublime.

The Lobster Roll was perfect, but the fries were also very good, and the burger looked awesome as well. Since Tom didn’t offer me a taste I have to assume it was as good as he said it was.

The Trevett Country Store has it all…New England charm, a unique swing bridge out front and picnic tables overlooking a peaceful, slow moving waterway. The perfect setting for the perfect Maine Lobster Roll, and a great way to spend a sunny summer afternoon with friends.

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