It could be "It was a treat to be there."
A treat is anything that gives you pleasure, especially something you don't often get.
(Innocent pleasure, that is. Something appropriate for a child. You would never describe sex as a treat, no matter how pleasurable you found it.)
I have a feeling there might be some dialects that use "treat" in the way you quoted, but I'm not certain.
Even if it isn't a typo, you could replace the word with "great" and, coincidentally, it would mean much the same thing.