Mid-Coast Maine is a living, breathing museum of maritime tradition and coastal life. Fishing villages, lobster wharves, lighthouses and nature preserves dot the jutting peninsulas. Seabirds nest while whales swim offshore. Channel your inner sea captain on a boat excursion to Burnt Island. You’ll spend time with a lighthouse keeper’s family, receive a crash-course on how the beacon functions and wax nostalgic about local lore. Enjoy al fresco lobster, gaze out upon wind-whipped panoramas, bid on forgotten treasures at a country auction and curl up by the fire in a seaside inn. The rugged, gnarled locale unsuccessfully hides one of Maine’s loveliest stretches of sand, Popham Beach, flanked by a 19th-century fort on one end and a bird colony on the other. Antiquing is another popular Mid-Coast pursuit. Serious collectors should try Wiscasset, the self-proclaimed, “Prettiest Village in Maine”.