Is there a finer place for summer cruising than the coast of Maine? It's true that the euphemistic "sea smoke" is a nuisance, but oh-what-a-view when it finally lifts. And with more coastline than California, you could live your whole life in Maine and never run out of new places to hike, picnic, kayak, sail, fish, swim, and sunbathe. But you have to start somewhere, it may as well be with Mid-Coast Maine, which is a textbook case of gorgeous. Ranging roughly from Brunswick in the south to Ellsworth in the north, the midcoast shoreline feels less touristy than southern Maine and more down-to-earth than its Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor neighbors to the north.