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Exploring Portland, Maine

Jul 8, 2020 | Reviews

This past weekend, Todd and I headed to Portland, Maine for a business meeting. We stayed in Old Orchard Beach, right on the ocean. It was a quick trip – just overnight, but we packed it full! If you’re going to be exploring Portland, Maine, read on for some of our must-see’s!

One thing we enjoy while traveling is checking out new gyms and eating at new restaurants. We headed up to Maine on Saturday morning, just taking our time and enjoying the drive. We stopped for lunch in Ogunquit, Maine, and ate at Bessie’s on Shore Road. Both Todd and I were starving and it looked the most appealing to us. Wait staff was friendly and we enjoyed eating outside.

Visiting Old Orchard Beach, Maine

After lunch, we continued with the ultimate goal of hitting World Gym in Portland, Maine. Todd had messaged them and they said they would be open, however, when we arrived at about 2 pm, they were already closed. We had seen a Planet Fitness down the road and being members, it was the easiest way for us to get our workout in for the day. The facility is huge with the first floor being all cardio and the Black Card Spa and the upstairs being strength machines and free weights. The music was very low, but the equipment was new and well-maintained and the facility was clean. We got our leg workout in, did 30 minutes of cardio, and then headed off to find our hotel.

Romano's Macaroni Grill, South Portland, Maine

After checking in, we walked the beach while figuring out what we wanted to do for dinner. We decided on Italian and ended up at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. It’s a chain restaurant, but the food was delicious and we’re happy we went! Exploring Portland our first day was a success!

Fast-forward to Monday morning, we got up and got ready to head to World’s. We stopped for breakfast at a cute little cafe called Good Thyme Cafe and Catering – a spot that seemed to be favorited by locals. The service was quick and friendly and the food was good.

The Holy Donut, Portland Maine

After breakfast, we headed to the gym, with a planned stop along the way to The Holy Donut, a potato donut shop that Todd had found and wanted to try. We got 1/2 a dozen donuts, 5 for Todd, 1 for me. Quick tip: if you’re trying to order a maple donut, make sure to try it before you leave. It took us two tries because they kept giving us lemon! The donuts were just OK, though Todd said the Sweet Potato Coffee Cake was pretty amazing.


Portland Nutrition Corner

Portland Nutrition Corner, Portland Maine

Portland Nutrition Corner

Back in the car, Todd remembered a place called Portland Nutritional Corner, a great supplement shop close by to the gym. so we did a quick pit stop – and are so glad we did! Not only did we find some great PNC workout gear and a new pump powder to try, but the owner, Chuck told us about a new fitness facility that we should try out – Foley’s Fitness in Scarborough. PS – the non-stimulant pump powder was great. Great pump and focus.

Foley’s Fitness

Foley's Fitness, Scarborough, Maine

Liking what he had to say, we decided to take Chuck up on his recommendation and headed to Foley’s. The building is brand new and the place is ginormous! 28,000 feet, to be exact. Day passes were just $10 and sign-up was quick. I checked out their membership rates and they are amazing – starting at only $35 per month!

Foley's Fitness, Scarborough, Maine

We headed into the facility and were not disappointed. There is tons of equipment, just enough cardio and plenty of strength-training. Free weights were available as well as a functional fitness area. They also offer additional services such as chiropractic care, skin aesthetics, massage therapy, tanning, and more.


We had a great shoulder workout and enjoyed all of the available equipment and atmosphere. After we finished, Todd got a smoothie from the in-house Dr. Smoothie Juice Bar, though it was a little expensive.

That ended our quick overnight trip and we headed home, with just one stop at Five Guys in West Lebanon, New Hampshire for lunch.

Have you ever been to PNC or Foley’s or any of the other places we visited? How about OOB? Will you be exploring Portland, Maine in the future?


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