It's always great to be able to escape for a weekend to an exotic location, a favorite getaway. But sometimes we just need to stick closer to home.
Where to go on the next Staycation, when staying home, literally, is not that much fun? Readers in the MetroWest Patches chose PiNZ in Milford.
PiNZ has a large video arcade with 30 games, 20 bowling lanes and a full-service restaurant and bar. Something for everyone, it seems. The 40,000-square-foot facility, at 110 S. Main St., is owned by David Breen.
"We're grateful for the votes," he said Friday. "We try hard to offer a positive experience for our guests when they're there."
PiNZ began life as a roller skating rink, the Skate Palace, back in the 1970s, and was transformed by 2006 to the current bowling-arcade-restaurant. The appeal of bowling is cross-generational, Breen said. "A 6-year-old can do it; a 96-year-old can bowl, relatively easily."
The business claimed 35 votes of the 92 cast in the Readers' Choice poll this week, for 38 percent of the total.
Coming in second was the Charm Bracelet in Westborough, a connected series of hiking trails. Fourteen readers voted for that, for 15 percent of the tally.
Next week, Patch will ask readers to select the Readers' Choice for best liquor store or wine shop in town. Voting in the online poll begins at 9 a.m. Monday.