Our Heartfelt Wishes for you this Thanksgiving Season

Happy Thanksgiving from The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

May the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving
but throughout the coming year!

Thanksgiving Wilshire Grand

There is nothing more precious than spending time with family and friends for the holidays! If you are planning to visit New Jersey for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there is an abundance of joy to be had in the area! Be sure to check out the Holiday Lights at Turtle Back Zoo, taking place through the season. It is the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs after a big family meal at this family-friendly event. If you are staying at home this year, be sure to make use of our Thanksgiving Planning Guide for last minute tips.  

Whether you are visiting the area or hosting out of town guests, we hope you will consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ for your accommodations.

Our family here at The Wilshire Grand wishes you and yours a holiday season filled with happiness, peace and joy. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tesla Model S Test Drive Event

Get your motor running with an exclusive Tesla Model S Test Drive Event with us!

Does the road call to you? For car aficionados it does! At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ we have a very special opportunity for all those who live and breathe all things horsepower with the Tesla Model S test Drive Event.

Tesla Model S Test Drive Event
Wednesday, December 16 from 10am – 6pm

Tesla Test Drive event at The Wilshire Grand

What does it feel like to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds without a drop of gasoline? You’re
about to find out. The Wilshire Grand Hotel would like to extend you the exclusive opportunity to test
drive the award winning Model S.

Tesla Model S Facts:
Highest safety rating in America
Autopilot equipped
Available All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor

Tesla's advanced electric powertrain is unique. Unlike a gasoline internal combustion engine with hundreds of moving parts, the Tesla has only one moving piece: the rotor.  

Autopilot allows Model S to steer within a lane, change lanes with the simple tap of a turn signal, and manage speed by using active, traffic-aware cruise control. Digital control of motors, brakes, and steering helps avoid collisions from the front and sides, as well as preventing the car from wandering off the road. Model S can also scan for a parking space, alert you when one is available, and parallel park on command.  

The Model S interior sound sound dynamics are likened to a recording studio and features a 17 inch touchscreen, angled toward the driver with day and night modes for increased visibility. 

Ready to try one out? Join us for this limited Tesla Model S test drive opportunity. For more information,visit the event page

Holiday Events in Essex County Are Beginning Soon

Turtle Back Zoo is decorated with lights for the winter holidays.Holiday Events in Essex County

If you're looking for family-friendly holiday events in Essex County, head over to the zoo in West Orange, New Jersey, to see Holiday Lights at the Zoo at Turtle Back Zoo.

This event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 2015. It will be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 13. The lights will be lit between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. every day from Dec. 14 through Jan. 4, except on Dec. 24 and 25.

A different holiday theme is celebrated each weekend with a movie in the sea lion sound area of the zoo. Your children will be delighted to watch Frozen, The Polar Express and Happy Feet.

In addition, kids will be thrilled to have their picture taken with the princesses from Frozen, and your whole family can enjoy holiday traditions during The Polar Express weekend feature. Your children will enjoy celebrating the winter festivities with furry friends when Happy Feet is played because an educational exhibit about animals that live in colder climates will be available for them to explore.

This is one of the Turtle Back Zoo events that offer plenty to hear, taste and see. Listen to the sounds of cheerful holiday music as you wander through the zoo. Your children won't get cold or hungry during this event as hot chocolate and snacks will be sold. You can even see demonstrations of ice carving on Saturdays.

Make your trip to the zoo into a weekend of family fun by staying at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Holiday Getaway in NJ

Enjoy a comfortable stay during your family holiday trip to NJ.

Holiday Getaway in NJ

New Jersey is a great place to visit during the holiday season. Home to many attractions and within a short distance of NYC, families can explore a variety of Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations and see beautiful holiday decorations.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, is the perfect home away from home during your trip. We provide our guests with complimentary Wi-Fi and shuttle service to and from our location. Our luxury hotel features a state-of-the-art fitness center, business center and our popular Sweet Shoppe.

To save money and make the holidays even better, travelers can upgrade to our wide array of hotel package deals. You have access to many discounts such as our AAA Rate Package and AARP Rate Package, both of which include luxurious overnight accommodations, complimentary breakfast for two and complimentary parking.

When you book your room at The Wilshire Grand , our staff will be delighted to provide more information about special area events to help you enjoy your stay to the fullest. We're conveniently located close to New York City, providing an easy commute to your destinations. Whether you're combining your holiday getaway in NJ with a business trip or taking the whole family out for a fun vacation, browse our website to see what amenities you'll enjoy at our hotel.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Enjoy Remarkable Stash Rewards When You Book with Us

Stash Rewards help you earn free overnight stays!

Looking for a unique hotel experience but also love the idea of earning points for your stays?  You CAN have both!  Stash Hotel Rewards allow members to enjoy discounts at unique, independent hotels in over 150 cities around the United States and at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ we are proud to be a part of this opportunity!

Stash Rewards

Stash Rewards help guests skip the middle-man and book direct - the Stash site will send you to the hotel site to book direct. Or, pick up the phone and book with a friendly human. Members can earn 5 points per dollar on eligible room rates. Bringing the family? Collect on two rooms in one reservation. Extended stay? Earn points for up to 29 nights in one stay.

Use your points how YOU want. No blackout dates and no expiration dates. Stash redemption rates are dynamic so you can score great deals.

Ready to stay? At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ we will even extend a sweeter deal – Our Stash Hotel Rewards Package will award 2500 additional Stash Points at check out when you sign up for the rewards card at check-in!

When you visit the Wilshire Grand  in West Orange, you will be whisked away for a charming adventure in savings. We make it easy for guests to enjoy their visit and have the opportunity to invest in reward points!  

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Our Thanksgiving Dinner Planning Guide

Prepare for the holiday with these stress-free Thanksgiving tips.

Thanksgiving Dinner Planning Guide

When the holidays come around, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of planning and preparation that comes with the celebrations. If you are the planner of the family, take a moment to prepare for festive times with these helpful tips.

Using a calendar or planner to schedule out the timeline for Thanksgiving dinner may seem silly, but it will help tremendously. Knowing exactly when and how everything should be done will make the upcoming days feel like a breeze.

Start weeks in advance by ordering and renting items you will need. The turkey, chairs and tables, and cleaning services are examples. Get as much out of the way as you can before Thanksgiving approaches.

Buy nonperishable items a week or so before. This includes food, utensils and centerpieces. Avoid the rush at the stores that typically occurs closer to the day. As it nears, prepare food items that you can freeze or refrigerate ahead of time. Piecrusts, casseroles and gravy are examples.

Remember to thaw out the turkey based on its size. Butterball has a great guide to help. On the day, make an oven schedule for items that need to bake besides the turkey. People always want to chip in, so take advantage and ask for help or have them bring a dish to ease your load.

Creating a schedule using the Thanksgiving dinner planning guide tips that Epicurious, Williams-Sonoma and Food Network offer will make you look like a pro.

Make it even easier and have information ready about a local hotel for your relatives and friends from out of town, such as The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website to book online quickly and easily. This way, you can rest after the month-long preparations come to an end.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Essential Cold Weather Wedding Tips

Consider our latest guidelines for winter wedding planning.

Cold Weather Wedding Tips
If you are planning a wedding in New Jersey this winter, it's important to consider some cold weather wedding tips to keep everyone comfortable and stylish despite frigid temperatures. The bride and groom, along with the bridesmaids, can be stylish and still make concessions for the weather. Snow or slush in the forecast? Don’t forget to bring along winter gear such as boots and coats if only to travel from the limousine to the wedding location. The comfort of guests must also be kept in mind. Make sure it's not too warm in the reception area which can easily happen at a crowded gathering.

There can be many benefits to having a wedding in winter, such as incorporating the festive mood of the holiday season. It's entirely appropriate to combine seasonal décor with the wedding. Even if the event is after the New Year, you can maintain some winter-themed centerpieces and decorations with snowflakes, winter trees covered in sparkling lights and cool winter colors. If the wedding is taking place in the coldest of months, you might even consider the opposite approach and create a beach or Hawaiian theme complete with palm tree decorations and tropical drinks.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is one of the most convenient and elegant wedding reception venues for a winter wedding. You have access to more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for the event, including a private reception area and bridal suite. An experienced concierge will help with every aspect of the wedding. The Wilshire Grand Hotel has onsite catering to help make your wedding menu perfect. All weddings are customized to ensure that your winter wedding turns out exactly the way you envision it, so contact us today to get started planning.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Get Ready for Disney on Ice in NJ

Frozen is one of Prudential Center events in November.

The magical world of Arendelle and the heartwarming story of Frozen and more are part of Disney on Ice in NJ, one of the exciting Prudential Center presentations happening November 19th through 23rd. Take the family to enjoy this fantastical tale that is accompanied with ice-skating, beautiful music, enticing special effects and an enchanting story.

Disney on Ice in NJ
You'll be whisked away to a special experience as you'll see this animated tale skated live with grace. Dazzling special effects add to the wonder as the amazing story of the royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, is brought to life through music and movement. You'll hear "Let It Go" and meet up with the snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the gang of trolls as they find out that love is the power to bring the ultimate magic. Surround yourself and your family with the enchantment of this skating program, hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic with some of your favorite characters as they make a guest appearances as well; Disney princesses and friends from The Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney's The Lion King will all be joining Mickey on the ice. This exciting November event is only happening at a choice of daytime and evening performance times on the 19th through 23rd.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ welcomes you to stay with us while you are here for the Disney on Ice Frozen performance. Relax in comfort after a busy day of family fun. Browse our website to learn more about our rooms and amenities. We are less than 20 minutes from the enchanted world of Frozen at the Prudential Center and invite you to savor our hotel while visiting.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Come to Turtle Back Zoo Halloween 2015

Celebrate a family friendly Halloween in NJ with a night of spooky fun at this amazing annual event.

Are you as excited as we are for this year's Turtle Back Zoo Halloween 2015 on Sunday, October 31st? This family-friendly spookfest lets kids of all ages join in for Halloween fun. Get ready for an adventure that is sure to thrill.

Turtle Back Zoo Halloween 2015
Anyone looking for fantastic evening of family fun should put this at the top of their to-do list. Enjoy themed entertainment, candy giveaways, and your favorite animals will be on hand to party!

Due to its growing popularity, Safe HOWL-O-Ween has limited space. Zoo members receive a special rate, but non-members can also sign up for an affordable cost. It's five great hours of Halloween fun for everyone. Be sure to bring a treat bag for collecting goodies throughout the zoo!

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is thrilled to see everyone coming together for this festive gathering. If you're traveling to the area from out of town or simply want to make a weekend getaway out of a fun, family-friendly party, check out our website to book a room with us and learn more about local events happening this fall.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

The NJ Devils Hockey Season Is About to Begin

Enjoy action on the ice right here in New Jersey and check out the NJ Devils Schedule.

NJ Devils Hockey
Does the idea of a live hockey game sound exciting? The Devils will draw crowds in New Jersey beginning October 9. Here is the home game schedule for NJ Devils hockey 2015 through the end of the year.

Friday, October 9 vs. Jets
Tuesday, October 13 vs. Predators
Friday, October 16 vs. Sharks
Tuesday, October 20 vs. Coyotes
Tuesday, October 27 vs. Blue Jackets
Saturday, October 31 vs. Islanders

Friday, November 6 vs. Blackhawks
Sunday, November 8 vs. Canucks
Tuesday, November 10 vs. Blues
Saturday, November 14 vs. Penguins
Wednesday, November 25 vs. Blue Jackets
Friday, November 27 vs. Canadiens

Tuesday, December 1 vs. Avalanche
Friday, December 4 vs. Flyers
Sunday, December 6 vs. Panthers
Friday, December 11 vs. Red Wings
Thursday, December 17 vs. Panthers
Saturday, December 19 vs. Ducks
Tuesday, December 29 vs. Hurricanes

You'll find the full Devils Schedule on the team's official website. Home games present an exciting chance to watch some of the NHL's best players up close. The Devils have been shredding up the ice in New Jersey since 1982 and in Newark since 2007. The team has won the Stanley Cup five times in the past and could be in the finals again this year, so it's a great time to catch a game in person.

The staff of The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ knows you'll love the action and excitement of these spectacular games. NJ Devils 2015 home games are played at the Prudential Center, which is located less than 20 minutes from our hotel. If you're looking to enjoy a meal with friends before the game or just a cocktail when the evening's entertainment is over, stop by Primavera Ristorante.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ