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Get ready for the Premier Food & Wine Tasting Event in NJ: Montclair Food & Wine Festival

Like no other food & wine tasting event in NJ, the Montclair Food & Wine Festival is a delicious start to summer!

Food & Wine Tasting Event in NJ

Oenophiles and foodies alike will join together this June in an event like no other! The third annual Montclair Food & Wine Festival is slated for June 8 to 13, 2015 with several must-do events lined up.

The Gala Dinner takes place June 8 at The Manor in West Orange to begin the festivities.  Guests can enjoy selections prepared by the Chefs of Highlawn Pavilion, Pig & Prince, Fascino, Betello, Nico, Ariane Kitchen & Bar and Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen with wines and beverages by Sharon Sevrens of Amanti Vineyards.

Bourbon & Biergarten will be on Friday, June 12 at the Montclair Art Museum. Savor fine bourbons, beer tastings and dishes from more than 25 local restaurants.  A portion of the evenings proceeds will support education and exhibition programs at MAM.

The Grand Tasting wraps up this food and wine tasting event in NJ on June 13 at the Montclair Art Museum.  Attendees will be treated to some amazing culinary offerings from some of the most well-known restaurants in New Jersey accompanied by wines and spirts of Amanti Vino.

With its beginnings in 2011, the Montclair Food & Wine Festival was born of a group of community volunteers, local chefs, restaurants and industry professionals came together to “share the wealth and culinary diversity of Montclair while pursuing charitable and educational purposes.”    Today this event is supporting incredible charitable organizations like St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Intensive Therapeutics and Mache, Montclair Academy of Culinary & Hospitality Education.

Attending this food and wine tasting event in NJ?  Everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ hopes you enjoy it all!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


The Spirit of New York & New Jersey Father’s Day Cruises!

A Father’s Day Gift Idea that Dad will love- A Spirit of New York or New Jersey Father’s Day Cruise!

Spirit of New York Father's Day Cruises

Set sail with Dad for a Father’s Day experience no one will forget! The Spirit of New York & New Jersey Father’s Day Brunch and Dinner Cruises are perfect for any Dad, featuring a hearty buffet, DJ entertainment and gorgeous views of the NYC skyline. Plan your stay with us and spend this Father’s Day in NJ!

Cruises departing from Chelsea Piers, NY on Sunday, June 21st:

Brunch Cruise

  • Dads receive a complimentary Bloody Mary or mimosa (must be 21 or older)
  • Complimentary juice or soda throughout the cruise for children
  • Buffet-style Brunch Menu
  • Board: 11:30am | Cruise: Noon - 2:00pm
  • Price: from $61.90 per adult | $37.95 per child age 3-12*

Dinner Cruise

Cruises departing from Lincoln Harbor, NJ on Sunday, June 21st:

Brunch Cruise

  • Dads receive a complimentary Bloody Mary or mimosa (must be 21 or older)
  • Complimentary juice or soda throughout the cruise for children
  • Buffet-style Brunch Menu
  • Board: 11:30am | Cruise: Noon - 2:00pm
  • Price: from $61.90 per adult | $37.95 per child age 3-12*

Dinner Cruise

  • Buffet-style Dinner Menu
  • Board: 4:30pm | Cruise: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Price: from $69.90 per adult | $41.95 per child age 3-12*

The Wilshire Grand Hotel is conveniently located near the Father’s Day Cruises in New Jersey and New York. We welcome you to browse our current offers and plan your stay with us.

*Prices do not include taxes, fuel surcharge fees or administrative fees. The administrative fee does not represent a tip or gratuity for our service staff and is used to cover certain direct cruise costs. Gratuities are always appreciated. 

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Book our Extended Stay Package for an Inexpensive Summer Getaway in NJ!

Searching for an Inexpensive (but totally awesome) Summer Getaway in NJ? Book with us!

Inexpensive Summer Getaways in NJ

If you are trying to find the best things to do with kids the summer vacation, how about planning a quick getaway with us? Our hotel is the perfect destination for an inexpensive summer getaway in NJ. Your kids will love the nearby attractions and you’ll love our affordable rates.

Our Extended Stay Hotel Package for your summer getaway in NJ includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Basket with beverages & snacks upon arrival
  • Complimentary full breakfast buffet daily
  • Monday - Thursday manager's reception
  • Free WiFi and internet service
  • Free shuttle service within a 5 mile radius, based on availability

Here’s what family-friendly attractions you will find near our NJ hotel:

  • Turtle Back Zoo
  • Liberty State Park
  • Eagle Rock Reservation
  • Verona Park
  • Liberty Science Center
  • The Wilshire Grand Hotel Putting Green
  • and NYC is nearby, too!

We are also pet-friendly so don’t leave your four-legged friend at home! The entire family is always welcome at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


3 Quick Travel Tips for your Family Road Trip this Memorial Day Weekend!

Hitting the road for the upcoming holiday? Read these travel tips for Memorial Day Weekend!

Travel Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is a great time to plan a vacation with the family but it’s also one of the busiest travel days of the year. If you’re planning on hitting the road, check out these 3 travel tips for your family road trip this Memorial Day Weekend.

1.) Plan any breaks/pit stops ahead of time. It’s important not to stay on the road too long, no one wants to drive 4 hours without taking a quick pit stop but it’s also good to plan any breaks ahead of time. Will you stop every 2 or 3 hours? How long should each stop take? Pack snacks for the little ones to avoid any rumbling tummys while on the road and make sure to stop every few hours for bathroom breaks and to stretch those legs.

2.) Traveling with kids? Then, you’re most likely looking for ways to entertain your kids during a long road trip. A metal cookie sheet is a great lap desk for coloring and puzzles! Stock up on coloring books and puzzles before you hit the road and you’ll never hear those dreaded words, “are we there yet?”

3.) The most important travel tip for a holiday weekend is, avoid rush-hour travel times. This means, do most of your driving in the early morning or evening.

For more travel tips, click here.

Planning a Memorial Day Weekend getaway in NJ and looking for places to stay? We welcome you to book your visit with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Check out our current hotel offers before booking!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Attending the New Jersey City University Graduation? Stay with us!

If you will be attending the New Jersey City University Graduation or other ceremonies in Newark, we have your overnight accommodations!

New Jersey City University Graduation

Congratulations Class of 2015! If you are attending the New Jersey City University Graduation, William Paterson University Graduation or the other upcoming ceremonies at the Prudential Center, we welcome you to book your overnight stay with us.

The upcoming graduation ceremonies at the Prudential Center include:

  • New Jersey City University Graduation, Tuesday, May 12th at 9:00am
  • William Paterson University Graduation, Wednesday, May 13th at 9:00am
  • Essex County College Graduation, Friday, May 15th at 11:00am
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey Graduation, Friday, May 15th at 7:00pm
  • Yeshiva University Graduation, Sunday, May 17th at 12:00pm
  • Rutgers University Graduation, Monday, May 18th at 9:00am
  • Seton Hall University, Monday, May 18th, 5:00pm
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology Graduation, Tuesday, May 19th at 9:00am
  • Stevens Institute of Technology Graduation, Wednesday, May 20th at 9:00am
  • Montclair State University Graduation, Wednesday, May 20th at 5:00pm
  • Kean University Graduation, Thursday, May 21st at 8:30am
  • Seton Hall University Law School Graduation, Friday, May 22nd at 10:00am
  • Paramus Catholic High School Graduation, Monday June 8th at 6:30pm

The Wilshire Grand Hotel is located near the Prudential Center to ensure a convenient travel for you and your family. Browse our current hotel offers and rest in our cozy accommodations after your ceremony. 

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Celebrate Mom aboard one of these New York & New Jersey Mother’s Day Cruises!

Treat Mom to a special day out on the water! Check out the New York & New Jersey Mother’s Day Cruises, just minutes from our hotel.

New York Mother's Day Cruises

Searching for the best Mother’s Day gift ideas? Mom will love these New York & New Jersey Mother’s Day Cruises. Enjoy a delicious buffet, interactive DJ entertainment, dancing and incredible views of the NYC skyline.

Mother’s Day Cruises departing from Chelsea Piers, NY:

Early Brunch on Sunday, May 10, 2015

  • Departing from Chelsea Piers
  • Buffet-style Brunch Menu
  • Board: 9:30am | Cruise: 10:00am - Noon
  • Price: from $61.90 per adult | $37.95 per child age 3-12*
  • Compimentary juice and soda throughout the cruise
  • Mothers receive a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa (must be 21 or older)

Afternoon Brunch on Sunday, May 10, 2015

  • Departing from Chelsea Piers
  • Buffet-style Brunch Menu
  • Board: 2:00pm | Cruise: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Price: from $64.90 per adult | $38.95 per child age 3-12*
  • Compimentary juice and soda throughout the cruise
  • Mothers receive a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa (must be 21 or older)

Dinner on Sunday, May 10, 2015

  • Departing from Chelsea Piers
  • Buffet-style Dinner Menu
  • Board: 7:00pm | Cruise: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Price: from $92.90 per person*

Mother’s Day Cruises departing from Lincoln Harbor, NJ:

Brunch on Sunday, May 10, 2015

  • Departing from Lincoln Harbor
  • Buffet-style Brunch Menu
  • Board: 11:30am | Cruise: Noon - 2:00pm
  • Price: from $61.90 per adult | $37.95 per child age 3-12*
  • Complimentary juice and soda throughout the cruise
  • Mothers receive a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa (must be 21 or older)

Early Dinner on Sunday, May 10, 2015

  • Departing from Lincoln Harbor
  • Buffet-style Dinner Menu
  • Board: 5:00pm | Cruise: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Price: from $69.90 per adult | $41.95 per child age 3-12*

*Prices do not include taxes, fuel surcharge fees or administrative fees. The administrative fee does not represent a tip or gratuity for our service staff and is used to cover certain direct cruise costs. Click here to learn more about the Mother’s Day events in NY & NJ.

Our Pampered in Pink hotel package is the perfect way to treat Mom! Plan your visit today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Start Earning your Stash Hotel Rewards at our Hotel in NJ - A One-Of-A-Kind Loyalty Program for Travelers!

Start Earning Points - Book our Stash Hotel Rewards Package.

Stash Hotel Rewards in NJ

Have you heard of Stash Hotel Rewards? It’s a one-of-a-kind loyalty program for travelers! Use the stash set to discover some of the best independent hotels in the county, over 150 hotels in 100 cities! With our Stash Hotel Rewards Package in NJ, you can earn additional stash points at check-out!

Here’s how it works. Book our Stash Hotel Rewards Package and earn 2,500 additional stash points when you sign up for the rewards card at check-in! It’s free and easy to use and since they’re your points, you can use them however you want!

To learn more about Stash Hotel Rewards, click here.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel is located in West Orange, NJ. We are just minutes away from the hottest events at the Prudential Center and convenient for those guests hoping to make a day trip into NYC. Learn more about our hotel and cozy accommodations on The Wilshire Grand Hotel website.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Check out the Upcoming Events at the Prudential Center!

From Country to UFC, there’s a variety of events to enjoy this spring. Don’t miss the upcoming events at the Prudential Center.

Whether you are a country fan, avid watcher of UFC or simply looking for an event to enjoy while in town, you’ll love the upcoming events at the Prudential Center this spring. Check out our list below and plan your stay with us today.

Events at the Prudential Center

The 2015 spring events at the Prudential Center include:

  • UFC Fight Night, Saturday, April 18th at 4:00pm
  • Eric Church “The Outsiders World Tour,” Saturday, May 2nd at 7:30pm
  • McDonald’s® Gospelfest® 2015, Saturday, May 9th at 3:00pm
  • WBLS Mother’s Day Celebration Maze ft. Frankie Beverly & Toni, Sunday, May 10th at 7:00pm
  • Nitro Circus Live, Thursday, May 14th at 7:30pm
  • Ed Sheeran, Saturday, May 30th at 7:30pm
  • Plus more!

For a complete list of events, click here.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel is conveniently located just minutes from the Prudential Center. Browse our current hotel offers and plan your stay today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Easter Cruises in New York and New Jersey - Kids Cruise Free!

Looking for places to celebrate Easter Sunday in our area? Hop aboard these Easter Sunday Cruises in New York and New Jersey.

Easter Cruises in New Jersey

Family fun awaits you aboard the Spirit of New Jersey and Spirit of New York Easter Sunday cruises. Hop aboard and enjoy a delicious buffet, DJ entertainment, dancing and unbeatable views of the NYC skyline. Plus, kids cruise free! If you’ll be spending the holiday in our area, you definitely don’t want to miss out on these Easter Cruises in New York and New Jersey.

Easter Cruises departing from Chelsea Piers, NY:

Easter Brunch, Sunday, April 5, 2015

Special appearance by the Easter Bunny
Menu: Lunch Buffet Menu with additional kid-friendly options
Board: 11:30am | Cruise: Noon - 2:00pm
Price: from $61.90 per adult | $37.95 per child age 3-12*

Easter Dinner, Sunday, April 5, 2015

Menu: Dinner Buffet Menu
Board: 6:30pm | Cruise: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: from $92.90 per person*

Easter Cruises departing from Lincoln Harbor, New Jersey:

Easter Brunch, Sunday, April 5, 2015

Special appearance by the Easter Bunny
Menu: Lunch Buffet Menu with additional kid-friendly options
Board: 11:30am | Cruise: Noon - 2:00pm
Price: from $61.90 per adult | $37.95 per child age 3-12*


*Prices do not include taxes, fuel surcharge fees or administrative fees.The administrative fee does not represent a tip or gratuity for our service staff and is used to cover certain direct cruise costs. 

Terms and conditions apply. Click here to learn more.

If you are searching for a hotel in New Jersey for the Easter holiday, we welcome you to plan your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


The Easter Bunny Express returns to Whippany Railway Museum!

Hop Aboard! The 23rd Annual Easter Bunny Express at Whippany Railway Museum is ready to depart the station.

Easter Bunny Express Whippany Railway Museum

After this harsh winter in NJ, we are all looking forward to the sunshine and exciting events that spring always brings to our area. If looking for ways to celebrate Easter with kids, hop aboard the Easter Bunny Express at Whippany Railway Museum and enjoy a 45-minute roundtrip ride along the Morristown & Erie Railway’s historic Whippanong Trail.

The 2015 Annual Easter Bunny Express will depart the Whippany station on:

Saturday, March 28th
Sunday, March 29th
Saturday, April 4th

at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

All trains run rain, snow or shine!

Fares

Infants On Laps, One-year of age and under : FREE 
Children (Under 12): $9 
Adults (Age 12+): $14

Jersey Coast Club car are $3 each additional.

Once hopping aboard the Springtime Streamliner, you and your family will e joy the comfort of heated passenger coaches as the crew hands out special holiday treats for the kids. Make sure to bring your camera, as the Easter Bunny will be visiting each child.

Celebrate the spring season and enjoy the 10-mile round trip excursion that is fun for all ages! Click here to learn more about this year’s Easter event in NJ.

If traveling far, we welcome you to plan your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, NJ. Don't forget to browse our current hotel deals!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ