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Hotel Near Montclair University: Drop Off the Kids & Stay with Us

New Jersey Getaway Deal: Recharge in comfort at a hotel near Montclair University

hotel near Montclair University

As summer draws to a close, many parents are facing the task of shuttling their college-bound teen to their home away from home – dorm life! After all of the excitement dies down, Mom & Dad should take some time to relax! 

Let The Wilshire Grand, NJ provide the calming atmosphere you need after your preparations for this big event. Make taking your kids to college your own back to school getaway!

When you have waved goodbye to your now-college age student and are looking for a place to relax or celebrate afterwards, consider overnight accommodations with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, near Montclair University as well as Seton Hall. There, you can celebrate this new stage of life by taking full advantage of the Wilshire Grand Rate package.  

Our Grand Rate package is specifically designed to give you all the perks:

•    Deluxe accommodations that include free Wi-Fi
•    Complimentary buffet breakfast
•    Daily manager’s reception
•    Access to the fitness room
•    Free shuttle service anywhere within 5 miles (based on availability)

Every Goodbye Starts a New Beginning

When one stage of life ends, another always begins. Dropping your child off at college can be bittersweet, but we can help you welcome this life change by providing you with top-notch comfort during your visit to the area.

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Excitement on the Rope Course in West Orange

Family fun in New Jersey for all at the Tree Top Adventure Rope Course in West Orange

rope course in West Orange

Family fun in New Jersey is not hard to find when you head to the Tree Top Adventure Course right next to the Turtle Back Zoo. This aerial obstacle course is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and make memories with friends and family. The adult rope course offers 30 challenge elements and runs about 1½ hours while the junior rope course offers 15 challenge elements and runs about 45 minutes. After you finish the course, hop on the zip line for the most fun you can have 40 feet up in the air.

Reservations for the rope course near the Turtle Back Zoo are not required, but may be secured ahead of time.

Good family time is not far away when you head for an adventure to this exciting rope course in West Orange. miss! Make your plans today to challenge yourself at the rope course and zip line, then book your stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ for luxury accommodations and great dining.

Until next week    
The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ


Summertime Vibes: Enjoy Live Jazz Music In NJ

The Newark Museum will bring jazz outdoors at the Alice Ramson Dreyfuss Memorial Garden

live jazz music in NJ
As is tradition every year, the Newark Museum will celebrate summer with a concert series at their peaceful garden. For five consecutive Thursdays, starting July 7th, the Alice Ramson Dreyfuss Memorial Garden will reinvent itself as a music hall and host contemporary jazz musicians during lunch time. These concerts have been held for over 50 years and are one of the summer highlights in Newark.

This year’s, live jazz music in Newark will be presented by these talented artists:

July 7th: Lenny White, accompanied by Tom Guarna on the guitar and Ben Williams with the bass beats
July 14th: Solo singer and composer Charaneé Wade
July 28th: Mino Cinelu and the Reunion Drum Trio, with Mayra Casales's vocals and Madeleine Yayodele Nelson's drums
August 4th: Woody Shaw Legacy Ensemble

The season will close with two Friday evening events. A live jam session with Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith on August 12th, and an evening of music with Ron Carter on September 16th.

Live jazz music in NJ is available for free for museum members, but visitors can take advantage of general admission at only $5 per concert. Jazz at the Garden can be a lovely highlight during your upcoming visit to Newark. At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we would like to wish you a great time during these performances.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


The New York Red Bulls Soccer Team Prepares To Win Big At Home

Excitement is building for a demonstration of sport finesse at New York Red Bulls Arena

New York Red Bulls Soccer

The New York Red Bulls Soccer team is hard at work already to delight their home fan base. After several of their players were nominated for MSL prizes, everything seems to be in order to offer a memorable performance at their upcoming games scheduled at their home arena in Harrison, NJ. Now that the full summer schedule has been announced, it has become evident that they have been investing their Copa break wisely.

Even their injured players are expected to be on top form for their upcoming match against the Portland Timbers on July 10. They will then subsequently face the Orlando City SC and their main Big Apple neighbors, New York City SC, on July 13th and 24th, respectively.

The New York Red Bulls schedule will remain steadily busy for the rest of the season, playing against the best of what the Eastern Conference Major League Soccer has to offer: Montreal Impact on August 13th, New England Revolution on the 28th, and traditional rivals D.C. United on September 11th.

Regardless of if you are an long-time fan or a new convert to soccer's magic, these matches will gather a combination of physical prowess and refined tactics. Witnessing such a spectacle at the New York Red Bulls Arena, is not an opportunity to be missed. Top it with luxurious accommodations, and stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Our convenient location and comforting rooms await will be happy to host you.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

 


Plan Your 4th of July Getaway Weekend in New Jersey

Spectacular 4th of July Fireworks in New Jersey

4th of July getaway weekend in New Jerse
If you have yet to make any plans for this year’s Independence Day weekend, start planning a 4th of July getaway weekend in New Jersey. There is always an array of 4th of July events in Essex County and this year is no exception.

Montclair’s July 4 Celebrations -The 4th of July fireworks in New Jersey are a site to behold. Montclair will celebrate Independence Day with a lineup of fun festivities, including live entertainment, a parade, family picnic and a fireworks display that is sure to impress the entire family.

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks - What would any major celebration be without Macy’s? Their fireworks show has been lightening up our skies on July 4th since 1976. This year’s display will take place on the East River.

West Orange High School Fireworks Display -Head to the high school from 6:30pm for an exciting meet, live musical entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display.

Make your getaway an unforgettable one by booking your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We offer well-appointed guest rooms and ample amenities to ensure you have a comfortable stay with us.

We look forward to celebrating Independence Day with you!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Visit a Family-Friendly Zoo in New Jersey This Summer

Fun Family NJ Attractions for Summer

family friendly zoo in New Jersey
Lions and tigers and giraffe! If you’re treating the family to a summer getaway, be sure to head to Turtle Back Zoo. This family-friendly zoo in New Jersey belongs to the Essex County Parks Department.

There’s always something happening at Turtle Back, making it a must-do on your list of family NJ attractions this summer for the perfect day trip.

You and your family may like to have breakfast with the entertaining gibbons. The two white-cheeked gibbons love having visitors join them for a healthy breakfast and primate activities. Guests can talk to the keepers and help prepare the primate’s breakfast.

See a range of exhibits, including the Sea Lion Sound Exhibit, Penguin Coast Exhibit and even a Southeast Asia Exhibit where visitors get the opportunity to see a rare red panda and Amur leopard.

Throughout the summer, the zoo features a variety of special events.  A favorite is Night Moves at the Zoo – with a guided tour of the creatures of the night!  For a more adult affair, check out Brew at the Zoo on June 25, 2016. 

Book Your Stay with Us

If you’re headed to New Jersey with the family this summer, book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. We are located close to Turtle Back Zoo and a variety of New Jersey and New York City attractions. Come and enjoy our comfortable accommodations and convenient amenities.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Head to the Montclair Food and Wine Festival in New Jersey

A Delicious Food and Wine Event in Montclair to Tickle Your Taste Buds

  food and wine festival in New Jersey

Foodie Fanatics-if you’re in the area in July, make sure you check out the Food and Wine Festival in New Jersey at the Montclair Art Museum.

BBQ, Bourbon & Biergarten! This food and wine event in Montclair takes place on July 9, 2016 from 6pm to 10pm and promises a fun evening filled with the spirits and flavor of a New Jersey summer. There will be live musical entertainment, plenty of beers and bourbons to taste and a delectable BBQ-centered tasting event. Vendors who will be at the festival include Fitzgeralds, The Orange Squirrel, The Office, Spuntinos, Pig & Prince and Nico Kitchen & Bar.

There will even be an exciting BBQ competition that will be judged by a couple of celebrities, including beer and food writer, John Holl and food blogger Veronique Deblois.

For an exclusive experience, grab your VIP tickets and enjoy early entry to the festival. You’ll get the chance to spend time mingling with celebrity chef Amanda Freitag while tasting and sipping the festival’s offerings.

The Montclair Food and Wine Festival is a non-profit event with a mission is to promote education, awareness and appreciation of the culinary arts in Montclair and the greater metropolitan area by uniting chefs, artisans, farmers, and wine-makers in a multi-day event featuring educational seminars, symposia, demonstrations, and lectures.

The Montclair Food & Wine Festival also supports scholarship education to enable underserved or disadvantaged youth from the Montclair area the opportunity to further their culinary, agricultural, gastronomic education, and careers.

We hope everyone enjoys their time at this year’s events!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Spend Father’s Day in New Jersey

Treat dad to a day to remember this year by celebrating Father’s Day in New Jersey.

Father's Day in New Jersey
Here are our top picks for a memorable weekend this Father's Day in New Jersey.

Hop aboard a New Jersey Father’s Day Cruise
Give Dad a gift he’s sure to remember for a long time. Book a New Jersey Father’s Day cruise with Spirit Cruises and enjoy the stunning New York City skyline from a whole new perspective. Dad will also get to enjoy a delicious buffet while you all have a fun time dancing to the entertainment of a DJ. Hop aboard the brunch cruise that departs from Chelsea Piers or Lincoln Harbor and receive a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary with complimentary soda and juice for children and a brunch buffet. The dinner cruise on 19 June will depart at 7:00 p.m. and includes a dinner buffet.

How about a Game of Golf?,
If Dad loves nothing more than teeing off, take him on a Father’s Day golf outing. In Essex County, New Jersey, there are three high-quality golf courses. Weequahic Golf Course can be found in Newark; Hendricks Field Golf Course is in Belleville and the Francis Byrne Golf Course is in West Orange. The courses offer a great mix of stimulating challenges, scenic landscapes and a variety of luxurious amenities.

Beers & Bears
Not the most conventional combination! At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ we have a very special package exclusively for Father’s Day in New Jersey.  Treat Dad to deluxe accommodations, complimentary full breakfast buffet, free WiFi, a bucket of assorted beers and two tickets to Turtle Back Zoo.

After a memorable day out, head back to the hotel to enjoy the luxurious and spacious accommodations and all the amenities needed for a comfortable and unforgettable Father’s Day stay.


Plan One Last Pre-Baby Getaway to New Jersey

We’ve Got the Perfect Mom-to-Be Getaway in New Jersey for You


pre-baby getaway
While you can’t wait to be parents, you probably realize that it could be a while before the two of you get to relax together, alone. So why not celebrate Mom in NJ with a pre-baby getaway?

We understand how much parents-to-be need to unwind before their bundle of joy arrives. That’s why we’ve designed the perfect mom-to-be getaway in New Jersey with the Parents to Be package. The package includes:

• A complimentary foot massage or pedicure
• Complimentary Wi-Fi, suite upgrade and parking
• Transportation to and from Verona Park
• An early check in and late check out depending on availability
• Complimentary breakfast during your stay

Each morning you can start the day with a delicious European-style breakfast buffet and after spending time exploring the area, come back for a delicious dinner at Primavera, located in our hotel.

Speaking of exploring the area, there are plenty of great attractions on our doorstep, from the zoo to several theaters and performing arts centers to a range of beautiful parks. The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is happy to offer a complimentary shuttle service to local restaurants and attractions within a 5-mile radius, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Treat yourself to one last getaway before baby arrives and enjoy relaxation, comfortable accommodations and hospitable service.

Until next week, 

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Spend Memorial Day Weekend in New Jersey

Family Friendly Activities in New Jersey

Memorial Day Weekend in New Jersey
There are tons of family-friendly activities in New Jersey to enjoy. Why not bring the family along for the long Memorial Day Weekend in New Jersey and take advantage of these great activities?


Liberty State Park plays an important role in the New York Harbor area thanks to the reinvention of the waterfront in 1976. Today it is the perfect spot for a sunny BBQ or picnic and recreational sports are allowed. Take a stroll along The LIBERTY WALK promenade on the eastern edge of Liberty State Park attractions or Board the Statue of Liberty Ferry across the water to explore the famous lady herself and Ellis Island where so many entered the United States for the first time.

Turtle Back Zoo is a great place the whole family can visit, with plenty going on every day. The animals tend to be most active first thing in the morning, which makes for loads of fun. When you arrive at the zoo you will find a daily activity board inside the front entrance advertising the day’s activities. Late afternoon is also a good time to visit as most animals are being fed then. Apart from all the outdoor enclosures and displays, the zoo also has several indoor exhibits, so come rain or shine, it’s worth a visit.

Fleet Week New York - Although not in NJ, Fleet Week in NYC is a must see event. takes place from May 25 – 31. In its 28th year, Fleet Week is a celebration of our sea services. It is the perfect chance for you to meet Coast Guardsmen, Marines and Sailors and get to see the maritime service’s latest capabilities. The Parade of Ships will signal the start of 2016 Fleet Week New York followed by ship tours open to the public, concerts, exhibits and an amazing Memorial Day Celebration at the Intrepid Museum.

If you are planning a Memorial Day weekend getaway this year, book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel in New Jersey. We are minutes from New York and close to a range of exciting attractions and Memorial Day events.

Until Next Week, 

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ