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Head to the Montclair Food and Wine Festival in New Jersey

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

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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 


Book Our NJ Hotel for Mother’s Day

Spend Mother’s Day in New Jersey with These Great Packages.

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Wracking your brain for the perfect Mother’s Day getaway idea this year? Why not go ahead and book our NJ hotel for Mother’s Day and treat Mom to some well-deserved pampering.

Mother’s Day in New Jersey just became a whole lot more affordable and luxurious with our special packages.

The Spoiled Mother Package is a great idea if you want to help Mom relax and feel pampered. The package includes:

• An early check-in and late check-out, based on availability
• A surprise gift when you check in and a beautiful flower arrangement
• A free in house movie
• A 20-minute yoga session
• A bottle of champagne
• A complimentary breakfast

The Marvelous Mother’s Package is ideal for those of you who may be driving to the hotel or hiring a car while in New Jersey and wish to spoil Mom with a delicious meal. The package includes:

• An early check-in and late check-out, depending on availability
• A suite upgrade and complimentary parking, based on availability
• A glass of champagne at check in
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Complimentary breakfast
• $50 credit from our onsite Primavera Restaurant

Primavera Restaurant is one of the top rated Zagat restaurants and serves up some of the finest Italian fare and cocktails. The restaurant offers a sophisticated ambience complete with warm and inviting atmosphere, making it the perfect place to spoil Mom with a meal this Mother’s Day.

Book your Mother’s Day stay at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ today. We offer a range of luxurious guest rooms and suites and are just a few minutes away from the excitement of New York City. We look forward to welcoming your family for a special Mother’s Day in NJ!


New Jersey Graduation Events

Montclair State University graduation and more at the Prudential Center. 

New Jersey graduation events

New Jersey graduation events are important for graduating students, as well as their friends and family. Commencement ceremonies provide the opportunity for everyone to celebrate the achievements and conclusion of a higher education degree. So queue up the Pomp and Circumstance and get the cameras ready as your favorite student marks their achievement.

Many of the local college and university ceremonies will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark.

• Berkeley College, April 29
• NJCU, May 11
• Ramapo College, May 13
• Rutgers University-Newark Commencement, May 18
• William Paterson University undergraduate ceremony (bachelor’s), May 20
• Montclair State University graduation, May 25
• Seton Hall University graduation, May 16

Have You Booked Accommodations?

If you are coming to New Jersey for a graduation ceremony at the Prudential Center, be sure to book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Guests can look forward to a complimentary breakfast daily, attentive service and a range of amenities from free Wi-Fi service to a shuttle service that will take you anywhere within a 5-mile radius of the hotel. After the ceremony, join us for a celebratory meal at Primavera Restaurant. With all the amenities you need for a convenient stay, we’re sure you will enjoy your time with us.


Visit A Family Friendly Museum in New Jersey

So many Liberty Science Center exhibits to explore. 

Family Friendly Museum in New Jersey

Spring is here and summer vacation won’t be long behind. Get ready to plan some memorable and educational experiences for the younger set! If you are looking for a family friendly museum in New Jersey, be sure to visit the Liberty Science Center – a premiere NJ Science Museum. There is something for all ages to enjoy, experience and learn about at the museum which is sure to make for a fun day out.

There are a variety of Liberty Science Center exhibits to look forward to. Young children between the ages of 2 – 5 will love the I Explore gallery. For slightly older children between the ages of 5 – 10, there is the Infection Connection where they can dress for surgery at the “Be A Surgeon” exhibition or they may prefer to create a six-foot high bubble in the Wonder Why exhibition. Many kids love donning construction gear in order to operate the mini front loader and electromagnetic crane in Skyscraper which will have them learning all day long. For older guests who prefer in-depth exploration, there are real science experiences, like the Infection Connection Lab where you can take part in experiments such as isolating wheat DNA. Some other fun to explore includes: 

  • Sid The Science Kid
  • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
  • Honey Bees: Home is Where the Hive Is
  • Infinity Climber 

Book Your Accommodations Soon

If you’re bringing the family for a visit to the museum, why not stay a while at the Wilshire Grand Hotel? We offer a complimentary hot and cold breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a complimentary shuttle service to anywhere within 5 miles of the hotel.


Don’t Miss the San Francisco Symphony East Coast Performance

This Is sure to be one of the top New Jersey Performing Arts events this year. 

San Francisco Symphony East Coast Performance

The San Francisco Symphony East Coast performance will take place on April 15 at Prudential Hall, NJPAC. The Symphony sets some of the highest standards for excellence when it comes to musical performance.

If you’ve been wondering which New Jersey performing arts events to book tickets for this year, this is the performance you won’t want to miss. The inspiring collaboration of the Symphony along with its musical director, Michael Tilson Thomas, is sure to wow you. Their program is a tribute to Aaron Copland, an American composer and includes the masterpiece, Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. It’s hard to come across any other orchestra or conductor who makes music with the boundless imagination and energy as well as the virtuosity that drive this incredible collaboration. The orchestra plays every piece to perfection and their commitment to new music along with the refinement of their performance offer a balance of sheer delight.

Stay with Us When You’re in Town for the Show

If you’re coming to New Jersey for the show, be sure to book your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. As a guest, you can look forward to hot and cold complimentary breakfast every day in the lobby, a welcoming reception area, complimentary Wi-Fi and a complimentary shuttle service anywhere within 5 miles of the hotel. We also offer a 24-hour fitness center and an onsite sweet shoppe so that your snack needs will always be satisfied. You can also look forward to comfortable, well-appointed accommodations and all the amenities you could need for a relaxing and enjoyable home-away-from-home stay in New Jersey. We’re just a few minutes from NYC, so you can fit in some sightseeing in the Big Apple too!


Book Your Spring Getaway in New Jersey

There are plenty of Easter events in NJ to look forward to.

Spring getaway in New Jersey
With spring break just around the corner, you may be wondering what to do with the family. A tropical island trip may not be within your budget, or you may not be keen to fly with the kids. So why not book a spring getaway in New Jersey!

This year there are set to be many fun Easter events in NJ. Visitors will be able to look forward to the likes of Easter Bunny breakfasts, Easter egg hunts, train rides with the Easter Bunny, picnics, brunch cruises and more.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly spring break hotel near NYC, then look no further than The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ. We offer great budget-friendly packages to ensure your spring break doesn’t break the bank.

The Advanced Planner Package
Plan your trip in advance and enjoy:
● Complimentary parking
● A glass of champagne at check in
● Complimentary WIFI
● Complimentary breakfast during your stay

Parents Delights Package
Bring the whole family for an exciting spring break in New Jersey and enjoy:
● Complimentary parking
● A glass of champagne on arrival
● Complimentary breakfast during your stay
● Complimentary WIFI
● A suite upgrade, depending on availability
● Early check in and a late check out, depending on availability
● A shuttle service to and from Verona Park
● Two tickets to the Turtleback Zoo

Come and enjoy top-class service and ample amenities as well as luxury accommodation this spring break at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We offer all the comforts of home matched with the luxury of a hotel stay.


Plenty of Easter Events in NJ to Look Forward To

Easter bunnies, trains and cruises: Easter Events in NJ are certainly eclectic!

of Easter Events in NJ


If you’re coming to the east coast this spring, make sure you check out these fun Easter events in NJ.

The Annual Easter Bunny Express
The 24th Easter Bunny Express will be taking place at the Whippany Railway Museum on March 19, 20 and 26. It’s the perfect excuse to celebrate the beginning of Spring on an Easter train ride through the northern areas of New Jersey. During the 45-minute trip, the Easter Bunny and a few helpers will be on board to keep you entertained. The train departs from the museum in Morris County and travelers will get to enjoy heated coaches and a comfortable ride. The rides tend to sell out early, so it’s a good idea to book your tickets well in advance.

Take an Easter Brunch Cruise
Why not do something different this Easter and hop aboard Spirit Cruises for a delectable brunch buffet, complete with DJ and dancing while you take in the incredible NYC skyline. The entire family is sure to enjoy Easter on the water. There are two cruises: Easter Sunday Brunch Cruise, 27 March departing from Chelsea Piers, New York or Lincoln Harbor. The cruise includes a visit from the Easter Bunny and a brunch buffet menu complete with food options for the kids.

Book your Easter weekend stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, New Jersey and delight in top quality service and a full house of amenities to ensure your stay is comfortable.

Until next time,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ