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Enjoy a New York Red Bulls Game at Red Bull Arena

Summer is on its way. This weather is the perfect time to enjoy a New York Red Bulls Game at Red Bull Arena.

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Watch the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena

The arena in Harrison, New Jersey has 25,000 seats overlooking emerald green grass to enjoy a game day out of the house. The stadium is part of a larger two-phase development project in New Jersey's Riverbend District.

The 30 luxury skyboxes and 1,000 club seats are perfect for watching New York Red Bulls Games with optimal comfort and style.

There are plenty of concession options inside the arena. The Chipper offers tasty delights like chicken and waffles, garlic fries, mac and cheese, and pulled pork fries. Other grills and concession stands provide traditional favorites like jumbo hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza.

Inside the stadium, drinkers can enjoy Budweiser, Coors, Yuengling, Blue Moon, Flying Fish IPA, and several other specialty brews. A beer garden is located near the arena where fans can watch performances from the Freestyle Soccer Street Team and take part in many fun activities.

Everyone, two years of age and older, needs a ticket to enter the field and make sure to check the list of prohibited items before planning your visit.

Plan Game Day with The Wilshire Grand Hotel

If you'd like to check out a soccer match at the stadium, consider staying with us. The Wilshire Grand NJ is a short drive from the stadium and offers several special packages to help you make the most of your visit.


Plan a Mother’s Day Staycation in NJ

One of the best ways to celebrate Mother's Day is by planning a fun-filled staycation in New Jersey! 


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Celebrating Mother’s Day 2018 in NJ is easy with a local lineup of events that will make a staycation the best option for treating mom to a well-deserved day—or weekend—of fun and relaxation. When planning a Mother’s Day staycation in NJ, look for hotel specials that cater to mom.

Mother’s Day Events in NJ for the Active Mom

Does mom like to run, jump, and play? Then there’s an event for her Mother’s Day weekend in NJ. Join a 5K walk/run in Berkeley Heights Memorial Park or head to the Big Event Entertainment Experience for arcade games, bowling, and other activities to bring out the kid in her.

If delicious food is her jam, then Knob Hill Golf Club’s Mother’s Day brunch buffet with its professionally prepared cuisine has you covered or head to Sterling Gardens for a top-notch culinary experience amid the riot of flowers in bloom.

For creative moms, there’s cupcake classes and a “Tea and Paint” where she’ll be served delicious goodies while painting her own keepsake teacup.

Stay Close for Even More Mother’s Day Choices

The best way to enjoy a Mother’s Day Staycation in NJ is to stay close to the action. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is offering a Spoiled Mother package to pamper her with yoga, a movie, flowers, champagne and more. At the Wilshire Grand NJ, we know how to treat mom right!


It’s Hat in the Air Time—Graduation Events at the Prudential Center

This Year’s Graduation Events at the Prudential Center.

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It’s that time of year when the new class of graduating seniors are throwing their mortarboards in the sky and moving on to their next exciting phase of life. In New Jersey, one of the best places to have graduation events is at the Prudential Center.

Everyone from Rutgers and American Universities to William Paterson University and Essex County College has chosen the Prudential Center for their commencement ceremonies. This is likely because the venue is so convenient, with over 3,500 parking spaces within blocks of the arena and easy access from 10 local highways.

Better yet, the Center offers a 511 service, so you can check traffic from various routes to find the easiest, most convenient way to your student’s graduation.

Stay Close for Even More Convenience

The best way to enjoy your favorite senior’s college graduation experience is to stay close to the action. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is only 20 minutes from the Prudential Center, so there’s no rush getting ready.

After the big event, treat your graduate to deluxe accommodations and a delicious meal in the on-site Primavera Ristorante or one of the amazing restaurants nearby. If you choose to stay longer, we’ve got you covered. Our rooms feature everything you and your family need to relax and enjoy the moment.


Upcoming Concerts in the Tri State Area - Who’s Playing at the Prudential Center?

Upcoming Concerts in the Tri State AreaUpcoming Concerts in the Tri State Area Worth Checking Out.

Concert season is almost here! There is no need to travel too far to enjoy your favorite artists this spring. The upcoming concerts in the Tri State Area includes making a stop at the Prudential Center, conveniently located just minutes away from us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Demi Lovato & DJ Khaled with Special Guest Kehlani on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30pm. Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer and songwriter Demi Lovato will be making her way to New Jersey this March, along with multi-platinum, hip-hop icon DJ Khaled and special guest Kehlani. Don’t miss Demi Lovato at the Prudential Center this spring.

Miranda Lambert on Thursday, March 22 at 7:00pm. Country music star Miranda Lambert is bringing her "Livin Like Hippies" Tour to New Jersey. Catch Miranda Lambert at the Prudential Center, along with very special guests Jon Pardi and Charlie Worshaw.

Justin Timberlake will return to the Prudential Center stage with The Man Of The Woods Tour, with Special Guest The Shadowboxers, on Sunday, March 25 at 7:30pm. Plan your stay and don’t miss Justin Timberlake in New Jersey!

GRAMMY Award-winning artist Lorde with special guests Run the Jewels & Mitski on Friday, April 6 at 7:00pm.

Bon Jovi announced the spring leg of their “This House is Not for Sale Tour.” The rock icon will be returning to the Prudential Center on April 7-8.

PINK on Saturday, April 14 at 8:00pm. International pop icon Pink has announced her “Beautiful Trauma World Tour” will make a stop at Prudential Center this spring.

If interested in attending one of the upcoming concerts in the Tri State Area, we welcome you to book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.


Celebrate Easter at the 26th Annual Easter Bunny Express in Whippany, NJ!

Easter Bunny Express in Whippany NJAll Aboard the 26th Annual Easter Bunny Express in Whippany, NJ.

Warmer weather is on its way! Celebrate the return of the spring season at the 26th Annual Easter Bunny Express in Whippany, NJ. The Easter Bunny and crew will be on board greeting everyone during the 45-minute round-trip ride. Gather your family and sit back in the heated passenger coaches as you ride along the historic Whippanong Trail.

The Easter Bunny Express in Whippany, NJ departs the Whippany station on:

Saturday, March 24, Sunday, March 25 and Saturday, March 31

at 1:00PM, 2:00PM, 3:00PM, 4:00PM. All trains run rain, snow or shine!

The train departs from and returns to the Whippany Railway Museum site in Morris County, NJ, conveniently located near us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. The 10-mile round trip excursion is one of our favorite ways to celebrate Easter in Northern New Jersey. After riding on the Springtime Streamliner, passengers will also have the opportunity to tour the Museum site and browse their collection of Historic Railroad Locomotives, Rolling Stock, Operating Model Train Layouts and Vintage Farm Tractors.

You can make the day extra special by purchasing tickets for a nostalgic Easter train ride in New Jersey aboard an elegantly-restored 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey club car, “Jersey Coast.” With individual leather chairs, a mahogany interior, built-in tables and period ceiling fans, the upgraded experience will make you feel like a millionaire from the early 1900s.

For more information regarding the New Jersey Easter event, visit the Whippany Railway Museum website.

We hope to welcome you to the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ this spring season. Visit our special offers page on our website to browse our current hotel discounts in New Jersey before booking your stay.


The GRAMMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center Educates and Inspires!

Grammy Museum Experience at the Prudential CenterEnjoy Interactive Exhibits & So Much More at the GRAMMY Museum Experience at Prudential Center.

Calling all music lovers! If you are visiting our area, you won’t want to miss the GRAMMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center. The hands-on museum also includes a New Jersey Legends exhibit featuring iconic, local artists such as Bruce Springsteen.

Get inspired as you walk through the New Jersey Museum, conveniently located just minutes away from our hotel. The GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center is jam-packed with exhibits to help educate visitors and inspire the next generation of superstars.

Exhibits at the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center include:

  • Ray Charles
  • Max Weinberg
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Roland Live
  • Bruce Springsteen

Showcasing all genres of music, the Prudential Center museum is certainly a must-see for all music lovers or for anyone looking for things to do near Newark NJ. Learn what it takes to become a GRAMMY winner and plan your visit today.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located in West Orange. Situated just minutes away from the Prudential Center, we are always excited to offer our guests a convenient place to stay while exploring the area.

With so much to see and do, the GRAMMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center is definitely a favorite attraction, bringing the history of music to life.

Plan your stay with us today and visit the NJ museum and so much more while in town.


The 2018 St Patrick's Day Parade Happening in North Jersey.

St. Patrick's Day ParadesPlan your Stay for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Happening in North Jersey.

As we say goodbye to February and march into spring, it’s the perfect time to plan a staycation with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Why? We offer a convenient rest stop if attending both the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Book your stay with us today for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade happening in North Jersey.

The 2018 Newark Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is March 16, 2018 at 1:00pm. Recognized as New Jersey’s first and finest St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Newark Parade is committed to keeping the tradition alive. Conveniently located near our hotel, the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade line runs from the Prudential Center on Mulberry Street past Gateway Center, NJPAC, Military Park, St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, the Newark Museum and Washington Park.

The 2018 West Orange Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:15pm. Located just down the road from our hotel, the 67th West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade is taking place on Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue. It's the perfect way to celebrate the holiday in West Orange with locals and visitors alike. Click here to learn more about the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New Jersey.

If looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Northern New Jersey, we invite you to make us your home away from home this March. Turn your day trip into a fun weekend getaway and come discover our hidden gem in West Orange, NJ.

Complimentary amenities abound including complimentary wireless Internet, Grand Wilshire European Style Breakfast Buffet, cardio & weight fitness center, seasonal outdoor patio and so much more! We are pet-friendly so bring your pup along, too.


The Restaurants in Ironbound Newark that Foodies will Love.

Restaurants in Ironbound NewarkDiscover the Restaurants in Ironbound Newark.

Minutes away from The Wilshire Grand Hotel, you’ll find the amazing and trendy restaurants in Ironbound Newark. Discover why Ironbound is considered “Newark’s Culinary Gem” during your next visit with us.

If you are wondering where to find old school and modern takes on Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian dining, you’ll love the restaurants in Ironbound Newark. There are plenty of sandwich shops, bakeries and restaurants in Ironbound so check out the five classic restaurants to try below.

Eater NY is sharing the five classic Ironbound restaurants to try:

  • Iberia Peninsula: Known as one of the most popular old-school spots, this spot is perfect for watching a soccer game. Come for the food, stay for the atmosphere!
  • Fornos of Spain: The wide selection of Spanish wines, this restaurant is located a little further down Ferry Street.
  • Brasilia Grill is the place to feast on rodizio with a salad bar to add to your entree.
  • Adega Grill is located in the heart of the Ironbound and a favorite spot for after-work drinks. It is a one-stop shop for a drink, a bite and a dance party.
  • Fernandes Steakhouse is another area staple, located on the outskirts of town. The traditional menu makes it a destination spot for out-of-towners and locals alike.

The restaurants listed below are just a few of the many delicious restaurants located in Newark, NJ! If you’d like to learn more about the different and unique restaurants in Ironbound Newark, Eater NY shares a great guide to the restaurants in Ironbound. Click here to learn more about the dining options near us.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located near the shops and restaurants in Ironbound Newark. Book your stay with us today and discover Newark’s culinary gem while you’re here.


Things to Do in Essex County NJ this Weekend.

Things to Do in Essex County NJ this WeekendCheck Out our Favorite Things to Do in Essex County NJ this Weekend.

Sometimes, the winter season seems endless. Especially, this time of the year when the holidays are over and we are all counting down until St. Patrick’s Day. To help you beat the winter blues in New Jersey, we are sharing our favorite things to do in Essex County NJ this weekend. Some are our old favorites and a few are newly-opened attractions that are worth checking out in 2018. Plan a stay to the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ this winter, there is so much to discover!

Visit the Turtleback Zoo: The Turtleback Zoo is definitely a fan favorite and it’s easy to see why that may be the case. No matter your age, there is something for everyone! Plus, the zoo is much bigger than you may think so you can easily spend an entire afternoon discovering the many interesting species and exhibits.

Discover the eclectic cafes, bars and restaurants in Montclair: We love Montclair for several reasons, there is so much to discover! Located just a 10 minute drive from our hotel, Montclair is jam-packed with trendy coffee shops, delicious restaurants and unique bars that will bring your Instagram game to the next level.

The Montclair Art Museum: You can’t always predict the weather here in New Jersey so if you are visiting and stuck with inclement weather, we recommend taking a trip to the Montclair Art Museum. There are plenty of interesting exhibits on display and it is one of our favorite things to do in Essex County NJ this weekend.

What are your favorite winter activities in Essex County NJ? We are always eager to share our favorite things to do near West Orange NJ so don’t hesitate to stop by our front desk and ask for a few recommendations on what to do while in town.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located near all of the Essex County attractions, plus more. If looking to plan a winter, weekend getaway in New Jersey, we invite you to plan your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Browse our current hotel promotions so you can ensure the best possible value for your stay with us.


Must-Haves for a Winter Wedding in New Jersey.

Must-Haves for a Winter WeddingOur Favorite Must-Haves for a Winter Wedding in New Jersey.

Your soulmate popped the question. Congratulations! Now, you’re ready to begin the exciting journey of planning your winter wedding. You may have began to notice that the winter season is becoming increasingly popular for brides and grooms. We’ve rounded-up our favorite must-haves for a winter wedding so you can be sure that your big day will truly ‘WOW’ your guests.

While the temperatures continue to drop, it’s important to make sure your guests remain cozy and comfortable throughout the evening. If you are considering a tented outdoor ceremony, consider placing warm blankets on each chair for your guests so they are able to truly lay back and feel comfortable during your vows. The last thing that you’ll want is uncomfortable guests during one of the most important moments of your life.

Consider adding warming beverages and comfort foods to the menu. Hot chocolate is, of course, a crowd favorite. Make your own hot cocoa bar is a fun and affordable way to keep your guests warm and happy. It’s also perfect for the little ones, too. Hot apple cider, coffee and hot toddies are also great options. Comfort foods such as grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup will warm up anyone!

Unfortunately, winters can be unpredictable in New Jersey. While there’s something very magical about a snowy, winter wedding, you have to consider that snow or rain may cause your guests discomfort, especially while dancing the night away in wet socks! For wedding favors or a thoughtful gesture, hand out comfy slippers for your guests. It’s a thoughtful, unique winter wedding favor that they can cherish for years to come.

We hope you enjoyed these must-haves for a winter wedding. If you are in the beginning stages of wedding planning in New Jersey and looking for affordable wedding venues in NJ, we invite you to tour our facilities at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.