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Check out the NY Red Bulls Soccer Schedule

Get a NY Red Bulls soccer schedule to find out when the Red Bulls play Eastern Conference Major League Soccer games in NJ.

NY Red Bulls Soccer Schedule

Major League Soccer Fan? The next time you're in New York or New Jersey, seeing the Red Bulls play is a must!

There are quite a few exciting upcoming games to consider. The Red Bulls will be playing Vancouver on June 20, Real Salt Lake on June 24 and New England in mid-July. Even if you’re just visiting the area, feel free to put on some face paint and fly the Red Bulls colors while you watch one of these Eastern Conference games for the MLS. Visit the event website for a full listing of the  NY Red Bulls soccer schedule.

When you’re planning your trip to see the Red Bulls play, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city by staying in West Orange, New Jersey.  The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ offers great rooms and amenities. By visiting our website, you can book your room for the next Red Bulls game. You can also take a look at the menu at our Zagat-rated Italian Restaurant and bar, Primavera, located inside the hotel.

Until Next Time,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Enjoy a 4th of July Getaway Weekend in NJ

4th of July fireworks events in NJ light up the sky.

4th of July Getaway Weekend in NJ

If you're looking to enjoy a 4th of July getaway weekend in NJ, West Orange is the perfect staging ground. The area is centrally located amidst North Jersey and New York holiday activities. You can take your pick of several attractions to visit in different townships.

There are plenty of 4th of July fireworks events in New Jersey. Montclair, NJ has an incredible celebration planned for the Fourth. The city is following up their 64th Annual Independence Day Parade with a spectacular fireworks display in the evening. In Florham Park, just 20 minutes away from West Orange, the city is hosting its own Independence Day parade and fireworks show. Bloomfield Township, an even closer 15-minute drive, has an early morning parade, daylong festivities and evening fireworks planned as well. Also 15 minutes away, the city of Livingston is celebrating the day with a tribute to the armed forces and first responders, a classic car parade and fireworks.

Just across the Hudson River, New York City will host its annual Macy's Independence Day celebration. The city has scheduled the event to air on live television, and big name hosts will report the event’s highlights.

Regardless of the destination you choose, there are tons of attractions and activities available on the 4th. West Orange is the perfect location to enjoy the celebrations and enjoy a 4th of July getaway weekend in NJ. The Wilshire Grand, NJ  lies directly in the heart of the action. Visit our website early for room rates and availability.

Until next week,
Wilshire Grand, NJ


Jazz in in the Garden Newark

Plan your summer events schedule to include Jazz in the Garden, Newark Museum.

Jazz enthusiasts have flexibility when planning their summer concert schedule as the Jazz in the Garden Newark series lasts all summer. The 50th season of the Newark Museum’s Jazz in the Garden kicks off in the middle of June and offers a diverse set of music for enthusiasts or interested newcomers from an organ trio to a trombone quartet to vocalists.

Jazz in the Garden @ 50
Special Opening Night Featuring Three Time Grammy Winner, Dee Dee Bridgewater
Friday, June 19, 6:30-9 pm

Jazz in the Garden Newark The series will then continue with six Thursday afternoon shows, each beginning at 12:15 p.m. with performances by:

July 2: Gary Bartz, saxophone (quartet)
July 9: Akiko, organist (tri0)
July 16: David Gibson, trombone (quintet)
July 23: Cocomama, Latin jazz octet
July 30: José James, vocals (quartet)
Aug. 6: Eric Reed, piano (trio)

One of the nation’s longest running jazz festivals, Jazz in the Garden, began in 1965 as a way for locals to enjoy the Museum’s Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Garden. Over the years, the series has included both local musicians as well as international stars like Jimmy Guiffre, Houston Person and Etta James, Ron Carter, Cedar Walton, David Murray and Lou Donaldson. Grab your lunch and head to the Newark Museum this summer!

Music has a very special place in our hearts and everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel hopes you enjoy your time at any of the summer events at the Newark Museum.  

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


NJ Summer Wedding Venue

June brides: plan you day with the ideal NJ summer wedding venue.

Choosing a wedding date is one of the most important planning decisions that you'll have to make as a couple — it will impact every other aspect of your big day. You may have an idea of where you envision yourself walking down the aisle or what you want your cake to look like, but until you decide when you'd like to get married, you can't commit to anything.

The warmer months in New Jersey are often the most sought out when planning for a couple’s special day and for good reason – the weather can be beautiful!  

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ we know weddings and can help you plan the summer event of your dreams.  Our peaceful outdoor gardens are the perfect backdrop for ceremonies and receptions.  

NJ summer wedding venue
Come prepare for the festivities in our private bridal suites which include separate spaces for the Bridal and Groom’s party, refrigerator filled with soft drinks, juices and water, coffee maker and a safe to keep your belongings until the wedding.  

Summer wedding but indoor celebration?  From grand ballrooms to intimate settings, our event venues in NJ sparkle with elegance. Our Regency Room and Grand Ballroom offer a sophisticated setting. Whereas, our Tuscany Room and The Loft at 350 offer a unique layout that makes you forget you are in the suburbs.

We invite you to come and see what The Wilshire Grand has to offer as a NJ summer wedding venue. Recipient of the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award 2014 and 2015 and Manhattan Bride’s Best of 2015! For more information, visit our website.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


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!

11044493_10153309831039932_1431189096307996388_nSet 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!

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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!

11011290_10153286235924932_2840735174010477531_nMemorial 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!

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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.

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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