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New Jersey Fall Foliage Tour With Spirit Cruises

Glorious colors of autumn welcome you from the water aboard a New Jersey Fall Foliage Tour with Spirit Cruises.

Fall Foliage Tour With Spirit Cruises

As summer is coming to a close, many people turn their attention to back-to-school planning and thoughts of the coming holidays. However, you do not have to bemoan the end of summer when you can instead celebrate the beginning of autumn, one of the most beautiful seasons in the Northeast.

In the Garden State, autumn provides you with striking colors and cool air perfect for a New Jersey Fall Foliage Tour with Spirit Cruises. The cruise takes you up the Hudson River for a three-hour scenic adventure complete with DJ narration and a fully inclusive lunch buffet, all in style and comfort. Cruises for the fall tours take place October 17 and 24th.  

If you decide to stay in the area, we invite you to consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel for a full weekend of fall fun in New Jersey.  Continue to tour the area’s autumnal display as we are centrally located to so many beautiful areas that feature spectacular colors. Consider staying the night in luxury before setting out on a drive to see the colors.  Visit New Jersey provides some great resources for planning out your road trip.    

Until next week,  
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

The Perfect NJ Fall Wedding Venue

Plan a picture-perfect wedding with these wedding tips for fall.

NJ Fall Wedding Venue
Brides often think of summer as outdoor wedding season, but waiting until the fall to say “I do” can be just as romantic if not even more so. With a backdrop of colorful autumn leaves and pleasantly cool weather, fall is a wonderful time to plan a picture-perfect outdoor ceremony. To help you achieve this dream of a wedding, we've compiled some of the best advice for planning a fall wedding.

Tip #1 Plan for the weather

Guests probably won’t be sweating at a fall wedding, but they could start shivering if an unseasonable cold front rolls in. Make sure your guests are prepared for cool weather by keeping them updated about the forecast. You could also provide a basket of inexpensive shawls for those guests who forget to bring an extra layer.

Tip #2 Don’t forget the holidays

Many holidays that are celebrated in the fall can create scheduling conflicts for wedding guests. Be mindful of your guests’ holiday plans by doing careful research before booking your venue. In addition to holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, there are some religious holidays in the fall that should be kept in mind.

Tip #3 Choose fall flower arrangements

Many flowers will come into bloom just in time for your fall wedding, such as dahlias, asters and chrysanthemums. By keeping your floral arrangements in-season, you can save money and stay true to your wedding’s fall theme. If you want to get creative, you could even incorporate some fall fruits and vegetables into your fall wedding décor.

Tip #4 Pick the perfect venue

Choosing a venue that offers all-inclusive wedding packages can make planning the perfect fall wedding a breeze. With beautiful outdoor gardens, an elegant 20,000 square foot ballroom and excellent catering, The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ can serve as the perfect venue for your fall wedding. Visit our wedding page to read more about our lovely wedding packages.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Giants & Jets 2015 Metlife Football Schedule

It’s almost time for NY Jets and Giants Home Games at Metlife Stadium!

2015 Metlife football schedule
Football season is nearly upon us, and everyone from casual observers to ardent fans of the Jets and Giants will likely want to see their favorite teams compete on their home field. With the 2015 Metlife football schedule come  see the teams play right in the Garden State.  Here's this year's home schedule for both:

Giants Home Game Schedule, Preseason:

August 22, at 7:30 p.m. - vs. Jaguars,  August 29, at 7:00 p.m. - vs. Jets 

Giants Home Game Schedule, Regular Season:

September 20, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Falcons, September 24, at 8:25 p.m. - vs. Redskins, October 11, at 8:30 p.m. - vs. 49ers, October 25, at 4:25 p.m. - vs. Cowboys, November 15, at 4:25 p.m. - vs. Patriots, December 6, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Jets, December 20, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Panthers,
January 3, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Eagles,

Jets Home Game Schedule, Preseason:

August 21, at 7:30 p.m. - vs. Falcons, September 3, at 7:00 p.m. - vs. Eagles

Jets Home Game Schedule, Regular Season:

September 13, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Browns, September 27, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Eagles, October 18, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Redskins, November 8, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Jaguars, November 12, at 8:25 p.m. - vs. Bills,
November 29, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Bills, December 13, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Titans, December 27, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Patriots.

When you're in town for a game,  stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. We are a short distance from Metlife Stadium, and we look forward to helping you cheer on your favorite team. We offer comfortable, luxurious accommodations so you can relax after the thrill of the game.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel,NJ

Enjoy a NJ Back to School Getaway at a hotel near Montclair University

Get your favorite student set up at Montclair State University while treating yourself to a relaxing weekend getaway.

hotel near Montclair University

Getting ready to get your recent high school grads set up at Montclair University or Seton Hall?  Congratulations on this new chapter in both of your lives!

Sending your child off to college in New Jersey can challenging. You can look forward to the process by making reservations at a hotel near Montclair University and Seton Hall. After getting your navigating the dorms, you can head back to The Wilshire Grand to rest, relax and enjoy a marvelous meal. Turn this trip into a full weekend getaway…you deserve it!

Spend the afternoon touring Thomas Edison National Historical Park or go for a stroll through the South Mountain Reservation. You'll have easy access to area attractions, including Turtle Back Zoo.

After all the hustle, bustle and last minute preparations, just relax!  Let us take care of you - and provide the calming atmosphere you need after your preparations. Make taking your kids to college your own back to school getaway!

Whether you want to relax and be pampered at a local spa or you plan to spend your time touring the local attractions and even NYC, The Wilshire Grand Hotel is perfectly situated near both college campuses with a variety of activities available in West Orange, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Incredible Performances Coming to NJ Theater Destinations

NJ Concert Venues kick off Labor Day weekend with The Jacksons and The Commodores.

NJ Theater Destinations

Music and theater come together with great performance in the Garden State over the next several weeks. Do you have tickets?

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center kicks off Labor Day weekend with R&B legends The Jacksons and The Commodores. This will be the first time these Motown greats will be performing at NJPAC, and it promises to be one of the season's biggest highlights. The venue will also welcome Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Diana Ross, the London City Orchestra, The Price is Right and more.

South Orange Performing Arts Center Theater hosts the Grammy Award-winning  Manhattans.. Gerald Alston, the lead singer, and fellow band founding member Winfred “Blue” Lovett reunited the group in the 90s. The Manhattans take to the stage on Friday, September 11, at 8 p.m. A favorite group at New Jersey concert venues, The Silver Stars, will be performing as the opening act. Later in the month, funny man Colin Quinn brings his one-man show "New York Story" to the SOPAC stage.

One Direction returns to MetLife Stadium as part of their 2015 World Tour. They will be appearing on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, as one of the premier MetLife Stadium events. Their show starts at 7 p.m.

Later in the month, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean combine their World Tours for one night of great musical entertainment. This is Kenny Chesney's Big Revival Tour, and Jason Aldean will be pulling out all the stops with his Burn It Down Tour performance. Brantley Gilbert, Cole Swindell and Old Dominion are also performing on the show as special guests.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, welcomes theater and concert lovers to West Orange. We are located just a short drive away from these three outstanding NJ theater destinations and offer full service and luxury amenities.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Families Have the Best Summer Day Trips in NJ

Home to amazing NJ family friendly destinations!

Best Summer Day Trips in NJ
There's something for every family member to do with the best summer day trips in NJ. From renowned historical sites to science and nature exhibits at local museums, a trip to the Garden State is sure to fill every vacationer's day with fun and variety.

Children and adults can marvel at familiar and exotic wildlife to be found at the Turtleback Zoo. The Zoo offers both education and entertainment to its visitors including fun filled activities like miniature golf and the opportunity to sightsee with expert tour guides. Boating is available for those up for an outdoor excursion and a variety of restaurants are open nearby. Events change monthly and there's always something new to see or do!

For those interested in science, New Jersey offers plenty of interactive opportunities to engage inquiring minds. Science and nature lovers will delight with events at the Liberty Science Center. The science center offers a fantastic experience via its IMAX Theater and 3D film selection. It is open every day with options for families with younger children in addition to the normal experiments, camps and challenges.

New Jersey also offers visitors historical landmarks to explore. Tourists from near and far will love learning about Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty at Liberty State Park. Visitors can enjoy a ferry ride with breathtaking ocean views when traveling from the mainland to the island.

To top off the fun filled summer days, vacationers may want to retire in comfort at any of our spacious and contemporary rooms at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. When you book with us, you can enjoy your choice of luxury rooms, pet friendly services and wonderful amenities. We are home to a world-class fitness center, as well as fine dining onsite.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Yoga Classes in West Orange NJ

The American Yoga Academy offers classes to help hotel guests relax.


Traveling is taxing, but we have found a way for travelers, as well as locals, to find time in the day to relax. Of all hotel fitness facilities in the area, only the Wilshire Grand Hotel offers an extensive calendar of yoga classes and services.

The American Yoga Academy, located inside the Wilshire Grand, offers a full range of classes here for people of all ages. There are even yoga classes for children. Sign up to participate, and, if you prefer more individualized training, you can opt for private and semi-private lessons.

Those interested in developing their relaxation techniques and practicing mindfulness also have meditation classes available to them. Sign up for nutrition counseling with the Academy for expert fitness and dieting advice. Individual consultations can help you choose what to do next in your wellness routine.

In addition, the Academy offers wedding and birthday party yoga classes, as well as corporate events. You can relax, become more mindful and hone your practice by yourself, with friends or with coworkers.

When you choose to stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, you can benefit from in-hotel yoga classes as well as many of our other amenities. As a guest, you can have a complimentary European style breakfast each morning, and you can use free wireless internet any time you like. We are located less than a mile from scenic Verona Park, where visitors enjoy fishing and boating, sports fields, a gazebo with free concerts and great walking and jogging paths. Whether you're in town for business or just for a visit, staying with us means you get the best service and amenities...especially when it comes to fitness and well-being.

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

NJ Event Planners: Reserve your End of Year Meeting & Event Space

Now is the perfect time to reserve your meetings and special events.

  NJ Event Planners

NJ event planners have their hands full – especially when it comes to picking the ideal space for the perfect end of year business meeting, training session, conference or special event.   If you are looking for corporate meeting venues or events spaces in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ for the perfect event venue!

With more than 20,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting and event space, The Wilshire Grand Hotel is the premier choice for meetings & conventions, galas, and corporate receptions. Our stylish meeting rooms feature the perfect blend of grandeur, sophistication, and modern convenience. Set an impressive tone for success in our flexible meeting facilities, where you and your guests will also enjoy award-winning catering and banquet service, and full audiovisual support. From small board meetings to conferences and conventions of up to 500 guests, you will find our professional staff unsurpassed in executing your meeting plans to your complete satisfaction.

Our professional event planning associates and a full complement of business services are at your disposal. NJ event planners will receive our full support including audio-visual equipment, high-speed Internet connectivity and the attention of our team to assist with meeting needs and guest inquiries. Be sure to inquire about our exclusive group hotel rates to our corporate guests.

Services and Amenities
•    Over 20,000 Square ft. of flexible banquet space
•    Outdoor reception area
•    World-class catering & culinary team
•    Dedicated meeting planner to help you with every detail
•    Customized menus
•    Audiovisual equipment and support
•    High-speed wireless internet access
•    Free parking
•    Group room rates

For corporate event planning with state-of-the-art technology, first-class service and impeccable accommodations, you can relax knowing that your event will be handled with ease at The Wilshire Grand.  Visit our website  or call us directly 973-731-7007.

Until Next Week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Take Advantage of Our Couples Getaway Package in NJ

Enjoy some quality time together before the birth of your new addition with our pampering getaway for couples.

Couples Getaway Package in NJ

Are you looking for one last romantic retreat before the arrival of a new addition to your family? The Parents to Be Package may be just what you need. Enjoy one last escape for just you and your significant other. Our luxurious accommodations at the Wilshire Grand Hotel provide the perfect location for your couple's retreat. Each of our guest rooms and suites have the space and comfort required for a trip you will always remember.

Our special getaway package in NJ has everything you need for a relaxing couple's escape. Make the most of your time together with our early check-in and late checkout, provided specifically for expectant couples. Wake up each morning to our complimentary breakfast. Let us ease your cares and worries away with a foot massage or pedicure by Bijou Nails. You can experience the scenic view at Verona Park. Our couples getaway provides free transportation to and from the park, allowing you to enjoy some quality alone time. Take a romantic walk through the park, and enjoy the serenity of the beautiful 13-acre lake. You can even have a special picnic lunch with just the two of you on the ornate bridge overlooking the water.

This exclusive couple's getaway package provides everything you need for some quality time together before the birth of your lovely baby. Complimentary Wi-Fi and parking are included as well as upgraded suite accommodations. The hotel offers a full fitness center, with onsite yoga classes to help you relax away any tension and stress. Let us pamper you and your significant other as you prepare for the new addition to your family with a getaway package in NJ.

Until next week,

Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

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