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How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in NJ and NYC

Memorial Day Weekend in NJ

Still undecided on what to do for Memorial Day? Don’t worry. We have some great ideas for how to spend Memorial Day weekend in NJ and NYC. Plus, your whole family will love these outings and activities.

How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend with Kids in NJ

There’s plenty going on in the city to celebrate the last weekend in May.

Have a BBQ at Liberty State Park

Liberty Park offers amazing views of the New York shoreline along with Lady Liberty herself. This historic park is the perfect place to host a Memorial Day barbecue and enjoy the scenery.

Spend a Family-Friendly Day at Turtle Back Zoo

What better way to commemorate Memorial Day weekend in NJ than with a family outing?

Turtle Back Zoo has all of the sights and sounds that will add up to a fun day of discovery and exploring with your entire pack. See animals and marine life from all over the world, including sea turtles, giraffes, white wolves, alligators, black bears, and river otters.

If that’s not enough, kids will delight in the zoo train, pony rides, carousel, and mini golf. Finally, in case you get hungry, there’s the delicious Savanna Café.

Try a Day Trip to NYC for Fleet Week 2017

Fleet Week celebrates the men and women of the sea services with events and happenings all over NYC through Memorial Day.

Tour a grand ship in the harbor, see a military band perform at Times Square, or attend free events like Marine Day in Prospect Park, where you’ll see demonstrations, displays, and more.

You don’t have to be stumped while wondering how to spend Memorial weekend with kids in NJ. Try any of the above activities and your whole family is sure to have a ball. While you’re in the area enjoying the holiday weekend, stay with us at The Wilshire Grand in West Orange, NJ.


How to Spend Mother’s Day Weekend in NJ!

How to Spend Mother’s Day Weekend in NJ

For a unique way to enjoy time with Mom on Mother’s Day, head to the open water. Cruises are how to spend Mother’s Day weekend in NJ, especially when all the fun and food is included.

Things to Do on Mother’s Day in NJ

Sail around the shores of NYC, feel the sea breeze, and enjoy the views.

Cruises for Mother’s Day Brunch in North Jersey

Take a two-hour cruise with mom to celebrate her special role. While you’re on board enjoying the spectacular views of the New York City skyline and the live DJ, sit down for a scrumptious brunch buffet.

The menu will include an assortment of breakfast pastries, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, breakfast potatoes, and lots of lunch entrees, like fresh salads, baked ziti pasta, and honey & sesame chicken.

Tickets start at $59.90, with departure times at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Dinner Cruises for Mother’s Day

If you’d rather take an evening cruise for Mother’s Day, three-hour dinner cruises will also be available on May 14th.

See the lights of NYC at night and tuck into a buffet-style dinner complete with flavorful salads, veggie sides like mashed potatoes or roasted broccoli, and entrees like an oven-baked Atlantic cod filet or a whole-roasted pork loin with Dijon mustard cream sauce. Then, top off your meal with dessert.

Tickets for dinner cruises start at $57.90. They’ll depart at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Mother’s Day Hotel Packages in NJ

Complete your weekend and spoil your mom with the Spoiled Mother package from The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Book this getaway for Mom and give her the gift of pampering for things to do on Mother’s Day in NJ. She’ll get a surprise flower arrangement at check-in, a bottle of champagne, a 20-minute yoga class, a free in-house movie, complimentary breakfast, and early/late check-out.


Must-See Spring Concerts at the Prudential Center

Spring Concerts at the Prudential Center

Looking for big events and bigger music stars? Check out spring concerts at the Prudential Center.

NJ Concerts This Spring

Head to Prudential Center concerts for a wide array of talent, from pop singers to classic hit-makers, and upcoming talent to international artists.

April Concerts

  • Chris Brown: The Party Tour – See Chris Brown with special guest 50 ‘Cent for a night of rap and R&B on April 1.
  • Stevie Nicks – The singer steps out for her “24 Karat Gold Tour” with the Pretenders on April 2.
  • Arijit Singh – A big star in Bollywood, Arijit Singh brings his brand of classical Indian play back to the Prudential Center on April 22.
  • EXO: The Exo’rdium Tour – EXO is a K-pop group who are wildly popular in their native Korea. See them live on April 25.

May Concerts

  • Faith Hill & Tim McGraw – Real-life married singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are teaming up on tour, and will hit the stage on May 4.
  • Gospelfest 2017 – Gospelfest features some of the biggest names in gospel music, including Hezeklah Walker and Erica Campbell, on May 13.

June Concerts

  • The Weeknd – See The Weeknd as he tours for his new album, “Starboy,” on June 4.
  • Iron Maiden – This classic metal act will rock out at the Prudential Center on June 7.
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – The Tom Petty tour in NJ will see the solo singer getting back together with his backup band. See them live on June 16 for their 40th
  • Daryl Hall, John Oates, and Tears for Fears – ‘80s rock stars will team up for this catchy tour on June 17.

Ready to head to NJ concerts this spring? Grab your tickets and book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand.


All Aboard the Easter Bunny Express in NJ!

Meet the Easter Bunny at the Easter Bunny Express in NJ.

Easter Bunny Express in NJ

Planning a getaway with your family this Easter? There plenty of events and activities nearby for your little ones to enjoy! One of our favorite annual Easter events in NJ takes place just minutes away at the Whippany Railway Museum. Hop on over for a fun-filled afternoon at the Easter Bunny Express in NJ.

Passengers will be able to enjoy a 45-minute train ride along the Morristown and Erie Railway's historic Whippanong Trail. Departing and returning to the Whippany Railway Museum site, the event will be taking place on the following dates:

Saturday, April 8

Sunday, April 9

Saturday, April 15

at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

Fares

Infants On Laps, One-year of age and under : FREE
Children (Under 12): $9
Adults (Age 12+): $14

The Easter Bunny and crew will be on board to greet visitors and pass out holiday treats during the 10-mile round-trip excursion. Experience the thrill of riding the Springtime Streamliner or make your day extra special by purchasing tickets for the elegantly-restored 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey club car, 'Jersey Coast'.

Seats are limited for the Easter Bunny Express in NJ. Reserve your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel and enjoy a fun-filled Easter visit here in New Jersey.


Make Your Meeting Work for You at Corporate Event Venues in NJ

Corporate Event Venues in NJ

Business meetings are a cinch when you have the right setting. The Wilshire Grand’s corporate event venues in NJ fit the bill, providing you with ample space and amenities for all your needs. That means you can get down to business and leave the little details to us.

NJ Meeting Venues: Service and Space Meet Elegance and Sophistication

Everything you’ll ever need out of NJ event venues is right here.

Services

Our business services keep you connected and offer convenience. We have a dedicated staff to help with planning and coordinating your meeting, not to mention take care of your business needs.

We also offer complimentary Wi-Fi as well as a business center that’s open 24-hours. Don’t forget that we’re just a quick five-minute ride from Newark Liberty Airport, and you can hop on a shuttle for a free ride within a five-mile radius of the hotel.

Stay with us during your meetings, conferences, or business gatherings and you’ll also get complimentary breakfast each morning.

Space

Our event space is flexible and can be configured to your needs. With over 20,000 square feet available, we can come up with the perfect set-up for your event.

We also offer world-class catering, customized menus, audiovisual equipment for presentations, an outdoor reception area, and free parking for every guest.

If you’re looking for NJ venues for a business meeting, look no further. The Wilshire Grand Hotel has everything you need for a smooth, seamless meeting so you can focus on work. Request a proposal to hold an event at our NJ meeting venue and the rest will fall into place.


St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NJ and NYC

St. Patrick's Day Parades in NJ

The biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NJ and NYC can be found all throughout the surrounding area near The Wilshire Grand. Put on your best green outfit and join the festivities!

St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NJ

Morristown St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 11, join the residents of Morris County for their St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Along with the march in celebration of Irish heritage, pre-parade events are planned, including the Grand Marshall Reception. This will include bagpipers, live music and dancing, beer and wine, and hors d’oeuvres on Friday, March 3rd.

Nutley St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For Nutley’s parade on Saturday, March 4, an Investiture Mass will start things off, and the parade will march out from the Holy Family Parking Lot at St. Mary’s Church. The parade will additionally honor the Firefighter of the Year and feature the 2017 Parade Queen, Morgan Sim.

West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in West Orange will kick off on Sunday, March 12. It will traverse Main Street and Eagle Rock Avenue, with grand stands along the route for optimal viewing.

Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Watch the Newark parade on March 17th at 1:00 p.m. as it makes its way past St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, Military Park, and the Newark Museum. The event’s 82nd year keeps Irish tradition front-and-center for the holiday.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NYC

NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For a few centuries, NYC’s parade celebrating St. Patrick has marched along the avenues with Irish pride. Enjoy the pomp and pageantry of this event, which regularly draws a few million spectators, on March 17 at 11 a.m.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel is close to all of these parade locations. Take your pick and have fun on St. Patty’s Day when you book your stay with us.


The Sounds of Jazz Grace the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

If you enjoy the sounds, soul, and rhythm of jazz, you’ll love what’s on the docket for this February through April at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Giants of modern jazz, plus up-and-comers, will hit the stage as part of the Jazz Series.

Spring Jazz Concerts in NJ

The upcoming schedule for the Jazz Series at New Jersey Performing Arts Center is full of variety and talent.

Kevin Mahogany – February 12

Hear the famed baritone jazz singer at NPAC’s Jazz Brunch Series at NICO Kitchen + Bar.

Rob Paparozzi – March 12

Paparozzi has fronted many musical outfits and plays a range of styles, from blues to jazz to pop. He’s another entry in the Jazz Brunch Series.

The Bucky Pizzarelli/Ed Laub Duo – April 2

Classic jazz guitar duets from the ‘30s will serenade another Jazz Brunch.

Here is the Place, Our City – April 7

Grammy-nominee Adegoke Steve Colson gathers a bevy of performers for a jazz tribute to Clement Price and Amiri Baraka.

Cecile McLorin Salvant with Sullivan Fortner – April 21

This will be a unique performance by a theatrical jazz singer and jazz pianist.

Wayne Shorter: Weather Report and Beyond Reimagined – April 22

This tribute to Wayne Shorter will be headlined by modern jazz stars like Christian McBride and Rachel Z.

Christian McBride with Esperanza Spaulding – One on One – April 23

One jazz mainstay and a new talent join together for an evening of conversation and music.

Wayne Shorter Quartet with Herbie Hancock – April 23

Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock were once members of the Miles Davis Quintet. Hear these jazz legends together once again.

Hear your favorite jazz performers and see jazz concerts in NJ when you book your stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.


Couples Hotel Getaways in NJ for Expecting Parents

Couples Hotel Getaway in NJ

If you and your spouse or significant other are parents-to-be, you're probably bursting with excitement and nervousness for your expected arrival. During this special time, you should make sure to enjoy each other's company and savor the moments when it's still just the two of you.

Take some time away and consider couples hotel getaways in NJ to make some memories before your family grows.

Deals and Things to Do for a Couples Getaway in NJ

Escape into Nature

Peaceful and quiet surroundings establish the perfect backdrop for a couples' retreat. Verona Park in NJ is a beautiful escape from the bustle of the daily grind.

Bring a picnic and have a romantic meal for two among the scenic lake, ornamental bridge, and picturesque woods. Take a leisurely stroll along the park's trails. Visit the boathouse to rent a row boat for a lovely excursion on the lake. Spend some time in the Children's Garden and wander along brick pathways, reveling in nature's bounty.

Parents to Be Hotel Packages in NJ

The Parents to Be package is an ideal way to plan a couples getaway in NJ. It includes transport to and from the park, a relaxing pedicure or foot massage from Bijou Nails, early check-in, late check-out, complimentary breakfast, a suite upgrade, WiFi, and free parking.

Book your stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel with this package and enjoy a relaxing getaway for two. We have everything you need for a calm, serene retreat while you're preparing for your little one's imminent arrival.


Go on a Tasting Journey at Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017

Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017

If your palate could use a kick, you should attend Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017. Taste a variety of reds, whites, champagnes, grape blends, and more, and sample artisan foods that will delight your taste-buds. This is a can’t-miss event for both wine aficionados as well as foodies, or if you just love tipping back a good glass of wine.

New York Wine Events: Winter Wine Festival

Details

Winter Wine Festival will take place at PlayStation Theater in Times Square, NYC. There will be two different sessions on Saturday, February 4: one from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and one from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

What to Expect

Taste wine from all over the world, sample artisan foods, and munch on light hors d’oeuvres at NYC wine events for 2017. All of it will be set to the tune of live jazz from Brian Simpson, a Grammy nominee, and J.J. Sansaverino.

Try wines you have never encountered, including sips from New Zealand, Japan, Austria, South Africa, and Portugal. All attendees will receive a free wine glass for tasting.

A general admission ticket gets you access to all of the above for wine festivals in NYC this winter. Early access and VIP tickets are also available. This festival would make the perfect day trip or weekend trip!

If you will be attending New York wine events, The Wilshire Grand would love to host you for your trip, whether it’s a day, weekend, or week-long affair. We’re only a train ride away from NYC, and offer relaxing accommodations for putting up your feet after a day spent enjoying the city.


Concerts at the Prudential Center This Winter Include Superstars You Don’t Want to Miss!

Concerts at the Prudential Center This Winter

Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center is not only home to the New Jersey Devils, it provides an ideal forum for the powerhouses of the musical industry. This winter, in between puck shots, you are invited to witness world-class concerts and events at this one-of-a-kind venue.

Saturday, January 21st – The alternative rock band Twenty One Pilots is bringing their “Emotional Roadshow” tour to New Jersey and the Prudential Center. This award-winning musical duo is best known for their haunting chart-toppers like “Heathens” and “Stressed Out” and have received critical acclaim for their most recent album, “BLURRYFACE”.

Friday, February 10th – Eleven-time Grammy nominee Charlie Wilson is making the Prudential Center a stop on his “In It to Win It” tour in February. This concert event is further enhanced by Wilson’s special guests Fantasia, John Gill, and Solero. On his own, Wilson is captivating, but alongside his talented friends this concert will be nothing short of extraordinary.

Saturday, February 11th – The Latin Concert Series gets spicier with the legendary Marc Anthony and his Valentine’s Day concert at the Prudential Center. Anthony is arguably the best salsa artist to ever grace a stage, with a romantic side that makes the girls swoon. Don’t miss out on the chance to enchant your Valentine’s Day with a live performance from this sizzling artist.

Help With Winter Shows at the Prudential Center

The Wilshire Grand Hotel in New Jersey is your ideal resting ground for before and after an exhilarating concert. With our expertise at your fingertips, you can treat yourself to an unforgettable winter show that starts with dinner and ends with a nightcap in your lavish room. Our proximity to the Prudential Center and long list of amenities make the Wilshire Grand your obvious choice when planning a music filled getaway.