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06/03/2014

Here’s our guide to a Relaxing Father’s Day Getaway in NJ!

A laid-back Father’s Day Getaway in NJ

Father's Day Getaway in NJ

Dads, you work hard all year, it’s time to enjoy a relaxing Father’s Day getaway with us in NJ. With our central location in West Orange, there are many things to explore just minutes away from our hotel. Gather your family; pack your bags and head to the Wilshire Grand Hotel for a well-deserved Father’s Day weekend getaway in NJ.

Whether you are the sports type, adventure seeker or just looking for a place to relax, we’ve listed our favorite Father’s Day activities in North Jersey. Come rest your feet and stay awhile. Here are our top picks for your Father’s Day getaway in NJ:

The golf courses in Essex County, NJ: Treat yourself to a round of golf! The Essex County golf courses include: Francis A. Byrne Golf Course, Hendricks Field Golf Course and Weequahic Park Golf Course. Visit a previous blog post to learn more.

Love an adventure? Take a trip to Verona Park. The 54.32-acre park is located less than a mile away from our hotel. You can enjoy boating and fishing, tennis courts and more! There is even a playground for the little ones to enjoy. Rent one of our beach cruiser bicycles and enjoy everything the NJ Park has to offer.

If looking to relax this Father’s Day, we invite you to enjoy our seasonal outdoor patio and putting green. We’ve provided the perfect environment for our guests to sit back and enjoy the beautiful weather, with ample seating and table space.

Visit our website to learn more about our hotel and accommodations and plan your Father’s Day getaway with us in NJ. Don’t forget to check out our current hotel packages and offers to ensure the very best trip.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

05/20/2014

Plan your stay & Experience the Montclair Food & Wine Festival!

Treat your taste buds to the Montclair Food & Wine Festival

Montclair Food & Wine Festival

Montclair is the Food Capital of NJ. Plan your stay for the Montclair Food & Wine Festival and experience the exciting events that will be taking place on Saturday, May 31 through Monday, June 2, 2014. Check below for the schedule of events and plan your getaway in NJ today.

The Montclair Food & Wine Festival benefits St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. The events featured at the NJ festival include:

The Grand Tasting

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Montclair Art Museum
General Admission, 7pm, $95
VIP Admission, 6pm, $120

Food meets art at this tasty event at the Montclair Art Museum. The evening will be filled with diverse culinary offerings from many of the New Jersey’s finest restaurants and purveyors. All wines and spirits presented by Gary’s Wine & Marketplace.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Seminar Series taking place at the following locations:

  • The Pasta Show with Lou + Laura at the Commonwealth Club, 11:30am-1:00pm. Program Fee: $45.
  • NJ Aquaculture: Consider the Oyster + The Clam at the Commonwealth Club, 1:15 -2:45pm. Program Fee: $65.
  • Debunking Myths of Foie Gras with Ariane Daguin + Ariane Duarte at Commonwealth Club, 3:00-4:30pm. Program Fee: $65.
  • Latin Vegan Tapas with Sally Owens of SO Tasty Vegan & Leaf Vodka at Designer Appliances, 4:00-6:00pm. Program Fee: $50.

The Gala Dinner

Monday, June 2, 2014
The Manor, Prospect Ave. in West Orange, NJ
6:00-9:00pm
$165 per plate, tables of ten available

Enjoy wines paired by Sharon Sevrens, of Amanti Vino and a fine evening of collaborative culinary wizardry!

Click here to learn more about the Montclair Food & Wine Festival in NJ and plan your stay today!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

05/06/2014

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with us in NJ!

Memorial Day Weekend in NJ

Have you made plans for Memorial Day yet? The holiday is fast approaching. Don’t forget to plan your Memorial Day weekend getaway with us in NJ!

Along with the many Memorial Day parades and ceremonies taking place in NJ, there are several family-friendly attractions and activities to visit during your Memorial Day weekend visit here in NJ.

As we mentioned in a previous blog post, the Newark Museum will be open on Memorial Day, May 26th, 2014. It’s your last chance to catch American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell at the NJ museum!

If the weather is nice, you can head to our front desk and rent one of our beach cruises.  Take a scenic bike ride to the local sites, which include the beautiful Verona Park. If looking to relax, take in the fresh air on our back patio featuring a seven-foot professional putting green.

There are plenty of things to do this Memorial Day weekend in NJ! Begin and end your trip with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website and learn about our cozy accommodations and convenient amenities.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

04/29/2014

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Newark Museum!

Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Newark Museum

Looking for the best things to do this spring in NJ? While everyone is searching for outdoor activities, don’t overlook the American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Newark Museum, on display now through Monday, May 26, 2014.

The exhibit at the Newark Museum outlines the evolution of Rockwell’s art through paintings such as “Day in the Life of a Little Girl” and “The Problem We All Live With.” Explore the exhibit and discover Rockwell’s artistic contributions and the impact that his images have made on American popular culture.

The NJ museum will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th. Whether planning a weekend getaway or Memorial Day trip with us in NJ, be sure to visit the special exhibit at the Newark Museum.

To learn more about the American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell exhibit, visit the Newark Museum website.

Exhibition admission ticket required:

Adults $15; Children, Veterans, Seniors and Students with valid ID $10; Newark residents $5.  MEMBERS: FREE

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

04/22/2014

Check out the Hottest Summer Wedding Trends!

The Hottest Summer Wedding Trends

Planning a summer wedding and looking for the hottest summer wedding trends? According to Marthastewartweddings.com, think bold & bright!  Don’t be afraid to embrace vibrant colors. Here are a few of the hottest summer wedding trends for your big day:

Marigold and Pewter: Combine yellow and gray and surprise your guests with a gorgeous color combo.

Think Great Gatsby. According to the Huffington Post, brides are falling in love with the elegance of the Roaring Twenties. Picture white-gloved waiters, crystal candlesticks and gold-rimmed china. Don’t forget the big band!

Spice up your event a little by adding some heat to the menu. It has been noted that guests reach first for the spicy things on the menu.

Remember, flavor is driven by season. When choosing your cake, think lemon flavor for the summertime.

According to TheKnot.com, one of the top wedding themes is rustic and natural with sophisticated, glam accents. Imagine a barnyard wedding with a hanging chandelier. This rustic glam theme is certainly one of the hottest summer wedding trends and can be shown by having branchy and green centerpieces with lush flowers and a pop of sparkle. Learn more here.

Unplugged weddings: While we all love social media, many brides are against it for their wedding. One of the upcoming trends for a wedding is an unplugged wedding where the bride and groom ask guests to refrain from taking photos or videos and just concentrate of having fun. It’s a nice touch to ensure everyone is living in the moment!

What are the hottest summer wedding trends that you’ve noticed? Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colors.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

04/15/2014

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Lunch or Dinner Cruise in NY or NJ!

Mother's Day Lunch Cruises in NY

It’s always a good time aboard the Spirit Cruises! This Mother’s Day, treat Mom to a memorable lunch or dinner cruise in NY or NJ. Hop aboard the Spirit of New York or Spirit of New Jersey and enjoy a special day full of festivities. Each cruise is conveniently located approximately 30 minutes from us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

The Spirit of New York cruises depart from Chelsea Piers, Manhattan, NY on May 11, 2014. Enjoy:

  • Mother’s Day Early Lunch Cruise in NY, 10:30am-12:30pm.
  • Mother’s Day Afternoon Lunch Cruise, 2:30pm-4:30pm
  • Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise, 7:00pm-10:00pm

The Spirit of New Jersey cruises depart from Lincoln Harbor Marina in Weehawken, NJ on May 11, 2014. Enjoy:

  • Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise in NJ, Noon-2:00pm
  • Mother’s Day Early Dinner Cruise, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Many of the cruises include a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa for Mom and free juice and soda for everyone. Click here to learn more about the Mother’s Day Lunch or Dinner Cruises in NY and NJ!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

04/08/2014

Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course – An Exciting Weekend Event for the Adventure Seeker!

Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course

Love an adventure? Then, you’ll love the Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course, which is now open on the weekends. The world-class aerial obstacle course is located next to the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo and features a junior course, adult course and zip line.

The Essex County TreeTop Adventure adult course is approximately 35ft in height and offers 30 unique challenge elements with a run time of 1 to 1.5 hours. The junior course is approximately 10ft in height and offers 18 challenge elements with a 30 to 45 minute run time. The zip line has been redesigned and measures the length of over a football field and is approximately 40 feet in height.

Click here to learn about the rules and regulations for the Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course and plan your visit to Northern New Jersey today! This is the perfect event for adventure seekers in our area.

After enjoying the event, rest your feet in our cozy accommodations in NJ. Visit our website to book your stay today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

04/01/2014

April Showers bring May Flowers – Our Top Rainy Day Activities in NJ!

Top Rainy Day Activities in NJ

It is unfortunate to think about but sometimes we get stuck with bad weather during a vacation. Don’t let the rain clouds put a damper on your weekend plans. Check out our list of our top rainy day activities in NJ and make the most out of your family getaway with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!

Here are our top rainy day activities in NJ:

For those looking to kick back and relax, the AMC Dine-In Theatres Essex Green 9 is located right here in West Orange, NJ! Catch a movie and enjoy delectable treats and beverages from the menu and yes, there is beer and wine for the adults!

For action seekers, Funplex in East Hanover is an indoor family amusement park, which features unique attractions and over 100,000 square feet of fun!

For museum lovers, Morristown is home to many exciting attractions, which includes the Morris Museum or you can head to Newark and visit the largest museum in New Jersey, the Newark Museum. It’s all just a short drive away from us in NJ!

Of course, these attractions are great, rain or shine! But, if you are looking for indoor family fun, don’t miss out on these top rainy day activities in NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

03/25/2014

The 22nd Annual Easter Bunny Express at the Whippany Railway Museum!

Whippany Railway Museum

Celebrate Easter and the beginning of the spring season at the Whippany Railway Museum in Whippany, NJ! The fun themed train ride is returning to the family attraction for the 22nd Annual Easter Bunny Express this April 2014. Continue reading to learn about the beloved holiday attraction and plan your stay in NJ today.

Take in the sights of northern NJ as you experience a 45-minute round-trip ride along the Morristown & Erie Railway’s historic Whippanong Trail. Sit back and enjoy the heated passenger coaches as the Train Crew hands out holiday treats for the kids. The Easter Bunny will also be on board greeting each guest during the trip. Visitors are welcome to being their camera to take photos during the 10-mile round trip excursion.

The Easter Bunny Express at the Whippany Railway Museum departs the Whippany station on: 

Saturday, April 12th
Sunday, April 13th
Saturday, April 19th

All train run rain, snow or shine and leave at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm. Children under 12 are $9 and adults ages 12 and over are $14. Infants on laps, one-year of age and under, are free. Make the day extra special by purchasing tickets for the elegantly restored 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey club car, ‘Jersey Coast.’

Visit the Whippany Railway Museum website to learn more about the annual Easter event in northern NJ and plan your stay today! If looking for hotels near the event, we invite you to plan your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

03/18/2014

Tips for Planning an Outdoor Party!

Tips for Planning an Outdoor Party

Spring is just around the corner. Once the weather starts to rise, the desire to plan an outdoor party begins to grow! We are all waiting for those warm and sunny days, which is why we’ve dedicated this blog post to tips for planning an outdoor party. Check out these tips for planning an outdoor party this spring or summer.

First, purchase a tent or covered area. There is also a chance that a rain shower may pop up during your party. While we hope that won’t be the case, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Purchase a tent and plan ahead. Even if it is clear skies, you’ll want to keep the food and drinks out of the shade and your older guests will appreciate a place to escape from the sun.

Seating: Always make sure there is enough seating for everyone to comfortably relax. While most will mingle, it is important to make sure your guests have the option to sit back and rest their feet. You can rent extra chairs or lay pretty quilts on the ground for a picnic-style party.

Lighting: If you’re planning a party in the afternoon than there is a good chance your guests may still be there once the sun goes down. Make sure you have enough lighting to ensure your guests aren’t left in the dark. You can string lights, use lanterns or even tea lights to create a nice atmosphere.

Keep the bugs away! Remember, mosquitoes breed in standing water so make sure all kiddie pools and rain gutters are clear prior to your event. Consider plugging in some fans or offer your guests bug wipes.

Keep the children entertained with kid-friendly activities, such as a sprinkler or slip ‘n’ slide depending on the size of the area. A great tip for keeping kids busy during a party includes buying inexpensive disposable cameras and letting them be the photographers for the day!

We hope you enjoyed these creative and helpful tips for planning an outdoor party. If looking for event venues in NJ, be sure to check out our elegant event space at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

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