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Ready to Ring in 2016? Happy New Year from the Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ!

New Year Wishes from all of us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. 

We should live every day like it is a holiday, being thankful and spending time with family, and looking hopefully to the future. Extending our Best Wishes for the coming New Year!

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If you will be celebrating New Year's Eve in the metro NYC/NJ area, we welcome you to plan your stay with us and enjoy our convenient location to all of the exciting events taking place.

One of our favorite New Year's Eve events in NJ are the New Year's Eve cruises aboard the Spirit of New Jersey and the Spirit of New York.

Click here to view our special offers on our Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ website and plan your New Year's Eve visit with us!


Happy Holidays from the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

We wish you a very happy holiday season.  

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This is our chance to thank you and to wish you the special gifts of this holiday season – Joy, Peace and Happiness from our family at the Wilshire Grand to yours.

“May the meaning of the season be deeper, its friendships stronger and its hopes brighter.” ~Anonymous

Our favorite holiday event in NJ includes Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo, taking place now through January 3, 2016. The event is free and open to the public, but in-kind donations of canned foods, toys and pet food are encouraged.

If you are looking for hotels in NJ this holiday season, we welcome you to plan your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Ring in 2016 with a New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise

Music, food and fireworks are part of this NYC NYE cruise.

New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise


If you're looking for an exciting way to ring in 2016 in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, take a New Year's Eve dinner cruise. Spirit Cruises is offering two New Year's Eve events. You and your partner can enjoy a romantic NYC or NJ NYE cruise, or you can bring the whole family along for a midday cruise.

You can enjoy a special evening with a New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise and depart from a port in New York or New Jersey at 9 p.m. for a cozy cruise aboard a beautiful ship. You'll enjoy a delicious dinner buffet of seafood, pasta, prime rib and desserts followed by an evening of dancing. Your night to remember will end with a fireworks display synchronized to music.

If you're looking for New Years Eve family friendly events, make plans for the New Year's Eve Family Lunch Cruise. This event will begin at 10:30 a.m. on December 31, which makes it the perfect celebration for children or older adults. You and your family will enjoy a lunch buffet including turkey, ham and an assortment of pies. After your delicious meal, you can enjoy beautiful views of the New York City skyline and Hudson River. There will also be a special "noon year's eve" countdown to begin the 2016 celebrations a little early.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, is a great choice for accommodations during your visit to the area. Browse our website to learn about other fun things to do over the holidays in the area.


Our Heartfelt Wishes for you this Thanksgiving Season

Happy Thanksgiving from The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

May the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving
but throughout the coming year!

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There is nothing more precious than spending time with family and friends for the holidays! If you are planning to visit New Jersey for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there is an abundance of joy to be had in the area! Be sure to check out the Holiday Lights at Turtle Back Zoo, taking place through the season. It is the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs after a big family meal at this family-friendly event. If you are staying at home this year, be sure to make use of our Thanksgiving Planning Guide for last minute tips.  

Whether you are visiting the area or hosting out of town guests, we hope you will consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ for your accommodations.

Our family here at The Wilshire Grand wishes you and yours a holiday season filled with happiness, peace and joy. Happy Thanksgiving!


Tesla Model S Test Drive Event

Get your motor running with an exclusive Tesla Model S Test Drive Event with us!

Does the road call to you? For car aficionados it does! At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ we have a very special opportunity for all those who live and breathe all things horsepower with the Tesla Model S test Drive Event.

Tesla Model S Test Drive Event
Wednesday, December 16 from 10am – 6pm

Tesla Test Drive event at The Wilshire Grand


What does it feel like to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds without a drop of gasoline? You’re
about to find out. The Wilshire Grand Hotel would like to extend you the exclusive opportunity to test
drive the award winning Model S.

Tesla Model S Facts:
Highest safety rating in America
Autopilot equipped
Available All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor

Tesla's advanced electric powertrain is unique. Unlike a gasoline internal combustion engine with hundreds of moving parts, the Tesla has only one moving piece: the rotor.  

Autopilot allows Model S to steer within a lane, change lanes with the simple tap of a turn signal, and manage speed by using active, traffic-aware cruise control. Digital control of motors, brakes, and steering helps avoid collisions from the front and sides, as well as preventing the car from wandering off the road. Model S can also scan for a parking space, alert you when one is available, and parallel park on command.  

The Model S interior sound sound dynamics are likened to a recording studio and features a 17 inch touchscreen, angled toward the driver with day and night modes for increased visibility. 

Ready to try one out? Join us for this limited Tesla Model S test drive opportunity. For more information,visit the event page


Holiday Events in Essex County Are Beginning Soon

Turtle Back Zoo is decorated with lights for the winter holidays.Holiday Events in Essex County

If you're looking for family-friendly holiday events in Essex County, head over to the zoo in West Orange, New Jersey, to see Holiday Lights at the Zoo at Turtle Back Zoo.

This event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 2015. It will be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 13. The lights will be lit between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. every day from Dec. 14 through Jan. 4, except on Dec. 24 and 25.

A different holiday theme is celebrated each weekend with a movie in the sea lion sound area of the zoo. Your children will be delighted to watch Frozen, The Polar Express and Happy Feet.

In addition, kids will be thrilled to have their picture taken with the princesses from Frozen, and your whole family can enjoy holiday traditions during The Polar Express weekend feature. Your children will enjoy celebrating the winter festivities with furry friends when Happy Feet is played because an educational exhibit about animals that live in colder climates will be available for them to explore.

This is one of the Turtle Back Zoo events that offer plenty to hear, taste and see. Listen to the sounds of cheerful holiday music as you wander through the zoo. Your children won't get cold or hungry during this event as hot chocolate and snacks will be sold. You can even see demonstrations of ice carving on Saturdays.

Make your trip to the zoo into a weekend of family fun by staying at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

 


Holiday Getaway in NJ

Enjoy a comfortable stay during your family holiday trip to NJ.

Holiday Getaway in NJ

New Jersey is a great place to visit during the holiday season. Home to many attractions and within a short distance of NYC, families can explore a variety of Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations and see beautiful holiday decorations.


The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, is the perfect home away from home during your trip. We provide our guests with complimentary Wi-Fi and shuttle service to and from our location. Our luxury hotel features a state-of-the-art fitness center, business center and our popular Sweet Shoppe.

To save money and make the holidays even better, travelers can upgrade to our wide array of hotel package deals. You have access to many discounts such as our AAA Rate Package and AARP Rate Package, both of which include luxurious overnight accommodations, complimentary breakfast for two and complimentary parking.

When you book your room at The Wilshire Grand , our staff will be delighted to provide more information about special area events to help you enjoy your stay to the fullest. We're conveniently located close to New York City, providing an easy commute to your destinations. Whether you're combining your holiday getaway in NJ with a business trip or taking the whole family out for a fun vacation, browse our website to see what amenities you'll enjoy at our hotel.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Our Thanksgiving Dinner Planning Guide

Prepare for the holiday with these stress-free Thanksgiving tips.


Thanksgiving Dinner Planning Guide

When the holidays come around, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of planning and preparation that comes with the celebrations. If you are the planner of the family, take a moment to prepare for festive times with these helpful tips.


Using a calendar or planner to schedule out the timeline for Thanksgiving dinner may seem silly, but it will help tremendously. Knowing exactly when and how everything should be done will make the upcoming days feel like a breeze.

Start weeks in advance by ordering and renting items you will need. The turkey, chairs and tables, and cleaning services are examples. Get as much out of the way as you can before Thanksgiving approaches.

Buy nonperishable items a week or so before. This includes food, utensils and centerpieces. Avoid the rush at the stores that typically occurs closer to the day. As it nears, prepare food items that you can freeze or refrigerate ahead of time. Piecrusts, casseroles and gravy are examples.

Remember to thaw out the turkey based on its size. Butterball has a great guide to help. On the day, make an oven schedule for items that need to bake besides the turkey. People always want to chip in, so take advantage and ask for help or have them bring a dish to ease your load.

Creating a schedule using the Thanksgiving dinner planning guide tips that Epicurious, Williams-Sonoma and Food Network offer will make you look like a pro.

Make it even easier and have information ready about a local hotel for your relatives and friends from out of town, such as The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website to book online quickly and easily. This way, you can rest after the month-long preparations come to an end.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Get Ready for Disney on Ice in NJ

Frozen is one of Prudential Center events in November.

The magical world of Arendelle and the heartwarming story of Frozen and more are part of Disney on Ice in NJ, one of the exciting Prudential Center presentations happening November 19th through 23rd. Take the family to enjoy this fantastical tale that is accompanied with ice-skating, beautiful music, enticing special effects and an enchanting story.

Disney on Ice in NJ
You'll be whisked away to a special experience as you'll see this animated tale skated live with grace. Dazzling special effects add to the wonder as the amazing story of the royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, is brought to life through music and movement. You'll hear "Let It Go" and meet up with the snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the gang of trolls as they find out that love is the power to bring the ultimate magic. Surround yourself and your family with the enchantment of this skating program, hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic with some of your favorite characters as they make a guest appearances as well; Disney princesses and friends from The Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney's The Lion King will all be joining Mickey on the ice. This exciting November event is only happening at a choice of daytime and evening performance times on the 19th through 23rd.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ welcomes you to stay with us while you are here for the Disney on Ice Frozen performance. Relax in comfort after a busy day of family fun. Browse our website to learn more about our rooms and amenities. We are less than 20 minutes from the enchanted world of Frozen at the Prudential Center and invite you to savor our hotel while visiting.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Come to Turtle Back Zoo Halloween 2015

Celebrate a family friendly Halloween in NJ with a night of spooky fun at this amazing annual event.

Are you as excited as we are for this year's Turtle Back Zoo Halloween 2015 on Sunday, October 31st? This family-friendly spookfest lets kids of all ages join in for Halloween fun. Get ready for an adventure that is sure to thrill.

Turtle Back Zoo Halloween 2015
Anyone looking for fantastic evening of family fun should put this at the top of their to-do list. Enjoy themed entertainment, candy giveaways, and your favorite animals will be on hand to party!

Due to its growing popularity, Safe HOWL-O-Ween has limited space. Zoo members receive a special rate, but non-members can also sign up for an affordable cost. It's five great hours of Halloween fun for everyone. Be sure to bring a treat bag for collecting goodies throughout the zoo!

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is thrilled to see everyone coming together for this festive gathering. If you're traveling to the area from out of town or simply want to make a weekend getaway out of a fun, family-friendly party, check out our website to book a room with us and learn more about local events happening this fall.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ