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Have a Spooky Good Time at this Turtle Back Zoo Halloween Event!

Turtle Back Zoo Halloween Events
Traveling with kids? Check out the Turtle Back Zoo Halloween event, Spooky Zoo! The #1 Zoo in New Jersey is inviting all little ones to West Orange, NJ for spooky, family fun on October 25, 2013, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Come experience the top NJ family attraction after the sun goes down. Spooky Zoo at the Turtle Back Zoo is our top Halloween event for kids in NJ!

What can you expect at this frighteningly, fun Turtle Back Zoo Halloween event? Plenty of games, crafts, activities and of course, animal presentations! There will also be a not-so-scary train ride until 8pm for the little ones. New this year is a scary train ride from 8pm-9pm, parental guidance is suggested. Rain date for the Turtle Back Zoo Halloween event: Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Admission: $3 per Member and $5 per Non-Member. Space is limited. Registration and payment must be received prior to the event. For more important details, visit the Turtle Back Zoo website.

If looking for things to do with kids in NJ, you won’t want to miss this Halloween event at the Turtle Back Zoo. For overnight accommodations, we offer spacious rooms at an unbeatable rate just minutes from the attraction. Visit our website and celebrate Halloween a bit early this year!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Enjoy our Hotel Discount for AAA Members in NJ!

Hotel Discounts for AAA Members in NJ
If you’re traveling to our North Jersey area, take advantage of our hotel discount for AAA members in NJ. Our special hotel package includes all of the amenities needed to ensure a convenient and comfortable visit. Whether with us for business or pleasure, make your getaway memorable from beginning to end. We’ll provide everything you’ll need for the best possible experience.

 Our Hotel Discount for AAA members in NJ includes:

Overnight accommodations
Complimentary breakfast for two
Complimentary parking

Click here for rates and availability.

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we provide world-class accommodations at an unbeatable location just minutes from the top attractions in both North Jersey and NYC. Enjoy luxurious amenities in our spacious rooms, from our Wolfgang Puck in-room coffee service and our own eco-friendly amenity line with the essence of grapefruit & sage.

Click here to learn more about our hotel discount for AAA members in NJ, as well as our many other hotel discounts and packages in West Orange, NJ. We hope you’ll take advantage of our special offer during your next visit with us.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


New Jersey Devils Fans – Check out the 2013-14 Regular Season Schedule!

New Jersey Devils 2013-14 Regular Season Schedule
Get your Jersey on! Another exciting season of hockey is about to begin and we’re inviting all fans to plan their visit with us. We’re conveniently located near the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils. From devoted fans to leisurely guests looking for things to do in and around the NJ area, we recommend attending a live NHL hockey game this 2013-14 Season. With exciting match-ups on the schedule, a New Jersey Devils home game is one of our top picks for fall.

 Home games for the New Jersey Devils 2013-14 Regular Season Schedule include:

Friday, October 4, 2013 vs. the Islanders at 7:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 2013 vs. the Rangers at 7:00pm
Thursday, October 24, 2013 vs. the Canucks at 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 vs. the Lightning at 7:30pm

Click here for the complete New Jersey Devils 2013-14 Regular Season Schedule.

Start the 2013-14 NHL Season off with a memorable getaway. We welcome all fans to The Wilshire Grand Hotel, located in West Orange, NJ and just minutes from all of the heart-pounding action. Visit our website to learn about our unbeatable rates and rest your feet in our accommodations after the game. Check out the New Jersey Devils 2013-14 Season Schedule and pick your game today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


The 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival in NJ – Celebrate Autumn!


The 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Don’t you just love a great pumpkin festival in NJ? The weather is turning, the leaves are changing and there seems to be a permanent pumpkin smell in the air. We love autumn and if you’re like us, you’re looking forward to some pumpkin pickin’ fun with your family! The 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival in NJ is our top pick for family-friendly fun this autumn. Enjoy train rides, Halloween crafts and more on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 12:30pm-5:30pm at the Whippany Railway Museum in Whippany, NJ.


What is there to do at the 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival in NJ? Families can enjoy a special Pumpkin Marketplace Crafts Fair, which can be found among the pumpkin, corn shocks and scarecrows; view a unique collection of vintage tractors; pose in front of a haunted house; meet Stormy the Scarecrow and of course, ride in style board the “Pumpkinliner” train. Sit back and relax as the elegantly restored 1927-era train takes you on a nostalgic 30-minute trip along the railroad.

Celebrate the beginning of autumn at this beloved family attraction in NJ. For more information regarding the Whippany Railway Museum and 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival, click here.

We welcome all visitors to visit our website and book their stay with us, conveniently located just minutes from the Whippany Railway Museum. We hope to see you and your family this fall!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Lunch and Dinner Cruises aboard the Spirit of New Jersey!

Spirit of New Jersey
If visiting our area with your loved one you may be wondering, where are the best places to go in NJ? In this week’s blog post, we’d like to introduce our guests to the ultimate date night in NJ. A Lunch or Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of New Jersey!

Enjoy the perfect night out aboard the Spirit of New Jersey, an ideal destination for couples of any age. With the dazzling city and harbor lights as your backdrop, visitors will experience delicious cuisine, an interactive DJ and plenty of dancing to ensure the ultimate romantic getaway in NJ.

The Spirit of New Jersey cruises range from Themed Cruises to Holiday Cruises, Special Occasion Cruises to Group Cruises. Find which cruises best fits your preference by visiting the Spirit of New Jersey website today.

While cruising the New York Harbor, visitors can enjoy delicious selections from a Grande Dinner Buffet. After dinner, stroll under the stars and unwind on the largest outdoor patio deck in the city. The never-ending view of the Manhattan skyline paired with your favorite tunes from the hottest DJs in the city will provide the perfect setting for the evening.

Plan your romantic getaway for two today. Our cozy and luxurious accommodations will be waiting for you after your cruise. We hope to see you soon!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Our Hotel is Located Near MetLife Stadium! Catch a Game During your Next Visit

Hotels near MetLife Stadium
No matter the color of your jersey, we welcome all football fans to The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Cheer on the New York Giants or New York Jets during your next visit with us, our hotel is conveniently located near MetLife Stadium.

If you’re rooting for the boys in blue, click here to check out the 2013 New York Giants Season Schedule. When preseason ends, Giants home games for the regular season include:

  • September 15 @ 4:25pm vs. Broncos
  • October 6 @ 1:00pm vs. Eagles
  • October 21 @ 8:40pm vs. Vikings
  • November 10 @ 1:00pm vs. Raiders
  • November 17 @ 8:30pm vs. Packers
  • November 24 @ 4:25pm vs. Cowboys
  • December 15 @ 1:00pm vs. Seahawks
  • December 29 @ 1:00pm vs. Redskins

For those fans wearing green, the New York Jets 2013 Regular Season Schedule includes:

  • September 8 @ 1:00pm vs. Buccaneers
  • September 22 @ 4:25pm vs. Bills
  • October 13 @ 1:00pm vs. Steelers
  • October 20 @ 1:00pm Patriots
  • November 3, 2013 @ 1:00pm vs. Saints
  • December 1 @ 1:00pm vs. Dolphins
  • December 8 @ 1:00pm vs. Raiders
  • December 22 @ 1:00pm vs. Browns

It’s looking like another exciting season for both teams. Looking for a hotel near MetLife Stadium, home to both the New York Giants and New York Jets? Begin your football experience with us in West Orange, NJ. A live sporting event can take a lot out of any traveler. Our world-class accommodations will ensure a comfortable stay after the game! We’re also the perfect headquarters for your Superbowl celebration. We are currently offering an exclusive Superbowl hotel package in NJ! Enjoy:

  • 3 nights Deluxe Accommodations (Friday, January 31- Monday, February 3)
  • Complimentary Full American Breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • In room Coffee makers
  • Shuttle Service

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Plan your stay today at our hotel, conveniently located near MetLife Stadium!


Labor Day Travel Tips for your Weekend Visit in NJ!

Labor Day Travel Tips in NJ

Good Morning! We hope everyone is enjoying the warm, relaxing days of summer. While we don’t like to wish away the season, Labor Day Weekend in NJ will be here before you know it and it’s important to be prepared. As the last, long weekend in summer, the holiday may be your last opportunity to plan a family vacation. If you are like many, you will be hitting the road and traveling to your destination. In this week’s blog post we wanted to provide a useful guide that you can easily reference during your Labor Day weekend adventure in NJ and beyond. So, don’t start pulling your hair out yet! Your Labor Day weekend visit in NJ can be stress-free if you keep these Labor Day travel tips in mind.

Travel Tip #1 for your Labor Day Weekend trip: Show your car some TLC. No one wants to be stuck on the side of the road, especially if you are trying to make it to your dinner reservation on Friday night. Check your engine, radiator, fluids and tires but always plan for an emergency, just in case. Does your car have an emergency and first aid kit? It should! You never know what could happen on those long drives.

Traveling with kids? Travel Tip #2 will come in handy. Pack a few snacks and a few word search puzzle books. They’ll have so much fun competing against their siblings that the words “Are we there yet?” won’t even cross their mind! But, practice safety first and make sure the driver is not distracting,

Travel Tip #3: Leave early! Yes, if you are planning on taking the highways, you’ll be glad you left early. The best time is to plan on leaving early Saturday morning or before 4pm on Friday. Check the roads before you head out to make sure there are no road repairs or scheduled lane changes.

Travel Tip #4: Make a music playlist for your car. If traveling out of state, you may not be familiar with the local radio stations. Your favorite song can be the perfect way to relax you, especially while sitting in traffic!

Travel Tip #5: Find the best hotel deals in your area. If planning to stay in NJ, we welcome you to visit our hotel offers page. It’s important to save money and we are proud to offer guests the best possible rates in our area.

The United States federal holiday, which pays tribute to the American workers, is celebrated in a variety of ways with events, family gatherings and trips to the beach.

What is your family’s Labor Day tradition in NJ?

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


The Ultimate Dine-In Movie Theatre Experience in NJ!

AMC Dine-In Theatre in NJCatch dinner and a movie, all under one roof. The AMC Dine-In Theatres have taken date night to a whole new level. Enjoy your favorite flick in NJ while munching on delectable bites from off the menu or sipping on your beer & wine selection. The AMC Dine-In Theatres Essex Green 9 is conveniently located just minutes from us in West Orange, NJ.

How does the AMC Dine-In Theatre Experience work? Visitors can select their desired experience, Cinema Suites® or Fork & Screen®. Cinema Suites® accommodate guests 21 and over only and feature luxury recliners and a full cocktail bar. Fork & Screen® offers a more casual experience with a menu and full cocktail bar. Guests must be 18 or over unless accompanied by an adult.

After choosing your movie and seat, stop by MacGuffins® bar and lounge before or after the show! Appetizers, meals and drinks will be served by simply pressing a call button from your seat.  To learn more about the AMC Dine-In Theatre locations in NJ, click here.

The next time you are looking for the best dining and attractions in NJ, consider the AMC Dine-In Theatre in West Orange, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! – Playing at the Prudential Center this August!

AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! at Prudential CenterAmerican Idol fans, you won’t want to miss this exciting event coming to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! returns to the Newark arena for another hit tour showcasing the season’s top finalists. Treat your kids to an unforgettable experience and plan your stay today. Tickets are now on sale!

AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! at the Prudential Center gives fans a rare opportunity to be up close and personal with their favorite contestants from Season 12. The Season 12 Finalists include Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Burnell Taylor, Candice Glover, Curtis Finch Jr, Devin Velez, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Lazaro Arbos, and Paul Jolley. Also, included in the tour is the 11th Finalist Aubrey Cleland voted on by the Idol fans.

What to expect at AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! at the Prudential Center? Fans will hear favorite songs from the season, as well as a few surprises.

AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! has partnered with The Melanoma Research Alliance. For every ticket that is purchased, AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! will donate $1 to the organization, as an effort to help cure melanoma.

For the latest tour and ticketing information: Click here.

Plan your stay and don’t miss AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! at the Prudential Center, our top family-friendly event in NJ this August. Click here for more information.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


We’re Ready to Host your Special Event at our Venue in NJ!

Event Venues in NJ

Let our attentive staff help make your special affair unforgettable at every turn. At our event venue in Northern NJ, we are skilled at hosting a wide range of celebrations from private intimate gatherings to grand galas with hundreds of attendees. No matter the occasion, we’re ready to host your next event at our venue in NJ.

With a number of different sized event spaces we have the flexibility to accommodate any type of celebration. All budgets are kept in mind and menus can be customized to meet the requirements of your special day.

Whether looking to host a prom, reunion, anniversary party, rehearsal dinner, bridal and baby shower, life celebration, Sweet Sixteen, Quinceanera or holiday gala, our event venue in NJ may be the perfect setting.

Delicious menu options are available for cocktail receptions, buffets or plated dinners. Guests can sip cocktails with friends and colleagues on our cobblestone patio and garden, the perfect backdrop to the day.

Click here to learn more. To organize a private tour of the Wilshire or for more information regarding our packages and pricing, please contact us at 973-736-3240.

We look forward to speaking with you about your event!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


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