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Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season from The Wilshire Grand!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.  We hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday season with your loved ones.

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If you'll be visiting the West Orange area, don't forget to check out Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo. The holiday event in NJ is perfect for any visitor looking for the best holiday events in Northern NJ. For important information regarding the holiday attraction, click here.

If looking for overnight hotel accommodations in NJ, we invite you and your family to book your holiday visit with us.

Visit our website to learn more.


Attending a Seton Hall Pirates Men's Basketball Home Game? Stay with us!

Seton Hall Home Games

No matter the color of your jersey, all sports fan can agree on one thing: nothing beats a live sporting event. Whether you’re heading to the Prudential Center to cheer on the New Jersey Devils or Seton Hall Pirates it’s always exciting to offer our guests a convenient location to and from all of the live action at the NJ sports arena.

The 2013-14 Seton Hall Pirates basketball season is underway and if you’re a parent, family member or friend of a Seton Hall athlete or one of our valued guests looking for the best winter events in our area, a Seton Hall home game is a great choice this season. The upcoming Seton Hall home games include:

  • Seton Hall vs. Eastern Washington on Sunday, December 22, 2013
  • Seton Hall vs. Creighton on Saturday, January 4, 2014
  • Seton Hall vs. Villanova on Wednesday, January 8, 2014
  • Seton Hall vs. DePaul on Saturday, January 25, 2014
  • Seton Hall vs. Butler on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Click here for a complete list of the 2013-14 Seton Hall Pirates Basketball Schedule.

Looking for the perfect hotel near the Prudential Center? We have your overnight accommodations right here in West Orange. Visit our website and book today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Creative Tips for Planning the Perfect New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party!

Create the ultimate celebration with these creative tips for planning the perfect New Year’s Eve cocktail party.

Creative Tips for Planning the Perfect New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party

Host a party that will impress your guests so much, they’ll be talking about it well into the New Year. Adding flair and colors that pop can turn any ordinary celebration into the party of the year. Follow these creative tips for planning the perfect New Year’s Eve cocktail party and you’ll feel like you’ve turned into Martha Stewart over night.

How do you plan the perfect New Year’s Eve party? You’ll have to begin, as you do with any party, by establishing the dress code. Your decorations should always mirror your guest’s attire. Are you planning an elaborate, black tie occasion or a casual and cozy evening?

If guests are dressed to the nine, then consider colors such as gold and silver with a touch of sparkle. Glitter can go along way, especially on New Year’s Eve and there are always ways to make it look chic and sophisticated. You can find many DIY tutorials on how to add glitter to champagne bottles. They will be the focal point of the table! Think small portions of food such as appetizers guests can pick up and eat with just a napkin. You want your guests to be able to mingle without the worry of spilling something on their clothes.

If opting for a more cozy and casual evening with friends, you can still make your table pop with candles, balloons and banners. Keep the drinks and food simple by setting up a bar so guests can help themselves. When hosting an intimate New Year’s Eve cocktail party, playing a game with your guests is a great way to break the ice and get everyone talking! Think of a few games you can break out before the clock strikes midnight.

What’s a New Year’s Eve party without the champagne toast at midnight? If planning a small New Year’s Eve cocktail party, consider buying plastic champagne flutes and writing the name of each guest on each one, including the date. They will not only feel extra special during the toast but they can also leave with a party favor to cherish.

Do you have creative tips for planning the perfect New Year’s Eve cocktail party? If you’re in NJ, we hope you’ll take a moment to check out our elegant party venues at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. We would love to help you plan the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration for you and your guests this year.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


‘Tis the Season – Here’s your Holiday Shopping Guide in NJ!

Holiday Shopping Guide in NJ
Black Friday usually kicks off holiday shopping here in NJ! Scour the local malls and shopping centers for the best deals and discounts during your next holiday visit with us. Here’s our holiday shopping guide in NJ.

There are certainly plenty of shopping malls located near us at The Wilshire Grand. Check out Jersey Gardens, the Livingston Mall or the Short Hills Mall for the latest fashion trends and popular department stores. Just make sure you leave enough room in your suitcase for all of your fabulous purchases.

Montclair is home to many shopping centers and plazas including Montclair Center and Watchung Plaza. Located just a few miles from us, you won’t be disappointed with the variety of stores that line the streets of Montclair!

Quaint stores and boutiques are waiting for you in Morristown. If looking for the best places to shop in our NJ area, look no further than Morristown. There are also plenty of eateries to check out after your shopping trip comes to an end.

Use our holiday shopping guide in NJ as a reference during your next visit and discover the best holiday shopping in North Jersey! We hope you’ll enjoy your time here in West Orange.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Experience the Magic of the Holiday Season- Visit Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo!

Holiday Lights at Turtle Back Zoo
Begin a new family tradition. Bundle up and head out to view all of the dazzling lights beneath the NJ sky, a wondrous experience here in West Orange, NJ. Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo is one of the top holiday events in our New Jersey area.

Holiday Lights at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will be free admission to all visitors. In-kind donations of canned goods and toys are encouraged. Help spread holiday cheer and enjoy a fulfilling holiday experience with your family this winter.

 The Schedule for Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo:

  • November 29th through December 1st, 2013
  • December 6th, 013 through January 1st, 2014

Please keep in mind that the Holiday Lights program at the Turtle Back Zoo will be closed on the following dates:

  • December 24th, 2013
  • December 25th, 2013

On January 1st, 2014, the Zoo will be closed during the day yet it will still feature the Holiday Light display at night. For more important details about the NJ holiday attraction, click here.

Kick off the holiday season in NJ and enjoy the spectacular holiday light display and more during your family’s visit.  We hope to see you this holiday season!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Fall Fun at Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses in NJ!

Fairfield Farms in NJ
As Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses proudly states, “fall is the best time on the farm!” With hayrides, pumpkin picking, a kid-friendly maze and more, it’s no wonder why Fairfield Farms in NJ has a reputation for being a wonderful place to visit this season. Enjoy the ultimate autumn experience and visit Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses in Essex County, NJ. It’s open seven days a week for hayrides and pumpkin picking.

The fall family-friendly activities at the NJ farm include:

  • Hayrides
  • Pumpkin picking
  • 5 acre corn maze (child friendly)
  • Large "Play in the Hay" area inside greenhouse
  • Petting Zoo (first three weekends in October and Columbus Day, weather permitting)
  • Refreshments

The Petting Zoo from Mountainside Stables includes several baby animals such as goats, sheep, an alpaca and more. Admission will be $2.50 per person. To learn more about the Petting Zoo and Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses, click here.

If planning to visit Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses in NJ, we invite you to begin your autumn visit with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. We offer exclusive hotel packages and luxurious accommodations to enjoy during your stay. Visit our website to learn more and plan your fall family getaway with us in New Jersey.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand, NJ


Enter if you Dare: Here’s our Top Halloween Attraction in NJ!

Halloween Attractions in NJ
Many celebrate the turn of the season with pumpkin lattes, hayrides, costume contests, parties and haunted houses. If you’re planning on hitting the road this October to find the best Halloween attractions in and around NJ, you won’t want to miss Stadium of Screams at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. The spine-tingling Halloween attraction in Newark, NJ features thrills, chills and excitement around every corner.

The 2013 Stadium of Screams
October 25th, 26th & 31st and November 1st and 2nd
Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium
Newark, NJ

The Halloween attraction in NJ features five Haunted Attractions, Costume Contests, Live Entertainment, Carnival Games, Hayrides and more. Click here for more information or visit the Stadium of Screams Facebook page.

Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, home of the Newark Bears, is conveniently located near our hotel. After the late-night attraction, enjoy a quick travel back to The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ and relive your favorite moments from the Halloween event! We hope to see you this fall.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


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


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