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Jazz in the Garden at Newark Museum!

2013 Jazz in the Garden

Do you love jazz? Are you looking for a summer event in NJ? The Newark Museum may have your answer. This summer, the Newark Museum is alive with the sounds of jazz. Jazz enthusiasts and friends can enjoy the 2013 Jazz in the Garden at the Newark Museum on Thursdays, now through August 1, 2013 from 12:15pm - 1:45pm. The annual summer concert series at the Newark Museum in NJ is rain or shine.

The Newark Museum has been presenting all-star lineups for more than 40 years. Every year, Jazz in the Garden takes places in the award-winning Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden at Newark Museum. Come enjoy the 2013 Jazz in the Garden concerts before it comes to an end this August. The upcoming summer performances in NJ include:

  • Duduka Da Fonseca Trio with guest vocalist Maucha Adnet – Samba Jazz and Jobim on July 25, 2013.
  • Claire Daly (Quartet) - baritone sax on August 1, 2013.

For more information about the 2013 Jazz in the Garden, visit the Newark Museum website.

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we offer world-class accommodations at affordable rates. We welcome you to plan your getaway with us and enjoy a convenient travel to and from Jazz in the Garden at Newark Museum.


Step Back in Time at the Field Station: Dinosaurs Exhibit!

Field Station DinosaursIf traveling with your family and hoping to find the best attractions in and around our NJ area, keep reading! For this week’s blog post, we are going back in time…way back in time! Travel 90 million years into the past and experience a wild journey that your kids will be talking about the entire ride home. The Field Station Dinosaurs exhibit is an oasis of natural wonder.

At the Field Station Dinosaurs exhibit in Secaucus, NJ visitors can watch over 30 life-sized realistic dinosaurs come to life right before their eyes. Learn the fascinating story of the dinosaurs as you migrate through twenty acres of wild, mysterious woods, pathways and mountain trails. Scientists from the New Jersey State Museum confirm that the exhibit features the latest theories and discoveries in the field of paleontology, geology and environmental studies.

The fascinating, robotic dinosaurs are just the beginning. Families can also enjoy kid-friendly activities, games and workshops throughout the attraction in NJ. Interested in learning more? Visit the Field Stations Dinosaurs website.

We offer spacious, affordable accommodations less than 30 minutes away from the family-friendly attractions. Plan your stay with us in West Orange, NJ and enjoy the ultimate journey back in time!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Begin your Summer Getaway on our Outdoor Patio in NJ!

Come discover summer fun at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ!

Seasonal Patio : Wilshire GrandNow that the weather is getting warmer, there’s no better time to enjoy a summer weekend getaway in NJ! With our central location in West Orange, there’s plenty to see and do to keep all family members happy and smiling. Yet, did you know that you could enjoy a relaxing, sunny day right here at our hotel?

Once the weather is perfect, our patio and seasonal putting green come alive in NJ and it is open to all of our guests! Sit back and enjoy your breakfast in the sunshine or spend the day practicing your putting.

While relaxing on our outdoor patio, you’ll notice that we’ve recently added a grill, which is perfect for those nice, summer afternoons! While spending your summer getaway with us in NJ, you may want to explore the local attractions just steps away. During the summer, Verona Park is located less than a mile away and is the perfect destination for those looking for hiking, walking trails and boating in NJ.

Looking for bike rentals in NJ? We’ve got you covered. Take a ride to Verona Park or enjoy a bike ride around the area. We provide beach cruisers for our guests.

When the weather is nice, we hope you’ll enjoy all of these outdoor activities and more during your summer getaway in NJ! We hope to see you at our hotel soon.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Attend a New York Red Bulls Game During your Next Visit!

Red Bull ArenaDuring a getaway, sometimes finding the perfect things to do with friends or family can be challenging. At the Wilshire Grand, we’re here to help make sure your NJ getaway is memorable from beginning to end. After arriving at our hotel and unpacking your bags, you’ll come to discover that our central location in West Orange, NJ offers our guests a variety of options ranging from concerts to sporting events.

For the sports lovers, the New York Red Bulls, an American professional soccer team, play at the Red Bull arena in Harrison, NJ. Enjoy an action-packed getaway in New Jersey and attend one of the upcoming matches!

  • 6/30/13 2:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. Houston
  • 7/13/2013 7:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal
  • 7/27/2013 7:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake
  • 8/17/2013 8:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia
  • 8/31/2013 8:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United
  • 9/14/2013 7:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC
  • 9/22/2013 5:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. FC Dallas
  • 10/5/2013 7:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. New England
  • 10/27/2013 5:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago

When it comes to summer activities, the sporting event in NJ is a great way to bond with friends or family. The arena is conveniently located near our hotel, so you are guaranteed an easy travel to and from the game. Click here to view the 2013 Schedule for New York Red Bulls and enjoy a New York Red Bulls game during your next visit.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Summer Events at the NJPAC!

Whether looking to laugh, dance or sing the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is the place to be this summer. With an impressive line-up of comedians, performers and some of the biggest names in music, the stage in NJ will shine with stars this summer season.

Summer Events at NJPACThe summer line-up includes performances by:

Gabriel Iglesias on June 28, 2013
Cyndi Lauper on July 7, 2013
Terry Fator on July 26, 2013
Shaggy on August 8, 2013
Spanish Harlem Orchestra on August 15, 2013
Diana Ross on August 16, 2013
Gladys Knight/ The O’Jays on August 23, 2013

Just to name a few. For the complete list of summer concerts and events in NJ, visit the NJPAC website.

With summer fast approaching, how are you planning on spending your summer nights? If searching for a summer getaway, come visit with us in NJ. Enjoy the eclectic restaurants, attractions and performing arts centers that are conveniently located around us. Our website has all of the details regarding our rates, availability and world-class accommodations.

Enjoy a concert or two this summer and treat yourself to a memorable visit to the famous NJPAC!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Turn Father's Day into a Weekend Getaway- Plan a Stay with us in NJ!

Father's Day in NJPlanning a Father’s Day trip in New Jersey? How about turning your one-day visit into a memorable weekend getaway with us in NJ. There are endless attractions and landmarks to explore near our West Orange location. You’ll have no trouble finding things to do during Father’s Day weekend in NJ!

To help get you started, we’ve listed a few of our top Father’s Day activities in NJ. Get inspired, plan your trip and relive the memories for years to come.

Golfing: For the golf-loving Dad, make sure to check out these Golf Courses in Essex County. We are conveniently located near all of the golf courses and even have our very own seasonal putting green for practicing!

Dining: Whether beginning your day at our Hearty Wilshire Grand Buffet Breakfast or ending the night at our Zagat Rated Primavera Restaurant & Bar, your Dad is sure to leave with a full stomach. If craving something outside of our hotel, our area offers the most eclectic restaurants and bars in NJ.

Hiking: For hiking, boating, biking and more, Verona Park in New Jersey has it all! The 54.32-acre park is located less than a mile from our NJ hotel. If traveling with children, the park also features tennis courts and a playground!

Sightseeing: With our convenient location to the NJ attractions, you’ll want to set a few hours aside for sightseeing. Here are a few attractions you won’t want to miss: Eagle Rock Reservation, Turtle Back Zoo, the Newark Museum, Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center and the Lambert Castle Museum.

Do your favorite Father’s Day memories include any of these activities and attractions in NJ? We invite you to come discover these and more during your Father’s Day weekend getaway in NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Enjoy a Newark Bears Baseball Game this Season!

Newark Bears BaseballWhy travel to NYC to enjoy a baseball game when you can experience “America’s Favorite Pastime” right here in NJ? Opening Day for the Newark Bears Baseball will take place on Friday, May 17, 2013 and will include one of the best firework shows in New Jersey.

Whether a devoted fan to the game or looking for a summer event in NJ, come enjoy an exciting afternoon or early evening out with friends and family at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark.

The 2013 Newark Bears Schedule will feature 10 games ending with a post-game Firework Display, a fan-favorite among Newark Bears baseball fans. If interested in learning more about Newark Bears baseball, click here.

When it comes to summer in NJ, we feel that nothing beats the excitement of a live sporting event. Enjoy endless hotdogs, sunshine and bonding with your family at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium during your next summer getaway in NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Class of 2013: Celebrate your Graduation at our Event Venue in NJ!

Graduation Venue in NJFirst, we’d like to congratulate you on a “job well done!” Whether heading off to advance your education or venturing out into the real world, your accomplishments should be celebrated. Let us host your graduation party at our event venue in West Orange, NJ. We offer plenty of event space to ensure a memorable afternoon or evening!

From grand ballrooms to intimate settings, our event venues in NJ sparkle with elegance. Our Regency Room and Grand Ballroom offer a sophisticated setting. Whereas, our Tuscany Room and The Loft at 350 offer a unique layout that makes you forget you are in the suburbs.

When it comes to your graduation, these are just a few of the event venues that we offer for our guests in NJ. Check out our Banquets & Meeting Space page on our website to learn more.

When it comes to celebrating your graduation, choosing an event venue in NJ may seem difficult. We hope you’ll let our professionals at The Wilshire Grand Hotel help create the perfect celebration for you.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Spend Memorial Day Weekend in NJ!

Memorial Day in NJMemorial Day weekend is fast approaching and the Garden State is always the ideal destination for any age. Whether visiting family or searching for the best Memorial Day events in our area, we hope you’ll to begin your weekend getaway with us in NJ.

While here, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of a few parades happening around us, as well as attend many Memorial Day ceremonies taking place throughout our NJ area. With our convenient location, day trips are always a convenient possibility. Hop on the train and visit the sites and events in NYC.

After a long afternoon filled with barbecues, celebrations and activities, you’ll love cozying up in our luxurious accommodations at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Visit our website to learn more about our rates and availability and begin planning your Memorial Day weekend getaway in NJ today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Our Top Party Themes for your Sweet 16!

First: Take a deep breath and relax because your upcoming Sweet 16 party is going to be great. It’ll be one that your friends will talk about for years to come. Although it might seem overwhelming now, all of the endless planning and effort will be all worth it!

Wilshire Grand Sweet 16If you’ve just begun planning your ultimate sweet 16 party you may not have picked a theme yet. And when it comes to any party or momentous occasion, establishing a theme should be at the top, if not the first thing, of your list. Which is why we’ve decided to dedicate this week’s blog post to “Our Top Party Themes for your Sweet 16.”

When it comes to our top party themes for your Sweet 16, you may be familiar with none or all of them. But it is our hope that our list will inspire you to get your creative juices flowing and put the fun back into party planning! So, let’s take a look at some of the unique, party ideas that you can have for your Sweet 16.

  • Single Color Party Theme: Imagine a room decorated in all white or maybe, your favorite color. From the invitations to your guests’ attire to the centerpieces to the lighting, you can really make a party stand out by only using one color. You may already be familiar with an all-white themed party but have you thought about how different an all-pink or an all-blue party could be?
  • Winter Luau: Just because your birthday is in the winter, doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate like its summer! Use tropical-themed décor, palm trees and beach umbrellas to help warm up your guests from the chill outside.
  • Masquerade Ball: Hand out masks at the door for your friends to put on and have a ball with this unique party idea for your Sweet 16.
  • 60s, 70s or 80s Era Party: Travel back in time with your friends. You’ll be surprised to learn of how many great dance songs came from these eras!
  • Tiffany’s Theme: Are you familiar with the popular jewelry store Tiffany’s? The colors are Teal and White. Incorporating these signature colors, and breaking out your best pearls, can really make any party look sophisticated and elegant.

Of course, there are plenty of other themes out there such as Hollywood, Sports, Vintage, etc. The most important thing to ask yourself is what best suits your personality? After you figure this out, you’ll realize that establishing the best party theme for your Sweet 16 is a lot easier than you think!

You’re next step may be to find the perfect event venue to host your Sweet 16. If you’re in the NJ area, we welcome you to visit our Weddings & Events page on The Wilshire Grand Hotel website to learn about the event spaces we have available. We’re conveniently located in West Orange, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


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