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Catch Dynamic and Fun Theater Performances in NJ

Theater Performances in NJ

There will be plenty of acts to see and shows to enjoy in the upcoming weeks for the Newark, New Jersey area.

Events will range from jazz performances and kids’ productions to solo artists in concert and political comedy. There truly will be something going on for everyone throughout November.

Must-See Theater Performances in NJ for the Whole Family

South Orange Performing Arts Center Schedule

October 28 – Indigo Girls: The classic duo reunites 20 years later.

November 3 – Taylor Hicks: The American Idol winner, live in concert.

November 5 – Humpty Dumpty and the Big Book of Nursery Rhymes: A 2 p.m. show where kids’ favorite nursery rhyme characters spring to life.

November 9 – Josh Ritter: This singer-songwriter is sure to give an intimate performance.

November 26 – Giants of Jazz: Big names in jazz honor a legend, Jimmy Cobb.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center Schedule

November 1 – Jazz in the Key of Ellison: Winston Marsalis and a host of other talented musicians will celebrate Ralph Ellison’s jazz collection.

November 13 – Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: An orchestra will perform the theme music to the beloved video game, and a giant screen will showcase favorite game moments.

November 18 – Get on Up: A James Brown Celebration: A fun and funky homage to “the godfather of soul.”

November 19 – Wow, That Was Weird: A Post-Election Evening with Stephen Colbert and John Oliver: The two late-night show hosts will join forces for a night of hilarity at the expense of the November election.

There’s always something going on at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the South Orange Performing Arts Center. The schedule is jammed with great talent and you’re sure to have an entertaining evening at any one of the events. If you're heading to a show, stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Make Your Holiday Planning in New Jersey Easier

Warm Up with a Winter Holiday Hotel Deal in New Jersey

holiday planning in New Jersey

Get ready...the holidays are coming! You know what this means. Parties, festivities, events, big dinners, and lots of guests.
With so much to do, so many people to see, and places to go, it’s smart to plan ahead. When you’re planning a trip to visit family, it’s especially handy to have your stay booked in advance.

When you plan ahead and book in advance, and you’ll get privacy and a place to relax after all the fun and excitement (and, let’s be honest, the stress) of visiting, gathering, and celebrating.

A great package to book while you’re on top of your New Jersey holiday planning game is the Advanced Planner Package at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

With the Advanced Planner Package, you get lots of extras that make your stay as relaxing as possible. To start off, you’ll get a glass of champagne when you check-in for a special welcome. You’ll also receive a number of complimentary perks including breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking. This winter holiday hotel deal will make your trip to the area that much better and top off your season of gatherings in just the right way.

Book ahead of time and ease some of the stress of holiday planning. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is a relaxing destination with lots of deals for your seasonal travels.

Cold Weather Wedding Guide: 3 Top Tips for a Cozy Affair

Don’t let cold weather stop you from having the wedding of your dreams.

Cold Weather Wedding Guide

If your wedding is winter-bound, there are plenty of things you can do to make it enjoyable for both you and your guests. The Knot, Bridal Guide, Bridal Musings, and New Jersey Bride all have tips and suggestions, but we’ve narrowed it down to the most important ones.

Check out the cold weather wedding guide below and read up on how to have the perfect day – whatever the weather.

3 Tips for Winter Weddings in NJ

1.    Dress Appropriately

You don’t want to spend your big day shivering constantly. If you’ll be getting married with frigid temps outside, you can be elegant and warm, stylish and cozy – and so can your wedding party.

For instance, consider tights, closed-toe shoes, shawls, fur stoles, or matching formal coats for the bride and bridesmaids. Formal dresses with sleeves are also an option. The groom and groomsmen can opt for dark formal coats, matching scarves, and dressy gloves to keep the chill away.

2.    Run with a Cozy Theme

Who doesn’t love getting cozy on a cold day?

In the same vein, your guests will appreciate cozy touches for your wedding and reception. Glowing and flickering candles give a warm ambiance, and providing soft blankets in a chilly venue is a thoughtful touch. Special drinks like hot cocoa, cider, and hot toddies will warm guests down to their toes.

3.    Choose a Flexible Venue

In the colder months, guests will have layers to shed when they come in from the outdoors. The event venue should have a way to accommodate these, such as a coat area or a room for storing guests’ personal items, like outerwear.

No matter the weather, you can have a wonderful celebration. Follow these tips for a memorable cold weather occasion, and choose an event venue for beautiful winter weddings in NJ when you book with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Great Shows and Performances at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ

See Stunning Shows and Family Friendly Events in NJ.

Prudential Center Newark NJ
All that stands between you and breathtaking performances, amazing athleticism, and heartwarming stories is the price of admission. Visit the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ for these events that you won’t stop talking about well into next year.

Pentatonix World Tour 2016
World-famous a cappella group Pentatonix hits the New Jersey stage on Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.

The singers are known for their covers (such as Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” and Christmas standards like “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy”) as well as their hit singles (“If I Ever Fall in Love” ft. Jason Derulo) and are sure to wow the crowd with their five-part harmonies and vocal prowess.

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions
See famed U.S. gymnasts in action and see why they’re gold medal-worthy on Friday, November 11. Just a few of the athletic stars you’ll see include Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and other members of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic teams.

Disney on Ice in New Jersey
Disney favorites like Elsa and Anna, Dory, Woody, and Buzz, Mickey and Minnie, and more come together for a total of 9 shows for family friendly events in NJ.

Watch stories with beloved characters come to life on ice, each tied to the show’s theme, “Follow Your Heart.”

Performances will run from Wednesday, November 16 through Sunday, November 20. Catch morning, afternoon, or evening shows with the whole family.

Andrea Bocelli
See the great tenor live on Sunday, December 18. With his mixture of classical and modern influences, the performance will appeal to both young and old.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Have a Happy Halloween in New Jersey

Fun Events for a Family Friendly Halloween in New Jersey.

Halloween in New Jersey
Looking to indulge in fall fun and festivities? The New Jersey area is chock-full of events to help kids, families, and adults of all ages relish this unique time of year.

Safe Howl-O-Ween
For a family friendly Halloween in NJ, head over to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo for their Safe Howl-O-Ween event on October 31 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There will entertainment, favorite zoo animals, and candy giveaways, so be sure to bring your own trick-or-treat bag.

The Fall Season at Fairfield Farms
Halloween isn’t complete without a classic autumn adventure. Visit Fairfield Farms and take in all that they have to offer this fall.
Scout out the perfect pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern, then make your way over to the corn maze. Jump on a hayride to feel the autumn breeze through your hair. Afterward, taste some delicious food and refreshments like fresh Jersey apples or hot mulled cider.

Adults-Only Events for Halloween Scares in NJ

Bane Haunted House
This haunted house is famous for its well-executed scares and screams. Wind your way through the entire house and try to find your way out – but be careful, because you never know what you might encounter.

This haunted house is unique because visitors may come in contact with what lurks in the shadows. This attraction is one of the best Halloween scares in NJ.

Village Halloween Parade
This fun Halloween event is adults-only. Dress up in your most creative (or terrifying!) costume and parade through the New York City streets with thousands of other Halloween enthusiasts.

Live bands, dancers, artists, and more will provide entertainment along the way.

 Everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ hopes you enjoy a festive Halloween season!

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Try Our Business Hotel Deals in Essex County, New Jersey

Business Travelers: Find the Perfect Hotel Package in NJ

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When traveling for business, there are a number of things that are a must:  Connection to the Internet, rates that don’t wipe out your expense account, and convenient amenities. For all of this and more, look to our business hotel deals in Essex County, New Jersey at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Extended Stay Package
The Extended Stay Package is the right choice for longer stays. With this package, you get a basket stuffed with snacks and beverages right when you arrive. You also get a full breakfast buffet every morning, along with a manager’s reception Monday through Thursday.

Free Wi-Fi make staying connected a breeze, and free shuttle service within a 5-mile radius makes getting where to you need to go easy. Our extended stay accommodations in West Orange, NJ will have you feeling right at home.

Suite Deal Package
Monday through Thursday, the Suite Deal Package gets you an overnight stay in a luxury suite. You also get complimentary parking and a welcome amenity. Staying in a suite means you get a wonderful place to de-stress on your business trip, and added perks make your stay that much sweeter.

Take advantage of our 24 hour business center, dine with delicious choices at Primavera Italian Restaurant and keep up with routines at our 24 hour fitness center.  
When you come to New Jersey for business or pleasure, stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel to complete your trip and take advantage of a hotel package in NJ

Grab Your Tickets for New Jersey Devils Hockey

Check Out the New Jersey Devils Home Game Schedule

New Jersey Devils hockey
What better way to spend an evening than cheering for your favorite team -- on ice? You have to check out New Jersey Devils Hockey. Starting at the end of September, there will be plenty of games and lots of interesting rivalries to watch play out on the ice.

Preseason Games
•    September 26, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Flyers
•    September 26, 7:30 p.m. – vs. Canadiens
•    September 28, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Flyers
•    September 29, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Rangers
•    October 1, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Rangers
•    October 3, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Islanders
•    October 8, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Panthers

Regular Season Games
•    October 13, 7:30 p.m. – vs. Panthers
•    October 15, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Lightning
•    October 18, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Ducks
•    October 20, 7:00 p.m. – vs. Bruins

The Prudential Center Fan Zone
Hockey at the Prudential Center is always an exciting affair. Fans especially can check out the Fan Zone at Championship Plaza. You’ll find family-friendly fun among other Devils fans, including live music, food and drinks, and a lot more.

Enjoy hockey at the Prudential Center with the New Jersey Devils. The early fall schedule is packed with games and exciting rivalries. Everyone at  The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ hopes you enjoy your time at the games! 

“Sea” Fall Foliage in New Jersey in a Whole New Way

Breathe In Autumn on the Water with Cruises from New Jersey & New York

fall foliage in New Jersey

See New York and New Jersey in a whole new way, plus all of the turning trees – on the water!

On a Spirit of New Jersey Cruise, you’ll float past major attractions like the Statue of Liberty, Colgate Clock, Battery Park City, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and of course, be treated to a stunning view of the New York City skyline.

Set against the backdrop of fall foliage in New Jersey and New York, you’ll be in awe as you cruise in style. A Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise is just what you need to see the sights and enjoy the crisp air of fall. These special cruises depart from Lincoln Harbor and last around 3 hours. During this time, you get magnificent views, access to a rooftop lounge, open-air observatory, and climate-controlled decks, and delicious lunch offerings featuring fresh ingredients.

There are 2 Fall Foliage Lunch Cruises coming up in October for you to jump aboard: Saturday, October 15th and Saturday, October 22nd. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to sail and see the sights simultaneously.

See More of New York and New Jersey
When you stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, you’ll be in a convenient location to cruise along the waters of New Jersey and New York harbors, as well as see all of the area’s sights and attractions.

Experience Authentic Cuisine at Our Italian Restaurant in West Orange, New Jersey

Italian Food in West Orange, NJ: Signature Dishes to Try

Italian restaurant West Orange New Jersey
Warm and comforting, homemade Italian food is a favorite for a reason. Primavera Ristorante brings all the traditional flavors you love in a modern, sophisticated atmosphere. Try some signature dishes and wow your taste-buds.

Rock Shrimp Arrabbiata Pizza
Primavera’s famous rock shrimp arrabbiata – shrimp served with a spicy red sauce made with red peppers and tomatoes – adorns a pizza crust, complemented by mozzarella, diced tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese.

Mozzarella & Pepperoni Arrostiti con Pomodoro
Homemade mozzarella is spiced up with pepperoni, juicy tomatoes, roasted peppers, and a drizzle of virgin olive oil for an indulgent appetizer.

Insalate Pear
Delicate flavors combine in this mouth-watering salad. Slices of Asian pear, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized pecans top a bed of endive, arugula, and bib lettuce. A champagne vinaigrette tops it all off.

Fettucine Mare e Monte
No Italian menu is complete without pasta options. This dish includes homemade Fettucine noodles served with baby shrimp, Italian sausage, and sweet peas bathed in a rich, porcini mushroom cream sauce.

Salmon al Forno
A salmon filet is dipped in horseradish, breaded, and baked to perfection. This fish entree is served with spinach and a whole-grain mustard sauce.

At Primavera Ristorante, located inside The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ, guests can look forward to knowledgeable and professional staff that will ensure that your dining experience is one to remember. Featuring an extensive menu which showcases a fantastic selection of some seriously traditional Italian delights, Primavera has no shortage of choices to satisfy even the most discriminating palate. The restaurant’s private dining room is the ideal venue for social and corporate events of any size – whether you want an intimate dinner with your closest friends or a business meal with associates, we can help you customize the event to meet your unique requirements.

How to Plan Magical Autumn Weddings

NJ Wedding Planning Ideas for Autumn

Autumn Weddings

A wedding in the fall can be a beautiful affair. The weather is temperate and mild, and the changing colors are spectacular. Autumn weddings have their own special flair that weddings in other seasons can’t match. Here are some ideas from The Knot and Bridal Guide about how to take advantage of this distinctive time of year when you’re planning a wedding.

For Arrangements, Use Unexpected, In-Season Plants
One of the downfalls of a fall wedding is that many blooms will not be in season that you may want for a bouquet or flower arrangements. However, this is the perfect opportunity to get creative. Lots of plants bloom in the fall that you might not have thought of – fiddle fern, cotton plants, mums, and even twisting branches make unique arrangements that give a rustic, fall feeling.

Choose Colors that Match Nature
Having a wedding in the fall gives you permission to use colors that would be too much in any other season. Deep plums, reds, rust browns, oranges, gold, and even black can be used to great effect for a fall event.

Go Outdoors
For NJ wedding planning, fall is the perfect time for an outdoor affair. The weather is usually less changeable than in the spring or summer, and the temperatures are pleasant. Not to mention, the changing leaves provide a gorgeous backdrop for a ceremony. If your wedding is outdoors in the fall and the temperatures drop at night, provide guests with blankets, space heaters, or even bonfires in the spirit of a fall fete.

Choosing the right New Jersey wedding venue is a big part of the success of any celebration. Make The Wiltshire Grand Hotel your venue for an unforgettable wedding. Our wedding packages can help you create the event you’ve always dreamed of.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ