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Festive NYE Cruises in NJ

NYE Cruises in NJ

Celebrate 2017 in style. NYE cruises in NJ offer elegant dining and a unique party atmosphere that welcomes all ages.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Cruises in NJ

Eve of the Eve Dinner

December 30 at 6:30 p.m., board the Spirit of New York at Chelsea Piers to enjoy a dinner cruise on the eve of New Year’s Eve. A live DJ will accompany a dinner buffet.

A sampling of the mouth-watering spread: for salads, try Mediterranean couscous and chickpea salad, or roasted red beet salad with pickled shallots and fresh mint. Scrumptious sides include a creamed corn and cheddar cheese casserole or a baked ziti pasta dish. Choose from fish, chicken, beef, or pork for an entrée. For dessert, luscious cannoli or a slice of decadent cheesecake might tempt you.

New Year’s Eve Family Lunch

Boarding at 11 a.m. at Chelsea Piers, this cruise will let you celebrate a new calendar year on the water with a fresh and filling lunch buffet. Enjoy entertainment, too, plus all the stunning views signature to the Spirit of New York New Year’s Cruise.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner

Cap off the final night of 2016 with dinner onboard this Spirit of New Jersey New Year’s Cruise, then grab a drink from the premium open bar and settle in for a show. The cruise offers incredible fireworks views at midnight, plus a champagne toast. Board at 9 p.m. at Chelsea Piers, NY, or from Lincoln Harbor, NJ.

New Year’s Day Brunch Cruise

Boarding at 12:30 p.m. and departing from Chelsea Piers, you’ll enjoy a scrumptious brunch buffet with everything from breakfast pastries to scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes to slow-roasted strip loin, plus plenty of desserts. Don’t forget about onboard entertainment and those city skyline views.

New Year’s Day cruises in NJ offer a fun and relaxed way to celebrate the end of 2016 with family and friends. Stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel when you take a cruise this New Year.


Plan on Festive Fun for Thanksgiving in NJ

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Happy Thanksgiving

There’s fun for Thanksgiving in NJ around every corner if you know where to look. Cheerful holiday events are waiting to be discovered. They might even become your newest family tradition!

Things to Do Around Thanksgiving in NJ: Sightsee at the Zoo

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

The Turtle Back Zoo will host its Holiday Lights Spectacular once again, with magical, sparkling displays featuring over 50 winter characters and creatures.

Wander through the zoo and see it as you never have before – lit up and festively arrayed for the holiday season.

The Holiday Lights Spectacular began its winter show on November 18, and will run through January 2. It will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights until December 11, and every night starting December 12. Zoo hours for the event are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free to see the Holiday Lights and take part in activities.

Themed Weekends and Donations

Come back each weekend for a different themed event. Past weekends have included such fun as indoor animal exhibits, face painting, s’mores stations, and character meet and greets.

As you look for things to do around Thanksgiving in NJ, consider this event for the opportunity to give back, as the zoo will be accepting donations for gently used winter coats, toys, and non-perishable food items (such as canned goods and dry pasta).

Holiday events in NJ will keep your family busy and in the spirit of the season. Whether you’re roving near or far, everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel wishes you a happy Thanksgiving and safe travels.


Special AAA Hotel Deals in NJ Will Complete Your Vacation

AAA Hotel Deals in NJ

Being an AAA member is a great way to get sweet deals. You can combine your membership with a stay at our hotel, plus fun area attractions, to add up to a wonderful trip.

AAA hotel deals in NJ are the perfect way to save on your stay.

Hot Hotel Deals for AAA Members in NJ

AAA Rate Package

With the AAA Rate package, AAA members get to enjoy a special rate at The Wilshire Grand. The package comes complete with overnight accommodations, complimentary parking, and a complimentary breakfast for two.

With this deal, everything you need for a comfortable, relaxing stay is literally wrapped up in one neat “package.”

Things to Do While You’re Here

While you’re enjoying the benefits of your AAA package, make sure to get out and about to see what the New Jersey area has to offer for holiday fun.

Holiday Lights at Turtle Back Zoo

This celebration at Turtle Back Zoo will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a winter wonderland.

Glittering and colorful lights will festively array the zoo, and over 50 winter-themed and animal characters will be lighting up the night. This is also a chance to give back, as the zoo will be accepting donations of new toys, gently-used winter coats, and non-perishable food items.

This event is totally free, so bundle up and head to the zoo starting November 18!

Stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel this holiday season for great package deals, not to mention a gateway to lots of fun in the area.


Fantastic Affordable Hotel Accommodations Outside NYC

Hotel Accommodations Outside NYCSeeing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is one of the ultimate things to do while you’re in NYC around the holiday. It’s a time-honored tradition that goes all the way back to the 1920’s, including all the decorative floats, dozens of huge balloons, and Santa’s arrival bringing up the parade rear.

However, you don’t have to pay a fortune to stay in the city and attend festive holiday events like the parade. Instead, consider affordable hotel accommodations outside NYC.

Reasonably Priced Hotels for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we have reasonably priced guest rooms, great amenities, and comfortable accommodations at a location that provides convenience for visiting NYC attractions. You’ll appreciate enjoying the city’s offerings and then retreating to a quiet, restful haven at our hotel.

We’re one of the affordable hotels outside NYC. Our spacious accommodations are perfect for your next holiday trip, romantic getaway, or shopping trip.

Deluxe Rooms

Deluxe rooms include high-speed wireless internet access, a comfortable workspace with a desk and chair, an iPod docking station, an in-room coffee maker, in-room on-demand movies, and eco-friendly hair dryers and toilets, plus more.

Suites

Our King Suites and Bridal Hospitality Suites are large and stylish, and include all the amenities of our Deluxe Rooms, including extras. Relax in your own private Jacuzzi tub and enjoy upgraded eco-friendly touches, plus a lot more.

If you’re looking for hotels for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, look no further. Consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel for your holiday trip to the New York City area and skip the expensive options.


Celebrate the Season: See Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

As the temperature changes and the holidays come near, seeking out holiday events in NJ becomes every traveler and locals primary mission.

Each year, the Turtle Back Zoo features an impressive array of holiday festivities, including their “Holiday Lights Spectacular.”

Whether you are visiting the area for the holidays, or you are a local looking for a great way to celebrate the season, seeing the vibrant colors and lights is the perfect start for the season.

About the Event at the Turtle Back Zoo

The Holiday Lights Spectacular at the Zoo kicks off November 18th, 2016. From there, it runs Friday through Sunday until December 11th. After that, the lights are offered nightly through January 3, 2017.

The lights turn on at 5:00 pm and guests are welcome until 9:00 pm.

Admission to the lights is free.

You and your loved ones can stroll through the park and experience the sparkling lights featuring 50 animals and characters.

While you are there, the zoo offers their donations for toys, non-perishable food items, and gently used winter coats. You can drop them off at their donation centers throughout the park to give back to the community.

Each week the park features a different themed activity. So, you could return weekly and have an entirely different experience each time.

While enjoying holiday lights in Essex County, NJ, do not forget to book a stay at our luxury hotel. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is conveniently located in West Orange and just a short trip over to the Turtle Back Zoo.

Our team is more than happy to accommodate those visiting the area for the holidays, and offer our holiday lights and décor for those away from home for the holidays.


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