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Celebrate Easter at the 26th Annual Easter Bunny Express in Whippany, NJ!

Easter Bunny Express in Whippany NJAll Aboard the 26th Annual Easter Bunny Express in Whippany, NJ.

Warmer weather is on its way! Celebrate the return of the spring season at the 26th Annual Easter Bunny Express in Whippany, NJ. The Easter Bunny and crew will be on board greeting everyone during the 45-minute round-trip ride. Gather your family and sit back in the heated passenger coaches as you ride along the historic Whippanong Trail.

The Easter Bunny Express in Whippany, NJ departs the Whippany station on:

Saturday, March 24, Sunday, March 25 and Saturday, March 31

at 1:00PM, 2:00PM, 3:00PM, 4:00PM. All trains run rain, snow or shine!

The train departs from and returns to the Whippany Railway Museum site in Morris County, NJ, conveniently located near us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. The 10-mile round trip excursion is one of our favorite ways to celebrate Easter in Northern New Jersey. After riding on the Springtime Streamliner, passengers will also have the opportunity to tour the Museum site and browse their collection of Historic Railroad Locomotives, Rolling Stock, Operating Model Train Layouts and Vintage Farm Tractors.

You can make the day extra special by purchasing tickets for a nostalgic Easter train ride in New Jersey aboard an elegantly-restored 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey club car, “Jersey Coast.” With individual leather chairs, a mahogany interior, built-in tables and period ceiling fans, the upgraded experience will make you feel like a millionaire from the early 1900s.

For more information regarding the New Jersey Easter event, visit the Whippany Railway Museum website.

We hope to welcome you to the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ this spring season. Visit our special offers page on our website to browse our current hotel discounts in New Jersey before booking your stay.


The GRAMMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center Educates and Inspires!

Grammy Museum Experience at the Prudential CenterEnjoy Interactive Exhibits & So Much More at the GRAMMY Museum Experience at Prudential Center.

Calling all music lovers! If you are visiting our area, you won’t want to miss the GRAMMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center. The hands-on museum also includes a New Jersey Legends exhibit featuring iconic, local artists such as Bruce Springsteen.

Get inspired as you walk through the New Jersey Museum, conveniently located just minutes away from our hotel. The GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center is jam-packed with exhibits to help educate visitors and inspire the next generation of superstars.

Exhibits at the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center include:

  • Ray Charles
  • Max Weinberg
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Roland Live
  • Bruce Springsteen

Showcasing all genres of music, the Prudential Center museum is certainly a must-see for all music lovers or for anyone looking for things to do near Newark NJ. Learn what it takes to become a GRAMMY winner and plan your visit today.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located in West Orange. Situated just minutes away from the Prudential Center, we are always excited to offer our guests a convenient place to stay while exploring the area.

With so much to see and do, the GRAMMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center is definitely a favorite attraction, bringing the history of music to life.

Plan your stay with us today and visit the NJ museum and so much more while in town.


The 2018 St Patrick's Day Parade Happening in North Jersey.

St. Patrick's Day ParadesPlan your Stay for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Happening in North Jersey.

As we say goodbye to February and march into spring, it’s the perfect time to plan a staycation with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Why? We offer a convenient rest stop if attending both the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Book your stay with us today for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade happening in North Jersey.

The 2018 Newark Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is March 16, 2018 at 1:00pm. Recognized as New Jersey’s first and finest St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Newark Parade is committed to keeping the tradition alive. Conveniently located near our hotel, the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade line runs from the Prudential Center on Mulberry Street past Gateway Center, NJPAC, Military Park, St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, the Newark Museum and Washington Park.

The 2018 West Orange Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:15pm. Located just down the road from our hotel, the 67th West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade is taking place on Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue. It's the perfect way to celebrate the holiday in West Orange with locals and visitors alike. Click here to learn more about the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New Jersey.

If looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Northern New Jersey, we invite you to make us your home away from home this March. Turn your day trip into a fun weekend getaway and come discover our hidden gem in West Orange, NJ.

Complimentary amenities abound including complimentary wireless Internet, Grand Wilshire European Style Breakfast Buffet, cardio & weight fitness center, seasonal outdoor patio and so much more! We are pet-friendly so bring your pup along, too.


Our Recent Accomplishments at our Award-Winning Hotel in Northern NJ.

Hotels in Northern NJOur Accomplishments at our Hotel in Northern NJ.

We are proud and humbled to announce the recent awards that we have won at our hotel in Northern NJ during the 2017 wedding season. If you are recently engaged and have started the process of finding wedding venues in New Jersey, we invite you to tour our facilities at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

We recently won ‘The Manhattan Bride Best of 2017," "The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame" and "WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2017."

We’re happy to have been awarded Manhattan Bride's “BEST OF 2017” bridal vendors for our superior standards of service and quality. We were recognized for being outstanding in our knowledge of the field and in our professionalism, Reputable that we have received only positive reviews and comments from their clients and reliable in addition to being on time and on budget and our follow up with care and insight.

The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® recognizes “the top five percent of local wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism.”

We were inducted into the “The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame” for being awarded the “Best of Weddings” four or more times.

Our hotel in Northern NJ features a variety of event and wedding venues to choose from, offering over 20,000 square feet of breathtaking ballroom space and outdoor space. Every package is tailor-made to accommodate your party’s specific tastes from traditional to vegetarian, Indian to Kosher.

We also offer our guests:

  • A complimentary bridal suite on the night of your special day
  • Newly designed Bridal Hospitality Suites for you and your bridal party, featuring large mirrors and private restrooms and reception area
  • Wedding concierge to help you plan and design every step of the way
    Bridal attendants
  • Exquisite outdoor gardens for ceremonies and receptions
  • Special guestroom rates for your guests
  • Customized packages
  • Private bridal suite and reception area

Come tour our facilities today and book our award-winning hotel in Northern NJ.


The Restaurants in Ironbound Newark that Foodies will Love.

Restaurants in Ironbound NewarkDiscover the Restaurants in Ironbound Newark.

Minutes away from The Wilshire Grand Hotel, you’ll find the amazing and trendy restaurants in Ironbound Newark. Discover why Ironbound is considered “Newark’s Culinary Gem” during your next visit with us.

If you are wondering where to find old school and modern takes on Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian dining, you’ll love the restaurants in Ironbound Newark. There are plenty of sandwich shops, bakeries and restaurants in Ironbound so check out the five classic restaurants to try below.

Eater NY is sharing the five classic Ironbound restaurants to try:

  • Iberia Peninsula: Known as one of the most popular old-school spots, this spot is perfect for watching a soccer game. Come for the food, stay for the atmosphere!
  • Fornos of Spain: The wide selection of Spanish wines, this restaurant is located a little further down Ferry Street.
  • Brasilia Grill is the place to feast on rodizio with a salad bar to add to your entree.
  • Adega Grill is located in the heart of the Ironbound and a favorite spot for after-work drinks. It is a one-stop shop for a drink, a bite and a dance party.
  • Fernandes Steakhouse is another area staple, located on the outskirts of town. The traditional menu makes it a destination spot for out-of-towners and locals alike.

The restaurants listed below are just a few of the many delicious restaurants located in Newark, NJ! If you’d like to learn more about the different and unique restaurants in Ironbound Newark, Eater NY shares a great guide to the restaurants in Ironbound. Click here to learn more about the dining options near us.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located near the shops and restaurants in Ironbound Newark. Book your stay with us today and discover Newark’s culinary gem while you’re here.


Things to Do in Essex County NJ this Weekend.

Things to Do in Essex County NJ this WeekendCheck Out our Favorite Things to Do in Essex County NJ this Weekend.

Sometimes, the winter season seems endless. Especially, this time of the year when the holidays are over and we are all counting down until St. Patrick’s Day. To help you beat the winter blues in New Jersey, we are sharing our favorite things to do in Essex County NJ this weekend. Some are our old favorites and a few are newly-opened attractions that are worth checking out in 2018. Plan a stay to the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ this winter, there is so much to discover!

Visit the Turtleback Zoo: The Turtleback Zoo is definitely a fan favorite and it’s easy to see why that may be the case. No matter your age, there is something for everyone! Plus, the zoo is much bigger than you may think so you can easily spend an entire afternoon discovering the many interesting species and exhibits.

Discover the eclectic cafes, bars and restaurants in Montclair: We love Montclair for several reasons, there is so much to discover! Located just a 10 minute drive from our hotel, Montclair is jam-packed with trendy coffee shops, delicious restaurants and unique bars that will bring your Instagram game to the next level.

The Montclair Art Museum: You can’t always predict the weather here in New Jersey so if you are visiting and stuck with inclement weather, we recommend taking a trip to the Montclair Art Museum. There are plenty of interesting exhibits on display and it is one of our favorite things to do in Essex County NJ this weekend.

What are your favorite winter activities in Essex County NJ? We are always eager to share our favorite things to do near West Orange NJ so don’t hesitate to stop by our front desk and ask for a few recommendations on what to do while in town.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located near all of the Essex County attractions, plus more. If looking to plan a winter, weekend getaway in New Jersey, we invite you to plan your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Browse our current hotel promotions so you can ensure the best possible value for your stay with us.


Must-Haves for a Winter Wedding in New Jersey.

Must-Haves for a Winter WeddingOur Favorite Must-Haves for a Winter Wedding in New Jersey.

Your soulmate popped the question. Congratulations! Now, you’re ready to begin the exciting journey of planning your winter wedding. You may have began to notice that the winter season is becoming increasingly popular for brides and grooms. We’ve rounded-up our favorite must-haves for a winter wedding so you can be sure that your big day will truly ‘WOW’ your guests.

While the temperatures continue to drop, it’s important to make sure your guests remain cozy and comfortable throughout the evening. If you are considering a tented outdoor ceremony, consider placing warm blankets on each chair for your guests so they are able to truly lay back and feel comfortable during your vows. The last thing that you’ll want is uncomfortable guests during one of the most important moments of your life.

Consider adding warming beverages and comfort foods to the menu. Hot chocolate is, of course, a crowd favorite. Make your own hot cocoa bar is a fun and affordable way to keep your guests warm and happy. It’s also perfect for the little ones, too. Hot apple cider, coffee and hot toddies are also great options. Comfort foods such as grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup will warm up anyone!

Unfortunately, winters can be unpredictable in New Jersey. While there’s something very magical about a snowy, winter wedding, you have to consider that snow or rain may cause your guests discomfort, especially while dancing the night away in wet socks! For wedding favors or a thoughtful gesture, hand out comfy slippers for your guests. It’s a thoughtful, unique winter wedding favor that they can cherish for years to come.

We hope you enjoyed these must-haves for a winter wedding. If you are in the beginning stages of wedding planning in New Jersey and looking for affordable wedding venues in NJ, we invite you to tour our facilities at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.


The Winter Concerts at the Prudential Center.

Winter Concerts at the Prudential Center

Things to do near us - Check Out the Winter Concerts at the Prudential Center.

is in full swing but it’s still a wonderful time to plan a visit! Some of the hottest names in the music industry are taking the stage to heat up the season. Check out the exciting winter concerts at the Prudential Center.

Lana Del Rey, with special Guest Kali Uchis, will take the stage on Friday, January 19, debuting her new album Lust for Life. The high-anticipated 24-date tour is making a stop at the Prudential Center, located just minutes away from us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. If you will be attending Lana Del Ray at the Prudential Center and looking for hotels in the area, we invite you to stay with us.

The Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ will be racing into the Prudential Center on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28. The family-friendly winter event in New Jersey is sure to entertain with incredible athletes going head-to-head in seven different competitions, driving three different vehicles including Monster Jam trucks, speedsters and ATV’s.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, A Night of Love features R&B superstars, Anthony Hamilton, Keyshia Cole, Tamia, Eric Benet, Donell Jones and Avant on Friday, February 9.

Jeff Dunham returns to Prudential Center in February and is bringing the laughs. The record-breaking, global comedy superstar is making a stop at the Prudential Center on February 16, bringing his cast of characters with him.

Two-time Grammy and five-time Latin Grammy Award-winner Marc Anthony will be performing at the Prudential Center on Saturday, February 17. If looking for winter concerts at the Prudential Center, don’t miss this great show on Valentine’s Day weekend in New Jersey.

For the complete list of winter concerts at the Prudential Center, click here.

The Prudential Center is conveniently located just a few miles from The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. For music lovers, it’s a great time to plan a stay!


Fall in love with our Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages in NJ.

Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages in NJOur Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages in NJ.

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. How about thinking outside of the box and trying something new this year? We recommend a cozy Valentine's Day stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, located in West Orange, NJ. It isn’t too early to begin planning your special romantic getaway for two, especially if you are thinking about surprising your loved one with a cozy staycation at our hotel. We are offering Valentine’s Day hotel packages, which are perfect for the occasion.

Our Valentine's Day hotel packages in NJ include:

Pampered in Pink
Our Pampered in Pink package will make you look like a hero in your lover’s eyes. Indulge in our Pampered in Pink package and receive:

  • Superior King Room accommodations
  • Bottle of chilled pink champagne with chocolate Kisses and an arrangement of fresh pink flowers delivered to your room
  • Dinner for two at Primavera Restaurant ($122.00 Value)
  • 2:00pm late check out

Spoiled Mother Package
Our Spoiled Mother package includes everything you’ll need to spoil your loved one to a night away without the children. When booking our special hotel offer, you will receive:

  • Surprise gift at check in
  • Beautiful arrangement of flowers
  • Bottle of champagne
  • 20 minute yoga session
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Free in house movie
  • Early and late check out, based on availability.

While the colder temps may have arrived, New Jersey is a great winter destination for many reasons. There are still plenty of events and indoor activities to enjoy, which means the fun doesn’t stop now that winter has arrived. Come discover why New Jersey is a wonderful Valentine's Day destination. We invite you to plan your Valentine’s Day getaway in New Jersey with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

We hope to see you this February.


A Cozy, Romantic Couples Getaway in New Jersey

Couples Getaway in New JerseyPlan your Couples Getaway in New Jersey with us.

Beat the winter blues and plan a cozy, couples getaway in New Jersey. Ideally situated just 30 minutes from New York City and just a 10 minute drive from Montclair, the Wilshire Grand Hotel is the perfect spot to plan a cozy and romantic couples getaway in Northern New Jersey.

With winter in full swing, it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay motivated to go out and explore the sights. Yet, our area is always bustling with things to do, even in the colder temps. With plenty of bars, restaurants and trendy coffee cafes to explore, New Jersey is a great destination for a cozy, winter vacation for two. While everyone may be heading South for the winter, we invite you to stay with us and plan your winter getaway in New Jersey.

We are offering several hotel packages for couples in NJ to enjoy, including our Pampered in Pink promotion. Our romantic hotel package for two includes everything you and your spouse will need for a truly unforgettable getaway. Beat the winter blues and surprise your loved one with a winter getaway for  two, right here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Our Pampered in Pink hotel package in New Jersey includes:

  • Superior King Room accommodations
  • Bottle of chilled pink champagne with chocolate Kisses and an arrangement of fresh pink flowers delivered to your room
  • Dinner for two at Primavera Restaurant ($122.00 Value)
  • 2:00pm late check out

Visit our special offers page on The Wilshire Grand Hotel website to learn more and begin planning your couples getaway in New Jersey today. We hope to see you this winter. Don't forget to stop by our front desk while you are here. Our staff is always eager to share our favorite winter activities nearby.