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Couples Hotel Getaways in NJ for Expecting Parents

Couples Hotel Getaway in NJ

If you and your spouse or significant other are parents-to-be, you're probably bursting with excitement and nervousness for your expected arrival. During this special time, you should make sure to enjoy each other's company and savor the moments when it's still just the two of you.

Take some time away and consider couples hotel getaways in NJ to make some memories before your family grows.

Deals and Things to Do for a Couples Getaway in NJ

Escape into Nature

Peaceful and quiet surroundings establish the perfect backdrop for a couples' retreat. Verona Park in NJ is a beautiful escape from the bustle of the daily grind.

Bring a picnic and have a romantic meal for two among the scenic lake, ornamental bridge, and picturesque woods. Take a leisurely stroll along the park's trails. Visit the boathouse to rent a row boat for a lovely excursion on the lake. Spend some time in the Children's Garden and wander along brick pathways, reveling in nature's bounty.

Parents to Be Hotel Packages in NJ

The Parents to Be package is an ideal way to plan a couples getaway in NJ. It includes transport to and from the park, a relaxing pedicure or foot massage from Bijou Nails, early check-in, late check-out, complimentary breakfast, a suite upgrade, WiFi, and free parking.

Book your stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel with this package and enjoy a relaxing getaway for two. We have everything you need for a calm, serene retreat while you're preparing for your little one's imminent arrival.


Go on a Tasting Journey at Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017

Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017

If your palate could use a kick, you should attend Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017. Taste a variety of reds, whites, champagnes, grape blends, and more, and sample artisan foods that will delight your taste-buds. This is a can’t-miss event for both wine aficionados as well as foodies, or if you just love tipping back a good glass of wine.

New York Wine Events: Winter Wine Festival

Details

Winter Wine Festival will take place at PlayStation Theater in Times Square, NYC. There will be two different sessions on Saturday, February 4: one from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and one from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

What to Expect

Taste wine from all over the world, sample artisan foods, and munch on light hors d’oeuvres at NYC wine events for 2017. All of it will be set to the tune of live jazz from Brian Simpson, a Grammy nominee, and J.J. Sansaverino.

Try wines you have never encountered, including sips from New Zealand, Japan, Austria, South Africa, and Portugal. All attendees will receive a free wine glass for tasting.

A general admission ticket gets you access to all of the above for wine festivals in NYC this winter. Early access and VIP tickets are also available. This festival would make the perfect day trip or weekend trip!

If you will be attending New York wine events, The Wilshire Grand would love to host you for your trip, whether it’s a day, weekend, or week-long affair. We’re only a train ride away from NYC, and offer relaxing accommodations for putting up your feet after a day spent enjoying the city.


Top Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages in NJ

Valentine's Day Hotel Packages in NJ

For some couples, the best gift to give for Valentine’s Day is stolen moments alone. Make those moments more memorable this year with a holiday stay in a world-class hotel. The Wilshire Grand is the perfect setting for your romantic getaway ideas in NJ.

Pampered in Pink

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, meant to be spent with those closest to your heart. The Wilshire Grand has created a package especially for those lovers who just want to relax and enjoy being together. The Pampered in Pink package includes a stay in a plush superior king room, with all of the amenities. Chilled pink champagne will be delivered upon request, alongside fresh pink flowers and chocolate kisses to start your stay.

Wine and dine with dinner for 2 at our exclusive Primavera Ristorante before heading out to see the sights in West Orange, New Jersey. Located conveniently on the first floor, Primavera Ristorante cooks up an exciting assortment of Italian fare that will tantalize all of your senses.

After dinner, our concierge will be happy to help you find a local attraction that will thrill you both, or you can opt to be pampered some more in your luxurious suite. Don’t worry about staying up late — with the Pampered in Pink package, checkout is delayed until 2 PM the next day.

A Plush Room for a Romantic Getaway

Your superior king room will have all that you need to make this a Valentine’s Day trip worth remembering. Take advantage of your in-room fridge and microwave to have all your favorite snacks on hand, plan a movie marathon on the 42-inch flat screen, and lie back to relax on the plush pillow-top bed.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel has romance in mind for Valentine’s Day. Book your Pampered in Pink getaway, and spend the holiday wrapped around the love of your life in the lap of luxury.


Concerts at the Prudential Center This Winter Include Superstars You Don’t Want to Miss!

Concerts at the Prudential Center This Winter

Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center is not only home to the New Jersey Devils, it provides an ideal forum for the powerhouses of the musical industry. This winter, in between puck shots, you are invited to witness world-class concerts and events at this one-of-a-kind venue.

Saturday, January 21st – The alternative rock band Twenty One Pilots is bringing their “Emotional Roadshow” tour to New Jersey and the Prudential Center. This award-winning musical duo is best known for their haunting chart-toppers like “Heathens” and “Stressed Out” and have received critical acclaim for their most recent album, “BLURRYFACE”.

Friday, February 10th – Eleven-time Grammy nominee Charlie Wilson is making the Prudential Center a stop on his “In It to Win It” tour in February. This concert event is further enhanced by Wilson’s special guests Fantasia, John Gill, and Solero. On his own, Wilson is captivating, but alongside his talented friends this concert will be nothing short of extraordinary.

Saturday, February 11th – The Latin Concert Series gets spicier with the legendary Marc Anthony and his Valentine’s Day concert at the Prudential Center. Anthony is arguably the best salsa artist to ever grace a stage, with a romantic side that makes the girls swoon. Don’t miss out on the chance to enchant your Valentine’s Day with a live performance from this sizzling artist.

Help With Winter Shows at the Prudential Center

The Wilshire Grand Hotel in New Jersey is your ideal resting ground for before and after an exhilarating concert. With our expertise at your fingertips, you can treat yourself to an unforgettable winter show that starts with dinner and ends with a nightcap in your lavish room. Our proximity to the Prudential Center and long list of amenities make the Wilshire Grand your obvious choice when planning a music filled getaway.


New Year’s Eve Celebrations in NJ - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

New Year’s is a special time to both look back over the year that was, and look forward to a fresh start and a blank slate. Your family deserves to remember the best of 2016 and make some new memories to send it off in style. New Year’s Eve celebrations in NJ let you do that in unique settings.

Unique NYE Events in NJ 2016

How to Ring in the New Year in NJ

If you want to do something slightly off the beaten path for NYE, a great option that is also family-friendly is New Year’s Eve cruises in the area.

There are a variety of cruises happening at various times on the eve before New Year’s Eve (December 30), New Year’s Eve (December 31), and New Year’s Day (January 1). If you have been wondering how to celebrate New Year’s Eve in NJ with your entire family or just a big group, any of these Spirit of New York or Spirit of New Jersey cruises will fit the bill.

Lunch and Brunch Cruises

If you have small children and are looking for a way to include them in festivities, consider the New Year’s Eve Family Lunch cruise or the New Year’s Day Brunch cruise.

Dinner Cruises and Fireworks

Hop aboard for the Eve of the Eve Dinner cruise on December 30 with a live DJ, or head out for a Fireworks Dinner cruise that will set sail past midnight and offer a premium open bar. Both events are perfect for couples, groups, or families with older kids.

Happy End of 2016 to You and Yours!

NYE events in NJ for 2016 will make sure you and your family end the year with a bang. Happy New Year from all of us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!


Holiday Events in NJ Light Up the Night - Happy Holidays!

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season from all us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!

Happy Holidays

The holidays are in full swing, and that means getting in the spirit of the season. Take the whole family to holiday events in NJ and get that warm, fuzzy feeling of merry cheer. There’s a little something for everyone, both young and old.

Holiday Events in Essex County, NJ for One and All

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

The Holiday Lights Spectacular is going on at the zoo through January 3. The event is open nightly from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., so there are plenty of opportunities to visit and see this winter wonderland. Plus, admission is free!

Here’s why you should visit: Turtle Back Zoo illuminates the night in grand spectacle at this event. The dazzling display features 50 different winter animals and holiday characters. Not to mention, each weekend features a different themed event. For instance, the final weekends of December will feature visits from Santa, face painting, s’mores stations, and a chance to meet characters from both sides of the Force from Star Wars.

Hotels Nearby for Ease and Convenience

The Wilshire Grand is just minutes away from the Holiday Lights Spectacular. While you’re in town for the holidays, visiting relatives and enjoying the season, stay with us for an easy and stress-free trip.

We Wish You a Merry and Bright Season!

Holiday events in Essex County, NJ keep the spirit of the season kicking well into January. Happy holidays from everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!


Pet Friendly Hotels in NJ: Bring Your Pet and Leave Behind Your Worries

Pet Friendly Hotels in NJSometimes traveling with your pet in tow just makes sense. They’re part of your family, and bringing them with you to share in your adventures adds another level of joy to your trip.

Sometimes, too, it’s difficult to find a pet-sitter, especially if you’ll only be gone for a few days. Luckily, you don’t have to leave your beloved pet behind when you choose pet friendly hotels in NJ like the Wilshire Grand.

Pet Friendly Hotels in Northern NJ Cater to Your Furry Friend

If you’re looking for hotels that allow pets in NJ, choose one with pet extras. Our hotel offers amenities exclusively for our pet guests. These include water bowls and a special area where your energetic companion can run, play, and scamper.

Your pet will have everything it needs to feel welcome, happy, and cared-for while you’re with us.

Requirements for Pet Guests at NJ Pet Friendly Hotels

As one of the hotels that allow pets in NJ, we have requirements to ensure that you, your pet, and our other guests are satisfied.

If you’ll be traveling with your pet and staying with us, make sure to notify us in advance, such as at the same time when you book your accommodations. A one-time $30 surcharge will be added to your bill for each pet you’re bringing along.

Pets that stay with us must be 35 pounds or under. Please keep your pet leashed or in its carrier when you’re in public areas in the hotel, and remember that your pet must be supervised at all times – this includes inside your hotel room.

If your pet causes any damage, a minimum charge of $250 will be issued for repairs and/or cleaning.

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we love animals just as much as you do, and are happy to accommodate your furry friends. Pet friendly hotels in Northern New Jersey make your trip that much easier.


2017 Wedding Trends to Consider

2017 Wedding Trends

Wedding trends can be difficult to sift through. There are so many styles and options for your big day; how do you decide which ones best fit you, your partner, and your style?

The answer: let your eye and your gut lead you in the right direction. Choose the trends that speak to you.

With this in mind, here are some 2017 wedding trends to consider that are staying strong from years past, as well as some that are up-and-coming for 2017. (Fashion-forward brides, take note!)

Brand New Wedding Trends for 2017, Plus, the Tried-and-True

Vintage/Rustic Weddings

Vintage and rustic-style weddings have been on the bridal radar for a few years, and the trend isn’t going anywhere for 2017.

A vintage wedding might include accents from the past, such as vintage décor, or can mimic a favorite era, such as a 1950s sock hop or 1920s Jazz Age throwback. Rustic weddings bring to mind barn venues, lots of weathered wood and metals, and a distinct “in-the-country” vibe.

Paper (Beyond the Invites)

Paper will factor in a big way for wedding trends for 2017. Beyond stationery, look for it in décor (garlands, banners, and hanging paper accents) as well as floral arrangements.

Lots of Greenery

Instead of colorful bouquets and festoons of flowers, many brides are opting for a simpler, more toned-down array of greenery. Think ferns, eucalyptus, herbs, and other leafy greenery paired with white flowers.

For a venue that can accommodate whichever 2017 wedding trends your heart desires, New Jersey wedding venues are where you should look. The Wilshire Grand Hotel has both a beautiful ballroom as well as elegant outdoor space, not to mention a wedding concierge to help you plan. Your day will be stress-free when you enjoy our private bridal suite and reception area, too.

Count on wedding venues in NJ like The Wilshire Grand to make your day spectacular!


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.