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Cheers to the Montclair Food & Wine Festival!

 

Montclair Food & Wine Festival

The Montclair Food & Wine Festival will take place Saturday, July 15.

Trendy restaurants, cute coffee shops and upscale retail stores line the streets of Montclair. Stroll down one of the streets on any sunny day and you can easily fill your entire day with shopping and a whole lot of food. If you're lucky, you may catch a special event taking place, such as the Montclair Food and Wine Festival on Saturday, July 15. What can you expect? Live music,  vendor tastings, wine, beer and spirits, too!

The Bourbon & Biergarten Montclair Food & Wine Festival

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wellmont Theatre

The BBQ-themed food and wine festival in Montclair is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy food sampling from some of the best Montclair restaurants, including Turtle + The Wolf, Vital Dining, Bluff City BBQ, Little Daisy Bakeshop and more. It promises to be a fun-filled evening of the flavors and spirits of the summer but don't be mistaken, the festival will have more than just food and wine. There will also be a wide array of bourbons and beers from local artisanal and national brands, plus live entertainment to enjoy and listen to throughout the day.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel is just a quick 10 minute drive from Montclair! Plan a staycation with us and enjoy everything Montclair has to offer. Let us be your home-away-from-home this summer. You'll love how conveniently located we are to the Montclair Food and Wine Festival. We've also added a few new features to our hotel since your last visit with us. Our new outdoor terrace, featuring a plant wall, is a favorite among our guests! Enjoy a convenient and comfortable staycation here in New Jersey.

Visit our website to learn more about our affordable accommodations and book your stay today!


The Upcoming Summer Concerts at the Prudential Center!

Summer Concerts at the Prudential Center

Catch a Summer Concert at the Prudential Center.

For many, the beginning of summer is the beginning of concert season. If you'll be our guest at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, you don't have to travel far to see a great summer show. Plenty of the hottest artists from various genres will be taking the stage at the Prudential Center, conveniently located just minutes away from our hotel. Take a peek at this year's summer concerts at the Prudential Center and see if your favorite artist will be making a stop in Newark this season.

  • Iron Maiden’s “The Book Of Souls” World Tour with special guest Ghost on June 7.
  • Maxwell with special guests Ledisi and Leela James on June 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers to bring their 40th Anniversary Tour on June 16.
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tear For Fears with a special acoustic performance by Allen Stone on Saturday, June 17.
  • New Kids on the Block: The Total Package Tour with special guests Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul on Sunday, July 2.
  • James Taylor & His All-Star Band with special guest Bonnie Raitt and her band on July 6.
  • Queen + Adam Lambert on July 26.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC Ft. Nile Rodgers on August 4.
  • Shawn Mendes brings his Illuminate World Tour with special guest Charlie Puth on August 17.
  • Lionel Richie and very special guest Mariah Carey on August 18.
  • Kendrick Lamar on August 25.
  • Roger Waters on September 7.
  • Paul McCartney on September 11 & 12.
  • Bruno Mars brings The 24K Magic World Tour on September 26.

Click here for additional information regarding each Prudential Center concert.

If planning to attend any of these summer concerts at the Prudential Center, we invite to be begin and end your trip with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. With a Zagat-rated Italian restaurant, a complimentary European style breakfast buffet and our close proximity to the arena, we're a great choice for an overnight getaway.

 


Say I Do at our Outdoor Garden Wedding Venue in Essex County, NJ

Our Outdoor Garden Wedding Venue in Essex County, NJ!

Wilshire caterers

Congratulations on your engagement! No matter how organized and prepared you may seem, getting married can be a stressful time in anyone's life. With so much to do, it may be hard to prioritize what should be at the top of your wedding planning list. Setting a date and finding the wedding venue of your dreams, no matter what you have in mind, may be the hardest decision to make. We invite you to come take a tour of our outdoor garden wedding venues in Essex County, NJ and discover if our hotel is the right place for you.

Perfectly suited for both lavish and intimate events, we offer distinctly individual spaces capable of serving 50 to 350 Guests. Whatever you may have in mind for your special day, let our event specialists show you around so you can see if we are the perfect match for you.

Our outdoor gardens are perfect for your NJ outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour while our grand ballroom offers a more formal setting complete with a marble dance floor and lighting to complement the celebratory mood. We pride ourselves on offering a variety of unique options for both the traditional and non-traditional bride.

Here's what else you can expect when you book your wedding at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ:

  • A complimentary bridal suite on the night of your special day
  • Newly Designed Bridal Salons for you and your Bridal party featuring large mirrors, and private restrooms
  • Wedding Concierge to help you plan and design every step of the way
  • NJ Wedding Hotel Guest Rooms with special guestroom rates for your guest
  • Attentive and caring Bridal Attendants
  • Exquisite Outdoor Gardens for NJ outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hour
  • On-site but not exclusive wedding vendors
  • On Site NJ After Party

For pricing and availability, please submit a proposal with the details of your evening and we'll get back to you shortly!


Farm Fresh Vegetables, Hot Baked Pies & More at the Newark Farmers Market!

The Newark Farmers Market takes place every Thursday, June through October!

Newark Farmer's Market

Did you know that the Newark Farmers Market, also known as the NDD Farmers Market, has grown to be the largest and most diverse outdoor market in Newark. Weather permitting, the event takes place every Thursday, June through October from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and offers visitors a wide array of fresh foods, handmade artisan jewelry, originally designed clothing, freshly squeezed juices, nuts, spices and more.

This year, the Newark Farmers Market at the PSE&G Plaza will begin on Thursday, June 1st, a wonderful way to kick off a new month here in New Jersey. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and bring plenty of sunshine to the day, making it a wonderful outdoor event to enjoy while visiting with us in NJ. The farmers market will continue through October 26th so there is plenty of time to enjoy the Newark event. Mark your calendar and visit the next time you have a free Thursday afternoon. It's a popular and beloved event in our area, offering plenty of food options to even the pickiest of eaters.

Over 1,000 residents, commuters, and students are expected to flood PSE&G Plaza each Thursday to enjoy savory cheesy empanadas, hot baked pies from the Amish country, pizza, farm fresh vegetables, bread bowls from the world famous Soup Man and plenty more! If you ever find yourself asking, "what's for lunch?" on a Thursday, consider stopping by the Newark Farmers Market for  hearty and healthy lunch option.

If visiting the Wilshire Grand Hotel during the week and looking for places to grab lunch in our West Orange area, the Newark Farmers Market is a wonderful choice. Go out and explore the local farmers market for a fun-filled afternoon in New Jersey.


Explore and Have Fun at Kips Castle Park

Kips Castle Park

Parents often look for vacation options for their kids that are not only fun-filled, but educational. We find that many parents enjoy bringing their children to Essex, NJ to check out the variety of parks here. One that we highly recommend is Kips Castle Park.

A Beautiful, Ornate Castle & Park to Spend a Day Exploring

When planning an affordable trip here, many parents look for free things to do with kids in Essex County, NJ. The Castle is a great start.

Built between 1902 and 1905, the castle spans 9000 square feet. There are thirty rooms to explore, as well as the beautiful grounds. The octagonal rose garden is a favorite of many visitors. This park is a wonderful testament to historical preservation.

Free Movies at Kips Castle Park: June Movies That Kids & Adults Will Love

In addition to exploring the gorgeous grounds, every Friday is free movie night. Here are some of the upcoming free movies at the Castle Park.

1. A Dog’s Purpose – June 9, 2017, 7:00 PM

Who doesn’t love a story about man’s best friend? The dog in this film tells his life story, from birth to death and all over again as he’s reincarnated. It’s a story that will touch the hearts of all in attendance.

2. Sing – June 16, 2017, 7:00 PM

Singing, dancing, hilarious animals are the stars of this animated film. A theater-owning Koala bear is drowning in debt, so he decides to hold a singing competition. Contestants include two pigs, an elephant, a mouse, a gorilla, and a porcupine.

Parks in Essex County, NJ: A Fun Way to Spend Summer Vacation

When planning your summer NJ park exploration vacation, don’t forget to book your stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We’re located close to many of the parks in Essex County, NJ, including the Castle.


Graduation Events at the Prudential Center.

Rest Comfortably after your Graduation Event at the Prudential Center.

Events at the Prudential Center

Congratulations, class of 2017. What an exciting time as you embark on a new chapter in your life. Friends and family will be traveling near and far to help you celebrate your achievements. If looking for overnight accommodations after your New Jersey graduation event at the Prudential Center, we invite you to book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Conveniently located just minutes away from the Prudential Center, our hotel provides you with all of the comforts of home. There's no better way to celebrate your accomplishments than over a celebratory meal, surrounded by the love and support of friends and family. Our on-site Italian restaurant is the perfect setting for your graduation dinner in northern New Jersey. Toast to a new adventure and enjoy a hearty meal before resting your feet in our cozy accommodations.

Here are the many local college and university ceremonies that will take place at the Prudential Center.

  • Berkeley College Commencement, Friday, May 5th
  • Ramapo College Commencement, Thursday, May 11th
  • Rutgers University-Newark Commencement, Wednesday, May 17th
  • William Paterson University (undergraduate ceremony), Friday, May 19th
  • NJCU Commencement, Wednesday, May 24th

Congratulations on achieving this great milestone in your life. We hope we have the opportunity to welcome you and your family!


How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in NJ and NYC

Memorial Day Weekend in NJ

Still undecided on what to do for Memorial Day? Don’t worry. We have some great ideas for how to spend Memorial Day weekend in NJ and NYC. Plus, your whole family will love these outings and activities.

How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend with Kids in NJ

There’s plenty going on in the city to celebrate the last weekend in May.

Have a BBQ at Liberty State Park

Liberty Park offers amazing views of the New York shoreline along with Lady Liberty herself. This historic park is the perfect place to host a Memorial Day barbecue and enjoy the scenery.

Spend a Family-Friendly Day at Turtle Back Zoo

What better way to commemorate Memorial Day weekend in NJ than with a family outing?

Turtle Back Zoo has all of the sights and sounds that will add up to a fun day of discovery and exploring with your entire pack. See animals and marine life from all over the world, including sea turtles, giraffes, white wolves, alligators, black bears, and river otters.

If that’s not enough, kids will delight in the zoo train, pony rides, carousel, and mini golf. Finally, in case you get hungry, there’s the delicious Savanna Café.

Try a Day Trip to NYC for Fleet Week 2017

Fleet Week celebrates the men and women of the sea services with events and happenings all over NYC through Memorial Day.

Tour a grand ship in the harbor, see a military band perform at Times Square, or attend free events like Marine Day in Prospect Park, where you’ll see demonstrations, displays, and more.

You don’t have to be stumped while wondering how to spend Memorial weekend with kids in NJ. Try any of the above activities and your whole family is sure to have a ball. While you’re in the area enjoying the holiday weekend, stay with us at The Wilshire Grand in West Orange, NJ.


Mother’s Day Hotel Specials in NJ

Mother's Day Hotel Specials NJ

For Mother’s Day this year, give your mom the gift of relaxation. Present her with a fabulous stay at The Wilshire Grand with one of these special offers, then take her on a breezy cruise of New York and New Jersey Harbor. It’s all possible with Mother’s Day hotel specials in NJ.

Prime Hotel Packages for Mother’s Day in NJ

Truly spoil your mom with one of these creative Mother’s Day gift ideas. Choose from two pampering packages:

Spoiled Mother Package

The Spoiled Mother package keeps the surprises coming during Mom’s stay. She’ll get a lovely flower arrangement at check-in, a bottle of bubbly, 20 minutes of working out the kinks in a yoga session, a free in-house flick, and complimentary breakfast. She can also check in early and check out late, so she’s never pressed for time.

The Marvelous Mother Package

This offer for your marvelous mom includes a festive glass of champagne when she checks in, complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi, $50 towards a meal at Primavera Restaurant, complimentary parking, and, based on availability, a suite upgrade as well as early check in/late check out.

The Best Way to Round Out Mother’s Day Weekend in NJ

Bookend the ultimate Mom’s Day with a cruise.

Spirit Cruises will offer brunch and dinner cruises for the occasion. Brunch cruises will feature a scrumptious buffet with breakfast and lunch classics, plus entertainment from a live DJ. Dinner cruises offer a buffet of entrees, sides, and desserts, plus breathtaking views of the NYC skyline at night.

For your best Mother’s Day weekend in NJ yet, one that’s full of fun and surprises for Mom, book with us at The Wilshire Grand.


Wilshire Caterers - A Magnificent Wedding Venue Choice in the Tri-State Area!

Wilshire CaterersDiscover why the Wilshire Caterers is a favorite for brides and grooms to be!

To the brides and grooms to be, if you are looking for a wedding venue in the Tri-State Area, look no further than the Wilshire Caterers in West Orange, NJ. From our marble dance floor to our landscaped gardens, luxurious details are abound at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Let our experts and talented culinary team help make your dream wedding a reality.

Our culinary experts will excite taste buds with an assortment of hors d'oeuvres and customized menus. Aside from a memorable culinary experience, you and your guests will love our exquisite outdoor gardens, the perfect setting for your outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour.

What you can expect when you choose us:

  • A complimentary bridal suite on the night of your special day
  • Newly Designed Bridal Salons for you and your Bridal party featuring large mirrors, and private restrooms
  • NJ Wedding Hotel Guest Rooms with special room rates for your guests
  • Attentive and caring Bridal Attendants
  • On-site but not exclusive wedding vendors
  • On Site NJ After Party

We also offer a Wedding Concierge to help you plan and design every step of the way! Visit our website to learn more about Wilshire Caterers and why we are the perfect choice for your special day.


How to Spend Mother’s Day Weekend in NJ!

How to Spend Mother’s Day Weekend in NJ

For a unique way to enjoy time with Mom on Mother’s Day, head to the open water. Cruises are how to spend Mother’s Day weekend in NJ, especially when all the fun and food is included.

Things to Do on Mother’s Day in NJ

Sail around the shores of NYC, feel the sea breeze, and enjoy the views.

Cruises for Mother’s Day Brunch in North Jersey

Take a two-hour cruise with mom to celebrate her special role. While you’re on board enjoying the spectacular views of the New York City skyline and the live DJ, sit down for a scrumptious brunch buffet.

The menu will include an assortment of breakfast pastries, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, breakfast potatoes, and lots of lunch entrees, like fresh salads, baked ziti pasta, and honey & sesame chicken.

Tickets start at $59.90, with departure times at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Dinner Cruises for Mother’s Day

If you’d rather take an evening cruise for Mother’s Day, three-hour dinner cruises will also be available on May 14th.

See the lights of NYC at night and tuck into a buffet-style dinner complete with flavorful salads, veggie sides like mashed potatoes or roasted broccoli, and entrees like an oven-baked Atlantic cod filet or a whole-roasted pork loin with Dijon mustard cream sauce. Then, top off your meal with dessert.

Tickets for dinner cruises start at $57.90. They’ll depart at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Mother’s Day Hotel Packages in NJ

Complete your weekend and spoil your mom with the Spoiled Mother package from The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Book this getaway for Mom and give her the gift of pampering for things to do on Mother’s Day in NJ. She’ll get a surprise flower arrangement at check-in, a bottle of champagne, a 20-minute yoga class, a free in-house movie, complimentary breakfast, and early/late check-out.