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Ring in 2016 with a New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise

Music, food and fireworks are part of this NYC NYE cruise.

New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise


If you're looking for an exciting way to ring in 2016 in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, take a New Year's Eve dinner cruise. Spirit Cruises is offering two New Year's Eve events. You and your partner can enjoy a romantic NYC or NJ NYE cruise, or you can bring the whole family along for a midday cruise.

You can enjoy a special evening with a New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise and depart from a port in New York or New Jersey at 9 p.m. for a cozy cruise aboard a beautiful ship. You'll enjoy a delicious dinner buffet of seafood, pasta, prime rib and desserts followed by an evening of dancing. Your night to remember will end with a fireworks display synchronized to music.

If you're looking for New Years Eve family friendly events, make plans for the New Year's Eve Family Lunch Cruise. This event will begin at 10:30 a.m. on December 31, which makes it the perfect celebration for children or older adults. You and your family will enjoy a lunch buffet including turkey, ham and an assortment of pies. After your delicious meal, you can enjoy beautiful views of the New York City skyline and Hudson River. There will also be a special "noon year's eve" countdown to begin the 2016 celebrations a little early.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, is a great choice for accommodations during your visit to the area. Browse our website to learn about other fun things to do over the holidays in the area.


Stress Free Holiday Party Planning Guide for your Perfect Event

Make your list and check it twice with our stress free holiday party planning guide.

  stress free holiday party planning guide


We know you can't wait to start planning the perfect holiday party this year. Regardless of the size of your event, you can approach it all in a relaxed way…really! The key to the perfect party is in the planning and the prep. Be sure to write down all of the details you need to remember and make a timeline in the weeks ahead of your event. No matter how small the detail, write it down! Make note of whether anyone has any preferences about food options or other arrangements. Regardless of how many people will be in attendance at your party, you'll want to make an itemized shopping list and get what you need in stages. Non-perishable items, drinks, paper products can be bought ahead while you can pick up the perishable items or fresh flowers.  

Great holiday parties go off without a hitch when there are enough tasty treats, beverages and light finger foods to keep everyone satisfied. Holiday decor and beautiful table spreads will encourage your guests to mingle and to check out the goodies available, and festive holiday music will help keep everyone in the right mood. Put a twist on the tradition of gift giving by planning a fun gift-giving exchange game

 

For more detailed tips, we suggest these great resources from the experts at Eating Well, Real Simple and HGTV.

 

If you would rather have the details handled by someone else, so you can simply show up and be a guest as well, please consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. From small office holiday parties to family reunions or large gala events, our NJ event planners at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, can make the process easier. Enjoy stress free holiday party planning with our impressive variety of delicious menu options, prompt service and your choice of luxury accommodations. Our large ballroom area can be set up according to your specifications and offers an excellent party atmosphere. We also provide delicious menu options and a beverage service to keep everyone happy, healthy and in the mood to enjoy the holiday spirit. Visit our website for more information.

Until next time,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Our Heartfelt Wishes for you this Thanksgiving Season

Happy Thanksgiving from The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

May the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving
but throughout the coming year!

Thanksgiving Wilshire Grand

There is nothing more precious than spending time with family and friends for the holidays! If you are planning to visit New Jersey for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there is an abundance of joy to be had in the area! Be sure to check out the Holiday Lights at Turtle Back Zoo, taking place through the season. It is the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs after a big family meal at this family-friendly event. If you are staying at home this year, be sure to make use of our Thanksgiving Planning Guide for last minute tips.  

Whether you are visiting the area or hosting out of town guests, we hope you will consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ for your accommodations.

Our family here at The Wilshire Grand wishes you and yours a holiday season filled with happiness, peace and joy. Happy Thanksgiving!


Tesla Model S Test Drive Event

Get your motor running with an exclusive Tesla Model S Test Drive Event with us!

Does the road call to you? For car aficionados it does! At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ we have a very special opportunity for all those who live and breathe all things horsepower with the Tesla Model S test Drive Event.

Tesla Model S Test Drive Event
Wednesday, December 16 from 10am – 6pm

Tesla Test Drive event at The Wilshire Grand


What does it feel like to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds without a drop of gasoline? You’re
about to find out. The Wilshire Grand Hotel would like to extend you the exclusive opportunity to test
drive the award winning Model S.

Tesla Model S Facts:
Highest safety rating in America
Autopilot equipped
Available All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor

Tesla's advanced electric powertrain is unique. Unlike a gasoline internal combustion engine with hundreds of moving parts, the Tesla has only one moving piece: the rotor.  

Autopilot allows Model S to steer within a lane, change lanes with the simple tap of a turn signal, and manage speed by using active, traffic-aware cruise control. Digital control of motors, brakes, and steering helps avoid collisions from the front and sides, as well as preventing the car from wandering off the road. Model S can also scan for a parking space, alert you when one is available, and parallel park on command.  

The Model S interior sound sound dynamics are likened to a recording studio and features a 17 inch touchscreen, angled toward the driver with day and night modes for increased visibility. 

Ready to try one out? Join us for this limited Tesla Model S test drive opportunity. For more information,visit the event page


Holiday Events in Essex County Are Beginning Soon

Turtle Back Zoo is decorated with lights for the winter holidays.Holiday Events in Essex County

If you're looking for family-friendly holiday events in Essex County, head over to the zoo in West Orange, New Jersey, to see Holiday Lights at the Zoo at Turtle Back Zoo.

This event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 2015. It will be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 13. The lights will be lit between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. every day from Dec. 14 through Jan. 4, except on Dec. 24 and 25.

A different holiday theme is celebrated each weekend with a movie in the sea lion sound area of the zoo. Your children will be delighted to watch Frozen, The Polar Express and Happy Feet.

In addition, kids will be thrilled to have their picture taken with the princesses from Frozen, and your whole family can enjoy holiday traditions during The Polar Express weekend feature. Your children will enjoy celebrating the winter festivities with furry friends when Happy Feet is played because an educational exhibit about animals that live in colder climates will be available for them to explore.

This is one of the Turtle Back Zoo events that offer plenty to hear, taste and see. Listen to the sounds of cheerful holiday music as you wander through the zoo. Your children won't get cold or hungry during this event as hot chocolate and snacks will be sold. You can even see demonstrations of ice carving on Saturdays.

Make your trip to the zoo into a weekend of family fun by staying at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

 


Holiday Getaway in NJ

Enjoy a comfortable stay during your family holiday trip to NJ.

Holiday Getaway in NJ

New Jersey is a great place to visit during the holiday season. Home to many attractions and within a short distance of NYC, families can explore a variety of Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations and see beautiful holiday decorations.


The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, is the perfect home away from home during your trip. We provide our guests with complimentary Wi-Fi and shuttle service to and from our location. Our luxury hotel features a state-of-the-art fitness center, business center and our popular Sweet Shoppe.

To save money and make the holidays even better, travelers can upgrade to our wide array of hotel package deals. You have access to many discounts such as our AAA Rate Package and AARP Rate Package, both of which include luxurious overnight accommodations, complimentary breakfast for two and complimentary parking.

When you book your room at The Wilshire Grand , our staff will be delighted to provide more information about special area events to help you enjoy your stay to the fullest. We're conveniently located close to New York City, providing an easy commute to your destinations. Whether you're combining your holiday getaway in NJ with a business trip or taking the whole family out for a fun vacation, browse our website to see what amenities you'll enjoy at our hotel.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Enjoy Remarkable Stash Rewards When You Book with Us

Stash Rewards help you earn free overnight stays!

Looking for a unique hotel experience but also love the idea of earning points for your stays?  You CAN have both!  Stash Hotel Rewards allow members to enjoy discounts at unique, independent hotels in over 150 cities around the United States and at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ we are proud to be a part of this opportunity!

Stash Rewards

Stash Rewards help guests skip the middle-man and book direct - the Stash site will send you to the hotel site to book direct. Or, pick up the phone and book with a friendly human. Members can earn 5 points per dollar on eligible room rates. Bringing the family? Collect on two rooms in one reservation. Extended stay? Earn points for up to 29 nights in one stay.

Use your points how YOU want. No blackout dates and no expiration dates. Stash redemption rates are dynamic so you can score great deals.

Ready to stay? At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ we will even extend a sweeter deal – Our Stash Hotel Rewards Package will award 2500 additional Stash Points at check out when you sign up for the rewards card at check-in!

When you visit the Wilshire Grand  in West Orange, you will be whisked away for a charming adventure in savings. We make it easy for guests to enjoy their visit and have the opportunity to invest in reward points!  

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Our Thanksgiving Dinner Planning Guide

Prepare for the holiday with these stress-free Thanksgiving tips.


Thanksgiving Dinner Planning Guide

When the holidays come around, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of planning and preparation that comes with the celebrations. If you are the planner of the family, take a moment to prepare for festive times with these helpful tips.


Using a calendar or planner to schedule out the timeline for Thanksgiving dinner may seem silly, but it will help tremendously. Knowing exactly when and how everything should be done will make the upcoming days feel like a breeze.

Start weeks in advance by ordering and renting items you will need. The turkey, chairs and tables, and cleaning services are examples. Get as much out of the way as you can before Thanksgiving approaches.

Buy nonperishable items a week or so before. This includes food, utensils and centerpieces. Avoid the rush at the stores that typically occurs closer to the day. As it nears, prepare food items that you can freeze or refrigerate ahead of time. Piecrusts, casseroles and gravy are examples.

Remember to thaw out the turkey based on its size. Butterball has a great guide to help. On the day, make an oven schedule for items that need to bake besides the turkey. People always want to chip in, so take advantage and ask for help or have them bring a dish to ease your load.

Creating a schedule using the Thanksgiving dinner planning guide tips that Epicurious, Williams-Sonoma and Food Network offer will make you look like a pro.

Make it even easier and have information ready about a local hotel for your relatives and friends from out of town, such as The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website to book online quickly and easily. This way, you can rest after the month-long preparations come to an end.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Come to Turtle Back Zoo Halloween 2015

Celebrate a family friendly Halloween in NJ with a night of spooky fun at this amazing annual event.

Are you as excited as we are for this year's Turtle Back Zoo Halloween 2015 on Sunday, October 31st? This family-friendly spookfest lets kids of all ages join in for Halloween fun. Get ready for an adventure that is sure to thrill.

Turtle Back Zoo Halloween 2015
Anyone looking for fantastic evening of family fun should put this at the top of their to-do list. Enjoy themed entertainment, candy giveaways, and your favorite animals will be on hand to party!

Due to its growing popularity, Safe HOWL-O-Ween has limited space. Zoo members receive a special rate, but non-members can also sign up for an affordable cost. It's five great hours of Halloween fun for everyone. Be sure to bring a treat bag for collecting goodies throughout the zoo!

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is thrilled to see everyone coming together for this festive gathering. If you're traveling to the area from out of town or simply want to make a weekend getaway out of a fun, family-friendly party, check out our website to book a room with us and learn more about local events happening this fall.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


The NJ Devils Hockey Season Is About to Begin

Enjoy action on the ice right here in New Jersey and check out the NJ Devils Schedule.

NJ Devils Hockey
Does the idea of a live hockey game sound exciting? The Devils will draw crowds in New Jersey beginning October 9. Here is the home game schedule for NJ Devils hockey 2015 through the end of the year.

October:
Friday, October 9 vs. Jets
Tuesday, October 13 vs. Predators
Friday, October 16 vs. Sharks
Tuesday, October 20 vs. Coyotes
Tuesday, October 27 vs. Blue Jackets
Saturday, October 31 vs. Islanders

November:
Friday, November 6 vs. Blackhawks
Sunday, November 8 vs. Canucks
Tuesday, November 10 vs. Blues
Saturday, November 14 vs. Penguins
Wednesday, November 25 vs. Blue Jackets
Friday, November 27 vs. Canadiens

December:
Tuesday, December 1 vs. Avalanche
Friday, December 4 vs. Flyers
Sunday, December 6 vs. Panthers
Friday, December 11 vs. Red Wings
Thursday, December 17 vs. Panthers
Saturday, December 19 vs. Ducks
Tuesday, December 29 vs. Hurricanes

You'll find the full Devils Schedule on the team's official website. Home games present an exciting chance to watch some of the NHL's best players up close. The Devils have been shredding up the ice in New Jersey since 1982 and in Newark since 2007. The team has won the Stanley Cup five times in the past and could be in the finals again this year, so it's a great time to catch a game in person.

The staff of The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ knows you'll love the action and excitement of these spectacular games. NJ Devils 2015 home games are played at the Prudential Center, which is located less than 20 minutes from our hotel. If you're looking to enjoy a meal with friends before the game or just a cocktail when the evening's entertainment is over, stop by Primavera Ristorante.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ