Performing Arts: NJPAC Events Schedule 2015

Plan your fall with the NJPAC Events Schedule.

NJPAC Events Schedule

Since its opening night, NJPAC has welcomed more than 9 million visitors and reached more than 1.5 million Newark and New Jersey children with arts education programs.  Plan your fall around some of the greatest entertainment and educational opportunities with the NJPAC Events Schedule.

Diana Ross – In the Name of Love Tour September 16
Christian McBride with Pat Metheny: One on One September 17
Kathleen Madigan: Madican Again September 18
Mystic India: The World Tour September 18
Russell Peters’ Almost Famous World Tour September 19-20
Branford Marsalis Joins the NJSO September 25-27
Lang Lang September 26
Spotlight Gala 2015: Celebrating Stephen Sondheim October 3
Ballet Folklorico De Mexico De Amalia Hernandex October 4
Ina Garten: The Barefoot Contessa October 7
New Jersey Speakers Series: Leon E. Panetta October 8
Renaissance: Fall Tour 2015 – Songs for all our Times October 9-10
Victgor Manuelle October 9
God’s Freqwincey CD Release Concert October 11
Mel Brooks – Back in the Saddle again October 15
Bernadette Peters October 16
Cirque De La Symphoine with the NJSO October 17

For a full listing of the NJPAC Events Schedule visit their website.

Unwinding after the events is made easier when staying at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.  Located just minutes from NJPAC, we offer luxurious accommodations for a great getaway.  

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Relax with an Extended Stay Hotel Deal in NJ

You'll feel right at home while staying at the luxurious business hotel Essex County NJ is home to.

Extended Stay Hotel Deal in NJ
Experienced road warriors know that an extended stay business trip to the New York metropolitan area can be challenging. You want to find a good hotel room that is comfortable and keeps you connected to your business. The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ has an extended stay deal in NJ that will make you feel right at home while you're meeting with those essential New York clients.

Located in West Orange, we offer an easy commute to New York City, and you can travel for free to anywhere within 5 miles of the hotel with convenient shuttle service. It's always important to keep up with your business while you're on the road – stay connected with free Wi-Fi to give you constant remote access.

At the end of a long day, take advantage of the Manager's Reception complete with hot or cold bites and relax with a glass of wine or a cold beer every Monday through Thursday.

In the morning, wake to our breakfast complete with fresh fruit, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, and “make your own”  Belgian waffles with fix-ins just to start.   We always feature our own fresh made scones and pastries, or banana  bread too!

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, offers plenty of diversions if your trip extends over the weekend. You can get in a great workout at the fitness center while avid golfers can practice their swing on the putting green or indulge dessert cravings at the Sweet Shoppe, which features premium ice cream and cookies.

Staying with us for an extended period? Why not book the Extended Stay package and enjoy:

Overnight accommodations
Basket with beverages & snacks upon arrival
Complimentary full breakfast buffet daily
Monday - Thursday manager's reception
Free WiFi and internet service
Free shuttle service within a 5 mile radius, based on availability

Visit our website for more information about this extended stay hotel in Essex County.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Bridal Shower Trends for 2015

Bridal Shower Trends for 2015 feature travel to destinations and luxury hotels.

Bridal Shower Trends for 2015
Planning for the party before the party? Time to start thinking outside of the brunch or afternoon tea party! There are a host of bridal shower trends for 2015 setting new standards for fun and exciting activities. Bridal parties now have a wide assortment of ideas to choose from when it comes to planning a shower including a festive getaway weekend or a even day-long extravaganza. Of course, you certainly can’t leave the men out! There are bridal (or grooms) parties that the guys can enjoy too!

Consider this the last "single" hurrah.  Combine the wedding shower with the bachelorette party and make it a destination event where guests travel to spend the weekend away. Why not something pampering or educational and treat attendees to massages, cosmetic makeovers or event group classes. Guests can learn enjoy a relaxing yoga class, cooking, painting or a myriad of other creative activities.

For the groom, base the party on a sports theme where guests can take attend a game complete with party bus and catered tailgating, or allow the guys to enjoy one last bachelor game of poker in his honor. Either way, the groom should be the recipient of music, gifts and the attention of his closest friends.

Today's modern couples often delight in planning Couple Showers where everyone can celebrate together. This could start as a casual cocktail party or elegant soiree, culminating in a friendly barbecue or classic dinner buffet.

One locale that rates highly with wedding planners is The Wilshire Grand Hotel located in scenic West Orange, New Jersey. A short trip of just under an hour from New York City, our hotel offers guests full use of our many facilities, restaurant and bar. For more formal events, our hotel features a ballroom and full event catering staff. The Loft at the Wilshire Grand would be the perfect setting for any of these great bridal shower trend ideas for 2015 and beyond.  

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

New Jersey Fall Foliage Tour With Spirit Cruises

Glorious colors of autumn welcome you from the water aboard a New Jersey Fall Foliage Tour with Spirit Cruises.

Fall Foliage Tour With Spirit Cruises

As summer is coming to a close, many people turn their attention to back-to-school planning and thoughts of the coming holidays. However, you do not have to bemoan the end of summer when you can instead celebrate the beginning of autumn, one of the most beautiful seasons in the Northeast.

In the Garden State, autumn provides you with striking colors and cool air perfect for a New Jersey Fall Foliage Tour with Spirit Cruises. The cruise takes you up the Hudson River for a three-hour scenic adventure complete with DJ narration and a fully inclusive lunch buffet, all in style and comfort. Cruises for the fall tours take place October 17 and 24th.  

If you decide to stay in the area, we invite you to consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel for a full weekend of fall fun in New Jersey.  Continue to tour the area’s autumnal display as we are centrally located to so many beautiful areas that feature spectacular colors. Consider staying the night in luxury before setting out on a drive to see the colors.  Visit New Jersey provides some great resources for planning out your road trip.    

Until next week,  
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

The Perfect NJ Fall Wedding Venue

Plan a picture-perfect wedding with these wedding tips for fall.

NJ Fall Wedding Venue
Brides often think of summer as outdoor wedding season, but waiting until the fall to say “I do” can be just as romantic if not even more so. With a backdrop of colorful autumn leaves and pleasantly cool weather, fall is a wonderful time to plan a picture-perfect outdoor ceremony. To help you achieve this dream of a wedding, we've compiled some of the best advice for planning a fall wedding.

Tip #1 Plan for the weather

Guests probably won’t be sweating at a fall wedding, but they could start shivering if an unseasonable cold front rolls in. Make sure your guests are prepared for cool weather by keeping them updated about the forecast. You could also provide a basket of inexpensive shawls for those guests who forget to bring an extra layer.

Tip #2 Don’t forget the holidays

Many holidays that are celebrated in the fall can create scheduling conflicts for wedding guests. Be mindful of your guests’ holiday plans by doing careful research before booking your venue. In addition to holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, there are some religious holidays in the fall that should be kept in mind.

Tip #3 Choose fall flower arrangements

Many flowers will come into bloom just in time for your fall wedding, such as dahlias, asters and chrysanthemums. By keeping your floral arrangements in-season, you can save money and stay true to your wedding’s fall theme. If you want to get creative, you could even incorporate some fall fruits and vegetables into your fall wedding décor.

Tip #4 Pick the perfect venue

Choosing a venue that offers all-inclusive wedding packages can make planning the perfect fall wedding a breeze. With beautiful outdoor gardens, an elegant 20,000 square foot ballroom and excellent catering, The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ can serve as the perfect venue for your fall wedding. Visit our wedding page to read more about our lovely wedding packages.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Giants & Jets 2015 Metlife Football Schedule

It’s almost time for NY Jets and Giants Home Games at Metlife Stadium!

2015 Metlife football schedule
Football season is nearly upon us, and everyone from casual observers to ardent fans of the Jets and Giants will likely want to see their favorite teams compete on their home field. With the 2015 Metlife football schedule come  see the teams play right in the Garden State.  Here's this year's home schedule for both:

Giants Home Game Schedule, Preseason:

August 22, at 7:30 p.m. - vs. Jaguars,  August 29, at 7:00 p.m. - vs. Jets 

Giants Home Game Schedule, Regular Season:

September 20, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Falcons, September 24, at 8:25 p.m. - vs. Redskins, October 11, at 8:30 p.m. - vs. 49ers, October 25, at 4:25 p.m. - vs. Cowboys, November 15, at 4:25 p.m. - vs. Patriots, December 6, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Jets, December 20, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Panthers,
January 3, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Eagles,

Jets Home Game Schedule, Preseason:

August 21, at 7:30 p.m. - vs. Falcons, September 3, at 7:00 p.m. - vs. Eagles

Jets Home Game Schedule, Regular Season:

September 13, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Browns, September 27, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Eagles, October 18, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Redskins, November 8, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Jaguars, November 12, at 8:25 p.m. - vs. Bills,
November 29, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Bills, December 13, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Titans, December 27, at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Patriots.

When you're in town for a game,  stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. We are a short distance from Metlife Stadium, and we look forward to helping you cheer on your favorite team. We offer comfortable, luxurious accommodations so you can relax after the thrill of the game.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel,NJ

Enjoy a NJ Back to School Getaway at a hotel near Montclair University

Get your favorite student set up at Montclair State University while treating yourself to a relaxing weekend getaway.

hotel near Montclair University

Getting ready to get your recent high school grads set up at Montclair University or Seton Hall?  Congratulations on this new chapter in both of your lives!

Sending your child off to college in New Jersey can challenging. You can look forward to the process by making reservations at a hotel near Montclair University and Seton Hall. After getting your navigating the dorms, you can head back to The Wilshire Grand to rest, relax and enjoy a marvelous meal. Turn this trip into a full weekend getaway…you deserve it!

Spend the afternoon touring Thomas Edison National Historical Park or go for a stroll through the South Mountain Reservation. You'll have easy access to area attractions, including Turtle Back Zoo.

After all the hustle, bustle and last minute preparations, just relax!  Let us take care of you - and provide the calming atmosphere you need after your preparations. Make taking your kids to college your own back to school getaway!

Whether you want to relax and be pampered at a local spa or you plan to spend your time touring the local attractions and even NYC, The Wilshire Grand Hotel is perfectly situated near both college campuses with a variety of activities available in West Orange, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Incredible Performances Coming to NJ Theater Destinations

NJ Concert Venues kick off Labor Day weekend with The Jacksons and The Commodores.

NJ Theater Destinations

Music and theater come together with great performance in the Garden State over the next several weeks. Do you have tickets?

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center kicks off Labor Day weekend with R&B legends The Jacksons and The Commodores. This will be the first time these Motown greats will be performing at NJPAC, and it promises to be one of the season's biggest highlights. The venue will also welcome Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Diana Ross, the London City Orchestra, The Price is Right and more.

South Orange Performing Arts Center Theater hosts the Grammy Award-winning  Manhattans.. Gerald Alston, the lead singer, and fellow band founding member Winfred “Blue” Lovett reunited the group in the 90s. The Manhattans take to the stage on Friday, September 11, at 8 p.m. A favorite group at New Jersey concert venues, The Silver Stars, will be performing as the opening act. Later in the month, funny man Colin Quinn brings his one-man show "New York Story" to the SOPAC stage.

One Direction returns to MetLife Stadium as part of their 2015 World Tour. They will be appearing on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, as one of the premier MetLife Stadium events. Their show starts at 7 p.m.

Later in the month, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean combine their World Tours for one night of great musical entertainment. This is Kenny Chesney's Big Revival Tour, and Jason Aldean will be pulling out all the stops with his Burn It Down Tour performance. Brantley Gilbert, Cole Swindell and Old Dominion are also performing on the show as special guests.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, welcomes theater and concert lovers to West Orange. We are located just a short drive away from these three outstanding NJ theater destinations and offer full service and luxury amenities.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Find a Mid-Week Getaway Deal in NJ

Check in on weekdays to get a sweet deal with our Suite Deal Package.

Getaway Deal in NJ

Business or mid-week escape in the works?  We have a perfectly SUITE deal for you! The Suite Deal Package is an ideal upgrade for travelers whether in town for business or pleasure. At The Wilshire Grand, our package includes a stay in one of our well-appointed, luxurious suites between Monday and Thursday. It also includes complimentary parking for any of our visitors traveling by car. Guests will receive a wonderful welcome gift, subject to availability too!

What can you expect with a stay in one of suites?  Deluxe Accommodations with Pillow-Top beds, 42 inch flat screen television, complimentary breakfast in the lobby, complimentary wired and wireless high speed Internet access, well appointed, comfortable workspace with desk and chair, Hair dryers and toiletries by Personalized Eco Friendly Amenities, Speakman 5 jet center massage showerhead, iPod docking station, “Micro-fridge” combination mini refrigerator and microwave unit, in-room iron and ironing board, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room movies on demand and satellite service, in-room safe large enough to fit most lap top computers and laundry service.

Centrally located to NYC, our suite offer is the perfect getaway deal in NJ. Our is ideal for business travelers seeking refuge from the busy city. Only half an hour from New York, guests can enjoy a peaceful night without having to sacrifice their commute to downtown Manhattan.

Check in to the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ during weekdays to take advantage of the perfect getaway deal in NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Families Have the Best Summer Day Trips in NJ

Home to amazing NJ family friendly destinations!

Best Summer Day Trips in NJ
There's something for every family member to do with the best summer day trips in NJ. From renowned historical sites to science and nature exhibits at local museums, a trip to the Garden State is sure to fill every vacationer's day with fun and variety.

Children and adults can marvel at familiar and exotic wildlife to be found at the Turtleback Zoo. The Zoo offers both education and entertainment to its visitors including fun filled activities like miniature golf and the opportunity to sightsee with expert tour guides. Boating is available for those up for an outdoor excursion and a variety of restaurants are open nearby. Events change monthly and there's always something new to see or do!

For those interested in science, New Jersey offers plenty of interactive opportunities to engage inquiring minds. Science and nature lovers will delight with events at the Liberty Science Center. The science center offers a fantastic experience via its IMAX Theater and 3D film selection. It is open every day with options for families with younger children in addition to the normal experiments, camps and challenges.

New Jersey also offers visitors historical landmarks to explore. Tourists from near and far will love learning about Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty at Liberty State Park. Visitors can enjoy a ferry ride with breathtaking ocean views when traveling from the mainland to the island.

To top off the fun filled summer days, vacationers may want to retire in comfort at any of our spacious and contemporary rooms at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. When you book with us, you can enjoy your choice of luxury rooms, pet friendly services and wonderful amenities. We are home to a world-class fitness center, as well as fine dining onsite.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ