Plan a Mother’s Day Staycation in NJ

One of the best ways to celebrate Mother's Day is by planning a fun-filled staycation in New Jersey! 

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Celebrating Mother’s Day 2018 in NJ is easy with a local lineup of events that will make a staycation the best option for treating mom to a well-deserved day—or weekend—of fun and relaxation. When planning a Mother’s Day staycation in NJ, look for hotel specials that cater to mom.

Mother’s Day Events in NJ for the Active Mom

Does mom like to run, jump, and play? Then there’s an event for her Mother’s Day weekend in NJ. Join a 5K walk/run in Berkeley Heights Memorial Park or head to the Big Event Entertainment Experience for arcade games, bowling, and other activities to bring out the kid in her.

If delicious food is her jam, then Knob Hill Golf Club’s Mother’s Day brunch buffet with its professionally prepared cuisine has you covered or head to Sterling Gardens for a top-notch culinary experience amid the riot of flowers in bloom.

For creative moms, there’s cupcake classes and a “Tea and Paint” where she’ll be served delicious goodies while painting her own keepsake teacup.

Stay Close for Even More Mother’s Day Choices

The best way to enjoy a Mother’s Day Staycation in NJ is to stay close to the action. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is offering a Spoiled Mother package to pamper her with yoga, a movie, flowers, champagne and more. At the Wilshire Grand NJ, we know how to treat mom right!

It’s Hat in the Air Time—Graduation Events at the Prudential Center

This Year’s Graduation Events at the Prudential Center.

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It’s that time of year when the new class of graduating seniors are throwing their mortarboards in the sky and moving on to their next exciting phase of life. In New Jersey, one of the best places to have graduation events is at the Prudential Center.

Everyone from Rutgers and American Universities to William Paterson University and Essex County College has chosen the Prudential Center for their commencement ceremonies. This is likely because the venue is so convenient, with over 3,500 parking spaces within blocks of the arena and easy access from 10 local highways.

Better yet, the Center offers a 511 service, so you can check traffic from various routes to find the easiest, most convenient way to your student’s graduation.

Stay Close for Even More Convenience

The best way to enjoy your favorite senior’s college graduation experience is to stay close to the action. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is only 20 minutes from the Prudential Center, so there’s no rush getting ready.

After the big event, treat your graduate to deluxe accommodations and a delicious meal in the on-site Primavera Ristorante or one of the amazing restaurants nearby. If you choose to stay longer, we’ve got you covered. Our rooms feature everything you and your family need to relax and enjoy the moment.

Our Unique Bridal Shower Venues in New Jersey.

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Bridal Shower Venues in New Jersey

You know the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers!” With the month just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than by highlighting our affordable bridal shower venues in New Jersey? Take a closer look at our unique event space in Essex County New Jersey and plan your next event with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ.

We offer over 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space in West Orange New Jersey. Whether you are planning a lavish or an intimate event, we offer individual spaces capable of serving 50 to 350 guests.

With its sleek lines and modern design, the Loft at 350 is a truly one of our most unique bridal shower venues in New Jersey. The Loft at 350 features: Complimentary LED Color-Wash lighting, Affordable Lounge Furniture Packages, Brazilian Cherrywood floor, Exposed Ceilings, Modern Light fixtures, Unique Atmosphere, Premium Open Bar, Mocktails Bar for Children and Delectable Cuisine.

In addition to the Loft, we also offer our Grand Ballroom, Tuscany Ballroom and seasonal courtyard. Our dedicated Banquet Team is focused on catering to your every need, ensuring that your social event is as special as possible. Every package is tailor-made to accommodate your party’s specific tastes, whether traditional, vegetarian, Indian or Kosher.

Contact our team today and begin the first steps in the part planning process. We would love to host your next social event at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

For your guests traveling far, we offer 89 beautifully appointed guest rooms comprised of 44 Grand Wilshire Double Superior rooms, 32 Grand Wilshire King Superior rooms and 13 Grand Wilshire King Suites. Visit our website to learn more about our affordable New Jersey hotel just minutes away from New York City.

Biggest Spring Bridal Trends to Know Before Your Big Day!

 Impress your Guests - Here are the Biggest Spring Bridal Trends.

Biggest Spring Bridal Trends

Spring has arrived. Even though we are gearing up for six more weeks of winter, we wanted to share the biggest spring bridal trends to inspire you before your big day. Take a peek at our biggest trends for a spring wedding below!

Even though they say it’s good luck, thinking about the possibility of rainy weather on your wedding day may make you feel overwhelmed and uninspired. However, several savvy bride and grooms have used the rainy weather as a positive photo opportunity. Using umbrellas and colorf

ul rain boots in your group photos can make a unique statement! Embrace the spring weather, whatever it may be. Once the ceremony is over and your guests are walking into your reception, remind them of the spring season by bringing the spring season inside. A creative spring wedding trend is hanging upside-down umbrellas suspended from the ceiling.

Baseball is America’s favorite pastime and for many, the spring season means the beginning of baseball season. From cake toppers to naming your tables after MLB parks, many brides and grooms are incorporating the beloved sport into their big day.

Many anticipate spring to watch the cherry blossoms bloom. The stunning flowers are a great way to add spring vibes, and pops of pink, into your wedding day!

We are a sucker for seersucker! Grooms are opting to ditch the formal black suits for a more casual look on their wedding day.

For even more of the biggest spring bridal trends, click here. The Bridal Guide is sharing ’10 Trends for Spring Weddings.’

If you are in the beginning stages of the planning process, we invite you to take a closer look at our wedding venues in Northern New Jersey. Visit our wedding page on The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ website to learn more.

Upcoming Concerts in the Tri State Area - Who’s Playing at the Prudential Center?

Upcoming Concerts in the Tri State AreaUpcoming Concerts in the Tri State Area Worth Checking Out.

Concert season is almost here! There is no need to travel too far to enjoy your favorite artists this spring. The upcoming concerts in the Tri State Area includes making a stop at the Prudential Center, conveniently located just minutes away from us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Demi Lovato & DJ Khaled with Special Guest Kehlani on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30pm. Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer and songwriter Demi Lovato will be making her way to New Jersey this March, along with multi-platinum, hip-hop icon DJ Khaled and special guest Kehlani. Don’t miss Demi Lovato at the Prudential Center this spring.

Miranda Lambert on Thursday, March 22 at 7:00pm. Country music star Miranda Lambert is bringing her "Livin Like Hippies" Tour to New Jersey. Catch Miranda Lambert at the Prudential Center, along with very special guests Jon Pardi and Charlie Worshaw.

Justin Timberlake will return to the Prudential Center stage with The Man Of The Woods Tour, with Special Guest The Shadowboxers, on Sunday, March 25 at 7:30pm. Plan your stay and don’t miss Justin Timberlake in New Jersey!

GRAMMY Award-winning artist Lorde with special guests Run the Jewels & Mitski on Friday, April 6 at 7:00pm.

Bon Jovi announced the spring leg of their “This House is Not for Sale Tour.” The rock icon will be returning to the Prudential Center on April 7-8.

PINK on Saturday, April 14 at 8:00pm. International pop icon Pink has announced her “Beautiful Trauma World Tour” will make a stop at Prudential Center this spring.

If interested in attending one of the upcoming concerts in the Tri State Area, we welcome you to book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

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.