Here’s our guide to a Relaxing Father’s Day Getaway in NJ!

A laid-back Father’s Day Getaway in NJ

Father's Day Getaway in NJ

Dads, you work hard all year, it’s time to enjoy a relaxing Father’s Day getaway with us in NJ. With our central location in West Orange, there are many things to explore just minutes away from our hotel. Gather your family; pack your bags and head to the Wilshire Grand Hotel for a well-deserved Father’s Day weekend getaway in NJ.

Whether you are the sports type, adventure seeker or just looking for a place to relax, we’ve listed our favorite Father’s Day activities in North Jersey. Come rest your feet and stay awhile. Here are our top picks for your Father’s Day getaway in NJ:

The golf courses in Essex County, NJ: Treat yourself to a round of golf! The Essex County golf courses include: Francis A. Byrne Golf Course, Hendricks Field Golf Course and Weequahic Park Golf Course. Visit a previous blog post to learn more.

Love an adventure? Take a trip to Verona Park. The 54.32-acre park is located less than a mile away from our hotel. You can enjoy boating and fishing, tennis courts and more! There is even a playground for the little ones to enjoy. Rent one of our beach cruiser bicycles and enjoy everything the NJ Park has to offer.

If looking to relax this Father’s Day, we invite you to enjoy our seasonal outdoor patio and putting green. We’ve provided the perfect environment for our guests to sit back and enjoy the beautiful weather, with ample seating and table space.

Visit our website to learn more about our hotel and accommodations and plan your Father’s Day getaway with us in NJ. Don’t forget to check out our current hotel packages and offers to ensure the very best trip.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Wilshire Grand has successfully achieved Gold Status in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program!

We are proud to be a TripAdvisor GreenLeader!

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program

We are delighted to announce that the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is a TripAdvisor GreenLeader!

We have worked hard to make the necessary changes to reduce our own carbon footprint and our proud to state that we have achieved Gold Status in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program.

If looking for green and eco-friendly hotel accommodations in the NJ area, we invite you to book your next stay at our hotel in West Orange, NJ. We have made several changes at our catering center and throughout our hotel. A few of the many changes include:

  • Changing our candle chandelier bulbs to 7w bulbs,
  • Installing “kill” switches for every banquet room to turn off lights and air-conditioning when space is not in use
  • Recycling of cardboard/paper and glass/plastic
  • Use of recycled tissue & paper towel products throughout the hotel

We are proud to have achieved Gold Status in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program and invite you to plan your stay with us the next time you are visiting our area. Visit our website to learn more about our eco-friendly hotel accommodations in New Jersey.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Plan your stay & Experience the Montclair Food & Wine Festival!

Treat your taste buds to the Montclair Food & Wine Festival

Montclair Food & Wine Festival

Montclair is the Food Capital of NJ. Plan your stay for the Montclair Food & Wine Festival and experience the exciting events that will be taking place on Saturday, May 31 through Monday, June 2, 2014. Check below for the schedule of events and plan your getaway in NJ today.

The Montclair Food & Wine Festival benefits St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. The events featured at the NJ festival include:

The Grand Tasting

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Montclair Art Museum
General Admission, 7pm, $95
VIP Admission, 6pm, $120

Food meets art at this tasty event at the Montclair Art Museum. The evening will be filled with diverse culinary offerings from many of the New Jersey’s finest restaurants and purveyors. All wines and spirits presented by Gary’s Wine & Marketplace.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Seminar Series taking place at the following locations:

  • The Pasta Show with Lou + Laura at the Commonwealth Club, 11:30am-1:00pm. Program Fee: $45.
  • NJ Aquaculture: Consider the Oyster + The Clam at the Commonwealth Club, 1:15 -2:45pm. Program Fee: $65.
  • Debunking Myths of Foie Gras with Ariane Daguin + Ariane Duarte at Commonwealth Club, 3:00-4:30pm. Program Fee: $65.
  • Latin Vegan Tapas with Sally Owens of SO Tasty Vegan & Leaf Vodka at Designer Appliances, 4:00-6:00pm. Program Fee: $50.

The Gala Dinner

Monday, June 2, 2014
The Manor, Prospect Ave. in West Orange, NJ
$165 per plate, tables of ten available

Enjoy wines paired by Sharon Sevrens, of Amanti Vino and a fine evening of collaborative culinary wizardry!

Click here to learn more about the Montclair Food & Wine Festival in NJ and plan your stay today!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Congratulations, Class of 2014 - Host your Graduation Party at our Venue in NJ!

Graduation Party Venues in NJ

Congratulations, Class of 2014!  We invite you to celebrate your accomplishments at our event venue in West Orange, NJ. Our friendly and attentive staff will ensure your graduation party at our venue in NJ is an unforgettable affair from beginning to end.

At the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, we host a wide range of celebrations, which range from intimate events of 50 guests to extravagant galas of hundreds. The various layouts of our event venues allow us to accommodate any type of event, with all budgets taken into consideration.

If choosing to celebrate your graduation party at one of our venues in NJ, we will tailor any menu to your specifications. We offer a number of menu options from cocktail receptions, buffets or plated dinners. Learn more about Wilshire Caterers on our website or contact us at 973-736-3240 to organize a private tour of our event venues at the Wilshire Grand Hotel.

We hope you’ll choose to celebrate your graduation at one of our party and event venues in NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with us in NJ!

Memorial Day Weekend in NJ

Have you made plans for Memorial Day yet? The holiday is fast approaching. Don’t forget to plan your Memorial Day weekend getaway with us in NJ!

Along with the many Memorial Day parades and ceremonies taking place in NJ, there are several family-friendly attractions and activities to visit during your Memorial Day weekend visit here in NJ.

As we mentioned in a previous blog post, the Newark Museum will be open on Memorial Day, May 26th, 2014. It’s your last chance to catch American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell at the NJ museum!

If the weather is nice, you can head to our front desk and rent one of our beach cruises.  Take a scenic bike ride to the local sites, which include the beautiful Verona Park. If looking to relax, take in the fresh air on our back patio featuring a seven-foot professional putting green.

There are plenty of things to do this Memorial Day weekend in NJ! Begin and end your trip with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website and learn about our cozy accommodations and convenient amenities.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Newark Museum!

Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Newark Museum

Looking for the best things to do this spring in NJ? While everyone is searching for outdoor activities, don’t overlook the American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Newark Museum, on display now through Monday, May 26, 2014.

The exhibit at the Newark Museum outlines the evolution of Rockwell’s art through paintings such as “Day in the Life of a Little Girl” and “The Problem We All Live With.” Explore the exhibit and discover Rockwell’s artistic contributions and the impact that his images have made on American popular culture.

The NJ museum will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th. Whether planning a weekend getaway or Memorial Day trip with us in NJ, be sure to visit the special exhibit at the Newark Museum.

To learn more about the American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell exhibit, visit the Newark Museum website.

Exhibition admission ticket required:

Adults $15; Children, Veterans, Seniors and Students with valid ID $10; Newark residents $5.  MEMBERS: FREE

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Check out the Hottest Summer Wedding Trends!

The Hottest Summer Wedding Trends

Planning a summer wedding and looking for the hottest summer wedding trends? According to Marthastewartweddings.com, think bold & bright!  Don’t be afraid to embrace vibrant colors. Here are a few of the hottest summer wedding trends for your big day:

Marigold and Pewter: Combine yellow and gray and surprise your guests with a gorgeous color combo.

Think Great Gatsby. According to the Huffington Post, brides are falling in love with the elegance of the Roaring Twenties. Picture white-gloved waiters, crystal candlesticks and gold-rimmed china. Don’t forget the big band!

Spice up your event a little by adding some heat to the menu. It has been noted that guests reach first for the spicy things on the menu.

Remember, flavor is driven by season. When choosing your cake, think lemon flavor for the summertime.

According to TheKnot.com, one of the top wedding themes is rustic and natural with sophisticated, glam accents. Imagine a barnyard wedding with a hanging chandelier. This rustic glam theme is certainly one of the hottest summer wedding trends and can be shown by having branchy and green centerpieces with lush flowers and a pop of sparkle. Learn more here.

Unplugged weddings: While we all love social media, many brides are against it for their wedding. One of the upcoming trends for a wedding is an unplugged wedding where the bride and groom ask guests to refrain from taking photos or videos and just concentrate of having fun. It’s a nice touch to ensure everyone is living in the moment!

What are the hottest summer wedding trends that you’ve noticed? Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colors.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Lunch or Dinner Cruise in NY or NJ!

Mother's Day Lunch Cruises in NY

It’s always a good time aboard the Spirit Cruises! This Mother’s Day, treat Mom to a memorable lunch or dinner cruise in NY or NJ. Hop aboard the Spirit of New York or Spirit of New Jersey and enjoy a special day full of festivities. Each cruise is conveniently located approximately 30 minutes from us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

The Spirit of New York cruises depart from Chelsea Piers, Manhattan, NY on May 11, 2014. Enjoy:

  • Mother’s Day Early Lunch Cruise in NY, 10:30am-12:30pm.
  • Mother’s Day Afternoon Lunch Cruise, 2:30pm-4:30pm
  • Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise, 7:00pm-10:00pm

The Spirit of New Jersey cruises depart from Lincoln Harbor Marina in Weehawken, NJ on May 11, 2014. Enjoy:

  • Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise in NJ, Noon-2:00pm
  • Mother’s Day Early Dinner Cruise, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Many of the cruises include a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa for Mom and free juice and soda for everyone. Click here to learn more about the Mother’s Day Lunch or Dinner Cruises in NY and NJ!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course – An Exciting Weekend Event for the Adventure Seeker!

Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course

Love an adventure? Then, you’ll love the Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course, which is now open on the weekends. The world-class aerial obstacle course is located next to the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo and features a junior course, adult course and zip line.

The Essex County TreeTop Adventure adult course is approximately 35ft in height and offers 30 unique challenge elements with a run time of 1 to 1.5 hours. The junior course is approximately 10ft in height and offers 18 challenge elements with a 30 to 45 minute run time. The zip line has been redesigned and measures the length of over a football field and is approximately 40 feet in height.

Click here to learn about the rules and regulations for the Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course and plan your visit to Northern New Jersey today! This is the perfect event for adventure seekers in our area.

After enjoying the event, rest your feet in our cozy accommodations in NJ. Visit our website to book your stay today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


April Showers bring May Flowers – Our Top Rainy Day Activities in NJ!

Top Rainy Day Activities in NJ

It is unfortunate to think about but sometimes we get stuck with bad weather during a vacation. Don’t let the rain clouds put a damper on your weekend plans. Check out our list of our top rainy day activities in NJ and make the most out of your family getaway with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!

Here are our top rainy day activities in NJ:

For those looking to kick back and relax, the AMC Dine-In Theatres Essex Green 9 is located right here in West Orange, NJ! Catch a movie and enjoy delectable treats and beverages from the menu and yes, there is beer and wine for the adults!

For action seekers, Funplex in East Hanover is an indoor family amusement park, which features unique attractions and over 100,000 square feet of fun!

For museum lovers, Morristown is home to many exciting attractions, which includes the Morris Museum or you can head to Newark and visit the largest museum in New Jersey, the Newark Museum. It’s all just a short drive away from us in NJ!

Of course, these attractions are great, rain or shine! But, if you are looking for indoor family fun, don’t miss out on these top rainy day activities in NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


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