04/01/2014

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

03/25/2014

The 22nd Annual Easter Bunny Express at the Whippany Railway Museum!

Whippany Railway Museum

Celebrate Easter and the beginning of the spring season at the Whippany Railway Museum in Whippany, NJ! The fun themed train ride is returning to the family attraction for the 22nd Annual Easter Bunny Express this April 2014. Continue reading to learn about the beloved holiday attraction and plan your stay in NJ today.

Take in the sights of northern NJ as you experience a 45-minute round-trip ride along the Morristown & Erie Railway’s historic Whippanong Trail. Sit back and enjoy the heated passenger coaches as the Train Crew hands out holiday treats for the kids. The Easter Bunny will also be on board greeting each guest during the trip. Visitors are welcome to being their camera to take photos during the 10-mile round trip excursion.

The Easter Bunny Express at the Whippany Railway Museum departs the Whippany station on: 

Saturday, April 12th
Sunday, April 13th
Saturday, April 19th

All train run rain, snow or shine and leave at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm. Children under 12 are $9 and adults ages 12 and over are $14. Infants on laps, one-year of age and under, are free. Make the day extra special by purchasing tickets for the elegantly restored 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey club car, ‘Jersey Coast.’

Visit the Whippany Railway Museum website to learn more about the annual Easter event in northern NJ and plan your stay today! If looking for hotels near the event, we invite you to plan your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

03/18/2014

Tips for Planning an Outdoor Party!

Tips for Planning an Outdoor Party

Spring is just around the corner. Once the weather starts to rise, the desire to plan an outdoor party begins to grow! We are all waiting for those warm and sunny days, which is why we’ve dedicated this blog post to tips for planning an outdoor party. Check out these tips for planning an outdoor party this spring or summer.

First, purchase a tent or covered area. There is also a chance that a rain shower may pop up during your party. While we hope that won’t be the case, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Purchase a tent and plan ahead. Even if it is clear skies, you’ll want to keep the food and drinks out of the shade and your older guests will appreciate a place to escape from the sun.

Seating: Always make sure there is enough seating for everyone to comfortably relax. While most will mingle, it is important to make sure your guests have the option to sit back and rest their feet. You can rent extra chairs or lay pretty quilts on the ground for a picnic-style party.

Lighting: If you’re planning a party in the afternoon than there is a good chance your guests may still be there once the sun goes down. Make sure you have enough lighting to ensure your guests aren’t left in the dark. You can string lights, use lanterns or even tea lights to create a nice atmosphere.

Keep the bugs away! Remember, mosquitoes breed in standing water so make sure all kiddie pools and rain gutters are clear prior to your event. Consider plugging in some fans or offer your guests bug wipes.

Keep the children entertained with kid-friendly activities, such as a sprinkler or slip ‘n’ slide depending on the size of the area. A great tip for keeping kids busy during a party includes buying inexpensive disposable cameras and letting them be the photographers for the day!

We hope you enjoyed these creative and helpful tips for planning an outdoor party. If looking for event venues in NJ, be sure to check out our elegant event space at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

03/11/2014

Take the Family to see Stars on Ice at the Prudential Center!

Stars on Ice at the Prudential Center

The U.S. Olympic Bronze Medal Figure Skating Team is coming to Newark, NJ for Stars on Ice at the Prudential Center. Tickets are now on sale! Don’t miss this exciting spring event taking place just minutes from us in NJ.

USA’s golden couple Meryl Davis and Charlie White along with their bronze medal teammates will headline the 2014 cast of the Emmy-award winning Stars on Ice® at the Prudential Center on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 7:00pm. This will be the first time ever the U.S. Olympic figure skating team will headline the annual nationwide tour!

In addition to Gold medalists Davis and White, two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner, 2014 U.S. champion Gracie Gold, four-time and reigning U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, 2014 U.S. silver medalist Jason Brown, and two-time reigning U.S. pair champions Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir will join the Stars on Ice 2014 Tour at the Prudential Center.

Doors will open at 6:00pm. Ticket Prices: $129.75, $79.75, $49.75, $29.75. Learn more about the 2014 Stars on Ice Tour in Newark by visiting the Prudential Center website.

If traveling to our area for Stars on Ice at the Prudential Center and looking for overnight accommodations, we invite you to plan your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Visit our website and book your stay today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

03/04/2014

We’ve been selected as a 2014 New Jersey Bride Love It award winner!

New Jersey Bride

We are very happy to announce that The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ has recently been selected as a 2014 New Jersey Bride Love It award winner! We are so very honored to receive this accolade from New Jersey Bride, New Jersey’s premier bridal magazine.

The New Jersey Bride Love It Awards for 2014 feature companies in the bridal industry that New Jersey Bride finds instrumental in planning the perfect wedding. Our NJ hotel wedding and event venue has been featured as one of the best wedding hotel venues in NJ! Visit the New Jersey Bride website to learn more about the 2014 Love it Awards.

If you are searching for the top wedding venues in the Northern New Jersey area, we welcome you to contact one of our staff members to plan your tour of our hotel today. More information regarding our elegant ballrooms and intimate venues are available on our website.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

02/25/2014

Book your Bar/Bat Mitzvah at our Venue in NJ!

Bar:Bat Mitzvah Venues in NJ

The Wilshire Grand welcomes you to celebrate your bar/mat mitzvah at our elegant venue in NJ.  Our Wilshire Caterers will help customize your very own Bar/Bat Mitzvah NJ package to ensure that your special needs will be met.  Come discover what makes our hotel one of the most popular Bar/Bat Mitzvah venues in NJ.

Click here to view our Wilshire Caterers Bar/Bat Mitzvah Menu, which includes an Arrival Reception, Cocktail Reception, Cold Buffet Stations, a Complimentary Ice Carving of your Choice, Hot Captain Stations, Dinner Presentation and Appetizer/Salad Pairing.

Our Executive Chef Matthew Goldman and staff can create any dish that your child would prefer at our Bar/Bat Mitzvah New Jersey event venue. Everything you’ll need is under one roof. Our caterers in New Jersey have special group rates for your guests, a florist, photographer, DJ or band, an invitation specialist and more to make your special event flawless from beginning to end.

The Wilshire Grand Caterers is located at 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052

Our Wilshire Caterers also offer our guests the opportunity to host their Bar/Bat Mitzvah at The Loft, one of our more elegant venues in NJ, which features a hardwood dance floor surrounded by LED lighting and a lounge furniture package.

If you are interested in planning your special event at one of the top Bar and Bat Mitvah venues NJ, contact one of our Wilshire Grand staff members today at 973-736-3240.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

02/18/2014

Check out these St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NJ!

St. Patrick's Day Parades in NJ

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we are looking forward to the St. Patrick’s Day parades near us in NJ! If you are planning to visit us this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, you can enjoy two great St. Patrick’s Day parades taking place just minutes from our hotel in West Orange, NJ.

Make your calendar! The 79th Annual Newark Parade is on March 14, 2014 and the 63rd West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

The Newark Parade is NJ’s First and Finest Parade!

Keep the Tradition alive on March 14, 2014 and join the many visitors and residents who will come out to witness this historic St. Patrick’s Day event in NJ. The festivities will kick off at 1:00pm and feature the 2nd Annual High School Band Competition, which will be sponsored by USBands and The Star Ledger.

Click here for more information regarding the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newark.

The 63rd West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade

This St. Patrick’s Day parade is taking place on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 12:15pm. Don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day festivities on Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue in West Orange, NJ. Grand Stands will be located on Main Street across from Community House and in front of Dugnan House.

Click here for more information regarding the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in North Jersey and plan your stay today. We hope to see you this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in NJ!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

02/11/2014

The Original Vince Lombardi Trophy is on display at the Newark Museum!

Newark Museum

The Super Bowl in NJ may be over but residents and visitors can still view the original Vince Lombardi Trophy at this incredible winter exhibit at the Newark Museum!

Did you know that the Vince Lombardi Trophy was first handcrafted in Newark in 1967 at Tiffany & Co.’s silver factory? In honor of Super Bowl XLVIII, which was played in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, the Newark Museum is displaying the original Vince Lombardi Trophy, now though March 30, 2014.

The original Vince Lombardi Trophy is no doubt one of the most recognizable of the objects produced by Tiffany & Co. Visit the Newark Museum this winter to view the original trophy won by the Green Bay Packers along with more than 100 objects documenting the rise of the city’s gold and silver industry.

Learn about how the City of Newark was the center of the precious metal industry in our country and home to many famed jewelry goldsmiths and silversmiths. Visit the City of Silver and Gold from Tiffany to Cartier featuring the original Vince Lombardi Trophy during your next visit to NJ. We hope you enjoy this one-of-a-kind exhibit in Northern NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

02/04/2014

The Biggest Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid!

Biggest Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Getting hitched and not sure where to begin? We’ve listed the biggest wedding planning mistakes to avoid so you can create the perfect celebration. For many, planning a wedding may sound like a piece of wedding cake but for some, the entire wedding planning process can be overwhelming. Sometimes it’s better to start off with learning the biggest wedding planning mistakes to avoid before you start planning anything else. There’s many do’s and don’ts for planning a wedding, don’t fall victim to the biggest wedding planning blunders.

The biggest wedding planning mistakes to avoid:

#1 Planning and booking a venue before your guest list is finalized. Before you do anything else, you should sit down and create your guest list. If your parents are helping you pay for the wedding then it is important to have their input, as well. It is acceptable to have an A list and a B list of guests because it is highly unlikely that 100% of your guests on your A list will attend. Just make sure you have a very good idea of how many guests will be in attendance so you have a very clear idea of how much space you will need. Then you can begin searching for the wedding venue of your dreams.

#2 Having a cash bar. Sometimes when your spending a lot of money all at once, it may be tempting to try to cut corners but you shouldn’t expect your guests to have to pay for anything at your reception. Keep in mind that weddings are expensive for your wedding guests, as well. Let them enjoy an open bar and everyone will be happy. This is not the time to try to cut corners, which brings us to our next mistake…

#3 Trying to save money on the biggest and most important features of your wedding. Is your friend a great photographer? Is your cousin’s mom’s friend the perfect baker? Can you save money by making your own centerpieces for your wedding? There are certain areas where you can save money when planning your wedding but the wedding cake and photographer are not one of them. Do not try to save money by hiring an amateur baker or photographer for your big day. There is no doubt that you will regret it when you’re trying to reminisce with out-of-focus photos. Although a photographer can be pricey, it’ll be worth it in the end.

#4 Not staying within budget. You have your budget set and you are ready to begin planning! It’s very easy to get carried away especially when you’ve been sitting on Pinterest for hours. Make sure you know how to stay within budget when planning your wedding. Stay smart and don’t bite off more than you can chew. Budget accordingly. You do not need that added stress.

#5 Thinking you will save money with a backyard wedding. Backyard weddings are beautiful! We can picture the stringing lights and beautiful lanterns; the fall foliage and blowing leaves around your feet. While planning a backyard wedding may be your dream, keep in mind that it is not necessarily the cheaper option. When planning a wedding at a venue, they provide many extra features such as linens and caterers. When planning an outdoor wedding, you will have to cover these expenses.

We wish you the best of luck when planning your wedding and we hope you enjoyed these wedding planning tips and learned some of the biggest wedding planning mistakes to avoid. If you are planning a NJ wedding, we hope you’ll visit our website to view our elegant event venues in West Orange, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

01/28/2014

Gather the family and don’t miss the Harlem Globetrotters at the Prudential Center!

Harlem Globetrotters at the Prudential Center

It’s a slam-dunk! The Harlem Globetrotters are performing at the Prudential Center this February! Gather the family, plan your trip to NJ and don’t miss the biggest family show in America.

Harlem Globetrotters at the Prudential Center
Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:00pm
Ticket Prices: $189.75, $109.75, $64.75, $47.75, $37.75, $29.75, $21.75
Tickets on sale now.

The Harlem Globetrotters will be taking the court in a whole new show, “Fans Rule.” The Harlem Globetrotters show in NJ will let fans decide which new rule they’ll add to the game such as 6 on 5 or the Trick Shot Challenge.

Click here for more details, as well learn about a once-in-a-lifetime experience before the game.

The Harlem Globetrotters show at the Prudential Center promises hours of endless fun for any age! If searching for the best family events in NJ, don’t miss the Harlem Globetrotters this February.

Extend your family getaway at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Our hotel is ideally located near the Prudential Center and our spacious accommodations promise a comfortable night’s rest for you and your family. Visit our website to learn more and plan your stay today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

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