Graduation Events at the Prudential Center.

Rest Comfortably after your Graduation Event at the Prudential Center.

Events at the Prudential Center

Congratulations, class of 2017. What an exciting time as you embark on a new chapter in your life. Friends and family will be traveling near and far to help you celebrate your achievements. If looking for overnight accommodations after your New Jersey graduation event at the Prudential Center, we invite you to book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Conveniently located just minutes away from the Prudential Center, our hotel provides you with all of the comforts of home. There's no better way to celebrate your accomplishments than over a celebratory meal, surrounded by the love and support of friends and family. Our on-site Italian restaurant is the perfect setting for your graduation dinner in northern New Jersey. Toast to a new adventure and enjoy a hearty meal before resting your feet in our cozy accommodations.

Here are the many local college and university ceremonies that will take place at the Prudential Center.

  • Berkeley College Commencement, Friday, May 5th
  • Ramapo College Commencement, Thursday, May 11th
  • Rutgers University-Newark Commencement, Wednesday, May 17th
  • William Paterson University (undergraduate ceremony), Friday, May 19th
  • NJCU Commencement, Wednesday, May 24th

Congratulations on achieving this great milestone in your life. We hope we have the opportunity to welcome you and your family!


How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in NJ and NYC

Memorial Day Weekend in NJ

Still undecided on what to do for Memorial Day? Don’t worry. We have some great ideas for how to spend Memorial Day weekend in NJ and NYC. Plus, your whole family will love these outings and activities.

How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend with Kids in NJ

There’s plenty going on in the city to celebrate the last weekend in May.

Have a BBQ at Liberty State Park

Liberty Park offers amazing views of the New York shoreline along with Lady Liberty herself. This historic park is the perfect place to host a Memorial Day barbecue and enjoy the scenery.

Spend a Family-Friendly Day at Turtle Back Zoo

What better way to commemorate Memorial Day weekend in NJ than with a family outing?

Turtle Back Zoo has all of the sights and sounds that will add up to a fun day of discovery and exploring with your entire pack. See animals and marine life from all over the world, including sea turtles, giraffes, white wolves, alligators, black bears, and river otters.

If that’s not enough, kids will delight in the zoo train, pony rides, carousel, and mini golf. Finally, in case you get hungry, there’s the delicious Savanna Café.

Try a Day Trip to NYC for Fleet Week 2017

Fleet Week celebrates the men and women of the sea services with events and happenings all over NYC through Memorial Day.

Tour a grand ship in the harbor, see a military band perform at Times Square, or attend free events like Marine Day in Prospect Park, where you’ll see demonstrations, displays, and more.

You don’t have to be stumped while wondering how to spend Memorial weekend with kids in NJ. Try any of the above activities and your whole family is sure to have a ball. While you’re in the area enjoying the holiday weekend, stay with us at The Wilshire Grand in West Orange, NJ.


Mother’s Day Hotel Specials in NJ

Mother's Day Hotel Specials NJ

For Mother’s Day this year, give your mom the gift of relaxation. Present her with a fabulous stay at The Wilshire Grand with one of these special offers, then take her on a breezy cruise of New York and New Jersey Harbor. It’s all possible with Mother’s Day hotel specials in NJ.

Prime Hotel Packages for Mother’s Day in NJ

Truly spoil your mom with one of these creative Mother’s Day gift ideas. Choose from two pampering packages:

Spoiled Mother Package

The Spoiled Mother package keeps the surprises coming during Mom’s stay. She’ll get a lovely flower arrangement at check-in, a bottle of bubbly, 20 minutes of working out the kinks in a yoga session, a free in-house flick, and complimentary breakfast. She can also check in early and check out late, so she’s never pressed for time.

The Marvelous Mother Package

This offer for your marvelous mom includes a festive glass of champagne when she checks in, complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi, $50 towards a meal at Primavera Restaurant, complimentary parking, and, based on availability, a suite upgrade as well as early check in/late check out.

The Best Way to Round Out Mother’s Day Weekend in NJ

Bookend the ultimate Mom’s Day with a cruise.

Spirit Cruises will offer brunch and dinner cruises for the occasion. Brunch cruises will feature a scrumptious buffet with breakfast and lunch classics, plus entertainment from a live DJ. Dinner cruises offer a buffet of entrees, sides, and desserts, plus breathtaking views of the NYC skyline at night.

For your best Mother’s Day weekend in NJ yet, one that’s full of fun and surprises for Mom, book with us at The Wilshire Grand.


Wilshire Caterers - A Magnificent Wedding Venue Choice in the Tri-State Area!

Wilshire CaterersDiscover why the Wilshire Caterers is a favorite for brides and grooms to be!

To the brides and grooms to be, if you are looking for a wedding venue in the Tri-State Area, look no further than the Wilshire Caterers in West Orange, NJ. From our marble dance floor to our landscaped gardens, luxurious details are abound at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Let our experts and talented culinary team help make your dream wedding a reality.

Our culinary experts will excite taste buds with an assortment of hors d'oeuvres and customized menus. Aside from a memorable culinary experience, you and your guests will love our exquisite outdoor gardens, the perfect setting for your outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour.

What you can expect when you choose us:

  • A complimentary bridal suite on the night of your special day
  • Newly Designed Bridal Salons for you and your Bridal party featuring large mirrors, and private restrooms
  • NJ Wedding Hotel Guest Rooms with special room rates for your guests
  • Attentive and caring Bridal Attendants
  • On-site but not exclusive wedding vendors
  • On Site NJ After Party

We also offer a Wedding Concierge to help you plan and design every step of the way! Visit our website to learn more about Wilshire Caterers and why we are the perfect choice for your special day.


How to Spend Mother’s Day Weekend in NJ!

How to Spend Mother’s Day Weekend in NJ

For a unique way to enjoy time with Mom on Mother’s Day, head to the open water. Cruises are how to spend Mother’s Day weekend in NJ, especially when all the fun and food is included.

Things to Do on Mother’s Day in NJ

Sail around the shores of NYC, feel the sea breeze, and enjoy the views.

Cruises for Mother’s Day Brunch in North Jersey

Take a two-hour cruise with mom to celebrate her special role. While you’re on board enjoying the spectacular views of the New York City skyline and the live DJ, sit down for a scrumptious brunch buffet.

The menu will include an assortment of breakfast pastries, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, breakfast potatoes, and lots of lunch entrees, like fresh salads, baked ziti pasta, and honey & sesame chicken.

Tickets start at $59.90, with departure times at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Dinner Cruises for Mother’s Day

If you’d rather take an evening cruise for Mother’s Day, three-hour dinner cruises will also be available on May 14th.

See the lights of NYC at night and tuck into a buffet-style dinner complete with flavorful salads, veggie sides like mashed potatoes or roasted broccoli, and entrees like an oven-baked Atlantic cod filet or a whole-roasted pork loin with Dijon mustard cream sauce. Then, top off your meal with dessert.

Tickets for dinner cruises start at $57.90. They’ll depart at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Mother’s Day Hotel Packages in NJ

Complete your weekend and spoil your mom with the Spoiled Mother package from The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Book this getaway for Mom and give her the gift of pampering for things to do on Mother’s Day in NJ. She’ll get a surprise flower arrangement at check-in, a bottle of champagne, a 20-minute yoga class, a free in-house movie, complimentary breakfast, and early/late check-out.


Private Bridal Suites in New Jersey are Designed with your Needs in Mind!

Bridal Suites in New Jersey

Our New Bridal Suites in New Jersey offer all the necessities for your big day.

If you are looking for hotel wedding venues in NJ for your day, we invite you to our our elegant event spaces in West Orange. From private rooms for the bride and groom's party to a private safe to keep your belongings while dancing the night away, our private bridal suites in New Jersey offer all of the necessities for your wedding day.

When booking our new private bridal suite in New Jersey, your wedding party can expect only the best amenities for the day. There is no need to stress when booking with us because we have your needs covered throughout the day. Rest easy knowing that our event specialists at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ put your needs first.

Our Bridal Suites include:

  • Two Private rooms for Bride and Groom’s party
  • Both rooms equipped with chairs, mirrors, living room furniture and lighting
  • Separate reception area to relax before and during the wedding
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator filled with soft drinks, juices and water
  • Coffee maker
  • Private safe to keep your belongings during the wedding

For more information regarding our bridal suites, please contact Travis at 973-731-7007. Please keep in mind that our suites are only available to wedding parties that are having their wedding on our premises. We can't wait to help plan your big day!


Must-See Spring Concerts at the Prudential Center

Spring Concerts at the Prudential Center

Looking for big events and bigger music stars? Check out spring concerts at the Prudential Center.

NJ Concerts This Spring

Head to Prudential Center concerts for a wide array of talent, from pop singers to classic hit-makers, and upcoming talent to international artists.

April Concerts

  • Chris Brown: The Party Tour – See Chris Brown with special guest 50 ‘Cent for a night of rap and R&B on April 1.
  • Stevie Nicks – The singer steps out for her “24 Karat Gold Tour” with the Pretenders on April 2.
  • Arijit Singh – A big star in Bollywood, Arijit Singh brings his brand of classical Indian play back to the Prudential Center on April 22.
  • EXO: The Exo’rdium Tour – EXO is a K-pop group who are wildly popular in their native Korea. See them live on April 25.

May Concerts

  • Faith Hill & Tim McGraw – Real-life married singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are teaming up on tour, and will hit the stage on May 4.
  • Gospelfest 2017 – Gospelfest features some of the biggest names in gospel music, including Hezeklah Walker and Erica Campbell, on May 13.

June Concerts

  • The Weeknd – See The Weeknd as he tours for his new album, “Starboy,” on June 4.
  • Iron Maiden – This classic metal act will rock out at the Prudential Center on June 7.
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – The Tom Petty tour in NJ will see the solo singer getting back together with his backup band. See them live on June 16 for their 40th
  • Daryl Hall, John Oates, and Tears for Fears – ‘80s rock stars will team up for this catchy tour on June 17.

Ready to head to NJ concerts this spring? Grab your tickets and book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand.


All Aboard the Easter Bunny Express in NJ!

Meet the Easter Bunny at the Easter Bunny Express in NJ.

Easter Bunny Express in NJ

Planning a getaway with your family this Easter? There plenty of events and activities nearby for your little ones to enjoy! One of our favorite annual Easter events in NJ takes place just minutes away at the Whippany Railway Museum. Hop on over for a fun-filled afternoon at the Easter Bunny Express in NJ.

Passengers will be able to enjoy a 45-minute train ride along the Morristown and Erie Railway's historic Whippanong Trail. Departing and returning to the Whippany Railway Museum site, the event will be taking place on the following dates:

Saturday, April 8

Sunday, April 9

Saturday, April 15

at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

Fares

Infants On Laps, One-year of age and under : FREE
Children (Under 12): $9
Adults (Age 12+): $14

The Easter Bunny and crew will be on board to greet visitors and pass out holiday treats during the 10-mile round-trip excursion. Experience the thrill of riding the Springtime Streamliner or make your day extra special by purchasing tickets for the elegantly-restored 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey club car, 'Jersey Coast'.

Seats are limited for the Easter Bunny Express in NJ. Reserve your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel and enjoy a fun-filled Easter visit here in New Jersey.


Must-Visit Italian Restaurants in West Orange, NJ

Italian Restaurants in West Orange  NJ

For some of the best Italian food in North NJ, you simply must head to Italian restaurants in the West Orange, NJ area. Two of these fabulous eateries are located right inside The Wilshire Grand. Visit for an Italian feast to remember!

Delicious and Affordable Restaurants in West Orange, NJ for Italian Food

If you’re hankering for an authentic Italian meal, look no further. Visit one of these Italian restaurants in North Jersey for classic dishes, catering services, or fresh specials.

Primavera Ristorante

Eat at Primavera Ristorante for lunch on Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, and 2 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Here you’ll find a menu loaded with Italian favorites, such as pastas, pizza, and traditional dishes, along with daily specials. Catering is available, too – choose from a breakfast brunch buffet, passed hors d’oeuvres, a brunch or dinner buffet, or a hot buffet served from chaffing dishes.

La Primavera Trattoria

La Primavera Trattoria is the spot to hit for fresh, seasonal Italian food heavy on tradition. Lunch is served on Tuesday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy dinner on Tuesday-Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m.

The menu is full of fresh seafood dishes along with hearty classics like penne vodka and Bolognese. If you need a meal catered, the restaurant offers customizable menu packages for banquets, parties, and special events for 20 to 140 guests.

Affordable restaurants in West Orange, NJ are conveniently located at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Book your stay with us and enjoy an Italian meal to remember.


The Wilshire Grand: Affordable Wedding Reception Venue in NJ

Affordable Wedding Reception Venue in NJ

Looking to cut some of the stress out of wedding planning? You can when you involve the Wilshire Grand, an affordable wedding reception venue in NJ.

The Wilshire Grand: One of the Best Wedding Reception Halls in NJ

We’ve recently been awarded the “Manhattan Bride Best of 2017.” Here's what you can expect while with us:

  • The Accommodations: Our rooms are luxurious and comfortable. Every room has a comfortable bed (or two), a large-screen TV, massaging showerheads, and more.
  • One of the Most Ideal NJ Wedding Venues with Hotel Rooms: Weddings are held in our beautiful courtyard and receptions in our grand ballroom. Your wedding concierge and bridal attendants will accommodate your every need and make sure that all of your religious, family, and cultural traditions are respected.
  • Wilshire Caterers: At the top of the list of reception stressors is the catering. Our Wilshire Caterers will put your mind at ease. Not only do we accommodate every taste and dietary requirement, we provide class and sophistication.
  • The Wedding Package: Along with comfortable accommodations and a gorgeous space for your reception, those who purchase our wedding package will have access to our Bridal Hospitality Suites to get ready for the big day in privacy.

The Perfect Wedding & Reception Has to Involve the Wilshire Grand

Cut the stress out of wedding planning by booking with the Wilshire Grand Hotel. We have been voted as one of the best wedding reception halls in NJ for a reason: we provide you and your guests with the very best.