Things to Do in Essex County NJ this Weekend.

Things to Do in Essex County NJ this WeekendCheck Out our Favorite Things to Do in Essex County NJ this Weekend.

Sometimes, the winter season seems endless. Especially, this time of the year when the holidays are over and we are all counting down until St. Patrick’s Day. To help you beat the winter blues in New Jersey, we are sharing our favorite things to do in Essex County NJ this weekend. Some are our old favorites and a few are newly-opened attractions that are worth checking out in 2018. Plan a stay to the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ this winter, there is so much to discover!

Visit the Turtleback Zoo: The Turtleback Zoo is definitely a fan favorite and it’s easy to see why that may be the case. No matter your age, there is something for everyone! Plus, the zoo is much bigger than you may think so you can easily spend an entire afternoon discovering the many interesting species and exhibits.

Discover the eclectic cafes, bars and restaurants in Montclair: We love Montclair for several reasons, there is so much to discover! Located just a 10 minute drive from our hotel, Montclair is jam-packed with trendy coffee shops, delicious restaurants and unique bars that will bring your Instagram game to the next level.

The Montclair Art Museum: You can’t always predict the weather here in New Jersey so if you are visiting and stuck with inclement weather, we recommend taking a trip to the Montclair Art Museum. There are plenty of interesting exhibits on display and it is one of our favorite things to do in Essex County NJ this weekend.

What are your favorite winter activities in Essex County NJ? We are always eager to share our favorite things to do near West Orange NJ so don’t hesitate to stop by our front desk and ask for a few recommendations on what to do while in town.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located near all of the Essex County attractions, plus more. If looking to plan a winter, weekend getaway in New Jersey, we invite you to plan your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Browse our current hotel promotions so you can ensure the best possible value for your stay with us.


Must-Haves for a Winter Wedding in New Jersey.

Must-Haves for a Winter WeddingOur Favorite Must-Haves for a Winter Wedding in New Jersey.

Your soulmate popped the question. Congratulations! Now, you’re ready to begin the exciting journey of planning your winter wedding. You may have began to notice that the winter season is becoming increasingly popular for brides and grooms. We’ve rounded-up our favorite must-haves for a winter wedding so you can be sure that your big day will truly ‘WOW’ your guests.

While the temperatures continue to drop, it’s important to make sure your guests remain cozy and comfortable throughout the evening. If you are considering a tented outdoor ceremony, consider placing warm blankets on each chair for your guests so they are able to truly lay back and feel comfortable during your vows. The last thing that you’ll want is uncomfortable guests during one of the most important moments of your life.

Consider adding warming beverages and comfort foods to the menu. Hot chocolate is, of course, a crowd favorite. Make your own hot cocoa bar is a fun and affordable way to keep your guests warm and happy. It’s also perfect for the little ones, too. Hot apple cider, coffee and hot toddies are also great options. Comfort foods such as grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup will warm up anyone!

Unfortunately, winters can be unpredictable in New Jersey. While there’s something very magical about a snowy, winter wedding, you have to consider that snow or rain may cause your guests discomfort, especially while dancing the night away in wet socks! For wedding favors or a thoughtful gesture, hand out comfy slippers for your guests. It’s a thoughtful, unique winter wedding favor that they can cherish for years to come.

We hope you enjoyed these must-haves for a winter wedding. If you are in the beginning stages of wedding planning in New Jersey and looking for affordable wedding venues in NJ, we invite you to tour our facilities at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.


The Winter Concerts at the Prudential Center.

Winter Concerts at the Prudential Center

Things to do near us - Check Out the Winter Concerts at the Prudential Center.

is in full swing but it’s still a wonderful time to plan a visit! Some of the hottest names in the music industry are taking the stage to heat up the season. Check out the exciting winter concerts at the Prudential Center.

Lana Del Rey, with special Guest Kali Uchis, will take the stage on Friday, January 19, debuting her new album Lust for Life. The high-anticipated 24-date tour is making a stop at the Prudential Center, located just minutes away from us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. If you will be attending Lana Del Ray at the Prudential Center and looking for hotels in the area, we invite you to stay with us.

The Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ will be racing into the Prudential Center on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28. The family-friendly winter event in New Jersey is sure to entertain with incredible athletes going head-to-head in seven different competitions, driving three different vehicles including Monster Jam trucks, speedsters and ATV’s.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, A Night of Love features R&B superstars, Anthony Hamilton, Keyshia Cole, Tamia, Eric Benet, Donell Jones and Avant on Friday, February 9.

Jeff Dunham returns to Prudential Center in February and is bringing the laughs. The record-breaking, global comedy superstar is making a stop at the Prudential Center on February 16, bringing his cast of characters with him.

Two-time Grammy and five-time Latin Grammy Award-winner Marc Anthony will be performing at the Prudential Center on Saturday, February 17. If looking for winter concerts at the Prudential Center, don’t miss this great show on Valentine’s Day weekend in New Jersey.

For the complete list of winter concerts at the Prudential Center, click here.

The Prudential Center is conveniently located just a few miles from The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. For music lovers, it’s a great time to plan a stay!


Fall in love with our Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages in NJ.

Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages in NJOur Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages in NJ.

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. How about thinking outside of the box and trying something new this year? We recommend a cozy Valentine's Day stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, located in West Orange, NJ. It isn’t too early to begin planning your special romantic getaway for two, especially if you are thinking about surprising your loved one with a cozy staycation at our hotel. We are offering Valentine’s Day hotel packages, which are perfect for the occasion.

Our Valentine's Day hotel packages in NJ include:

Pampered in Pink
Our Pampered in Pink package will make you look like a hero in your lover’s eyes. Indulge in our Pampered in Pink package and receive:

  • Superior King Room accommodations
  • Bottle of chilled pink champagne with chocolate Kisses and an arrangement of fresh pink flowers delivered to your room
  • Dinner for two at Primavera Restaurant ($122.00 Value)
  • 2:00pm late check out

Spoiled Mother Package
Our Spoiled Mother package includes everything you’ll need to spoil your loved one to a night away without the children. When booking our special hotel offer, you will receive:

  • Surprise gift at check in
  • Beautiful arrangement of flowers
  • Bottle of champagne
  • 20 minute yoga session
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Free in house movie
  • Early and late check out, based on availability.

While the colder temps may have arrived, New Jersey is a great winter destination for many reasons. There are still plenty of events and indoor activities to enjoy, which means the fun doesn’t stop now that winter has arrived. Come discover why New Jersey is a wonderful Valentine's Day destination. We invite you to plan your Valentine’s Day getaway in New Jersey with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

We hope to see you this February.


A Cozy, Romantic Couples Getaway in New Jersey

Couples Getaway in New JerseyPlan your Couples Getaway in New Jersey with us.

Beat the winter blues and plan a cozy, couples getaway in New Jersey. Ideally situated just 30 minutes from New York City and just a 10 minute drive from Montclair, the Wilshire Grand Hotel is the perfect spot to plan a cozy and romantic couples getaway in Northern New Jersey.

With winter in full swing, it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay motivated to go out and explore the sights. Yet, our area is always bustling with things to do, even in the colder temps. With plenty of bars, restaurants and trendy coffee cafes to explore, New Jersey is a great destination for a cozy, winter vacation for two. While everyone may be heading South for the winter, we invite you to stay with us and plan your winter getaway in New Jersey.

We are offering several hotel packages for couples in NJ to enjoy, including our Pampered in Pink promotion. Our romantic hotel package for two includes everything you and your spouse will need for a truly unforgettable getaway. Beat the winter blues and surprise your loved one with a winter getaway for  two, right here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Our Pampered in Pink hotel package in New Jersey includes:

  • Superior King Room accommodations
  • Bottle of chilled pink champagne with chocolate Kisses and an arrangement of fresh pink flowers delivered to your room
  • Dinner for two at Primavera Restaurant ($122.00 Value)
  • 2:00pm late check out

Visit our special offers page on The Wilshire Grand Hotel website to learn more and begin planning your couples getaway in New Jersey today. We hope to see you this winter. Don't forget to stop by our front desk while you are here. Our staff is always eager to share our favorite winter activities nearby.


Happy New Year - New Year's Eve Celebrations in NJ!

New Year's Eve Celebrations in NJNew Year's Eve Celebrations in NJ.

Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year from everyone here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Wherever you may be celebrating, may this New Year find you surrounded by your cherished family and beloved friends!

If you will be making us your home this holiday season, we are excited to have you as our guest as we ring in the New Year together. There’s plenty of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New Jersey. We are sharing our favorite New Year’s Eve celebrations in NJ in this week’s blog post.

Things to do in NJ for New Year’s Eve:

Count down to 2018 aboard a Spirit of New Jersey and Spirit of New York New Year’s Eve cruise. Located just under 30 minutes from our hotel, the Spirit of New Jersey and Spirit of New York cruises is one of our favorite New Year’s Eve celebrations in NJ. Cruise on New York Harbor, and indulge in a delicious holiday buffet and sip champagne before the ball drops on 2018!

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New York on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Chelsea Piers, NY
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New Jersey on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Lincoln Harbor, NJ
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am

Once the New Year’s Eve cruise is over, head back to our hotel and rest your head on our cozy beds. In the morning, start the New Year off right at our complimentary breakfast buffet in our lobby.


Happy Holidays! Few Days Left To Enjoy Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo

Holiday Light Spectacular at the Turtle Back Zoo

Visit the Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo.

Our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy and joyful New Year! On behalf of each of our staff members at our hotel, I'd like to wish you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season from all of us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We hope your days are spent with loved ones and you are looking forward to the new year ahead.

We welcome you to make us your number one choice while traveling to New Jersey during the holidays. We would be honored to be your home away from home while traveling to New Jersey this winter.

While you're here, there are plenty of things to do this holiday season in New Jersey. Our number one pick is the Holiday Light Spectacular at the Turtle Back Zoo, taking place now through New Year’s Day.

Holiday Light Spectacular at the Turtle Back Zoo
Every Night: December 11 – January 1, 2018
Closed: December 24 & 25
5pm to 9pm
Free Admission

A stroll under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters will certainly get you in the holiday spirit. The New Jersey Zoo will be featuring different themed activities each December weekend making each visit extra exciting! Visitors are encouraged to celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats.

There’s only a few days left to experience the family friendly holiday lights event in New Jersey! The Turtle Back Zoo is conveniently located just a few minutes away from us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Don’t miss your chance to experience the holiday lights display while in NJ this season.

Peace and joy to you and your family this holiday season.


A Look Inside our Northern NJ Meeting Venues in West Orange.

Northern NJ Meeting VenuesOur Northern NJ Meeting Venues.

From small board meetings to conferences and conventions of up to 500 guests, we are equipped to host your business meeting or social event in the new year. Look ahead to 2018 and book one of our Northern NJ meeting venues at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

We offer award-winning catering and banquet service and full audiovisual support to help make your next business meeting successful from beginning to end. Our distinctive hotel specializes in pairing ideal meeting venues with impeccable service. Whether you are looking to host an exclusive board meeting or corporate-wide celebration, we invite you to take a closer look at our event space near Newark, NJ. Here is what you can expect when you book one of our Northern NJ meeting venues:

  • Over 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space
  • World-class catering & culinary team
  • Dedicated meeting planner to help you with every detail
  • Audiovisual equipment and support for effective presentations
  • Customized meeting packages
  • High-speed wireless internet access
  • 24 hour business center
  • Shuttle service
  • Special group rates

We offer a wide variety of food and beverage items for your next event, from breakfast to plated dinner. For our catering menus at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, please click here.

Our meeting venues in West Orange, NJ include our intimate wine room featuring a wine wall, comfy leather seating and an oversized boardroom table to host any intimate meeting. We hope to host your next meeting or group event in 2018 at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. If you would like to request additional information, please fill out the form below and one of our sales professionals will be sure to follow up with you. Click here to plan your meeting at one of our event spaces in New Jersey.


How to Host NYE Wedding on a Budget

How to Host NYE Wedding on a Budget - Wedding Planning Tips & Tricks.

How to Host NYE Wedding on a Budget

How romantic to count down to midnight as newlyweds and kick off a brand new year together as Mr. and Mrs. If you’ve set the date for New Year’s Eve and wondering how to host a NYE wedding on a budget, we are sharing our favorite winter wedding tips and tricks. Read this week’s blog post to ensure that your New Year’s Eve wedding is everything you dreamed it would be and more.

With the help of Brides Magazine, we’ve listed a few of our favorite ways to plan a stress-free New Year’s Eve wedding:

Secure your vendors early - Remember that New Year’s Eve is a popular night out and many will be hosting parties/events in your area. Be sure to secure your vendors early. If you have your heart set on a particular band or photographer, there is a possibility they will already be booked on that night. It might be wise to come up with back up vendors when making your list so you aren’t scrambling last minute.

If your ceremony is taking place at a different location from your reception, it would be best to arrange transportation for your guests. Keep in mind that Uber will have a surcharge for the holiday. Your guests will appreciate not having to spend extra expenses for the day.

Before midnight strikes, make sure everyone is ready. Have the band or DJ make an announcement so everyone can be present on the dance floor before the countdown begins. Champagne should be passed out well before the countdown begins, too, so everyone (all those 21 and over) can toast to the New Year with you.

Click here to learn more about how to host a NYE wedding on a budget.

We welcome you to take a tour of our event space here at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We would be honored to host your special day!


How to Celebrate NYE in New Jersey.

How to Celebrate NYE in New Jersey

How to Celebrate NYE in New Jersey.

The New Jersey and New York Spirit Cruises offer a variety of holiday cruises to enjoy throughout the year. As 2017 is coming to an end and you’re wondering how to celebrate NYE in New Jersey, check out the festive New Year’s Eve cruises in New Jersey and New York.

Make your celebrations extraordinary and ring in 2018 on a Spirit of New Jersey New Year’s Eve Cruise and a Spirit of New York New Year’s Eve Cruise.

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New York on December 31, 2017

Count down to 2018 with a spectacular NYE fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty, which Spirit Cruises is one of the sponsors (weather permitting)
New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Chelsea Piers, NY
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am | Price: from $279.90

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New Jersey on December 21, 2017

Count down to 2018 with a spectacular fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty, which Spirit Cruises is one of the sponsors (weather permitting)
New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Lincoln Harbor, NJ
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am | Price: from $259.90

If wondering how to celebrate NYE in New Jersey, the Spirit of New Jersey and Spirit of New York Cruises are conveniently located near us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. You will have the perfect spot to enjoy the spectacular fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty. Come cruise on New York Harbor. enjoy a delicious holiday buffet and sip champagne before the ball drops.

Once the cruise comes to an end, rest your feet in our cozy accommodations. Visit our website and book your New Year’s Eve visit today!