11/26/2013

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Wilshire GrandAll of us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday. We hope your day is filled with great company, relaxation and delicious food.

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.  ~E.P. Powell

Traveling to NJ for Thanksgiving? Extend your stay and experience the magic of the holiday season, just minutes away from our hotel in West Orange, NJ.

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo will light up the NJ attraction the day after Thanksgiving. Enjoy an extended holiday getaway here in NJ and kick off the holiday season in West Orange, NJ.

We invite you to visit our website to book your holiday getaway in NJ today.

11/19/2013

Looking for Hotels near MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl? Check here!

Hotels Near MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl

Football fans, super bowl mania is almost here! All of the excitement of the 2014 Super Bowl is taking place just minutes from our hotel. If you are looking for hotels near MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl, we invite you to check out our hotel discount in NJ.  Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime experience. We’re the perfect headquarters for your Super Bowl celebration!

With our hotel Super Bowl package in NJ, you can enjoy:

  • 3 nights Deluxe Accommodations (Friday, January 31- Monday, February 3)
  • Complimentary  Full American Breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • In room Coffee makers
  • Shuttle Service

We happily welcome all those looking for hotels near MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl to enjoy a three-night stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Kick back in our cozy accommodations before kick off! Visit our website to learn more about what our hotel has to offer. With our close proximity to MetLife Stadium, NFL practice fields and all of the 2014 Super Bowl events, you are guaranteed a memorable experience. We hope to see you this Super Bowl.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

11/12/2013

‘Tis the Season – Here’s your Holiday Shopping Guide in NJ!

Holiday Shopping Guide in NJ
Black Friday usually kicks off holiday shopping here in NJ! Scour the local malls and shopping centers for the best deals and discounts during your next holiday visit with us. Here’s our holiday shopping guide in NJ.

There are certainly plenty of shopping malls located near us at The Wilshire Grand. Check out Jersey Gardens, the Livingston Mall or the Short Hills Mall for the latest fashion trends and popular department stores. Just make sure you leave enough room in your suitcase for all of your fabulous purchases.

Montclair is home to many shopping centers and plazas including Montclair Center and Watchung Plaza. Located just a few miles from us, you won’t be disappointed with the variety of stores that line the streets of Montclair!

Quaint stores and boutiques are waiting for you in Morristown. If looking for the best places to shop in our NJ area, look no further than Morristown. There are also plenty of eateries to check out after your shopping trip comes to an end.

Use our holiday shopping guide in NJ as a reference during your next visit and discover the best holiday shopping in North Jersey! We hope you’ll enjoy your time here in West Orange.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

11/05/2013

Photos from our ‘Paws for a Cause’ Event benefiting Saint Barnabas ‘Paws for Patients’ Program!

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ would like to thank everyone who came out to support our “Paws for a Cause” event benefiting the Saint Barnabas “Paws for Patients" program on Sunday, October 27, 2013. The charity event right here in our NJ hotel was a huge success and we would like to share a few photos from the Halloween festival and doggie fashion show.

The Saint Barnabas “Paws for Patients” is a hospice therapy program offered to patients of the Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Centers. We partnered with Bandit Rubio designs to present the 2013 “Paws for a Cause” event in NJ:

Saint Barnabas Paws for Patients Benefit 3
Saint Barnabas Paws for Patients Benefit 2

Saint Barnabas Paws for Patients Benefit
More photos from the Saint Barnabas "Paws for Patients" benefit can be viewed on The Wilshire Grand Hotel Facebook Page.

10/29/2013

Experience the Magic of the Holiday Season- Visit Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo!

Holiday Lights at Turtle Back Zoo
Begin a new family tradition. Bundle up and head out to view all of the dazzling lights beneath the NJ sky, a wondrous experience here in West Orange, NJ. Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo is one of the top holiday events in our New Jersey area.

Holiday Lights at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will be free admission to all visitors. In-kind donations of canned goods and toys are encouraged. Help spread holiday cheer and enjoy a fulfilling holiday experience with your family this winter.

 The Schedule for Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo:

  • November 29th through December 1st, 2013
  • December 6th, 013 through January 1st, 2014

Please keep in mind that the Holiday Lights program at the Turtle Back Zoo will be closed on the following dates:

  • December 24th, 2013
  • December 25th, 2013

On January 1st, 2014, the Zoo will be closed during the day yet it will still feature the Holiday Light display at night. For more important details about the NJ holiday attraction, click here.

Kick off the holiday season in NJ and enjoy the spectacular holiday light display and more during your family’s visit.  We hope to see you this holiday season!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

10/22/2013

Help us Raise Funds & Awareness for Saint Barnabas ‘Paws for Patients’

Saint Barnabas Paws for PatientsAt The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, we have two great ways to raise money for Saint Barnabas “Paws for Patients," a hospice therapy program offered to patients of the Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Centers. Keep reading to find out how you can help bring awareness to the cause and plan your stay with us today.

Bandit Rubio Designs and The Wilshire Grand presents, Paws for a Cause!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
4pm to 7pm

Enjoy a Halloween festival and dog fashion show right here in NJ! Admission is $25 per family in advance and $30 per family at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Saint Barnabas “Paws for Patients” program.

Saint Barnabas Paws for Patients 2Also, when enjoying a bottle of William Hill Wine from our in-room service, we will donate a portion of sales to the “Paws for Patients” program.

Central Coast Chardonnay:

Flavors of ripe tree fruit and spice with hints of citrus and notes of vanilla and toasty oak.

$19.95

Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon:

Flavors and aromas of dark cherry, ripe plum, and blueberry complemented by sweet vanilla and brown spice notes.

$19.95

Make your travel plans today and help us raise funds and awareness for Saint Barnabas “Paws for Patients.”

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

10/15/2013

Essential Tips for Planning a Winter Wedding!

Essential Tips for Planning a Winter Wedding
Planning a wedding in the winter can be breathtaking. Picture it. The fresh, white snowflakes, the ice sculptures, deep hues and lavish designs. When executed correctly, a winter wedding reception can be jaw dropping. If newly engaged, there are essential tips to keep in mind for planning a winter wedding. We’ve compiled a list in this week’s blog post. Get inspired, have fun and enjoy the winter wedding of your dreams.

The Winter Wedding Color Scheme Do’s and Dont's: Consider more subtle color combos such as silver and white for a glamour affect or deep purple and blues for a more elegant approach. A white velvet runner and clear umbrellas for your ceremony may create the ambience you are hoping to achieve. Just try not to overdue it with reds and greens and always keep in mind that, sometimes, less is more.

Creative Cake Ideas for a Winter Wedding: More often that not, the wedding cake is a primary focal point at every reception. One essential tip for planning a winter wedding would be to ensure that you are consistent with your color scheme throughout your entire wedding day. When it comes to your wedding cake design, sparkling bare branches, frozen crystalline droplets and frosted pinecones or snowflakes could be the perfect wedding cake toppers. Consider tinting your fondant to reflect snow in the winter sun.

Winter Wedding Favors: If looking for something sweet, guests will adore snowflake-shaped favor boxes filled with your favorite candies or snowflake cake pops in your wedding combo. Also, consider specially made Christmas ornaments with your names and wedding date for each of your guests to cherish and admire every Christmas. Do you have a favorite holiday recipe or hot beverage? Attach a recipe to a mason jar with the ingredients filled inside. Hot cocoa with marshmallows looks pretty delicious inside of a mason jar and it will warm your guests up once they get home.

Winter Wedding Centerpiece Ideas: If looking for that wow-factor, consider accent lighting at each table, tree branches decorated with hanging lights or a lavish twig and flower design. For a more subtle approach, consider white flowers with silver Christmas ornaments for an unexpected combo or spray painted snow cones inside of a glass jar with surrounding candles.

Winter Wedding Bridal Bouquets and Flowers: Roses and amaryllis blossoms are always a huge success at winter weddings. Consider Hypericum berries, as well. Beautifully decorated wreaths are also a big hit during the winter months and white carnations will be a beautiful addition to any winter wonderland scene.

We hope you enjoyed reading our essential tips for planning a winter wedding. If you are in the NJ area, we welcome you to visit our ballrooms and wedding venues at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. We may just be the perfect fit for the night!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

10/08/2013

Fall Fun at Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses in NJ!

Fairfield Farms in NJ
As Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses proudly states, “fall is the best time on the farm!” With hayrides, pumpkin picking, a kid-friendly maze and more, it’s no wonder why Fairfield Farms in NJ has a reputation for being a wonderful place to visit this season. Enjoy the ultimate autumn experience and visit Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses in Essex County, NJ. It’s open seven days a week for hayrides and pumpkin picking.

The fall family-friendly activities at the NJ farm include:

  • Hayrides
  • Pumpkin picking
  • 5 acre corn maze (child friendly)
  • Large "Play in the Hay" area inside greenhouse
  • Petting Zoo (first three weekends in October and Columbus Day, weather permitting)
  • Refreshments

The Petting Zoo from Mountainside Stables includes several baby animals such as goats, sheep, an alpaca and more. Admission will be $2.50 per person. To learn more about the Petting Zoo and Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses, click here.

If planning to visit Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses in NJ, we invite you to begin your autumn visit with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. We offer exclusive hotel packages and luxurious accommodations to enjoy during your stay. Visit our website to learn more and plan your fall family getaway with us in New Jersey.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand, NJ

10/01/2013

Enter if you Dare: Here’s our Top Halloween Attraction in NJ!

Halloween Attractions in NJ
Many celebrate the turn of the season with pumpkin lattes, hayrides, costume contests, parties and haunted houses. If you’re planning on hitting the road this October to find the best Halloween attractions in and around NJ, you won’t want to miss Stadium of Screams at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. The spine-tingling Halloween attraction in Newark, NJ features thrills, chills and excitement around every corner.


The 2013 Stadium of Screams
October 25th, 26th & 31st and November 1st and 2nd
8pm-12am
Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium
Newark, NJ

The Halloween attraction in NJ features five Haunted Attractions, Costume Contests, Live Entertainment, Carnival Games, Hayrides and more. Click here for more information or visit the Stadium of Screams Facebook page.

Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, home of the Newark Bears, is conveniently located near our hotel. After the late-night attraction, enjoy a quick travel back to The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ and relive your favorite moments from the Halloween event! We hope to see you this fall.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

09/24/2013

Have a Spooky Good Time at this Turtle Back Zoo Halloween Event!

Turtle Back Zoo Halloween Events
Traveling with kids? Check out the Turtle Back Zoo Halloween event, Spooky Zoo! The #1 Zoo in New Jersey is inviting all little ones to West Orange, NJ for spooky, family fun on October 25, 2013, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Come experience the top NJ family attraction after the sun goes down. Spooky Zoo at the Turtle Back Zoo is our top Halloween event for kids in NJ!

What can you expect at this frighteningly, fun Turtle Back Zoo Halloween event? Plenty of games, crafts, activities and of course, animal presentations! There will also be a not-so-scary train ride until 8pm for the little ones. New this year is a scary train ride from 8pm-9pm, parental guidance is suggested. Rain date for the Turtle Back Zoo Halloween event: Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Admission: $3 per Member and $5 per Non-Member. Space is limited. Registration and payment must be received prior to the event. For more important details, visit the Turtle Back Zoo website.

If looking for things to do with kids in NJ, you won’t want to miss this Halloween event at the Turtle Back Zoo. For overnight accommodations, we offer spacious rooms at an unbeatable rate just minutes from the attraction. Visit our website and celebrate Halloween a bit early this year!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

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