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

09/17/2013

Enjoy our Hotel Discount for AAA Members in NJ!

Hotel Discounts for AAA Members in NJ
If you’re traveling to our North Jersey area, take advantage of our hotel discount for AAA members in NJ. Our special hotel package includes all of the amenities needed to ensure a convenient and comfortable visit. Whether with us for business or pleasure, make your getaway memorable from beginning to end. We’ll provide everything you’ll need for the best possible experience.

 Our Hotel Discount for AAA members in NJ includes:

Overnight accommodations
Complimentary breakfast for two
Complimentary parking

Click here for rates and availability.

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we provide world-class accommodations at an unbeatable location just minutes from the top attractions in both North Jersey and NYC. Enjoy luxurious amenities in our spacious rooms, from our Wolfgang Puck in-room coffee service and our own eco-friendly amenity line with the essence of grapefruit & sage.

Click here to learn more about our hotel discount for AAA members in NJ, as well as our many other hotel discounts and packages in West Orange, NJ. We hope you’ll take advantage of our special offer during your next visit with us.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

09/10/2013

New Jersey Devils Fans – Check out the 2013-14 Regular Season Schedule!

New Jersey Devils 2013-14 Regular Season Schedule
Get your Jersey on! Another exciting season of hockey is about to begin and we’re inviting all fans to plan their visit with us. We’re conveniently located near the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils. From devoted fans to leisurely guests looking for things to do in and around the NJ area, we recommend attending a live NHL hockey game this 2013-14 Season. With exciting match-ups on the schedule, a New Jersey Devils home game is one of our top picks for fall.

 Home games for the New Jersey Devils 2013-14 Regular Season Schedule include:

Friday, October 4, 2013 vs. the Islanders at 7:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 2013 vs. the Rangers at 7:00pm
Thursday, October 24, 2013 vs. the Canucks at 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 vs. the Lightning at 7:30pm

Click here for the complete New Jersey Devils 2013-14 Regular Season Schedule.

Start the 2013-14 NHL Season off with a memorable getaway. We welcome all fans to The Wilshire Grand Hotel, located in West Orange, NJ and just minutes from all of the heart-pounding action. Visit our website to learn about our unbeatable rates and rest your feet in our accommodations after the game. Check out the New Jersey Devils 2013-14 Season Schedule and pick your game today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

09/03/2013

The 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival in NJ – Celebrate Autumn!

 

The 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival
http://www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net/

Don’t you just love a great pumpkin festival in NJ? The weather is turning, the leaves are changing and there seems to be a permanent pumpkin smell in the air. We love autumn and if you’re like us, you’re looking forward to some pumpkin pickin’ fun with your family! The 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival in NJ is our top pick for family-friendly fun this autumn. Enjoy train rides, Halloween crafts and more on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 12:30pm-5:30pm at the Whippany Railway Museum in Whippany, NJ.

 

What is there to do at the 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival in NJ? Families can enjoy a special Pumpkin Marketplace Crafts Fair, which can be found among the pumpkin, corn shocks and scarecrows; view a unique collection of vintage tractors; pose in front of a haunted house; meet Stormy the Scarecrow and of course, ride in style board the “Pumpkinliner” train. Sit back and relax as the elegantly restored 1927-era train takes you on a nostalgic 30-minute trip along the railroad.

Celebrate the beginning of autumn at this beloved family attraction in NJ. For more information regarding the Whippany Railway Museum and 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival, click here.

We welcome all visitors to visit our website and book their stay with us, conveniently located just minutes from the Whippany Railway Museum. We hope to see you and your family this fall!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

08/27/2013

Lunch and Dinner Cruises aboard the Spirit of New Jersey!

Spirit of New Jersey
If visiting our area with your loved one you may be wondering, where are the best places to go in NJ? In this week’s blog post, we’d like to introduce our guests to the ultimate date night in NJ. A Lunch or Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of New Jersey!

Enjoy the perfect night out aboard the Spirit of New Jersey, an ideal destination for couples of any age. With the dazzling city and harbor lights as your backdrop, visitors will experience delicious cuisine, an interactive DJ and plenty of dancing to ensure the ultimate romantic getaway in NJ.

The Spirit of New Jersey cruises range from Themed Cruises to Holiday Cruises, Special Occasion Cruises to Group Cruises. Find which cruises best fits your preference by visiting the Spirit of New Jersey website today.

While cruising the New York Harbor, visitors can enjoy delicious selections from a Grande Dinner Buffet. After dinner, stroll under the stars and unwind on the largest outdoor patio deck in the city. The never-ending view of the Manhattan skyline paired with your favorite tunes from the hottest DJs in the city will provide the perfect setting for the evening.

Plan your romantic getaway for two today. Our cozy and luxurious accommodations will be waiting for you after your cruise. We hope to see you soon!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

08/20/2013

Our Hotel is Located Near MetLife Stadium! Catch a Game During your Next Visit

Hotels near MetLife Stadium
No matter the color of your jersey, we welcome all football fans to The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Cheer on the New York Giants or New York Jets during your next visit with us, our hotel is conveniently located near MetLife Stadium.

If you’re rooting for the boys in blue, click here to check out the 2013 New York Giants Season Schedule. When preseason ends, Giants home games for the regular season include:

  • September 15 @ 4:25pm vs. Broncos
  • October 6 @ 1:00pm vs. Eagles
  • October 21 @ 8:40pm vs. Vikings
  • November 10 @ 1:00pm vs. Raiders
  • November 17 @ 8:30pm vs. Packers
  • November 24 @ 4:25pm vs. Cowboys
  • December 15 @ 1:00pm vs. Seahawks
  • December 29 @ 1:00pm vs. Redskins

For those fans wearing green, the New York Jets 2013 Regular Season Schedule includes:

  • September 8 @ 1:00pm vs. Buccaneers
  • September 22 @ 4:25pm vs. Bills
  • October 13 @ 1:00pm vs. Steelers
  • October 20 @ 1:00pm Patriots
  • November 3, 2013 @ 1:00pm vs. Saints
  • December 1 @ 1:00pm vs. Dolphins
  • December 8 @ 1:00pm vs. Raiders
  • December 22 @ 1:00pm vs. Browns

It’s looking like another exciting season for both teams. Looking for a hotel near MetLife Stadium, home to both the New York Giants and New York Jets? Begin your football experience with us in West Orange, NJ. A live sporting event can take a lot out of any traveler. Our world-class accommodations will ensure a comfortable stay after the game! We’re also the perfect headquarters for your Superbowl celebration. We are currently offering an exclusive Superbowl hotel package in NJ! Enjoy:

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

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Plan your stay today at our hotel, conveniently located near MetLife Stadium!

08/13/2013

Labor Day Travel Tips for your Weekend Visit in NJ!

Labor Day Travel Tips in NJ

Good Morning! We hope everyone is enjoying the warm, relaxing days of summer. While we don’t like to wish away the season, Labor Day Weekend in NJ will be here before you know it and it’s important to be prepared. As the last, long weekend in summer, the holiday may be your last opportunity to plan a family vacation. If you are like many, you will be hitting the road and traveling to your destination. In this week’s blog post we wanted to provide a useful guide that you can easily reference during your Labor Day weekend adventure in NJ and beyond. So, don’t start pulling your hair out yet! Your Labor Day weekend visit in NJ can be stress-free if you keep these Labor Day travel tips in mind.

Travel Tip #1 for your Labor Day Weekend trip: Show your car some TLC. No one wants to be stuck on the side of the road, especially if you are trying to make it to your dinner reservation on Friday night. Check your engine, radiator, fluids and tires but always plan for an emergency, just in case. Does your car have an emergency and first aid kit? It should! You never know what could happen on those long drives.

Traveling with kids? Travel Tip #2 will come in handy. Pack a few snacks and a few word search puzzle books. They’ll have so much fun competing against their siblings that the words “Are we there yet?” won’t even cross their mind! But, practice safety first and make sure the driver is not distracting,

Travel Tip #3: Leave early! Yes, if you are planning on taking the highways, you’ll be glad you left early. The best time is to plan on leaving early Saturday morning or before 4pm on Friday. Check the roads before you head out to make sure there are no road repairs or scheduled lane changes.

Travel Tip #4: Make a music playlist for your car. If traveling out of state, you may not be familiar with the local radio stations. Your favorite song can be the perfect way to relax you, especially while sitting in traffic!

Travel Tip #5: Find the best hotel deals in your area. If planning to stay in NJ, we welcome you to visit our hotel offers page. It’s important to save money and we are proud to offer guests the best possible rates in our area.

The United States federal holiday, which pays tribute to the American workers, is celebrated in a variety of ways with events, family gatherings and trips to the beach.

What is your family’s Labor Day tradition in NJ?

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

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