Jazz in the Garden at Newark Museum!

2013 Jazz in the Garden

Do you love jazz? Are you looking for a summer event in NJ? The Newark Museum may have your answer. This summer, the Newark Museum is alive with the sounds of jazz. Jazz enthusiasts and friends can enjoy the 2013 Jazz in the Garden at the Newark Museum on Thursdays, now through August 1, 2013 from 12:15pm - 1:45pm. The annual summer concert series at the Newark Museum in NJ is rain or shine.

The Newark Museum has been presenting all-star lineups for more than 40 years. Every year, Jazz in the Garden takes places in the award-winning Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden at Newark Museum. Come enjoy the 2013 Jazz in the Garden concerts before it comes to an end this August. The upcoming summer performances in NJ include:

  • Duduka Da Fonseca Trio with guest vocalist Maucha Adnet – Samba Jazz and Jobim on July 25, 2013.
  • Claire Daly (Quartet) - baritone sax on August 1, 2013.

For more information about the 2013 Jazz in the Garden, visit the Newark Museum website.

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we offer world-class accommodations at affordable rates. We welcome you to plan your getaway with us and enjoy a convenient travel to and from Jazz in the Garden at Newark Museum.


Step Back in Time at the Field Station: Dinosaurs Exhibit!

Field Station DinosaursIf traveling with your family and hoping to find the best attractions in and around our NJ area, keep reading! For this week’s blog post, we are going back in time…way back in time! Travel 90 million years into the past and experience a wild journey that your kids will be talking about the entire ride home. The Field Station Dinosaurs exhibit is an oasis of natural wonder.

At the Field Station Dinosaurs exhibit in Secaucus, NJ visitors can watch over 30 life-sized realistic dinosaurs come to life right before their eyes. Learn the fascinating story of the dinosaurs as you migrate through twenty acres of wild, mysterious woods, pathways and mountain trails. Scientists from the New Jersey State Museum confirm that the exhibit features the latest theories and discoveries in the field of paleontology, geology and environmental studies.

The fascinating, robotic dinosaurs are just the beginning. Families can also enjoy kid-friendly activities, games and workshops throughout the attraction in NJ. Interested in learning more? Visit the Field Stations Dinosaurs website.

We offer spacious, affordable accommodations less than 30 minutes away from the family-friendly attractions. Plan your stay with us in West Orange, NJ and enjoy the ultimate journey back in time!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Our Favorite Wedding Color Trends for 2014!

Wedding Color Trends for 2014Planning a wedding in the warm, sunny months of summer? Or maybe you’re celebrating on a nice, crisp fall evening. Has spring always been your favorite season? Or have you been dreaming of a romantic, cold night in winter. Don’t worry. We’ve covered every season. Check out this week’s blog post, “Our Favorite Wedding Color Trends for 2014!” Sit back, read our blog and get inspired, wedding planners! Now’s the perfect time to begin planning your dream wedding.

Winter: Here’s your something blue! Our favorite wedding color trend for your 2014 winter wedding is royal blue and white. We think this wedding color combo is perfect for any winter wonderland wedding. The possibilities are endless with these two shades. Dance away the winter blues surrounded by eye-popping blue lighting and illuminated candles that will really add to your romantic winter wedding celebration.

Spring: Our favorite wedding color trend for 2014 is eggplant purple mixed with light blush tones. The drastic contrast between these wedding color trends for 2014 can really be a wow factor, especially in the bouquets. Have fun mixing the dark purples and light shades of pink together to make memorable floral arrangements that are guaranteed to pop in every picture!

Summer: Getting married next summer? Think bright and bold for your wedding color combos. Bright yellow and cabaret pink make any décor stand out, in a good way. Celebrate the day surrounded by bright yellow flowers, fresh lemon centerpieces and those oh-so-subtle pops of bright pink. This wedding color trend for 2014 is perfect for an outdoor wedding in NJ or wherever you may choose to celebrate your big day. If you aren’t in love with the bold statement that these two colors can make, we also adore the light pink and gray combo. This vintage look can be adorable for any setting and it’s very romantic, too!

Fall: What comes to mind when thinking of fall? For us, we think fallen leaves and rustic colors such as burnt orange, cool reds and warm yellows. We are in love with this wedding color trend for 2014, especially for the fall. Throw in a few hints of green in your bouquet and you can make a unique floral arrangement for your wedding that just screams, “fall wedding.”

What are your predictions for the top wedding color trends for 2014? If planning your wedding near us in NJ, we hope you’ll stop by our elegant wedding and event venue and explore the options we have available in West Orange, NJ. Happy planning and best wishes!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Continuing our Efforts to Go Green- We've Recently Switched to Emerald Brand!

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we made a promise to improve our environment by reducing our own carbon footprint. In 2013, we’re continuing our commitment to Go Green by introducing eco-friendly changes to our hotel in NJ whenever it’s possible.

The actions that we’ve taken in the past include light bulb changes to our catering center and hotel, water-saving toilets, recycled paper products, the installation of the “Energy Eye Energy Control System” in our guest rooms, plus much more.

Go Green : Wilshire Grand HotelWe’re proud to mention that we have seen many improvements to our hotel in the past year. We have continued our efforts to provide environmentally friendly amenities in our hotel in West Orange, NJ by making a switch to Emerald Brand products.

Emerald Brand is a company that is fully committed to helping families and businesses live a greener life. The Emerald Brand Collection consists of 60-70% Free-Free Products made from a natural plant material called Bagasse. These products are healthy and safe for the environment, the surfaces and the people within our hotel.

Since making the switch to go green, our hotel in New Jersey has saved nearly 12 trees, 1,405 pounds of virgin fiber and 620 pounds of landfill waste in the past 3 months! We’re fully embracing these exciting changes and look forward to seeing an even bigger impact as we continue with the brand. What are the steps you’ve taken to reduce your own carbon footprint? Small changes can make a big difference!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Begin your Summer Getaway on our Outdoor Patio in NJ!

Come discover summer fun at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ!

Seasonal Patio : Wilshire GrandNow that the weather is getting warmer, there’s no better time to enjoy a summer weekend getaway in NJ! With our central location in West Orange, there’s plenty to see and do to keep all family members happy and smiling. Yet, did you know that you could enjoy a relaxing, sunny day right here at our hotel?

Once the weather is perfect, our patio and seasonal putting green come alive in NJ and it is open to all of our guests! Sit back and enjoy your breakfast in the sunshine or spend the day practicing your putting.

While relaxing on our outdoor patio, you’ll notice that we’ve recently added a grill, which is perfect for those nice, summer afternoons! While spending your summer getaway with us in NJ, you may want to explore the local attractions just steps away. During the summer, Verona Park is located less than a mile away and is the perfect destination for those looking for hiking, walking trails and boating in NJ.

Looking for bike rentals in NJ? We’ve got you covered. Take a ride to Verona Park or enjoy a bike ride around the area. We provide beach cruisers for our guests.

When the weather is nice, we hope you’ll enjoy all of these outdoor activities and more during your summer getaway in NJ! We hope to see you at our hotel soon.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Attend a New York Red Bulls Game During your Next Visit!

Red Bull ArenaDuring a getaway, sometimes finding the perfect things to do with friends or family can be challenging. At the Wilshire Grand, we’re here to help make sure your NJ getaway is memorable from beginning to end. After arriving at our hotel and unpacking your bags, you’ll come to discover that our central location in West Orange, NJ offers our guests a variety of options ranging from concerts to sporting events.

For the sports lovers, the New York Red Bulls, an American professional soccer team, play at the Red Bull arena in Harrison, NJ. Enjoy an action-packed getaway in New Jersey and attend one of the upcoming matches!

  • 6/30/13 2:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. Houston
  • 7/13/2013 7:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal
  • 7/27/2013 7:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake
  • 8/17/2013 8:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia
  • 8/31/2013 8:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United
  • 9/14/2013 7:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC
  • 9/22/2013 5:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. FC Dallas
  • 10/5/2013 7:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. New England
  • 10/27/2013 5:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago

When it comes to summer activities, the sporting event in NJ is a great way to bond with friends or family. The arena is conveniently located near our hotel, so you are guaranteed an easy travel to and from the game. Click here to view the 2013 Schedule for New York Red Bulls and enjoy a New York Red Bulls game during your next visit.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Summer Events at the NJPAC!

Whether looking to laugh, dance or sing the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is the place to be this summer. With an impressive line-up of comedians, performers and some of the biggest names in music, the stage in NJ will shine with stars this summer season.

Summer Events at NJPACThe summer line-up includes performances by:

Gabriel Iglesias on June 28, 2013
Cyndi Lauper on July 7, 2013
Terry Fator on July 26, 2013
Shaggy on August 8, 2013
Spanish Harlem Orchestra on August 15, 2013
Diana Ross on August 16, 2013
Gladys Knight/ The O’Jays on August 23, 2013

Just to name a few. For the complete list of summer concerts and events in NJ, visit the NJPAC website.

With summer fast approaching, how are you planning on spending your summer nights? If searching for a summer getaway, come visit with us in NJ. Enjoy the eclectic restaurants, attractions and performing arts centers that are conveniently located around us. Our website has all of the details regarding our rates, availability and world-class accommodations.

Enjoy a concert or two this summer and treat yourself to a memorable visit to the famous NJPAC!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Top Tips for Planning your Summer Wedding!

Summer Wedding Tips : Wilshire GrandHave you always dreamed of a romantic wedding in the summer? Check out our top tips for planning the summer wedding of your dreams.

When it comes to the best summer wedding décor, the possibilities are endless. For the summer season, one of our top tips for planning your summer wedding is to use bright colors whenever possible! Incorporate in-season fruits and vegetables as a part of your summer wedding centerpieces or flower arrangements. Think bright and vibrant yellow, orange and green fruit combos to really make a statement.

When planning your wedding date, make sure to check the calendar. Booking a wedding in the summer can be challenging with many U.S federal holidays. Make sure you plan a date that will be convenient and cost-effective for all of your guests, especially those traveling long-distance who will worry about airfare costs. Another important thing to keep in mind is parking. If you are planning a beach wedding on a popular holiday weekend, check to make sure that the roads will not be blocked off for parades and that parking near the venue will be convenient and abundant.

During the summer months, having an outdoor wedding can be tempting. Although we all hope for sunshine and clear skies, sometimes Mother Nature has a different plan. Even if your 10-day forecast shows sunshine and little chance of precipitation, always have a few tents set up. Even if it’s a beautiful day, the elderly guests will appreciate the shade and it’s a good way to keep the food covered from the beaming rays!

Another top tip for planning your summer wedding: Dress to impress! For a summer wedding, finding the right fabric and length for you and your wedding party are crucial. Keep in mind that you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors. Think lightweight fabrics that will allow your bridal party the chance to breathe. It is key if you want everyone happy and smiling! Tea-length dresses are always a great option, as well as linen or cotton material for the men.

Good luck and happy wedding planning! After you’ve set a summer date, you’ll want to begin searching for the perfect wedding venue. If you’re planning to celebrate in NJ, we invite you to visit our website and book one of our elegant event venues in West Orange, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Turn Father's Day into a Weekend Getaway- Plan a Stay with us in NJ!

Father's Day in NJPlanning a Father’s Day trip in New Jersey? How about turning your one-day visit into a memorable weekend getaway with us in NJ. There are endless attractions and landmarks to explore near our West Orange location. You’ll have no trouble finding things to do during Father’s Day weekend in NJ!

To help get you started, we’ve listed a few of our top Father’s Day activities in NJ. Get inspired, plan your trip and relive the memories for years to come.

Golfing: For the golf-loving Dad, make sure to check out these Golf Courses in Essex County. We are conveniently located near all of the golf courses and even have our very own seasonal putting green for practicing!

Dining: Whether beginning your day at our Hearty Wilshire Grand Buffet Breakfast or ending the night at our Zagat Rated Primavera Restaurant & Bar, your Dad is sure to leave with a full stomach. If craving something outside of our hotel, our area offers the most eclectic restaurants and bars in NJ.

Hiking: For hiking, boating, biking and more, Verona Park in New Jersey has it all! The 54.32-acre park is located less than a mile from our NJ hotel. If traveling with children, the park also features tennis courts and a playground!

Sightseeing: With our convenient location to the NJ attractions, you’ll want to set a few hours aside for sightseeing. Here are a few attractions you won’t want to miss: Eagle Rock Reservation, Turtle Back Zoo, the Newark Museum, Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center and the Lambert Castle Museum.

Do your favorite Father’s Day memories include any of these activities and attractions in NJ? We invite you to come discover these and more during your Father’s Day weekend getaway in NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel


Enjoy a Newark Bears Baseball Game this Season!

Newark Bears BaseballWhy travel to NYC to enjoy a baseball game when you can experience “America’s Favorite Pastime” right here in NJ? Opening Day for the Newark Bears Baseball will take place on Friday, May 17, 2013 and will include one of the best firework shows in New Jersey.

Whether a devoted fan to the game or looking for a summer event in NJ, come enjoy an exciting afternoon or early evening out with friends and family at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark.

The 2013 Newark Bears Schedule will feature 10 games ending with a post-game Firework Display, a fan-favorite among Newark Bears baseball fans. If interested in learning more about Newark Bears baseball, click here.

When it comes to summer in NJ, we feel that nothing beats the excitement of a live sporting event. Enjoy endless hotdogs, sunshine and bonding with your family at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium during your next summer getaway in NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


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