Things to do in West Orange

Enjoy a New York Red Bulls Game at Red Bull Arena

Summer is on its way. This weather is the perfect time to enjoy a New York Red Bulls Game at Red Bull Arena.

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Watch the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena

The arena in Harrison, New Jersey has 25,000 seats overlooking emerald green grass to enjoy a game day out of the house. The stadium is part of a larger two-phase development project in New Jersey's Riverbend District.

The 30 luxury skyboxes and 1,000 club seats are perfect for watching New York Red Bulls Games with optimal comfort and style.

There are plenty of concession options inside the arena. The Chipper offers tasty delights like chicken and waffles, garlic fries, mac and cheese, and pulled pork fries. Other grills and concession stands provide traditional favorites like jumbo hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza.

Inside the stadium, drinkers can enjoy Budweiser, Coors, Yuengling, Blue Moon, Flying Fish IPA, and several other specialty brews. A beer garden is located near the arena where fans can watch performances from the Freestyle Soccer Street Team and take part in many fun activities.

Everyone, two years of age and older, needs a ticket to enter the field and make sure to check the list of prohibited items before planning your visit.

Plan Game Day with The Wilshire Grand Hotel

If you'd like to check out a soccer match at the stadium, consider staying with us. The Wilshire Grand NJ is a short drive from the stadium and offers several special packages to help you make the most of your visit.


Plan a Mother’s Day Staycation in NJ

One of the best ways to celebrate Mother's Day is by planning a fun-filled staycation in New Jersey! 


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Celebrating Mother’s Day 2018 in NJ is easy with a local lineup of events that will make a staycation the best option for treating mom to a well-deserved day—or weekend—of fun and relaxation. When planning a Mother’s Day staycation in NJ, look for hotel specials that cater to mom.

Mother’s Day Events in NJ for the Active Mom

Does mom like to run, jump, and play? Then there’s an event for her Mother’s Day weekend in NJ. Join a 5K walk/run in Berkeley Heights Memorial Park or head to the Big Event Entertainment Experience for arcade games, bowling, and other activities to bring out the kid in her.

If delicious food is her jam, then Knob Hill Golf Club’s Mother’s Day brunch buffet with its professionally prepared cuisine has you covered or head to Sterling Gardens for a top-notch culinary experience amid the riot of flowers in bloom.

For creative moms, there’s cupcake classes and a “Tea and Paint” where she’ll be served delicious goodies while painting her own keepsake teacup.

Stay Close for Even More Mother’s Day Choices

The best way to enjoy a Mother’s Day Staycation in NJ is to stay close to the action. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is offering a Spoiled Mother package to pamper her with yoga, a movie, flowers, champagne and more. At the Wilshire Grand NJ, we know how to treat mom right!


The 2018 St Patrick's Day Parade Happening in North Jersey.

St. Patrick's Day ParadesPlan your Stay for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Happening in North Jersey.

As we say goodbye to February and march into spring, it’s the perfect time to plan a staycation with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Why? We offer a convenient rest stop if attending both the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Book your stay with us today for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade happening in North Jersey.

The 2018 Newark Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is March 16, 2018 at 1:00pm. Recognized as New Jersey’s first and finest St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Newark Parade is committed to keeping the tradition alive. Conveniently located near our hotel, the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade line runs from the Prudential Center on Mulberry Street past Gateway Center, NJPAC, Military Park, St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, the Newark Museum and Washington Park.

The 2018 West Orange Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:15pm. Located just down the road from our hotel, the 67th West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade is taking place on Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue. It's the perfect way to celebrate the holiday in West Orange with locals and visitors alike. Click here to learn more about the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New Jersey.

If looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Northern New Jersey, we invite you to make us your home away from home this March. Turn your day trip into a fun weekend getaway and come discover our hidden gem in West Orange, NJ.

Complimentary amenities abound including complimentary wireless Internet, Grand Wilshire European Style Breakfast Buffet, cardio & weight fitness center, seasonal outdoor patio and so much more! We are pet-friendly so bring your pup along, too.


Staycation Ideas in NJ: How to Spend a Summer Day at our hotel!

Staycation Ideas in NJ

We're Sharing our Staycation Ideas in NJ!

Getting ready to plan a stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel? Or perhaps you're just looking for staycation ideas in NJ. Either way, we're here to share our favorite ways to spend a day at our hotel here in West Orange, NJ! The truth is, you don't have to travel far or spend a lot of money to enjoy a great weekend getaway. Get inspired by our favorite ways to spend a summer day in Essex County, NJ.

After checking in and unpacking, you have probably built up quite an appetite. If looking for trendy places to eat in Northern New Jersey, you may be surprised to find that Montclair is just a quick Uber drive away. There are plenty of cafes, bars and shops lining the streets to explore, after you eat at the must-try restaurants that will make you feel as if you've transported to a tropical destination. We love Vital Dining, if you're craving Jamaican cuisine!

If looking for a place to grab a drink, there are plenty of great options nearby. If willing to travel back into an Uber, you should check out Upstairs bar, you'll love the ambience there.

Traveling back to our hotel, there are plenty of options to sit outside and enjoy a beautiful summer evening. Our patio out back is always a favorite amongst our guests with plenty of seating to sit back and catch up with friends or family. Our "hidden gem" is located next to our ballroom and one of our best kept secrets here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. If the weather is nice, venture out to our terrace, which features a waterfall and plant wall! We love when our brides and grooms take advantage of this space for their wedding photos. The walls were specifically designed with photo-ops in mind!

Before calling it a night, be sure to check out our 24-hour Sweet Shoppe featuring water, candy and wine! Load up on yummy treats before heading back to your room to enjoy a movie or your favorite show.

Don't forget about our complimentary breakfast in the morning! We offer bagels, doughnuts, oatmeal, cereal and more each morning in our lobby.

If looking for staycation ideas in NJ, consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website today and find a room that best fits your needs! We hope to see you soon.


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.


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.


St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NJ and NYC

St. Patrick's Day Parades in NJ

The biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NJ and NYC can be found all throughout the surrounding area near The Wilshire Grand. Put on your best green outfit and join the festivities!

St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NJ

Morristown St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 11, join the residents of Morris County for their St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Along with the march in celebration of Irish heritage, pre-parade events are planned, including the Grand Marshall Reception. This will include bagpipers, live music and dancing, beer and wine, and hors d’oeuvres on Friday, March 3rd.

Nutley St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For Nutley’s parade on Saturday, March 4, an Investiture Mass will start things off, and the parade will march out from the Holy Family Parking Lot at St. Mary’s Church. The parade will additionally honor the Firefighter of the Year and feature the 2017 Parade Queen, Morgan Sim.

West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in West Orange will kick off on Sunday, March 12. It will traverse Main Street and Eagle Rock Avenue, with grand stands along the route for optimal viewing.

Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Watch the Newark parade on March 17th at 1:00 p.m. as it makes its way past St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, Military Park, and the Newark Museum. The event’s 82nd year keeps Irish tradition front-and-center for the holiday.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NYC

NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For a few centuries, NYC’s parade celebrating St. Patrick has marched along the avenues with Irish pride. Enjoy the pomp and pageantry of this event, which regularly draws a few million spectators, on March 17 at 11 a.m.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel is close to all of these parade locations. Take your pick and have fun on St. Patty’s Day when you book your stay with us.


The Sounds of Jazz Grace the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

If you enjoy the sounds, soul, and rhythm of jazz, you’ll love what’s on the docket for this February through April at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Giants of modern jazz, plus up-and-comers, will hit the stage as part of the Jazz Series.

Spring Jazz Concerts in NJ

The upcoming schedule for the Jazz Series at New Jersey Performing Arts Center is full of variety and talent.

Kevin Mahogany – February 12

Hear the famed baritone jazz singer at NPAC’s Jazz Brunch Series at NICO Kitchen + Bar.

Rob Paparozzi – March 12

Paparozzi has fronted many musical outfits and plays a range of styles, from blues to jazz to pop. He’s another entry in the Jazz Brunch Series.

The Bucky Pizzarelli/Ed Laub Duo – April 2

Classic jazz guitar duets from the ‘30s will serenade another Jazz Brunch.

Here is the Place, Our City – April 7

Grammy-nominee Adegoke Steve Colson gathers a bevy of performers for a jazz tribute to Clement Price and Amiri Baraka.

Cecile McLorin Salvant with Sullivan Fortner – April 21

This will be a unique performance by a theatrical jazz singer and jazz pianist.

Wayne Shorter: Weather Report and Beyond Reimagined – April 22

This tribute to Wayne Shorter will be headlined by modern jazz stars like Christian McBride and Rachel Z.

Christian McBride with Esperanza Spaulding – One on One – April 23

One jazz mainstay and a new talent join together for an evening of conversation and music.

Wayne Shorter Quartet with Herbie Hancock – April 23

Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock were once members of the Miles Davis Quintet. Hear these jazz legends together once again.

Hear your favorite jazz performers and see jazz concerts in NJ when you book your stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.


Go on a Tasting Journey at Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017

Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017

If your palate could use a kick, you should attend Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017. Taste a variety of reds, whites, champagnes, grape blends, and more, and sample artisan foods that will delight your taste-buds. This is a can’t-miss event for both wine aficionados as well as foodies, or if you just love tipping back a good glass of wine.

New York Wine Events: Winter Wine Festival

Details

Winter Wine Festival will take place at PlayStation Theater in Times Square, NYC. There will be two different sessions on Saturday, February 4: one from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and one from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

What to Expect

Taste wine from all over the world, sample artisan foods, and munch on light hors d’oeuvres at NYC wine events for 2017. All of it will be set to the tune of live jazz from Brian Simpson, a Grammy nominee, and J.J. Sansaverino.

Try wines you have never encountered, including sips from New Zealand, Japan, Austria, South Africa, and Portugal. All attendees will receive a free wine glass for tasting.

A general admission ticket gets you access to all of the above for wine festivals in NYC this winter. Early access and VIP tickets are also available. This festival would make the perfect day trip or weekend trip!

If you will be attending New York wine events, The Wilshire Grand would love to host you for your trip, whether it’s a day, weekend, or week-long affair. We’re only a train ride away from NYC, and offer relaxing accommodations for putting up your feet after a day spent enjoying the city.


Concerts at the Prudential Center This Winter Include Superstars You Don’t Want to Miss!

Concerts at the Prudential Center This Winter

Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center is not only home to the New Jersey Devils, it provides an ideal forum for the powerhouses of the musical industry. This winter, in between puck shots, you are invited to witness world-class concerts and events at this one-of-a-kind venue.

Saturday, January 21st – The alternative rock band Twenty One Pilots is bringing their “Emotional Roadshow” tour to New Jersey and the Prudential Center. This award-winning musical duo is best known for their haunting chart-toppers like “Heathens” and “Stressed Out” and have received critical acclaim for their most recent album, “BLURRYFACE”.

Friday, February 10th – Eleven-time Grammy nominee Charlie Wilson is making the Prudential Center a stop on his “In It to Win It” tour in February. This concert event is further enhanced by Wilson’s special guests Fantasia, John Gill, and Solero. On his own, Wilson is captivating, but alongside his talented friends this concert will be nothing short of extraordinary.

Saturday, February 11th – The Latin Concert Series gets spicier with the legendary Marc Anthony and his Valentine’s Day concert at the Prudential Center. Anthony is arguably the best salsa artist to ever grace a stage, with a romantic side that makes the girls swoon. Don’t miss out on the chance to enchant your Valentine’s Day with a live performance from this sizzling artist.

Help With Winter Shows at the Prudential Center

The Wilshire Grand Hotel in New Jersey is your ideal resting ground for before and after an exhilarating concert. With our expertise at your fingertips, you can treat yourself to an unforgettable winter show that starts with dinner and ends with a nightcap in your lavish room. Our proximity to the Prudential Center and long list of amenities make the Wilshire Grand your obvious choice when planning a music filled getaway.