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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.


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

Happy New Year

New Year’s is a special time to both look back over the year that was, and look forward to a fresh start and a blank slate. Your family deserves to remember the best of 2016 and make some new memories to send it off in style. New Year’s Eve celebrations in NJ let you do that in unique settings.

Unique NYE Events in NJ 2016

How to Ring in the New Year in NJ

If you want to do something slightly off the beaten path for NYE, a great option that is also family-friendly is New Year’s Eve cruises in the area.

There are a variety of cruises happening at various times on the eve before New Year’s Eve (December 30), New Year’s Eve (December 31), and New Year’s Day (January 1). If you have been wondering how to celebrate New Year’s Eve in NJ with your entire family or just a big group, any of these Spirit of New York or Spirit of New Jersey cruises will fit the bill.

Lunch and Brunch Cruises

If you have small children and are looking for a way to include them in festivities, consider the New Year’s Eve Family Lunch cruise or the New Year’s Day Brunch cruise.

Dinner Cruises and Fireworks

Hop aboard for the Eve of the Eve Dinner cruise on December 30 with a live DJ, or head out for a Fireworks Dinner cruise that will set sail past midnight and offer a premium open bar. Both events are perfect for couples, groups, or families with older kids.

Happy End of 2016 to You and Yours!

NYE events in NJ for 2016 will make sure you and your family end the year with a bang. Happy New Year from all of us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!


Holiday Events in NJ Light Up the Night - Happy Holidays!

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season from all us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!

Happy Holidays

The holidays are in full swing, and that means getting in the spirit of the season. Take the whole family to holiday events in NJ and get that warm, fuzzy feeling of merry cheer. There’s a little something for everyone, both young and old.

Holiday Events in Essex County, NJ for One and All

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

The Holiday Lights Spectacular is going on at the zoo through January 3. The event is open nightly from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., so there are plenty of opportunities to visit and see this winter wonderland. Plus, admission is free!

Here’s why you should visit: Turtle Back Zoo illuminates the night in grand spectacle at this event. The dazzling display features 50 different winter animals and holiday characters. Not to mention, each weekend features a different themed event. For instance, the final weekends of December will feature visits from Santa, face painting, s’mores stations, and a chance to meet characters from both sides of the Force from Star Wars.

Hotels Nearby for Ease and Convenience

The Wilshire Grand is just minutes away from the Holiday Lights Spectacular. While you’re in town for the holidays, visiting relatives and enjoying the season, stay with us for an easy and stress-free trip.

We Wish You a Merry and Bright Season!

Holiday events in Essex County, NJ keep the spirit of the season kicking well into January. Happy holidays from everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!


2017 Wedding Trends to Consider

2017 Wedding Trends

Wedding trends can be difficult to sift through. There are so many styles and options for your big day; how do you decide which ones best fit you, your partner, and your style?

The answer: let your eye and your gut lead you in the right direction. Choose the trends that speak to you.

With this in mind, here are some 2017 wedding trends to consider that are staying strong from years past, as well as some that are up-and-coming for 2017. (Fashion-forward brides, take note!)

Brand New Wedding Trends for 2017, Plus, the Tried-and-True

Vintage/Rustic Weddings

Vintage and rustic-style weddings have been on the bridal radar for a few years, and the trend isn’t going anywhere for 2017.

A vintage wedding might include accents from the past, such as vintage décor, or can mimic a favorite era, such as a 1950s sock hop or 1920s Jazz Age throwback. Rustic weddings bring to mind barn venues, lots of weathered wood and metals, and a distinct “in-the-country” vibe.

Paper (Beyond the Invites)

Paper will factor in a big way for wedding trends for 2017. Beyond stationery, look for it in décor (garlands, banners, and hanging paper accents) as well as floral arrangements.

Lots of Greenery

Instead of colorful bouquets and festoons of flowers, many brides are opting for a simpler, more toned-down array of greenery. Think ferns, eucalyptus, herbs, and other leafy greenery paired with white flowers.

For a venue that can accommodate whichever 2017 wedding trends your heart desires, New Jersey wedding venues are where you should look. The Wilshire Grand Hotel has both a beautiful ballroom as well as elegant outdoor space, not to mention a wedding concierge to help you plan. Your day will be stress-free when you enjoy our private bridal suite and reception area, too.

Count on wedding venues in NJ like The Wilshire Grand to make your day spectacular!