Things to do in West Orange

Tesla Model S Test Drive Event

Get your motor running with an exclusive Tesla Model S Test Drive Event with us!

Does the road call to you? For car aficionados it does! At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ we have a very special opportunity for all those who live and breathe all things horsepower with the Tesla Model S test Drive Event.

Tesla Model S Test Drive Event
Wednesday, December 16 from 10am – 6pm

Tesla Test Drive event at The Wilshire Grand

What does it feel like to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds without a drop of gasoline? You’re
about to find out. The Wilshire Grand Hotel would like to extend you the exclusive opportunity to test
drive the award winning Model S.

Tesla Model S Facts:
Highest safety rating in America
Autopilot equipped
Available All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor

Tesla's advanced electric powertrain is unique. Unlike a gasoline internal combustion engine with hundreds of moving parts, the Tesla has only one moving piece: the rotor.  

Autopilot allows Model S to steer within a lane, change lanes with the simple tap of a turn signal, and manage speed by using active, traffic-aware cruise control. Digital control of motors, brakes, and steering helps avoid collisions from the front and sides, as well as preventing the car from wandering off the road. Model S can also scan for a parking space, alert you when one is available, and parallel park on command.  

The Model S interior sound sound dynamics are likened to a recording studio and features a 17 inch touchscreen, angled toward the driver with day and night modes for increased visibility. 

Ready to try one out? Join us for this limited Tesla Model S test drive opportunity. For more information,visit the event page

Holiday Getaway in NJ

Enjoy a comfortable stay during your family holiday trip to NJ.

Holiday Getaway in NJ

New Jersey is a great place to visit during the holiday season. Home to many attractions and within a short distance of NYC, families can explore a variety of Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations and see beautiful holiday decorations.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, is the perfect home away from home during your trip. We provide our guests with complimentary Wi-Fi and shuttle service to and from our location. Our luxury hotel features a state-of-the-art fitness center, business center and our popular Sweet Shoppe.

To save money and make the holidays even better, travelers can upgrade to our wide array of hotel package deals. You have access to many discounts such as our AAA Rate Package and AARP Rate Package, both of which include luxurious overnight accommodations, complimentary breakfast for two and complimentary parking.

When you book your room at The Wilshire Grand , our staff will be delighted to provide more information about special area events to help you enjoy your stay to the fullest. We're conveniently located close to New York City, providing an easy commute to your destinations. Whether you're combining your holiday getaway in NJ with a business trip or taking the whole family out for a fun vacation, browse our website to see what amenities you'll enjoy at our hotel.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Our Thanksgiving Dinner Planning Guide

Prepare for the holiday with these stress-free Thanksgiving tips.

Thanksgiving Dinner Planning Guide

When the holidays come around, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of planning and preparation that comes with the celebrations. If you are the planner of the family, take a moment to prepare for festive times with these helpful tips.

Using a calendar or planner to schedule out the timeline for Thanksgiving dinner may seem silly, but it will help tremendously. Knowing exactly when and how everything should be done will make the upcoming days feel like a breeze.

Start weeks in advance by ordering and renting items you will need. The turkey, chairs and tables, and cleaning services are examples. Get as much out of the way as you can before Thanksgiving approaches.

Buy nonperishable items a week or so before. This includes food, utensils and centerpieces. Avoid the rush at the stores that typically occurs closer to the day. As it nears, prepare food items that you can freeze or refrigerate ahead of time. Piecrusts, casseroles and gravy are examples.

Remember to thaw out the turkey based on its size. Butterball has a great guide to help. On the day, make an oven schedule for items that need to bake besides the turkey. People always want to chip in, so take advantage and ask for help or have them bring a dish to ease your load.

Creating a schedule using the Thanksgiving dinner planning guide tips that Epicurious, Williams-Sonoma and Food Network offer will make you look like a pro.

Make it even easier and have information ready about a local hotel for your relatives and friends from out of town, such as The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website to book online quickly and easily. This way, you can rest after the month-long preparations come to an end.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Come to Turtle Back Zoo Halloween 2015

Celebrate a family friendly Halloween in NJ with a night of spooky fun at this amazing annual event.

Are you as excited as we are for this year's Turtle Back Zoo Halloween 2015 on Sunday, October 31st? This family-friendly spookfest lets kids of all ages join in for Halloween fun. Get ready for an adventure that is sure to thrill.

Turtle Back Zoo Halloween 2015
Anyone looking for fantastic evening of family fun should put this at the top of their to-do list. Enjoy themed entertainment, candy giveaways, and your favorite animals will be on hand to party!

Due to its growing popularity, Safe HOWL-O-Ween has limited space. Zoo members receive a special rate, but non-members can also sign up for an affordable cost. It's five great hours of Halloween fun for everyone. Be sure to bring a treat bag for collecting goodies throughout the zoo!

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is thrilled to see everyone coming together for this festive gathering. If you're traveling to the area from out of town or simply want to make a weekend getaway out of a fun, family-friendly party, check out our website to book a room with us and learn more about local events happening this fall.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

The NJ Devils Hockey Season Is About to Begin

Enjoy action on the ice right here in New Jersey and check out the NJ Devils Schedule.

NJ Devils Hockey
Does the idea of a live hockey game sound exciting? The Devils will draw crowds in New Jersey beginning October 9. Here is the home game schedule for NJ Devils hockey 2015 through the end of the year.

Friday, October 9 vs. Jets
Tuesday, October 13 vs. Predators
Friday, October 16 vs. Sharks
Tuesday, October 20 vs. Coyotes
Tuesday, October 27 vs. Blue Jackets
Saturday, October 31 vs. Islanders

Friday, November 6 vs. Blackhawks
Sunday, November 8 vs. Canucks
Tuesday, November 10 vs. Blues
Saturday, November 14 vs. Penguins
Wednesday, November 25 vs. Blue Jackets
Friday, November 27 vs. Canadiens

Tuesday, December 1 vs. Avalanche
Friday, December 4 vs. Flyers
Sunday, December 6 vs. Panthers
Friday, December 11 vs. Red Wings
Thursday, December 17 vs. Panthers
Saturday, December 19 vs. Ducks
Tuesday, December 29 vs. Hurricanes

You'll find the full Devils Schedule on the team's official website. Home games present an exciting chance to watch some of the NHL's best players up close. The Devils have been shredding up the ice in New Jersey since 1982 and in Newark since 2007. The team has won the Stanley Cup five times in the past and could be in the finals again this year, so it's a great time to catch a game in person.

The staff of The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ knows you'll love the action and excitement of these spectacular games. NJ Devils 2015 home games are played at the Prudential Center, which is located less than 20 minutes from our hotel. If you're looking to enjoy a meal with friends before the game or just a cocktail when the evening's entertainment is over, stop by Primavera Ristorante.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Performing Arts: NJPAC Events Schedule 2015

Plan your fall with the NJPAC Events Schedule.

NJPAC Events Schedule

Since its opening night, NJPAC has welcomed more than 9 million visitors and reached more than 1.5 million Newark and New Jersey children with arts education programs.  Plan your fall around some of the greatest entertainment and educational opportunities with the NJPAC Events Schedule.

Diana Ross – In the Name of Love Tour September 16
Christian McBride with Pat Metheny: One on One September 17
Kathleen Madigan: Madican Again September 18
Mystic India: The World Tour September 18
Russell Peters’ Almost Famous World Tour September 19-20
Branford Marsalis Joins the NJSO September 25-27
Lang Lang September 26
Spotlight Gala 2015: Celebrating Stephen Sondheim October 3
Ballet Folklorico De Mexico De Amalia Hernandex October 4
Ina Garten: The Barefoot Contessa October 7
New Jersey Speakers Series: Leon E. Panetta October 8
Renaissance: Fall Tour 2015 – Songs for all our Times October 9-10
Victgor Manuelle October 9
God’s Freqwincey CD Release Concert October 11
Mel Brooks – Back in the Saddle again October 15
Bernadette Peters October 16
Cirque De La Symphoine with the NJSO October 17

For a full listing of the NJPAC Events Schedule visit their website.

Unwinding after the events is made easier when staying at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.  Located just minutes from NJPAC, we offer luxurious accommodations for a great getaway.  

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Relax with an Extended Stay Hotel Deal in NJ

You'll feel right at home while staying at the luxurious business hotel Essex County NJ is home to.

Extended Stay Hotel Deal in NJ
Experienced road warriors know that an extended stay business trip to the New York metropolitan area can be challenging. You want to find a good hotel room that is comfortable and keeps you connected to your business. The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ has an extended stay deal in NJ that will make you feel right at home while you're meeting with those essential New York clients.

Located in West Orange, we offer an easy commute to New York City, and you can travel for free to anywhere within 5 miles of the hotel with convenient shuttle service. It's always important to keep up with your business while you're on the road – stay connected with free Wi-Fi to give you constant remote access.

At the end of a long day, take advantage of the Manager's Reception complete with hot or cold bites and relax with a glass of wine or a cold beer every Monday through Thursday.

In the morning, wake to our breakfast complete with fresh fruit, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, and “make your own”  Belgian waffles with fix-ins just to start.   We always feature our own fresh made scones and pastries, or banana  bread too!

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ, offers plenty of diversions if your trip extends over the weekend. You can get in a great workout at the fitness center while avid golfers can practice their swing on the putting green or indulge dessert cravings at the Sweet Shoppe, which features premium ice cream and cookies.

Staying with us for an extended period? Why not book the Extended Stay package and enjoy:

Overnight accommodations
Basket with beverages & snacks upon arrival
Complimentary full breakfast buffet daily
Monday - Thursday manager's reception
Free WiFi and internet service
Free shuttle service within a 5 mile radius, based on availability

Visit our website for more information about this extended stay hotel in Essex County.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Bridal Shower Trends for 2015

Bridal Shower Trends for 2015 feature travel to destinations and luxury hotels.

Bridal Shower Trends for 2015
Planning for the party before the party? Time to start thinking outside of the brunch or afternoon tea party! There are a host of bridal shower trends for 2015 setting new standards for fun and exciting activities. Bridal parties now have a wide assortment of ideas to choose from when it comes to planning a shower including a festive getaway weekend or a even day-long extravaganza. Of course, you certainly can’t leave the men out! There are bridal (or grooms) parties that the guys can enjoy too!

Consider this the last "single" hurrah.  Combine the wedding shower with the bachelorette party and make it a destination event where guests travel to spend the weekend away. Why not something pampering or educational and treat attendees to massages, cosmetic makeovers or event group classes. Guests can learn enjoy a relaxing yoga class, cooking, painting or a myriad of other creative activities.

For the groom, base the party on a sports theme where guests can take attend a game complete with party bus and catered tailgating, or allow the guys to enjoy one last bachelor game of poker in his honor. Either way, the groom should be the recipient of music, gifts and the attention of his closest friends.

Today's modern couples often delight in planning Couple Showers where everyone can celebrate together. This could start as a casual cocktail party or elegant soiree, culminating in a friendly barbecue or classic dinner buffet.

One locale that rates highly with wedding planners is The Wilshire Grand Hotel located in scenic West Orange, New Jersey. A short trip of just under an hour from New York City, our hotel offers guests full use of our many facilities, restaurant and bar. For more formal events, our hotel features a ballroom and full event catering staff. The Loft at the Wilshire Grand would be the perfect setting for any of these great bridal shower trend ideas for 2015 and beyond.  

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

New Jersey Fall Foliage Tour With Spirit Cruises

Glorious colors of autumn welcome you from the water aboard a New Jersey Fall Foliage Tour with Spirit Cruises.

Fall Foliage Tour With Spirit Cruises

As summer is coming to a close, many people turn their attention to back-to-school planning and thoughts of the coming holidays. However, you do not have to bemoan the end of summer when you can instead celebrate the beginning of autumn, one of the most beautiful seasons in the Northeast.

In the Garden State, autumn provides you with striking colors and cool air perfect for a New Jersey Fall Foliage Tour with Spirit Cruises. The cruise takes you up the Hudson River for a three-hour scenic adventure complete with DJ narration and a fully inclusive lunch buffet, all in style and comfort. Cruises for the fall tours take place October 17 and 24th.  

If you decide to stay in the area, we invite you to consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel for a full weekend of fall fun in New Jersey.  Continue to tour the area’s autumnal display as we are centrally located to so many beautiful areas that feature spectacular colors. Consider staying the night in luxury before setting out on a drive to see the colors.  Visit New Jersey provides some great resources for planning out your road trip.    

Until next week,  
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

The Perfect NJ Fall Wedding Venue

Plan a picture-perfect wedding with these wedding tips for fall.

NJ Fall Wedding Venue
Brides often think of summer as outdoor wedding season, but waiting until the fall to say “I do” can be just as romantic if not even more so. With a backdrop of colorful autumn leaves and pleasantly cool weather, fall is a wonderful time to plan a picture-perfect outdoor ceremony. To help you achieve this dream of a wedding, we've compiled some of the best advice for planning a fall wedding.

Tip #1 Plan for the weather

Guests probably won’t be sweating at a fall wedding, but they could start shivering if an unseasonable cold front rolls in. Make sure your guests are prepared for cool weather by keeping them updated about the forecast. You could also provide a basket of inexpensive shawls for those guests who forget to bring an extra layer.

Tip #2 Don’t forget the holidays

Many holidays that are celebrated in the fall can create scheduling conflicts for wedding guests. Be mindful of your guests’ holiday plans by doing careful research before booking your venue. In addition to holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, there are some religious holidays in the fall that should be kept in mind.

Tip #3 Choose fall flower arrangements

Many flowers will come into bloom just in time for your fall wedding, such as dahlias, asters and chrysanthemums. By keeping your floral arrangements in-season, you can save money and stay true to your wedding’s fall theme. If you want to get creative, you could even incorporate some fall fruits and vegetables into your fall wedding décor.

Tip #4 Pick the perfect venue

Choosing a venue that offers all-inclusive wedding packages can make planning the perfect fall wedding a breeze. With beautiful outdoor gardens, an elegant 20,000 square foot ballroom and excellent catering, The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ can serve as the perfect venue for your fall wedding. Visit our wedding page to read more about our lovely wedding packages.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ