Things to do in West Orange

Meeting Venue in West Orange: Plan Your Meetings at Wilshire

New Jersey Meeting Planning: End of Year Events

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With over 20,000 feet of elegant event space, The Wilshire Grand Hotel is the perfect offsite meeting venue in West Orange, New Jersey. Our sophisticated reception room seamlessly combines convenience with grandeur as it sets an impressive atmosphere for a wide range of planned gatherings.

Over 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, complimentary breakfast every morning in the lobby, on-site dining, 24-hour business center, complimentary Wi-Fi Service, dedicated staff to help you with all your business needs, complimentary shuttle service within a 5 mile radius, conveniently located near Newark Liberty International Airport, 24-hour fitness center, nearby many NJ area attractions, conveniently located near NYC, Stash Rewards Program

The Wilshire Grand Hotel does much more than offer luxurious accommodations to every guest who walks in the door; we truly shine with our spaces for a wide range of meetings and events, including:

•    Business meetings
•    Corporate events
•    Weddings
•    Fundraisers
•    Associations affairs

We provide numerous perks to make any meeting easier, including complimentary parking, business amenities, and a first-rate staff. From product launches to board meetings to corporate-wide celebrations, Wilshire ensures that all of your events are just as successful as they are comfortable. We also serve as a great venue and lodging option for weddings, family outings to the zoo, and more.    

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Excitement on the Rope Course in West Orange

Family fun in New Jersey for all at the Tree Top Adventure Rope Course in West Orange

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Family fun in New Jersey is not hard to find when you head to the Tree Top Adventure Course right next to the Turtle Back Zoo. This aerial obstacle course is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and make memories with friends and family. The adult rope course offers 30 challenge elements and runs about 1½ hours while the junior rope course offers 15 challenge elements and runs about 45 minutes. After you finish the course, hop on the zip line for the most fun you can have 40 feet up in the air.

Reservations for the rope course near the Turtle Back Zoo are not required, but may be secured ahead of time.

Good family time is not far away when you head for an adventure to this exciting rope course in West Orange. miss! Make your plans today to challenge yourself at the rope course and zip line, then book your stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ for luxury accommodations and great dining.

Until next week    
The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ


Countdown to the Big Day: Last Minute Wedding Tasks

Use our guide so last minute wedding tasks don’t slip your mind

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Planning your wedding can be quite hectic. Even the most detail-oriented bride-to-be can get caught up in all the excitement of the upcoming nuptials. There may still be some small (but crucial) things to cross off your checklist. Here are 4 last minute wedding tasks to remember for the final stretch.

  1. Inform Your Caterer of the Final Headcount
    There is no room for error when it comes to the food. Giving your caterer the final numbers at least a week or two in advance will ensure they order the right amount of food and bill you correctly.
  2. Out-of-Towners
    Don’t forget about them! Make sure you’ve received an RSVP from everyone (ask one of your bridesmaids to contact those who haven’t responded yet.) This is your chance to finalize their accommodation arrangements. Confirm their transport arrangements as well.
  3. Create and Fine-Tune a Day-of Schedule
    Make sure you confirm delivery times. Most venues have very specific time frames allotted to the couples. Make sure everything will arrive and be set up in good time, with time to spare. You should also decide when the ceremony will start and by what time the reception should be wrapped up.
  4. Make Time for Yourself (and your fiancé) pre-weddding
    In all the chaos that can come with wedding planning, many couples forget to spend time with each other. This is also a good time to pamper yourself at a spa. Make sure you get enough rest before the big day as well!

The final preparations for your wedding will be much easier if your get some help. Delegate certain tasks to your bridesmaids, as well as the organizers at the venue. The Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, New Jersey is the perfect venue for your wedding, providing luxury and full personal service – including a wedding concierge, bridal attendants for all NJ brides, and catering for your special day. Contact us today to find out more about our wedding packages.

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Summertime Vibes: Enjoy Live Jazz Music In NJ

The Newark Museum will bring jazz outdoors at the Alice Ramson Dreyfuss Memorial Garden

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As is tradition every year, the Newark Museum will celebrate summer with a concert series at their peaceful garden. For five consecutive Thursdays, starting July 7th, the Alice Ramson Dreyfuss Memorial Garden will reinvent itself as a music hall and host contemporary jazz musicians during lunch time. These concerts have been held for over 50 years and are one of the summer highlights in Newark.

This year’s, live jazz music in Newark will be presented by these talented artists:

July 7th: Lenny White, accompanied by Tom Guarna on the guitar and Ben Williams with the bass beats
July 14th: Solo singer and composer Charaneé Wade
July 28th: Mino Cinelu and the Reunion Drum Trio, with Mayra Casales's vocals and Madeleine Yayodele Nelson's drums
August 4th: Woody Shaw Legacy Ensemble

The season will close with two Friday evening events. A live jam session with Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith on August 12th, and an evening of music with Ron Carter on September 16th.

Live jazz music in NJ is available for free for museum members, but visitors can take advantage of general admission at only $5 per concert. Jazz at the Garden can be a lovely highlight during your upcoming visit to Newark. At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we would like to wish you a great time during these performances.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


The New York Red Bulls Soccer Team Prepares To Win Big At Home

Excitement is building for a demonstration of sport finesse at New York Red Bulls Arena

New York Red Bulls Soccer

The New York Red Bulls Soccer team is hard at work already to delight their home fan base. After several of their players were nominated for MSL prizes, everything seems to be in order to offer a memorable performance at their upcoming games scheduled at their home arena in Harrison, NJ. Now that the full summer schedule has been announced, it has become evident that they have been investing their Copa break wisely.

Even their injured players are expected to be on top form for their upcoming match against the Portland Timbers on July 10. They will then subsequently face the Orlando City SC and their main Big Apple neighbors, New York City SC, on July 13th and 24th, respectively.

The New York Red Bulls schedule will remain steadily busy for the rest of the season, playing against the best of what the Eastern Conference Major League Soccer has to offer: Montreal Impact on August 13th, New England Revolution on the 28th, and traditional rivals D.C. United on September 11th.

Regardless of if you are an long-time fan or a new convert to soccer's magic, these matches will gather a combination of physical prowess and refined tactics. Witnessing such a spectacle at the New York Red Bulls Arena, is not an opportunity to be missed. Top it with luxurious accommodations, and stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Our convenient location and comforting rooms await will be happy to host you.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

 


Wedding Dress Shopping Tips from the Experts

3 Expert Wedding Dress Shopping tips for the perfect gown

Wedding Dress Shopping TipYour upcoming wedding can elicit both feelings of excitement and anxiety, especially when it comes to choosing your wedding dress. We have compiled some expert wedding dress shopping tips to ensure you get the right dress and enjoy the process of finding it.

1.    Go For a Dress That Fits You Now
Most brides to-be want to be at their best for their wedding day, with some incorporating more fitness into their routine to make that happen. It may be tempting to go for a smaller dress size with the hope of dropping some pounds to fit into the smaller size.  Lauren Green from  The Knot, points out that it is easier and more cost effective to scale down the size of a dress than it is to increase it.

2.    Bring a Maximum of Three People To Go Shopping
You may feel inclined to bring an entourage of all your girlfriends, your mom and your mother in-law to-be to help you choose your wedding dress. However, the more people you bring along, the more opinions you will receive, which will make it confusing to reach a final decision. Even the best of intentions can complicate things! Mara Urshel, the co-owner of Kleinfeld Bridals, during an interview with the “Real Simple” recommends that you bring no more than three people when shopping.

3.    Go For The Dress That Gives You The “Wow” Effect
As highlighted in the Bridal Guide, top among the common mistakes brides make when choosing their wedding gown is settling instead of following their heart. You have to look in the mirror and fall in love with what you see. If you do not like it in the shop, chances are, you will not love it walking down the aisle.

Your dream dress coupled up with a great wedding venue is exactly what you need for your perfect wedding experience. The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is highly recommended by NJ wedding planners as an ideal wedding venue. The hotel was a 2016 pick by The Knot for best wedding venues and Manhattan Bride’s Best of 2016.  Let our expert planners help you on the first steps of your new life together.  

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Plan Your 4th of July Getaway Weekend in New Jersey

Spectacular 4th of July Fireworks in New Jersey

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If you have yet to make any plans for this year’s Independence Day weekend, start planning a 4th of July getaway weekend in New Jersey. There is always an array of 4th of July events in Essex County and this year is no exception.

Montclair’s July 4 Celebrations -The 4th of July fireworks in New Jersey are a site to behold. Montclair will celebrate Independence Day with a lineup of fun festivities, including live entertainment, a parade, family picnic and a fireworks display that is sure to impress the entire family.

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks - What would any major celebration be without Macy’s? Their fireworks show has been lightening up our skies on July 4th since 1976. This year’s display will take place on the East River.

West Orange High School Fireworks Display -Head to the high school from 6:30pm for an exciting meet, live musical entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display.

Make your getaway an unforgettable one by booking your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We offer well-appointed guest rooms and ample amenities to ensure you have a comfortable stay with us.

We look forward to celebrating Independence Day with you!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Visit a Family-Friendly Zoo in New Jersey This Summer

Fun Family NJ Attractions for Summer

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Lions and tigers and giraffe! If you’re treating the family to a summer getaway, be sure to head to Turtle Back Zoo. This family-friendly zoo in New Jersey belongs to the Essex County Parks Department.

There’s always something happening at Turtle Back, making it a must-do on your list of family NJ attractions this summer for the perfect day trip.

You and your family may like to have breakfast with the entertaining gibbons. The two white-cheeked gibbons love having visitors join them for a healthy breakfast and primate activities. Guests can talk to the keepers and help prepare the primate’s breakfast.

See a range of exhibits, including the Sea Lion Sound Exhibit, Penguin Coast Exhibit and even a Southeast Asia Exhibit where visitors get the opportunity to see a rare red panda and Amur leopard.

Throughout the summer, the zoo features a variety of special events.  A favorite is Night Moves at the Zoo – with a guided tour of the creatures of the night!  For a more adult affair, check out Brew at the Zoo on June 25, 2016. 

Book Your Stay with Us

If you’re headed to New Jersey with the family this summer, book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. We are located close to Turtle Back Zoo and a variety of New Jersey and New York City attractions. Come and enjoy our comfortable accommodations and convenient amenities.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


We Have a Stunning Summer Wedding Venue in New Jersey Waiting for You

Our Attention to Detail Makes Us the Best Wedding Venue for Summer in NJ

 

Summer  is certainly the most popular time of year to tie the knot! Imagine your perfect day with warm weather, fabulous flowers, and long evenings.

Whether you’ve not yet planned your upcoming summer wedding or you’re getting ready to make it official next summer, our summer wedding venue in New Jersey could be the venue you’ve always dreamed of.

Your special day will undoubtedly be a celebration of love, tradition and values. Our hotel acknowledges the different heritages and cultures of all our wedding couples to ensure your day is more than you could ever imagine.

We offer flexible ballroom space in our West Orange reception hall and a courtyard that makes for the best wedding venue for summer in NJ. Our couples will have access to an entire events team who will help transform the space into a reception area that reflects your style.

The Wilshire Grand proudly offers a dedicated catering team who will help to customize your menu to your unique taste and serve you and your guests on your special day.

Our wedding packages include access to your chosen reception area and a complimentary bridal suite on your wedding night. You and your bridal party will be able to make use of
our Bridal Hospitality Suites to get ready for the wedding and bridal attendants and a concierge will ensure the entire day goes off without a fault. We also offer special rates for guests who will be staying over.

What could be dreamier than a summer wedding in our outdoor gardens?  The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ looks forward to making your big day a dream come true.


Head to the Montclair Food and Wine Festival in New Jersey

A Delicious Food and Wine Event in Montclair to Tickle Your Taste Buds

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Foodie Fanatics-if you’re in the area in July, make sure you check out the Food and Wine Festival in New Jersey at the Montclair Art Museum.

BBQ, Bourbon & Biergarten! This food and wine event in Montclair takes place on July 9, 2016 from 6pm to 10pm and promises a fun evening filled with the spirits and flavor of a New Jersey summer. There will be live musical entertainment, plenty of beers and bourbons to taste and a delectable BBQ-centered tasting event. Vendors who will be at the festival include Fitzgeralds, The Orange Squirrel, The Office, Spuntinos, Pig & Prince and Nico Kitchen & Bar.

There will even be an exciting BBQ competition that will be judged by a couple of celebrities, including beer and food writer, John Holl and food blogger Veronique Deblois.

For an exclusive experience, grab your VIP tickets and enjoy early entry to the festival. You’ll get the chance to spend time mingling with celebrity chef Amanda Freitag while tasting and sipping the festival’s offerings.

The Montclair Food and Wine Festival is a non-profit event with a mission is to promote education, awareness and appreciation of the culinary arts in Montclair and the greater metropolitan area by uniting chefs, artisans, farmers, and wine-makers in a multi-day event featuring educational seminars, symposia, demonstrations, and lectures.

The Montclair Food & Wine Festival also supports scholarship education to enable underserved or disadvantaged youth from the Montclair area the opportunity to further their culinary, agricultural, gastronomic education, and careers.

We hope everyone enjoys their time at this year’s events!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ