Things to do in West Orange

Enjoy a 4th of July Getaway Weekend in NJ

4th of July fireworks events in NJ light up the sky.

4th of July Getaway Weekend in NJ

If you're looking to enjoy a 4th of July getaway weekend in NJ, West Orange is the perfect staging ground. The area is centrally located amidst North Jersey and New York holiday activities. You can take your pick of several attractions to visit in different townships.

There are plenty of 4th of July fireworks events in New Jersey. Montclair, NJ has an incredible celebration planned for the Fourth. The city is following up their 64th Annual Independence Day Parade with a spectacular fireworks display in the evening. In Florham Park, just 20 minutes away from West Orange, the city is hosting its own Independence Day parade and fireworks show. Bloomfield Township, an even closer 15-minute drive, has an early morning parade, daylong festivities and evening fireworks planned as well. Also 15 minutes away, the city of Livingston is celebrating the day with a tribute to the armed forces and first responders, a classic car parade and fireworks.

Just across the Hudson River, New York City will host its annual Macy's Independence Day celebration. The city has scheduled the event to air on live television, and big name hosts will report the event’s highlights.

Regardless of the destination you choose, there are tons of attractions and activities available on the 4th. West Orange is the perfect location to enjoy the celebrations and enjoy a 4th of July getaway weekend in NJ. The Wilshire Grand, NJ  lies directly in the heart of the action. Visit our website early for room rates and availability.

Until next week,
Wilshire Grand, NJ

NJ Summer Wedding Venue

June brides: plan you day with the ideal NJ summer wedding venue.

Choosing a wedding date is one of the most important planning decisions that you'll have to make as a couple — it will impact every other aspect of your big day. You may have an idea of where you envision yourself walking down the aisle or what you want your cake to look like, but until you decide when you'd like to get married, you can't commit to anything.

The warmer months in New Jersey are often the most sought out when planning for a couple’s special day and for good reason – the weather can be beautiful!  

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ we know weddings and can help you plan the summer event of your dreams.  Our peaceful outdoor gardens are the perfect backdrop for ceremonies and receptions.  

NJ summer wedding venue
Come prepare for the festivities in our private bridal suites which include separate spaces for the Bridal and Groom’s party, refrigerator filled with soft drinks, juices and water, coffee maker and a safe to keep your belongings until the wedding.  

Summer wedding but indoor celebration?  From grand ballrooms to intimate settings, our event venues in NJ sparkle with elegance. Our Regency Room and Grand Ballroom offer a sophisticated setting. Whereas, our Tuscany Room and The Loft at 350 offer a unique layout that makes you forget you are in the suburbs.

We invite you to come and see what The Wilshire Grand has to offer as a NJ summer wedding venue. Recipient of the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award 2014 and 2015 and Manhattan Bride’s Best of 2015! For more information, visit our website.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Get ready for the Premier Food & Wine Tasting Event in NJ: Montclair Food & Wine Festival

Like no other food & wine tasting event in NJ, the Montclair Food & Wine Festival is a delicious start to summer!

Food & Wine Tasting Event in NJ

Oenophiles and foodies alike will join together this June in an event like no other! The third annual Montclair Food & Wine Festival is slated for June 8 to 13, 2015 with several must-do events lined up.

The Gala Dinner takes place June 8 at The Manor in West Orange to begin the festivities.  Guests can enjoy selections prepared by the Chefs of Highlawn Pavilion, Pig & Prince, Fascino, Betello, Nico, Ariane Kitchen & Bar and Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen with wines and beverages by Sharon Sevrens of Amanti Vineyards.

Bourbon & Biergarten will be on Friday, June 12 at the Montclair Art Museum. Savor fine bourbons, beer tastings and dishes from more than 25 local restaurants.  A portion of the evenings proceeds will support education and exhibition programs at MAM.

The Grand Tasting wraps up this food and wine tasting event in NJ on June 13 at the Montclair Art Museum.  Attendees will be treated to some amazing culinary offerings from some of the most well-known restaurants in New Jersey accompanied by wines and spirts of Amanti Vino.

With its beginnings in 2011, the Montclair Food & Wine Festival was born of a group of community volunteers, local chefs, restaurants and industry professionals came together to “share the wealth and culinary diversity of Montclair while pursuing charitable and educational purposes.”    Today this event is supporting incredible charitable organizations like St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Intensive Therapeutics and Mache, Montclair Academy of Culinary & Hospitality Education.

Attending this food and wine tasting event in NJ?  Everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ hopes you enjoy it all!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Book our Extended Stay Package for an Inexpensive Summer Getaway in NJ!

Searching for an Inexpensive (but totally awesome) Summer Getaway in NJ? Book with us!



If you are trying to find the best things to do with kids the summer vacation, how about planning a quick getaway with us? Our hotel is the perfect destination for an inexpensive summer getaway in NJ. Your kids will love the nearby attractions and you’ll love our affordable rates.

Our Extended Stay Hotel Package for your summer getaway in NJ includes:

  • 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

Here’s what family-friendly attractions you will find near our NJ hotel:

  • Turtle Back Zoo
  • Liberty State Park
  • Eagle Rock Reservation
  • Verona Park
  • Liberty Science Center
  • The Wilshire Grand Hotel Putting Green
  • and NYC is nearby, too!

We are also pet-friendly so don’t leave your four-legged friend at home! The entire family is always welcome at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Book our Valentine’s Day Hotel Package in NJ!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us & book our hotel package in NJ.


Trying to figure out how you can make this year’s Valentine’s Day memorable in every way? Pack your bags and surprise your loved one with a romantic NJ getaway with us. Our Pampered in Pink hotel deal is the perfect Valentine’s Day Hotel Package in NJ.

Indulge in our Pampered in Pink package and receive:

  • Superior King Room accommodations
  • Bottle of chilled pink champagne with chocolate Kisses and an arrangement of fresh pink flowers delivered to your room
  • Dinner for two at Primavera Restaurant ($122.00 Value)
  • 2:00pm late check out

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is centrally located near many romantic things to do in NJ including the Spirit of NJ & NY cruises. We are also located near NYC for a memorable day trip! Head to our hotel, enjoy our cozy accommodations and Valentine’s Day dinner at our Primavera Restaurant in NJ.

Book your stay today!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Here are our Top Things to do in NJ this winter!

There are many exciting things to do around our hotel in NJ, don’t forget to plan your stay this winter.

Things to do in NJ this winter

At the Wilshire Grand Hotel, we are conveniently located near the best attractions in Northern New Jersey. If visiting with us this holiday season, check out our top things to do in NJ this winter.

Located just a few minutes from Newark, we are always excited to let our guests know about the upcoming events taking place at the Prudential Center. Whether you are a sports fan, music lover or just looking for a little excitement during these winter months, check out these Prudential Center events:

  • New Jersey Devils Home Game: Click here for the upcoming schedule.
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Live Debut of “The Christmas Attic:” on Sunday, Decemeber 21, 2014 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm.
  • The Harlem Globetrotters 2015 Tour: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

If looking to get into the holiday spirit, there are many events and attractions to visit this winter. Our favorites include:

Plan your stay with us and celebrate the holiday season in NJ. 

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time? Check out these tips!

Our easy to follow guide for hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time!

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time can be stressful. As a first-time host, you want to make sure that everything goes as planned. Check out our Thanksgiving Planning Checklist and get ready to impress your guests. Warning: You may be asked to host again next year!

Our Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist includes:

Make sure you get a final head count of guests and start planning your menu. If you want your guests to bring something, make sure you discuss with each person. You’ll then want to decide if you will serve buffet-style or a sit-down dinner.

Reserve your bird two weeks in advance

Thaw your turkey three days before. Allow a full day for every four pounds of turkey being thawed.

Clean the kitchen the weekend before and make the cranberry sauce.

If baking a pie from scratch, make your pie dough two days before and refrigerate it.

The day before Thanksgiving is when you’ll want to trim and peel your carrots, make cheese crackers and make your pie. Wrap your pies in plastic and keep at room temperature.

You will want to bring your turkey to room temperature and start roasting 3 ½ hours before your guests arrive.

Two hours before your dinner, you can bake your potatoes, cook your green beans and assemble your stuffing.

One hour before dinner starts, set out your cheese crackers and any appetizers that you may be offering. Then, 30 minutes before, put your stuffing in the oven, cook your carrots and make your gravy!

Now you can sit back and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day dinner! For more helpful tips, check out Martha Stewart’s Foolproof Plan for your First Thanksgiving.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Not-so-Scary Halloween Events for Families at the Turtle Back Zoo in NJ!

Looking for spooktacular events for your little ones? Check out these Halloween events for families in NJ.

Halloween Events for Families in NJ

At the Wilshire Grand Hotel, we are conveniently located near many top attractions in the Northern NJ area. Which means, there is always something new to discover each time you visit our hotel. If planning to celebrate Halloween in our area and looking for events for families in NJ, check out the Turtle Back Zoo this October.

The Halloween events include:

Spooky Zoo at the Turtle Back Zoo
October 24th and 25th, 2014
6pm to 9pm
$5 for non-members, $3 for Zoo members

This spooktacular family-friendly Halloween event in NJ features a spooky animal presentation, hands-on activity stations and nighttime train rides.  The not-so-scary train rides will take place before 7:45pm and scary rides start at 8pm. The event is rain or shine. Click here for tickets.

Safe HOWL-O-Ween at the Turtle Back Zoo
Friday, October 31st, 2014
$5 for non-members, $3 for Zoo members

Gather your little ones and enjoy trick or treating at more than 25 candy stations at the Turtle Back Zoo.

If interested in attending these frighteningly fun Halloween events at the Turtle Back Zoo, we welcome you and your family to book your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Click here to view last year’s event and plan your stay today!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Planning an Extended Stay? Take Advantage of our NJ Hotel Package with Breakfast included!

Our NJ Extended Stay Hotel Package with Complimentary Breakfast Daily is perfect for your stay in NJ.

If you are planning an extended stay in NJ, look no further than the Wilshire Grand Hotel. We are offering an exclusive NJ Hotel Package with breakfast included for you to enjoy during your visit. Learn more about our hotel deal below and plan your stay with us in West Orange, NJ.

NJ Hotel Packages with Breakfast

Our Extended Stay Package includes:

  • 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

Terms and Conditions apply. Visit our special hotel offers page on our Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ website to learn more.

Whether visiting for business or leisure, we are committed to ensuring your stay is memorable from beginning to end. Come visit your home here in West Orange, NJ and enjoy our comfortable accommodations and unprecedented service.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Hockey fans, the New Jersey Devils 2014-15 Season is almost here!

The New Jersey 2014-15 Regular Season is about to begin! Plan your stay today.

Hockey fans, are you ready for the NHL 2014-15 season? We are always excited to offer hockey fans a convenient place to stay before and after the games at the Prudential Center. If you’re planning to attend a New Jersey Devils home game during the 2014-15 season, we invite you to book your stay at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We are located just minutes away from the arena.

New Jersey Devils 2014-15 SeasonThe regular season home games for the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center begins Saturday, October 18, 2014 and ends Tuesday, April 7, 2014. We’ve listed the upcoming October games at the Prudential Center and you can view the full 2014-15 schedule for the NJ Devils here.

The October home games for the Devils include:

Saturday, October 18, 2014 vs. the Sharks at 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 vs. the Rangers at 7:00pm
Friday, October 24, 2014 vs. the Stars at 7:00pm
Thursday, October 30, 2014 vs. the Jets at 7:00pm

If looking for things to do this fall/winter in NJ, check out a game at the Prudential Center this season. Check out our current hotel deals and packages.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ