Things to do in West Orange

Here are 3 Advantages of having your Wedding at a Hotel!

Searching for the perfect wedding venue? Check out these advantages of having your wedding at a hotel.

Advantages of having your Wedding at a Hotel

There are many advantages of having your wedding at a hotel. If you’re planning a wedding and looking for the perfect location for your big day, consider a hotel such as our Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, NJ. We host gorgeous weddings at the Wilshire Grand Hotel every year. Check out the many benefits of a hotel wedding:

Advantage #1: Our professionals will make the entire wedding process a lot easier. From the moment your cocktail hour begins, you will receive top-notch service from our butlers passing around hors d’oeuvres to unlimited premium liquors. You can also enjoy complimentary color lighting to help set the mood on the dance floor. 

Advantage #2: We will design your personal wedding package to match your exact specifications and desires. Our wedding concierge will be there every step of the way to ensure that your wedding package best suits your tastes and needs.

Advantage #3: The bride and bridal party will have plenty of room to get ready for their big day, right on our property. You can prepare for the day in one of two brand new bridal salons equipped with expansive mirrors, private restrooms, personal safes and many other amenities. 

If planning a wedding in our NJ area, feel free to Request more Information and one of our event specialists in NJ will contact you shortly.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Here’s our guide to a Relaxing Father’s Day Getaway in NJ!

A laid-back Father’s Day Getaway in NJ

Father's Day Getaway in NJ

Dads, you work hard all year, it’s time to enjoy a relaxing Father’s Day getaway with us in NJ. With our central location in West Orange, there are many things to explore just minutes away from our hotel. Gather your family; pack your bags and head to the Wilshire Grand Hotel for a well-deserved Father’s Day weekend getaway in NJ.

Whether you are the sports type, adventure seeker or just looking for a place to relax, we’ve listed our favorite Father’s Day activities in North Jersey. Come rest your feet and stay awhile. Here are our top picks for your Father’s Day getaway in NJ:

The golf courses in Essex County, NJ: Treat yourself to a round of golf! The Essex County golf courses include: Francis A. Byrne Golf Course, Hendricks Field Golf Course and Weequahic Park Golf Course. Visit a previous blog post to learn more.

Love an adventure? Take a trip to Verona Park. The 54.32-acre park is located less than a mile away from our hotel. You can enjoy boating and fishing, tennis courts and more! There is even a playground for the little ones to enjoy. Rent one of our beach cruiser bicycles and enjoy everything the NJ Park has to offer.

If looking to relax this Father’s Day, we invite you to enjoy our seasonal outdoor patio and putting green. We’ve provided the perfect environment for our guests to sit back and enjoy the beautiful weather, with ample seating and table space.

Visit our website to learn more about our hotel and accommodations and plan your Father’s Day getaway with us in NJ. Don’t forget to check out our current hotel packages and offers to ensure the very best trip.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with us in NJ!

Memorial Day Weekend in NJ

Have you made plans for Memorial Day yet? The holiday is fast approaching. Don’t forget to plan your Memorial Day weekend getaway with us in NJ!

Along with the many Memorial Day parades and ceremonies taking place in NJ, there are several family-friendly attractions and activities to visit during your Memorial Day weekend visit here in NJ.

As we mentioned in a previous blog post, the Newark Museum will be open on Memorial Day, May 26th, 2014. It’s your last chance to catch American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell at the NJ museum!

If the weather is nice, you can head to our front desk and rent one of our beach cruises.  Take a scenic bike ride to the local sites, which include the beautiful Verona Park. If looking to relax, take in the fresh air on our back patio featuring a seven-foot professional putting green.

There are plenty of things to do this Memorial Day weekend in NJ! Begin and end your trip with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website and learn about our cozy accommodations and convenient amenities.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course – An Exciting Weekend Event for the Adventure Seeker!

Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course

Love an adventure? Then, you’ll love the Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course, which is now open on the weekends. The world-class aerial obstacle course is located next to the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo and features a junior course, adult course and zip line.

The Essex County TreeTop Adventure adult course is approximately 35ft in height and offers 30 unique challenge elements with a run time of 1 to 1.5 hours. The junior course is approximately 10ft in height and offers 18 challenge elements with a 30 to 45 minute run time. The zip line has been redesigned and measures the length of over a football field and is approximately 40 feet in height.

Click here to learn about the rules and regulations for the Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course and plan your visit to Northern New Jersey today! This is the perfect event for adventure seekers in our area.

After enjoying the event, rest your feet in our cozy accommodations in NJ. Visit our website to book your stay today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

April Showers bring May Flowers – Our Top Rainy Day Activities in NJ!

Top Rainy Day Activities in NJ

It is unfortunate to think about but sometimes we get stuck with bad weather during a vacation. Don’t let the rain clouds put a damper on your weekend plans. Check out our list of our top rainy day activities in NJ and make the most out of your family getaway with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!

Here are our top rainy day activities in NJ:

For those looking to kick back and relax, the AMC Dine-In Theatres Essex Green 9 is located right here in West Orange, NJ! Catch a movie and enjoy delectable treats and beverages from the menu and yes, there is beer and wine for the adults!

For action seekers, Funplex in East Hanover is an indoor family amusement park, which features unique attractions and over 100,000 square feet of fun!

For museum lovers, Morristown is home to many exciting attractions, which includes the Morris Museum or you can head to Newark and visit the largest museum in New Jersey, the Newark Museum. It’s all just a short drive away from us in NJ!

Of course, these attractions are great, rain or shine! But, if you are looking for indoor family fun, don’t miss out on these top rainy day activities in NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Tips for Planning an Outdoor Party!

Tips for Planning an Outdoor Party

Spring is just around the corner. Once the weather starts to rise, the desire to plan an outdoor party begins to grow! We are all waiting for those warm and sunny days, which is why we’ve dedicated this blog post to tips for planning an outdoor party. Check out these tips for planning an outdoor party this spring or summer.

First, purchase a tent or covered area. There is also a chance that a rain shower may pop up during your party. While we hope that won’t be the case, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Purchase a tent and plan ahead. Even if it is clear skies, you’ll want to keep the food and drinks out of the shade and your older guests will appreciate a place to escape from the sun.

Seating: Always make sure there is enough seating for everyone to comfortably relax. While most will mingle, it is important to make sure your guests have the option to sit back and rest their feet. You can rent extra chairs or lay pretty quilts on the ground for a picnic-style party.

Lighting: If you’re planning a party in the afternoon than there is a good chance your guests may still be there once the sun goes down. Make sure you have enough lighting to ensure your guests aren’t left in the dark. You can string lights, use lanterns or even tea lights to create a nice atmosphere.

Keep the bugs away! Remember, mosquitoes breed in standing water so make sure all kiddie pools and rain gutters are clear prior to your event. Consider plugging in some fans or offer your guests bug wipes.

Keep the children entertained with kid-friendly activities, such as a sprinkler or slip ‘n’ slide depending on the size of the area. A great tip for keeping kids busy during a party includes buying inexpensive disposable cameras and letting them be the photographers for the day!

We hope you enjoyed these creative and helpful tips for planning an outdoor party. If looking for event venues in NJ, be sure to check out our elegant event space at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Take the Family to see Stars on Ice at the Prudential Center!

Stars on Ice at the Prudential Center

The U.S. Olympic Bronze Medal Figure Skating Team is coming to Newark, NJ for Stars on Ice at the Prudential Center. Tickets are now on sale! Don’t miss this exciting spring event taking place just minutes from us in NJ.

USA’s golden couple Meryl Davis and Charlie White along with their bronze medal teammates will headline the 2014 cast of the Emmy-award winning Stars on Ice® at the Prudential Center on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 7:00pm. This will be the first time ever the U.S. Olympic figure skating team will headline the annual nationwide tour!

In addition to Gold medalists Davis and White, two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner, 2014 U.S. champion Gracie Gold, four-time and reigning U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, 2014 U.S. silver medalist Jason Brown, and two-time reigning U.S. pair champions Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir will join the Stars on Ice 2014 Tour at the Prudential Center.

Doors will open at 6:00pm. Ticket Prices: $129.75, $79.75, $49.75, $29.75. Learn more about the 2014 Stars on Ice Tour in Newark by visiting the Prudential Center website.

If traveling to our area for Stars on Ice at the Prudential Center and looking for overnight accommodations, we invite you to plan your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Visit our website and book your stay today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Check out these St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NJ!

St. Patrick's Day Parades in NJ

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we are looking forward to the St. Patrick’s Day parades near us in NJ! If you are planning to visit us this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, you can enjoy two great St. Patrick’s Day parades taking place just minutes from our hotel in West Orange, NJ.

Make your calendar! The 79th Annual Newark Parade is on March 14, 2014 and the 63rd West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

The Newark Parade is NJ’s First and Finest Parade!

Keep the Tradition alive on March 14, 2014 and join the many visitors and residents who will come out to witness this historic St. Patrick’s Day event in NJ. The festivities will kick off at 1:00pm and feature the 2nd Annual High School Band Competition, which will be sponsored by USBands and The Star Ledger.

Click here for more information regarding the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newark.

The 63rd West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade

This St. Patrick’s Day parade is taking place on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 12:15pm. Don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day festivities on Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue in West Orange, NJ. Grand Stands will be located on Main Street across from Community House and in front of Dugnan House.

Click here for more information regarding the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in North Jersey and plan your stay today. We hope to see you this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in NJ!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

The Original Vince Lombardi Trophy is on display at the Newark Museum!

Newark Museum

The Super Bowl in NJ may be over but residents and visitors can still view the original Vince Lombardi Trophy at this incredible winter exhibit at the Newark Museum!

Did you know that the Vince Lombardi Trophy was first handcrafted in Newark in 1967 at Tiffany & Co.’s silver factory? In honor of Super Bowl XLVIII, which was played in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, the Newark Museum is displaying the original Vince Lombardi Trophy, now though March 30, 2014.

The original Vince Lombardi Trophy is no doubt one of the most recognizable of the objects produced by Tiffany & Co. Visit the Newark Museum this winter to view the original trophy won by the Green Bay Packers along with more than 100 objects documenting the rise of the city’s gold and silver industry.

Learn about how the City of Newark was the center of the precious metal industry in our country and home to many famed jewelry goldsmiths and silversmiths. Visit the City of Silver and Gold from Tiffany to Cartier featuring the original Vince Lombardi Trophy during your next visit to NJ. We hope you enjoy this one-of-a-kind exhibit in Northern NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Gather the family and don’t miss the Harlem Globetrotters at the Prudential Center!

Harlem Globetrotters at the Prudential Center

It’s a slam-dunk! The Harlem Globetrotters are performing at the Prudential Center this February! Gather the family, plan your trip to NJ and don’t miss the biggest family show in America.

Harlem Globetrotters at the Prudential Center
Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:00pm
Ticket Prices: $189.75, $109.75, $64.75, $47.75, $37.75, $29.75, $21.75
Tickets on sale now.

The Harlem Globetrotters will be taking the court in a whole new show, “Fans Rule.” The Harlem Globetrotters show in NJ will let fans decide which new rule they’ll add to the game such as 6 on 5 or the Trick Shot Challenge.

Click here for more details, as well learn about a once-in-a-lifetime experience before the game.

The Harlem Globetrotters show at the Prudential Center promises hours of endless fun for any age! If searching for the best family events in NJ, don’t miss the Harlem Globetrotters this February.

Extend your family getaway at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Our hotel is ideally located near the Prudential Center and our spacious accommodations promise a comfortable night’s rest for you and your family. Visit our website to learn more and plan your stay today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ