Things to do in West Orange

Visit a Family-Friendly Zoo in New Jersey This Summer

Fun Family NJ Attractions for Summer

family friendly zoo in New Jersey
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


Spend Father’s Day in New Jersey

Treat dad to a day to remember this year by celebrating Father’s Day in New Jersey.

Father's Day in New Jersey
Here are our top picks for a memorable weekend this Father's Day in New Jersey.

Hop aboard a New Jersey Father’s Day Cruise
Give Dad a gift he’s sure to remember for a long time. Book a New Jersey Father’s Day cruise with Spirit Cruises and enjoy the stunning New York City skyline from a whole new perspective. Dad will also get to enjoy a delicious buffet while you all have a fun time dancing to the entertainment of a DJ. Hop aboard the brunch cruise that departs from Chelsea Piers or Lincoln Harbor and receive a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary with complimentary soda and juice for children and a brunch buffet. The dinner cruise on 19 June will depart at 7:00 p.m. and includes a dinner buffet.

How about a Game of Golf?,
If Dad loves nothing more than teeing off, take him on a Father’s Day golf outing. In Essex County, New Jersey, there are three high-quality golf courses. Weequahic Golf Course can be found in Newark; Hendricks Field Golf Course is in Belleville and the Francis Byrne Golf Course is in West Orange. The courses offer a great mix of stimulating challenges, scenic landscapes and a variety of luxurious amenities.

Beers & Bears
Not the most conventional combination! At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ we have a very special package exclusively for Father’s Day in New Jersey.  Treat Dad to deluxe accommodations, complimentary full breakfast buffet, free WiFi, a bucket of assorted beers and two tickets to Turtle Back Zoo.

After a memorable day out, head back to the hotel to enjoy the luxurious and spacious accommodations and all the amenities needed for a comfortable and unforgettable Father’s Day stay.


Plan One Last Pre-Baby Getaway to New Jersey

We’ve Got the Perfect Mom-to-Be Getaway in New Jersey for You


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While you can’t wait to be parents, you probably realize that it could be a while before the two of you get to relax together, alone. So why not celebrate Mom in NJ with a pre-baby getaway?

We understand how much parents-to-be need to unwind before their bundle of joy arrives. That’s why we’ve designed the perfect mom-to-be getaway in New Jersey with the Parents to Be package. The package includes:

• A complimentary foot massage or pedicure
• Complimentary Wi-Fi, suite upgrade and parking
• Transportation to and from Verona Park
• An early check in and late check out depending on availability
• Complimentary breakfast during your stay

Each morning you can start the day with a delicious European-style breakfast buffet and after spending time exploring the area, come back for a delicious dinner at Primavera, located in our hotel.

Speaking of exploring the area, there are plenty of great attractions on our doorstep, from the zoo to several theaters and performing arts centers to a range of beautiful parks. The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is happy to offer a complimentary shuttle service to local restaurants and attractions within a 5-mile radius, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Treat yourself to one last getaway before baby arrives and enjoy relaxation, comfortable accommodations and hospitable service.

Until next week, 

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Spend Memorial Day Weekend in New Jersey

Family Friendly Activities in New Jersey

Memorial Day Weekend in New Jersey
There are tons of family-friendly activities in New Jersey to enjoy. Why not bring the family along for the long Memorial Day Weekend in New Jersey and take advantage of these great activities?


Liberty State Park plays an important role in the New York Harbor area thanks to the reinvention of the waterfront in 1976. Today it is the perfect spot for a sunny BBQ or picnic and recreational sports are allowed. Take a stroll along The LIBERTY WALK promenade on the eastern edge of Liberty State Park attractions or Board the Statue of Liberty Ferry across the water to explore the famous lady herself and Ellis Island where so many entered the United States for the first time.

Turtle Back Zoo is a great place the whole family can visit, with plenty going on every day. The animals tend to be most active first thing in the morning, which makes for loads of fun. When you arrive at the zoo you will find a daily activity board inside the front entrance advertising the day’s activities. Late afternoon is also a good time to visit as most animals are being fed then. Apart from all the outdoor enclosures and displays, the zoo also has several indoor exhibits, so come rain or shine, it’s worth a visit.

Fleet Week New York - Although not in NJ, Fleet Week in NYC is a must see event. takes place from May 25 – 31. In its 28th year, Fleet Week is a celebration of our sea services. It is the perfect chance for you to meet Coast Guardsmen, Marines and Sailors and get to see the maritime service’s latest capabilities. The Parade of Ships will signal the start of 2016 Fleet Week New York followed by ship tours open to the public, concerts, exhibits and an amazing Memorial Day Celebration at the Intrepid Museum.

If you are planning a Memorial Day weekend getaway this year, book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel in New Jersey. We are minutes from New York and close to a range of exciting attractions and Memorial Day events.

Until Next Week, 

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ 


Top Summer Wedding Tips in New Jersey

Getting Married in the Summer

summer wedding tips in New Jersey
Weddings are a special celebration of love, values and traditions. What better time for such a special occasion than summer – when the air is full of sunshine, warmth and promise. We’ve put together a couple of our top summer wedding tips in New Jersey to help plan your big day.

NJ summer wedding planning doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow these tips.

  1. Provide guests with relief from the heat - Guests are going to want to escape the heat at some point, especially if you are hosting an outdoor wedding. Your chosen venue should offer shade and air conditioning so your guests don’t have to sweat it out while you say “I do.” For particularly humid days, have ushers hand out ice-cold hand towels or chilled bottles of water. 
  2. Serve light meals - Heavy food just doesn’t go down well in the heat. Instead, choose a menu that features fresh produce, grilled entrées and plenty of refreshing fruit options. Frozen cocktails will be appreciated, too. 
  3. Consider the dress code - Brides will want to feel cool and comfortable on their wedding day – not hot and sticky. Choose a wedding dress with a light fabric that breathes well, such as silk. Alternatively go for an ultra-modern short skirt. Grooms can look handsome in crisp linen suites and even leather sandals, if the occasion allows.

Book Your New Jersey Wedding Venue Today

The Wilshire Grand Hotel is the perfect summer New Jersey wedding venue. Our dedicated team is committed to serving you and your guests. We offer several tailor-made packages to ensure your tastes, traditions and preferences are catered for with venues both indoors and out. Let our wedding specialist help make sure your wedding day is the fairytale you have always wanted. 

Until next week, 

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Book Our NJ Hotel for Mother’s Day

Spend Mother’s Day in New Jersey with These Great Packages.

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Wracking your brain for the perfect Mother’s Day getaway idea this year? Why not go ahead and book our NJ hotel for Mother’s Day and treat Mom to some well-deserved pampering.

Mother’s Day in New Jersey just became a whole lot more affordable and luxurious with our special packages.

The Spoiled Mother Package is a great idea if you want to help Mom relax and feel pampered. The package includes:

• An early check-in and late check-out, based on availability
• A surprise gift when you check in and a beautiful flower arrangement
• A free in house movie
• A 20-minute yoga session
• A bottle of champagne
• A complimentary breakfast

The Marvelous Mother’s Package is ideal for those of you who may be driving to the hotel or hiring a car while in New Jersey and wish to spoil Mom with a delicious meal. The package includes:

• An early check-in and late check-out, depending on availability
• A suite upgrade and complimentary parking, based on availability
• A glass of champagne at check in
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Complimentary breakfast
• $50 credit from our onsite Primavera Restaurant

Primavera Restaurant is one of the top rated Zagat restaurants and serves up some of the finest Italian fare and cocktails. The restaurant offers a sophisticated ambience complete with warm and inviting atmosphere, making it the perfect place to spoil Mom with a meal this Mother’s Day.

Book your Mother’s Day stay at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ today. We offer a range of luxurious guest rooms and suites and are just a few minutes away from the excitement of New York City. We look forward to welcoming your family for a special Mother’s Day in NJ!


New Jersey Graduation Events

Montclair State University graduation and more at the Prudential Center. 

New Jersey graduation events

New Jersey graduation events are important for graduating students, as well as their friends and family. Commencement ceremonies provide the opportunity for everyone to celebrate the achievements and conclusion of a higher education degree. So queue up the Pomp and Circumstance and get the cameras ready as your favorite student marks their achievement.

Many of the local college and university ceremonies will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark.

• Berkeley College, April 29
• NJCU, May 11
• Ramapo College, May 13
• Rutgers University-Newark Commencement, May 18
• William Paterson University undergraduate ceremony (bachelor’s), May 20
• Montclair State University graduation, May 25
• Seton Hall University graduation, May 16

Have You Booked Accommodations?

If you are coming to New Jersey for a graduation ceremony at the Prudential Center, be sure to book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Guests can look forward to a complimentary breakfast daily, attentive service and a range of amenities from free Wi-Fi service to a shuttle service that will take you anywhere within a 5-mile radius of the hotel. After the ceremony, join us for a celebratory meal at Primavera Restaurant. With all the amenities you need for a convenient stay, we’re sure you will enjoy your time with us.


Visit A Family Friendly Museum in New Jersey

So many Liberty Science Center exhibits to explore. 

Family Friendly Museum in New Jersey

Spring is here and summer vacation won’t be long behind. Get ready to plan some memorable and educational experiences for the younger set! If you are looking for a family friendly museum in New Jersey, be sure to visit the Liberty Science Center – a premiere NJ Science Museum. There is something for all ages to enjoy, experience and learn about at the museum which is sure to make for a fun day out.

There are a variety of Liberty Science Center exhibits to look forward to. Young children between the ages of 2 – 5 will love the I Explore gallery. For slightly older children between the ages of 5 – 10, there is the Infection Connection where they can dress for surgery at the “Be A Surgeon” exhibition or they may prefer to create a six-foot high bubble in the Wonder Why exhibition. Many kids love donning construction gear in order to operate the mini front loader and electromagnetic crane in Skyscraper which will have them learning all day long. For older guests who prefer in-depth exploration, there are real science experiences, like the Infection Connection Lab where you can take part in experiments such as isolating wheat DNA. Some other fun to explore includes: 

  • Sid The Science Kid
  • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
  • Honey Bees: Home is Where the Hive Is
  • Infinity Climber 

Book Your Accommodations Soon

If you’re bringing the family for a visit to the museum, why not stay a while at the Wilshire Grand Hotel? We offer a complimentary hot and cold breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a complimentary shuttle service to anywhere within 5 miles of the hotel.