Things to do in West Orange

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in NJ - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

New Year’s is a special time to both look back over the year that was, and look forward to a fresh start and a blank slate. Your family deserves to remember the best of 2016 and make some new memories to send it off in style. New Year’s Eve celebrations in NJ let you do that in unique settings.

Unique NYE Events in NJ 2016

How to Ring in the New Year in NJ

If you want to do something slightly off the beaten path for NYE, a great option that is also family-friendly is New Year’s Eve cruises in the area.

There are a variety of cruises happening at various times on the eve before New Year’s Eve (December 30), New Year’s Eve (December 31), and New Year’s Day (January 1). If you have been wondering how to celebrate New Year’s Eve in NJ with your entire family or just a big group, any of these Spirit of New York or Spirit of New Jersey cruises will fit the bill.

Lunch and Brunch Cruises

If you have small children and are looking for a way to include them in festivities, consider the New Year’s Eve Family Lunch cruise or the New Year’s Day Brunch cruise.

Dinner Cruises and Fireworks

Hop aboard for the Eve of the Eve Dinner cruise on December 30 with a live DJ, or head out for a Fireworks Dinner cruise that will set sail past midnight and offer a premium open bar. Both events are perfect for couples, groups, or families with older kids.

Happy End of 2016 to You and Yours!

NYE events in NJ for 2016 will make sure you and your family end the year with a bang. Happy New Year from all of us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!


Holiday Events in NJ Light Up the Night - Happy Holidays!

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season from all us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!

Happy Holidays

The holidays are in full swing, and that means getting in the spirit of the season. Take the whole family to holiday events in NJ and get that warm, fuzzy feeling of merry cheer. There’s a little something for everyone, both young and old.

Holiday Events in Essex County, NJ for One and All

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

The Holiday Lights Spectacular is going on at the zoo through January 3. The event is open nightly from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., so there are plenty of opportunities to visit and see this winter wonderland. Plus, admission is free!

Here’s why you should visit: Turtle Back Zoo illuminates the night in grand spectacle at this event. The dazzling display features 50 different winter animals and holiday characters. Not to mention, each weekend features a different themed event. For instance, the final weekends of December will feature visits from Santa, face painting, s’mores stations, and a chance to meet characters from both sides of the Force from Star Wars.

Hotels Nearby for Ease and Convenience

The Wilshire Grand is just minutes away from the Holiday Lights Spectacular. While you’re in town for the holidays, visiting relatives and enjoying the season, stay with us for an easy and stress-free trip.

We Wish You a Merry and Bright Season!

Holiday events in Essex County, NJ keep the spirit of the season kicking well into January. Happy holidays from everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!


2017 Wedding Trends to Consider

2017 Wedding Trends

Wedding trends can be difficult to sift through. There are so many styles and options for your big day; how do you decide which ones best fit you, your partner, and your style?

The answer: let your eye and your gut lead you in the right direction. Choose the trends that speak to you.

With this in mind, here are some 2017 wedding trends to consider that are staying strong from years past, as well as some that are up-and-coming for 2017. (Fashion-forward brides, take note!)

Brand New Wedding Trends for 2017, Plus, the Tried-and-True

Vintage/Rustic Weddings

Vintage and rustic-style weddings have been on the bridal radar for a few years, and the trend isn’t going anywhere for 2017.

A vintage wedding might include accents from the past, such as vintage décor, or can mimic a favorite era, such as a 1950s sock hop or 1920s Jazz Age throwback. Rustic weddings bring to mind barn venues, lots of weathered wood and metals, and a distinct “in-the-country” vibe.

Paper (Beyond the Invites)

Paper will factor in a big way for wedding trends for 2017. Beyond stationery, look for it in décor (garlands, banners, and hanging paper accents) as well as floral arrangements.

Lots of Greenery

Instead of colorful bouquets and festoons of flowers, many brides are opting for a simpler, more toned-down array of greenery. Think ferns, eucalyptus, herbs, and other leafy greenery paired with white flowers.

For a venue that can accommodate whichever 2017 wedding trends your heart desires, New Jersey wedding venues are where you should look. The Wilshire Grand Hotel has both a beautiful ballroom as well as elegant outdoor space, not to mention a wedding concierge to help you plan. Your day will be stress-free when you enjoy our private bridal suite and reception area, too.

Count on wedding venues in NJ like The Wilshire Grand to make your day spectacular!


Plan on Festive Fun for Thanksgiving in NJ

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Happy Thanksgiving

There’s fun for Thanksgiving in NJ around every corner if you know where to look. Cheerful holiday events are waiting to be discovered. They might even become your newest family tradition!

Things to Do Around Thanksgiving in NJ: Sightsee at the Zoo

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

The Turtle Back Zoo will host its Holiday Lights Spectacular once again, with magical, sparkling displays featuring over 50 winter characters and creatures.

Wander through the zoo and see it as you never have before – lit up and festively arrayed for the holiday season.

The Holiday Lights Spectacular began its winter show on November 18, and will run through January 2. It will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights until December 11, and every night starting December 12. Zoo hours for the event are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free to see the Holiday Lights and take part in activities.

Themed Weekends and Donations

Come back each weekend for a different themed event. Past weekends have included such fun as indoor animal exhibits, face painting, s’mores stations, and character meet and greets.

As you look for things to do around Thanksgiving in NJ, consider this event for the opportunity to give back, as the zoo will be accepting donations for gently used winter coats, toys, and non-perishable food items (such as canned goods and dry pasta).

Holiday events in NJ will keep your family busy and in the spirit of the season. Whether you’re roving near or far, everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel wishes you a happy Thanksgiving and safe travels.


Celebrate the Season: See Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

As the temperature changes and the holidays come near, seeking out holiday events in NJ becomes every traveler and locals primary mission.

Each year, the Turtle Back Zoo features an impressive array of holiday festivities, including their “Holiday Lights Spectacular.”

Whether you are visiting the area for the holidays, or you are a local looking for a great way to celebrate the season, seeing the vibrant colors and lights is the perfect start for the season.

About the Event at the Turtle Back Zoo

The Holiday Lights Spectacular at the Zoo kicks off November 18th, 2016. From there, it runs Friday through Sunday until December 11th. After that, the lights are offered nightly through January 3, 2017.

The lights turn on at 5:00 pm and guests are welcome until 9:00 pm.

Admission to the lights is free.

You and your loved ones can stroll through the park and experience the sparkling lights featuring 50 animals and characters.

While you are there, the zoo offers their donations for toys, non-perishable food items, and gently used winter coats. You can drop them off at their donation centers throughout the park to give back to the community.

Each week the park features a different themed activity. So, you could return weekly and have an entirely different experience each time.

While enjoying holiday lights in Essex County, NJ, do not forget to book a stay at our luxury hotel. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is conveniently located in West Orange and just a short trip over to the Turtle Back Zoo.

Our team is more than happy to accommodate those visiting the area for the holidays, and offer our holiday lights and décor for those away from home for the holidays.


Catch Dynamic and Fun Theater Performances in NJ

Theater Performances in NJ

There will be plenty of acts to see and shows to enjoy in the upcoming weeks for the Newark, New Jersey area.

Events will range from jazz performances and kids’ productions to solo artists in concert and political comedy. There truly will be something going on for everyone throughout November.

Must-See Theater Performances in NJ for the Whole Family

South Orange Performing Arts Center Schedule

October 28 – Indigo Girls: The classic duo reunites 20 years later.

November 3 – Taylor Hicks: The American Idol winner, live in concert.

November 5 – Humpty Dumpty and the Big Book of Nursery Rhymes: A 2 p.m. show where kids’ favorite nursery rhyme characters spring to life.

November 9 – Josh Ritter: This singer-songwriter is sure to give an intimate performance.

November 26 – Giants of Jazz: Big names in jazz honor a legend, Jimmy Cobb.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center Schedule

November 1 – Jazz in the Key of Ellison: Winston Marsalis and a host of other talented musicians will celebrate Ralph Ellison’s jazz collection.

November 13 – Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: An orchestra will perform the theme music to the beloved video game, and a giant screen will showcase favorite game moments.

November 18 – Get on Up: A James Brown Celebration: A fun and funky homage to “the godfather of soul.”

November 19 – Wow, That Was Weird: A Post-Election Evening with Stephen Colbert and John Oliver: The two late-night show hosts will join forces for a night of hilarity at the expense of the November election.

There’s always something going on at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the South Orange Performing Arts Center. The schedule is jammed with great talent and you’re sure to have an entertaining evening at any one of the events. If you're heading to a show, stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.


Cold Weather Wedding Guide: 3 Top Tips for a Cozy Affair

Don’t let cold weather stop you from having the wedding of your dreams.

Cold Weather Wedding Guide

If your wedding is winter-bound, there are plenty of things you can do to make it enjoyable for both you and your guests. The Knot, Bridal Guide, Bridal Musings, and New Jersey Bride all have tips and suggestions, but we’ve narrowed it down to the most important ones.

Check out the cold weather wedding guide below and read up on how to have the perfect day – whatever the weather.

3 Tips for Winter Weddings in NJ

1.    Dress Appropriately

You don’t want to spend your big day shivering constantly. If you’ll be getting married with frigid temps outside, you can be elegant and warm, stylish and cozy – and so can your wedding party.

For instance, consider tights, closed-toe shoes, shawls, fur stoles, or matching formal coats for the bride and bridesmaids. Formal dresses with sleeves are also an option. The groom and groomsmen can opt for dark formal coats, matching scarves, and dressy gloves to keep the chill away.

2.    Run with a Cozy Theme

Who doesn’t love getting cozy on a cold day?

In the same vein, your guests will appreciate cozy touches for your wedding and reception. Glowing and flickering candles give a warm ambiance, and providing soft blankets in a chilly venue is a thoughtful touch. Special drinks like hot cocoa, cider, and hot toddies will warm guests down to their toes.

3.    Choose a Flexible Venue

In the colder months, guests will have layers to shed when they come in from the outdoors. The event venue should have a way to accommodate these, such as a coat area or a room for storing guests’ personal items, like outerwear.

No matter the weather, you can have a wonderful celebration. Follow these tips for a memorable cold weather occasion, and choose an event venue for beautiful winter weddings in NJ when you book with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.


Great Shows and Performances at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ

See Stunning Shows and Family Friendly Events in NJ.

Prudential Center Newark NJ
All that stands between you and breathtaking performances, amazing athleticism, and heartwarming stories is the price of admission. Visit the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ for these events that you won’t stop talking about well into next year.

Pentatonix World Tour 2016
World-famous a cappella group Pentatonix hits the New Jersey stage on Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.

The singers are known for their covers (such as Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” and Christmas standards like “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy”) as well as their hit singles (“If I Ever Fall in Love” ft. Jason Derulo) and are sure to wow the crowd with their five-part harmonies and vocal prowess.

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions
See famed U.S. gymnasts in action and see why they’re gold medal-worthy on Friday, November 11. Just a few of the athletic stars you’ll see include Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and other members of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic teams.

Disney on Ice in New Jersey
Disney favorites like Elsa and Anna, Dory, Woody, and Buzz, Mickey and Minnie, and more come together for a total of 9 shows for family friendly events in NJ.

Watch stories with beloved characters come to life on ice, each tied to the show’s theme, “Follow Your Heart.”

Performances will run from Wednesday, November 16 through Sunday, November 20. Catch morning, afternoon, or evening shows with the whole family.

Andrea Bocelli
See the great tenor live on Sunday, December 18. With his mixture of classical and modern influences, the performance will appeal to both young and old.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Have a Happy Halloween in New Jersey

Fun Events for a Family Friendly Halloween in New Jersey.

Halloween in New Jersey
Looking to indulge in fall fun and festivities? The New Jersey area is chock-full of events to help kids, families, and adults of all ages relish this unique time of year.

Safe Howl-O-Ween
For a family friendly Halloween in NJ, head over to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo for their Safe Howl-O-Ween event on October 31 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There will entertainment, favorite zoo animals, and candy giveaways, so be sure to bring your own trick-or-treat bag.

The Fall Season at Fairfield Farms
Halloween isn’t complete without a classic autumn adventure. Visit Fairfield Farms and take in all that they have to offer this fall.
Scout out the perfect pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern, then make your way over to the corn maze. Jump on a hayride to feel the autumn breeze through your hair. Afterward, taste some delicious food and refreshments like fresh Jersey apples or hot mulled cider.

Adults-Only Events for Halloween Scares in NJ

Bane Haunted House
This haunted house is famous for its well-executed scares and screams. Wind your way through the entire house and try to find your way out – but be careful, because you never know what you might encounter.

This haunted house is unique because visitors may come in contact with what lurks in the shadows. This attraction is one of the best Halloween scares in NJ.

Village Halloween Parade
This fun Halloween event is adults-only. Dress up in your most creative (or terrifying!) costume and parade through the New York City streets with thousands of other Halloween enthusiasts.

Live bands, dancers, artists, and more will provide entertainment along the way.

 Everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ hopes you enjoy a festive Halloween season!

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Try Our Business Hotel Deals in Essex County, New Jersey

Business Travelers: Find the Perfect Hotel Package in NJ

business hotel deals Essex County New Jersey
When traveling for business, there are a number of things that are a must:  Connection to the Internet, rates that don’t wipe out your expense account, and convenient amenities. For all of this and more, look to our business hotel deals in Essex County, New Jersey at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Extended Stay Package
The Extended Stay Package is the right choice for longer stays. With this package, you get a basket stuffed with snacks and beverages right when you arrive. You also get a full breakfast buffet every morning, along with a manager’s reception Monday through Thursday.

Free Wi-Fi make staying connected a breeze, and free shuttle service within a 5-mile radius makes getting where to you need to go easy. Our extended stay accommodations in West Orange, NJ will have you feeling right at home.

Suite Deal Package
Monday through Thursday, the Suite Deal Package gets you an overnight stay in a luxury suite. You also get complimentary parking and a welcome amenity. Staying in a suite means you get a wonderful place to de-stress on your business trip, and added perks make your stay that much sweeter.

Take advantage of our 24 hour business center, dine with delicious choices at Primavera Italian Restaurant and keep up with routines at our 24 hour fitness center.  
When you come to New Jersey for business or pleasure, stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel to complete your trip and take advantage of a hotel package in NJ