Things to do in West Orange

Unleash Your Inner Party Animal at Brew at the Zoo!

Pour on the fun and take a walk on the wild side at the Brew at the Zoo VI!

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Normally, a trip to Turtle Back Zoo is a fun-filled outing for the whole family. Yet at the annual adults-only Brew at the Zoo, slated for Saturday, June 30, the only children to be found are of the wild variety – both the animals of the zoo and your unleashed inner child. who’s ready to take a walk on the wild side! This year, Brew at the Zoo at Turtle Back Zoo will commemorate the park’s 55th birthday and only those with a valid ID are invited to the party. The Brew at the Zoo VI is three full hours (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM) of live entertainment, delicious delicacies from a myriad of local food vendors, and a selection of over 100 craft brews to whet your palate.

Food truck and beer festivals may be all the rage, but Brew at the Zoo NJ brings beers and beasts together for a truly one-of-a-kind event. Round up your drinking buddies and enjoy slinging back the suds with your new animal pals. You may think that you are the king party animal, but at Brew at the Zoo NJ 2018, you will soon discover the true royalty are the majestic creatures you have the pleasure of drinking alongside. Alligators, Otters, Penguins, even the world’s largest rodent in the Capybara are all along for your walk on the wild side.

After a full night of animal antics and a bevy of brews, you’ll need a comfortable place to crash. Soak up the afterglow at the Wilshire Grand NJ and allow yourself a chance to relax and your inner party animal to become caged once more. Located only a few miles away from the Turtle Back Zoo, Wilshire Grand has the ideal comfortable accommodations to refresh and rejuvenate as the wild wears away.


K CON 2018: The Korean Youth Culture Fandom Event Returns!

K Con 2018 is ready to bring all things “Hallyu” back to New Jersey!

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The inaugural event may have just taken place six years ago, but the upcoming celebration of popular Korean-culture at the Prudential Center is set to turn the “Hallyu”, or Korean Wave, into a tsunami! Now in its seventh year, K CON 2018 USA will continue its trademark of being part convention, part musical festival, all the while being fully dedicated to celebrating the best of Korean entertainment, cuisine, fashion and a myriad of other cultural entities. Last year, K CON NY was attended by more than 43,000 fans, and it is expected that the number will only continue to grow this year.  

KCON 2018 NY will return to Newark’s Prudential Center for the fourth consecutive year on June 23-24, 2018. Activities and different expositions, with a focus on Korean beauty, will be held throughout the two-day event. From food tastings and product demonstrations to panels and meet-and-greets, there will be fun-filled events for everyone, from the biggest “Hallyu stans” to the KPop neophytes who are still rocking out to “Gangnam Style”! When night falls, this convention turns into a concert event not to be missed, with many popular Korean acts still being added to the final line-up.

So, are you all ready to rock your biggest “eye smile” when K Con 2018 at Prudential descends upon the East Coast? The Wilshire Grand is conveniently located just minutes away from the Prudential Center, and is the perfect home base to unwind, relax and bask in the afterglow of your personal Hallyu experience. Whether traveling from afar or just a few miles down the road, we invite you to come spend the night with us, ensuring that your KCON experience is comfortable and stress-free. The Korean Wave is almost here, and The Wilshire Grand NJ is ready to ride it out with you! 


Come See a Show at SOPAC This Summer

This summer, we recommend you come see a show at SOPAC. They put on some of the best productions you’ll ever experience.

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Shows You Should See This Summer at the South Orange Performing Arts Center

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to go out with friends and enjoy some entertainment! Here are just a few of the shows you need to see at SOPAC this summer:

Savion Glover & OUT’KNiGHTz

Are you ready to witness the best tap dancer who has ever lived? Then you need to see Savion Glover, who is celebrating 33 years as a tap dancer and choreographer. The show will be on May 19, 2018 at 8 PM and is a Director’s Pick.

Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir

If you’re interested in Performing Arts in NJ, you need to check out Broadway Show Choir. They perform full song-and-dance routines from acclaimed shows on Broadway, including Newsies, Hairspray, and Rent. The performance will be on June 30, 2018 at 8 PM.

Gallery Exhibit: INSPIRED MINDS

The South Orange Performing Arts Center is proud to present Inspired Minds. This exhibit is a celebration of young artists in the area who are incredibly talented. The exhibit runs through August 17, 2018.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel Welcomes You and Your Entourage

Will you be able to come to South Orange and enjoy some of these incredible Performing Arts showcases? If so, we welcome you to stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. At the Wilshire Grand, you will have a comfortable place to call home during your time here. You can even bring your pets! We offer incredible amenities, including free WiFi and a complimentary breakfast for you and your family.

All of us here at the Wilshire Grand NJ hope to see you soon!


What's Happening Memorial Day Weekend in NJ and NYC?

If you plan to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in NJ/NYC, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy with your friends or family all weekend long. 

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Things to do Memorial Day Weekend in NJ/NYC

Woodland Park's Memorial Day Street Fair on McBride Avenue runs from 11 AM to 6 PM on Memorial Day. The warming temperatures make this holiday the ideal time to get out of the house for a block party with great food and live music. For the kids, there will be a petting zoo, sand art, pony rides, and many more fun activities.

If you plan to celebrate Memorial Day in NYC, there are a ton of great events taking place all over the city. Celebrate the end of Fleet Week with a tour of some of the U.S Navy ships that are docked in Manhattan, Staten Island, and Brooklyn or join in on one of the many parties and celebrations happening all over New York. 

Don't let bad weather keep you in the house. Although the museums will be closed on Monday in honor of the holiday, you can still visit the Montclair Art Museum and Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday.

How Wilshire Grand Can Help You Celebrate Memorial Day 2018 in NJ

If you're traveling in from out of town to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend in NJ or NYC, consider staying with us at The Wilshire Grand NJ. Activities on Memorial Day weekend 2018 in NYC make the Manhattan area extremely congested, and our convenient location is a relaxing and luxurious alternative to hotels in the heart of the city.


Enjoy a New York Red Bulls Game at Red Bull Arena

Summer is on its way. This weather is the perfect time to enjoy a New York Red Bulls Game at Red Bull Arena.

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Watch the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena

The arena in Harrison, New Jersey has 25,000 seats overlooking emerald green grass to enjoy a game day out of the house. The stadium is part of a larger two-phase development project in New Jersey's Riverbend District.

The 30 luxury skyboxes and 1,000 club seats are perfect for watching New York Red Bulls Games with optimal comfort and style.

There are plenty of concession options inside the arena. The Chipper offers tasty delights like chicken and waffles, garlic fries, mac and cheese, and pulled pork fries. Other grills and concession stands provide traditional favorites like jumbo hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza.

Inside the stadium, drinkers can enjoy Budweiser, Coors, Yuengling, Blue Moon, Flying Fish IPA, and several other specialty brews. A beer garden is located near the arena where fans can watch performances from the Freestyle Soccer Street Team and take part in many fun activities.

Everyone, two years of age and older, needs a ticket to enter the field and make sure to check the list of prohibited items before planning your visit.

Plan Game Day with The Wilshire Grand Hotel

If you'd like to check out a soccer match at the stadium, consider staying with us. The Wilshire Grand NJ is a short drive from the stadium and offers several special packages to help you make the most of your visit.


Plan a Mother’s Day Staycation in NJ

One of the best ways to celebrate Mother's Day is by planning a fun-filled staycation in New Jersey! 


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Celebrating Mother’s Day 2018 in NJ is easy with a local lineup of events that will make a staycation the best option for treating mom to a well-deserved day—or weekend—of fun and relaxation. When planning a Mother’s Day staycation in NJ, look for hotel specials that cater to mom.

Mother’s Day Events in NJ for the Active Mom

Does mom like to run, jump, and play? Then there’s an event for her Mother’s Day weekend in NJ. Join a 5K walk/run in Berkeley Heights Memorial Park or head to the Big Event Entertainment Experience for arcade games, bowling, and other activities to bring out the kid in her.

If delicious food is her jam, then Knob Hill Golf Club’s Mother’s Day brunch buffet with its professionally prepared cuisine has you covered or head to Sterling Gardens for a top-notch culinary experience amid the riot of flowers in bloom.

For creative moms, there’s cupcake classes and a “Tea and Paint” where she’ll be served delicious goodies while painting her own keepsake teacup.

Stay Close for Even More Mother’s Day Choices

The best way to enjoy a Mother’s Day Staycation in NJ is to stay close to the action. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is offering a Spoiled Mother package to pamper her with yoga, a movie, flowers, champagne and more. At the Wilshire Grand NJ, we know how to treat mom right!


The 2018 St Patrick's Day Parade Happening in North Jersey.

St. Patrick's Day ParadesPlan your Stay for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Happening in North Jersey.

As we say goodbye to February and march into spring, it’s the perfect time to plan a staycation with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Why? We offer a convenient rest stop if attending both the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Book your stay with us today for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade happening in North Jersey.

The 2018 Newark Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is March 16, 2018 at 1:00pm. Recognized as New Jersey’s first and finest St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Newark Parade is committed to keeping the tradition alive. Conveniently located near our hotel, the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade line runs from the Prudential Center on Mulberry Street past Gateway Center, NJPAC, Military Park, St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, the Newark Museum and Washington Park.

The 2018 West Orange Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:15pm. Located just down the road from our hotel, the 67th West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade is taking place on Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue. It's the perfect way to celebrate the holiday in West Orange with locals and visitors alike. Click here to learn more about the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New Jersey.

If looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Northern New Jersey, we invite you to make us your home away from home this March. Turn your day trip into a fun weekend getaway and come discover our hidden gem in West Orange, NJ.

Complimentary amenities abound including complimentary wireless Internet, Grand Wilshire European Style Breakfast Buffet, cardio & weight fitness center, seasonal outdoor patio and so much more! We are pet-friendly so bring your pup along, too.


Staycation Ideas in NJ: How to Spend a Summer Day at our hotel!

Staycation Ideas in NJ

We're Sharing our Staycation Ideas in NJ!

Getting ready to plan a stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel? Or perhaps you're just looking for staycation ideas in NJ. Either way, we're here to share our favorite ways to spend a day at our hotel here in West Orange, NJ! The truth is, you don't have to travel far or spend a lot of money to enjoy a great weekend getaway. Get inspired by our favorite ways to spend a summer day in Essex County, NJ.

After checking in and unpacking, you have probably built up quite an appetite. If looking for trendy places to eat in Northern New Jersey, you may be surprised to find that Montclair is just a quick Uber drive away. There are plenty of cafes, bars and shops lining the streets to explore, after you eat at the must-try restaurants that will make you feel as if you've transported to a tropical destination. We love Vital Dining, if you're craving Jamaican cuisine!

If looking for a place to grab a drink, there are plenty of great options nearby. If willing to travel back into an Uber, you should check out Upstairs bar, you'll love the ambience there.

Traveling back to our hotel, there are plenty of options to sit outside and enjoy a beautiful summer evening. Our patio out back is always a favorite amongst our guests with plenty of seating to sit back and catch up with friends or family. Our "hidden gem" is located next to our ballroom and one of our best kept secrets here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. If the weather is nice, venture out to our terrace, which features a waterfall and plant wall! We love when our brides and grooms take advantage of this space for their wedding photos. The walls were specifically designed with photo-ops in mind!

Before calling it a night, be sure to check out our 24-hour Sweet Shoppe featuring water, candy and wine! Load up on yummy treats before heading back to your room to enjoy a movie or your favorite show.

Don't forget about our complimentary breakfast in the morning! We offer bagels, doughnuts, oatmeal, cereal and more each morning in our lobby.

If looking for staycation ideas in NJ, consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website today and find a room that best fits your needs! We hope to see you soon.


How to Spend Mother’s Day Weekend in NJ!

How to Spend Mother’s Day Weekend in NJ

For a unique way to enjoy time with Mom on Mother’s Day, head to the open water. Cruises are how to spend Mother’s Day weekend in NJ, especially when all the fun and food is included.

Things to Do on Mother’s Day in NJ

Sail around the shores of NYC, feel the sea breeze, and enjoy the views.

Cruises for Mother’s Day Brunch in North Jersey

Take a two-hour cruise with mom to celebrate her special role. While you’re on board enjoying the spectacular views of the New York City skyline and the live DJ, sit down for a scrumptious brunch buffet.

The menu will include an assortment of breakfast pastries, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, breakfast potatoes, and lots of lunch entrees, like fresh salads, baked ziti pasta, and honey & sesame chicken.

Tickets start at $59.90, with departure times at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Dinner Cruises for Mother’s Day

If you’d rather take an evening cruise for Mother’s Day, three-hour dinner cruises will also be available on May 14th.

See the lights of NYC at night and tuck into a buffet-style dinner complete with flavorful salads, veggie sides like mashed potatoes or roasted broccoli, and entrees like an oven-baked Atlantic cod filet or a whole-roasted pork loin with Dijon mustard cream sauce. Then, top off your meal with dessert.

Tickets for dinner cruises start at $57.90. They’ll depart at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Mother’s Day Hotel Packages in NJ

Complete your weekend and spoil your mom with the Spoiled Mother package from The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Book this getaway for Mom and give her the gift of pampering for things to do on Mother’s Day in NJ. She’ll get a surprise flower arrangement at check-in, a bottle of champagne, a 20-minute yoga class, a free in-house movie, complimentary breakfast, and early/late check-out.


All Aboard the Easter Bunny Express in NJ!

Meet the Easter Bunny at the Easter Bunny Express in NJ.

Easter Bunny Express in NJ

Planning a getaway with your family this Easter? There plenty of events and activities nearby for your little ones to enjoy! One of our favorite annual Easter events in NJ takes place just minutes away at the Whippany Railway Museum. Hop on over for a fun-filled afternoon at the Easter Bunny Express in NJ.

Passengers will be able to enjoy a 45-minute train ride along the Morristown and Erie Railway's historic Whippanong Trail. Departing and returning to the Whippany Railway Museum site, the event will be taking place on the following dates:

Saturday, April 8

Sunday, April 9

Saturday, April 15

at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

Fares

Infants On Laps, One-year of age and under : FREE
Children (Under 12): $9
Adults (Age 12+): $14

The Easter Bunny and crew will be on board to greet visitors and pass out holiday treats during the 10-mile round-trip excursion. Experience the thrill of riding the Springtime Streamliner or make your day extra special by purchasing tickets for the elegantly-restored 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey club car, 'Jersey Coast'.

Seats are limited for the Easter Bunny Express in NJ. Reserve your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel and enjoy a fun-filled Easter visit here in New Jersey.