Things to do in West Orange

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.


Don’t Miss the San Francisco Symphony East Coast Performance

This Is sure to be one of the top New Jersey Performing Arts events this year. 

San Francisco Symphony East Coast Performance

The San Francisco Symphony East Coast performance will take place on April 15 at Prudential Hall, NJPAC. The Symphony sets some of the highest standards for excellence when it comes to musical performance.

If you’ve been wondering which New Jersey performing arts events to book tickets for this year, this is the performance you won’t want to miss. The inspiring collaboration of the Symphony along with its musical director, Michael Tilson Thomas, is sure to wow you. Their program is a tribute to Aaron Copland, an American composer and includes the masterpiece, Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. It’s hard to come across any other orchestra or conductor who makes music with the boundless imagination and energy as well as the virtuosity that drive this incredible collaboration. The orchestra plays every piece to perfection and their commitment to new music along with the refinement of their performance offer a balance of sheer delight.

Stay with Us When You’re in Town for the Show

If you’re coming to New Jersey for the show, be sure to book your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. As a guest, you can look forward to hot and cold complimentary breakfast every day in the lobby, a welcoming reception area, complimentary Wi-Fi and a complimentary shuttle service anywhere within 5 miles of the hotel. We also offer a 24-hour fitness center and an onsite sweet shoppe so that your snack needs will always be satisfied. You can also look forward to comfortable, well-appointed accommodations and all the amenities you could need for a relaxing and enjoyable home-away-from-home stay in New Jersey. We’re just a few minutes from NYC, so you can fit in some sightseeing in the Big Apple too!


Come and Delight in Fine Italian Dining in West Orange New Jersey

Primavera Ristorante Is an Absolute Must-Try for fine Italian dining in West Orange New Jersey.

  Fine Italian Dining in West Orange New Jersey
There is a certain thrill to discovering new things– particularly a new favorite restaurant. We invite you join us for fine Italian dining in West Orange New Jersey at Primavera Ristorante.

At Primavera Ristorante, located inside the Wilshire Grand, guests can look forward to knowledgeable and professional staff that will ensure that your dining experience is one to remember. Featuring an extensive menu which showcases a fantastic selection of some seriously traditional Italian delights, Primavera has no shortage of choices to satisfy even the most discriminating palate. The restaurant’s private dining room is the ideal venue for social and corporate events of any size – whether you want an intimate dinner with your closest friends or a business meal with associates, we can help you customize the event to meet your unique requirements.

Primavera Menus

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ not only offers fine Italian cuisine in West Orange, but our accommodations and amenities ensure you will enjoy a comfortable and memorable stay with us. Our guests can look forward to a complimentary breakfast every day, complimentary Wi-Fi and even complimentary shuttle service to anywhere within a 5-mile radius. 

Until next week, 

The Wilshire Grand Hote, NJ 


Book Your Spring Getaway in New Jersey

There are plenty of Easter events in NJ to look forward to.

Spring getaway in New Jersey
With spring break just around the corner, you may be wondering what to do with the family. A tropical island trip may not be within your budget, or you may not be keen to fly with the kids. So why not book a spring getaway in New Jersey!

This year there are set to be many fun Easter events in NJ. Visitors will be able to look forward to the likes of Easter Bunny breakfasts, Easter egg hunts, train rides with the Easter Bunny, picnics, brunch cruises and more.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly spring break hotel near NYC, then look no further than The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ. We offer great budget-friendly packages to ensure your spring break doesn’t break the bank.

The Advanced Planner Package
Plan your trip in advance and enjoy:
● Complimentary parking
● A glass of champagne at check in
● Complimentary WIFI
● Complimentary breakfast during your stay

Parents Delights Package
Bring the whole family for an exciting spring break in New Jersey and enjoy:
● Complimentary parking
● A glass of champagne on arrival
● Complimentary breakfast during your stay
● Complimentary WIFI
● A suite upgrade, depending on availability
● Early check in and a late check out, depending on availability
● A shuttle service to and from Verona Park
● Two tickets to the Turtleback Zoo

Come and enjoy top-class service and ample amenities as well as luxury accommodation this spring break at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We offer all the comforts of home matched with the luxury of a hotel stay.


Plenty of Easter Events in NJ to Look Forward To

Easter bunnies, trains and cruises: Easter Events in NJ are certainly eclectic!

of Easter Events in NJ


If you’re coming to the east coast this spring, make sure you check out these fun Easter events in NJ.

The Annual Easter Bunny Express
The 24th Easter Bunny Express will be taking place at the Whippany Railway Museum on March 19, 20 and 26. It’s the perfect excuse to celebrate the beginning of Spring on an Easter train ride through the northern areas of New Jersey. During the 45-minute trip, the Easter Bunny and a few helpers will be on board to keep you entertained. The train departs from the museum in Morris County and travelers will get to enjoy heated coaches and a comfortable ride. The rides tend to sell out early, so it’s a good idea to book your tickets well in advance.

Take an Easter Brunch Cruise
Why not do something different this Easter and hop aboard Spirit Cruises for a delectable brunch buffet, complete with DJ and dancing while you take in the incredible NYC skyline. The entire family is sure to enjoy Easter on the water. There are two cruises: Easter Sunday Brunch Cruise, 27 March departing from Chelsea Piers, New York or Lincoln Harbor. The cruise includes a visit from the Easter Bunny and a brunch buffet menu complete with food options for the kids.

Book your Easter weekend stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, New Jersey and delight in top quality service and a full house of amenities to ensure your stay is comfortable.

Until next time,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Plan a NJ Theater Destination Visit

Upcoming South Orange Performing Arts Center Events. 

NJ Theatre Destination

If you love theater, it’s time to plan a NJ theatre destination trip. The South Orange Performing Arts Center, SOPAC, is a regional destination for world-class music, dance, comedy, theater and visual arts in an intimate and modern setting.

There’s always incredible South Orange Performing Arts Center events on and if you’re coming to New Jersey in February, you’re in for a treat. Just some of the shows include:

An Evening with Graham Nash, February 20, 8PM
This legendary singer-songwriter promises guests an evening of incredible musical entertainment. Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as well as being inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. This Grammy Award-winning artist promises and evening of unforgettable entertainment.

Jazz in the Loft, February 21, 7PM
Tommy Campbell grew up completed immersed in a musical environment. Campbell performed with Dizzy Gillespie in the late 1970s through to the 1990s and has been inspired a variety of legendary drummers. This talented jazz artist has performed with a myriad of well-known artists, from John McLaughlin to Jimmy Smith and more. Join us him for a night of exciting, authentic drumming and a whole new generation of Jazz entertainment.

Peter Yarrow and John Gorka, February 26, 8PM
This performance promises guests a double-bill, featuring 1990s singer-songwriter, John Gorka who was popular on the folk music scene, along with legendary 1960s trio member, Peter Yarrow. 

For a full listing of upcoming events beyond February, visit the event website

If you’re coming to NJ for great theatrical entertainment, remember to book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. We are located close to the South Orange Performing Arts Center and offer guests exemplary service and a range of convenient amenities to ensure you enjoy your stay with us.

Until next week, 

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

 


Fun St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in NJ

Erin Go Braugh! Enjoy family-friendly fun at St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in NJ.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in NJ

St. Patrick’s Day – where everyone is Irish! Why not enjoy some festive St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in NJ this year? You may not find a four leaf clover but you will enjoy amazing entertainment, festive music, and parades at a weekend full of fun!

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in NJ are set to be fun for the whole family. The 65th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in West Orange takes place on March 13, 2016 and includes a host of events throughout the day. You can start off with morning mass at 9am, followed by the parade at 12:15. The route starts at the corners of Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Main Street and will run along Main Street. There will be grandstands on Main Street for spectators.

The Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be taking place on March 11th on Mulberry Street and Central. Founded in 1936, this parade committee is made up of delegates from almost 100 Irish, Catholic, Fraternal and Public Safety Organizations.

Of course, there is always the classic - the New York City Parade, arguably the most popular in the city, will be held on March 17 and will march up Fifth Avenue, past the St. Patrick’s Cathedral and up to 79th Street.

Book A Stay at Wilshire Grand

If you are coming to New Jersey (or New York City) for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, book your stay at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We offer a range of amenities and services to ensure your trip is as comfortable as if you were at home. Take advantage of our high speed Internet access to upload photos of the day’s parades.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to New Jersey and serving as your base for all the fun activities planned this St. Patrick’s Day.

Until next week, 

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Wedding Planning for Spring Brides: A Few Tips & Helpful Hints

Consider these helpful tips & tricks when wedding planning for spring brides.

  Wedding Planning for Spring Brides

A Spring Bride! There is something special about getting married when the earth has just woken up from its long winter slumber. Wedding planning for spring brides can be fun, but there are certainly some things to consider to ensure your event goes smoothly. Check out our tips and helpful hints to plan for whatever the day may bring!

New Jersey Brides should always consider the weather.

April showers bring May flowers! Spring weather can often be unpredictable, but you don't have to let any potential sprinkle ruin your big day. Find some cute umbrellas so you can still take advantage of great backdrops for outdoor photos come rain or shine. Be sure to include keeping your guests in the loop when it comes to the forecast so they can come prepared. Of course, a great wedding and reception site that includes options for indoor/outdoor alternate arrangement can help ensure that no matter what the weather may bring, you and your guests will be comfortable.

You don't have to stick with traditional spring wedding choices.

There is no rule book declaring that every spring wedding must consist of pastel colors and surrounded by thousands of beautiful flowers. A wedding is supposed to be a celebration of a couple and include all of the things that make them unique. Instead of flowers, consider having the bridal party carry delicate bouquets of grasses instead of flowers, make moss creations for your centerpieces and showcase your style with a rich color scheme.

But if you do want traditional, fully embrace the season!

Seasonal food, seasonal flowers (tulips, crocus, bluebells, pussy willows and daffodils), even seasonal favors — this is the best time of year to do it all. Consider personalized packets of flower seeds, small bud vases for spring blooms or miniature bird’s nests to nestle candy in to make for a unique gift that your guests can enjoy long after the last slice of cake is gone.

Good luck and happy wedding planning! After you’ve set a spring date, you’ll want to begin searching for the perfect wedding venue. If you’re planning to celebrate in NJ, we invite you to consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. New Jersey wedding planners and engaged couples are invited to see how our venue can be the perfect place to host your dream springtime wedding.

Until next week, 

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Attention New Jersey Meeting Planner – Perfect Spaces Here!

Your New Favorite New Jersey Meeting Venue. 

  New Jersey Meeting Planner
Planning a meeting or event can be overwhelming with all of the necessary decisions, problem solving, and finding the right place. We welcome every New Jersey meeting planner to check out our spaces and amenities designed especially for corporate or social events.

When you are looking for the perfect place to host an event or special occasion, our northern NJ meeting space is a great option. We have over 20,000 square feet of space that can accommodate anything from small department meetings to corporate trainings and special work-related events. Our business services include free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast each morning, a 24-hour business center, business staff to assist you, free shuttle service to nearby places and attractions, and much more.

Catering options are also available if your event happens to warrant some kind of meal or snacks. Our staff can work with you and create menus for breakfast, lunch, afternoon breaks, dinner buffet, plated dinner, or a reception. No matter what kind of gathering you are planning, we are the perfect New Jersey meeting venue.

Where Successful Meetings and Fun Events Happen

New Jersey Meeting Planner

Flexible spaces, catering options, and a great location all come together to bring visitors and guests a wonderful place to have a gathering. We are able to accommodate intimate gatherings to larger parties of up to 500 guests. The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ looks forward to welcoming you and your guests.


NJ Devils Home Schedule - Don't Miss a Game!

Prudential Center Events Include New Jersey Devils Hockey. 

NJ Devils Home Schedule

Hockey season is in full swing and now is the time to catch a game. Just in case you've missed most of the action so far, we've got the details on upcoming games at the Prudential Center. Go Devils!

In addition to hosting ice skating shows, extreme sporting events, concerts and more, Newark's huge event center happens to be the home ice for our beloved NJ Devils NHL hockey team. Currently 4th in the Eastern Metropolitan Division, our New Jersey team is doing pretty well this year. You won't want to miss the fast-paced, crisp action of hockey, especially once we get closer to the Playoffs.

So gather your friends and fellow hockey-lovers, don your red, black, and white, and join thousands of other Devils fans as they pack the venue to cheer on the team. Here are some of the upcoming games on the NJ Devils home schedule:

● Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ 7pm vs. Ottawa Senators
● Tuesday, February 2, 2016 @ 7pm vs. New York Rangers
● Saturday, February 6, 2016 @ 1pm vs. Washington Capitals
● Tuesday, February 9, 2016 @ 7pm vs. Edmonton Oilers
● Sunday, February 14, 2016 @ 12:30pm vs. Los Angeles Kings

If you're looking for a Prudential Center hotel, we invite you to consider staying with us because we're minutes from hometown hockey action. No matter where you are, The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ will always welcome NJ Devils hockey fans.