Things to do in West Orange

Here are our Top Things to do in NJ this winter!

There are many exciting things to do around our hotel in NJ, don’t forget to plan your stay this winter.

Things to do in NJ this winter

At the Wilshire Grand Hotel, we are conveniently located near the best attractions in Northern New Jersey. If visiting with us this holiday season, check out our top things to do in NJ this winter.

Located just a few minutes from Newark, we are always excited to let our guests know about the upcoming events taking place at the Prudential Center. Whether you are a sports fan, music lover or just looking for a little excitement during these winter months, check out these Prudential Center events:

  • New Jersey Devils Home Game: Click here for the upcoming schedule.
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Live Debut of “The Christmas Attic:” on Sunday, Decemeber 21, 2014 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm.
  • The Harlem Globetrotters 2015 Tour: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

If looking to get into the holiday spirit, there are many events and attractions to visit this winter. Our favorites include:

Plan your stay with us and celebrate the holiday season in NJ. 

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time? Check out these tips!

Our easy to follow guide for hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time!

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time can be stressful. As a first-time host, you want to make sure that everything goes as planned. Check out our Thanksgiving Planning Checklist and get ready to impress your guests. Warning: You may be asked to host again next year!

Our Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist includes:

Make sure you get a final head count of guests and start planning your menu. If you want your guests to bring something, make sure you discuss with each person. You’ll then want to decide if you will serve buffet-style or a sit-down dinner.

Reserve your bird two weeks in advance

Thaw your turkey three days before. Allow a full day for every four pounds of turkey being thawed.

Clean the kitchen the weekend before and make the cranberry sauce.

If baking a pie from scratch, make your pie dough two days before and refrigerate it.

The day before Thanksgiving is when you’ll want to trim and peel your carrots, make cheese crackers and make your pie. Wrap your pies in plastic and keep at room temperature.

You will want to bring your turkey to room temperature and start roasting 3 ½ hours before your guests arrive.

Two hours before your dinner, you can bake your potatoes, cook your green beans and assemble your stuffing.

One hour before dinner starts, set out your cheese crackers and any appetizers that you may be offering. Then, 30 minutes before, put your stuffing in the oven, cook your carrots and make your gravy!

Now you can sit back and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day dinner! For more helpful tips, check out Martha Stewart’s Foolproof Plan for your First Thanksgiving.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Not-so-Scary Halloween Events for Families at the Turtle Back Zoo in NJ!

Looking for spooktacular events for your little ones? Check out these Halloween events for families in NJ.

Halloween Events for Families in NJ

At the Wilshire Grand Hotel, we are conveniently located near many top attractions in the Northern NJ area. Which means, there is always something new to discover each time you visit our hotel. If planning to celebrate Halloween in our area and looking for events for families in NJ, check out the Turtle Back Zoo this October.

The Halloween events include:

Spooky Zoo at the Turtle Back Zoo
October 24th and 25th, 2014
6pm to 9pm
$5 for non-members, $3 for Zoo members

This spooktacular family-friendly Halloween event in NJ features a spooky animal presentation, hands-on activity stations and nighttime train rides.  The not-so-scary train rides will take place before 7:45pm and scary rides start at 8pm. The event is rain or shine. Click here for tickets.

Safe HOWL-O-Ween at the Turtle Back Zoo
Friday, October 31st, 2014
$5 for non-members, $3 for Zoo members

Gather your little ones and enjoy trick or treating at more than 25 candy stations at the Turtle Back Zoo.

If interested in attending these frighteningly fun Halloween events at the Turtle Back Zoo, we welcome you and your family to book your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Click here to view last year’s event and plan your stay today!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Planning an Extended Stay? Take Advantage of our NJ Hotel Package with Breakfast included!

Our NJ Extended Stay Hotel Package with Complimentary Breakfast Daily is perfect for your stay in NJ.

If you are planning an extended stay in NJ, look no further than the Wilshire Grand Hotel. We are offering an exclusive NJ Hotel Package with breakfast included for you to enjoy during your visit. Learn more about our hotel deal below and plan your stay with us in West Orange, NJ.

NJ Hotel Packages with Breakfast

Our Extended Stay Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Basket with beverages & snacks upon arrival
  • Complimentary full breakfast buffet daily
  • Monday - Thursday manager's reception
  • Free WiFi and internet service
  • Free shuttle service within a 5 mile radius, based on availability

Terms and Conditions apply. Visit our special hotel offers page on our Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ website to learn more.

Whether visiting for business or leisure, we are committed to ensuring your stay is memorable from beginning to end. Come visit your home here in West Orange, NJ and enjoy our comfortable accommodations and unprecedented service.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Hockey fans, the New Jersey Devils 2014-15 Season is almost here!

The New Jersey 2014-15 Regular Season is about to begin! Plan your stay today.

Hockey fans, are you ready for the NHL 2014-15 season? We are always excited to offer hockey fans a convenient place to stay before and after the games at the Prudential Center. If you’re planning to attend a New Jersey Devils home game during the 2014-15 season, we invite you to book your stay at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We are located just minutes away from the arena.

New Jersey Devils 2014-15 SeasonThe regular season home games for the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center begins Saturday, October 18, 2014 and ends Tuesday, April 7, 2014. We’ve listed the upcoming October games at the Prudential Center and you can view the full 2014-15 schedule for the NJ Devils here.

The October home games for the Devils include:

Saturday, October 18, 2014 vs. the Sharks at 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 vs. the Rangers at 7:00pm
Friday, October 24, 2014 vs. the Stars at 7:00pm
Thursday, October 30, 2014 vs. the Jets at 7:00pm

If looking for things to do this fall/winter in NJ, check out a game at the Prudential Center this season. Check out our current hotel deals and packages.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Book a Romantic Summer Getaway in NJ with our Pampered in Pink Hotel Deal!

Summer is almost over – Don’t forget to book a romantic summer getaway with us in NJ.

Romantic Summer Getaway in NJ

Last chance to book a romantic summer getaway in NJ! At the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ we are offering an exclusive romantic hotel deal that is perfect for you and your loved one this summer. Reconnect with that special someone and enjoy our Pampered in Pink hotel deal at the Wilshire Grand in West Orange, NJ.

Our romance hotel package in NJ includes:

  • Superior King Room accommodations
  • Bottle of chilled pink Champagne with Chocolate kisses and Arrangement of fresh pink flowers delivered to your room
  • Dinner for two at Primavera Restaurant (122.00 Value)
  • 2:00pm late check out

Plan your stay today and enjoy our cozy and spacious accommodations and convenient location to the many attractions in North Jersey and NYC. It’s not too late to book your NJ summer getaway. Visit our special packages page on our website to check for rates and availability and book today!

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