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Discover The Winter Attractions near The Wilshire Grand Hotel at Turtle Back Zoo!

You don’t need a fur coat to enjoy a winter getaway to the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange!

The residents of Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange New Jersey don’t leave town during the winter months! And with reduced admission rates and still a full day of operating hours, anyone looking for winter attractions in West Orange New Jersey should consider taking a walk on the wild side at Turtle Back Zoo! If you’re planning your vacation in New Jersey during the beginning of the New Year, The Wilshire Grand Hotel, one of the top hotels in West Orange, has three can’t-miss suggestions for your day at the Zoo:

Take a Behind the Scenes Tour!
Each month offers a different backstage look at a specific resident of the zoo. And for the Saturdays and Sundays in January 2019, you have the chance Turtle swim to get a meet and greet with the tallest – the giraffes! Each 30-45 minute tour also includes admission to the Zoo, but are only limited to 10 people. Be sure to book ahead!

Sea Turtle Recovery
The Zoo has partnered with this non-profit effort to help care for sick and injured sea turtles. Once the turtles in their care – that you can learn about and help during your visit – have regained their health, they will be released back into the sea!

Hike “Wild New Jersey”
Hike this rustic trail and view native New Jersey animals in their natural habitat. From bobcats to the newer addition of the Barred owls, you will get an appreciation for all of the amazing wildlife in our own Garden State!

Unlike the warmer months when all of their wild residents are outdoors, most of the exhibits have moved indoors. Still, after a day out exploring any winter events in West Orange New Jersey, warm up in luxurious comfort by booking a room with us at the nearby Wilshire Grand Hotel.


Host Your Holiday Social Events at The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Discover how we can transform any ordinary holiday events in New Jersey into extraordinary affairs that will be remembered well into 2019!

As the end of 2018 is upon us, many are hurrying to find the perfect venue for their holiday events in New Jersey. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is not only a favorite spot for some of the top companies looking for an event venue in West Orange but also an ideal spot for all type of social events in New Jersey!

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Why Choose The Wilshire Grand in West Orange?
No matter if you wish to have an intimate gathering, a vibrant social meet-and-greet, or a lavishly large party with a guest list in the hundreds, the event space at The Wilshire Grand Hotel will exceed all expectations. Our hotel has eight unique rooms of varying size. Even though these distinctive spaces that cover over 20,000 square feet of space differ, they all share the luxurious style we are known for.

Our Tuscany Room and Grand Ballroom both have capacities of 450+ guests with furnishings that can cater to any type of layout. If you’re looking for a space that is comparable in size but with a more modern feel, our Loft @ 350, with seating up to 300 guests, will provide a similar flexibility with an updated twist. If you’re searching for a truly exclusive setting, our Regency Room, Essex Conference Suite, and Wilshire Room are ideal for an elevated but casual environment. Yet if you wish to keep it “all in the family” our Pleasant Valley Room or Private Study Room will make your handful of attendees feel like the true VIPs they are!

Holiday Social Events at The Wilshire Grand Hotel are a Fully Personalized Affair!
All of the grand amenities at The Wilshire Grand Hotel are available to you, with the added benefit of the expert one-on-one service of our Corporate Event Staff to help you plan every aspect of your gathering. From the convenience of overnight room accommodations, an on-site restaurant, and reliable, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access, having your event in our West Orange, New Jersey location, with its ease of accessibility to NYC and proximity to all major highways, will ensure you won’t have to wait long for the RSVPs to roll in!

There is only a little time left to book for the 2018 holiday season! Contact us today!


Discover Your Perfect Pet-Friendly Hotel for the Holidays – The Wilshire Grand!

Our pets are part of our family and The Wilshire Grand Hotel is waiting to welcome you all through our doors this holiday season!

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It may be traditional to be “home for the holidays”, yet many of us are finding ourselves spending part of this season at a hotel. Whether it’s due to wanting to get away or having family members living further apart, it becomes imperative to find a place where the family is comfortable and feels at home… and we mean the entire family!

Years ago, this may not have been possible. But now, there are quite a few pet-friendly hotels in New Jersey that are ready to open their doors for your whole family’s celebrations. Yet when it comes to pet-friendly hotels in West Orange, New Jersey, no one does it better than The Wilshire Grand! Embrace this opportunity to celebrate the holidays with your furry family members by your side!

Before you arrive…
When making your reservation, ensure that we know you’ll be bringing your entire family with you. There’ll be other guests who are not seeking a pet-friendly in West Orange, New Jersey accommodation and we want to make sure that each and every guest gets the best experience possible. Even though we wish that we could accommodate every four-legged family member, they must be no more than 35 pounds (surcharge of $30/stay).

During your stay…
Upon arrival, you will discover all of the amenities at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, including those specifically for the four-legged set. From a designated area for them to play and water bowls aplenty, we’ll ensure that you all feel at home in our care. Just remember basic courtesy around other guests (leashed/in carrier in public areas) and everyone will have a magical holiday in West Orange, New Jersey.

Wherever you decide to spend this festive season, The Wilshire Grand sends our warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and New Year!


Celebrate The Holiday With These Fun Thanksgiving Weekend Events in New Jersey

Whether staying home or traveling for Thanksgiving this year, enjoy some family fun for the holiday weekend!

In honor of Thanksgiving, we “give thanks” to all those who continue to make us a premier special event venue and true home-away-from-home in Northern NJ. For those cherished guests who’ve decided to spend their Thanksgiving with us, we welcome you “home”, and are ready to ensure you’ll enjoy some great family fun for the holiday weekend!
To many, the celebration of Thanksgiving is summed up by three “Fs”: family, food, and football! Here at The Wilshire Grand, we’ll provide you with the opportunity for all three, but with extra “fun” suggestions for the best Essex Country Thanksgiving holiday weekend events.

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No matter if you’re celebrating with kin or find yourself apart, our luxurious accommodations and genuine hospitality will make you feel at home. Join us for our traditional evening toast or wake up to a delectable European Breakfast, both complimentary and in our Lobby. If you find yourself thinking of your family, get started on your gift-giving by taking in some Black Friday shopping at either the nearby Livingston Mall or Mall at Short Hills!

Food
No Thanksgiving would be complete without a festive feast. Home to one of the finest Italian restaurants in our area, Primavera, the talented chefs have crafted a special menu – complete with a seasonal Roasted Turkey Dinner – to ensure you don’t miss out on any of your traditional favorites.

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Catch the Turkey Day action from the comfort of your guest room, or maybe take in a different sporting event over the weekend when the New Jersey Devils take on the New York Islanders on Friday! Not a sports fan and looking for Thanksgiving weekend events in New Jersey? Consider taking a trip to Turtle Back Zoo for their Holiday Light Spectacular.

On behalf of our entire Wilshire Grand family, we wish you all a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!


Enjoy the Spirit of the Holidays aboard a Spirit of New Jersey NYE Dinner Cruise!

Spirit of New Jersey NYE Dinner Cruise

Ring in the New Year at the Spirit of New Jersey NYE Dinner Cruise.

It's a magical time of the year and the Spirit Cruises are celebrating in style. Hop aboard a Spirit of New Jersey cruise and celebrate the magic of the holiday season with friends and family in a lively atmosphere. The Spirit of New Jersey NYE Dinner Cruise is just one of the many Spirit of New Jersey holiday cruises that will be offered this year. Make memories that will last into the new year at the 2018 holiday cruises in New Jersey.

Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise
Monday, December 24th
2½ hr cruise along New York Harbor featuring incredible skyline views
Departing from Chelsea Piers in New York
Freshly prepared buffet dinner menu
Live DJ and dance floor. Festive holiday decor
Board: 6:30pm | Cruise: 7 - 9:30pm | Price: from $119.90*

Christmas Eve Lunch Cruise
Monday, December 24th
2hr cruise along New York Harbor featuring incredible skyline views
Departing from Chelsea Piers in New York
Freshly prepared buffet lunch menu
Live DJ and dance floor. Festive holiday decor
Board: 11:30am | Cruise: 12 - 2pm | Price: from $64.90*

Holiday Lights Dinner Cruise
Available Select Dates
2½ hr cruise along New York Harbor featuring incredible skyline views
Departing from Chelsea Piers or Lincoln Harbor
Freshly prepared buffet dinner menu
Live DJ and dance floor. Festive holiday decor
Board: 6:30pm | Cruise: 7 - 9:30pm | Price: from $119.90*

Jingle Bells Lunch Cruise
Available Select Dates
2hr cruise along New York Harbor featuring incredible skyline views
Departing from Chelsea Piers or Lincoln Harbor
Freshly prepared buffet lunch menu
Live DJ and dance floor. Festive holiday decor
Board: 11:30am | Cruise: 12 - 2pm | Price: from $64.90*

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New York • 12.31.18
Count down to 2019 with a spectacular fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty, co-sponsored by Entertainment Cruises! (weather permitting)
New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Chelsea Piers, NY
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am
Infants under 4 are not permitted. Children must pay full price.

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New Jersey • 12.31.18
Count down to 2019 with a spectacular fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty, co-sponsored by Entertainment Cruises! (weather permitting)
New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Lincoln Harbor, NJ
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am
Infants under 4 are not permitted. Children must pay full price.

How would you like to count down to 2019 with a stunning fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty? Sip champagne, indulge in a delicious holiday buffet and enjoy a holiday you will always remember. For more information about the 2018 Spirit of New Jersey NYE Dinner Cruise, click here.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ is conveniently located nearby! Book your overnight accommodations with us today.


Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo!

Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back ZooSpread the Holiday Cheer at the Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo!

It just wouldn't feel like the holiday season in Essex County New Jersey without the beloved Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo. The annual holiday tradition attracts locals and visitors alike and is at the top of our list as one of our favorite holiday events in Essex County NJ. If you’ll be staying with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we recommend taking the short drive over to the Turtle Back Zoo for this year's holiday light show in New Jersey. Proven to be a magical celebration year after year, you certainly won't want to miss out on this magical winter event in New Jersey.

The 2018 Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo
The holiday event will be taking place through the Holiday Season
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Closed on December 24 and December 25
Ends January 1st

Experience the Turtle Back Zoo like you've never seen it before, under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. The family-friendly outdoor holiday lights event in New Jersey is free of charge for all attendees. Yet, the Turtle Back Zoo will be celebrating the season of giving with a food and clothing drive. Visitors are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats.

The Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo will feature different themed activities each December weekend, which makes visiting extra exciting!

If you’ll be visiting the NJ holiday light event, we welcome you to plan your stay with us. The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ is conveniently located just minutes away from the Turtle Back Zoo. Visit our website to learn more about our convenient, affordable and cozy accommodations and plan your holiday visit today.


NJ Wedding Venues on a Budget - The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ

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What can a bride and groom expect when making the decision to book their wedding with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ? Timeless elegance, world class service and limitless ballroom space to host the wedding of your dreams. If you've been searching for NJ wedding venues on a budget, we challenge you to look no further than The Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ. Our wedding venue in West Orange New Jersey offers everything you will need for a truly one-of-a-kind celebration.

No matter the season, we are fully equipped to handle all wedding celebrations. With over 20,000 square feet of breathtaking ballroom space, as well as outdoor space, we are fully capable to hosting your special wedding day any day of the year.

Along with our top of the line venues in New Jersey, we also offer on-site catering at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Our catering team is dedicated to serving you and your guests. Every wedding package at the Wilshire Grand Hotel is tailor-made to accommodate your party’s specific taste, whether traditional, vegetarian, Indian or Kosher.

Our Wedding packages include:

  • Over 20,000 square feet of breathtaking ballroom space and outdoor space
  • A complimentary bridal suite on the night of your special day
  • Newly designed Bridal Hospitality Suites for you and your bridal party, featuring large mirrors and private restrooms and reception area
  • Wedding concierge to help you plan and design every step of the way
  • Bridal attendants
  • Exquisite outdoor gardens for ceremonies and receptions
  • Special guestroom rates for your guests
  • Customized packages
  • Private bridal suite and reception area

We understand how frustrating and difficult it can be searching for NJ wedding venues on a budget. Our event specialists in New Jersey want to help make the process a little bit easier for you. We invite you to take a tour of our elegant event space in Essex County NJ and experience an up close and personal view of our affordable New Jersey wedding venues today.


Party Venues in Essex County NJ - 'Tis the Season!

Choose One of Our Party Venues in Essex County NJ for your Next Gathering.

'Tis the season! It's the perfect time to get a jump start on your holiday party planning. If you have been on the hunt for the perfect party venues in Essex County NJ, we welcome you to take a closer look at our holiday venues in New Jersey.

We understand how stressful planning a holiday party can be, from sending out the invites to the post-party clean up. We're here to help make your holiday party planning a lot less stressful and a lot more fun. Let our event specialists at the Wilshire Grand Hotel help make your corporate holiday party or family holiday gathering the best one yet. We're sharing our favorite tips and tricks below to ensure your party is one your guests will be raving about well into the new year.

Our holiday party planning tips include:
1.) Pick a theme first. Asking your employees for input or asking for a vote on a few ideas will help everyone feel involved while also taking some pressure off of you, as well.
2.) Don't forget the entertainment! Options may include live entertainment, a photo booth or organizing a potluck or planning activities that will help break the ice.

From intimate gatherings to lavish affairs, the Wilshire Grand Hotel NJ, located in West Orange, is an ideal option for your next special event. We offer more than 20,000 square feet of space, stylish meeting rooms and premium services such as award-winning catering and audio-visual support available. Visit our website to learn more about our affordable party venues in New Jersey and begin the first steps in the party planning process today. We recommend submitting a proposal to our specialists, outlining your needs and requirements for the day so we can make sure your event is everything you hoped for and more.

Looking for additional holiday party planning tips for 2018? Visit our website to learn more!


Four Fantastic Reasons to See a Show at Paper Mill Playhouse This Season

The new season of productions is underway, making now the best time to plan a trip to Paper Mill Playhouse.

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No matter what’s on stage at Paper Mill Playhouse, you’re in for a good time. The bright lights of Broadway shine on this haven for the performing arts in NJ, with many shows premiering here before moving to NYC. Recently, The Wilshire Grand spotlighted the opening production for the 2018-2019 Season at Paper Mill Playhouse NJ. Yet even after the final bows are taken for The Color Purple, there are still four more reasons to visit the official “State Theater of New Jersey”!

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn | November 21-December 30, 2018

Unlike previous Paper Mill productions that were Broadway-bound, this festive feature is fresh from NYC! Featuring over twenty recognizable Berlin tunes, including the classic “White Christmas”, even the biggest Scrooge will find it hard to bah humbug this production!

My Very Own British Invasion| January 31-March 3, 2019

A world-premiere production including over two dozen hits from the top British bands of The Sixties, this tale of young love will transport the entire audience to the time of Flower Power and the Age of Aquarius!

Benny & Joon | April 4-May 5, 2019

This new musical adaptation of the eponymous 1993 film is a celebration of love that will captivate the crowd with its sights set on The Great White Way!

Disney's Beauty and the Beast | May 29-June 30, 2019

The tale may be as old as time, but this production will enchant the whole family and provides the season with the perfect fairy-tale ending!

 

If you plan to see a show at Paper Mill Playhouse, check out The Wilshire Grand NJ special offers to book a stay highlighted by luxurious comfort. Only a short drive away, we will ensure that when the curtain falls on your night, it will be one worthy of a standing ovation!


Support the Arts and Your Local Community at This Year’s SOPAC Gala!

This year’s edition of the annual kick-off to the South Orange Performing Arts Center season promises to be a night you won’t want to miss!

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The SOPAC Gala is a time for the community to celebrate and support one of the most beloved performing arts venues in the Garden State! On Saturday, October 27, 2018, SOPAC will be celebrating the contributions of three local dignitaries known for their philanthropy, along with a special presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to one of South Orange’s own living music legends!

This year’s honorees are…

Samuel M. Conivssor, who has helped foster a series of concerts featuring students from the famed Julliard School.

Dan Arrighi, a long-serving member on SOPAC’s Board of Governors who has championed the causes of people suffering from developmental disabilities.

Sam Jospeh, who’s on a mission to not only beautify but uplift the entire South Orange area to be a cultural hub.

Drum roll, please…

Unlike past years, the Gala Host Committee has chosen to bestow a Lifetime Achievement Award to a recipient that has embodied their message to support the arts. On top of her over 50 successful years in the music industry, Dionne Warwick continues to support many local and regional charitable efforts, including SOPAC!

Mingle and celebrate with the SOPAC Gala 2018 honorees!

The honoree tributes and Lifetime Achievement Award presentation will be part of a larger gathering including a cocktail service, strolling dinner stations, and dessert all serviced in SOPAC’s illustrious three-story lobby and theatre. No SOPAC event would be complete without some live entertainment, provided this year by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins.

The Wilshire Grand NJ is ready to help you support SOPAC in style!

Make this night one to remember by booking a room with us at The Wilshire Grand. We’re less than 10 miles away from the Gala and all of the other can’t-miss events that this year at the South Orange Performing Arts Center!