Elegant Hotel with Zagat-Rated Restaurant and Spacious Guest Rooms
Growing up, chef Dominick Casolaro spent his Sunday mornings learning how to make ravioli from his grandfather. Many years later—and after earning a degree from the Culinary Institute of America—Casolaro now passes on the benefits of what he's learned to diners at Primavera Restaurant in The Wilshire Grand Hotel. This Zagat-rated eatery serves up traditional Italian dishes such as the chef's original rock shrimp with extra fish veloute sauce. The dining credit included with this Getaway can also be used for everything from pappardelle con salmon ($17.95) to veal scaloppine with eggplant ($19.95). The hotel does its part to keep bellies full throughout the day. In the morning, a complimentary breakfast buffet includes homemade baked goods and a make-your-own belgian-waffle bar. At night, you can make a snack of fresh popcorn and an array of specialty toppings. And at the manager's reception held every Monday–Thursday, guests are served hors d'oeuvres and wine.
Superior king guest rooms feature luxurious touches such as triple-sheeted pillow-top beds, and the jacuzzi suites boast jetted tubs in full marble bathrooms. Downstairs, the garden-side patio is outfitted with a grill and ample seating space, and a 7-foot putting green makes an ideal spot for staging long-jump competitions for squirrels. For offsite adventure, rent a beach bike from the front desk and check out Verona Park, located less than a mile away.
West Orange, New Jersey: Historical Attractions and National Parks Just Outside New York City
West Orange is located 30 minutes from Manhattan in northern New Jersey. By far the most celebrated person ever to call the town home was Thomas Alva Edison. At the Thomas Edison National Historical Park (3 miles from the hotel), you can tour the inventor's laboratory and 29-room mansion. The house contains many of its original furnishings as well as a copy of Edison's patent for the electric slide. Bordered by vast nature preserves and scenic parks, West Orange features a lot of wide-open green spaces. The 2,000-acre South Mountain Reservation is a great place to picnic, hike, or fish. For a spectacular view of the New York City skyline, head 2 miles south to Eagle Rock Reservation, where a former cliff-side casino now houses a fine-dining restaurant. A collection of six surrounding golf courses further enhances the town's emerald hue.