• Astra Hotel Seattle Opens in South Lake Union

    FROM THE Fall 2022 ISSUE
    Photo credit: Astra Hotel Seattle

The 16-story, 265-room Astra Hotel Seattle, a Marriott Tribute Portfolio property, opened in the city’s South Lake Union neighborhood on July 10. With 5,000 square feet of event space—including the rooftop ALTITUDE Sky Lounge and the veggie-forward Otium Grill & Greens on the lobby level—the Astra can accommodate groups up to 200 seated and even more theater-style. Both the rooftop bar and Otium are available for buyouts.

The banquet menu features chef-curated dishes from Otium, made with both local and sustainable ingredients. “Otium means ‘a place of leisure’ in Latin, and that’s exactly the type of environment we sought to create: a place to hang out at,” says Alleah Pac, the Astra’s director of sales and marketing. “It’s a fresh, Northwest-style restaurant with Mediterranean influences, and the cuisine [emphasizes vegetables]. The roasted beets have goat cheese and pistachio butter, and it’s my favorite dish on the menu. You’re looking at veggies in a very different sense after you try [Executive Chef Kalen Schramke’s] meals.” (That said, carnivores will not go hungry: Sustainable albacore, New York steak, and Alaska king salmon are all on the menu.)  


Built in the vision of streamline modernism and art deco in 1941, the Vogue Theatre has become a hotspot in the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district—a region known for its progressive hospitality and historic charm. “It’s a national registered historic site in Canada,” says Matt Friesen, general manager of the theater. While it is primarily a concert venue hosting artists such as Steve Lacy and Steve Earle & The Dukes, the Vogue’s nearly 10,000 square feet of space and mission to offer the utmost friendly customer service makes it a perfect venue for your next event. 


WeVenture, a national tour operating company, has expanded its offerings to include four Seattle tours that immerse visitors in the city’s vibrant cultural scene. The company, which launched nationally earlier this year, has tours in 10 other U.S. cities including New York City, Miami, Denver, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. The Seattle tours can be an easy and fun add-on to any event in the Emerald City.


When Eli Dahlin and Ezra Wicks bought the space of the restaurant they worked at in February 2020, the pandemic put their plans on hold like it did many other establishments. 

After slow-moving construction throughout 2020, they were finally able to open the doors of their new natural wine bar, Light Sleeper, in December that year. Dahlin and Wicks were involved in the natural wine movement for over a decade, making these practices the forefront of the establishment.