• High-Flying Team Building

    FROM THE Fall 2022 ISSUE
    Photo credit: JP Martin Photography

You won’t find another event venue like Emerald City Trapeze Arts in Seattle. Emerald City sits in the south of downtown (SoDo district) and houses some 20,000 square feet of flexible and visually dazzling space. With a rustic, almost industrial feel, the unique post-and-beam interior is a stunning setting for conferences or corporate parties. In addition to the two ground spaces, clients are captivated by the rough-hewn wood of the mezzanine balcony overlooking the main floor and the spacious 600-square-foot performance stage. Whether watching the world-class aerial and acrobatic shows from the balcony or from the ground, your team will be awed by the spectacle. As instructor Blair Aued notes, “The closeness to these artists allows audience members to see the expressions on the acrobats’ faces and experience the show in a more intimate and exciting way.” 

Emerald City offers a wide range of packages to enliven your meeting or event. With several event spaces and a variety of add-ons, like flying trapeze and aerial performances, you can tailor your experience to your team. If your team opts to try the trapeze, trained staff will attach safety lines and guide them through the process. Although it may seem intimidating, Aued emphasizes how “this activity is excellent for team building, establishing trust, and learning to take a leap of faith—quite literally.” Other custom add-ons for trapeze and aerial shows include professional audio and lighting design in a five- to seven-minute spectacle designed for your event. Emerald City also offers food catering and bar services, as well as comfy furniture and lounges.

Providing a gateway to live entertainment in eastern Idaho, the Mountain America Center in Idaho Falls will soon be home to concerts, comedians, rodeos, and everything in between. Construction of the center began May 2021, and it is slated to open on Nov. 28. 

“This will be a true hub for numerous headlining concerts and entertainers,” says Kelsey Salsbery, the director of marketing at Mountain America Center. “[It] will also serve as a community facility in which graduations, corporate events, conferences, and fundraisers can also be hosted.” 


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.


Located just 30 minutes from Seattle, Treehouse Point Private Event Center & Overnight Retreat is a great place to host your event. The venue is home to seven rentable treehouses, a central lodge, and a multipurpose event space, The Pond Room. The maximum capacity is 80 for events, and it can host 20 guests overnight. All indoor spaces are heated, and complimentary Wi-Fi, bedding, and bath products are provided. Each morning, Treehouse Point’s talented chefs prepare delicious, healthy breakfasts in the lodge for guests to enjoy.