• Venue Spotlight: Vault 634

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    Allentown has a new luxury venue.

Vault 634 in Allentown provides guests with a lavish and highly customizable space for private events. The luxury boutique venue opened in May after the historic building it calls home underwent an eight-month renovation. The building began life in 1911 as a bank called The Lehigh Valley Trust Company, complete with fluted stone pillars, lion head statues, a 900-square-foot Victorian stainedglass ceiling, marble floors and handcarved bronze paneling. 

Enhancing the building’s preserved historical features and installing modern luxury amenities were the top priorities of the $5.5 million renovation. Included in the revamp: a marble staircase in the Grand Hall, a signature vault bar, five original Hess chandeliers, a state-of-the-art audio-visual system and a 2,000-square-foot addition to make room for an elevator tower and other amenities. 

Guests can book one or all three of the venue’s event spaces, which include the Grand Hall, the South Mezzanine and The Fritz Speakeasy. With 17,500 square feet of meeting and event space, the venue can accommodate a variety of seating arrangements for up to 200 seated guests and up to 350 for a cocktailstyle event. 

According to Director of Events Lyn Cunningham, Vault 634 never books more than one event per day to ensure that groups don’t have to share common spaces or worry about distractions. Since the venue opened, it has hosted a variety of events, including nonprofit galas and FAM tours.

“With the Gatsby-esque visuals of the space, corporate socials, themed events and weddings are also among our more popular types of events,” Cunningham says. 

Additionally, the team at Vault 634’s fullservice, on-site gourmet kitchen creates custom menus for each event. 

“Our experienced team approaches every client event, regardless of type, the same way: we never want any two events to feel or look the same,” Cunningham says.

New York City offers meeting attendees thrills aplenty. Now there’s one more: a new “skyscraping” experience.

 

Rising 1,131 feet in the air and extending out 65 feet from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, the glass-floored Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere offering unparalleled 360-degree views of New York City's skyline. To make those views even more exhilarating, City Climb, the ultimate skyscraping adventure, challenges climbers to scale the outside of the building, and then lean out from the outdoor platfrom.

 

 

Temperatures are starting to dip in Seattle, but if you want to get in one last outdoor gathering before winter, consider The Rooftop at WeWork Cap Hill. Located on the penthouse level on 11th Avenue near Seattle’s storied Pine and Pike Streets, the space offers inviting landscapes and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Capacity: 74.  Bring sweaters and scarves!

 

A new hotel flag is flying in Manhattan. Pendry Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Pendry Manhattan West, the brand’s first hotel in New York City. In collaboration with Brookfield Properties, the hotel is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and features 164 luxury guest rooms, including 30 suites, with interiors by Gachot Studios.