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Bend, OR – Where all of your wildest dreams will come true
OK, maybe we can’t guarantee a unicorn ride on a rainbow. But we can offer you one of the best places in the world to engage with real thought leaders, recharge your career batteries, squeeze in some personal playtime, and make your colleagues wicked jealous.
Bend is a hotbed for creativity, SEO and social media disguised as an oasis of inspiration, recreation and, of course, fermentation. With sun-drenched days and cool fall nights to draw you in, the jaw-dropping mountain views and picturesque river ambling through town are just a few recreational boons that make it hard to leave. Make time for a hike, bike or kayak trip.
A Solid Week of Some Really Cool Events Happens Every October in Bend, Oregon
Come early to Bend and join a Bend expert from Visit Bend for a free one-hour guided tour of the historic downtown core. Other great options include experiencing a fantastic Lava Tuba Cave Tour or an enjoyable Local Pour Craft Beverage Tour.
Better yet, stick around for BendFilm the highly acclaimed annual festival immediately following the Swivel Digital + Creative Conference.
No matter what you’re into, it’s an epic time of year here and it’s always a perfect time to enjoy Bend’s awesome shopping, dining and craft brews. From the outside, it may look like a small mountain town. But it doesn’t take long to discover the passion and culture pumping vehemently throughout the veins of this community. As one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas, there is definitely something in the water (and it’s not just hops)!
Airport & Flight Information:
Direct flights into the Bend/Redmond airport are offered by Alaska Airlines, Delta, and United. The airport code is RDM. You can find out more about the Bend/Redmond airport here. The airport is a short drive from downtown Bend (approximately 25 minutes).
Hotel & Transportation:
The Hilton Garden Inn is located in the Old Mill district. Decorated with a charming mountain lodge theme and set among the serene trails, riverside restaurants and shops of the Old Mill District, this hotel offers premium accommodations and an ideal location.
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The Hampton is also located in the historic Old Mill District. Orchestrated to meet the highest standards of comfort and class, this hotel is located a mere 5-minute walk from the Les Schwab Amphitheater, with rooms featuring freebies including a breakfast buffet and parking. Additional amenities include a fitness room, indoor pool and a hot tub. Their commitment: Friendly service, clean rooms, comfortable surroundings, every time.
If you missed getting a room at either of these locations, or prefer alternative accommodations, other hotels and lodging include: McMenamins Old St. Francis, TownPlace Suites, Pine Ridge Inn, or MyPlace. You can view a full list of Bend motels, hotels and vacation rentals on Visit Bend’s website.
Rental Cars and Transportation:
As a local family-owned cab service, Bend Cab Company and Shuttle Services prides itself on making their passengers as comfortable as possible. You’ll enjoy plenty of leg room and a smoke and drug-free taxi or shuttle ride.
If you are looking for reliable transportation in Central Oregon, Taxis of Bend is a great answer. Their safe and well-maintained fleets assure you of a comfortable ride.
Uber is now available in Bend! The fare is about $40 from the Redmond Airport to Swivel Conference headquarters.
If you plan to venture out to all that Central Oregon has to offer, a rental car will be most helpful to explore the area. The Bend/Redmond airport car rental options include:
Driving to Bend:
If you prefer to drive to Bend, Portland is a 2.5 hour trip. You can find more information on getting to Bend here.
I just wanted to thank you for a great experience at Bend WebCAM (now Swivel!). I loved it. While there, I had a major a-ha that I really prefer small conferences. I am at heart an introvert and huge conferences (like BlogHer) leave me feeling lost in the crowd of 6,000. And while they may get a killer keynote, you’re seeing him/her on a screen and might as well watch the YouTube video instead. I find it far more gratifying to go to a conference where you really get to know a small handful of people, but they’re the kinds of people you want to know.”