Bringing it home at the ADDYs


It’s a wrap! Our marketing team made us proud at the 2013 ADDY Awards.

Bend has a lot of great things going for it. But what you might not know is we’ve got a lot of creative and talented people too. Our team at PointsWest is proud to have worked with a few of them—especially since they brought home some nice swag at the 2013 Oregon ADDY Awards this month.

In the Digital Advertising category, we won an Award of Merit for the PointsWest video produced by Brian Niles of The Outlaw Partners in Big Sky, Montana and written by Cam Davis of Wordplay in Bend.

And in the same category, we won a Silver Award for the Digital Campaign that included the video, a series of Email blasts, and the website developed by Blanco Media of Portland. Both the Eblasts and the website were designed by Chris Michaelis of Thistlefish Design of Bend and written by Cam Davis of Wordplay. By earning a Silver Award, the PointsWest Digital Campaign will be forwarded to compete in the Northwest ADDY Awards for the entire region, which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

We wish them the best of luck in representing PointsWest Townhomes and our beloved city of Bend!

It’s only April… but floating season is approaching!

Float the River

A summer in Bend is not complete without floating the river

The weather is showing signs of getting warmer, and many of us are already looking forward to floating the river this summer—even though the water is still pretty chilly. My summers in Bend are not complete without a solid day of floating at Farewell Bend Park. There is nothing more relaxing than posting up in my favorite floatie and lounging in the lazy Deschutes catching rays and people watching—and maybe even ending the trip with a treat from one of my favorite food trucks, DaKine Grindz.

I initially started daydreaming (in April) about gettin’ my float on when The Bulletin announced that the Deschutes made the “Top 10 Western River Floats” in Discovery News. It’s true that Farewell Bend is a popular destination for a lazy kind of day, but the Discovery News article highlights the more adventurous side of water sports that Bend caters to: whitewater rafting and kayaking.

The upper section has the Big Eddy, which is perfect for rafting on your own or with a trip through Sun Country Tours. The lower section starts at Warm Springs and ends just before Sherars Falls—but be careful of fishermen! No matter what section you plan on visiting, you are bound to find an epic day playing in the water in Central Oregon.

Even though I am already looking forward to summer shenanigans on the river, I’ve got spring skiing to keep me content until then. And that right there is what I love so much about Bend—there truly is an outdoor adventure for anyone during any time of the year.

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