No problem with taking in only a portion of the convention, but its your loss. There is a lot going on...all the time. Learning, doing, partaking, enjoying. I haven't regretted going to any of the conferences, and this will be about 9 for me.
You are free to stay anywhere you like, but I can assure you that being in the middle of the action is a lot of fun and it keeps you out of trouble. Do try and meet up with folks from your local club or here on the forum. Sharing is caring.