Located just 8 miles west of Vail and serving as the gateway to Beaver Creek, Avon is the true heart of the Vail Valley. Longtime locals and guests alike know and love Avon for its quick access to two world-class ski resorts as much for its small-town charm. Whether you're looking for adventure or a day of leisure, Avon has you covered. You can walk, run or bike on miles of trail, both paved and unpaved, paddle down the Eagle River or spend an afternoon in the 48-acre Harry A. Nottingham Park, which comes alive in the summer with people swimming and paddleboarding in the lake, enjoying picnics in the grass or attending one of a number of community events – concerts, art shows and other festivals – held in Nottingham Park. Or you could spend a day at the spa or indulging in a little retail therapy and eating your way through Avon's restaurant scene. No matter the season, Avon Recreation Center is a great spot to get in a workout; the 40,000-square-foot facility boasts all the amenities of a big-city recreation center, including a giant indoor waterslide, a robust schedule of group fitness classes and top-notch fitness equipment. Whether you're on vacation or putting down roots as a resident, Avon is a great home-base because it's also home to everyday staples like grocery stores, pharmacies and even furniture stores. Avon also features a free in-town bus – which you can take to Avon Station, and from there catch the Riverfront gondola up to Beaver Creek Landing, and on to the mountain – and access to the county-wide bus system.