Vail is a truly special place, full of magic and wonder. Of course, there's the obvious: 5,289 acres of skiing on Vail Mountain plus plenty of room to roam on foot or bike with 1,100 acres of open space within the town's boundaries and 350,000 acres of national forest land beyond that. There are art galleries, ski shops and fashion boutiques, coffee shops, pubs and fine dining establishments, spas, salons and fitness studios, all of which make Vail a great place to vacation or put down roots as a resident. Vail is also a bustling community full of heart and soul. Whether you're a guest or longtime local, there's seemingly always an event to attend, from a concert by a world-renowned symphony at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater to a riveting lecture from a professional adventure athlete at the Vail Symposium, from a charity bike race for a local nonprofit organization to a food festival featuring cuisine from Colorado restaurants. Stick around long enough and you'll get to know the town council members, firefighters and hospital workers who care for and serve this tight-knit community of about 5,300 year-round residents and about 5,000 part-time residents of vacation properties. Vail also has conveniently located grocery stores, a hardware store, banks and all the other everyday necessities you need to make a town a home, whether for a week or a lifetime. As a bonus, you can get from point A to point B with ease thanks to the town's free bus system, which runs year-round from East Vail to West Vail.