Genoa, Nevada

Home to less than 300 people in-town, Genoa offers visitors a quaint town with historical charm. You can spend the day shopping at Genoa Square, where you’ll find unique gifts, old-fashioned candy and freshly ground coffee, or have a picnic at Mormon Station State Historic Park. On a warm day, you can grab a cool drink at the Genoa Bar,, Nevada’s oldest saloon. After a round of golf at Genoa Lakes Golf Club, relax with a massage at 1862 David Walleys Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Be sure to visit Genoa’s historic buildings—Genoa Town Hall, Genoa Community Church and Genoa Courthouse Museum. The Genoa House Inn and the Wild Rose Inn, both bed-and-breakfasts, are decorated with Victorian elegance.

Genoa, pronounced “ju-NO-ah,” is nestled on the eastern side of the Sierra, Nevada in Carson Valley, 20 minutes from Lake Tahoe’s world-class skiing. Established in 1851 by Mormon traders, it was called Mormon Station until 1855 when, as legend has it, Judge Orson Hyde named the burgeoning town after Genoa, Italy, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

If you are visiting Genoa in September, make plans to attend the annual Candy Dance. The event began in 1919 to raise money for streetlights by passing out candy at a dance and continued to pay the electric bills. In 1970 a small crafts fair was added, and now the Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Fair draws large crowds, closing down the streets for an entire weekend.

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Genoa Bar and Saloon
Genoa, NV

“Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Parlor,” as it says above the entrance, has an intriguing mix of quirky artifacts, including Raquel Welch’s black leopard print bra and signed photo, donated during a movie shoot nearby.

Mormon Station entryway with wooden sign
Genoa, NV

Mormon Station is the site of Nevada’s first permanent non-native settlement. A replica of the original trading post, built in 1851, houses a museum with pioneer-era artifacts

Genoa Courthouse Museum
Genoa, NV

Visiting the small community of Genoa, Nevada’s first permanent settlement, invokes a feeling of nostalgia. And stepping across the threshold of the Genoa Courthouse Museum takes that feeling one step further.

Genoa, NV

The annual Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire has earned a reputation for quality artists and crafters.  Over 300 vendors are selected for their quality product and unique wares.  There's not only great craft shopping, but delicious homemade candy and food as well.  The Candy Dance tradition started in 1919 when the community's women sold homemade candy and served midnight supper during a dance at the Town Hall, raising funds for the purchase and maintenance of Genoa's streetlights.  Nintey-four years later  and it's still going strong!

 

1862 David Walleys Resort Spa
Genoa, NV

Majestic mountain views, minutes from world-class skiing adventure, hot springs and a spa for ultimate relaxation - what more could you want from a vacation out west?