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Gardnerville is a farm town established in 1879 at a more conveniently central location than Genoa. It has spread north and south along US 395 over recent years, and has become the pleasant setting for a collection of cafes and shops appealing to travelers as well as local folks.

 

Only a few years ago its picturesque Basque restaurants provided Gardnerville with such fame as it enjoyed beyond the confines of the Carson Valley. Here, as in many of northern Nevada's small towns, Basques operated several boarding-house hotels where the sheepherders could stay between jobs or for a vacation.

 

Other townsfolk came to appreciate the hearty, modestly priced suppers served at these workingmen's hotels, and dining out at the JT has become a treat. Skip the Rob Roys and the Coors Lites and have a Picon Punch while you're here. It's traditional.

 

There's one less of the old Basque hotels now; the Overland has passed out of the hands of the family that had run it for 50 years. Its menu is now contemporary-eclectic but you can still get a superb picon punch at the bar. Sharkey's Casino is another tradition that has been modernized. The venerable property was sold a few years ago, and the wonderful memorabilia collections auctioned off. But the new owners have maintained and even enhanced the deservedly famous Sharkey's prime rib, as good as ever. There are many more choices for good food in Gardnerville, with three supermarkets and a Grocery Outlet on the south end of town.

 

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Genoa Western Heritage Day

Genoa's annual Cowboy Festival has traveled off into the sunset, and to take it's place the Friends of Genoa created a new event for Cowboy and Western enthusiasts that features Country Western genre Music, Food, Fun & Games and Western Heritage Reenactments. Come on out and Celebrate Nevada's Western Heritage in Genoa! This event features […]

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Genoa, Nevada, 2289 Main Street
Genoa, NV 89411 United States
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Genoa Candy Dance

The Genoa "Candy Dance" originated in 1919 as an effort to raise money to purchase street lights for the small, but enterprising community of Genoa, Nevada's first settlement. The original mission of the Genoa Candy Dance was to bring light to the town streets. Each Candy Dance after the first one in 1919 helped pay […]

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Genoa, Nevada, 2289 Main Street
Genoa, NV 89411 United States
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Alpine Aspen Festival

Come experience our crisp mountain air and blazing autumn colors. And all year long, enjoy our gift to you, fresh, clean water! Enjoy spectacular fall colors in scenic Alpine County October 7 & 8, 2017 at the 4th annual Alpine Aspen Festival hosted by the Alpine Watershed Group and Friends of Hope Valley. This event will […]

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Hope Valley, Alpine State Highway
Hope Valley, California 96120
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Carson Valley Nevada Attractions:
CVIC Hall in Minden

CVIC Hall

The CVIC Hall is one of the most recognizable historic building in Douglas County. In its infancy and during its youth, the Hall served as a movie theater, a gymnasium, a live theater, a church, and a center of Carson Valley social life. Through the careful and diligent efforts of the residents of the Town […]

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Eagles & Agriculture

Eagles & Agriculture is one of the most unusual events on any state’s calendar. It attracts hundreds of visitors to the Carson Valley each February for this unique opportunity to photograph the birds, tour the ranches, and gape in wonder as bald eagles congregate in the meadows. These haughty raptors are there because it is the […]

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The Historic Genoa Bar & Saloon

Genoa Bar & Saloon

The Genoa Bar & Saloon, “Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Parlor” is the Oldest Saloon within the oldest permanent settlement within the present state of Nevada. Genoa was first established as a trading post in 1851. Out of sheer necessity a saloon came quickly thereafter. The year was 1853 and establishment was named “Livingston’s Exchange”. Since that […]

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Topaz Lake Recreation Area

Topaz Lake Recreation Area

Topaz Lake Recreation Area is located on the shores of Topaz Lake right off US Highway 395 near the Nevada-California border. There are 15 reservable RV campsites available with water and power hookups, 13 non-reservable RV campsites with water only, and an additional 42 non-reservable dry campsites. Primitive camping is available in undeveloped areas. Amenities […]

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