Day Trippin To Genoa

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We'll start the day off at the Mormon Station State Park on Main Street where you can pay homage to the statue of John "Snowshoe" Thompson. He's the great navigator who climbed the Sierra on a pair of homemade skis.

Afterward, you can picnic on the lawn and even take advantage of the barbecue pits if you're up for it.

Right across the street, is the Genoa Courthouse Museum, which has stood in town since 1865. You can check out the newest exhibit on the Pony Express Trail and see the original courtroom on the top floor.

You can't spent a day in Genoa without enjoying the outdoors and there's no better spot for that than taking a hike at the Luther Canyon Trailhead, just five minutes away on Foothill Road.

If you're looking to wind down, David Walley's resort is just the place, some three minutes away, also on Foothill Road. For 20 dollars, you can soak in seven different mineral pools for an entire day.

After that, why not have a post-spa drink at Nevada's oldest tavern? Built in 1853, the Genoa Bar brags that it grows it's own cobwebs, but the fact that its customers have included Mark Twain and Johnny Cash is probably the bigger sell.

A big long day, calls for a big long meal. That's where JT'S Basque Bar and Dining Room on 395 in neighboring Gardnerville comes into play.

Twenty-two dollars will get you family style sevings of soup, salad, stew, a main entree, beans, fries, coffee and ice cream; in case that's not enough.

It's a little something for everyone and a very affordable daytrip.