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Plan your Genoa culinary vacation this year with Savoury Destinations team and take part in the big event of the year, the now famous Candy Dance Faire. Genoa is the oldest town in Nevada and its historic charm and unique culinary adventure attract visitors year-round. The Candy Dance dinner will be held on Saturday evening at the Genoa Town Park on Nixon Street. The dance and a No-Host bar will start at 4:30 p.m. Make sure you bring your appetite, along with a sweater.
People call the White House Inn in Genoa Nevada a place where your mind, body, and soul will relax and become more aware of nature’s beauty. Built in 1868, The White House Inn is the perfect retreat for a night or weekend getaway. It is said that the grass is always greener on the other side, but folks that have stayed at the White House Inn say the “grass is pretty green right here. It’s a beautiful, peaceful, elegant, and quaint setting”.
Step inside The White House Inn and feel all your cares float away. Lacy, the inn’s friendly manager, will take you on a tour of this historic inn. The comfortably furnished parlor invites guests to sit down and relax after a day of site seeing. Or wander out to the sun porch overlooking the gardens and dream of what life must have been like in that bygone era.
Guests can choose to stay either in the inn or in one of the two cottages on the property. Both the Carriage House or the Cottage are fully contained with a small kitchen, private baths, and sitting areas.
All the guest’s rooms are furnished with queen beds piled high with warm blankets, pillows, and of course, only the softest sheets. Each room has its own private bath fitted with fluffy bath towels and finely crafted soaps and shampoos.
The Candy Dance was originated in 1919 as an effort to raise money to purchase street lights for the small, but an enterprising community of Genoa, Nevada’s first settlement. Lillian Virgin Finnegan, daughter of then prominent Judge Daniel Webster Virgin, suggested the idea of a dance and making candy to pass around during the dance as an incentive for a good “turn our” of couples.
With the help of her aunt, Jane Raycraft Campbell, and the female populous of Genoa, served delicious samples of candy that really made the evening special. Of course, the midnight supper served at the Raycraft Hotel was, as always, a culinary delight. Of, if the candy did not entice people to join in the fun, the midnight supper was surely and incentive.
The Genoa community did raise the needed funds for streetlights, but realized the monthly electric bill had to be paid. The candy makers were then called upon each year to help promote the Candy Dance and pay a year’s worth of electricity for the street lights throughout the town. This annual event became the big event of the season. Couples came from Reno, Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville, and surrounding areas to join in the evening’s fun.
The menu for the Candy Dance dinner will be announced closer to the date of the event and it will be posted on this site as soon as it is received.
The Pink House Restaurant is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The small town of Genoa is steeped in history and The Pink House restaurant is no exception. When John Reese and his group settled in the fertile Carson Valley at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains, he realized its potential as a natural stop for desert-weary travelers from the east. The home that Reese built next to his saw mill and grist mill came to be known as The Pink House.
The Pink House is known for its fine selection of artisan products, including cheese, charcuterie, beer, wine, and specialty coffee. They carry a wide variety of cheeses, from European Classics to new exciting American originals. They select the cheeses with quality in mind and try to source from smaller producers with a passion for their work.
Charcuterie, much like cheese, is an age's old method of food preservation that involves the curing, smoking, or cooking of various meats. Their charcuterie case is packed with some of the finest salamis, prosciuttos and pates they can find. Order the custom cheese board which features four kinds of cheese, a baguette, local honey, and fresh fruit.
The Pink House also features a menu of sandwiches, salads, cheese plates, and other light fares along with lovingly prepared hot dishes. Small appetite? Try the grilled asparagus served with crispy prosciutto, a perfectly poached egg, and pecorino romano or the pork belly bites with a maple-ponzu glace.
Joseph, the knowledgeable front of the house manager, will take you through the menu selections including the in-season dinner specials. If you hunger for real comfort food, the all-time favorite piping hot chicken pot pie is sure to please. Or maybe the boudin blanc, a house made pork and rice sausage served with mashed potatoes and spiced prunes would be sure to please. Another favorite is the cheese and mac, a real comfort food with artisan cheese blend with a bread crumb topping.
Save room for dessert which features the house made ice cream sandwich served with the house made oatmeal raisin cookie, vanilla ice cream and wrapped in a chocolate shell. Or try the lemon pannacotta served with candied kumquats and toasted pistachios. Perhaps the in-season strawberry shortcake will tempt you. Whatever your choice, The Pink House is sure to satisfy your palette and please your soul.
Check into White House Inn and settle into your comfortably furnished room. Then experience the three-course dinner at the Pink House Restaurant.
After your delightful Continental breakfast, it’s time to start exploring the oldest town in Nevada. A good place to start is the Genoa Museum. Stroll the tree-lined streets and imagine horse and buggies on dusty roads. Lunch is on your own, but locals recommend the Genoa General Store. The deli offers great fresh food and locals advise you to save room for the ice cream, a real must.
Check out the arts and crafts fair opening at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Maybe a rest is in order before it’s time to put on your dancing shoes for the Candy Dandy Dance dinner starting at 4:00 p.m. followed by dancing till 10 p.m.
Enjoy the beautiful breakfast, then it’s time to depart this quintessential historic destination.
The weekend includes a tour around the historic Genoa on Saturday.
Historic Genoa, Nevada is nestled at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Range, just 25 minutes east of beautiful Lake Tahoe, and one hour south of Reno. It is home to Mormon Memorial State Park which commemorates the settlement of Nevada in 1851, when the first permanent trading post was established by John Reese and a group of Mormon traders from Salt Lake City during the California Gold Rush.
In 1854, a delegation from the territorial govenment sent a delegation to Mormon Station led by elder Orson Hyde to establish a local government. Hyde is credited with changing the name of Mormon Station to Genoa that same year. As the story has it, his admiration of Christopher Columbus led him to name the town after Columbus’s birthplace.
This small quaint town of 939 residents, welcomes visitors year-round for a day trip or a longer stay. Discover the history of Genoa by visiting the Mormon Station State Park Museum, then take in the Genoa Courthouse Museum, and the Genoa Cemetery then finish, appropriately, at the Hanging Tree.
The beautifully prepared continental breakfast is served each morning and includes warm bread and pastries from the local bakeries. Fresh ripe fruit is also on the morning menu along with coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.
Dinner on the first night will be served in The Pink House Restaurant and on the second night in the Candy Dance. Lunch will be on your own. You can also enjoy one beverage free either beer or wine at Old Genoa Saloon.