An August 2004 trip
to Genoa by SmilingOwl
Quote: Where to take three teenagers for vacation? The Wild Wild West was a hit! Ghost towns, glacier lakes, mining museums, mineral earth hot springs, snow capped mountains in summer, great cuisine and nightlife surrounding us! It was a great family vacation!
Hotel | "David Walley's Hot Springs Resort"
The balcony overlooked the entire Carson Valley with the snow capped mountains as its backdrop. Deer were often seen grazing in great numbers right below our balcony. The night sky from our balcony reflecting shadows from the mountains behind us on the mountains before us had us spellbound. There's also a great gas grill on our balcony for family cookouts with ease.
We relaxed in the 6 or 7 fresh mineral hot springs piped into Jacuzzis of varied temperatures in the public area open to all whom stay there for no charge. Public steam rooms, dry saunas, showers and lockers available as well. As you sit with the warm breezes blowing off the valley and the glorious mountains surrounding you it's easy to imagine the days gone by when Mark Twain and Ulysses Grant enjoyed the same scenery and warm waters. The history of this resort is a treasure in and of itself.
The pony express trail runs right through the property and a marker is on the south side.
Location? Yes! 20 minutes from Lake Tahoe, 45 minutes from Virginia City, a day trip to ghost town Bodie (beautiful drive!), horseback riding, wine tasting, casinos, museums (Carson City Mint...great museum nearby) as well as restaurants and nightlife.
The kids loved the pool table, ping pong table, tennis courts, weight rooms, badminton, horseshoes and all there was to do at the resort.
I loved the balcony...my book and the view...total relaxation at its best!
We traded our timeshare through Interval International for this resort. I have stayed in many that claim to be 5 stars... this one met my expectations and more! The great service by every staff member I encountered made it all the more enjoyable.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 4, 2004
David Walley's Hot Springs & Spa
2001 Foothill Road
Genoa, Nevada 89411
The 17-minute movie explains how many coins were engraved here, why they are so rare and the history of silver mining in general.
This museum encompasses the entire process from mining the metals, carts and railways,
the chemical process to separate the metals, bullions to coins to stamping and storing.
You'll see mining town displays where old miners talk and explain their days, old building displays and the mine! The mine was great!! You walk through the basement, which is crickety and kind of scary as you feel the walls will cave in on you. The designers did a great job; giving you the feeling of actual mining as the rocks are shown with veins of gold and speckled with silver running boldly through them. You walk along an old rail system, etc...
This is a great museum. A must-see for all ages!
Carson City Mint
395 across from State Building
We enjoyed the sea doo rentals.. wave running across Lake Tahoe! This was the most exciting pleasure we experienced there and the girls loved it! We rented one runner for one hour $99 … not cheap, but well worth it! Memories of cruisin' at speeds above 55 miles per hour with the spray of glacier water spraying you as you glide across the water was a great treat.
The boys, not water people; but enjoyed the drinks in the shade as we played, threw the football around and enjoyed the pleasures of dancing at the cove and watching others play beach volleyball.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2004
Adventures at Zephyr Cove
Zephyr Cove on Route 50
Genoa, Nevada 89448
Attraction | "Ghost Town...Bodie"
Your imagination runs right back to the late 1800's with miners and saloons ... it's said to be the largest and best preserved ghost town from the gold mining days gone by.
The teenage boys stated this as being the best part of the weeklong vacation in the area. We also took them to Virginia City... where the old mining town is alive and open as if you're there… it was great (I loved the shopping) but Bodie with its eeriness and dilapidating buildings miles from nowhere with the wind whipping across the side of the mountain opened every one of their senses and we all greatly enjoyed this day.
Bodie State Historic Park-Gold Rush Ghost Town
Bridgeport, California 93517