Just down the eastern slope of Lake Tahoe is the oldest town in Nevada. Genoa (pronounced juh-NO-ah rather than JEN-o-wah) was established in the 1850s by Mormons who set up a trading post in the location. It now is a small, quiet community with several historic bed and breakfasts, a few restaurants including the award-winning La Ferme and a small shopping area. The original Mormon Station is still located in a local park and the foothills of the Tahoe Range tower over the entire area while the beautiful Carson Valley spreads out to the east.
Genoa is also home to several of the area's special events including the Genoa Candy Dance in the fall and the Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival in the spring.