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August 2018

Dear David Walley's Owners,

Fall is just around the corner and it is my favorite time of year in the valley. The weather is perfect for a hike or bike ride amongst the beautiful fall foliage. Don’t forget to check out all the local events; fall is the season for festivals and the valley plays host to several “don’t want to miss” events. If you are planning to join us for Candy Dance this year, we are happy to once again provide VIP shuttle service for all our guests to the day time festival.

The resort is continually improving, and we welcome your comments and feedback. We always want to ensure that we are not only meeting, but exceeding your expectations on each visit. Please complete your comment card and let us know what you would like to see in upcoming renovations.

I am very proud to share an article from Vacation Industry Review, featuring David Walley’s Resort and the “Secret to Our Success”. Please click here to view the article and quotes by your Board President, Marlena Forst.

This month we’d like to revisit a topic that we consistently review with owners: owner use reservations. When you make your owner use reservation, or book your owner week, you are placed in the building in which you own. Every ownership is deeded and the building you own should be listed on that deed. All owners can request to stay within a different building and, if inventory is available, the owner will be placed where requested. You may also request a special unit, view or floor, and if inventory is available, we will be happy to ensure you request is honored. Please know that your Guest Services team works diligently to ensure that as many owners as possible receive their special requests; however, during high season, this can be very challenging. If you have a special request, we ask that you contact the resort Guest Services team prior to arrival. If all requests are not able to be met during high season, we kindly ask for your patience and understanding. If special requests are required, traveling during the slower season will offer a higher success rate for those accommodations. You are welcome to contact Guest Services and we would be happy to review with you our slower season times. Thank you in advance for your support.

Our featured event this month is the highlight of the area! The Genoa Candy Dance! We feature this event every year in our newsletter and thought we would share the wonderful history of the event with you. Many thanks to Billie J. Rightmire for allowing us to share her article with you. Enjoy the history and make plans to become a part of the legend when you visit.

The History of the Candy Dance
By Billie J. Rightmire, Genoa Town Historian

The Dance that Brought Light to Genoa

Lillian Virgin Finnegan

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. 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-out” of couples.

With the help of her aunt, Jane Raycraft Campbell, and the female populous of Genoa, delicious samples of candy really made the evening special. Of course, the midnight supper served at the Raycraft Hotel was, as always, a culinary delight. So, if the candy did not entice people to join in the fun, the midnight supper was surely an 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 streetlights 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 Arts & Crafts Faire was added in the 1970s, and later became a two-day event. The first Faire was held on the front lawn of a private residence in Sierra Shadows on Genoa Lane with twelve vendors. A few years later the popular Faire was moved to the Mormon Station Historic State Monument grounds. Expanding proved necessary and now Faire exhibitors are also found along Nixon Street, and along the sides of Genoa Lane and Main Street. With all the people visiting the Faire these days, the streets in and out of Genoa are temporarily closed during the day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shuttles bring people from the main parking lots on Genoa Lane and Foothill Road, as well as the limited parking lot at the Genoa Cemetery. There is also a shuttle that runs from the Carson Valley Inn and Douglas High School to the Genoa Lane parking lot.

The “Candy Dance” is still held each year with music from a live band playing everything from rock-n-roll, country-western, swing and hop to waltzes for all ages. Everyone is invited to the Saturday night dinner and dance. A limited number of tickets are sold to the event. 2009's dinner-dance in Genoa Park was a huge success with over 700 tickets sold. However, cold weather does reduce attendance at the outdoor dinner-dance.

Generation after generation has continued the candy making and Faire tradition. The funds raised by the Town of Genoa during the Candy Dance weekend provide a substantial portion of the town's annual budget. We will be celebrating the “Candy Dance” as long as we have volunteers to keep it going, and we thank all our volunteers for their hard work.

Other local events you won’t want to miss!

  • Burning Man – Black Rock / August 26 th – September 3rd
  • Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off – Reno / August 29th – September 3rd
  • Civil War Days – Virginia City / September 1st – 3rd
  • International Camel & Ostrich Races – Virginia City / September 7th – 9th
  • Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival – Lake Tahoe / September 7th – 9th
  • The Great Balloon Race – Reno / September 7th – 9th
  • Reno Running Fest – Reno / September 8th – 9th
  • Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity – Horse Show – Sparks / September 10th – 16th
  • National Championship Air Races – Reno / September 12th – 16th
  • RenoCross – National Bike Event – Reno / September 19th
  • Street Vibrations Fall Rally – Reno / September 26th – 30th
  • Genoa Candy Dance – Genoa / September 29th – 30th

For other area events and information please contact your Guest Services at 775-782-8155.

Thank you for your continued support. Please let us know if you have any items of interest that you would like to share in our newsletters and we would be happy to include them.

Best Wishes,

Mendy Stuart
Resort General Manager


Photo courtesy of Nicole De Casas.

Genoa Sign

Photo courtesy of Gail Green.

Previous Resort News


Meeting Notices

Board of Directors Meeting Schedule*

October 2018

  • 9th – Budget Committee Meeting in Lake Forest
  • 10th – Board/Budget Meeting (Lake Forest)

January 2019

  • 23th – Board of Directors Meeting (Telephonic)

April 2019

  • 12th – Board of Directors Meeting (Genoa)
  • 13th – Annual Owner Meeting (Genoa)

July 2019

  • 17th – Board of Directors Meeting (Telephonic)

October 2019

  • 8th – Budget Committee Meeting in Lake Forest
  • 9th – Board/Budget Meeting (Lake Forest)

*Specific times, dates, and locations are subject to change. Please contact Trading Places International at 800-385-0126 or email for the most up-to-date and specific information.

Board Information

Position Title Email
President Marlena Forst
Vice President Wendy-Miller Mercadante
Secretary Roy F. “Pete” Peters
Treasurer Jon Nowlin
Director Henry T. Morita
Advisor Kathleen Williams-Miller


Q1. What exactly do I own?
The Resort offers annual and bi-annual weeks. An Owner is deeded a week in their Owner Building for use anytime during the calendar year, or if bi-annual, every other calendar year. An Owner’s maintenance fees must be paid to utilize their week. The resort is primarily two bedroom units; however, the Bodie building does offer 5 one bedroom units. The Association owns the resort buildings only. The Hot Springs Spa, Restaurant, Canyon Pool, Playground, Parking Lot and 1862 Summerwinds Cabins are owned and operated by 1862 Summerwinds.

Q2. Do I own a specific unit?
No, you do not own a specific unit. You own in a specific Owner Building and a specific unit type, IE Premium Unit, Two Bedroom Unit and/or One Bedroom Unit. When booking your Owner Use Time, you will automatically be placed in the building in which you own. You may always request a specific unit, view, floor or even another building at the time you make your reservation. Special requests are based on availability and not guaranteed.

Q3. What time can I check-in?
Our check-in time is 4:00PM. We receive several requests for early check-in’s each week and we are happy to assist you whenever possible. As I am sure you can imagine cleaning our units is very similar to cleaning a full house. Thus it does require more time to properly clean and inspect than an average hotel room. We do ask that you please allow the staff time to properly clean and inspect your units to ensure that you and your guests receive our highest level of service.

Q4. Do I or my guest have to provide a credit card at check-in?
Yes, we do request a credit card at check-in to allow for any incidentals or if needed damages to the unit. The Guest Services team will ask that the guest that check’s in and completes the registration card provide this information at check-in. For security and authorization we request that the signing party and name on credit card match.

Q5. How do you determine your refurbishment projects?
The resort has what the industry refers to as a “reserve study” conducted by a third party company. This study outlines the life use-years of all items: buildings, furniture, bedding, etc. at the resort. Your Board of Directors carefully reviews this study, as well as guest and staff comments, on items that need replacement or repair. Immediately addressed are any items that might involve a safety or code concern. Next on the list is maintenance of the buildings to preserve and protect your investment. Last, but certainly not least, are the esthetics of the resort. These items include upgraded electronics, new furniture, bedding, etc. The funding for all of these projects comes from the budget line item RESERVES. The Board again reviews the items up for replacement or repairs and determines the funding availability as well as unit availability before scheduling the refurbishment project. We always welcome your comments/suggestions on areas you feel would be best to focus on in the future, as funding and scheduling take a great deal of advance planning to complete.

Q6. Can I rent units at the resort and do I receive an Owner discount?
Yes and yes! As an Owner at David Walley’s, you may rent units at a discounted rate. The units are based on availability and available for rent 45 days prior to arrival. The rates are based on unit type and weekday or weekend stays. The rates are as follows: Studio weekday (Sun – Thurs) $69 per night and weekend (Fri – Sat) $79. The one bedroom unit weekday (Sun – Thurs) $99 and weekend (Fri – Sat) $109. The two bedroom unit weekday (Sun – Thurs) $129 and weekend (Fri – Sat) $139. This rate is available for friends and family as well. You may call the resort directly to book or contact Trading Places.

Q7. Are there any restrictions on use of the hot springs during the Holidays?
There are no restrictions for Owners staying at the resort on their Owner Use Week. There are restrictions for Owner use when not in residency at the resort and/or staying at the resort on Bonus Time. Please refer to the resort website – Owners Corner – for the spa black-out calendar schedule. For any additional information needed you are welcome to contact the resort directly and we will be happy to assist you.

Q8. What is Bonus Time?
Bonus Time is an option to book a stay at the resort outside of an Owner use week. These stays are just like a nightly rental. The stay may be booked (45) days in advance of arrival and can be for (1) or more nights in any unit type available. The Bonus Time (nightly rental) rates are as follows:

  • Studio Unit Sunday – Thursday $69.00 per night – plus tax.
  • Studio Unit Friday & Saturday $79.00 per night – plus tax.
  • One Bedroom Unit Sunday – Thursday $99.00 per night – plus tax.
  • One Bedroom Unit Friday & Saturday $109.00 per night – plus tax.
  • Two Bedroom Unit Sunday – Thursday $129.00 per night – plus tax.
  • Two Bedroom Unit Friday & Saturday $139.00 per night – plus tax.

Please note: Bonus Time reservations do NOT include access to the hot springs. You may access the hot springs on Bonus Time by using your Owner use cards. Please visit the website for the current hot springs Owner calendar.

Q9. Does David Walley’s allow pets?
Yes, we are a pet friendly resort; although, we only permit dogs. We have a limited number of pet friendly rooms, so we ask that you please book your reservations early and mention that you will be bringing your special four-legged family member. There are additional fees associated with bringing your pet. A deposit of $250.00 is required at check-in and a $15.00 cleaning fee per night will be added on to your stay. We do require that your pet remain on a leash at all times and is never left alone in the unit. We are happy to extend this popular courtesy to our Owners, but ask that in return you respect the resort and other Owners by being a responsible pet owner while visiting the resort.

Q10. When are the pool and spa available and to whom?
When staying at the resort on your Owner Use Week the hot springs spa fee is covered through your annual maintenance fee. This allows for daily access for two for the Studio Unit, four for the One Bedroom Unit and six for the Two Bedroom Unit. You will be asked to register you and your guest at the hot springs upon the first visit. N changes to the registration may be made during your stay. When staying at the resort on Bonus Time (Owner Nightly Rental), black-out dates for use of the spa may apply. Please visit the resort website at for the 2018 Spa Blackout Calendar. You’ll find it in your owners’ corner. The Canyon Pool is open to all guests and is slated to open Memorial Day Weekend, weather permitting.

Use Time Calendar

Timeshare Calendar for exchanges into David Walley's Resort.
(These exchange calendars may not coordinate with your home resort use week calendars)

(Click on calendar year to enlarge)



Have you moved, changed your contact information, changed your marital status or had any other significant change in your personal status? Use the following document to assist with any of the following regarding your ownership:

  • Change a name(s)
  • Add or remove a name
  • Transfer your timeshare to a new owner/member
  • Sell your timeshare to a new owner
  • Retrieve contact information for your Recording Office
  • And more

Click here to download and print the reference sheet for your records.

Depositing Your Week

Thinking about depositing your week with an exchange company?

  1. Call David Walley's Resort Reservation Services at 800-385-0126 ext. 1 to request a reservation for deposit
  2. Pay your corresponding maintenance fees for the week you want to deposit
  3. Contact the exchange company of your choice and give them your David Walley's reservation dates
    • To deposit with Trading Places, please call 800-385-0126 ext 3, or deposit online at Trading Places' exchange department can help you with exchanging your week for use the following year, or at any of our other hundreds of destinations.
  4. Make sure you receive a confirmation directly from the exchange company in writing confirming your week has been successfully deposited / banked

Resales Information

Trading Places International does not participate in timeshare resales; however, the following information may be beneficial in starting the resales process. We encourage you to take advantage of this resource center from ARDA.

The ARDA-ROC Timeshare Resale Resource Center

The ARDA-ROC Timeshare Resale Resource Center is available on the website. Please click here to view the new ARDA-ROC Resale Center. This is a one-stop resource to educate timeshare owners about the resale process and to protect them from unscrupulous resale and marketing companies.

The goal of this new Resale Center is to offer owners an objective educational place on the web regarding traversing the thorny secondary market.

The Resource Center offers:

  • Information for consumers on how to find the right type of resale process to meet their individual needs.
  • Checklists to help them through the resale process including questions they may ask potential resale companies.
  • Information on how to identify scams and avoid commonly made mistakes.
  • A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions owners may have about reselling. Some of the most important questions dealing with such issues as whether or not legal and tax advice is believable; how the secondary market is regulated; and where to file complaints, along with websites to verify facts about a resale company.
  • A site that encourages owners to share information on their resale experience and the effectiveness of their resale efforts through an on-line survey.

Source: American Resort Development Association, 2011

Maintenance Fees

Unit Type Maintenance Contribution
2017 2018
Aurora $714.15 $750.00
Aurora Premium $724.50 $761.00
Bodie 1BR $579.60 $609.00
Bodie 2BR $670.68 $704.00
Bodie Premium $722.43 $759.00
Canyon $670.68 $704.00
Dillon $695.52 $730.00

Due Date:
Payment is due on or before January 1, 2018.

To Submit a Payment by:

Do not mail post-dated checks.

Make checks payable to:
    David Walley’s Resort
    PO Box 30417
    Los Angeles, CA 90030-0417

Credit Card:
    To pay online: click hereclick here
    Or call 800-385-0126 ext. 1
    Discount does not apply to credit card payments.

Email or call 800-385-0126 ext. 7

Property Taxes

Unit Type 2017
Aurora $25.34
Aurora Premium $26.61
Bodie 1BR $13.49
Bodie 2BR $19.86
Bodie Premium $26.40
Canyon $19.86
Dillon $22.82

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