The road winds up the mountain for about seven miles from the highway west of Blacksburg, Va. When you enter the 2,600-acre nature preserve, you know that you’re heading someplace special. At the crest of a mountain ridge you turn to a scene familiar to generations of movie and television watchers, because you’ve arrived at Mountain Lake Lodge, the location where most of the classic film “Dirty Dancing” was filmed.
Today, the stone lodge, the historic cabins, cottages and larger homes-style accommodations are benefitting from a massive renovation effort that includes room improvements as well as great amenities like the new pool complex opening in June. The improvements earned Mountain Lake Lodge recognition as Virginia’s Hotel of the Year for 2018.
The updates maintain the essentially rustic feel of the property which began welcoming stagecoach travelers in 1851. The stone lodge, built in 1936, served as the Kellerman resort in the 1987 Patrick Swayze film. You can dine in the Harvest Restaurant and even sit in the location where “Baby’s” family dined. Reminders of the film are scattered throughout the property and it’s fun to explore those areas.
There are countless ways to enjoy the outdoors with an onsite outfitter and activities from Treetop Adventures and Archery Tag to a five-story-tall Sky Slide for water fun. Or, you can choose hiking or biking the 22 miles of trails, fishing or just relaxing in the mountain air.
“Our Dirty Dancing Themed Weekends are among our most popular because so many people come here to see the Kellerman’s Mountain House depicted in the movie,” said the hotel’s Heidi Stone.
Scheduled for June 21, July 26 and Aug. 23, the weekend packages include meals, group dance lessons, a dance party and other themed activities.
Families can beat the heat with a Slide into Summer package that includes a third night free, breakfast every morning, $100 recreation credit, and $100 dining credit.
“There are a host of other packages on our website for couples and holidays,” Stone said. “It’s a great place to reconnect and you can choose how active you want to be.”
When the visit is over, the trip down the mountain is filled with memories you just can’t get anywhere else.