Check In to Faux-Catskills Station “Dirty Dancing” for the Time of Your Life

PEMBROKE, Virginia (NEWS10) – Are you looking to have the best time of your life? Check into the Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia, where the iconic movie “Dirty Dancing” was filmed 35 years ago. While the film was set in a fictional resort town of Catskills, the actual filming location was in the quaint resort town of Virginia.

Mountain Lake Lodge is located in the middle of a 2,600 acre nature preserve and bird sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The award-winning property – known as Kellerman’s Mountain House in the classic film – offers so much more than is portrayed in the film.

Heidi Stone, a native of Saratoga, is president and CEO of Mountain Lake Lodge. She arrived at the resort 10 years ago, leading a broad grassroots effort to transform the resort into a thriving and award-winning accommodation destination.

“If you remember the movie, all the little cabins and cabins we restored, all the ones that really needed a lot of love and help and I could see what it could become because let me tell you what that it is today is not what it looked like ten years ago,” she said.

Stone received her degree in hotel and restaurant management from SUNY. Ever since she was a teenager, when she worked summers as a front desk clerk at the Howard Johnson property at Exit 19, she wanted to run a hotel.

After working in hotels along the east coast, she landed in Mountain Lake Cabin. Stone credits his team for being able to bring the station to its award-winning status.

The original “Dirty Dancing” movie was filmed in 1987, 35 years ago this year. The station is giving fans the chance to Cha-Cha as Baby and Johnny on their “Dirty Dancing Weekends.” Guests can participate in activities inspired by the film, from dance lessons and guided tours of filming locations to parties, lawn games, scavenger hunts and screenings of the film.

Movie-themed weekends have become so popular that they are sold out for the year and are now booked for 2023.

There is also the “Kellerman’s Film Package” where, with accommodation for two nights, guests can also revisit “Dirty Dancing” with a welcome cocktail in a Kellerman souvenir glass, a gift bag with a Kellerman beach towel, screenings of the original film, a Dirty Dancing themed scavenger hunt, and a $200 dining credit.

Scenes from the popular movie were also shot in North Carolina. “Dirty Dancing” was shot in 43 days.

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