Although Dirty Dancing was filmed on a shoestring budget, it went on to become one of the most famous movies of all time! All of the scenes were filled in two locations – North Carolina and Virginia. You can read my earlier blog about the North Carolina scenes here.
The location I will write about in this blog is my favorite – Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, VA. This was the real-life location for Kellerman’s Resort where Baby and her family stayed and where Baby and Johnny fell in love. When you pull in there will be a parking area for “day visitors,” you can park here. Right next to the parking lot is a small store called “Mountain Outfitters,” make sure you go in and go to the basement to see all the Dirty Dancing swag!
The staff have marked out filming locations around the site and if you go inside the lobby they have handy maps that will direct you to all locations. The staff was so friendly and even offered to walk me around to some of the locations and give me more information!
Here are my photos from each site:
Fun Fact: The movie was supposed to have taken place in the summer but it was actually shot in October, so it was freezing! The water was so cold during filming there are no close up shot of this scene in the movie b/c Baby’s lips were blue. I have heard that they asked them to re-shot the scene and they both said no!
Don’t forget to visit the Outfitter store to get your Dirty Dancing Swag!