Visiting Mountain Lake, VA – Home of Dirty Dancing

When I was a student at Virginia Tech, my friends and I often drove to Mountain Lake in Pembroke, VA to look around the resort and to hike.

My mom, aunt, cousin, and I recently visited Mountain Lake and we had so much fun!

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA – Home of Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing is one of my very favorite movies and as I watched the movie for the first time in a Christiansburg movie theater with my college boyfriend, it thrilled me that I was familiar with where scenes from the movie were shot.

Touring the Lodge

The lodge was built from native sandstone in 1936.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

The resort is gorgeous and would be a wonderful place to vacation.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing fans will be very familiar with the arch that Johnny drove through.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

The entryway is a great place to relax with a view. The concierge desk is here to help to plan activities.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

Wouldn’t it be great to relax in this room in winter in front of a roaring fire?

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

Behind the sofa is a display with Dirty Dancing memorabilia.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

I know I would enjoy spending time in the bar room.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

The dining room has a few signs that show exactly where scenes from Dirty Dancing were shot.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

We so much enjoyed eating lunch in the lodge and the food was great.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

Touring the Grounds

After we ate lunch, we toured the grounds.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

Mountain Lake is one of two natural lakes in Virginia. The lake level dropped in 2002 as part of a natural cycle.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

Here my crazy Mama is pretending that she is in the lake.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

I always thought that the lift scene was filmed at Lake Lure but I was wrong.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

Here is the gazebo where many scenes were filmed.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

Seeing the lake drained is so sad!

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

Beside the gazebo is a memorial for Patrick Swayze.

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

I wonder when this cycle will be over and when the lake will again be at full pond?

Visiting Mountain Lake, VA - Home of Dirty Dancing

Sinking Creek Covered Bridge

At the base of the mountain is the Sinking Creek covered bridge. This was my first time seeing this.

Sinking Creek Covered Bridge in Giles County, VA

Between 1912 and 1919, four covered bridges were built across Sinking Creek in Giles County.

Sinking Creek Covered Bridge in Giles County, VA

Remarkably, three of them are still standing over a century later, though two are now on private land.

Sinking Creek Covered Bridge in Giles County, VA

My Grandparents’ House

We then headed to Pearisburg to see my grandparents’ house. My grandparents were avid gardeners and when they lived in this house it sure didn’t look like this.

Visiting Caroline at Virginia Tech

Our last stop was Virginia Tech to visit my friend’s daughter Caroline. Unfortunately, Kennedy, her roommate, was in class.

This was a super fun day and I look forward to another field trip with Mama, my aunt, and my cousin.

37 Comments

  1. Looks like you had a very nice time! I didn’t know that area was so close to me or I know we would have visited before. I’m about 2 1/2 hours from there. It looks gorgeous and I’d love to see that. It also looks like you all had a great time! What a beautiful memory! I just loved that movie! Patrick Swayze was an absolute gorgeous man! I think I’ll talk hubby into a quick trip! Lol

    1. I’m also 2 1/2 hours from Mountain Lake. You definitely should take a trip there, perhaps in fall to enjoy the folliage.

  2. I really enjoyed this post, Paula! I watched Dirty Dancing again recently, and still love it! I had no idea where it was filmed, nor that you could actually still stay there! Gorgeous pictures!

  3. You had me a Kellermans! I visited it years ago and thought it was so beautiful! Your post took me right back. Beautiful!

    1. I would love to spend a weekend at Mountain Lake. I need to find out if they are dog friendly because if Sherman can’t go, we don’t go.

  4. Very cool trip and one of my all time favorite movies! My brother in law worked on Dirty Dancing as a production assistant for Vestron Studios. I was in college at the time and he gave me a giant official movie poster for my room. He and my sister even went to the Golden Globes that year. Great memories and great post!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. You have taken us on some of the most interesting trips!! Loved the pics and the whole post, especially that beautiful covered bride!!
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Your field trips are interesting and beautiful. I have seen Dirty Dancing more than once. I will have a different understanding because of your pictures. I think I need to see it again.
    Thanks so much for sharing your outing with us.
    Enjoy your weekend,
    Suzanne

    1. The lake level lowering is cyclic. My aunt remembers a neighbor telling her that it was low when she was a little girl.

  7. What a fun post, thank you for sharing your outing. I had no idea that you could visit the resort. Definitely one of my favorite films. The chemistry between Johnny and Baby! Oh my! Lovely memorial to Patrick Swayze, it’s a shame he passed so young.

    1. It is a terrible shame that Patrick Swayze died so young. We had so much fun at Mountain Lake. I would love to spend a weekend there.

  8. What a fun trip! I’ve never been there, but Pearisburg was where many West VIrginians used to drive to have a fast wedding. 😉 Love your recent top purchase you’re wearing! Thanks for sharing all the movie trivia.

  9. What an awesome trip! I always loved the movie Dirty Dancing. We have a few covered bridges near here and many of them are quite old as well.

    1. I can’t imagine how many times I have watched Dirty Dancing! Virginia only has seven covered bridges so it was a treat to see this one.

  10. What a cool trip! Dirty Dancing is one of my favorite movies so I will have to add this to my bucket list. It is very interesting about the lake and sad that it is dry right now,

  11. Thanks so much for the tour of this lovely resort. I have watched that movie so many times. We live in Virginia and I have always wanted to visit but haven’t made it yet.. Are the cabins where the kids stayed, Baby’s family stayed and Baby and Johnny shared time alone still there? Or were they just built for the movie?

    1. Johnny’s cabin and the staff cabins were a set. Wouldn’t it be fun to stay in the cabin where Baby’s family stayed?

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