I was 13 years old when the movie “Dirty Dancing” starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey was released. My friends and I dreamed of being Baby and dancing a bit dirty with the hotness of Patrick Swayze’s dance instructor character, Johnny Castle. I bought the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack with my allowance and in fact, I STILL have that cassette tape today.
I would play that soundtrack over and over, singing in my room dancing around to Bruce Channel’s “Hey Baby” and “I’ve Had the Time of my Life” sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. But one question I’ve always had: is Kellerman’s a real place and can I go visit and take dance lessons?
Anyone that knows me will agree that I’m spastic as a dancer, until I’ve had a drink. Then, I’m the best dancer in the entire world (or at least I think I am at that moment). The good news is, Kellerman’s was filmed at a real resort and they even offer Dirty Dancing Weekends. Sign me up!
Kellerman’s is really Mountain Lake Hotel in Pembroke, Virginia. Visitors can stay in a hotel room, or splurge for a cottage like Baby’s family rented. Rates start at $195 per night and go up to as much as $920. Sounds a bit steep, but breakfast, dinner, and activities are included in the price. Day visitors are welcome on the property for a $3.00 trail donation and lunch reservations are encouraged.
The next scheduled Dirty Dancing Weekend is November 6-8, 2009 and includes meals, dance lessons, tours, and many activities so that visitors will have the time of their lives. I’ve yet to visit this property, so I can’t recommend it, but I sure will be adding this iconic property to my list of places to experience.
I checked out the comments of visitors on Tripadvisor.com, and people either loved it or hated it. I always take the negative comments on there with a grain of salt because I’ve found that people will go out of their way to complain, a few make the effort to commend a business, but 90% of visitors never leave a comment at all. It looks to appeal to the outdoor lovers or those searching for a rustic step back to nature, but if you are on the hunt for ultra-luxury, you may need to look elsewhere. For me, it would be all about the Dirty Dancing experience.
Now let’s all get out there, travel, and have the time of our life….