August 21 marks the 25th anniversary of "Dirty Dancing." The coordinated love story follows Baby (Jennifer Grey), a college-bound girl who, while summering with her family at the Kellerman Resort, falls head-over-heels for the dance instructor, played by Patrick Swayze.
The 1987 film, directed by Emile Ardolino, has become a cult classic, giving us the unforgettable line "Nobody puts baby in a corner," as well as making dancing on a log sexy.
While you've surely watched "Dirty Dancing" a million times on TV at this point, you can actually visit the location where a lot of the film was shot: the real-life Kellerman Resort, Mountain Lake Hotel in Pembroke, Virgina.
Location as Character: The 1987 hit takes place in the fictitious Kellerman Resort, which is, in the movie, located in the Catskills. It's here that Johnny (Swayze) and Baby (Grey) dance into each other's hearts. Mountain Lake Hotel also offers many activities as Kellerman, such as hiking, mountain biking, horseshoes, croquet, badminton, volleyball, tether ball and more.
Historical Significance: Christopher Gist of the Ohio Land Surveying Company first discovered Mountain Lake in 1751. By 1857, it had become a resort location and General Herman Haupt of Pennsylvania bought its first hotel. The property changed hands a few times and, in the early 1900s, the Porterfield family took over Mountain Lake. Over their 30-year ownership, they improved the hotel's level of cuisine and amenities.
Fun Fact: While the exterior shots and cabin scenes were filmed at Mountain Lake, the infamous lake scene -- where Baby and Johnny practice their lifts -- actually takes place at Lake Lure in North Carolina. The shot was filmed in October, which is why there's no close-ups of the pair's steamy scene; they were so cold that their lips were blue.
Directions: By car from Roanoke Regional Airport (approximately 55 miles): Head south on Aviation Dr NW toward Towne Square Blvd NW; take the VA-101 W/Hershberger Rd ramp to I-58; merge onto VA-101 W/Hershberger Rd NW; merge onto I-581 N/US-220 N via the ramp to Lexington/Bristol/I-81/Blacksburg; take exit 1S on the left to merge onto I-81 S toward Salem/Bristol; take exit 118C-B-A toward U.S 460 W Merge onto US-460; turn right onto Virginia 700/Mountain Lake Rd; turn left to stay on Virginia 700/Mountain Lake Rd; continue to follow Mountain Lake Rd; turn right onto Hotel Cir. Destination will be on the right.
Visitor Info: Guests have the option of participating in a "Dirty Dancing Weekend," which boasts screenings of the classic, movie trivia, and yes, dancing. For more information, click over to Mountain Lake's website.