You can stay at the real-life "Dirty Dancing" resort, just in time for the film's 30th anniversary
Pack your bags, Dirty Dancing lovers! You’re about to have the time of your life! Kellerman’s, the fictional vacation resort where Baby and Johnny forged an unbreakable and achingly romantic bond through shaking their tight, juicy booties (ah, Patrick Swayze, we miss you!) is REAL. Okay, it’s not called Kellerman’s and it isn’t tucked away in the Catskills. But! It IS an actual place that you can visit and OMG, WE’RE FREAKING OUT!
Tucked away in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Mountain Lake Lodge (aka Kellerman’s) is the ultimate destination for the most devout Dirty Dancing devotees among us. And with the Dirty Dancing 30th anniversary just around the corner in August, there couldn’t be a more perfect time to book your trip and relive your dirtiest Dirty Dancing fantasies.
We know you got ’em — us, too!
A coming-of-age story set in the 1960s, Dirty Dancing follows Frances “Baby” Houseman, a young woman (and by all indications, a budding feminist!) who travels to the fictional Kellerman’s resort to spend the summer with her family before she sets off for her freshman year of college (at Mt. Holyoke, ‘natch).
But the vacation proves a bit of a drag at first. After all, there are only so many whack magic shows one person can stand. And while her parents seem pretty chill, her sister’s kind of rude, and before long, Baby is regularly sneaking off to the forbidden “staff quarters” where employees of the resort spend their nights dancing and sweating in the sexiest ways possible.
It’s here that Baby meets Johnny Castle, lead dance instructor at Kellerman’s and resident hunk, who teaches her how to dance, how to love, and after hours of soaking wet practice in the resort’s lake, how to do this:
ARE YOU EXCITED YET???
On your vacation, you can stage the film’s talent show finale in the main stone lodge. Reenact Johnny punching out that snake Robbie in front of the property’s historic rustic cabins. Splash around in the resort’s spring water lake a la Baby and Johnny — or play out Baby’s declaration of independence to her father on the pier beside it. Carry a watermelon!
Oh, and this. Most definitely, THIS!
THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!
And if you think you might feel a liiitle self-conscious grinding on the guest dance floor and singing “She’s Like The Wind” while gazing longingly out of the resort’s rec center window, Mountain Lodge offers Dirty Dancing-themed weekends. Nobody puts Baby (or you!) in a corner.
Two words: girls trip. Who’s in?