There are several movies that have been filmed in or around Smith Mountain Lake, but one of the most beloved is Dirty Dancing! With last year's loss of the film's star, Patrick Swayze, many are thinking back on the movie with fond memories of their own. You may not know it, but you can stay at the "Kellerman's Resort"! The actual name of the resort is Mountain Lake Conservancy and Hotel in Pembroke VA.
In 1987, Mountain Lake Hotel was featured in the movie Dirty Dancing. If you are a fan of the movie, then you can't miss out on experiencing one of the hotel's Dirty Dancing Weekends! They offer guided tours and even dance lessons to commemorate the movie. In November of 2009, the hotel held a memorial for Patrick Swayze. While filming the movie Swayze stayed in room 232.
On November 21st, they also dedicated "the lift stone" to the memory of the fallen actor. The lift stone was retrieved from the lake in the general location where the water lift scene took place. The Dirty Dancing Weekends have always been a big hit at the hotel, but this year they hold special meaning to those who remember when the movie was filmed here.
The weekends start with a visit to the gift shop and then dinner in the Dining Room. From there you can enjoy a viewing of the movie, a guided tour, trivia games and even private dance lessons. The hotel has one goal, that you have the time of your life!
There is so much history in the area. You can learn about times gone by or celebrate one of the best loved movies in the last 25 years. Come for a visit and if you like it, then move here! When you are ready to make Smith Mountain Lake your home, call Vicki Millehan! She can help you find your own magical place on the lake!