This movie was filmed in 2 locations, Virginia and Lake Lure, NC. This video is ONLY the Virginia location.
PLEASE WATCH the Netflix documentary where the producer visits THIS very hotel in Pembroke, Virginia and describes the lift scene being done as shes standing directly where I stand in this video! It's sad that Lake Lure tells everyone it was shot there when it was in fact shot at this Virginia hotel. Sadly almost everything from Lake Lure is gone.
THE WATER LIFT SCENE LOCATION AND OPINIONS - There are lots of opinions about this scene and where exactly it was filmed. Lake Lure in North Carolina ( a truly amazingly beautiful place) has claimed for years that it was filmed in Firefly Cove. There used to be an old boy scout camp in the woods and the cabins were used in the movie as the staff’s bunks. The stairs and bridge that Baby dances on were also located there. HOWEVER there are still staff at Mountain Lake Hotel in Virginia who say it was absolutely filmed there, so who knows. At this point it will probably be varying opinions forever due to the fact that both areas enjoy the revenue from Dirty Dancing visitors so both will keep claiming it was at their location. The long and short of it is, ITS A GREAT MOVIE, WHO CARES BEYOND THAT! haha Shortly after filming this I visited Lake Lure in North Carolina to see for myself what was left. The short answer is, not much. The boy scout camp was torn down years ago and is now a community of beautiful homes. I believe one of the homes was built on the original foundation of Johnny's cabin which is pretty cool. The long staircase exists as well and I was able to snap a photo of them. Unfortunately this is about all that's left. However if you get the chance you should definitely check both locations out. Lake Lure is such a cool area with tons of outdoorsy things to do. Also, make sure you check out Mountain Lake Hotel in Virginia. Come for the amazing Dirty Dancing filming locations and stay for the incredible Hotel experience!
I had planned on visiting Mountain Lake Hotel for many years however it is so far off "the beaten path" that one must truly work a day into a trip to see this beautiful place. Trust me though, it is worth seeing if not for the hotel itself. Beautiful stone and wood work everywhere, beautiful views and of course the view of Baby's cabin! The hotel definitely embraces the movie and loves for visitors to stop in and look around. Keep an eye out for the little shed-like building in the parking lot that houses lots of movie memorabilia and information about what can be seen and where.
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