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Central and Western Virginia Hotels

Mountain Lake


  • Gorgeous scenery
  • Outdoor activities


  • Crowded in summer
  • Far from Blacksburg
  • No pets

Updated 12/31/1969

Fodor's Review

The 1987 movie "Dirty Dancing" was filmed here, and the resort (Kellerman's in the movie) hosts special themed weekends with dancing, a movie location tour, and other special events. Centered around the highest natural lake east of the Mississippi, accommodations range from spartan cottages to plush suites in a majestic sandstone hotel from 1930 (the resort itself predates the Civil War). You can also rent two, three, and four-bedroom cottages if you need more space for

an extended stay. Atop 4,000-foot Salt Pond Mountain, outdoor activities abound: you can hike, mountain bike, ride horses, swim, and boat within the 2,500-acre Mountain Lake Wilderness, which surrounds the hotel. The adjacent Jefferson National Forest offers even more recreation, including a segment of the Appalachian Trail.

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Hotel Information


115 Hotel Circle, , 7 mi north of U.S. 460 on Rte. 700, Pembroke, Virginia, 24136, USA

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540-626–7121; 800-346-3334

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Seasonal May–Oct., some weekends Nov.–Dec. Closed Jan.–Apr.
  • 28 cottages, 16 lodge rooms, 43 hotel rooms
  • Some meals

Updated 12/31/1969

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By Carla

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Aug 6, 2004

The best way to enjoy the outdoors

We have been here many times and love it. This is how I like to "camp". You can hike, canoe, fish and generally revel in the wilderness that surrounds this hotel. At the end of the day, however, you can enjoy a hot shower, or jacuzzi in some rooms, and a wonderful meal. The atmosphere is rustic. Rooms are simple, but comfortable. The appeal is in the beautiful mountain setting and the absence of things like humming air conditioners and blaring

TV's. At night the only sounds are crickets and some very loud bullfrogs. This is a favorite vacation spot for our family.

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