Thirty-five years after Dirty Dancing was filmed, Kellerman’s is being brought back to life. Mountain Lake Lodge, the Virginia lodge where the iconic movie was filmed, has debuted Kellerman’s Gift Shop. It’s the first brick-and-mortar store for official Dirty Dancing merchandise.
“The hottest seller in Kellerman’s Gift Shop is the ringer tee, just like Johnny’s cousin Billy wore in the movie,” says Jeremiah McKendree, vice president of retail and recreation at the lodge. “The merchandise is exciting and shoppers are intrigued with the store’s design which is fashioned after the well-known studio where Baby learned to dance.”
Dirty Dancing Merchandise
The new Kellerman’s Gift Shop pays tribute to the movie’s renowned dance studio, with nods around the store, including the decor, lighting, a replica of Baby’s dance shoes, and a “Don’t Step On The One!” sign.
It carries a collection of official Dirty Dancing merchandise, from zip up sweatshirts to a T-shirt with the classic line, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” There are also mugs that say “I carried a watermelon,” holiday ornaments, key chains, and koozies. There is even a T-shirt showing the stages of the famous “lift” at the end of Baby and Johnny’s routine.
Dirty Dancing aficionados can transport themselves back to Kellerman’s with the resort’s popular Dirty Dancing Weekends throughout the year or the Kellerman’s Film Package with any 2-night stay.
The Kellerman’s Film Package includes a welcome cocktail in a souvenir Kellerman’s glass, an exclusive gift bag with a Kellerman’s beach towel, a special screening of the movie, a Dirty Dancing-themed scavenger hunt, and a $200 dining credit.
Dirty Dancing-themed weekends allow you to immerse yourself in the experience of the movie and the lodge with themed activities, dance lessons with professional dancers, dance parties, and more.
Mountain Lake Lodge
The award-winning Mountain Lake Lodge is located in a 2,600-acre nature preserve and bird sanctuary in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Guests can enjoy modern amenities, several outdoor activities, and traditional family fun with convenient proximity to major cities, like Richmond, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
The resort recently opened Salt Pond Pub, an open-air, walk-up pub, creating the area’s newest gathering for hikers, mountain bikers, and locals. It features all-local craft draft on tap and signature hiker cocktails, plus an “Ales and Trails” menu of appetizers, artisan pizzas, and desserts. It showcases stained glass, stipple drawings, and artwork and crafts by local artists.
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