This was our 6th trip to Mountain Lake since 2008. We were a little concerned that the new management may change things up too much. The lobby, restaurant, bar areas were either upgraded or renovated. Also, the old laundry building is now the outfitter/equipment rental for all the outdoor activities at the lodge, The "Dirty Dancing" signs that showed where scenes were shot for the movie have been removed. The old equipment rental building near the parking lot was converted into a very nice dedication to the making of "Dirty Dancing". Many photos of the actors, memorabilia, along with audio/visual displays. The Treetops Adventure course near the barn and stables was exhilarating (as in white knuckles and shaky legs) and a pleasant addition.
Overall the atmosphere is the same, which is what brings us back year after year. As I have said in previous reviews, it is the peacefulness and serenity of Mountain Lake that we love so much. While we miss some of the old familiar faces, it was nice to meet the new staff. I believe the new management has made some great changes. They do need to bring back the movie scene signs though, because there are still many people, especially first-time visitors that are big fans of the movie. This would allow them to take in the beauty of the grounds instead of one little building. We look forward to many more vacations at Mountain Lake, with or without water in the lake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly renovated historic Mountain Lake Lodge features 43 Rooms in the Stone Lodge, 16 in Chestnut Lodge, 9 Mountain Homes at Blueberry Ridge, 8 historic rustic cabins and 9 Front Lawn Cottages on 2,600 acres of preserved mountaintop property owned by the Mary Moody Northern Endowment. Mountain Lake Conservancy, a non-profit organization founded in 1989, serves to protect the land and wildlife resources on the property for future generations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mountain Lake Pembroke
- Hotel Mountain Lake