The remake of the movie Dirty Dancing that aired on ABC in May 2017 was filmed at the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, Jackson County (about 65 miles from Asheville), in spring 2016. This historic summer resort that has been a favorite for romantic and family vacations for generations. It's no wonder that filmmakers picked its idyllic location for the filming of Dirty Dancing.
You don't have to be a star to transport yourself to "Kellerman's Resort." Find your Johnny Castle or Francis "Baby" Houseman to practice leg lifts in their lake. No one will put you in the corner! Enjoy many amenities like golf, spa treatments, boating, hikes, games and great food.
On Location: Photo Tour
The large sign out in front of the resort.
The historic inn is a summer tradition for many families.
The historic inn was built in 1932, retains much of its original character. The 116 rustic inn rooms feature hand-hewn twig and mountain-crafted furniture, along with a private bath. Instead of the hum of air conditioners, cool mountain breezes refresh you at this high elevation. Instead of a concrete swimming pool, find a 35-acre crystal clear mountain lake for diving, swimming, paddleboarding and boating.
Many great details were added for the filming.
Looking across the lake at the filming on the hilltop.
Dance lessons, anyone?
More About High Hampton Inn
Instead of watching television in your room, watch the big screen of mountain scenery. Rock your cares away on the massive porches. Play tennis or a round of golf, and hike to the top of Chimney Top. Get pampered at the spa or join a private trainer for a Pilates workout. Enjoy afternoon tea in the lobby. A rarity for hotels in the Blue Ridge Mountains, inn "Full American Plan" rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner (and start at only $140/person). Their main dining room has a "national park lodge" feel and is famous for fried chicken, local rainbow trout and herb-crusted roasted prime rib, all served with locally-grown vegetables. To find out more, go to High Hampton Inn's website.
Scattered in the woodlands near the inn are 17 cabins and cottages, ranging in size from one to 14 bedrooms. Many have fireplaces and screened-in porches with mountain and lake views. For the ultimate romantic setting, stay in the Honeymoon Cottage on a small lake, complete with a waterwheel.
General Wade Hampton, also a South Carolina Governor, purchased the property in the 1850s as a summer vacation retreat. In 1922, the McKee family bought the inn and opened it to the public. Their grandson Will oversees the property today. The original Hampton Hunting Lodge was destroyed by fire in 1932. The "new" inn was completed the next year with its four-sided fireplace and 30 guestrooms. Today, the inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
While this is a perfect place to park the car for a week and not move it, there is plenty nearby to explore. Just a few miles down the road is Silver Run Falls. In the other direction, find plenty of shops to explore in downtown Cashiers and many things to do in Jackson County.
To find out more, go to High Hampton Inn's website.