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Dirty Dancing Mountain Lake Lodge

Stay At the Resort Where ‘Dirty Dancing’ was Filmed and Have the Time of Your Life

In 1987, the iconic film, Dirty Dancing, was released and became a surprise box office success. The low-budget film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey went on to become an all-time classic movie with sustained popularity inspiring fans to seek out the serene location where Dirty Dancing was filmed. Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia attracts guests from around the world to enjoy an outdoor adventure in the Appalachian Mountains and the chance to trace the steps of lead characters Johnny Castle and Baby Houseman. As a fan of the film, a visit to Mountain Lake Lodge in 2017, the […]
Washington Duke Inn and JB Duke Hotel

Washington Duke Inn and JB Duke Hotel; Two Hidden Gems at Duke University

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club and JB Duke Hotels are two incredible hidden gems at Duke University. I’ve lived in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) since the early 90s and had no idea Duke University, famous for academics, medicine, and sports, also offers stellar accommodations. Not just one, but two first-class uniquely-styled hotels sit tucked in the Duke Forest on the edge of this picturesque campus. A majestic tree-lined drive greets visitors to the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club on the campus of Duke University. Comfortable leather chairs enhance the traditional southern décor in the Bull […]

Solo Road Trip 101 – How to Have Fun and Stay Safe

There’s nothing more fun or freeing than hitting the open road for a much-needed change of scenery or excursion. Though traveling alone can be a great way to clear your head and de-stress, it’s important to make personal safety your first priority. Here are a few helpful tips to remember when planning a solo road adventure. Leave Your Itinerary Behind Before leaving town, make sure you’ve shared your itinerary with a friend or loved one and give them a copy. No, it isn’t necessary to rigidly schedule your trip, but letting someone know your plans is a good idea should […]

100 Reasons to Visit The Dillard House

Okay, I’m not really going to list one hundred reasons to visit The Dillard House, but take my word for it, there are at least 100. In 1917, Carrie and Arthur Dillard opened what is the present-day Dillard House in the North Georgia Mountains when they welcomed their first lodger. Today, after one-hundred years and thousands of guests later, Dillard House Inn in Dillard, Georgia is celebrating a century of welcoming guests, providing comfortable lodging, and serving up heaping portions of Southern Hospitality. A Rich History The Rock House Inn is the original boarding house which opened in 1917. The […]

Plan an Epic Trip to Mayberry This Year

Aunt Bee, Opie, Andy, and Barney – they’re all there. The Andy Griffith Show is classic television and the fictional town of Mayberry it’s set in is as infamous as the show’s beloved characters. Mayberry isn’t just a place in television lore, Mayberry comes to life in Andy Griffith’s real hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. The quaint town that served as the inspiration for Mayberry located at the gateway to the Yadkin Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains rolls out the welcome mat to fans of the popular television show year-round. Mt. Airy is Mayberry It’s not a coincidence […]