With beauty both idyllic and iconic, it’s not surprising that movie magic has often been conjured here in Rutherford County. Most notable on the list is “Dirty Dancing,” the classic story of star-crossed love set amid the mountains and cool waters of a 1960s summer resort. Since the movie’s release in 1987, thousands of fans from around the globe have made the pilgrimage to Lake Lure to relive the locations where the passion grew between blue-collar Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and privileged Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey). Lake Lure Tours pontoon boat guides will show you Firefly Cove where the movie’s staff camp and dance scenes were shot, as well as the famous “lift scene”.
You can also relive “The Last of The Mohicans,” the breathtaking 1992 film version of James Fenimore Cooper’s classic novel set during the French and Indian War. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park serves as the backdrop for the film’s final culminating fight scenes. Dirty Dancing (1987, Lionsgate) • You can book the exact same rooms where Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey slept at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa.
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