Best Resorts For Your Own 'Dirty Dancing' Vacation
Yahoo Travel isn’t just for grown-ups. When 13-year-old travel writer Abby McElroy discovered the 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing” for the first time, it changed her life. And it got her thinking about her own travels. Here’s her report.
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When I was little, I loved princess movies more than anything — the magic of a True Love’s Kiss just melted my 6-year-old heart. But when I watched “Dirty Dancing” for the first time this summer, I realized that you don’t need a tiara to find true love. You don’t even need to be anything but a strong, cool girl. Even though Baby (played by Jennifer Grey) doesn’t start out looking like a glamorous princess, she finds love (with Johnny, played by the late Patrick Swayze) and saves the day in the end.
The movie also made me remember some fun experiences I’ve had across the United States in family resort hotel that are very much like Kellerman’s, the fictional 1960s Catskills resort where Baby vacationed with her family. Watching “Dirty Dancing” on my laptop, I found myself nodding every so often, saying, “Wait, that reminds me exactly of the Broadmoor Hotel, or Skytop Lodge, or…”
But my favorite déjà vu moment from the movie was when the guests danced on the gazebo. I flashed back to the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, a huge old-fashioned retreat in the mountains of New Hampshire. I’d ditched my mom to explore and discovered a beautiful wraparound porch and gazebo (I couldn’t resist singing and whirling around a bit before going inside again). Now I can’t help but think I made my own “Dirty Dancing” moment!
To create your own memory à la Johnny and Baby, check out these family resort hotels that will flash you back in time to that simple, innocent era when kids swam in creeks, performed at talent shows, and sneaked out of their cabins at Kellerman’s Resort.
The perfect place to indulge your inner Baby (Photo: The Broadmoor/Facebook)
The Broadmoor Hotel (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Riding around a picturesque lake on an electric boat, waving at my dachshunds on the shore? Heaven, just like pretty much everything else at this high-end, high-style resort hotel in the Rocky Mountains. Year after year, families return to the Broadmoor Hotel — think Kellerman’s, 2014. Pet friendly and chock-full of family activities (they even have a bowling alley!), this hotel features everything from three swimming pools to a small shopping plaza. Are you a wannabe artist? Take an art lesson or tour where you can draw, sketch, or paint the beautiful scenery. I can barely draw a straight line, but I’m sure I have that scribble of the Rockies somewhere. The Broadmoor is the perfect place to explore and try something new — just like Baby and I did.